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The Queer Generation Gap
This is an acknowledgment of that resentment, of the eye rolling and the snickering with which we respond to the youth (ah, youth!). In the end we are not judging you for being empowered. We are judging ourselves for not being empowered enough.
queer  lgbt  women  behavior  men  attention  sex  television  relationships  gender  beauty  race  millennials  movies  generationx  magazines  culture  internet  queerselflove  identity  aging  power 
15 days ago by allaboutgeorge
‘Pleading Into the Void’: The Men Who Continue to Message Women Who Aren’t Replying
“I keep coming up with societal theories and explanations about not understanding social cues, but it really was as simple as not hearing what I didn’t want to hear, even if I didn’t realize it at the time. Just a priority of my need for validation and attention over the personhood of this other individual.”
facebook  twitter  men  women  communication  mobile  messaging  behavior  attention 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Harry Potter 20th anniversary: Why Hufflepuff is the best house — Quartz
When a battle comes to Hogwarts in the final book of the series, she explains, Hufflepuffs stay and fight not because they want glory or attention, but because they want to do what’s right. “They didn’t want to show off, they weren’t being reckless,” she says. “That’s the essence of the Hufflepuff house.”
books  novels  reading  ethics  behavior  identity 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
California Über Alles | Ann Friedman
"Believe me, I understand the temptation to separate yourself: it’s true that I am different from the people I grew up with who chose to stay in Iowa. Part of that difference is, now, an economic and cultural advantage. So I have a dual responsibility: to see that California actually makes good on its professed values, and to ensure that those values incorporate the rest of America. Refusing to rationalize elite neglect is the real rebellion."
california  usa  president  politics  iowa  economy  jobs  work  behavior 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The Millions : Embracing The Other I Am; or, How Walt Whitman Saved My Life
This is why Walt Whitman, or you, or I can cock our hats as we please indoors or out, because no matter who we are, we are just as good and just as necessary as everyone else. But for me it also offered a route out of my endless, self-constructed maze of Self. If there is no wall between I and you, if we are all one and the same, what’s the point of hiding one from the other? Why not acknowledge that part of myself that wanted to die? Why not tell someone that while I never wanted to drink again, I was afraid I might lose my mind if I didn’t? Why not tell my parents I wasn’t the perfect son I wanted them to think I was? Why not sit in a church basement full of strangers, as I did once toward the end of that summer, crying like a baby because a woman had left me and I couldn’t blame her? Why not, if only for this one day, dare to be fully and completely alive?
poetry  literature  behavior  fiction  attention 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Really Smart Phone -
"We can measure their daily exposure to political opinions," said project scientist Anmol Madan at MIT's Media Lab. "Maybe one day, you would be able to download a phone app to measure how much Republican or Democratic exposure you are getting and, depending on what side you're on, give you a warning."
politics  technology  mobile  data  android  google  republicans  democrats  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Mindfulness - Fully experiencing the present: a practice for everyone, religious or not - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times
"It's about people waking up, not being confined by any belief system. Awareness is bigger than a belief system."
attention  spirituality  religion  buddhism  research  health  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Unlit Social Graph - TNW Location
Ubiquitous smartphones and always on access to umbrella social graphs are suddenly making these sort of tools possible.

And the opportunity is far larger than pick-up basketball, or even sports.  Every school is a network, every employer is a network, every bar is a network, every office building is a network, every hobby is a network, every neighborhood is a network, and at an extreme level, every shared interest is a network, regardless of location.

This doesn’t even get at the disposable, or elastic networks as discussed by companies like Nearverse and Color – people that happen to just be nearby each other for a snapshot of time.

All of these networks share two common characteristics.  1) They are not yet graphed in a mainstream way by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Jive, or any other dominant, online social service; and 2) They are all mappable with a smartphone.
mobile  location  social  work  attention  socialnetworking  behavior  data  information 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Be f*****g nice to each other
‘Flink’ is the Danish word for ‘nice’, and as the son of an American father and Danish mother, Pedersen thinks he understands what the concept is all about.

