S1 E166 — Falling Down the Time Sucking Rabbit Hole

I  continued with my website makeovers after hunkering down while 40 to 50 mph Santa Ana winds wrecked havoc. Oh, and after I assessed damage, then swept up leaves, twigs and branches. 

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 166 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

It dawned on me I should figure out which published “Best of Essays” are for attracting potentials to Patreon and which are for the tier-paying Patrons behind the gate — like specific checklists and steps? 

Looked at each website’s blog archive for one or the other audience.

      1. The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.
      2. Western Skies and Island Currents: From the Desert to the Mountains to the Sea and all the Pristine Rivers, Lakes and Islands in Between.
      3. Best West Road Trips: Natural Beauty. Awesome Adventures.
      4. Knowledge ATMs: A peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself
      5. Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives.
      6. Know Laboratories: Thriving in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty

Taking a deeper dive into Knowledge Banking I focused of 4 components of a system to guide future posts.

    1. To 4 ways of repurposing Knowledge Product offerings, illustrated by @knowlabs: Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.
      • Guided — This or That?
      • Experimental Trial & Error —Sort Through, Search Again
      • Repackaged Segment — Subscribe to Your Niche
      • Personalized — Tagged to Membership Profile
    1. One post should transition from your bucket list of best places to “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

3.  To Volume Two (Work) “With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variation in your new employer by:

      • MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed
      • Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery
      • Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis
      • Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

4. To value creation stages

      • Commodities or Noise
      • Goods or Data
      • Services or Information
      • Experiences or Knowledge
      • Transformations or Wisdom

You know I concerned myself about falling down the rabbit hole into major time sucking morass before I limited my comparison process.

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time won’t be a significant contributing factor to the quality of the day’s products, so you may as well go fast.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I get what wavelength your Holiday Tau resonates with, but for my tasks at hand, I’m not choosing yours for the Tau of the Day.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “The right tune will enhance what you’ve got going on today, though the wrong one will help you appreciate the value of silence.” Virgo

Hey Coach Kerr, how competitive do you feel your Holiday Tau is today?  Guess what?  You bricked it like a Shaquille O’Neil free throw.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:If a compliment is like honey, criticism is like vinegar.  Taken the right way, both enhance what’s healthy.” Libra

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — 

Long-Form — 

    • Michael Connelly has become one of my favorites for his style of writing found in his Bosch series, including “Lost Light” for his turn of a phrase like, “At night when I try to sleep but can’t … It is when all the pathways seem to connect and I see the people I have loved.” Or, like, “Like trying to figure out Vietnam in 1967 by watching Walter Cronkite at night.” I view his writing as essential for my efforts at writing my Volume Three series about legacy.

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 

Speaking Volumes — 

    • Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from Volume One, the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example. 
    • Volume Two (Work) — beginning to wrangle key concepts: MBTI Equivalent — Outer or Inner Directed; Talent Profile — Degrees of: Disruptive Innovation, Independence, New Knowledge, Affiliation, Speed, Imbedded Knowledge, Improvement, Mastery;  Best Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis;  Worst Fit — Organization Type, Stage of Growth and Crisis

Banking and ATMs — 

    • So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon?

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S1 E165 — 11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve

I’ve been crafting “Patreon Brand Promise” for my 6 website makeovers and weekly campaign deliverables and benefits. But, is it time to pivot instead?

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If it’s been a long while and you’re still not achieving your goal, it might be the wrong aim.  Get out and find something new to want.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 165 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 6th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Friends of Steves (FOSs) Preview:  emails for a soft launch and you’re invited.  

      1. It’s been a long time; 
      2. After trips to Italy and Norway, I’ve been busy putting pieces in place for my career transition; 
      3. I’ve always valued your opinion and advice; 
      4. if it’s not an imposition, I’m wondering if you could take a few minutes to preview my work and offer suggestions for fine-tuning it; 
      5. You know me, I’m not from a sales, marketing or advertising background and I am a rookie when it comes to social media, so any recommendations for promoting my new work will be greatly appreciated.
      6. Feel free to offer me your first impressions so I can incorporate them into my next release.  
      7. Follow and share. 

I began a 2-day analysis of my websites and change them while identifying potential knowledge products for Patreon as bonus offerings. 

Comparison of Know Laboratories against the “Patreon Brand Promise”: 

    1. The menu doesn’t add value and just takes you to places away from one click to Patreon. So, I can eliminate them.  Add “New technologies and artificial intelligence take away the market for your skills and talents” from Knowledge Banking.
    2. I need to select three more blog posts to update “INSIGHT AND FORESIGHT” — testing the Patreon integration. 
    3. Rewrite “ABOUT THE KNOW LABORATORIES” pulling from “How to Thrive in an Age of Accelerating Uncertainty” in “ePub Formatted Chapters” folder

Here’s a short list of knowledge products triggered by the brand promise comparison and website makeover:   

List of Steps. 

Vacation Checklist. 

Profiles-At-A-Glance. 

Updated editions of 2009 book chapters.

“11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” can become a missing chapter from the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example.

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note: Need I remind everyone that today is NOT my birthday, never was and never will be?  But, I do like the self-expression in a variety of mediums, reaching those hard-to-find folks, and who wouldn’t love a financial element, right?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“This solar journey emphasizes self-expression you’ll share in different mediums, genres, colors and tones.  One of your many gifts will be communicating with your hard-to-reach people.  Your willingness to bridge gaps will grow your influence.  There’s a financial element to this you’ll love.”

But, now let’s turn to today’s Holiday Tau to let the competition begin for the most relevant.

Sorry Steve, our Patron Saint, yours doesn’t rise to the occasion. 

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Can love that’s not put in motion really be love?  Yes.  What’s happening is internal — ideas and intentions in a stew of potential that could be turned into love as a verb.”   Aries

Smithy, what do you have for us?  Really, that’s all.  Sorry, off with your head — just kidding in the Alice in Wonderland kind of way.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You can make a difference just by talking about what you know and love.  The passion you feel is tangible.” Gemini

Hey, Steve your’s must be for my Friends of Steves soft launch campaign, right?

