S2 E49 — Navigating Waves of Disruption When You’ve Lost Your Bearings

How will our world unfold on the other side of this pandemic?  Back to normal? Or something entirely different?

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: If you wait until you are stirred to do a thing, it will be too late. To take advantage of a brief window of opportunity, you’ll have to move before you are ready and act before you are sure.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 49 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 21st day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E48Tracking Millennials from One Resort to Another; S2 E4727 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List; S2 E46Whimsy Passion Project or Epic Novel of Adventure?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E49Magnetize the Version You Imagine; S1 E48Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk; S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

On April, 6 in 2020, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Salesforce listed 19 uncertainties from Society, Technology, Economy, Environment and Politics likely to influence how our world could unfold after the pandemic crisis.

Sometimes, just listing unsettling threats and uncertainties helps.

The details are contained in their collaboration in, “The world remade by COVID-19 Scenarios for resilient leaders | 3-5 years.”

    • The focus on leadership signifies the report’s audience is for business, industry and government entities.  
    • How those organizations react largely influence how conditions for good or bad will shift that impact on us,  directly or indirectly,  as employees, consultants, freelancers, customers and citizens.

For your consideration listed by the collaborators by society, technology, economy, environment and politics.

Society 

    • Levels of societal trust 
    • Psychological impacts after quarantine 
    • Impacts on different generations 
    • Long-term impacts on education 

Technology 

    • Attitudes toward data-sharing 
    • Speed of technological innovation 
    • Long-term effects on the workplace 
    • Types of new technology adopted

 Economy 

    • Speed of economic recovery 
    • Distribution of economic growth 
    • Impacts on inequality 
    • Shifts to new business models 

Environment 

    • Focus on fighting climate change 
    • Reduction of emissions 
    • Investments in renewable energy 

Politics

    • Long-term impacts on governments 
    • Impacts on public policy and regulation 
    • Levels of trust in political systems 
    • Changes in election methodologies

Will all these influences pressure leaders to the same degree?  Probably not.  

And some will ebb and flow over the three to five year time frame.  

You never know when opportunities emerge, but if you don’t anticipate and act when the window opens you may be left behind.

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

 “Your kindness radiates in all directions including toward yourself, and this fortifies and emboldens you to new heights of originality. You’ll fascinate, draw a crowd, sell to it and fund an enterprise you wholeheartedly believe in. How satisfying to know you’re making the kind of difference the world really needs now.

Is it too late to petition my mom for a new birthday, or do I just have to steal this one?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: If you wait until you are stirred to do a thing, it will be too late. To take advantage of a brief window of opportunity, you’ll have to move before you are ready and act before you are sure.”  Taurus

Granted it’s very difficult to navigate waves of change when you’ve lost your bearings.  But, there’s no time like the present to take some educated guesses how rippling-effects may game out.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Accept your fixed traits, and learn to highlight them, or work around them as needed. Every personality trait has within it the potential to be a worst or best quality and will be both, depending on when you look.” Gemini

Not only do your overused strengths turn into weaknesses, but if you know your Myer-Briggs Temperament I can identify the best and worst type of organization for you to choose and at what stage of their growth or decline.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Sometimes you doubt the malleability of identity. But when you think about how different you were 10 years ago, it’s clear that change is inevitable and never stops. Believe in your aspirations.” Cancer

And, consider how the ripple-effect of the Great Recession effected your employability. What have you learned since then?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:You can’t become who you want to be by doing the same activities you were doing. You’ll change it up and be pleasantly surprised by what you learn about yourself.” Capricorn

Exactly my point to Mr. Howey.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): It’s all falling into place for you. The elements are settling before you, all within your reach. Later you’ll be able to jostle things around and make them fit a little better. For now, let it happen.” Pisces

Are they, or is it really just too early to tell?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S2 E52 — What’s So Wrong with Conventional Wisdom Unless …

… We’re in for a period of applying intelligence, indulging curiosity, playing around with different perspectives and taking part in extraordinary discussions that could only happen at this historic moment.

Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Creativity can only be accessed in the present. To obsess about the future or ruminate about the past isn’t creative. Those behaviors can be useful, but a very small dose goes a long way.”  Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 52 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 24th day of May in the spring of 2020.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Table of Contents

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E51Let’s Agree to Make Things Worse, Shall We?; S2 E505 Fundamental Uncertainties; S2 E49Navigating Waves of Disruption When You’ve Lost Your Bearings

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E52Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken; S1 E51Brief, Broad, Fast, Wow and Delight; S1 E50The Bias Brothers or Just Plain Losers?; S1 E49Magnetize the Version You Imagine

Context

Can you predict the future?  Hell, no!  Does that stop anyone from trying, well not everyone, right?  In very uncertain times like these what we need I believe is scenario thinking instead. With it we can creatively prepare for and clarify potential risks when we choose a path forward.

And, that my friends is why I’m continuing my series drawing upon the report from Deloitte and Salesforce’s “The world remade by COVID-19 Scenarios for resilient leaders | 3-5 years.”

Why am I a big fan of scenarios — other than they are just so much fun to flesh out? 

Scenarios are stories about what the future may be like, created through a structured process  to stretch thinking, challenge conventional wisdom, and drive better decisions today. They are not predictions about what will happen. They are hypotheses about what could happen, designed to open our eyes to new opportunities or hidden risks. 

Here’s what they and we are after — trying to get our heads around what kinds of changes can we expect as we invest our livelihoods and embrace our social isolation sacrifices through a novel global uncertainty.

The good folks at Deloitte and Salesforce encourage us to challenge our assumptions.  

imagine how the things you were sure would happen could now be on a different course. Avoid the temptation to conclude that the crisis will accelerate the changes you already expected or believed were inevitable. 

Here’s an 8-step process of strategic exploration I normally follow. We’re now on step 4.

    1. State the specific decision to be made —to answer the question we’ve all been asking ourselves, what will have changed as a result of what’s happening to us right now.
    2. Identify the major environmental forces impacting the decision —the team identified 19 uncertainties and 5 critical uncertainties with two dimensions along which 2 critical uncertainties will drive the overall impact.
    3. Develop four plausible and qualitatively different possibilities for each force — 1.  The Passing Storm, 2. Good Company, 3. Sunrise in the East and 4. Lone Wolves.
    4. Assemble the alternatives for each force into internally consistent stories

Here’s how Deloitte and Salesforce summarized 5 critical forces playing out in each of 4 scenarios to assemble those forces into internally consistent stories. 

