S2 E59 — See What You’ve Been Missing

“You know the sensation you get when you look back on old photos? Be happy now. Cast worry aside. Trust time. It will handle so much for you.”

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Eventually, you’ll be able to handle more and move faster. But this is still the early stages. You’re still learning, and you won’t regret taking the time to learn it right.” Sagittarius

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 59 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of June in the summer 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 E58Check Back in 18 Months; S2 E57Science and Medicine or Politically-Motivated Misinformation?; S2 E56What Iffing 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E59Where Did All the Dillon Millennials Go? Eureka!; S1 E58Judging a Stroll from the Hotel Santa Barbara to the Lobero Theater; S1 E57More or Less in the Know; S1 E56It’s Frickin’ Summer and So Are You

Context

When will we be able to travel?  When will we be safe?  Enjoy this week’s episode:

Feeling Frustrated and Exhausted? 39 New Photo-ready Memories for Summer

Aren’t we all yearning for those special summer moments? Beach vacations. Back country adventures. Family road trips. Fishing and floating trips.

Practice the art of anticipation.  Sometimes looking forward to fun and sun is almost as good as the experience itself.

Remember, while we’re getting closer to re-openings we here on the Atoll don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately.

The Tau: Week Ending 6/6/20

Tags: Beaches, Canyons, Climbing, Deserts, Festivals, Forests, Hiking, Islands, Lakes, Mountains, Parks, Regions, Resorts, Rivers, Road Trips, Seas, Trails

Instead we hope our articles inspire your bucket list ideas for future memories!

But, today there’s no reason not to join our growing group of 3783 followers …. 

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 … ?

Mountains, Rivers and Lakes

          • The Natural Swimming Hole At Emerald Pools In Northern California Will Take You Back To The Good Ole Days
          • The Best Kayaks for Fishing and Floating
          • Back To The Great Outdoors: Climbing Tahoe’s Via Ferrata
          • The Best Things To Do In Mammoth Lakes During The Summer
          • Is South Lake Tahoe open for visitors? The city won’t fine you, but the state might
          • What A-Basin Looked Like on Day One of Its Reopening

Pristine Treks

          • ”These Bay Area parks and beaches just reopened their parking lots””
          • Parking lots at 144 California state parks reopen”
          • ”Backcountry Must-Do: Liberty Cap”
          • ”Quintessential Nearby Adventures”
          • ”The Redwood Canopy Trail At Trees Of Mystery Is Northern California’s Newest Aerial Adventure”
          • ”Bald eagles return to nest in Orange County neighborhood”
          • ”With fire season ahead, Eldorado National Forest enacts campfire restrictions”
          • ”The Grand Canyon will reopen this summer. Here’s how it will go”

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

          • Echo at Rancho Mirage by Studio AR&D
          • Sanitas Brewing Co. Reopens This Weekend After Shutting Down Roving Beer Truck
          • George R.R. Martin Joins Investor Group To Buy & Restore Sante Fe Southern Railroad
          • Terrific Time Capsule! Designer Arthur Elrod’s ’60s Vision Still Pristine in Palm Springs
          • Where To Find Colorado Restaurants Open for Dine-In Service 

PCH Regions

          • Weigh In on Santa Barbara’s Wildfire Protection Plan
          • Magical Field of Light in Paso Robles
          • Rams employees help with cleanup effort in Santa Monica
          • Image of Santa Cruz police chief, mayor kneeling packs a punch
          • ”‘It is heartening’ Long Beach overwhelmed by volunteers helping clean up after looting
          • The Best Beaches in Southern California
          • Ventura County to extend stay-at-home order while continuing to ease restrictions
          • Coronavirus concerns: Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival canceled for 2020
          • Face Masks Are a Simple Gesture of Shared Respect
          • How To Spend A Perfect Weekend In Quaint Ojai, California
          • America, unmasked: The public health nightmare I witnessed on Santa Monica beaches this week

Islands and Currents

          • Sea, sand and social distancing: Caribbean reopens to tourism
          • Dogged pragmatism’ needed to save Ocean: UN Special Envoy
          • With Tourism Halted, Hawaii’s Housing Market Takes a Big Hit. Can It Bounce Back?
          • The Art Of Anticipation: Hawai’i Is Still Here For All Of Us
          • Hawaii is effectively closed to visitors, but here’s how to support it from afar
          • 10 Reasons Why Hawaii Offers A Safer Vacation In A Coronavirus World
          • Between two storms: Caribbean braces for hurricanes in coronavirus era
          • The Perfect Weekend Getaway: Catalina Island From Los Angeles
          • Caribbean flights: When can you fly to Caribbean? Rules for Jamaica, Barbados and more

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

If you don’t take the opportunities that come, you’ll regret it.  If you do take them, and they wind up being foolish, that’s still better than having no story to tell.

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “The urge to complain is a natural reaction to frustrating circumstances, though the mature response is to move past words and into solutions and action.” Aries

Let’s hope these quality-of-life destinations inspire you to plan, rather than add one more thing to how frustrating and angry you may feel during this extraordinary disruptive time.  Is the end in sight?

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:Mistakes are not only opportunities for growth and mastery; they are the best relationship glue there is. Nothing will go wrong without producing an obvious upside.” Virgo

Not feeling this one today, although who can argue with the sentiment if you are a glass half full person?

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:The requirements of the day are pretty awesome. You don’t have to solve problems or answer questions. You don’t even have to ‘just be you.’ All you have to do is relax.” Libra

Sure, it’s exactly what summers and Saturdays are for.  

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Eventually, you’ll be able to handle more and move faster. But this is still the early stages. You’re still learning, and you won’t regret taking the time to learn it right.” Sagittarius

It’s all about the burden of the unexpected when normal expectations just aren’t met.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’ll bring together the best of all worlds — a spiritual person with a practical point of view. Your open mind will lead you to test theories and run with what works.” Capricorn 

Who can fill those shoes?  I’d be flattered if someone thought it would be me.  But, overall if there is an underlying theme to Season Two and a reason for me to continue my natural experiment into a second year, it would be exactly that combination — wisdom and practicality.  Or what Benjamin Franklin supposedly pursued — practical knowledge.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): To accept differences and tolerate others is only level one. The next level is a celebration of diversity. A world where we honor not only our own traditions but everyone’s could be heaven on earth.” Pisces

Who politicizes mask wearing as preventative medicine during a pandemic.  Which of the four scenarios we are tracking will describe our path forward?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines organically grew from 3188 to 3634.