‘Year after year Danes are rated as the happiest people in the world,’ he writes in the book. ‘But try standing in the supermarket queue on a Monday afternoon or driving during rush hour traffic. Danes can be some of the least tolerant people around.’
behavior  denmark  books  ethics  happiness  psychology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
What America's First Steaks Can Teach Us About Beef - Andrew Beahrs - Life - The Atlantic
"[...] Today, if I was out of my area, the first thing I'd do is try to find a small butcher shop or a decent meat counter. Then I'd try to get a friendly rapport going, maybe starting with the direction I wanted to go with cooking—'hey, I'm thinking about making a pot roast, any idea what might be best for that?' If you come in slinging attitude, like you know it all already, then there's no space for you to learn.

"Remember, most people know less than they think they do. That's true for me, it's probably true for you. I'm still listening to customers—there are so many ways to break down a cow. People will come in from Argentina asking for this one muscle we just don't cut the way they remember it. I love that. It's all about just treating the person across the counter like a human being."
meat  cooking  usa  history  business  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Bank of Facebook: Currency, Identity, Reputation « emergent by design
Money is a tool we use for arms-length transactions, where there isn’t an assumption of any kind of relationship or trust between parties. But as data is being mapped at an accelerating rate – from self-quantifiation, to the contextual and relational data about our location and interactions, to our preferences and opinions, to our exchanges and transactions – we are being granted access to a much richer base of information in our decision-making toolkit.

What this means is that money isn’t the only kind of currency that can facilitate a transaction anymore. Trust networks are able to be tapped for recommendations and referrals, while predictive analysis algorhithms can suggest the kinds of people, products, services, or events that would resonate with our personalities or value set. A new set of filtering tools are emerging that are shaping where we direct our attention and resources, namely intentions and actions.
facebook  social  data  information  money  business  attention  reputation  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Study: Regrets? Women have a few, particularly in romance - Chicago Sun-Times
“Regret is something that can push people into better success in the future. It’s a motivator. ... It’s a benefit if you take a lesson and move on quickly. It’s a problem if you keep [re-living] that same regret over and over again.”
behavior  men  women  research  relationships  love  marriage  health 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
One Per Cent: Happier people tweet together
The researchers indeed found that happier people - those recording a high subjective well being - tended to be tweeting and receiving tweets from people who were also happier. The same was true for those who were less happy.

"It turns out that Twitter users are preferentially linked to those with whom they share a similar level of general happiness," says Bollen.
happiness  psychology  behavior  social  twitter  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge» Blog Archive » FOMO and Social Media
FOMO —Fear of Missing Out— is a great motivator of human behavior, and I think a crucial key to understanding social software, and why it works the way it does. Many people have studied the game mechanics that keep people collecting things (points, trophies, check-ins, mayorships, kudos). Others have studied how the neurochemistry that keeps us checking Facebook every five minutes is similar to the neurochemistry fueling addiction. Social media has made us even more aware of the things we are missing out on. You’re home alone, but watching your friends status updates tell of a great party happening somewhere. You are aware of more parties than ever before. And, like gym memberships, adding Bergman movies to your Netflix queue and piling up unread copies of the New Yorker, watching these feeds gives you a sense that you’re participating, not missing out, even when you are.
attention  social  media  conferences  behavior  games  sxsw  facebook 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Francis Fukuyama’s New History of Human Social Structures -
Much of what I read here reminded me strongly of Kim Stanley Campbell's "The Years of Rice and Salt."
books  nonfiction  science  behavior  power  culture  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Francis Fukuyama’s New History of Human Social Structures -
“My argument is that the rule of law comes out of organized religion, and that democracy is a weird accident of history,” he said. “Parliaments in Europe had legal rights, and it was a complete historical accident that the English Parliament could fight a civil war and produce a constitutional settlement that became the basis of modern democracy.”
democracy  history  politics  power  europe  books  nonfiction  behavior 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Urge to Own That Clapton Guitar Is Contagious, Scientists Find -
The most important factor seemed to be the degree of “celebrity contagion.” The Yale team found that a sweater owned by a popular celebrity became more valuable to people if they learned it had actually been worn by their idol. But if the sweater had subsequently been cleaned and sterilized, it seemed less valuable to the fans, apparently because the celebrity’s essence had somehow been removed.