    1. Social cohesion rises with a heightened appreciation for interpersonal and familial relationships (Passing Storm); is maintained as society shifts to become more “purpose-driven” (Good Company); shifts to an increased emphasis on the “good of the whole” (Sunrise in the East); and falls, as xenophobia and suspicion of others become the norm (Lone Wolves).
    2. Technology advances stay on course as previous holdouts move online (Passing Storm); take center stage with large companies driving solutions in areas such as health tech and biotech (Good Company); are accelerated as more data-sharing allows for advances in AI and other advanced tech capabilities (Sunrise in the East); and are divergent among different markets, with a focus on advances in surveillance and control measures (Lone Wolves)
    3. Worldwide economies enter an extended recession with increased income inequality (Passing Storm); are disrupted with a growing concentration of power among large companies (Good Company); shrink due to the prolonged nature of the virus (Sunrise in the East); and are left in turmoil as global supply chains are disrupted (Lone Wolves)
    4. Focus on climate change is renewed as global collaboration provides hope for progress (Passing Storm); is mixed with some sustainability-minded companies investing in renewable energy (Good Company); is deemphasized as economic recovery is prioritized (Sunrise in the East); and declines as countries shift toward energy independence (Lone Wolves)
    5. Governments around the world gain trust and international organizations such as WHO grow in relevance (Passing Storm); partner with large corporations, who step up as part of the solution (Good Company); look to the east for guidance, as Asian countries effectively manage the virus (Sunrise in the East); and adopt isolationism as they attempt to contain the virus within (Lone Wolves)

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Because you have big plans, you can’t afford to wait for inspiration. You’ll simply show up and work whether you feel motivated or not. Inspiration will kick in eventually.” Scorpio

So I feel this almost every day.  Waiting for inspiration only means staring at a blank screen for far too long.  Two activities usually work for me.  The first I start the morning with, even before the first cup — scrolling through all the Apple News feeds I search to curate the days stories @Knowlabs. 

Something triggers an inspiration or a loose (at 5:30 am) connection for one of my passion projects.  The other is this habit on Thursdays through Fridays of curating TauBits of Wisdom because it stretches me to twist it somehow into what I want to say.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A lucrative wave of business occurs as your interests meld with the common interest and you provide a valuable service. Years of experience suddenly add up to well-deserved mastery. Smooth will be the road of relationships and smoother still will be your approach to getting into and out of them as the case may be.

I can only wish for two reasons.  I’m not seeing it and because this ain’t my birthday.  If it’s your’s Happy Birthday and enjoy your well-deserved mastery and smooth relationships.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Creativity can only be accessed in the present. To obsess about the future or ruminate about the past isn’t creative. Those behaviors can be useful, but a very small dose goes a long way.”  Leo

Amen brother Steves.  Rumination and obsession lead to a road of ruin — or at least blocked creativity.  Switch gears and close your favorite screen. 

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54:No one is entirely to blame for the situation they are in, but everyone is entirely responsible for their own situation. You’ll get the help you need and give the help that is needed in the name of improvement.” Libra

I almost passed on selecting Steve’s, until I realized we individually didn’t start the fire of COVID-19 burning out of control, but we can get vaccinated when it’s an option and we can wear our masks.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’ll have an excellent sense of where to focus, and it only gets better as the day progresses. At the end of the day, you’ll feel like you spent your energy on all the right things.  Capricorn

I know it’s really tough to know where to focus right now.  I only hope presenting this Deloitte and Salesforce report will make things a little easier and that makes me feel I’ve spent today’s energy on the right things, then.

“5” Steve Nash, 45:You will become aware of something you have been, until now, only unconsciously aware of. This is big. “Ah-ha” moments don’t come with fireworks. Nonetheless, they change everything.  Aquarius

When I’m not, my other trick is to ask, “What would Leo da V do?” to give me permission to procrastinate like a Renaissance Master and free associate like a dog on a walk who abruptly takes off with the first sniff of squirrel no matter what the destination was supposed to be.

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

… suggests we (shouldn’t) be quick to land on conclusions, definitions or labels. It’s not the moment to listen to uneducated opinions or even educated ones. Messes could very well become successes and vice versa, and it’s too soon to tell how the chips will fall. Time will tell, and anyone who tries to preempt time’s decree will later have to content with their own bad taste while eating their words. … we’re in for a period of applying intelligence, indulging curiosity, playing around with different perspectives and taking part in extraordinary discussions that could only happen at this historic moment. Set out to have fun, or better yet to be the fun. Above all, don’t take yourself too seriously, as that would only ruin the magic. The lighter a heart is, the higher it can fly.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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S2 E45 — Wildcard What Ifs and Doobie Bros Bias

We’ve grown.  From 1946 this time a week ago to over 2663 followers.  Don’t feel left out. Like, share or join our community to see what you’ve been missing.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: In a sea of retweets and homogenized opinions, you have a chance to put something out into the world that wasn’t there before. People need to hear something that’s not being said. You’re the one to say it.” Taurus

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 45 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 14th day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E44Celebrating Emma the Baroness Tribal Quarantine Style; S2 E43See What You’ve Been Missing …; S2 E42It Was Short and Sweet, but Heart-Felt

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E44Google Me Some Chopped Liver; S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day; S1 E42Love on the Run

Context

My weekly Patreon publishing campaign continued with a selection of Tau from this week and one from roughly a year ago in this article:

Wildcards? What’s Normal in this Rapidly Changing Landscape?

“Being able to take a long view of things will save you from future discomfort. There are a lot of things you could take on. Consider what it would mean for your next few days and far beyond.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Sean Martin, Express, Image: Getty Images.

The Tau: Week Ending 5/13/20

Tags: Apple, Alzheimer’s, Artificial Intelligence, Brain Implants, Cancer, Climate Change, COVID-19, Fusion, Material Science, Privacy, Technology Integration

Helping you face what’s going on today and creating some of your own if/then decisions. Saving you from future discomfort by considering longer term scenarios.

Important headlines from this week’s stories pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” curated for you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

What if … ?

COVID-19 Phase Two

          • Apple to Reopen Some U.S. Stores Next Week 
          • Scientists are drowning in Covid-19 research — this AI could help

Artificial Intelligence

          • Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance 
          • Demystifying Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence
          • DeepMind compares the way children and AI explore
          • Artificial intelligence is energy-hungry—new hardware could curb its appetite
          • 5 Reasons Why Artificial Intelligence Really Is Going To Change Our World

No Tears

          • A Powerful Model for Understanding Good Tech Integration

Privacy Hacks

          • Hackers sell over 73 million stolen user records on the dark web

Brainiacs 

          • Elon Musk to trial brain implants which may allow quadriplegics to walk 
          • AI Beats Neurologists at Making Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Climate Ramifications

          • We can’t self-isolate from climate change’

Protein Bombs

          • Immune cells blast infections and cancer with protein ‘bombs’

  Fusion Radio

          • Radio Wave Breakthrough Helps Stabilize Fusion Reactions

Material Science

          • We Might Have Just Found the Next Great Lighting Material

We’ve grown.  From 1946 this time a week ago to over 2663 followers.  Don’t feel left out. Like, share or join our community to see what you’ve been missing.

