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. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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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. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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

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. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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

S2 E43 — See What You’ve Been Missing …

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

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

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

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

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

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

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

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

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

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Photo: Yang Lu

The Tau: Week Ending 5/9/20

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

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

See what you’ve been missing. 

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

Where … ?

PCH Regions

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

Islands and Currents

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

Mountains and Lakes

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

Pristine Treks

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

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

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

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

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

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

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

Evidence

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

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

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S2 E35 — Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?

To be honest, I didn’t expect to continue this natural experiment beyond the first year, until COVID-19 isolated us and I just had to find out in what way would my Holiday Tau change? 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Emotions are more attention-getting than facts. So while the true bits are the most relevant and necessary parts of your story, mix in some emotion or no one will hear them.” Aries

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 35 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 25th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?; S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?; S2 E32Trapped and Bored? Or Unleashing a Reinvention Wave?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

It’s the end of this first month of this second year experiment. 

    • Yesterday I reached out to the first phase of my LinkedIn network for answers about how well each was coping with the new realities at home and work.
    • Today, I published a companion piece on Patreon and shared it on LinkedIn with tags. 

Here’s a sample of it:

Reimagining Life and Work. Will COVID-19 Accelerate the 4th Industrial Revolution?

“Trying to push something out of your mind is a sure way to drain your willpower quickly. You’ll have greater wells of self-control when you face what’s going on and create some if/then strategies.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

The Tau: Week Ending 4/25/20

A special welcome and thanks to 81 new followers in just the last 6 days. Like, share and join our 1735 community members to see what you may have been missing.

Headlines from our daily “Top 30 Digest” of stories and trends brought to you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Helping you face what’s going on and create some of your own if/then strategies.

What if … ?

Trends

              • Why coronavirus will accelerate the fourth Industrial Revolution
              • 10 ways COVID-19 could change office design

Local stories from towns along Pacific Coast Highway, mountain resorts and lakes, islands and the great outdoors. Bucket list ideas for deferred itineraries.

Where … ?

Regions

              • Day Around the Bay: San Mateo County Orders Non-Residents Off Its Beaches
              • San Diego Parks Reopen, But Beaches Remain Closed

Mountains and Lakes

              • Following coronavirus closure, Mt. Baldy ski resort reopening in limited capacity
              • Lake Tahoe Luxury Estate From ‘Godfather II’ Lists for $5.5M!

Islands and Currents

              • “‘It’s beyond frustrating’: tensions peak as Hawaii locals urge tourists to stay out”
              • Empty resorts spell long crisis for Caribbean as coronavirus hits

Outdoors

              • The New Rules of Hiking During Quarantine

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“Remember the time when the unexpected change shook up your perspective and then something truly positive came out of it? You’ll get more of the same.

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : COVID-19, climate, crisis, deep learning, future, islands, lakes, life, mountains, regions, travel, trends, work

Evidence

Zahnny, Zahnny, Zahnny what am I going to do with your Holiday Tau? I mean a closet, a museum, and sifting through artifacts.  I kinda get it, but not enough to value it much today.

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Cleaning a closet can be more interesting than going to a museum. All the artifacts are specifically related to something you did in the past, even if that something is simply putting an item in a closet.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks, Steve.  Being someone who relies on my intuition, thinking and perceptions your TauBit of Wisdom probably identifies one of my weaknesses as a writer — one I need to incorporate for articles on Patreon, my blog, in my books and shared on social media.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Emotions are more attention-getting than facts. So while the true bits are the most relevant and necessary parts of your story, mix in some emotion or no one will hear them.” Aries

Okay, Aoki it seems like your Holiday Tau comes closed to what we identified as time-to-mastery once an offer had been accepted, an orientation completed, initial training and coaching initiated and for the newbie to contribute to the cause.  It certainly underlines my frustrations with mastering WordPress and now Patreon.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The more complicated a game is, the better off you’ll be when you understand every nuance of the rules. While it’s possible for a beginner to win a poker hand, the expert has the best chance at taking the night.” Sagittarius

I see how it is, Nash.  You and Aoki sit in the locker room playing cards — poker — and listening to country music about when to hold them and when to fold them.  Meanwhile Emma the Baroness and I have become the undisputed champions of jigsaw puzzles during this pandemic!

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:In cards and in life, much depend on the hand you’re dealt. If it’s crummy, you have to figure out other ways to play it. A bluff, a clever play, folding early and waiting for the next round… you’ll figure out the best move.”  Aquarius

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 1703 to 1735.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Previously from Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

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

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

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

Context

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

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

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

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

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

And what about threats?  