“Our results suggest that physical contact with a celebrity boosts the value of an object, so people will pay extra for a guitar that Eric Clapton played, or even held in his hands,” said Paul Bloom, who did the experiments at Yale along with George E. Newman and Gil Diesendruck.
celebrity  music  rock  behavior  science  economics  money  design 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Voices: News organizations must become hubs of trusted data in a market seeking (and valuing) trust » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
The maximum size of money moved by trust is the combined value of all advertising, PR, and the millions of hours people spend searching for a reliable piece of information or good advice on what product they should get. In other words, it’s huge, and no one who is just in for a quick dollar can compete. If media companies find a winning combination of data and good stories to fulfill that need, they will be vaulted out of a dying market defined by technology (printing presses, radio stations, satellites) and into the trust market.

In a multiplatform world, “trust” is the defining attribute that moves goods and services. Most marketing and advertising can’t be trusted: The system behind it does not allow buyers to learn if the newest camera from a company is actually any good. Advertising will always try to create a good impression for a product and service, but eventually people learn that it’s not the looks of a product that makes it valuable, but its day-to-day usability.
attention  media  journalism  technology  power  news  relationships  ethics  behavior 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Readers With Plenty to Say -
Having opened Pandora’s box of comments, The Times now faces a huge challenge meeting reader expectations. Some of the problems could be fixed, I believe, by more communication from The Times — more frequent and prominent explanation of things like comment cutoffs.

But the larger problem is capacity. The Times needs to supplement its comment moderation staff to meet the demand, either with more people or additional analytical tools, or both.

Failing that, it will not capture the full value, and loyalty, of an engaged readership that isn’t content merely to read.
comments  community  nytimes  reading  newspapers  moderation  attention  behavior  business 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why the Kindle Is Losing Me, by Sarah Lacy - Techcrunch
Technology is about adding features and functionality to a thing that was limited before– not taking them away. The only way the Kindle survives in an iPad world is by appealing to hardcore readers and students. Amazon needs to fix this now.
education  kindle  books  ipad  reading  attention  behavior 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
I, Reader by Alexander Chee - The Morning News
The world remains beautiful and terrible at the same time, and either way, I know it doesn’t care what I think or feel about it. There are things to do to help others, and there are things that may never change. But if I learned anything from all of this, it’s my first, oldest lesson as a reader: There is always going to be a book that saves you. There is also a new lesson: You do not know how it will get to you.
writing  attention  books  culture  behavior  fiction  ipad  kindle  reading  nonfiction  relationships 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Public Square Goes Mobile -
From carshares to communal ovens, local currencies to walkability indexes, people increasingly understand that they can effect change in their own backyard, block and neighborhood. In this country’s quest for individuality, we sometimes forget we do need other people; this project helps facilitate that. It may take more than a minute, but it’s worth a shot.
technology  public  mobile  community  behavior  society  nytimes  activism  environment  creativity 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns
If malware steals your credit card details or online banking passwords, you can easily change them and this limits the damage.

But if a malicious attacker steals your behavioral patterns, there's almost nothing you can do. You can't change your network of friends or family, for example.

What's more, once this information is released, it is more or less impossible to contain--how would you ensure that every copy had been deleted?
identity  information  crime  online  technology  behavior  software 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The new preppy has nothing to do with tennis and Lacoste -
Perhaps preppiness is less about demographics and style than it is about living decently in an often indecent world. As stuffy and elitist as its preoccupations can be, preppiness at its core is ultimately about self-respect. It's about pulling your pants up. It's about being able to come up with an acceptable answer when asked what book changed your life. It's about knowing that you don't necessarily need to have money to have class.

