When I’m 57-85

via Ben Schott and the NY Times

Fascinating chart about the habits of people between the ages of 57-85.

Humans Born With an Urge to Help

Some developmental psychologists believe that humans are born with an urge to help.

When infants 18 months old see an unrelated adult whose hands are full and who needs assistance opening a door or picking up a dropped clothespin, they will immediately help, Michael Tomasello writes in “Why We Cooperate,” a book published in October. Dr. Tomasello, a developmental psychologist, is co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

An Armamentarium of Words From Schott’s Vocab

Here are a bunch of cool words that I saw on Schott’s Vocab today: sesquipedalian, callipygian, quidnunc, sockdolager, boustrophedon, and borborygmus. These came from co-vocabularists in the comments to his $10-words weekend comp.

The Internet Age for Families

The NYT reports on the impact that online life has on families. The breakfast table has become cluttered with Blackberries, iPhones, and laptops. People wake up and check their email first.

Having spent time offline on purpose, I no longer use Google Talk to receive email notifications. I only check my email a few times a day or when I know that I will receive something. In 2008, I was a daily Facebook user. In 2009, I spent almost 6 months off FB. Now, I log in a few times a week, mostly to accomplish tangible goals, not to check up on my friends.

My mobile is on vibrate 100% of the time and if I don’t have it on my, I don’t receive any calls. I often forget it at home while I go to work. I don’t use my phone at work. I need to be online in order to write my freelance blogs, but always checking stuff online becomes a hindrance when you can’t be online at all. I believe that we are creating a generation of scatterbrains, who always need to know and check up facts at all times instead of using their memories.

I still feel the pull of having to be online, checking my feeds in Google Reader, checking up on news, blogging and writing. I also do a lot of research online.

Guerilla Beekeepers in New York City

Beekeeping is illegal in NYC. That hasn’t stopped bee enthusiasts from keeping bees. I think that it’s a fabulous idea, especially in the wake of the collapsing colony disorder that has been plaguing the world.

NY Times and Its Challenging Words

If you are a NYT reader, you know that if you double-click a word, you’ll get the defintion. Personally, it’s a feature that I find annoying, but it turns out that the NYT mines this data and released some figures. Here are some of my faves from the list:

sui generis
epistemological
shibboleths
parlous
adenoidal
feckless
solipsism
sartorial
hagiography
antebellum
comity
profligacy
Sisyphean
inchoate
apoplectic
bildungsroman
peroration
recondite
appurtenances
glut
fecklessness

Heff and Facebook

Personally, I haven’t been on Facebook this year. I love saying that. The Heffster (Virgina Heffernan) gives her view of status updates on FB.

I hate Twitter. Let’s create a generation of scatterbrains. Even worse is the fake twittering that people do via computers, instead of using SMS or mobile apps.

Nathan Myhrvold On Iceland And Greenland

Billionaire Nathan Myhrvold is still best knows as the ex CTO for Microsoft. He wrote three great guest posts for a Freakonomics (one, two, three), NY Times blog. The photos themselves are worth a click. They are all taken by Myhrvold himself. (via kottke)

Serbian War Criminal Caught

13 years after the manhunt started for Radovan Karadzic he was finally caught in Belgrade. Karadzic has been charged with several counts of genocide by the war crimes tribunal at the Hague.

In addition to the massacre, the indictment charges that Mr. Karadzic committed genocide, persecutions and other crimes when forces under his command killed non-Serbs during and after attacks on towns throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina, rounded up thousands of non-Serbs and transferred them to camps set up by the Bosnian Serb authorities.