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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S3 E31 —Treat It Like a Pawn Ticket to Sketchier Things

Yesterday was all about me — what and why my Holiday Tau fit me the most.  Today is filled with a disappointing gaggle of Holiday Taus for Steves.  

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It’s happened before that you got what you wanted and then were somehow vaguely unsatisfied. This time, you’ll question your wants and get to the bottom of why you want it, which helps your chances of a fortifying outcome.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 30 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 18th 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.

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

Table of Contents

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E30Steal These TauBits, Please. It’s Only Fair!; S3 E29Why 83.3% of the Time I Swiped Your Tau; S3 E28Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E31Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly; S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

I’d been working on the Findings Section of the report describing how for a year I lived life like an art form in a natural experiment.

The “Conclusions Section” grabbed my attention because the Holiday Tau for Zahnny, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness and me illustrates what critics level against astrology, palm reading, fortune telling and taking horoscopes too seriously. 

How could you not follow Nancy’s lead?  Not “Do It,” or, “Just Say No.” 

But first, here’s a quick and dirty 30-day summary, “Why I Stole Your Sign and the Mysteries of Your Life”.  Treat it like a pawn ticket to sketchy things I’ve learned from stealing your sign without doing the time. I feel so guilty about it that I’m willing to sell it back to you.  

When Ronald Regan sat in the oval office, his First Lady consulted with an astrologer for scheduling his important meetings.  Was this time optimum for the President?  Or was tomorrow better?  

“Mrs. Reagan’s spokesperson said of the astrologer,  ‘Air Force One didn’t take off without permission. [Nancy] set the time for summit meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev, presidential debates with Carter and Mondale…the timing of all the President’s trips abroad, of his press conferences, his State of the Union addresses.’”

I can only assume it included leading up to his speech, “Mr. Gorbachev, take down that wall.” 

After all, they were both in the acting business as celebrities before he became California’s governor and later President.

Let’s not forget what a fellow Californian and Los Angeles Lakers legend wrote:

“Intelligent imagination is vital to this sort of deduction! However improbable a hypothesis, it cannot be discarded”

 “Mycroft and Sherlock” by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

However comma in the Conclusions Section is the time to confirm or deny your hypothesis.  Can I get an “Amen”?  

The reason why astrology may seem like it works is because our brains are wired to look for patterns, even when none exists.  For me as a writer I found it easy to conduct “discussions” with Steves about their horoscope.  

And, that made it easy for me to bring small parts of what I’m actually thinking about, working through, or experiencing in the world like they are. 

I embarked on this experiment, and I make no apologies for it, hoping I’d find a significant inspiration or insight to solve a vexing problem, master a complicated first time challenge or just make how my day flowed a little easier.

But you can’t ignore the role of bias conspiring against reliable results: selection bias on the front end and confirmation bias on the back end. 

Self-selection bias boils down to the very human tendency to look for interpretations or confirmations for what we already hope to be true. 

To mitigate undue bias effects, I summarized what was happening behind the scenes first and then “scored” the Holiday Tau curated for that day.

Since the brain is not looking for exact matches, it can pick up some characteristics of a match and assume it fits. Astrology is no more than a test of chance and it is not a reliable way to predict personality, scientists and critics say.

Another phenomenon I noticed over the year is one astrologer’s prediction for a horoscope is typically and completely unrelated to the prediction of another astrologer for the identical horoscope. 

Oops.  

So for purposes of this natural experiment I chose consistency and stuck with Holiday Mathis throughout the year.  Your mileage may vary.

But, I had to ask and am left with, how similar is my long-term attraction to trends and predictions I research to better decide a significant course of action with the appeal of the shorter-term astrological forecasts? 

I’m attracted for entertainment purposes, yes, but, as for guidance, not much at all.  To which you can rightly point out you’ve continued this obsession into your third year! 

Guilty as charged. On top of stealing your birthday more often than not.

And, that takes us to an example of what a Wikipedia “expert” had to say about how some people become truer believers than others:

“However, many people still believe their horoscope perfectly aligns with the events in their lives. There are some possible explanations for this. Horoscopes have vague wording and are based on typical everyday activities.”

Evidence

Cases in point.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It’s happened before that you got what you wanted and then were somehow vaguely unsatisfied. This time, you’ll question your wants and get to the bottom of why you want it, which helps your chances of a fortifying outcome.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And for some reason the rest of the Holiday Tau doesn’t get much better!

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:When they come to you with questions you can answer, it feels good to be able to help. When they come to you with questions you can’t answer, it gives you ideas about what to learn next.” Virgo

“3”  Steve Kerr, 54: You’re just following your curiosity and doing your job, but you end up growing your expertise in the process, and your influence naturally expands. With increasing power comes increasing responsibility.” Libra

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Intentionally focus on what there is to be happy about. To appreciate and enjoy where you’re at is more than just a good practice; it’s a tool that keeps you connected to the best parts of your humanity.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7981 to 8003 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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S2 E55 — Dreaming of 30 Tempting Getaways

Looking for that Perfect Weekend Getaway?  30 Tempting Escapes to Consider Now! Shifting from trends, opportunities and foresight this episode focuses on the quality-of-life adventures for planning when the pandemic abates.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Working hard and solving many problems doesn’t always tire you out. In fact, now you’ll find it invigorating due to the fair amount of adrenaline coursing through your day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 55 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Natural Experiment” on this 30th 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 E5490 Days to Future-Proof Your Career Trajectory and Lifetime Investments; S2 E53The Fourth Step’s Passing Storm Botched Beyond Belief; S2 E52What’s So Wrong with Conventional Wisdom Unless … 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E55All Roads Lead to the Future; S1 E54A Version That’s a TauBit Grander; S1 E53High 5’s for Tau Secrets Revealed; S1 E52Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken

Context

Shifting from trends, opportunities and foresight this episode focuses on the quality-of-life adventures available.