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“Poke around to get to the story behind the story, as jumping to conclusions will surely lead to error.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s once again time to check in with yourself on the higher thinking levels. Stop and ask yourself what you believe. Sure, you’ve done this already, but things have changed, and so have you.” Aries

Thanks for the reminder, with juggling so many initiatives at different stages of development it’s easy to forget what’s important.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: In a sea of retweets and homogenized opinions, you have a chance to put something out into the world that wasn’t there before. People need to hear something that’s not being said. You’re the one to say it.” Taurus

I’m taking this one to heart by claiming my Patreon publication about all the changes we’re facing and what they mean for us.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:Confirmation bias suggests that humans tend to believe first and then find supporting evidence second. This order makes it impossible to root out factual truth. Fight the phenomenon. Question your own motives.” Virgo

What’s that old song — people only see what they believe and disregard the rest? The whole point to the first year of my natural experiment is to test out all forms of bias and wonder about what happens in our brain to make us susceptible to confirmation and selection bias in the first place.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2300 to 2663.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E43 — See What You’ve Been Missing …

Patreon’s limited editing capabilities suck.  Their format choices totally changes how each of my publications originally appear in my WordPress blogs.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces 

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 43 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this ninth day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E42It Was Short and Sweet, but Heart-Felt; S2 E41A Pandemic End to Real Estate and Consulting?; S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day; S1 E42Love on the Run; S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream; S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On

Context

My new end of the week publication habit works.  Here’s what my early experimental attempt for Patreon became:

The Coming Millennial Migration — Will Remote Work Set You Free? 

“More sunsets are caught than sunrises because a greater number of people are awake in the evening than are watching for the break of dawn. Get on an early tract. There’s something spectacular in it for you.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Photo: Yang Lu

The Tau: Week Ending 5/9/20

New horizons. Grab some bucket list ideas to go — for deferred itineraries and remote-enabled resort towns. Curated from stories about local communities stretching along Pacific Coast Highway, in mountain resorts and on lakes, islands and in the great outdoors. 

But, here on the Atoll,  we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Instead we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

See what you’ve been missing. 

Check out this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” delivered, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Where … ?

PCH Regions

          • San Diego mayor: Compliance with new beach rules bodes well for state business reopening
          • Pismo Beach: Where To Eat, Stay, And Play
          • Whale that washed ashore in Ventura County towed out to sea
          • Wineries Sue Over Cannabis Operation
          • The Malibu Beach Inn Is Offering a Unique Social Distance Dining Experience for Mother’s Day
          • Video captures coyote going for a morning stroll by Levi’s Plaza in SF during shelter-in-place order

Islands and Currents

          • Hawaii’s Proposals To Safely Reopen Travel…
          • I Was Stranded in Hawaii by Coronavirus — and the Magical Islands Completely Stole My Heart
          • Hawaii wants to ensure a sustainable relationship with tourism post-COVID19
          • Hawaii arresting rogue tourists for violating mandatory quarantine
          • 30 Best Bucket List Trips For Your Lifetime: Sailing The Hidden Caribbean
          • Here’s how Sandals plans to re-open its Caribbean resorts to guests
          • I’m Quarantined on a Yacht in the Caribbean. It’s Not What You Think
          • Squid are back in abundance along Central California coast
          • On Catalina Island, Unemployment Is 90%. A Local Food Pantry is Making Sure No One Goes Hungry

Mountains and Lakes

          • Why whitewater rafting could be the safest way to a family vacation this summer
          • Prediction tool shows how forest thinning may increase Sierra Nevada snowpack 
          • 9 Things To Know About The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail
          • Cute Video: Mama bear rescues cubs, swimming them to safety one-by-one in South Lake Tahoe
          • Introducing The Mountaineers Statement on Climate Change

Pristine Treks

          • Outerbike cancels Deer Valley mountain bike demo event
          • How To Spend A Weekend In Historic Truckee, California
          • This Colorado Doggo Has Hit More Than 5,000 Summits
          • California Snowpack Already Nearly Bare As Drought Worsens

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

          • Western Slope Farmers Forge On Despite Losing 90 Percent of Peach Crop
          • An Ace Hotel Gift Card Is a Win-Win Purchase
          • Live out your Santorini dreams in this Palm Springs house asking $3M
          • Take a Peek Inside Walt Disney’s Former Technicolor Dream House

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You’ve been happy with your choices, but now you’re starting to notice that there are new options on the horizon.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : COVID-19, climate, deserts, horizons, islands, lakes, migration, Millennials, mountains, Pacific Coast Highway, rafting, ranges, regions, rivers, remote, road trips, slopes, sunrises

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Pain is a signal. It is possible to feel pain and not be hurt by it. For example, endurance sports enthusiasts may experience this as they push through a workout. Pain is part of the process. Hurt is a judgment.” Scorpio

I’m guessing that pain means frustration on my part.  If so then, yes, it definitely part of the process.  I get that.  There are no short cuts, there is only doing.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: You know your limits and your triggers, which makes you more powerful, not less. But take into account that things like that change. You get stronger and braver. Test and push yourself today.” Sagittarius

I detect a theme.  Quit bitching if you’re so powerful.  Push through today.  OK. Got it.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Your confidence comes from a wellspring of integrity. You know what you’ve done, what you have and who you are. You don’t require constant reminders of your greatness or tons of reinforcement to feel good.  Taurus

Don’t be so sure for this career reincarnation. Some reminders of greatness would be nice.  Or maybe just 500 pounds of reinforcement.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You think about things in a certain way that you may not even be aware of until you express what you’re thinking to a friend. The act of articulating yourself brings about new insights.”  Aquarius

Not only for me, but I noticed this early on in my one-on-one advisory career with “C-Suite” executives.  I put on a brave face before each engagement fearing my lack of answers for someone operating at the top tier of an organization.  Until, that fateful day when I simply asked a VP what she had been doing already about the problem or challenge she faced.  Then, my natural instincts and intuition kicked in.  Get them to tell you and in the telling their answers reveal themselves.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces

Theory is one thing.  Explanations and instructions are just that.  Until you take all the teachings and advice and apply them is when the true knowledge is revealed.  No hacks or shortcuts to building your own experience into wisdom.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2,170 to 2300.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

S3 E26 — Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

People often ask me, how did you arrive at the final selection of Steves from whom you steal their “TauBits of Wisdom”?  So I look both of them directly in the eye and say …

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Good questions get direct answers. Write and rewrite your question until it rings with truth and then ask your heart for answers and write down what it says. Move your hand across the page unthinkingly; the words will come.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 22 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 10th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E25 Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …; S3 E24Reunion on the Edge of the Pacific Ocean near Legoland? Hell Yeah! ;  S3 E23Free from the Pile of Rubble in Your Brain

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll; S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Talk about coincidences piling up, their question is precisely the one I’m writing for next  section of the 1-Year Experiment Report.  So here it goes, enjoy!