And what better time to be reminded of all this than now?
identity  power  class  aesthetics  money  behavior  books 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Collaboration culture in news: No room for pettiness | Knight Digital Media Center
“It suggests equivalency, collegiality. The other news outlet, they’re not in a position just yet to be breaking anybody’s rice bowl. But the attitude above me is: well, who wants to help them get there?”
journalism  media  newspapers  hyperlocal  news  social  friendship  behavior  community 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner on the New Season
"[...] People believe in love in the most duplicitous circumstances — they believe in it even for Don and Betty, who have the worst marriage on the show, possibly of all time. Our concept of sin is in the Ten Commandments, and was always there. But the thing that’s strange to me is that when people turn on the television, they want to judge the bad guys and love the good guys. When you fall in love with characters, when they do crappy things, or are cruel to each other, you feel a sense of betrayal. [...]"
television  story  love  relationships  marriage  behavior 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Many gay couples negotiate open relationships
"When we started this study, we felt we didn't know many people with open relationships, but now our friend set is much more diverse. People we didn't think were open turned out to be. It's just not talked about that much."
gay  polyamory  relationships  marriage  sex  health  behavior  love  hiv  aids  sanfrancisco 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge - Pitch: Oakland and Black Rock City: Does Burning Man inspire utopian dreams in the "Metropolis"?
As artists forge their concept of "Metropolis" for this year's event, utopian questions come to mind. How does Burning Man, a week-long art event based on radical self-expression and self-reliance on the playa promote livable cities? Are the guiding principles of Black Rock City and Oakland's city charter viable blueprints for utopia? Or are they diversions from dystopian realities?
oakland  cities  journalism  burningman  behavior 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Joe Posnanski » Blog Archive » The Return of the Hand
This is something I have thought a lot about — but it never really crystallized for me until the Uruguay-Ghana game here at the World Cup last week. To recap the moment quickly, the score was tied in the final seconds of injury time when Ghana, in one last magnificent burst, put a shot on goal, then another shot on goal and finally a third. The first was saved by the goalkeeper, the second blocked by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. The third, a header from Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah, was almost across the line and in the net when Suarez, in desperation, knocked it out with his hand.
sports  soccer  ethics  games  behavior  identity  worldcup  ghana  uruguay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sobriety and Maggie Dammit: What It's Like Now | BlogHer
And yes, I get angry -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get scared -— new, and scary, but clean. And yes I get brutally honest -— new, and scary, but clean. Because I also get happy, now, joyous, even, and while terrifying, it’s the cleanest I’ve ever felt, a spick-and-span soul, a core clicked into place, an energy whirring and humming along as it should be, through no doing of my own. My life a beast that cannot, should not, be wrangled, tamed, steered, one that’s happiest if I simply let it run as I hold on tight, but not too tight, close my eyes against the force of it and ride.
drinking  alcohol  health  behavior  sobriety  writing  nonfiction 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Aquarium Drunkard » Beach House :: The AD Interview
VL: [...] And I think that’s our lot in life; we’re musical soulmates. And I realize it more and more; it’s a lot harder to find your musical partner than your love partner.

AD: And they don’t necessarily have to be intertwined.