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:It’s not that you need to network or want to be more popular.  You’re genuinely curious, and people will return the interest today.”  Cancer

So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When what you’re selling makes sense, and people want it badly, the sale is merely a transaction.  You provide it, they buy it, no convincing involved.” Leo

Catchy, I’ll give you that G&G, but I have to ask if the opposite is true?

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Don’t let anyone waste your time with catastrophizing a noncatastrophe. ” Virgo

Yours makes a lot of sense and is what I’m hoping occurs, but when does the shear weight of the list sap my motivation?

“4” Steve Kerr, 54:With the right sort of tasks on the list, you can schedule yourself densely and be massively productive, gaining vitality as you go.” Libra

And, the winner is, Mister Apple (and Pixar) for keeping an eye on the length of delayed gratification as a virtue or a weakness.  Both seem to be part and parcel of being a card carrying introvert.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): If it’s been a long while and you’re still not achieving your goal, it might be the wrong aim.  Get out and find something new to want.” Pisces

Tau — 

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If it’s been a long while and you’re still not achieving your goal, it might be the wrong aim.  Get out and find something new to want.” Pisces

Trends — 

MIT Published a List of the 9 Megatrends That Will Shape the World in 2030. Here’s What They All Have in Common 

Short-Form — 

I had tons of fun riding an e-bike in a national park. I also broke the law. Oops 

Long-Form — 

Michael Connelly has become one of my favorites for his style of writing found in his Bosch series, including “Lost Light” for his turn of a phrase like, “At night when I try to sleep but can’t … It is when all the pathways seem to connect and I see the people I have loved.” Or, like, “Like trying to figure out Vietnam in 1967 by watching Walter Cronkite at night.”

Progress and Procrastination — 

Procrastinate while feeling empty after trying to figure out what this nation has become by watching the Senate acquit Trump without calling any witnesses.  What’s up with that? 

Speaking Volumes — 

Treating  “11 Simple Steps for Finding the Authentic Quality-of-Life You Deserve” as a missing chapter from the first 5-book series and a bonus offer, for example.

Banking and ATMs — 

So it helps if you are a founder or a comedian?  How does that work on a crowdfunding platform like Patreon?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: When what you’re selling makes sense, and people want it badly, the sale is merely a transaction.  You provide it, they buy it, no convincing involved.” Leo

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S3 E14 — How!

The excitement of March Madness kicks off today.  Or should have. I wonder if Emma the Baroness’ “little” brother will miss attending the pandemic-restricted event with his longtime friends — not that he really likes basketball all that much, certainly not as much as teaching kids how to ski at Copper Mountain.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 14 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 20th 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 E13Why?;  S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E14 — Reading Tea Leaves Bottled and Set Adrift;  S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects; S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E14Day 14 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

I bang away on my black keyboard keys while sitting on my black diamond-shaped patterned futon with green and brown and reddish streaks under the black diamonds.  

My black office chair blocks a certain view of the mess across from me — including yellow towels, folders and tax receipts.  But, here’s really what you might miss in the desk disarray. 

An old, small, brown slim book with barely held together in its original binding.  Ironically it sits just to the left of “Killers of the Flower Moon” second from the end of a book end held in place with a gray pewter college mug.  

Could it have been what launched a lifelong obsession and fascination with Native Americans?  

One with a through line that includes a book about Crazy Horse, maybe by Shannon Garst,  read during my bout with childhood chickenpox or measles in Warren Township, New Jersey, fed onward with “White Eagle, Indian Chief” comic books about the plains Indians, and my 9 and 10 years-olds adventures with Billy into the woods bordered by Dock Watch Hollow Road.

Like mixed metaphors we pretended to be Crazy Horse of the plains roaming Sioux, yet searched for the any signs of the Leni Lenape (Delaware People of the Northeastern Woodlands) along forest trails.

Later as an adult, at midlife, I rekindled my spirit by reading “Bury Me at Wounded Knee” allowing me later to emphasize how Native Americans were tricked and treated as the white- justified “Manifest Destiny” historic theme unfolded in the first ever blog I wrote,  The Journal of 2020 Foresight”.

Could it?  

I mean this fragile, mysterious little book, “Wanamaker Primer on the North American Indian: Hiawatha Produced in Life — Wanamaker — Originator  brought it all back.

If you turn to the inside cover you find only a symbol of Wanamaker – Originator with a 1909 Copyright.  

And you’ve got a 112 year old mystery on your hands. Hiawatha and Wanamaker?  How did it make its way to my messy desk top?

And, yet even more remarkable, President Biden, appointed Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. 

“Haaland was born in Winslow, Arizona. She is an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo.The Pueblo people have lived on the land that is now the state of New Mexico since the 1200s and Haaland identifies herself as a 35th-generation New Mexican.” 

Take that, Manifest Destiny!

Evidence

Haha, so convenient.  Zahn’s back and his (our) Holiday Tau couldn’t be any more apropos, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Memories bubble up. You’ll learn by examining things in the past that didn’t go so well. Why now? Because this is the moment of optimum readiness. Everything needed for the processing is right here.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, if you were still alive, Steve you might have felt the longing that we pandemic-bound whiners cry about.  Will we remember to stop and smell the roses shown on the other side of a zoom screen?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Even as you long for things to be different, recognize the preciousness of this time. Long stretches of sameness are a necessary backdrop to change. The movement and the stillness are equally lovely.” Aries

Thanks WW&C.  Your Holiday Tau reminds me of a scene I witnessed in high school.  My best friend had his back to the hallway while he switched out text books between classes when from behind he got shoved near his neck — which had been broken not quite a year earlier.  He felt the rage and pivoted around in a whirl, but encountered one of our friends instead of the school bully.  