Turning to my Knowledge Bank, aka Pinboard, let me set the stage.  

In September, 2019 there were 406,129 people in the U.S. with the first name Steve, statistically the 153rd most popular first name. More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Steve are male. 

“Wow, is that a lot?” I wondered.  

Which is why I followed Alice down the rabbit hole (which for some unforeseen reason I’m not shooting any longer when they graze on my front lawn with the jet nozzle set to full  force on my hose (rabbits not Alice)) having Googled “Steve”.

Nope. It’s like Steve is on an endangered list.

But, believe it or leave it on the web I found a hell of a lot of lists.  Lists of famous people.  Lists about ranking the best, worst, most interesting, and most surprising names of real people, normal and famous.

And a famous Steves quiz — Quick, how many celebrities named Steven can you think of?  Close your eyes, no fair peaking!

The famous Steves below have many different professions, as this list includes notable actors named Steven, athletes named Steve, and even political figures named Steven. Steve Martin was one of the original Saturday Night Live cast members. He’s also been in movies such as Roxanne and The Three Amigos. He also is a playwright and an avid art collector. Steve Carrell hasn’t been on SNL, but he used to star on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He really made his way into everyone’s hearts as his starring role on The Office. He then transitioned into films, including Crazy, Stupid Love and Anchorman. Steve Irwin was also on television, but he wasn’t cracking too many jokes. He was an Australian native who hosted the show The Crocodile Hunter. He infamously passed away when he was stung by a sting ray.

And, so on. 

Until I felt I hit the jackpot. Was this synchronicity?  

Something in my little Leo da V brain chimed like someone named Steve ringing my doorbell. Can you believe the Amazon driver’s name was Steve?

One of the famous birthdays sites listed the top 10 Steves organized by horoscope which when you do the math = 120!

    • Scorpios: Steve Zahn, 51; Steve Peacocke, 37; Steve Ditko, (1927 – 2018); Steve Kazee, 43; Steve Valentine, 52; Steve Caballero, 54; Steve Atwater, 52; Steve Edge, 46; Steve Gonsalves, 43; Steve Bould, 56
    • Aquarius:  Steve Nash, 45; Steve Perry, 70; Steve Yeager, 38; Steve McNair (1973 – 2009); Steve Prefontaine (1951 – 1975); Steve Terada, 35; Steve Roberts, 37; Steve Reeves (1926 – 2000); Steve Wynn, 77; Steve Hackett, 69 
    • Capricorns: Steve Harvey, 62; Steve Harwell, 52; Steve Hardynal, 29; Steve Earle, 64; Steve Lund, 30; Steve Jordan, 62; Steve Bruce, 58; Steve Allen (1921 – 2000); Steve Williams, 55; Steve Wariner, 64; Steve Garvey, 70 
    • Sagittarius: Steve Aoki, 41; Steve Buscemi, 61; Steve Cook, 34; Steve Harris, 53; Steve Angello, 36; Steve Moses, 26; Steve Spangler, 52; Steve Biko (1946 – 1977); Steve Taylor, 61; Steve Stamp, 34 
    • Virgos: Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Steve Jones, 64; Steve Garrigan, 31; Steve Pemberton, 52; Steve Schirripa, 62; Steve Oram, 46; Steve Milatos, 27; Steve Park, 52; Steve Hofmeyr, 55 
    • Cancers: Steve Howey, 42; Steve Perez, 23; Steve Burton, 49; Steve Little, 47; Steve Booker, 31; Steve Downes, 58; Steve Lawrence, 84; Steve Thomas, 56; Steve Albini, 57; Steve Byrne, 45 
    • Leos: Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69; Steve Lacy (1934 – 2004); Steve Hawkins, 57; Steve Ronin, 27; Steve Chen, 41; Steve Higgins, 56; Steve Talley, 38; Steve Davis, 52 
    • Geminis: Steve Smith, 30, Steve Lacy, 21, Steve Zaragoza, 37, Steve Vai, 59, Steve Cardenas, 45, Steve Rizzo, 20, Steve Mason, 31, Steve Novak, 36, Steve Savoca, 22; Steve Willis, 43 
    • Taurus: Steve Backshall, 46; Steve Smith, 40; Steve Winwood, 71; Steve Yzerman, 54; Steve Stevens, 60; Steve Clark, (1960 – 1991); Steve Spurrier, 74; Steve McCurry, 69; Steve Arienta, 41; Steve Hansen, 60 
    • Aries: Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980); Steve Redgrave, 57; Steve Mandanda, 34; Steve Ballmer, 63; Steve James, 21; Steve Pearce, 36; Steve Howe, 72; Steve Augustine, 42; Steve Bull, 54; Steve Halliwell, 65 
    • Libras: Steve Kerr, 54; Steve Burns, 46; Steve Terreberry, 32; Steve Young, 58; Steve Coogan, 53; Steve Miller, 76; Steve Whitmire, 60; Steve Largent, 65; Steve McQueen, 50; Steve Lukather, 61 
    • Pisces: Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011); Steve Irwin, (1962 – 2006); Steve Wilkos, 55; Steve McFadden, 60; Steve Harris, 63; Steve Gold, 34; Steve Grand, 29; Steve Francis, 42; Steve Evans, 40; Steve Price, 45

That’s 115 more famous Steves than I could name in 2019.

Need I remind you, the purpose of living life like an artist in a natural experiment wasn’t to sing the praises of 120 Steves, but only to separate them from their TauBits of Wisdom — legitimately or illegitimately.  

Evidence

Let’s start legit — which Zahn, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness and I can claim as our birthright, right?

Except for the part about my unthinking hands grazing across the page, I’m in solidarity with your Holiday Tau today, Zahnny.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Good questions get direct answers. Write and rewrite your question until it rings with truth and then ask your heart for answers and write down what it says. Move your hand across the page unthinkingly; the words will come.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Ready or not, here’s the illegitimate part … I like glowing, magic in the summer and a financial lift (but is that like a heist or an elevator)?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

You don’t feel courageous, but you are. At first you get things done regardless of whether you believe you can or not. Then you start a streak. The more wins you rack up, the more confidence you gain. You’ll go public with your idea and glow in the spotlight. Summer brings magical connections and a financial lift, too.

