S2 E7 — Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities

What’s Going On?  Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 7 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 7th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not everyone knows what you know, can do what you can do or wants what you want.  To think about it from another’s point of view will be invaluable today.  Aries

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

Shifting Opportunities

Evidence

It’s been 12 and 18 hour days this past week, so spending a fewer hours today compared to the others allowed me to realize my entire email list lives or has lived in the California’s South Coast Region, mostly in Orange County.  

Having been replying to the first few of the personal responses my mass mail today, I see how to beg “forgiveness” in approach to two broad categories:

My “ask” of the mentors I recruited over the last decade has to do with legacy (Volume Three  Manuscript) looking back to their trajectory and broader areas outside of their work life.  

My “ask” of their executive MBA proteges has more to do with Organization Types and Growth Stage profiles (Volume Two Manuscript). 

Since Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I missed out on today’s allotment of valuable Holiday Tau, let’s see if there are any we might want to swipe.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Leave it to our Patron Saint to more succinctly and wisely express what I attempted on this shortened Saturday.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not everyone knows what you know, can do what you can do or wants what you want.  To think about it from another’s point of view will be invaluable today.  Aries

Given early indications about an emerging pandemic will this Holiday Tau for you two iconic musicians turn out to be prescient or are we just panicking over nothing?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You imagine some places with all the zest of one with no intention of going.  Others you imagine carefully, knowing that when the time comes, you’ll go all-in.  Taurus

What’s Going On …

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Working on the Business

    • 1,345  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E6 No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment;  S2 E2New Season Preview:  Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming;  S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

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 S1 E7Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment;   S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S3 E2 — Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season

It reminded me of living life as an artist, synchronicity, and getting a break — all from the intuitive, inspirational side of living — when it is dark, and you dream and your self-defeating thoughts keep you awake.

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You don’t have to explain everything you do, not even to yourself. In fact, today, explaining would only slow you down, diminish the mystery and put a damper on the magic.  Aquarius

I may have heard the phrase “inner life” from a podcast.

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 2 in Season 3 of  TauBits for the Taking” on this 27th day of February in the winter 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.

Evidence

It reminded me of living life as an artist, synchronicity, and getting a break — all from the intuitive, inspirational side of living — when it is dark, and you dream and your self-defeating thoughts keep you awake. 

How do you face the day?  

Do you avoid and procrastinate or meet your challenges head on? 

Following instincts?  

We’re all animals basically.  

What’s driving us? 

From a spiritual center? 

Are there laws we don’t yet understand?  

What about coincidences? 

What about intuition and hunches?

You could say Zahn’s Holiday Tau fit perfectly as did each of the other three Steves into my theme of the day.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When they ask you why you made X choice instead of Y choice, you may not have a great line of reasoning to impart. Suffice it to say, much comes to you by way of human instinct.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, today so not my birthday, but I can definitely use it.  This is coming to you in Pages by Apple.  I chose it because it can convert into a book format.  Trust me, I’m confused.  Should I select a book template that I haven’t tried before?  Or, should I revert back to what I chose for “The Knowledge Labs” series?  Either way my passion extinguished.  

Today’s Holiday Birthday. 

You’ll realize how you were holding on for dear life to something that’s not even buoyant. A new perspective will have you dropping the thing that makes you work so hard to stay afloat (both emotionally and fiscally) in favor of a truly light and protective entity that will make your journey a pleasure.