VL: No, and that’s the really special thing! And I think that’s why people always ask or they don’t understand or they don’t believe, “Well, how can you do this without this?” and exactly, that’s why! Because if we were involved, I think our project would destroy itself. I wonder how people do that. It’s something that I don’t really understand. But honestly, either way, I don’t really have time; my love, fortunately or unfortunately, is in making things and writing things, listening to other people’s music and reading about other people. My relationship is with the universe.
music  interviews  behavior  livemusic  creativity  relationships  rock  love 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Shortcuts - In Talent, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture -
“Most of us are far from our potential,” said Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. “The prevailing wisdom, for much of the last century, has been that talent is the most important determinant of achievement. Our focus in the next millennium is turning to all those things that unlock talent, including grit, self-discipline and confidence.”
behavior  health  thinking  attention  identity  creativity  work  psychology  achievement 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Anne Lamott < Features | PopMatters
11. The best piece of advice you actually followed?
When my best friend Pammy was dying, I asked her if I looked fat in a certain dress, and she—from a wheelchair—said, “Annie, you really don’t have that kind of time.” I live by that.
death  attention  interviews  presence  behavior 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tiger Woods and the Superstar Effect -
"Anything that makes us more aware of superior performance will also make us more aware of our own performance, which can be a bad thing. That's why it's always best to sit at the front of the class when taking a hard test. You don't want to start comparing yourself to anybody else."
games  sports  testing  education  attention  social  creativity  psychology  behavior  health 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord -
“ ‘I did it my way’ — it’s so arrogant,” Mr. Albarracin said. “The lyrics evoke feelings of pride and arrogance in the singer, as if you’re somebody when you’re really nobody. It covers up your failures. That’s why it leads to fights.”
music  karaoke  philippines  livemusic  art  crime  death  murder  aesthetics  songwriting  men  behavior  reputation 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaRights: News: 10 Courageous Things You Can Do to Build Community
We can speed up the realization of good community building ideas if we live our lives consistent with community priorities. The good news: practically every activity and every moment grants us the opportunity to practice community-minded behavior.
community  activism  behavior  attention  ethics 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Anthropology Matters, Vol 11, No 2 (2009) -- Being cool or being good: researching mobile phones in Mozambique by Julie Soleil Archambault (SOAS)
Drawing on my fieldwork experience in Inhambane, southern Mozambique, where I conducted research on mobile phone use amongst youth, my paper tackles issues of acceptance and rejection. As I sought to gain acceptance amongst youth I found myself participating in various controversial and, at times, dangerous activities that made me the victim of intense gossip and outright rejection by some. The fact that I came to the field accompanied by my husband and daughter only made matters worse. In this paper, I present the challenges of “being cool”, while also “being good”, and the repercussions of my research choices on my social standing. I then discuss how, instead of compromising my research, this predicament had a positive outcome by revealing social dynamics that might otherwise have remained hidden, namely the importance of concealment and the ambiguous role mobile phones play in deceit.
mobile  africa  research  science  social  behavior  ethics  family  story 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A Long, Melancholy Roar - Olivia Judson Blog -
No other animal does this. Chimpanzees don’t hang themselves from trees, slit their wrists, set themselves alight, or otherwise destroy themselves. Suicide is an essentially human behavior. And it has reached unprecedented levels, especially among the young.

I’m not sure what this means. But it has made me think. We live in a way that no other animal has ever lived: our lifestyle is unprecedented in the history of the planet. Often, we like to congratulate ourselves on the cities we have built, the gadgets we can buy, the rockets we send to the moon. But perhaps we should not be so proud. Something about the way we live means that, for many of us, life comes to seem unbearable, a long, melancholy ache of despair.
suicide  death  behavior  science  evolution  nature  biology  emotion 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The key to his genius - Books, Canada -
One can speculate endlessly about the causes of Gould’s late-career breakdown; everything from the recent death of his perfectionist mother to the routine pressures of middle age has been cited. And it is surely the case that his hypochondria, combined with the cycles of self-medication, anxiety, and (importantly) the means to indulge these, created its own toxic energy. But I think the simplest explanation is both the best and the most frightening. Gould was caught in a control freak’s nightmare. Even as he struggled to fix something he felt was broken, he was attacked by new waves of misgiving about whether the steps he was taking to solution were actually making the problem worse. Not only was his playing stalled by thought—in other words, he had become the centipede—but, far worse, the thought itself had become stalled, recursive and self-negating at every moment. This is the energy of consciousness bent back upon its bearer.
music  philosophy  behavior  thinking  health  psychology  classical  classicalmusic  canada  books 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why women have sex | Life and style | The Guardian
I thought that my lover adored me. No – it is because I have a symmetrical face. "I love you so much," he would say, if he could read his evolutionary impulses, "because you have a symmetrical face!" "Oh, how I love the smell of your compatible genes!" I would say back. "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" "Symmetrical face!" "Compatible genes!" And so we would osculate (kiss). I am really just a monkey trying to survive. I close the book.