“Telling yourself to change without changing the environment, too, rarely works. But if all you change is the environment, chances are good that what’s inside will follow suit.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

The Tau: Week Ending 5/30/20

Tags: Beaches, Camping, Deserts, Islands, Lakes, Mountains, Regions, Resorts, Road Trips, Seas, Trails  

Precious insights could come from anywhere. Try new environments for fun and for changing your routines in the best possible way. Choose from any of these 30 habit-shifting getaways. 

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

But, today there’s no reason not to join our growing group of 3484 followers …. 

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 … ?

Mountains, Rivers and Lakes

            • The Perfect Weekend Getaway: Mammoth Lakes and Mono Lake From Los Angeles or San Francisco
            • The Perfect Weekend Getaway: Lake Tahoe from San Francisco
            • David Coverdale Lowers Price For His Lake Tahoe ‘Paradise’ Home
            • Montanans Will Never Forget Their First Time Visiting Saint Mary Lake
            • Tough lesson: Bear breaks into Bay Area family’s car in Lake Tahoe, forages for food
            • Big Bear Lake to stop communicating or enforcing state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order
            • Planning to visit South Lake Tahoe for Memorial Day weekend? Expect to pay $1,000 fine

Pristine Treks

            • 10 Orange County Hikes to Take You From Sea to Summit
            • Explore Over 8 Miles Of Hiking Trails At City Of Rocks State Park in New Mexico
            • Evergreen Artist Julie Leidel Will Donate 50 Percent of Her May Sales to the Red Cross
            • SoCal campgrounds start to slowly reopen, some in time for Memorial Day

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

            • Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels In Napa Valley
            • Colorado Restaurants Can Reopen for Dine-In Service On May 27
            • Heat wave will bring excessive heat warnings to Southern California desert areas”
            • Santa Fe To Gallup: A New Mexico Road Trip Steeped In History And Culture
            • Inside Sylvester Stallone $3.3M Palm Springs getaway mansion featuring fire pit, hot tub and stunning mountain views 

PCH Regions

            • The Perfect Weekend Getaway: San Diego From Los Angeles
            • Coronavirus economy: Silicon Valley wields tech shield against layoffs
            • Here’s how the Golden Gate Bridge was actually built
            • ”’Long Beach-based Virgin Orbit set to test orbital launch system today
            • Homebuying is an adventure’: Bigfoot found sheltering in place at million dollar Santa Cruz house for sale
            • Opening Half Moon Bay beach lots proves hard
            • San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara can reopen restaurants for dine-in service
            • As California reopens, shops will see if customers feel confident or cautious

Islands and Currents

            • Craving Caribbean sunshine? Saint Lucia planning phased reopening on 4 June
            • Hurricane season 2020: When is hurricane season in US and Caribbean?
            • COVID-19 Has Turned Paradise Into a Privacy Nightmare
            • Wish you were here: Caribbean tourism reels from coronavirus
            • Can Hawaii open up to tourists without letting in the coronavirus?
            • These Caribbean countries are reopening for tourists next month
            • COVID-19 Update: It’s Still Not Time To Travel To Hawaii”
            • Hawaii is enforcing 14-day self-quarantines with single-use hotel keys 

Tau 12 Months Ago 

“If wisdom were a needle in a haystack, you’d find it.  Precious insights could come from anywhere.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Working hard and solving many problems doesn’t always tire you out. In fact, now you’ll find it invigorating due to the fair amount of adrenaline coursing through your day.” Scorpio

Truth be told, I may unconsciously overcomplicate challenges and problems to experience that adrenaline coursing through my veins.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When you plan, deliberate and make big efforts you create your life. When you wing it, you create your life. When you do nothing, or just whatever, you create your life. You’ll come up with a brilliant mix of modalities.” Virgo

So where’s the lesson here?  Do nothing, plan everything, wing it too?  Or something else?

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’re melded to another and are so incredibly close that you sometimes wonder if you have the qualities necessary to withstand such an intense synthesis. Stop overthinking. Believe that collectively, you’re stronger.” Libra

I kinda look at it this way.  Until you meld, you cultivate your Remembering Self which you refine over and over again.  When you meld you become one Remembering Self together out of two separate Selves.  Emma-the-Baroness-Steve is a thing.  

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines organically grew from 2839 to 3188.

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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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E30 — Steal These TauBits, Please. It’s Only Fair!

No jealousy allowed.  Yesterday I confessed to swiping all the Holiday Tau I wanted. Why? I was only receiving  17%  of the total available Tau on any given day. So I was envious of the other 83%. 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While many scan the conversation for arguing points to dig into, you have better luck listening up for possible common interests. Bonus: Trying to see another person’s point of view is just good practice.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 30 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 17th 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.

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

Table of Contents

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E29Why 83.3% of the Time I Swiped Your Tau; S3 E28Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year; S3 E27What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

But, today I’m adding more to the Findings Section of the 1-year Natural Experiment’s Report.  These TauBits of Wisdom describe me well.  I can legitimately claim them (as can Emma the Baroness).

Scorpios (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21) Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler

Best Fit For Me

Work Organizations and Cultures

Your research will lead you to concepts, next steps and, most importantly, people who can help you take them.

Why did I pick it? 

If I’m true to myself (INTP / Idea Packager) and work on all of the Volume Two, Three, and Tau manuscripts at the same time,  I feel what I write about is truthful and useful and original.  And, by publishing to Patreon I can write freely and link to something else I wrote on my website and in my blogs. For instance I can work in the story about constant commoditization, how artistic work drives audiences to social media in a siren server kind of way.  And if that, then it means artists receive pennies on the dollar in royalties while the platforms thrive and grow in value.

Knowing about new possibilities gives you more choices.  You could attain the perfect coach or mentor or, at the very least, find the book you need.

Why did I pick it?  

Here’s what I’ve learned.  Listening to almost everyone else’s advice works for extroverts based on how their brains are wired — as I learned from “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World.” To just pick one passion project at a time, focus on it and complete it works for them.  But,  as an introverted INTP life story writer and idea packager,  my strength is associative or lateral thinking.  I know it is also my weakness in the extreme, so the best I can do is treat my passion projects as category buckets and fill them each a little as I go.

Legacy and Wisdom

For you, intuition isn’t a part-time thing. It’s always engaged. Today it will be a significant driver for you.