Did you notice the addition of Stevie Nicks to “the 99.9 percent of people with the first name Steve are male”?  If I hadn’t added her would the Holiday Tau include lifting weights and feathers? Or what about leather and lace?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Some things are worth doing even though they might be difficult, and some things are worth doing because they’re sure to be difficult. No one ever got strong lifting feathers.” Gemini

What, Howey, don’t leave us in suspense.  What does excitement lead to?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:An ambitious mood strikes. Ambition requires you to take risks, and risks come with fear, and fear feeds into thrills, which can be addictive. This is only the start of the excitement.” Cancer

So, if I interpret your Holiday Tau correctly Coach Kerr, Leo’s ping, which normally distracts me like a squirrel does a Golden Retriever away from writing my other manuscripts, may end better than I can imagine?  Money? Attention? Props? Someone keeps calling telling me I better act fast because my Honda CRV warranty is about to expire?  Not that kind of calling? 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: A tangent will turn into a main focus, mainly because you keep getting attention, money and props for it. This is actually starting to feel like a calling, if not an obsession.” Libra

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7816 to 7925 organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent? “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

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S4 E16 — The Collateral Damage Triggered by the Reflexive Control Playbook

We’d long been confused by the former President’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “Events unfold similarly to the rhythms of yesterday, but you’ll ride them differently because you know them better. You’re getting into the deeper levels of things.” Aquarius

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 16th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 27th day of March in the spring of 2022.

We concluded the three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed — during the “normal” pre-pandemic year compared to the pandemic year, and more recently to the paradoxically normal year. 

Season Four continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E15So Maybe Ulysses S. Grant Wasn’t Wrong After All; S4 E14 Lies and Lost Causes and Repeat and Repeat; S4 E13Was Trump Putin’s Puppet?

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14 — How!; S3 E13 — Why?; 

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift; S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

United States is elementally unlike the Soviet Union, unlike Putin’s Russia wrote Alexander Vindman in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story.”

Presidents sit at the head of this table (in the Situation Room). It was the room where President Obama and his team watched the Osama bin Laden raid being carried out.

We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary.

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. 

By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass.

Vindmin says the biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression.  Our diplomacy had been based on that fact.

That was until the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars, creating shock and dismay in the minds of the professionals tending to the global order on behalf of America.

Enter Rudolph Giuliani into the mix — as a direct representative of Trump taking advantage of the confusion over the White House’s behavior toward Ukraine.

Vindman, in his book and in testimony at the first impeachment hearings of Trump, concluded that Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s proposal, acting on behalf of Trump, to the Ukrainians was clearly improper, but at least Sondland wasn’t a freelancing outlier like Giuliani

If you were glued to the hearings like Emma the Baroness and I were, you’ll recall that prior to serving in the Trump Administration, Sondland is the founder and chairman of Provenance Hotels. 

According to his Wikipedia page, he served as the United States Ambassador to the European Union from 2018  to 2020. 

Vendman recalls how he crashed smack dab into “that false narrative, one concocted for the shabbiest of reasons unimaginably remote from anything I was working on for high-level global U.S. strategy.”

Helsinki would be the first face-to-face between the new president of the United States and President Putin:  felt my stomach sink as I thought about the U.S. interpreter, public attempts to determine the content of the presidential meeting.

Trump, through Giuliani, was clearly demanding a public commitment by Zelensky to investigate Burisma (a Ukrainian gas company where Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden had sat on the board) and the 2016 election as a prerequisite to receive a White House invitation or phone call. 

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo? The answer is yes,” he said in his opening remarks. The quid pro quo in question was relating to the public commitment by Zelensky to investigate Burisma and the 2016 election as a prerequisite to receive a White House invitation or phone call. — Wikipedia

Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian and actor ran on a platform of 

    • reform,
    • anticorruption, and 
    • public trust in government for 
    • real improvement within Ukraine,

Trump, on the other hand, it became clear ran on the platform of re-electing Trump at all cost.

Marie “Masha” Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, worked closely with Bill Taylor, the Vietnam War–era infantry officer.

Didn’t matter how capable she was, she was collateral damage.

 Trump recalled her on the basis of a smear, according to Vindmen. 

President Trump’s instincts for how to handle Russia strategy —what I saw was disappointing. Russians were relying, as usual, on our not knowing what to do in the face of their belligerence.

The pros knew how adept the Russians were at a technique—it’s part of a uniquely Russian doctrine called “reflexive control”—which conveys information that inclines an opponent to overreact. It’s kinda like the old saying the easiest mark for a sale is another salesperson.

Trump fell into a classic state of decision paralysis. Vindman reflects on his motivations based on Trump’s behavior — 

(It) seems possible that President Trump simply didn’t care about the U.S. interests and was more concerned about not upsetting President Putin.

Meanwhile Giuliani’s moves were bewildering.  He freelanced with his own strange agenda:

Rudolph Giuliani inserted himself into diplomatic matters once William Barr mischaracterized the findings Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in early 2019 as an exoneration of the president for colluding with Russia during his campaign and implicated Ukraine instead.

Giuliani as the mouthpiece for his “client” spun the same story the Russians had now been pushing for two years, according to Vindmen.

In March, negative stories began circulating about the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Masha Yovanovitch, based on Lutsenko’s accusations (Lutsenko would later recant this falsehood.) 

Vindman says he did his best to try to get NSC to go out on a limb to support Ambassador Yovanovitch, while Donald Trump Jr. approvingly retweeted a Daily Wire article repeating slanderous claims about her.

Once the narrative was in place at the end of April Trump directed Secretary Pompeo to recall Ambassador Yovanovitch — to remove some impediments to whatever Giuliani was trying to get going in Ukraine.

Evidence

Now what about Steves?  What’s going on here?  Alas. Nothing for me or Emma the Baroness today.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “What makes you want to hug someone, and what makes you want to yell? You’ll become more conscious of your triggers and start to develop plans to avoid unwanted states.” Aries

I feel like I’m the only one heeding your advice.  After the Pandemic, the Impeachments, the Insurrection and now the Invasion — I’ve got so many triggers I don’t know what to do.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “The world is not divided into two teams. Thinking in terms of winners/losers, right/wrong, my way/your way is too reductive to solve today’s problem or seize the current opportunities.” Virgo

Haven’t we all been conditioned to view the world through for me or against me lenses?  No wonder I’m triggered so much.

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54: “In life, challenge is given. In a sense, you’re in a privileged position today because you have the luxury of choosing the sort of challenges that are aimed at getting you to a much-desired place.” Libra

Yeah, I see how this might be true.  And I feel blessed that I have some choices while others less fortunate don’t.  So, let’s hope for the best and plan for the worst and collectively work our way through our challenges together.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Fear is like a wild horse. If you’re going to ride it, you must first become its master. Today you’ll get in touch with your inner rodeo star and you’ll find a way to communicate with the wildness inside you.” Sagittarius

I love the first sentence.  I hadn’t thought of fear being like a wild horse.  Unless it’s all about that old TV cowboy motto, when the horse throws you out of the saddle you have to jump back up and on or you’ll be too afraid to try again in the future.  In my career I chose public speaking and training groups.  Like the majority of us speaking in front of an audience is our number one fear.  It was for me until I mastered it.