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

Evidence

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

The Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

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

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

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

Context

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

What’s the opposite of a bonanza?

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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S3 E21 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and My Curiosity Whisperer Walking a Yip-Yippy Dog

I blame it all on my muse, Leo da V, who channels procrastination free-associations into my freaky little brain. Like pointing at a squirrel scampering up your neighbors’s tree to your yip-yippy dog.

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

“5” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “The path to your purpose often emerges through a better understanding of your personal experience. Tell your story to yourself without the expectation of telling it to others. The clarity will come first. You’ll know when to share.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 21 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 2nd 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 E20Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal; S3 E19Thought Flickers, Cosmic Swirling and Exacted Costs; S3 E18My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Leo’s my curiosity whisperer who reminds me he’s known for stiffing his patrons while sketching his genius discoveries. 

But, if you were to look back over this week to see how I spent each half hour of each day, you’d say I was an obsessive-compulsive freak, right?  

Haha. It’s how I roll ever since I discovered if you want to change your habits, you have to discover how you actually spend your time.

    • My time is freakishly red with a little tan.  
    • Red equates to writing, “Days of My 1-Year Experiment” as in I’m on Day 185.  
    • Tan signifies how much time I’ve avoided “Working on the Business”.

Am I reaching my slip-sliding-away portion of this passion project completion?  Shut up Leo.  

Here’s how this experiment started:

We don’t always know what to believe and what not to believe when we cross into new territories (real and imagined) — territories filled with fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD).

In my past I resorted to an 8-step process pioneered by John Lilly, who used himself as the subject of natural experiments in human-to-dolphin communications research (and with LSD), as a way of conquering my FUD, but LSD-less.

And, I borrowed somebody else’s insight which pointed out you could live life — as an art form — the creative internal life of consciousness. 

Or both — like a natural experiment and an art form.  If you ask me, Leo da V would be the patron saint of this way of life.

Is there a method to my 1-year experimental madness?  

See what you think of the outline I’ll be following:

Intelligent imagination is vital to this sort of deduction! However improbable a hypothesis, it cannot be discarded. — by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in “Mycroft and Sherlock”.

Introduction

Why

Chain of events leading to the experiment

Methodology

Changes along the way

1-year 

Phase one

Findings

Results

Meaning for me

Meaning for you

Conclusion

Next Steps

Phase two description

Phase three description

Our immediate next steps explore which of Steves TauBits are Worth Taking. Either we have a bonanza of wisdom or I’m too lazy at 6:30 am to really feel just how useful they are.  

Evidence

I only left three Holiday Taus off the table and realize how celebrity fans must feel bad when their favs are no shows on the red carpet.  Is that a selection-bias or maybe a celebrity-bias?

You know I love you Zahnny, right? After all we all share your Holiday Tau legitimately — Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When you share your stories with people outside of your usual circle, new themes and ideas will be raised. They will appreciate a different side of you, and you’ll be inspired to change the focus of your work, too.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Organically evolving style, yeah I like that.  What might be revealed as I write up living life as a natural experiment or as an art form is how these “Tau of Steves” daily (four times a week) evolved. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your work is complex, but there is no need to concern yourself with making a lot of logistical or aesthetic choices. Focus on catering to the needs of others, and your style evolves organically.” Aries

I always say, or mostly say or at least think, it takes a late night host and two musical icons to serve up high quality Tau Bits of Wisdom. You and our Patron Saint McQueen sum up my year long writing project exquisitely.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “This day’s agenda seems simple on its face, but what had to come together to make it just the way it is? Small parts made up of smaller parts, each turn relying on a hundred before. Ponder this and you’ll gain profound insight.  Taurus

Does it take three to tango?  If three’s good, how about six?  There’d be two iconic musicians, two comedians, an inventor-company founder and a late night talk show host.  So, after the piling up of organic art pieces it’s time to trust my intuition, right?  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Turn up the volume on your inner guidance system because you’re going to make the best decisions from your heart’s intuition. There is no button or knob for this. It’s like Siri. You just call out and ask.” Leo

Or, we could sort out the inventor-company founder and pare him up with his co-founder all Siri-like, serving stellar Tau for a life-story writer and an idea packager living his life like an art form or in a natural experiment or both.  What’s FUD got to do with it, got to do with it?