Why did I pick it? 

It suggests how our brains work.  How we navigate through life weighing facts, yet making the actual decision based on the best intuition and logic.  Passing that TauBit of Wisdom on to others who are like me may find it valuable too.

Vitality follows those on the edge of the known.  Anyone doing what they know they can do is playing it too safe to feel successful.”

Why did I pick it? 

I’ve lived by the mantra in my career, “Anticipate, Innovate, Iterate and Excel” which leads to my theory about companies and organizations that practice it as a core competency — Paradoxy-Morons.  And, why I’m attracted to an organizations at the Reinvention stage of growth driven by Chief Reinvention Officers (CROs). You’ll notice  I began adding topics to the bottom of each day in the 1-year experiment that add to the amount of time to compose the day, but offer glimpses into broader possibilities: Tau, Trends (What’s Next), Short-Form (Where), Long-Form (notes from books), Progress and Procrastination, Speaking Volumes (1,2,3) and Banking and ATMs (Analytics)

Practical Projects

Your story is more interesting than you think and spaced with valuable information and inspiration.  How and when you share it will be important.

Why did I pick it? 

At first, I felt embarrassed by describing the horoscope angle, to this project, but nearing  the last 30-days I feel I’ve got some sound underpinnings in psychology and  neuroscience identifying parts, pathways and functions of the brain responsible to a large degree for reason and creativity. And if this, then that propels me into what the Volume Three’s Manuscript can become, or to an entirely other manuscript can become.

It seems like good ideas are being snatched up all around you. Actually, they were snatched up long ago and are just getting reworked. Seek anticipated inspiration.”

Why did I pick it? 

This time frame over a year is unique enough that it might attract a following, but it allows me to link to something already written in a pre-COVID world just as it is ending.  How will fortunes and forecasts change over the next year? Tying people, places, things, ideas, information and trends together in new and original ways can begin to answer the questions with new ideas. The real work of an idea packager is anticipating new and novel ideas partially hidden in patterns driven by trends or forecasts.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “While many scan the conversation for arguing points to dig into, you have better luck listening up for possible common interests. Bonus: Trying to see another person’s point of view is just good practice.” Scorpio

Today, should I pick it? 

Emma the Baroness and I are hosting longtime friends who traveled with us to Italy, but have moved twice, returned to California, but have returned to sell their house while pulling up stakes for good to live in Arizona. We disagree on their choice of watching Fox News and the perceived unfairness of business closings located next door to each other, enjoyed the other 99% of the evening catching up. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Hi Steve. It’s easy for me to agree with your Holiday Tau today and I’ll include it in my bucket for Legacy (Volume Three Manuscript).

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “There is no how-to manual for what you are trying to accomplish today. The most important thing is that you know what you’d like your desired outcome to be. Send that star to the high heaven to guide the journey.” Pisces

Thanks, Harv.  I feel your TauBit of wisdom echos the first description of me listed under Practical Projects.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “There’s so much you know that people will want to learn from you, but this is going to happen over a long period of time. You’re wise to be a little mysterious and give out one nugget of wisdom at a time.” Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 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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Season One: The One-Year Natural Experiment

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

Table of Contents

Season One: The One-Year Natural Experiment

S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment

S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment

S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E13 Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E37Day 37 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E38Day 38 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook? 

S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On 

S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream 

S1 E42Love on the Run 

S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day 

S1 E44Google Me Some Chopped Liver 

S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E48Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk 

S1 E49 — Magnetize the Version You Imagine 

S1 E50The Bias Brothers or Just Plain Losers? 

S1 E51Brief, Broad, Fast, Wow and Delight 

S1 E52Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken 

S1 E53High 5’s for Tau Secrets Revealed 

S1 E54A Version That’s a TauBit Grander 

S1 E55All Roads Lead to the Future 

S1 E56It’s Frickin’ Summer and So Are You 

12 Hidden Secrets and Stolen Wisdom – Month Two 

S1 E57More or Less in the Know 

S1 E58Judging a Stroll from the Hotel Santa Barbara to the Lobero Theater 

S1 E59Where Did All the Dillon Millennials Go? Eureka! 

S1 E60Overlapping Cycles of Life 

S1 E61 — Investment of Time and Effort 

S1 E62Next Reality? 

S1 E63Day 63 of My 1-Year Experiment 

S1 E64 — Father and Son Rituals out of Storage 

S1 E65Focus Your Mental Energy 

S1 E66Do Your Proposals Lead to Contracts? 

S1 E67Don’t Misunderstand Me 

S1 E68Overcompensating for Disappointing Results? 

S1 E69Anniversary Trip of a Lifetime Deep in the Heart of Tuscany 

S1 E70Lingering Fear My Cover Was Blown 

S1 E71Isn’t There a Placebo for This? 

S1 E72It’s Taken so Long, I Could be Wrong 

S1 E73Do You Need a Little Leo da V Time Too? 

S1 E74You Know What To Do, Yeah Right! 

S1 E75Dreams and Schemes and Workarounds 

S1 E76“The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”

S1 E77Why This Caper Is Breaking My Mind 

S1 E78Drag Me to Obsolescence, Clear the Way to the Future 

S1 E79Can I Keep It Up? For a Year? 

S1 E80I’ll Give You Adverse Conditions, Steve 

S1 E81— Is This My Wake Up Call, Steve? 

S1 E82Why Writers Aren’t the Only Endangered Species. Sigh. 

S1 E83The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book 

S1 E90Day 90 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment 

S1 E84Crisis averted?  Energy depleted?  What are we going to do? 

S1 E85What happens when the fear subsides? 

S1 E86Day 86 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment 

S1 E87 — Pipe Bombs Destroy Vacation Bliss 

S1 E88Who’s Marc Maron and What’s da Vinci got to do with him? 

S1 E89Because If You Don’t Someone Else Will. It’s Worth It! 

S1 E90Day 90 of My 1-Year Natural Experiment 

S1 E91If that, then this … ? The daily double?

S1 E92Shh … Secrets Husbands Keep to Ourselves 

S1 E93Why is it easier to Hate than to Love the other Half? 

S1 E94Wasn’t There a Movie about the Tau of Steve? 