“5” Steve Nash, 45: “Events unfold similarly to the rhythms of yesterday, but you’ll ride them differently because you know them better. You’re getting into the deeper levels of things.” Aquarius 

Is this still about riding that wild horse again to communicate with the wildness inside me?  Or is it a recognition that history doesn’t repeat itself because we live in totally different times, but the rhythms and rhymes echo emotional feelings from our past.  Or as Jamie Raskin explains the Lost Cause Myth spun in the Confederacy South after its defeat still rhymes with the vein Trump taps into as the aggrieved victim who had everything unfairly taken away from what was rightfully his — the second term in office.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “One person’s waste of time is another person’s passion. No need to judge the matter; it’s a personal choice. As long as you follow what interests and engages you, your time is well-spent.” Pisces

Even if no one follows you on Patreon?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines, according to my analytics, grew from 12344 this week to 12458 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 196 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. The biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.” 
    • David Enrich begins his book with a suicide in “Deutsche Bank Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” and then meticulously details the bank’s Russian money laundering operations. Deutsche’s Russian business surged after revenues had fallen 50% due to the 2008 financial crisis. Putin’s Russia, poured in to Deutsche from deals it did with VTB Bank, linked to the Kremlin’s intelligence apparatus. Deutsche positioned itself as a crucial cog in “The Laundromat” by doing what couldn’t be done — processing cross-border transactions for banks that were too small  and didn’t have offices outside their home countries.
    • “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy” by Jamie Raskin recalls one tragedy no parent should endure — the suicide of his son — and then a second tragedy at almost the same time — the insurrection on January 6th 2021, that terrified he and his congressional peers who were tasked by the Constitution to routinely oversee the orderly transfer of power from one former president to the duly elected new President. 
    • “A Warning” by Anonymous (Miles Taylor) written prior to the January 6th Insurrection as an insider’s account documenting how frequently the former President’s behavior and rage without any “guard rails” showed just how far he would go to win the next election at any cost while spinning lies and misinformation on top of each other.  

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S3 E23 — Free from the Pile of Rubble in Your Brain

Isn’t this 8-step method what we all need for suspending your preconceived notions, going into new experiences with an open mind, recording what impressions and perceptions and feelings you encounter, and then later comparing them to the consensual reality?  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Anyone who’s ever undergone a construction project knows that destruction is part of expansion. The mess goes on and on until that grand moment… out of the rubble rises a new frame. You’ll see it today.”  Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 23 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 4th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E22What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?; S3 E21Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy DogS3 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

On Easter Sunday at 6:30 am I asked “What would Leo da V do?” having partially finished curating news for California Tip to Tip while waiting for today’s edition of the Los Angeles Times to drop.

And, boy did I get an inner earful from Mr. da V.  Witness some loose fitting musings:

An introvert’s mind mirrors a universe that mirrors an introvert’s mind.  Necessary fictions.  A UCI mindfulness expert … triggered sequence of learning something like just-in-case of education turns into knowledge by applying what you’ve read or viewed through experience.  What then is wisdom?  How does it get entangled up into dogma and devolve into cultish restrictions and power plays?  Why or which part  or our brain embraces packaged wisdom uncritically.

But it didn’t stop there.  He and I played an if this then that game. 

If all of this is true, then understanding hidden connections that trigger negative consequences in our lives which are so predictable could surface through identifying rippling effects.  And if that’s true, then couldn’t we say wisdom is a reliable signal and response to normally unseen threats?

And what about threats?  

From the external world — the real world — what lessons do we draw from loss and grief and disruption which call into question or safety and security at the base of Maslow’s hierarchy? Wouldn’t it be wise to understand what happened, so the way that threat threw us for a loop or a loss, could be prevented or avoided?

Evidence

Yup, right?  Turning now from Leo da V to the Tau of Steves can we add to experience, knowledge and wisdom?

Huh.  I get the metaphor, but I’m not putting the brakes on the 1-year experiment as much as I’m five days away from the end of the twice extended 1-year experiment, which overlaps with the beginning of the second, setting up a preview chapter for year two — the pandemic year.

“5” Steve Zahn, 51: “You can put the brakes on a project if you want to. Things will definitely slow, but the screeching sound will attract much attention and, as it goes with this sort of thing, give the impression of an impending accident.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead: 

Chimpanzees, dolphins, a few birds and the tiny fish known as the cleaner wrasse have this in common: a similar relationship to the mirror as your average human being. 

Other than an elite slice of the animal kingdom, most of the creatures take no part in the strange phenomenon that is self-consciousness. Sure, many animals see themselves in a mirror; they just don’t recognize that presence as themselves… the phrase “I am” takes on different dimensions. 

The desire to be attractive has a way of making people second-guess their choices. As we mentally angle ourselves to figure out what others are seeing when they look our way, we naturally drift to an outsider’s point of view. 

Discomfort comes part in parcel with a consciousness that is out exploring instead of centered around the core of one’s being. To mentally “leave home” in this way — being willfully uncentered and out of body whilst objectively viewing one’s own human casing — is in and of itself a very strange and complex phenomenon. 

Just know that self-observation is typically distorted. Don’t forget that you’re an animal, too. When the mirror gets to be too much, not noticing or caring is always an option.

“Wait, what was that about dolphins?”  Leo da V faintly whispered again.  Okay, I see where this is going.  John Lilly’s method, and if so, should that be how the 1-year experiment ends with a tool for resolving competing wisdom packages?  Surfacing lies that we can believe in, but maybe shouldn’t?

Our — Emma the Baroness and my,  ongoing battle against ants on it’s 4th day in a row takes on a little different meaning — how explorer ants leave trails for others to follow, how well organized they are — and thanks to Leo da V’s clues, lead to a book on my office shelf,  “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights, but didn’t stop there.

Using the natural sciences as his model, Wilson forges dramatic links between fields.  He explores the chemistry of the mind and the genetic bases of culture.  He postulates the biological principles underlying works of art from cave drawings to “Lolita”.

Ranging the spectrum of human knowledge and synthesizing it into a dazzling whole, ‘Consilience’ is science in the grand visionary tradition of Newton, Einstein, and Feynman.

But, Leo wasn’t done pointing out fodder for my own feeble attempts at consilience.  

He reminded me of the beginning of the Sam Harris podcast I heard on my way to pick up dinner at In-n-Out.  Harris interviewed an early psychedelics researcher, who years ago wrote a guide for taking a successful trip and more recently authored a book about multiple selves, James Fadiman. 

In 2020 he wrote, “Your Symphony of Selves: Discover and Understand More of Who We Are” which was the topic of a book on consciousness in paperback that I can no longer locate. I blame it on Shaggy. 