Given that I just stole someone else’s birthday, I should only consider what’s rightfully mine, Emma the Baroness’, Henry Winkler’s and Steve Zahn’s.  I’m rating it high for silliness and counter-productivity states.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Even driven people don’t get after it at top speed through the whole journey. Comfort, sleep, inactivity, silliness and even counter-productivity are all states that have a place in the cycle of growth and attainment.” Cancer

Just the other day I curated an article for my digital magazine, “San Francisco Region” about Lawrence Ferlinghetti who died after reaching 101 years old. I was taken with his quote about San Francisco and the community that grew around “City Lights” as a founder and co-owner: “’

You could come here and start anything you wanted.’ But in recent years he said it had become ‘an artistic theme park without artists.’” Isn’t if fitting that the Holiday Tau for the coach of the Golden State Warriors might reflect Ferlinghetti’s art of poetry and living life “out there” not in books.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: As for the art of loving and the art of being alone, both curriculums exist in the same Fine Arts Building at the University of Life. They are sister programs in the interdisciplinary track.” Libra

Enough said, right Nash? There comes a time when you just have get with the flow and react to the situation in play.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You don’t have to explain everything you do, not even to yourself. In fact, today, explaining would only slow you down, diminish the mystery and put a damper on the magic.  Aquarius

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

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.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

    • Today 1342 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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Previous: S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality; 

Related: S2 E2New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming; S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?” ; S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment ; S1 E1Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S2 E6 — No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data

Maybe we can shift suppliers and bring you lime-scented messages at a lower cost without having to abandon our unwavering commitment to virtual bottles instead of using harbor and ocean-clogging plastic. Hmm … ?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You need to keep some in the reserve today.  Hold back because your expenditures, mostly emotionally speaking, will be a little more intense than anticipated.” Scorpio

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 6 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 6th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Having almost figured out my publishing options on the Patreon Platform I managed to post my fourth essay, Keeping It Fresh in the Message Bottling Lab and the first in March. I’m working on a companion piece:

Do we share your data without you knowing it?  Look, this is literally a manual operation. 

It’s low tech.  

Living this far out of the main stream and at a great distance from fashion currents we have to hump our way all the way down to the sea to collect your returnables. 

And then hike all the way back up to the labs, grab the next set of virtual bottles and toss them off the coastal cliffs far enough out to catch the slipstream hoping the tide will deliver them to you. 

All day long we have to huff and puff down and back up to the lab. 

Like I said it’s a manual operation.  And, yes it’s true several key pages from the manual blow away from time to time if we leave the glass stained windows open like we did just last week.  

So, no we don’t share your precious little frickin’ data with anyone else. It’s our policy. We stand by it. And, we literally don’t know how.

This week’s normally hidden rippling effects surfaced as viral fears gripped citizens. 

      • Fewer cruise ship tourists enjoyed the added bonus of two weeks at sea.  We here at the labs noticed a slight dip in the availability of virtual glass bottles from our suppliers. 
      • While Costco members rammed each other like shopping-cart pirates, Seth Meyers reported that out of growing panic the sales of Corona long necks dropped in demand.  
      • We noticed the falling out-of-favor trends weeks and months ago outback, but chalked it up to shifting Millennial demand for Pacifico.  

Is there an opportunity here we should pounce on, literally?  

Maybe we can shift suppliers and bring you lime-scented messages at a lower cost without having to abandon our unwavering commitment from virtual glass instead of literal harbor and ocean-clogging plastic. Hmm …?

Can we find lime-scented Holiday Tau for Steves today?

Hmm… Steve I don’t quite get what our TauBit of Wisdom is supposed to mean for today, do you?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You need to keep some in the reserve today.  Hold back because your expenditures, mostly emotionally speaking, will be a little more intense than anticipated.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is this an ad for solar energy?  Who wouldn’t want a long-term project conclude lucratively?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: “You’ll savor the long stretch of peace that comes at the top of this solar return.  Serene moments will be shared with a tight group.  A long-term project will end lucratively.  There’s a fair exchange that leads to something much more interesting, and as you apply your talent, business keeps favoring you.”

And, what does our Patron Saint have to add to our Holiday Tau? Sure, but which other compensation forms are you referencing?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It may help your attitude to consider that there may be other forms of compensation in play that cannot be tallied at this time.  Aries

Does Smithy have the answer?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The question of doing things for love vs. money will come up.” Gemini

Now, Howey why is it that I chose to include your Holiday Tau?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Getting out of a rut will be a matter of leverage and different sorts of movement.  Cancer

But, what if after you do all that coach you write a book about it?