S1 E95No Back to Work Days or Hump Days Allowed 

S1 E96Old Rabbits Die Hard 

S1 E97 My Top 19 Reasons for Failing 

S1 E98Why Can’t I Leave 26 Orphans for a Well Deserved Vacation? 

S1 E99What’s in a Name? Baby Boy Names? 

S1 E100Running out of Determination and Grit by the 100th Day 

S1 E101From Saint to Soul Mate and Trusted Friend 

S1 E102Why Is It Always Hidden in the Fine Print? 

S1 E103Innies and Outies and Other Potential Catastrophes 

S1 E104How Yesterday’s Success Triggers Tomorrow’s Failure 

S1 E105Will Fortune Smile on Us Later in the Evening? 

S1 E106 — Attempts to Upset 9 of My Life Stages Apple Cart 

S1 E107How Do You Rate Your Sense of Curiosity? 

S1 E108After So Many Defeats is it Time to Catch a New Trajectory? 

S1 E109Do All Introverts Take the Long Acetylcholine Pathway? 

S1 E110Love, Longing, Belonging, Connection and Loss 

S1 E111Is There Half-life of Wisdom? 

S1 E112 —  When Was the Last Time You Wrangled Your Past? 

S1 E113Is This an Omen? 

S1 E114Setbacks, Frustration, Epic Fails but How Was Your Day? 

S1 E115Meandering Minds, Falling Branches and Strange Pacing Until … 

S1 E116The Jolt of Lightning that Changed Everything 

S1 E117Poets and Priests and Testifying Under Oath … 

S1 E118Swiping Your Birthday Is What I Do, So Sue Me 

S1 E119What Happens When You Hold an Idea? 

S1 E120Metamorphosis, Exhilaration and a Life of Crime 

S1 E121When Should You Work Backwards and When Should You Shop? 

S1 E122Is the Next Best Thing a Friend with a Bad Memory? 

S1 E123Knowing it Wasn’t a Good Choice, But … 

S1 E124No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity 

S1 E125No Names Again this Year but Pass the Gravy 

S1 E126Who Wouldn’t Want to Choose Steve, Stephen or Stevie for Your Newborn Infant? 

S1 E127Why Does My Horoscope Suck Compared to Yours? 

S1 E128Messy, Creative Leonardo-like Procrastinations 

S1 E129 — An Elephant, A 500 lb. Gorilla and a Chicken Walk into the …  

S1 E130How Do You Go On When Sheer Panic Sets In? 

S1 E131Brain Rattling, Self-Criticism and Second Guessing 

S1 E132Freudian Pink Slips for Endangered Writers and Bloggers 

S1 E133Why Don’t More Creators Write or Blog? 

S1 E134What Will This Force Me to Become? No Black Cats Allowed 

S1 E135The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book 

S1 E136Just How Do Zip Codes Prevent Homebuyer Remorse? 

S1 E137Shouldn’t I Bet It All on the Four 5s I’ve Been Dealt? 

S1 E138The Inscrutable Paradox of Tom Petty and Joan Irvine’s Estates 

S1 E139  — Crap, OTE, Just Crap 

S1 E140Chasing Squirrels While Barking At Nothing 

S1 E141Be Your Inner Artist and Let Her Fly 

S1 E 142Wisdom Arrives by Putting Knowledge into Action 

S1 E143 — The Grand Prize Winner 

S1 E144 — Down to Final Two Days Left 

S1 E145Three Miles of Coincidental Dancing 

S1 E1463 am Dreams Lend No Support 

S1 E147Whistleblowing, Melancholy and Curbing Fallen Needles 

S1 E148 — Unforced Errors, Disruptions and Discord 

S1 E149Tales and Trails and Mind Blowing Dents 

S1 E150Two Tiers Shed for a Dying 4Runner Classic 

S1 E151Stepping onto the Pitch with a Lean MVP 

S1 E152 — Why? Again. Why? 

S1 E153Only The Names Have Been Changed. And Some of It’s True. 

S1 E154 — Ever Gotten That 3 am Call from Gilligan? 

S1 E155 — Distraction or Viewing Addiction? 

S1 E156Hope? Placeholder? Sign? 

S1 E157Schemes, Plots and Plans 

S1 E158Car-Crash Addiction or Integrated Self? 

S1 E1595 Wise Guy Rankings, Why? 

S1 E160Mourning Kobe 

S1 E161Secret Combinations only Life Hacking Marketeers Know 

S1 E162Why Do Her Covert Back Channels End in Discord? 

S1 E163A Balboa Island Thank You 

S1 E164Picking up Followers While Cascading Down the Face of the Falls 

S1 E16511 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve 

S1 E166 — Falling Down the Time Sucking Rabbit Hole 

S1 E167Why is Tau the Golden Ratio Showing Up in Nautilus Shells?

 S1 E168A Mammoth Thank You to Kobe and Steve Jobs 

S1 E169Lockouts and Taxing 1-Year Season Coming to an End 

S1 E170Isn’t This Good-Bye?! 

S1 E171 — When’s the Best Time to Air Dirty Laundry? 

S1 E172Got it, Nash.  Rules, Heart, Mouth, Action. 

S1 E173AI, EVs, MRIs, Me and Steves 

S1 E174Isn’t the Lesser of Two Evils Still Evil? 

S1 E175Where’s the Finish Line? Is This Ever Going to End? 

S1 E176The Cliff Hanging Season One Finale

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S3 E29 — Why 83.3% of the Time I Swiped Your Tau

Jealousy raised its little green head when it came to selecting each day’s Holiday Tau over the course of one year.  At first I didn’t know what I was in for.  

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 29 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 16th 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 E28Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year; S3 E27What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

I hadn’t considered the numbers, the odds.  

Robotically I turned to the “Comics” page in the print edition.  Yes, down at the bottom right hand corner you’d view six comics next to the “CrossWord” on its left side and under “Ask Amy” whose headline for the day is a provocative “Wedding cost her friends.”  

Across the top you’ll also find Sudoku, Bridge and Kenken and wedged in the middle left column you’ll see “Horoscope” with a warning —“The horoscope should be read for entertainment.”

Nothing about jealousy. If I gambled I’d realize statistically given 12 possible TauBits of Wisdom my Holiday Tau would either suck or pale in comparison to the 11 others.  