Welcome our Patron Saint back to our TauBit of Wisdom discussion.  So you’re saying this 1-year experiment has been nothing but rubble, but out of it crystalizes my new frame just in time for making sense?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Anyone who’s ever undergone a construction project knows that destruction is part of expansion. The mess goes on and on until that grand moment… out of the rubble rises a new frame. You’ll see it today.”  Aries 

No, the Holiday Tau for you three describes how fun, but vexing the challenge has been.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Intellectual challenge will be part of the fun. You’ll be sharpened by dealing with problems. Seek input from those who’ve been there already and who have something to teach about that.”  Taurus

Michael Hartl chose tau to represent 2pi because it nicely ties in with the Greek word “tornos,” meaning “turn,” looks like a pi with one leg instead of two and in math is superior to its vastly better known cousin because pi creates unnecessary complications in many formulas. A more appropriate number to work with when it comes to circles would be 2pi. So in a geometric way your Holiday Tau signals I’m coming full circle to a moment of clarity.  Am I right?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Galileo declared that the universe was written in the language of mathematics, without which we cannot understand a single ‘word’ of it. A bit of math in your personal universe can be worked out for game-changing clarity.” Cancer

Is it because I’m under Leo da V’s influence today, or are Steves TauBits of Wisdom pointing to it also?  John Lilly’s 8-step method for suspending any preconceived notions, going into new experiences with an open mind, recording what impressions and perceptions and feelings you encounter, and then later comparing them to the consensual reality.  Thanks, Coach Nash for nudging me towards my own consilience. 

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What you’re working on now is not a quick fix but a solution with many steps that will unfold over time. First things first: awareness. It’s hard for people to change things they know nothing of.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7650 to 7742 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” by David Enrich.  Before myriads of LLCs and questionable business dealings with Trump, Deutsche Bank wanted desperately to compete on Wall Street which grew out of “scandals related to money laundering, tax evasion, manipulating interest rates, manipulating the prices of precious metals, manipulating the currencies markets, bribing foreign officials, accounting fraud, violating international sanctions, ripping off customers, and ripping off the German, British, and United States governments.”  Enrich’s account fills in details missing from Mary Trump’s  “Too Much is Never Enough”, “A Warning” by Anonymous; “Very Stable Genius”  “Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis,  “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” by Jim Comey, “Devil’s Bargain” by Steve Bannon, and “Fantasyland” by Kurt Andersen 
    • “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates. I love how he starts off with “There are two numbers you need to know about climate change.  The first is 51 billion.  The other is zero.  Fifty-one billion is how many tons of greenhouse gases … zero is what we need to aim for.” 
    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.”

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S3 E22 — What’s the Experiment Got To Do with the Exodus from Barb’s Bunny Ranch?

Bunny Foo-Foo, the second of our back patio baby rabbits, hit the road for greener pastures. The first died on our cement up against a 12 inch green hedge.  Maybe Foo-Foo’s joining the nomads who left Barb’s Bunny Ranch when Bronco, the new sheriff hit town? Yip, Yip, Yippie.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The solution comes from seeing the problem in different ways. One new idea is a start — proof of the magic difference perspective can make. Don’t stop there. At 25 alternatives, you’ve only begun to scratch the surface.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 22 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 3rd day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after. 

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E21Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy Dog; S3 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal; S3 E19Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

How did the day start?  Killing ants. It gives me no thrill like shooting rabbits does.  The ants are winning in record numbers.  

And, Emma the Baroness frowns upon my attempts to drag the green yellow striped hose from the back yard inside to shoot the ants, like I do at our front yard grazing rabbits, in the remodeled kitchen.

Bunny Foo-Foo, the second of our back patio baby rabbits, hit the road for greener pastures. The first died on our cement up against a 12 inch green hedge.  Maybe Foo-Foo’s joining the nomads who left Barb’s Bunny Ranch when Bronco, the new sheriff hit town? Yip, Yip, Yippie. 

Record numbers remind me about making sense of the evolving 1- year experiment.  

This is the section of the experiment’s outline labeled Methodology:

    1. Each morning with blurry eyes I scanned through the days offerings in the print edition of The Los Angeles Times. Old rabbits die hard.  
    2. We might unsubscribe later, because we dip into their online edition to save articles however comma I couldn’t during the course of the experiment, for consistency’s sake.
    3. For those of you who expect a full accounting — 365 days worth of Tau — I apologize, but for reasons I’ll disclose in the full report, only the four days a week — Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — of home delivery provided the data. 
    4. Spending less than a 3 to 5 seconds per 12 Holiday Tau possibilities or skipping over some without even reading after a few lines, I marked those that struck a cord in me. 
    5. Both Emma the Baroness and I kinda like the texture and the layout of each newspaper page as we turn each and fold them in our hands.  And cover our identity by washing the ink from our fingers in case the FBI comes searching for finger prints.
    6. But, to limit selection or celebrity biases, like today,  I then compose, by day and date, what was happening without re-reading the Holiday Tau’s message.
    7. Finally, I pull up each of Steve’s Holiday Tau and compare the saying to my situation and score the most relevant “5”. Usually the “1”s and even the “2”s as time marched on didn’t make it at all. 

Evidence

So, yesterday turned out to be a Holiday Tau bonanza with 5 out of 8 “5”s and 3 “4”s.  Today, there ain’t no TauBits of Wisdom for us four — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness or me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

What’s the opposite of a bonanza?

Haha guys, this must be one of those days.  I’m not feeling the rain yet.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “It is possible to go through days without feeling completely awake. Today, when your brain enlivens and the ideas drop in, it’s a gentle high — like the plants must feel when the rains begin — perked up, more than alive.”  Taurus

So, is it because Nicks, Wonder and Winwood could finish the lyric, “Raindrops keep falling on my head …” name the singer and movie it was featured in?  And you’re saying I need at least 25 idea drops?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The solution comes from seeing the problem in different ways. One new idea is a start — proof of the magic difference perspective can make. Don’t stop there. At 25 alternatives, you’ve only begun to scratch the surface.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7650 to 7742 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction” by David Enrich.  Before myriads of LLCs and questionable business dealings with Trump, Deutsche Bank wanted desperately to compete on Wall Street which grew out of “scandals related to money laundering, tax evasion, manipulating interest rates, manipulating the prices of precious metals, manipulating the currencies markets, bribing foreign officials, accounting fraud, violating international sanctions, ripping off customers, and ripping off the German, British, and United States governments.”  Enrich’s account fills in details missing from Mary Trump’s  “Too Much is Never Enough”, “A Warning” by Anonymous; “Very Stable Genius”  “Fifth Risk” by Michael Lewis,  “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” by Jim Comey, “Devil’s Bargain” by Steve Bannon, and “Fantasyland” by Kurt Andersen
    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events. 
    • “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster” by Bill Gates. I love how he starts off with “There are two numbers you need to know about climate change.  The first is 51 billion.  The other is zero.  Fifty-one billion is how many tons of greenhouse gases … zero is what we need to aim for.”

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S3 E18 — My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!

Is this cheating?  It’s not like I’m not committing a crime already.  I mean let’s face it not that many TauBits of Wisdom I curate are legitimately mine. But at least of the ones I score each day, they hit the printed page on the day I note.  This, however, breaks that rule.  