In microseconds his rage vanished into laughter.  Funny how one detail changes everything in the moment. Today, however I am woefully behind by at least 26 article drafts waiting for final editing before being published.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You’re focused on what you get to do instead of what you have to do. Of course, they are the same action items, but that one-word change makes all the difference.” Taurus

I like this sentiment, Ms Nicks since I figure you’ve written so many songs and performed so may times loosely documenting your love interests and relationships that the TauBit of Wisdom means a little more to me and Emma the Baroness.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “In relationships, what succeeds or fails isn’t in the actual real-world exchanges but in the participant’s heads. You’ll increase the impact of your actions by focusing beyond them and into the mind of your counterpart.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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S3 E13 — Why?

Have you ever pushed the wrong button on your remote or tapped on a link by accident and found something very interesting?  No, me neither.   

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 13 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 19th 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E12 You Can’t Cure Stupid, but There’s a Cure for Ignorance; S3 E11Looking for a New Predictive Belief System?; S3 E10Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E13Slipping on a Bar of Dove Soap and other Ripple Effects;  S2 E12Too Anxious to Meet and Eat; S2 E11Waiting for the 3rd Shoe to Drop; S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt … 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E13Day 13 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E12Day 12 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E11Day 11 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

But, I’m so far behind in my publishing pipeline that my conscious mind detached from my finger and clicked on the bio of the source of the Holiday Tau — Holiday Mathis.

So?  I’m pretty sure this portion of her bio is what attracted me enough to engage in my 1-Year Experiment that wrapped up just as the pandemic forced a lot of us into remote work. 

And, here it is where the beginning to the end of life as we’ve known it may be a few more vaccine shots — Fauci Ouchies — away.

Here’s the portion I enjoyed.  

Life can seem at times to be chaotic and random. Humans are notoriously uncomfortable with randomness. Our brains have evolved to filter out most of it, so what gets through are the threats, the changes, and a small amount of “other” from which we are compelled to try make order, to look for a pattern, to come up with a theory, to construct a narrative, to dig into a belief about… is trying, like we all are, to find the pattern.

Evidence

So why is there no Holiday Tau for us — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?  Especially since Emma the Baroness returned yesterday afternoon from four days at Mammoth Mountain for the family ski trip.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks the Stevie — maybe from her years of singing love songs — here’s the missing Holiday Tau I expected.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “The work of love isn’t a doing/acting/fixing job today. The work of love is a listening gig, an ‘entering in the spirit of another’ practice, a task that encompasses receiving and relaxing.” Gemini

And, maybe more profound, but on the same wavelength marries our hearts with our spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “The silence between two people is as unique as the sound of their shared language. As you listen to a quiet punctuated by words, you’ll hear clearly the heart’s intention.” Sagittarius

The older we get, and as I advised Executive MBA students and cautioned executive new hires to reframe from was blurting out how we handled that at (my former company) you have to guard against, because it gets old quickly.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:What you’re hearing will mentally trigger a story about the time it happened to you, but you won’t tell that story. Instead, you’ll give your support generously without flipping focus your way.” Cancer

Maybe because I’m addicted to Michael Connelly’s Bosch series and more than I expected to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Microft Holmes series, I want to dig deeper.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You like to know what others are doing, but even more interesting to you is why they are doing it. You’re not content with the first reasons that surface. Your fascination kicks in with the deeper ones.” Leo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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S4 E4 — Is This Our Disruptively Resilient Year?

Usually it began with, if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s 4th Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 6th day of March in the spring of 2022.

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

Season 4 continues now within domestic uncertainty and global chaos reshaping our futures.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E3Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All; S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection SeasonS4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

Context

This morning another reminder that time flies more rapidly than you notice. Jazzy stopped by to pick up a check for settling wedding budget accounts that he and Delta Girl would hand deliver to Surf Doc and Jasmine.  

I toasted Jazzy and Delta Girl during the rehearsal lunch at The Privateer in Oceanside 30 days ago.  I don’t have to remind you about the wear and tear we suffered over the Pandemic Year and just when we felt certain COVID was past us another variant spread like the California wildfires in the Los Padre National Forest.  

Their destination wedding gave pause to and cancellations from grandparents who baby sat their little darlings and couldn’t risk infecting them with the Omicron strain. 

However comma the window of opportunity opened on that magical weekend — 70s temperature, no Santa Ana high velocity winds or rain nor any shutdown CDC recommendations.

Standing in the far corner from the door and opposite the long bar I told a more recent story about Jazzy who 365 days ago, on February 5th, 2021, schemed just how things would play out according to his plan:

Jazzy had been rehearsing in his head how he was going to trick Delta Girl into trudging through deep snow at Hot Springs the next day on their way up to Mammoth for a long weekend. 

If you’ve ever driven to Mammoth and gotten stuck behind semis and long lines of cars, then you might have not have noticed the dirt road exit from Highway 395

It’s usually when you’re speeding past it at 70 or 80 mph under normal conditions on the last leg of a 5 hour drive

So there was that, he’d have to come up with a reason …

As they both packed for their trip, he had to be asking himself, 

Does she already know?  

What am I going to tell her? 

 I better not forget the ring.  

She’ll say Yes won’t she?  

What if she doesn’t?

Or if I drop the ring in the snow?

It worked, she fell for it, she said yes and then “I do” a year later — according to her plan.

Oh, and Delta Girl is a great planner.  

Who would have known that their wedding day would take place 365 days from the day of their engagement and more importantly —between the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl — so no conflicts there.   

But now we find ourselves here, only 30 days later.  The pandemic fear window had closed as their magical wedding opened our feelings of joy and then … Putin’s invasion tosses our feelings of normalcy back up into the air for probable landing on hard ground.