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Get the experience — the face-to-face, sweat-on-the-pavement experience.  There’s no story, movie, class or book that could teach you the same thing.” Libra

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities 

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Working on the Business

    • 1,337  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 
    • Who is my target audience at Patreon?  
      1. Introverted creators who are the overeducated and the underpaid; everyone from underpaid musicians to out-of-work PhDs;  
      2. who shop at Trader Joe’s (or wish they could); 
      3. who have more sophisticated and diverse tastes in food and drink.“ 
      4. find elements of the lifestyle they aspired to for not too much money, 
      5. within the reality of a schoolteacher’s salary that 
      6. offered glimpses into a much more affluent lifestyle. 
      7. marriage of Consumer Reports and Mad magazine. 
      8. a chatty rundown on new, seasonal and offbeat offerings

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous:  S2 E5 — Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4 — Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3 — Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment;  S2 E2 — New Season Preview:  Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming;  S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related:  S1 E6 — Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5 — Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4 — Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E3 — Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment;   S1 E2 — Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S2 E5 — Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment

Welcome to spreadsheet mania day, the bane of my existence. Look, all I want to do is monitor who I sent Patreon-interest emails to and track their responses. So far all I seem to do is do and undo spreadsheet rows or columns or cells.  

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You can’t remember everything.  Update your systems.  Write yourself some notes.” Leo

Evidence

Hi and and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 5 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 5th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

I’ve run into imposed limits on the number of BCC messages you can send through iCloud mail.  Trouble-shooting why it didn’t work took half a day.  

I managed to send 92 variations to people I knew, and in the back and forth conversation my messaging will improve:

Maybe it’s a little too early for Spring cleaning, but I’ve put this off for way too long. 

It’s been over a year since I left UCI to pursue my passion projects and to dabble in other interests. 

I’d like to stay in touch with you, so I’m going through my contact list and realize this may or may not be your current email. 

Hopefully it is, you get this and you can update my information too.

What have you been up to?

All the best, 

Steve

Instead of quick responses asking about what I’m up to, I received a load of failed mail attempts.  I knew there was a reason I didn’t look forward to the “working on the business” part.

Haha.  Can I twist our Holiday Tau to remind me it’s better to beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission?

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Forgiveness is merely an agreement to move forward knowing that the judgment has not yet been rendered.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

And that my Patron Saint friend, isn’t feeling all that good!

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The difference between assessing where you’re at and judging yourself will be most detectable in the way the you-to-you interaction feels.  Aries

OMG Smithy.  You’ve hit the nail on the head. Thanks for laying out the options for improving on our Patron Saint’s TauBit of Wisdom with ways of figuring out what to do about my assessment.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: That moment when you realize you’re not telling your story to the right audience is a decision point.  Do you double down on the moment?  Do you change the story? Do you bail?” Gemini

Yeah, this is what I’m shooting for — combining McQueen’s with Smith’s and moving forward with your TauBit of Wisdom for consistency and efficiency.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Figure out the steps and tricks that will help you slip into the right attitude, mindset and energy level to perform steady, consistent work.”Pisces

Is this day going to become a once in a lifetime when it comes to wisdom?  How’d you comedians (and an inventor) sense I struggled today with noting and updating my lists of contacts?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You can’t remember everything.  Update your systems.  Write yourself some notes.” Leo

Internal weather.  I like that Coach Kerr.  My variation on your Holiday Tau is it’s not weather you win or loose it’s how you play the game.  Haha.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Don’t forget that the internal weather system counts more than the external one.  And that is a weather system you have some control over.” Libra

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Progress and Procrastination