“5” Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “The path to your purpose often emerges through a better understanding of your personal experience. Tell your story to yourself without the expectation of telling it to others. The clarity will come first. You’ll know when to share.” Pisces

I see Leo da V has rubbed off on you two today.  Some times my mind floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee.  Ouch. Today I need to execute on my project. Leo be gone.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “This problem is like a maze. There is a higher vantage available, but it comes at a cost. To see your way out, you must give up what you want from the situation. Do this and your mind floats up and sees all. The route becomes clear.” Gemini

Hey G&G, I like your Holiday Tau for the day.  Know why?  It’s the dirty little secret about my 1-year experiment.  My overabundant curiosity plus Leo da V’s muses point me towards my “Volume Three” manuscript about wisdom and the mysteries of the mind.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Curiosity about others will begin with curiosity about yourself, your history and the history of your people. Your discoveries give you a strong sense of wonder about how things have unfolded for others.” Virgo

Hmm.  As usual Coach Kerr your TauBit of Wisdom gets me head scratching in the best reflective way.  I know I want to profit from your advice, but just not yet.  Maybe in the grander scale of things?

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: You’ve a strong need to create a memorable moment, but you’re not sure what kind of scene you’re shooting for. Start with what you don’t want. That will bring you closer to a vision of what you do want.” Libra

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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S3 E20 — Celebrate the Anniversary of When Things Seemed So Normal

Yesterday marked the official one year anniversary of the end of the 1-year experiment. I celebrated by updating “February’s 2020” monthly summary to a running account of how the experiment evolved, what I learned along the way, and what surprised me.  

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The day runs a little like a heist. Much depends on who knows what at which point in the timeline. You may need to create a distraction to make a plan go smoothly.”   Aries

It’s Saturday,  Nope, Sunday.  Yeah that’s it. Oh okay, it’s Thursday, April Fools Day. And, Episode 20 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 1st 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 E18My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!; S3 E17Guess What? You’re on a Treadmill Just Now Picking Up Speed; S3 E16Quid Pro Quo the Awesome Kind

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Here’s the timeline I’m following in reverse chronological order:

Spring

March 2020

Extension of First Year Experiment — 2/24/19 to 3/20/20

Winter 

Begin Second 1-Year Experiment 

Start COVID-19 2/15/20

February 2020

Pre- COVID-19

First Post on Patreon

January 2020

Launched my Patreon Page

December 2019

Fall

November 2019

Start of Scorpio Time — 10/24 to 11/21/20

October 2019

Origins of “Tau of Steves

September 2019

Norway Vacation

Summer

August 2019

July 2019 

Jeffersonville and Dexter Vacation

June 2019

Spring

May 2019 

April 2019

Mueller Report

March 2019

Winter 

February 2019

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

Meanwhile, do we have any TauBits for the Taking today, which ever day it really is?

Evidence

Yes, the way your Holiday Tau (and Winkler’s and Emma the Baroness’ and mine) makes sense is it describes what I’ve done throughout almost all of my life,  starting way back in high school when friends felt they could lean on my shoulder and spill their guts out about their girl friends becoming their ex-girl friends.  I’ll dive into how this TauBit of Wisdom guided me throughout my work life and career in my “Volume Two — Work” manuscript and “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscripts.

 “5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It’s true that you often get more out of helping people than you do from being helped. Even so, you could use the lift, and you’ll get offers that would be a shame to pass up.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha. I’m not at liberty to say why our Patron Saint, here may have spilled the beans about the timeline of my heist.  Whatever you do, don’t look to Steve Jobs for any clues.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The day runs a little like a heist. Much depends on who knows what at which point in the timeline. You may need to create a distraction to make a plan go smoothly.”   Aries

Hello there Jobs.  Are you toying with me from above?  Yesterday I felt strung out like from when you’re almost finished with a project, but just another hour or so of effort will actually polish it off so you keep at it until your contact lens goo up and dry out.  Today, I’m consolidating “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book” with less than a month remaining in the 1-Year Experiment, while working through portions of chapters in “Volume Two — Work” manuscript and “Volume Three — Wisdom and Legacy” manuscript.  

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re on a creative and productive high and will make the most of it by bouncing between three different endeavors, spending two or three hours on each before moving to the next.” Pisces

Oh, that’s just so special of you, Steve.  Are you interpreting the meaning of your Holiday Tau as suggesting I can go right ahead and twist pieces to satisfy my authoring needs, say in a memoir? No, what then?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:You don’t always feel at liberty to bend a situation to your preferences, but in today’s case, you would be remiss not to. More than that, you will be helped when you apply your excellent taste to making this improvement.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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S3 E18 — My Teacher is Sending You to Detention!

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

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

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

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

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

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

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

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

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

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

Context

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

The first two scenes are at home.

“How was school Danae?  Anything fun happen?”

“Yes, thanks to you, Daddy!”

“Oh? How so?”

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

The scene shifts to school and a teacher. 

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

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

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

“My teacher is sending you to detention.”

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

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

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

“That I can go five days without showering.”

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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