Which is a long way of saying I was in it for finding and collecting wise sayings I could put to use right away, or at least in the near future.

Here’s a sample from the Findings section of the 1-year report which illustrates how I stole from all the others, changed the categories and color coded them over time to Practical Projects, Work (Volume Two Manuscript), Legacy (Volume Three Manuscript) and Inner Dreams and Intimacies —  and finally grouped them by type of advice.

Scorpios = my legitimate Holiday Tau

Key to the initial categories abandoned during the first 60 days:

W = Wisdom

Y = the best over a year

S = silly

N = support for Steve as a name

Future by Design

N — “Once upon a time, you made up your mind about who you wanted to be, and now embody that vision.  Once again, you’ll imagine a new version.  You’ll attract the people who can help you willfully create the circumstances to help you evolve.  Love yourself as you are.  It’s your last chance before the leap.”

Lifestyle Biz Art Form

Y —“The way to live your life and/or run your business is as much a work of art as anything you produce.  As you express yourself and follow your muse, you show people a path they hadn’t thought of.  Your novel leadership will open the door to the sort of experiences you dreamed about having when you were small.”

Filters and Opinions

W — “To see the world how it is, lift the lenses you’re looking through and take off the filters and rules you’ve superimposed.” 

“People are open to opinions they agree with.  You have a lot of respect for one who entertains other points of view.  Real communication resolves conflicts.”

W, Y— Scorpios: “People can experience similar circumstances very differently.  You’ll live this today.”

Friendships and Relationships

S W — “You will go out of your way, waste your time and break your budget in the name of friendship.  This is how you know you’re doing it right.  For your love and generosity, you’ll be meaningfully rewarded beyond your wildest imaginings.”

W, Y— Scorpios: “You know intellectually that you’re connected to the people who live so far away, though you don’t always feel that connection as powerfully as you will today.”

Coaching and Advising

“You’ll inspire, coach and facilitate big successes for the ones you care about.  In doing so, you’ll fulfill your own destiny and profit in all the ways that matter to you.  Your connection with family deepens through shared work.”

Searching

Y —“You’re like a U2 song because you’ve quested for years, searched high and low, yet still haven’t found what you’re looking for.  That’s good news.  If you were settled, then you wouldn’t go on the incredible adventures in store for this year, one of which begins in another person’s loving eyes.” 

Luck and Resourcefulness

Y —“Dumb luck brings brilliant outcomes.  You’ve a tendency to gravitate toward the action and then pay attention to your environment, making the most of the things you just happen to stumble upon.  You’ll get a top buyer for your work, property or ideas.”

Clarity and Action

W — “Mental fog lifts; you see your situation vividly, know the next move, and there’s nothing stopping you.  Is it the right goal?  Don’t worry about that.  As long as you are moving, you’ll find your way to the right goal.”

Mastery and Development

Y —“This is no time to back down.  You’re well on your way to becoming a master.  Your ability develops with every assignment you take on, so seek the teachers and situations that will throw a lot at you.  The time to invest in loved ones will be the source of your strength, pride and best moments.”

See? Out of twelve I selected only two intended for me. What’s that …  a measly 16.7%. I’m glad I didn’t settle!

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Oh, every once in a while I’d feel jealous that I wasn’t born on a great day.  So, yeah I’d swipe this one. Passion diving is fun and I have a body of knowledge that eludes me.  Two subjects.  I wonder what they will be?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Floating on a strong current of love and support, you’re able to dive into your passions. A lifelong learner, you’ve amassed an impressive body of knowledge. Yet, in many ways, you’ve barely scratched the surface. This year enlightens you further on two subjects dear to your heart and applicable to daily life.

Hey Smithy and Stevie, would it be okay if instead of capturing these ideas on post-its I accomplish the same thing by computer and iPhone?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Treasures at the back of your mind now need to come forward. Get the ideas on paper. The phrases keep you pointed in a particular direction. Put them where you look often — in your wallet, on your bathroom mirror, in your phone.” Gemini

Is your Holiday Tau saying forget getting caught up in politics?  But, maybe capitalize on the ongoing feuds?  If so, count me in!

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Let the world argue endlessly about the sorry state of things. You know the truth: It is what you make of it. Your intense focus on the positive can turn almost anything into your ideal scenario.” Leo

Hey, Steve am I right in interpreting your TauBit of Wisdom as a companion message to your co-founder and the two comedians?

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You get out of relationships what you put into them. You make the effort, and the others meet you halfway, though maybe not immediately. It’s OK because you’re willing to take more initiative in the early stages.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 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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S3 E28 — Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year

According to Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly’s detective series, it’s a cardinal sin to turn away from momentum.  Momentum drives me to writing the 1-year experiment report by picking up where I left off.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 28 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 15th 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 E27 What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole; S3 E25Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Last time I shared the pitch for bringing more Steves into the world! Heck, we’re an endangered species if you follow the numbers. 

Stymied at first to name any famous Steves, Google results provided 120 and with a little sleight of hand I listed them according to their horoscopes.

Today I’m outlining sections of the report:

Introduction 

Defining terms — What does Tau mean; Life as an art form in a natural experiment;

The chain of events leading to the 1-year natural experiment including creating and maintaining 6 WordPress websites, a blog taking a peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself;  

Which points to Patreon, a crowdfunding platform; and 

The inspiration behind turning to Holiday Mathis Scorpio sayings starting on 2/24/19;

Methodology 

Conducted 1-Year Experiment — 2/24/19 to 3/29/20;

On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

Tau of 19 Famous Steves 

          • Steve Harvey, 62 (December 22 – January 20) Capricorn
          • Steve Nash, 45 (January 21 — February 19) Aquarius
          • Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011) (February 20 — March 20) Pisces
          • Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) (March 21 – April 20) Aries
          • Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56 (April 21 – May 21) Taurus (Addition part way through)
          • Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72  (May 22 – June 21) Gemini (Added part way through)
          • Steve Howey, 42 (June 22 – July 22) Cancers 
          • Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69  (July 23 – August 22) Leo
          • Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72 (August 23 – September 23) Virgo (Added part way through)
          • Steve Kerr, 54 (September 24 – October 23) Libra
          • Steve Zahn, 51 (October 24 – November 22) Scorpio
          • Steve Aoki, 41 (November 23 – December 21) Sagittarius

Initial plan for coding the Holiday Tau into categories to compare and analyze TauBits of Wisdom.