    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Working on the Business

    • 1,333  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 
    • Who is my target audience at Patreon?  
    1. Introverted creators who are the overeducated and the underpaid; everyone from underpaid musicians to out-of-work PhDs;  
    2. who shop at Trader Joe’s (or wish they could); 
    3. who have more sophisticated and diverse tastes in food and drink.“ 
    4. find elements of the lifestyle they aspired to for not too much money, 
    5. within the reality of a schoolteacher’s salary that 
    6. offered glimpses into a much more affluent lifestyle. 
    7. marriage of Consumer Reports and Mad magazine. 
    8. a chatty rundown on new, seasonal and offbeat offerings

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Previous: S2 E4 — Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3 — Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment;  S2 E2 — New Season Preview:  Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming;  S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Related: S1 E5 — Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4 — Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E3 — Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment;   S1 E2 — Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S2 E2 — New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming

You’re supposed to buy on the story — how promising a stock looks into the future at today’s price.  And, sell on the news — the best may be over for the next quarter so you take money off the table and squirrel away your profits

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 2 in Season 2 of the Pandemic extension of my Natural Experiment on February 28th in the last day of winter of 2020.

This being a closing day for the stock market week leads to guessing over the weekend where the market will open, it’s not quite surprising that investors would be spooked.  

Which is why “What If That, Then This” logic should include second and third order implications.  

    • Like what is emerging just below the surface that might negatively impact the coronavirus virus efforts and stock market correction and recession fears. 
    • How can you account for the surprising ripple effects cascading in different directions like dominoes tipped over?

How seriously should we take falling dominoes?

Turning to our Holiday Tau — for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me — what’s the meaning of these ripple effects? 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Your pie wins the contest, and your special sauce garners worldwide intrigue. This is the stuff of fantasies and diary entries, so be sure to put the day’s events and potential events into both.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is there a sense of panic I can buy into?  Haha, just kidding.  I’ve learned my lesson as a rookie 401K and IRA investor.  I never experienced a time when I lost so much money — well actually the value of shares in a mutual fund not the actual money unless you sell the shares — for such a long time in the last Great Recession.  This time around we learned our lesson, Emma the Baroness and me.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

So, coach Kerr again you’ve laid my soul open.  An SPIP, like me feels too constrained operating in a talent culture that won’t encourage independent idea packaging even if the organization is packed with systematic professionals.  It’s why I build the whole Executive MBA Career Curriculum from scratch and chafed at the pressure to conform over the last two years. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’re an original.  Saying the lines others have said gets old fast.  It’s invigorating to express your uniqueness.” Libra

I have Emma the Baroness, the love of my life, to remind me of this when I get too busy with my manuscripts and Patreon platform machinations, oh and your Holiday Tau, Steve.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The sparkling parts of life are the in-between moments when you have nothing to gain or lose.  What’s valuable is unquantifiable.” Sagittarius

As I type this I’ve wrapped my left knee in an ice pack having returned from walking three miles around our lake.  This TauBit you’re sharing, Steve, feels painful and counter intuitive physically. 

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Though it sounds counterintuitive, moving the parts that don’t want to move will keep you pain-free.  Use this as a metaphor for another part of your life.” Pisces

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before. The report includes 
    • Began reading and taking notes on “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney — All human beings have 99.9 percent of  the same genetic prescription. Our individual differences come from the 0.1 percent of our genetic material that is just us — derived primarily from our neurochemistry,  a private reserve of about 150 different brain chemicals and recipes to formulate our neurotransmitters — guide messages from cell to cell, directing all brain functions.
    • A SURVEY OF 222 LEADING SCIENTISTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES who identified five global risks: failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises and water crises

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V 
    • Progress —Early feedback from Finnmark:  Interesting concept. I think your opening salvos should be free so people can get a sense of what their Patreon membership will provide. Also, blogs are not going to reach a young audience if that’s what you want. Youtube is far more effective for that age group. 
    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Working on the Business

    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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Related: S1 E2 — Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment 

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