I think I knew that.
sex  women  men  gender  power  relationships  love  beauty  communication  behavior  ethics  science  psychology 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne’s Perfect City -
Every time I visit San Francisco I ask out loud "Why don't I live here? Why do I choose to live in a place that is harder, tougher and, well, not as beautiful?" The locals often reply, "You don't want to live here. It looks like a city, but it's really a small village. Everyone knows what you're doing" Oh, OK. If you say so. It's still beautiful.
cities  urban  sanfrancisco  architecture  social  behavior  california  beauty  bicycling  music 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
About Last Night . . .The Boyfriend, by Carrie Hill Wilner -
Once, I heard that having a boyfriend isn't about auditioning guys for the role; it's about finding someone you care enough about to write the role for. Here, I've found a specific person, but what's getting in the way isn't my idea of what he should be. It's my idea of who I am: unfettered, of loose morals, wild, restless. I’m learning, though, that these qualities don't preclude me from loving someone, no matter how hard I'd throw a bottle at someone who suggested otherwise.
writing  relationships  identity  women  men  dating  love  nyc  behavior  sex  creativity  work 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pop Matters: Liz Colville's "Surfing Alone: Is Digital Technology Destroying Relationships?"
In our idle entertainment and in our job searches, romantic searches, research, reading and scanning, we will continue to wander in solitude around the Web. Our job is to continually ask ourselves what we are doing, to borrow Twitter’s slogan, which seems at turns a taunt, a greeting, and an admonishment from God. Twitter is an anomaly in that it lets us mark our footprints for each other to walk in, even though those footprints fade quickly as a new tide of information washes over it. On Twitter, we are each other’s sherpas, guiding one another through the treacherous onslaught of information of varying usefulness. But it should be only one of many conduits to a “long, slow dinner,” not a substitute. Technology is seemingly limitless at this stage of human evolution. It’s up to us to put limits on it, and direct it to the best possible advantage for all.
online  relationships  communication  news  media  technology  behavior  twitter  social  books  information 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
One Tweet Over the Line - Room for Debate Blog -
Tools like Friendfeed, the Facebook status updates, and Twitter offer never ending opportunities to update both your inner circle and the 2,000-odd friends who made the mistake of thinking you might be interesting every time you find an interesting link, go on a trip, or have a major life change. But most who sign on as followers aren’t looking for the blow by blow on your fight with your boyfriend, your constantly shifting relationship status (it’s complicated) or even the fact you think some other Web denizens are idiots.
twitter  social  media  identity  attention  reputation  public  ethics  behavior  online 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SocialFishing...: The 2 Paradoxes of Identity in a Digital Age
[...] In other words, as an organization, we also have a social identity. We are building a presence on the social web, opening up our communications, learning how to engender trust, how to enable employees to represent us, how to have a personality, how to be transparent, etc. We're thinking about how to layer all kinds of rich conversation on top of our traditional marketing. We're adding complexity while peeling away layers, if that makes sense; we're learning to relinquish control and give our members more ownership, in several different yet connected spaces. More varied, more complex, less control. [...]
identity  work  jobs  corporations  business  attention  marketing  ethics  behavior  online  social  power 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
America's poor are its most generous givers | McClatchy
When Jody Richards saw a homeless man begging outside a downtown McDonald's recently, he bought the man a cheeseburger. There's nothing unusual about that, except that Richards is homeless, too, and the 99-cent cheeseburger was an outsized chunk of the $9.50 he'd earned that day from panhandling.