          1. W —Wisdom for “If you could go back in time and warn your younger self, what warning would you issue?” 
          2. N —The name (why a mother would choose Steve for a baby to grow into; choose Steve for horoscope intuition) — prime-the-pump kind of Steve-only and Friends of Steves putting in their two cents; 
          3. Y —1-year experiment — Anything, especially for intuitors and actual magical thinking (Norway vacation should extend the 1-year time frame)
          4. S — Something silly inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” but she chose the alphabet for categorizing small moments — This could be 52 weekly sayings for a year.

In the first 30 day I didn’t really know what the patterns would be until the Holiday Tau showed me. 

Changes As the Year Unfolded

          • Time frame lengthened to make up for two vacations in July and September of 2019. 
          • I needed to sort quickly through 12 sets of Steves first by eliminating about 50% in the daily selection process and second through scoring on a scale of low (1) to high (5)
          • For more in depth tracking and comparisons I switched to a representative sample of four horoscopes.  
          • Settled on changing the categories to practical projects, work, wisdom and legacy and relationships and intimacy. 
          • My monthly reviews eliminate all scored Holiday Taus except for those ranked “5”
          • Those, were segregated from horoscope and from a Steve, to be used as a standalone TauBit of Wisdom.

Findings

Four Representative Samples: (Grand Total 421)

“For Steve Zahn, Emma the Baroness and Me”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 139)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Carell, Steve Martin, and Steve Wozniak”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 103)

          • Practical Projects: 28
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 29

“For Steve McQueen”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 117)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Jobs”

 TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 62)

          • Practical Projects: 20
          • Work: 9
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 13

Evidence

But, what about today?

So, the beat goes on with today’s crop of Holiday Tau. Zahnny does your TauBit of Wisdom fit so well today because of selection or confirmation bias?  Either way, I like it a lot.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is today your birthday?  Y’all know it’s not mine, right? But 10 weeks is 10 weeks, so let’s check back as well as in May and August!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Here come the exciting influences! There are definite emotional benefits from the changes over the next 10 weeks, and you’ll find your mood on a steady rise. Because of this, you’ll attract different situations in May than you do in August. You will leverage one resource for another more brilliantly suited to your needs.

Steve, I’m feeling the rhythm in your Holiday Tau, especially “passages of life” which is the theme for my “Volume Three Manuscript” and illuminates my “back door” approach to composing it from this 1-year experiment (and maybe the next?!)

“5” Steve Aoki, 41: “It is normal to, at times, feel uncomfortable, displaced or lost in the unfamiliar. These feelings accompany the passages of life you will one day be most proud of.” Sagittarius

Oh, I have no problem ignoring the opinion of others, like I’m sure you don’t either Steve.  But, I’m not feeling yours today, so I’m going to ignore it.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “It is so hard for you to take a compliment, and yet it is so easy for you to believe someone’s unwanted critique. In general, this is a good day to ignore the opinions of others.”  Capricorn

What are you now, a mind reader, as well as an NBA Coach?  I’m grabbing your TauBit of Wisdom with two hands and an strapping in for the ride!

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:An intriguing future is taking form in your imagination. This is just one of many possibilities, so why are you already putting limits on it? Practice unbound visualization and watch your reality free up.” Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 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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S2 E47 — 27 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List

Put some adventure into your remote working options. Build a new bucket list of remote-enabled resort towns. Here’s how.

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

Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: What task will move the needle for you today? What is the one thing that’s going to make you feel accomplished when your head hits the pillow tonight? Start with that. Anything else is gravy.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 47 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 16th 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 E46Whimsy Passion Project or Epic Novel of Adventure?; S2 E45Wildcard What Ifs and Doobie Bros Bias; S2 E44Celebrating Emma the Baroness Tribal Quarantine Style 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E45Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E44Google Me Some Chopped Liver

Context

I hit the groove, publishing to my platform on Patreon with:

27 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List

Your need to explore is as real as your need for food, and you’ll find a way to adventure wondrously.

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

The Tau: Week Ending 5/16/20

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

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!

Join our growing group of 2839 followers …. 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 … ?

Mountains, Rivers and Lakes

              • A Year of Painting Outdoors in Tahoe
              • The Best Things To Do Around Lake Tahoe In The Summer
              • California’s tourism-dependent towns cautiously prepare new marketing for reopening
              • With our ski resort closed, we’re working at a food bank and feeling all the emotions

Pristine Treks

              • National Parks Are Suddenly Flooded with Wildlife. What Happens When Humans Return?
              • Running in the Time of Coronavirus
              • VIDEO: Trio of mountain lion kittens on the prowl in Napa County
              • Hiker In Marin Finds Unexploded, Possibly Historic Ammunition Along Hiking Trail
              • Escapes: Keep the fire for travel burning
              • Why whitewater rafting could be the safest way to a family vacation this summer

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

              • Colorado (Officially) Has a New State Park Near Trinidad
              • The Water Is A Brilliant Blue At Box Canyon State Park, A Refreshing Roadside Stop In Idaho
              • 11 Must-See Spots In Sedona
              • Historic New Mexico Road Trip: Santa Fe To Taos
              • Live out your Santorini dreams in this Palm Springs house asking $3M

Islands and Currents

              • Mauna Kea has had more than a million deep long-period earthquakes over the past 20 years
              • Hawaii plans to extend stay-at-home measures, travel quarantine until end of June
              • 9 Things To Consider Before Booking A Hawaiian Cruise
              • The Pandemic Strands Some Ship Crews at Sea, Others On Shore
              • Transplanting Staghorn Corals Could Help The Species Recover In The Caribbean
              • Hawaii Just Showed Visitors Its Future. It’s Truly Eerie

PCH Regions

              • 8 Small Towns You Should Visit in Oregon
              • How To Spend A Day In Monterey, California
              • The Best Things To Do On San Diego Bay
              • In California Wine Country, A Family Campground (Plus Lap Pool) – Remodelista
              • Orange County harbor anchorages are packed as boats offer socially distant safe harbors
              • Surfer dies after shark attack off Santa Cruz County coast