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 18 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 27th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List” 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Which is the subject of Non Sequitur by Wiley, though not from today but from yesterday:

The first two scenes are at home.

“How was school Danae?  Anything fun happen?”

“Yes, thanks to you, Daddy!”

“Oh? How so?”

“I remembered what you said when you yelled at the TV about perpetuating a Big Lie.”

The scene shifts to school and a teacher. 

“…And even the President isn’t above the law.”

So Danae says, “Can you back that up with any President ever held liable of his crimes?”

In the last scene at home, “Um… How was that fun?”

“My teacher is sending you to detention.”

Since I’m on a crime spree, check out yesterday’s Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Patis:  

Pig climbs the side of the hill where a donkey sits on top. 

“Oh wise ass on the hill what great wisdom have you reached during the pandemic? That the future is uncertain? That loneliness can be crippling?  That life is fragile?” 

“That I can go five days without showering.”

At the base of the hill Pig turn to Rat, “This pandemic has been very enlightening.”

If you scanned my week for which talent projects I compulsively completed at the exclusion of everything else I was supposed to spend my time — like filing 2020 taxes — you’d see I composed seven days worth of the last month in my 1-year experiment.

Maybe not quite as bad as the wise ass on the hill, but just about as enlightening as great wisdom goes.

Evidence

And, that turns my attention to today’s Tau of Steves beginning with the only one for which I don’t have to break the law as a birthday impersonator.

Where is glory?  In Idaho somewhere?  I feel the weight-lifting strain without any glamour.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The building goes up one brick at a time and so does your success. There is no glamour in it today (each move looks and feels like a weight-lifting repetition), but eventually, you’ll dance in glory.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I feel less like a criminal ever since we declared Steve McQueen our Patron Saint.  His Holiday Tau for today, touches on Wiley’s Non Sequitur, but I can only wish for the punchline. 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People are born with open mouths and minds. Many adults are better at closing their minds than they are at closing their mouths, but your disarming approach sparks imagination and brings people back to openness.” Aries

I felt so much better lifting WW&C’s TauBit because truth be told, I’m living in two different time zones.  Most of this week I’ve been stuck in pre-COVID 2020 February first through the second week the 15th.  Do you remember what life was like then? 

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Sure, living in the present is usually optimal — but not always. When the past keeps pulling you into its dream, there’s something for you there. The living you do in the past counts as living, too.” Taurus

Hmm.  Maybe I should combine your TauBit of Wisdom with Aoki since I’d circling around stories for my Memoir, a work-work-in-progress “Volume Two Manuscript.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “As for the rituals and beliefs you no longer participate in, it’s not because you lost them along the way, rather they got traded in the development of your soul. There’s no part of your story that doesn’t belong there.” Gemini

Does this count?  I left off at Day 171 of My 1-Year Experiment struggling with how to write about a decade for my memoir.  

Is it about encountering 2008 and 2009 graduates who felt they were sold a bill of goods?  Or about how the requirements changed and I chafed at those requirements?  

Or is it about how my guidance provided insight into how plateaued professionals might advance once they better understood the lay of their land and how to propose value-adding strategies of overcome their type-casting weaknesses?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “When you can’t figure out what you want, start with what you don’t want. When you X out the negative space, form emerges. You’re like a sculptor chipping away at anything that is not the masterpiece.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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S3 E17 — Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed

Last night Emma the Baroness and I gladly welcomed Jazzy to our family room and dinner table for his take on the size of the wedding budget, how many guests will be invited and the big reveal of who and how many Jazzy and our combined lists totaled.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Don’t worry. You didn’t meet the right person at the wrong time because that’s not even a thing. There’s only meeting people when you do and making it mean something to you.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 17 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 26th day of March in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind; S3 E15 — Wait, Did I Say That Out Loud?; S3 E14 — How!

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15 — Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List”; S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift  

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15 — Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

He and Delta Girl agreed to hold the line to a smaller, more affordable and intimate sized affair.  Even though he slightly recalled names we wanted to add he said he was drawing the line at people he saw frequently in his life, not necessarily even parents of those buddies.  

I airdropped our spreadsheet of combined names, ranked with “5” as must haves to his iPhone and asked who and how invitations would be addressed.  Like somehow sending contact cards with addresses or on the final cut spreadsheet?  

He answered that it’s almost a year away and didn’t get the urgency of questions we asked.  

Haha I told him, you’re on a treadmill that is just now speeding up.  Emma the Baroness said postponed plans will lead to a rush of weddings and sold out accommodations for out of town relatives.

In kind of a coincidence, this morning I spotted this comic in the LA Times print edition.   It was a two panel sight gag in Blondie by Dean Young & John Marshall. 

In the first scene, a close up at the catering counter separating Blondie from a young blonde woman.  She says, “We had to postpone our wedding fo a whole year! But now we’re ready.” “Oh, Shayna, how wonderful that after all that time you and dean still chose each other.” In the second scene a long shot with Dean lying on the floor but being dragged to the counter by Shayna holding onto his shirt collar, “Oh yeah … We’re both really excited!”

Evidence

Any Holiday Tau worth reporting for us Steves?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if there ever was a Holiday Tau meant for Emma the Baroness and me, this would be the one, but with a slight twist.  We did meet each other at the wrong time, which is the subject of our life long love affair in Volume Three.  

And, then there’s the total improbability of meeting at all.  She was born in Lillehammer, Norway and I in Plainfield, New Jersey.  

She had taken a temporary job at the same state hospital where I had agreed to work on my psychology internship as a way for making money while also working for Dr. Sig half-time at the Behavior Modification Institute in Newport Center, across Pacific Coast Highway and up the undeveloped field filled with the kind of owls that burrow from Corona del Mar.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Don’t worry. You didn’t meet the right person at the wrong time because that’s not even a thing. There’s only meeting people when you do and making it mean something to you.”  Taurus

Hi, Steve.  I’m guessing as our Patron Saint you must be looking down on our humble effort here and bless our passion project. 

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Different people inspire you to connect to different parts of your nature. Who has you seeking your better angels? Those are the folks to fill your mind, heart and time with now.” Aries

I have to agree in principle, Steve.  But my real clutter has shifted to text messages and social media more so than email.  I hardly ever read my emails anymore (5500), since like text messages and home phone answering machine telling me my car warranty is about to expire I’ve beaten them into mind share submission.  Now, how about all those SPAM comments on my blogs?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Even though digital clutter doesn’t really take up much of your living space, it can rent a disproportionate amount of space in your psyche and to deleterious effect. Good email organization will revitalize.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines jumps from  7397 to 7455 this week organically grown followers

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen Both of us, Emma the Baroness and I, have been processing the acquittal of our ex-President — not really being surprised by the “Big Lie” promoting followers in the Senate, but more disappointed after seeing new video documentation of the insurrection and detailed evidence time lines.  I return to Kurt Andersen’s book “Fantasyland” to help me through the process of filtering the unfolding events.

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