The generosity of poor people isn't so much rare as rarely noticed, however. In fact, America's poor donate more, in percentage terms, than higher-income groups do, surveys of charitable giving show. What's more, their generosity declines less in hard times than the generosity of richer givers does.
poverty  money  work  social  religion  behavior  ethics  happiness  spirituality 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
4GW Meets Campaign '08 - James Fallows
(OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. To react to changing reality faster than the opponent can, or to interfere with the opponent's ability to perceive realistically what is happening to him, is to "get inside his OODA loop."
politics  democrats  obama  clinton  behavior  thinking  attention  psychology 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - The Behavioral Revolution -
Roughly speaking, there are four steps to every decision. First, you perceive a situation. Then you think of possible courses of action. Then you calculate which course is in your best interest. Then you take the action. [...]
nytimes  economics  psychology  social  thinking  behavior  attention  reputation 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Contributor - Margare Atwood - A Matter of Life and Debt -
We are social creatures who must interact for mutual benefit, and — the negative version — who harbor grudges when we feel we’ve been treated unfairly. Without a sense of fairness and also a level of trust, without a system of reciprocal altruism and tit-for-tat — one good turn deserves another, and so does one bad turn — no one would ever lend anything, as there would be no expectation of being paid back. And people would lie, cheat and steal with abandon, as there would be no punishments for such behavior.
money  work  ethics  writing  essay  aesthetics  relationships  psychology  altruism  happiness  crime  behavior  culture  history  economics  literature  sociology  finance  rhetoric 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Health | Declaring love boosts sex appeal
"Combining information about others' physical beauty with information about how attracted they appear to be to you allows you to allocate your social effort efficiently."
love  relationships  beauty  men  women  sex  communication  thinking  information  social  dating  behavior  health  science  research  psychology 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huffington Post: Daniel Holloway: Heath Ledger Cannot Hear You Clap
"'I approve of this exploding cop car/snappy rejoinder/gratuitous nude scene, and I want those around me to know I approve. I will clap now.' You're making a conscious decision to be a jackass."
movies  cinema  film  ritual  obituaries  behavior  social 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Basics - When Comic Sans Isn’t Enough, Sites Help Create Custom Fonts -
"[W]en he studied the relationship between his grades and the fonts he used for his college papers [...] Papers set in Georgia, a less common font with serifs, generally received A’s while those rendered in Times Roman averaged B’s."
design  education  aesthetics  creativity  behavior  writing  reputation 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
emily. - I'm about to give you the best tip ever.
Text yourself with your cab's number, just in case you lose something.
diy  cities  travel  howto  transit  transportation  behavior 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TidBITS Opinion: Instant Messaging for Introverts
"Specifically, I'd like to advance the thesis that - for some people at least - an aversion to instant messaging is a natural consequence of one's temperament, and that this is neither good nor bad in and of itself, though it does of course have consequen
behavior  brain  communication  community  computers  culture  online  gtd  health  internet  mac  psychology  reading  socialnetworking  social  technology  toread  twitter  writing  work  apple 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Regina Lynn's Sex Drive: Internet Pushes Polyamory to Its 'Tipping Point'
"We need to get away from that idea that there's only one right way to live. That idea has arguably caused more destruction and more damage to more societies over history than any other single idea you can name."
technology  social  sex  relationships  culture  polyamory  love  marriage  online  behavior 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Sex videos fail to engage pandas
"We don't know if its useful for pandas or not. Some pandas are interested. Others are not interested. They prefer to eat or rest - and not pay attention to the video."
animals  fauna  sex  behavior  relationships  video  pron 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cafe Talk | Talking Points Memo | Cultus, not Cult: Obama and the Rationality of Civic Religion
"Cultus by contrast, is a term used in the study of religion to denote those ritual practices in which a community comes together to establish a collective picture of the world, themselves, and their place in it."
elections  2008  campaigns  obama  religion  behavior  ritual  aesthetics  community  story 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - John Burnham Schwartz
"By stubbornly, needfully going back, we are asking to be relieved of our strangeness, when strangeness is the whole point. [...] And arms may indeed embrace us, and stories may get told. But in the end they won't keep us, and we can't stay."
travel  families  identity  behavior  story  japan 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: You Remind Me of Me
“[W]e found that people who were mimicked actually felt more strongly about the product when they knew the other person was invested in it.”
nytimes  psychology  research  social  toread  marketing  health  behavior  identity  communication 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sadness may encourage more extravagance - Yahoo! News
"This is a phenomenon that occurs without awareness. This is really different from the idea of retail therapy, where people are feeling negative and want to cheer themselves up by shopping. People have no idea this is going on."
psychology  marketing  business  corporations  economics  research  design  happiness  social  behavior 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Scientific American: Super Tuesday: Markets Predict Outcome Better Than Polls
Back in the day, "[n]ewspapers would routinely run stories on the odds for a particular candidate, reports that often proved to be surprisingly prescient. In that sense, prediction markets may truly hark back to the future."
behavior  politics  ritual  newspapers  media  information  economics 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Alison Moyet: 'At times, I think I'm part-witch' - Telegraph