Evidence

Any TauBits of Wisdom we can count on Steves?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The beginning of projects and relationships establish the tone and rhythm of what follows. You’ll have more influence when you get in on things in the early stages.” Scorpio

Well, there’s Jazzy and Delta Girl’s magical moments in the late afternoon on a lush green lawn exchanging their vows before their honeymoon along California’s Central Coast in Big Sur and Santa Barbara.  And there’s this new beginning of Season Four while at the same time looking back at the past three years through so many disruptions that who can tell what’s normal anymore?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Charming and spontaneous, you’ll prove your mastery of the art of living in the moment. Your improvisations will make memories and sometimes money. Summer sees you serious about a goal and dropping the distractions that compete for your focus. You’ll step up as your own boss, call shots and claim rewards.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Solving new problems often takes a while as you fumble around to figure out what’s going to work. It’s not so today; you’ll get lucky early on with a good and graceful option.” Libra

Yours is a perfect description for what it was like over the first 4 episodes in Season 1 for getting the natural experiment off the ground headed for some sort of a destination.  I always like getting lucky …

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Ever since you went looking for your happiness and didn’t find it, you’ve been wondering if someone moved it, stole it, scared it off… or what? It’s waiting inside a job you can take on to help someone.” Sagittarius

Your Holiday Tau as far as TauBits of Wisdom go just isn’t relevant for me today.  I discovered happiness can’t be pursued as being out there, so I didn’t wonder if someone swiped it — like what is happening to your astrology signs today.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “You’re sly as a spy. You’re paying attention to more than you appear to be. Sights in your periphery will inform. You’ll learn something crucial as you pretend not to notice it at all.” Aquarius 

I’m well into my Will Robey novel character who as it turns out is a white hat assassin working for one of those three-letter secret agencies.  And this is exactly what he’s doing right now in the chapter I’m now going to finish after I finish this.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “If you knew it was impossible for you to lose anything that was essentially yours, how would you play it? Would you relax? Would you gain tremendous confidence? Would you take a risk?” Pisces

Over the length of one of my careers, I almost always asked a version of your Holiday Tau, Steve.  Usually it began with if money were no object — you inherited $10 million — and you could do anything you loved doing, anywhere in the world, what would it be?

Is it?  

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

The need to feel powerful is universal  … (Two) different paths to power. One involves taking on more, while the other involves cutting down. Whether you decide to grow and reach or simplify and shrink your environment to a more manageable size is a matter of individual choice.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 12044 this week to 12148 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 152 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

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S4 E3 — Rocky-like Struggle Against Evil Touching Us All

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars. “Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s 3rd Episode in Season 4 of  Our Disruptively Resilient Year” on this 5th day of March in the spring of 2022.

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

Season 4 continues now within domestic and global chaos.

Previously in Season Four, The Disruptively Resilient Year

S4 E2Suffering Through Little Big Lies Insurrection Season; S4 E1 — Shell Shocked into the 4th Season

Related from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?; S3 E2Preview of the New Post Pandemic Season; S3 E1 — Preview Day One in Season Three of the New Abnormality

Related from Season Two, the Pandemic Year

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?”

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

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

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

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Evidence

In the first episode of Season 4 I rediscovered a section about money laundering written by Ben Lewis in his “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting”. 

Elena began trying to freeze her husband’s, Dmitry Rybolovlev,  assets, including his yacht in the British Virgin Islands and prohibit him “from removing from Singapore twelve paintings by various artists such as Modigliani, van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Degas and Rothko.”

“He had been buying a lot of art, and—divorce be damned—he was going to buy much more, including the Salvator Mundi.” 

Alexander Vindman describes in his book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” that he knew the president had clear and straightforward talking points: 

“Because I’d written them. Congratulate Zelensky on his victory, show support for Ukraine’s reform anticorruption agenda, and urge caution regarding the Russians. Trump began speaking, and I knew right away that everything was going wrong.”

Weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.

“Zelensky was giving it everything he had, trying to build rapport with the president, flattering a notoriously egotistical character, steering the conversation toward the military aid … “

In the infamous “Quid pro quo” phone call, Vindman documented the conversation.

“The president didn’t miss a beat: ‘I would like you to do us a favor, though,’ he said. I paused in my note taking. What was this?”

To counter the evidence about Russian email hacking assistance, the president  worked into their conversation the conspiracy theory that Rudy Giuliani had recently been promoting publicly.

Not only didn’t the president stick to the call script Vendman has prepared,  but he substituted his own fabrications.

“Ukrainian actors were supposedly behind the DNC server hack. To that end, he asked Zelensky to cooperate with the U.S. attorney general, William Barr.”

The president’s administration actively blamed actors in Ukraine for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, commonly named “The Witch Hunt” in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And, then the president drove off the road at high speed careening up and over a guard rail.

“‘The other thing,’ the president continued, ‘there’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son.’”

Unlike our former president, Zelensky transformed from a rookie, having been a former comedian, to an authentic leader. 

Many of our Ukraine ambassadors and diplomats called before congress during the hearings leading up to the impeachment 1.0, now years later, admit to wondering how Zelensky would meet the crisis unfolding in front of him and daily streamed to our screens. 

“Rocky-like” and against all odds he masterfully inspires his citizens to resist the brutal attacks and has managed to turn the narrative (Putin propaganda) to Ukraine’s advantage.

Holiday Theme for The Day: 

Struggle and frustration seem like common states that are part and parcel of being alive, when in fact they are entirely optional. These states are caused by resisting change or attempting to control the uncontrollable… What do you really have control over? Where will your effort make a difference?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “For reasons unapparent, someone keeps popping into your mind. This is your intuition connecting on invisible wavelengths. Follow through. In retrospect, this will all make sense.” Aries

Okay, I look forward to it.  My first guess is Jazzy.  But, I think I know why. 

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “As much as you’d like to catch up on people’s lives, you feel pulled to catch up on something internal first. Unplug and get back to being the sort of human that existed for thousands of years before pocket information streams.” Taurus

Really, I should go all Neanderthal?  But, wasn’t it very cold then?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The heroes of yesteryear paved a trail for you. Maybe they weren’t thinking of you when they did it. They were looking out for their own well-being. When you do the same, you never know who you’ll end up helping.” Leo

I’m getting older and even reconsidering donating my DNA to pinpoint more clearly who is and who isn’t a yesteryear trailblazer in my family’s ancestory.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “There’s a decision to make. The risk is minimal, and the upside is obvious, yet this is not an easy “yes.” There are other unseen complexities at work here. Trust your intuition.” Virgo

I would, but which decision did you have in mind?  Adding expenses into a Schedule C since we owe way too much on our taxes?  Lot’s of taxing complexities at work, for sure.  

