Monthly Archives: August 2014

Life without a cell phone

Tom Grotewohl did something that I’m sure many of us have nightmares about these days. He spent 16 months, not only without a smartphone, but without any phone at all. As my friend Steve has said “[as a society] we are better prepared for a zombie apocalypse than we are for 24 hours without the internet”.

So, why did Tom do it, and what did he learn? He answers those questions in his article .

You’re probably reacting to that line as if it read, “I’ve spent the last year and a half without breathing air.” Cell phones have become such a crucial part of our daily lives that most folks rely on them more than the majority of organs in their bodies. In fact, you can get your spleen removed and continue living a normal existence, but the same cannot be said of a cell phone.

For this last period of my life, I haven’t had those things because I’ve been traveling. I’ve been crossing borders too frequently to hold on to friends, and sleeping anywhere that offered a free bed or a bit of floorspace so I didn’t have to work. It’s what has allowed me to conduct this experiment.

So, there’s the why. What about the lessons learned? Well, since I don’t want to give everything away (you should actually read the article!), here are the headers:

  • Being in two places at once means you aren’t anywhere.
  • Instant communication has transformed us all into paranoid, over-protective moms.
  • Eye contact is the 21st century dodo [bird]
  • We’ve mistaken being alone for loneliness

I think he makes some good and interesting points, though I would say not everyone is as addicted to and reliant upon such technology. Personally, having GPS on my phone was a lifesaver as I was always bad with directions and getting “lost” made me extremely anxious and stressed. Even with GPS, I still get anxious sometimes.

One thing I have done, to try to manage the chaos, I’ve turned my phone ringer off completely, and turn off all notifications except email (that’s my weakness). Whether at work, at home, or out with friends, unless I’m waiting for/expecting a call or text, I do my thing and my phone just sits there quietly and doesn’t bother me. This allows me to concentrate better, and not be constantly checking my phone like a junkie looking for another fix.

In fact, when I am at work, if I’m checking my phone or my email, it’s either because I’m bored/understimulated, or because I have had an idea that I need to send to myself for later. I truly enjoy being engaged enough in an activity that I don’t feel the need to check messages. So I’m trying to be better at keeping myself productively engaged. When I started tracking my activities and time allocation with an app IronFX recently, it made me realize, on the positive, that most of the time I spend on sites like YouTube or Reddit are actually not “distracted” time, but I’m usually researching, learning, or otherwise informing myself. Not always, but more often than not. I don’t really play “games” very much, because in part, I feel like there are far more enriching things I could be using that time/technology for.

Lastly, with my plans for international travel in the not too distant future, I may have to go without a phone myself, since I do not have a plan with a larger carrier, the carrier I’m with won’t be able to give me any service where I go, so I’ll either be paying out the nose for service, or I’ll be doing what Tom did. Of course I think it would be a different thing being “home” without a phone, vs away, where you’re supposed to be exploring anyway, not tweeting or facebooking. I like to connect with people, and after a long time of doing that mostly electronically, I’ve been feeling good about connecting with people more in the flesh.

At the end of the day, it’s important and healthy to not be too dependent on anything. Technology certainly makes life more convenient, but I don’t think very many people make an effort to regulate themselves, so convenience can and does develop into an unhealthy habit that can persist for a long time and be hard to break out of.

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Haircuts for the Homeless

In the latest installment of Curiosity Crossroads’ “leading by example” category, comes a story from HuffPo’s Love Matters section. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost ou acheter viagra en france.com/2014/08/17/mark-bustos-homeless-haircuts_n_5678454.html” target=”_blank”>“Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: ‘Every Human Life Is Worth The Same’”.

NYC hairdresser Mark Bustos cuts hair 6 days a week. On the seventh, instead of resting, he actively searches the city for people in need, and gives them a sprucing up. He posts the photos of it on his Instagram account.