"You know something will hurt, you'll feel like s***, but you will see what's happening, deconstruct it and know you'll come through it. Emotion for women of a certain age becomes more of an academic exercise. I recommend it to you."
women  identity  relationships  uk  music  behavior  thinking 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
From Ants to People, an Instinct to Swarm - New York Times
“One of the really fun things that we’re doing now is understanding how the type of feedbacks in these groups is like the ones in the brain that allows humans to make decisions."
identity  memory  behavior  psychology  social  animals  fauna 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
History of Single Life: Infidelity -
"Social capital depends on belonging to a church, which in turn depends on acting like a mensch." Got religion?
religion  sociology  social  public  yasns  behavior  relationships  marriage  love  friendship 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
From Cool to Passé: Identity Signaling and Product Domains - Knowledge@Wharton
"Conformity is one of the most basic principles underlying social behavior, yet while individuals want to be both similar and different, little research explains where conformity versus divergence will occur."
behavior  identity  marketing  psychology  social  creativity  yasns 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Natalie Angier - Science Column - Smart, Curious, Ticklish. Rats? - New York Times
“It’s not simply instinctual for them. Rats know what good sex is and what bad sex is. And when they have reason to anticipate great sex, they give you every indication they’re looking forward to it.”
sex  fauna  behavior  animals  science  research 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
CBC News: Culture shapes how brain interprets signals
"Culture has a measurable influence on our brain and, as a result, our behavior. Researchers need to take this into consideration when drawing conclusions about brain function and human behavior."
culture  behavior  science  health  research  communication  brain 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Virtual marketers have second thoughts about Second Life - Los Angeles Times
"[T]he representations of the people who play in it don't have human needs. Food and drink aren't necessary, teleporting is the easiest way to get around and clothing is optional. In fact, the human form itself is optional."
games  online  www  marketing  behavior  fashion  food  corporations 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Zimbabwe, Fewer Affairs And Less HIV -
"Many researchers now suspect that economic vitality -- expressed in rising truck traffic, burgeoning bar scenes and widening income disparity -- encourage the behaviors that fuel a sexually transmitted epidemic."
sex  africa  hiv  aids  economics  behavior  disease  health  relationships 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Names We Choose or Ignore - New York Times
"Professor Greene’s larger point is that cities express communal values by naming schools, bridges or roads after people. When they settle on a name like Owl Creek [...] they are essentially saying nothing."
nature  community  aesthetics  identity  government  behavior  history  memory 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
South Koreans Connect Through Search Engine - New York Times
"In South Korea, people prefer portal sites that resemble department stores, filled with eye-catching animation and multiple features."
southkorea  internet  social  behavior 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Today's athletes! on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"Assigning any kind of current or future sexuality to eight-year-olds is just plain gross. Think about how would you feel if you saw that on a photo of your daughter/niece/etc. and quit passing that same nonsense on. Quit hating other women."
photography  gender  men  women  children  behavior 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Gregarious Brain
"The conventional view is that language evolved to enable males to do things like coordinate hunts more effectively. . . . I am suggesting that language evolved to allow us to gossip."
language  evolution  science  health  behavior  relationships  social  thinking  memory 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Web Cadre Turns the Tables on African Scam Artists - New York Times
“Some are so greedy they will do anything to restore the confidence of their intended victim, including pose with a fish on their head or have milk poured over them while holding a sign with a silly message.”
africa  internet  humor  books  nonfiction  communication  african  behavior  email  reputation 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Whole World Is Watching - New York Times
"The tapestry of human behavior is so varied, so rich and so global that it presents a rare opportunity, the opportunity to outbehave the competition."
behavior  psychology  business  marketing  corporations  ethics  reputation  attention  work  jobs 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Axess, a magazine for the liberal arts and social sciences: "A second chance at a better life"
"Men who choose to play female avatars can, therefore, be driven by rational, economic logic just as well as by the willingness to construct a new, social identity [...]"
technology  identity  men  women  gender  games  online  aesthetics  behavior 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Chain Reactions - Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"[T]he fragility of social outcome, its potential sensitivity to the actions of just one person, brings home the profound importance of individual responsibility. Everyone’s actions count."
behavior  psychology  ethics  power  identity  thinking  blogging  religion  relationships  society  yasns 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
This Is Your Life (and How You Tell It) - New York Times
"[W]e find that these narratives guide behavior in every moment, and frame not only how we see the past but how we see ourselves in the future."
story  nonfiction  memory  psychology  identity  behavior 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Golden Rule in the Human Jungle - Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"We’re not Homo economicus, as Herbert Gintis of the University of Amherst puts it, but Homo reciprocans – an organism biologically prone to cooperative actions, and for good historical reasons."
economics  ethics  altruism  evolution  behavior  social  justice  psychology 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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