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Exercise helps with moods, stress, sleep, energy, circulation and just about anything that could ail you now. When you think about the many benefits, you’ll wonder how you don’t make this a more sacred part of your life.” Libra

Especially now that it’s been about 6 weeks since my last physical therapy session for building back my artificial knee better.  

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41; Steven Spielberg, 74: “Sorting, organizing and planning are in order. The tough part is deciding what stays and what goes. To say yes to your desire is to say no to something else. You’re ready.” Sagittarius

Why is it I can always find it easy to sort and organize what Emma the Baroness finds difficult, especially deciding what goes and what remains?  As she can for me?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62; Stephan Patis, 53;  Stephen Hawking (1943 – 2018): “Experiment with different ways to express yourself. If there’s a script to follow, you’re the one writing it. Nothing is fixed here, and you are absolutely free to try what you wish.” Capricorn

Well, the opportunity to pivot presents itself here in Season 4.  I guess the one question I must ask myself is if this path still has a heart for me.  Stay tuned.

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: “There’s a wall of privacy and an aura of mystery surrounding you. Some struggle with knowing what information should be kept private, but you understand the appropriateness of sharing information.  Aquarius

Both Emma the Baroness and I value privacy.  For most of my careers I advised clients in confidential settings and relationships.  So are you saying bottling messages and setting them adrift from KnowWhere Atoll is too opaque?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll

    • @KnowLabs suite of 36 digital magazines according to my analytics, grew from 11945 this week to 12044 organically grown followers.
    • Orange County Beach Towns 180 viewers stopped by the week before.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Last Leonardo: The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” by Ben Lewis. Review: “In 2017, Leonardo da Vinci’s small oil painting the Salvator Mundi was sold at auction. In the words of its discoverer, the image of Christ as savior of the world is “the rarest thing on the planet.” Its $450 million sale price also makes it the world’s most expensive painting. For two centuries, art dealers had searched in vain for the Holy Grail of art history: a portrait of Christ as the Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci. Many similar paintings of greatly varying quality had been executed by Leonardo’s assistants in the early sixteenth century. But where was the original by the master himself? In November 2017, Christie’s auction house announced they had it. But did they?”
    • “Here, Right Matters: An American Story” by Alexander Vindman. “We’d long been confused by the president’s policy of accommodation and appeasement of Russia, the United States’ most pressing major adversary. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, seizing the Crimean Peninsula, attacking its industrial heartland, the Donbass, from the capital, Kyiv. By 2019, little had changed, Russian military and security forces and their proxy separatists continued to occupy the Donbass. biggest change was to Ukraine’s importance as a bulwark against Russian aggression weeks earlier, the White House had abruptly put a hold on nearly four hundred million dollars.”

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E10 — Feeding the Beast for Sheila in Fantasyland

Our neighbor was called to duty in an effort to evacuate Silverado Canyon where he said a Tesla was nearly swallowed in what loosened from the wildfires a few weeks ago and liquified.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 10 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 13th 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E9Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best; S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E10Cats, Ladders and Shaking Salt …; S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E10Day 10 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:When you think you might be missing something, you double back, pat yourself up and down, and ask questions out loud. Do that today even when you’re sure you’ve got it all together. There’s luck in the double-check.  Aquarius

Evidence

So what’s been going on?  I’m a creature of rabbits, so you know when they aren’t around to be shot with my hose early in the morning I’m feeling out of sorts.  No competitive juices surge at 5 am. 

Why? Easy to explain.  

They might have been drowned in the storm that pounded the southland.  

Our neighbor was called to duty in an effort to evacuate Silverado Canyon where he said a Tesla was nearly swallowed in what loosened from the wildfires a few weeks ago and liquified. Not everybody eagerly vacated their beloved forest compounds back in the boonies he said, but at least they were warned.

Instead of swearing at rabbits I turned my frustration towards relearning hard won efficiencies I habitually relied upon usually at 5:30 to 6 am.  

Through bleary eyes and yawns I try keep Sheila Peterson in mind, because she follows 22 of my digital magazines.  She’s easily the champion when it comes to following the majority of my 37 curations.  

Just checked the statistics and  I’ve been feeding that beast  — 57,026 articles for 7,529 followers like Sheila.

That hasn’t changed.  What has, is the behind the scenes personalization process I manage to deliver our daily digest fresh from the labs, literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll. 

But, I digress which is my superpower.  I don’t only miss my rabbit habit, but I’ll miss Emma the Baroness. 

She’s staging canned goods and meal ingredients in the corner of the kitchen between the stove and the refrigerator next to the toaster oven on the one inch thick white counter top and in front of the gray back splash under the custom white cabinets with the show off display windows at their top.  

Staging area two is on the second floor in Shaggy’s former bedroom on his bed laid out behind her office chair and white wood desk top which is home to the printer, her files and gray steel colored MacBook Pro.  

A third more serious staging area with skis, boots and poles will block entrance to that portion of the garage which normally affords access to the lawn mower, two ladders, and boxes that store all the outdoor wicker furniture covers, when for those three or four days at a time, the back patio converts into  holiday and festive barbecue gatherings where you can expand your vision across a natural canyon, now domesticated, to rolling hills, now developed, and to your left to the foothills and peaks of Saddleback Mountains.  

Then you enjoy a panoramic view, if three of the four tan umbrellas aren’t fully opened and I’ve trimmed our trees just enough to provide that California style of privacy from neighbors and a view of what had been a ranch before and long before that, Native American hunting grounds. 

But today, Emma the Baroness is packing for a winter adventure.  