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You’re a part of nature, and it will feel better to think and act in accordance with that.” Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc

Evidence

 Which bits of wisdom were nudging me in that direction?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “If you are working too hard at something, then you’ll become resentful and bitter. To figure out a better, smarter, shorter route is not the lazy thing; rather, it’s what’s best for all.” Scorpio

Trial and error, that’s how I’d describe the ongoing learning process I encounter with the Patreon platform.  Is it ideal?  Hell, no, wait is that bitterness?  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: Everywhere you look, you’ll see the attention-seeking traps of our narcissistic age. You are called by modesty and service; in this way, you’ll stand out from the crowd.  Taurus

Hi, would you mind taking a photo of Emma the Baroness and me?  We don’t want everyone to notice how frequently we’re posing for our selfies.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72: What task will move the needle for you today? What is the one thing that’s going to make you feel accomplished when your head hits the pillow tonight? Start with that. Anything else is gravy.” Gemini

Not sure I’m looking forward to gravy stains on my pillow, but publishing moves the needle to mix metaphors.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:Creation is one process. Analysis is another process. Separate the two, and you’ll be comfortable and focused inside each separate process. This will bring about your best work.” Virgo

Well stated.  Either I’m so analytical about my work that I second, third and fourth guess my creative talent.  Or I’m so scattered following the squirrels and all the distractions of my creative process following my intuition that I have no idea how far off the mark I’ve become.  Wait, what should I do?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Relationships are collaborative, creative efforts.  Whom you get into a relationship with makes a huge difference.” Sagittarius

If you only knew Emma the Baroness like I do you wouldn’t need this reminder.

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

    • 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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S3 E27 — What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late

And, it’s part one of our segment we call “Listen Up Expectant Mothers” when we ask: What do expectant mothers wish for their about-to-be newborns?  

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Maybe it is not your purpose to incite curiosity and show people less obvious truths, but that is the natural result of your devotion to a meaningful interest that, in some way, pertains to us all.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 27 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 11th 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 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole; S3 E25 Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …;  S3 E24Reunion on the Edge of the Pacific Ocean near Legoland? Hell Yeah!

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

And, it’s part one of our segment we call “Listen Up Expectant Mothers” when we ask: What do expectant mothers wish for their about-to-be newborns?  

Short answer is to listen to Rascal Flat’s “My Wish” and Rod Stewart’s “Forever Young” and read on.

Like Tau, we have the Greeks to thank for our name, Steve. 

As you recall, Tau in ancient times was used as a symbol for life or resurrection, whereas the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet, theta, was considered the symbol of death.

Here’s the pitch for bringing more Steves into the world!

Stephen comes from Greeks, according to Wikipedia: 

From the Latin Stephanus, which is from the Greek Stephanos, a name derived from stephanos (a crown, a garland). 

The name is borne in the Bible by St Stephen, one of the seven chosen to assist the apostles, and the first Christian martyr. 

Var: Stefan, Stefen, Stefon, Stephan, Stephon, Stevan, Steven, Stevon. Short: Steve.

Stephen or Steven is a common English first name. It is particularly significant to Christians, as it belonged to Saint Stephen an early disciple and deacon who, according to the Book of Acts, was stoned to death; 

he is widely regarded as the first martyr (or “protomartyr“) of the Christian Church. 

The name “Stephen” (and its common variant “Steven”) is derived from Greek Στέφανος (Stéphanos), a first name from the Greek word στέφανος (stéphanos), meaning “wreath, crown” and by extension “reward, honor, renown, fame”, from the verb στέφειν (stéphein), “to encircle, to wreathe”.

In Ancient Greece, crowning wreaths (such as laurel wreaths) were given to the winners of contests. 

Originally, as the verb suggests, the noun had a more general meaning of any “circle”—including a circle of people, a circling wall around a city, and, in its earliest recorded use, the circle of a fight, which is found in the Iliad of Homer.

Now comes the gut wrenching news:  

In the United Kingdom, it peaked during the 1950s and 1960s as one of the top ten male first names (ranking third in 1954) but had fallen to twentieth by 1984 and had fallen out of the top one hundred by 2002. 

The name was ranked 201 in the United States in 2009, according to the Social Security Administration. 

The name reached its peak popularity in 1951 but remained very common through the mid-1990s, when popularity started to decrease in the United States.

Not quite as bad as what togetherness means for us during the Pandemic year(s), but still sad.  

Evidence

You could say unless our luck and fortune change we’ll remain on the endangered list on a path “going places” to extinction.  

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Honestly, Today’s Birthday sucked.  You’ll just have to take my word on it.

From Saturday, but setting up today’s fresh start:

Navigating is a lot easier when you know where you are. Without that information, the map may as well be just a random pretty picture. Getting places is simple: Know where you are, determine where you want to be, and then solve for the difference. 

All together now, but wanting to escape — no not from you Emma the Baroness — let’s turn our fortune to the week ahead, and shop — Emma the Baroness — for more bargains heading our way humming and skipping with beginner’s luck.

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead: 

It’s a welcome placement for many, signifying the following turns of fortune: Coveted things become accessible. Unaffordable things become affordable either because the price goes down or the spending money goes up.”

So, if I’m getting this right, Steve, your Holiday Tau says I’m good at navigating, maybe through this whitewater rafting thing we call life because I have GPS and can solve for the difference?  It’s the process, not the glory.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:You’ll make a proactive and deliberate attempt to achieve an aim that is not achieved by most people. It’s nice when this gets noticed today, but honestly, you’re doing it for the challenge, not the glory.  Cancer

Haha.  What if it is my purpose, G&G to curious-up for some truth revealing?  Is your Holiday Tau just as meaningful?

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Maybe it is not your purpose to incite curiosity and show people less obvious truths, but that is the natural result of your devotion to a meaningful interest that, in some way, pertains to us all.” Virgo

Hi Steve.  Does your TauBit of Wisdom have anything to do with Tau — which is 2pi?  Making it easier and more elegant for solving geometric problems? Nope? Didn’t think so.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “The people you’ll deal with aren’t entirely rational. You understand them anyway because neither are you. Also, there’s a good chance that the seemingly illogical equation figures out perfectly on deeper levels.” Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7816 to 7930 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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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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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.

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 Trips