I only hope when she hitches a ride with Jazzy and Delta Girl in his white Toyota long bed with shell they all consider how switching to Daylight savings time throws off their rendezvous time by one hour.  

Who can remember if it is an hour earlier or later? I’m not counting on the grass-eating escapees who break out from Barb’s Bunny Ranch and cross the border to my front lawn.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Man, this life of crime of shooting rabbits out of season can grow on you especially if what’s rightfully yours — a Holiday Tau — skips you, Zahn, Emma the Baroness and Winkler too.  So, Harvey, Aoki, Greene and Guttenberg and Nash, what did you get that I might beg, borrow or steal?  

Tell me about it, Steve.  It’s what feeds my superpower, if it weren’t for all those social influencers. Today it’s Emma’s agenda.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Your intuition is spot-on this weekend, so all you have to do is follow it. That’s harder than it sounds though, with social influencers around you trying to impose their own agenda.” Capricorn

So, hi Steve.  If I interpret this vague, but intriguing tale you offer up correctly I should keep my mouth shut when someone drops off his or her skis for transportation to the snow-laden mountain? 

“4” Steve Aoki, 41: “The day’s plot hinges on discerning truth. Lies of omission are harder to detect than those told out loud because they do not come with any tell-tale variances that give their recipient a fighting chance at detecting them.” Sagittarius

So does this mean I might get lucky tonight?

“5” Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You’re friendly to everyone and you don’t need a reason to be. There’s love in you and you want to give it — that’s reason enough. Tonight you get the feeling that your luck could spring from anywhere, and you’re right!” Virgo

Hold on here.  Are you suggesting this could be the beginning of a new Tik Tok dance craze or just simply I need to remember to bring my reservation invitation and CDC card for my 3:40 pm poke in the arm?

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:When you think you might be missing something, you double back, pat yourself up and down, and ask questions out loud. Do that today even when you’re sure you’ve got it all together. There’s luck in the double-check.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight 

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S3 E9 — Melancholy and Undercover Brooklyn Moms Know Best 

“No Irish Need Apply, Nor Worship in the Highlands or Somerset County,” is the chapter’s working title. The one part from yesterday that wasn’t a misrepresentation described how my grandfather served in World War I in the Navy and became a “spy” for the State Department.

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 9 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 12th 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E8Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?; S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E9Blame It On Your D4DR Gene, Not Me!; S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E9Day 9 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment

 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People only take risks in hopes of achieving goals they think are possible. You’ll paint a picture of your vision with well-chosen words and provide the inspiration others need to move forward.” Aries

Evidence

I have to correct an item from yesterday.  Here’s what my mother wrote initially:

Friday —

Hope you had a wonderful birthday (not today, but on Halloween — Scorpio Time) Well, I learned something this morning!! After our talk about family “history” last night, I read the large framed document in the guest room hallway — and — guess what, John McLennan was my grandfather.  The following is excerpt from the larger of the two documents.  

Supreme Council 33rd & 

Last Degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Council of Free Masonry. 

John McLennan, Native of Scotland 

born December 27, 1861, 

resident of Brooklyn, N.Y.  

Duly enrolled in our Grand Armyin Auroa Gratia Consigitory 

December 21, 1900.

Months later she wrote:

Also — it occurred to me that in your search for my Dad’s background I neglected to tell you that all of our ancestor’s names would begin with “Mc”!! 

My dad had it changed to “Mac” (Don’t know when), telling me he didn’t want to be confused as any ‘Irish Catholic”!!! Bigotry??!!

Somewhere in my digital files I remember the background, oh I remember now it’s in the queue for inclusion as a chapter in the “Volume Three Manuscript”. 

Here it is, the chapter’s working title is “No Irish Need Apply, Nor Worship in the Highlands or Somerset County.”

The one part from yesterday that wasn’t a misrepresentation described how my grandfather served in World War I in the Navy and became a “spy” for the state department.

My mom wished be a happy birthday (though not for today), and alas none of us enjoyed Holiday Tau today — Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness nor me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So it’s only fair, this being the start of the weekend and the start of the end of the pandemic to appropriate Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Your creativity soars high. This year, you’ll follow a wild idea to full realization. The golden question is this: Which one? You have so many! The criteria your idea must meet to be successful: It helps others, is needed and doesn’t exist in the world already, and there’s a clear vision to the first dollar you’ll make to sustain it.

Yes I stipulate to many, many creative ideas so the question is golden. And, thank you for defining what my criteria should be.

Don’t you agree Steve’s Holiday Tau fits nicely with my soaring wild ideas?  It extends in more detail how to describe more clearly.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): People only take risks in hopes of achieving goals they think are possible. You’ll paint a picture of your vision with well-chosen words and provide the inspiration others need to move forward.” Aries

And, then there’s this.  Howey’s Holiday Tau advocating achieving clarity of purpose by crafting an elevator pitch. 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:If you don’t have an ‘elevator pitch,’ then this is the perfect time to come up with one. It’s not for the influential people you might meet; rather, it’s your clarity of purpose.” Cancer

I’ve struggled to figure out an efficient way posting a draft to Patreon or one of my websites.  And, then get good at remembering all the stuff that is quirky about each site. And, after that routinely pump them out. Stuff I have to work out: 205 curations, essays, chapters and essays at various stages in the pipeline and 97 Volume Two and Three manuscript chapter drafts. I’ve made headway these last two weeks by following CM&W’s Holiday Tau almost to the letter.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “You’re efficient and impressively productive, appearing to balance many things at once, when really you are balancing one thing at a time, giving your full attention to each, however briefly.” Leo

In a word, “iterate” is the working principle once I start something.  But, while that’s how I approach the tactical writing, staying in the moment, I keep an eye on what’s up ahead and navigate away from blind alleys or boxed in mazes of my own making.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:It’s all about thinking ahead today. You’ll anticipate potential pitfalls and either avoid them or, if they are unavoidable, deal with them as quickly as possible.  Aquarius

Thanks Harvey, one of my most frequent testimonials from my clients has been your TauBit.  I hope to continue in this stage of my writing career.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “You’re influential. Maybe you won’t detect it, but you can be certain that people believe something different after they’ve interacted with you than what they believed before they encountered you.”  Capricorn

And finally, if Smith and Nicks’ Holiday Tau told me if instead of hurling left-wing and right-wing arguments at each other, you looked one or two levels deeper under the name calling you’d find a commonly agreed upon problem statement, then yes I’d sign up.  Something could be accomplished,  After all it takes two wings to fly.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “Both sides of the argument can’t be right, but there is a rightness in each stance. It will bring you good fortune to look for it. Do it quietly, gingerly and with great respect.” Gemini

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

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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

S1 E136 — Just How Do Zip Codes Prevent Homebuyer Remorse?

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 136 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 15th day of December in winter of 2019.

Only ten days remain to complete your Christmas shopping, guys.  Fewer, if like our family you celebrate Christmas Eve as the occasion to pass out gifts and the day as designated for White Elephant gifts.  

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You know that you don’t yet understand a thing enough to form an opinion, let alone act on the matter.  This knowledge is, in and of itself, virtuous.  A lesser person wouldn’t even realize the gap.” Pisces

Evidence

I’ve struggled with my opening long-form essay for Patreon.  One that synthesizes all my separate passion projects.

What I care about like ocean pollution and coastal water — started me profiling the impact on towns in “California Coast Tip to Tip” and “Western Skies and Island Currents.” It was a natural.  I traced the “Mother Road” from the Midwest to the West coast already in “Best West Road Trips — Route 66.” Spoiler alert; it ends at the Santa Monica Pier. 

Pacific Coast Highway as an itinerary felt like the natural next project.

And water in rivers and lakes like just after a visit to friends living in Durango, Colorado in my fourth of five books to be published in the Knowledge Path Series.  

The whole Animas River turned a deep muddy yellow from an upstream blow out of a closed mine in neighboring Silverton.  Interestingly, years later our friends moved back.  

Their story mirrored the arc of three residents victim of gentrification forces in Whitehead, Montana … to illustrate how zip codes matter and can prevent buyers remorse simply by knowing your lifestyle and previewing new towns as potential quality-of-life communities in a region. 

How does being an introvert … We come in 6 temperament flavors.  We’re easy with solitude.  In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins if given the choice, and inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities.

I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager.  What does an Idea Packager do?  That’s what I’m answering in Volume Two of the Knowledge Path Series.  The first volume answers the question, if I can live and work anywhere then which community should I choose as my best fit for inspiration, satisfaction and happiness? 

The second answers the question, if I could work for any company or type of organization as an employee or consultant, which type brings out the best and worst in me?  

OK.  What’s the answer for you?  Which is the best or worst organization for an Idea Packager to draw a paycheck?  

Here’s the story I tell when someone asks me about it. We hadn’t seen my wife’s cousin for years.  She threw a wonderful welcome to Norway family reunion for us as experienced through severe jet lagged senses.  On her grand piano in her study sat a book, “Homo Deus.” When I asked her what she liked about it, since it was one of my favorites, she told me she refers to it with clients.  When I told her about in Volume Two we began one of those long conversations between friends who hadn’t seen each other, like forever, but reconnected as if time hadn’t passed between us. 

As advisors and consultants we had so much in common, especially when I told her organizations in decline suited me best.  She laughed, saying they’re motivated to change, which is huge because that isn’t always the case.  Send me a copy, I’d love to read it she said as she rose from the long dining room table to attend to one of the children. 

OK, two down, what about the Volume Three series? This series in a sense asks the question has wisdom reversed?  In slower-paced less technology-driven times the elder generation passed down critical lessons to younger generations.  Like the clothes I passed down to my kids growing up — my old army fatigues and field jacket — as popular as vinyl records. Now, I find myself wearing hand-me-ups from them.  This one is less fleshed out than the first two volumes and requires most of my time to figure out.  I’m just asking myself, “What would Leo da V do?”  Like Leonardo I’m easily distracted from what I should be doing to earn a living and a sucker for following my curiosity. 

Little snippets come to me when he lets my unconsciousness bubble to the surface.  What started as a dream of being interviewed for the WTF podcast by Marc Maron seems promising as a working title, “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book.” This one is a little dangerous for me.  Why? I intend to self-publish what I envision to be self-written. Maybe better put by a community.  

In what sense?  That’s a great question.  The subject matter focuses on legacy and wisdom. But through what it’s like to be given a name by your mother who brought you into the world with loving expectations.  You begin with a sound — your name. And you grow and evolve in your own life, so I’m wondering to what extent that name imprinted into you influences your life. This is probably the only time in history that we have the technology to solicit input from Friends-of-Steves — their parents, sisters and brothers, lovers and partners, and friends and associates — to give their view “from the outside”, as well as, from Steves themselves for their view “from the inside.”

So then the three volumes of The Knowledge Path: Live, Love, Work, Play, Invest and Leave a Legacy” would be complete? Yes, but I can’t do it alone.  Which is why I’m here on Patreon and need your help.

Pretty sure I can say your Holiday Tau gets to the essence of my long essay.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It is rare to be in a situation where a mentor knows exactly what to do with your talent.  You’ll have to figure out quite a lot about yourself on your own.  As long as you expect and embrace this, the process will be fun.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researchers Note:  No this isn’t my birthday.  But, I like it enough to include it.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Travel will be your soul’s thriving influence, as will connecting with new people. You’re gifted in the art of reading and relating to people, yet you’ll seek to further build your emotional intelligence, thus ratcheting up the excitement in your personal life.  Novel self-ware will bring instantaneous and long-range benefit.

Isn’t this TauBit about my speech would have been shorter if I had more time?  A little editing goes a long way, eh?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): A conversation doesn’t have to be long to be effective.  In fact, the longer it is, the less effective it will be.  Think and write about what you are feeling.  What is worth expressing here?  Choose carefully.” Aries

Haha.  And if over the course of a 1-year experiment my talent will be totally unrecognizable in a good way …

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Small daily improvements lead to sizable monthly improvements.  If you only do 1% better each day on something that matters to you, in 100 days you’ll have completely transformed your skill level.” Cancer

Like I always say, Steve your Holiday TauBits of Wisdom cover more than just today’s life.  

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The value you give today’s pursuits can be summed up by these words of explorer Dame Freya Stark: ‘Love of learning is a pleasant and universal bond, since it deals with what one is and not what one has.’” Sagittarius

Given the political nature of events unfolding in our country, the order has been reversed.  Form an opinion and spin the facts.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You know that you don’t yet understand a thing enough to form an opinion, let alone act on the matter.  This knowledge is, in and of itself, virtuous.  A lesser person wouldn’t even realize the gap.” Pisces

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S3 E8 — Wait, You’re Saying I Should Read It Again?

What’s been going on?  Emma the Baroness received that life saver poke in the arm through the backseat driver’s side (no comment) window as we drove through Soka University.  It’s a life saver for two reasons.

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 8 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 11th 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 in Season Three, The Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E7Who Can Resist Ricky Gervais Calls in this Paradoxically Normal Year?; S3 E6What’s the Half Life of Wisdom?S3 E5Another Year Another Baby, Could Have Been Stevie like Stevie Nicks, but Noooooo!; S3 E4What a Fool Believes She Sees; S3 E3A Pivot, a Miracle or Something Paradoxically Normal?

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E8How Does the Entangled Fish Hook Theory of Creativity Work?; S2 E7Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities; S2 E6No 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 

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E8Day 8 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E7 Day 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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Ever since the Big Bang, this plane of existence has been made up of contrasts, curves and cycles. You wouldn’t want it all one way. Embrace how it is now. It’s about to change.”  Aries

Evidence

One, for real and two the Pfizer’s second dose allows her to vacate with the boarders and skiers at Mammoth Mountain in the eastern sierras. 

Yay! However comma. 

Have you ever lost a document because it became so long that, when you tried to save your world-changing insights after hours of composing,  it crashed?  

Or the Apple circle of death icon spun and spun?  Some days it feels like I’m snake bit, as my old pappy would say.  

There’s always something that forces a resourceful work around — which frequently is temporary and which causes more harm than not — like going all in on start up technology that goes belly up.  

I’m looking at you Hypercard, delic-i-ous, Microsoft Entourage…

Why am I bitching and moaning? 

My latest work around threw all my hard won efficiencies out the window. 

    • One master document weighs in at 1.7 MB (by the way is that larger or smaller than say 254 KB? I can never remember.  
    • It’s like a brain stutter as I try to figure out if bond yields increase that’s somehow a bad thing), and 643.5 pages required a breakdown.  
    • Or else I’d suffer one.  
    • The short and the long of it means it takes me 2.5 x longer to accomplish simple tasks dipping into and out of nine smaller instead of one larger source.

Oh, I forgot.  

Biden’s $1.9 Trillion relief package passed the Senate and the House so he’ll put pen to paper and tip the first domino of recovery so it falls off the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and into your bank account in about 72 hours.

Now turning back to what is really important, me.  

Actually, what is important to Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me.  

While I am neither a spy or a secret society member, if my mother is correct my grandfather worked for the State Department in the Brooklyn Naval Yards and achieved one of the highest orders in the “Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonery.” 

I must come by it honestly — craving privacy.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Though you’re not a spy or a member of a secret society, and you’re not doing much today that you shouldn’t be doing, you still want privacy and appreciate most those who respect yours the best.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Note:  This is not my birthday, but I’ll sign up for it anyway, especially the June part. Maybe you should too. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Perhaps improving sleep, fitness and nutrition is not included on your list of ambitious and glamourous goals. And yet, self-discipline in this regard will be cosmically the birthday gift you’ll most cherish, as all you desire will be served on the shiny platter of good habits. An excellent rating gets you promoted in June.

Good habits, eh?  Sure, but will they help me when McQueens’ ominous warning comes true?  Near as I can figure after the Big Bang came Young Sheldon, but I’m a student of gaps, cycles, innovation curves and science and art contrasts.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Ever since the Big Bang, this plane of existence has been made up of contrasts, curves and cycles. You wouldn’t want it all one way. Embrace how it is now. It’s about to change.”  Aries

Somehow I’m getting Smith and Nicks are pointing to cult-like bias fed by certain social media platforms and geezer cable news channels.  Wait, you’re saying I should read it again?  Okay.  But I stand by my set up.  I’m inferring science asks questions, closes gaps in understanding in such a way that the answers can be repeated yielding the same results.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30, Stevie Nicks, 72: “It really doesn’t matter how good a person is at formulating answers if all of the questions are pointless. This is why you examine your questions with the aim of up-leveling before you ask them.” Gemini

Here I felt the Holiday Tau kept me on a roll.  While I did achieve a period of lucid dreaming and value imagination more than you know, I’m not rating G&G’s as high as the other Steve.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You will travel through the magic of media and dreams. Your own fantasies provide the sweetest escapes but much more is possible. Learning to guide your imagination is a skill that will bring good fortune to hand.” Virgo

Oops, maybe I should combine Kerr’s with Greene and Guttenberg to reach a higher score.  And I use imagination after I stuff my mind with facts and figures in my meditations.

“5“  Steve Kerr, 54: You’ll be working your mind like it’s your job — because it is. While feeding your brain the facts and figures that will be necessary, also throw in the unnecessary stuff that makes it all go down a little sweeter.” Libra

I see how it is.  Ending today while reminding myself about my bitching and moaning about losing all your careful articulation and long hours and effort only to loose your precious document.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Communicating well will require careful articulation, patience and a level of attention emotional attunement that is, quite frankly, work. Nonetheless, everything good comes through good communication.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

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

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

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

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