Bustos has been cutting hair for the less fortunate since May 2012, when he traveled to the Philippines to visit family members. While abroad, he paid an owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide services to impoverished children in need of a fresh look.

Bustos said he cuts hair all over New York City, often accompanied by his girlfriend, who asks recipients what food they’d like to eat.

“One response we’ve gotten is, ‘Nobody ever asks me what I actually want. I usually just get leftovers and scraps,’”

Bustos said he intentionally cuts hair for the homeless in open, well-traveled spaces like street corners and sidewalks so that the public can watch — “not to see me,” he notes, but so that others can find inspiration in the good deed, and be kind to those less unfortunate as well.

Very cool of him, and glad to hear it is helping some people out!

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Motion vs Action aka Planning vs Progress on goals

I just read an article on Medium called . It was one of those things where I stumbled across the article at just the right time for where my head is at.

I’ve been updating my bucket list lately, planning to try and tackle a few more things, doing research into how/where/how much. The article calls this “motion”:

Motion is when you’re busy doing something, but that task will never produce an outcome by itself. Action, on the other hand, is the type of behavior that will get you a result.

  • If I outline 20 ideas for articles I want to write, that’s motion. If I actually write and publish an article, that’s action.
  • If I email 10 new leads for my business and start conversations with them, that’s motion. If they actually buy something and turn into a customer, that’s action.
  • If I search for a better diet plan and read a few books on the topic, that’s motion. If I actually eat a healthy meal, that’s action.
  • If I go to the gym and ask about getting a personal trainer, that’s motion. If I actually step under the bar and start squatting, that’s action.
  • If I study for a test or prepare for a research project, that’s motion. If I actually take the test or write my research paper, that’s action.

Sometimes motion is good because it allows you to prepare and strategize and learn. But motion will never — by itself — lead to the result you are looking to achieve. It doesn’t matter how many times you go talk to the personal trainer, that motion will never get you in shape. Only the action of working out will get you the result you’re looking to achieve.

And this next bit takes a stab at just what is the crux of why so many of us often don’t get past motion and into action:

Sometimes we do it because we actually need to plan or learn more. But more often than not, we do it because motion allows us to feel like we’re making progress without running the risk of failure. Most of us are experts at avoiding 铁汇 criticism. It doesn’t feel good to fail or to be judged publicly, so we tend to avoid situations where that might happen. And that’s the biggest reason why you slip into motion rather than taking action: you want to delay failure.

What I have been doing lately is, as the article suggests, setting dates. “I plan to tackle X activity/goal on X date”. I do the research beforehand so I’m ready to go on the day of. It seems to be working fairly well so far.

It’s worth thinking about, and trying to set more specific goals, both in the actual activity itself, as well as when, where and how you’ll do it.

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There have been mixed reactions to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos. Some people find them gimmicky, some people find them cute, some people don’t care at all.

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As Anthony points out, ALS afflicts a small portion of the population, so drug companies aren’t as inclined to try and develop a cure because it won’t be as profitable. But people are still suffering, and dying, from ALS, and they absolutely deserve any support you can give them. Consider sharing this video, not to scare or upset people, but to remind them that for all the “cute” ice bucket challenge videos, what are we really trying to address.

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Are blue eyes and red hair going extinct?

Two good videos here 捷凯 from SciShow on YouTube.

Are blue eyes endangered?

The truth about “Gingers”

Curiosity Recap: Posts Review (Aug 17, 2014)

August was a busy month for me. Some things I did outside of the blog:

Noise in my Head E207 on Network Ops
Noise in my Head E208 no sugar for 500+ days
New writings on Medium

Now, for a review of the posts over the last 3+ weeks!

recapsmallHow Languages Evolve: Visual Guide – A four minute video that illustrates how languages evolve
Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter – 23 things you can do each day to get and be smarter
Tourists beware: scams to watch out for – An infographic of 40 common tourist scams from around the world

Advice for job seekers: Why you need to be interesting – Because sadly, you’re probably not as precious a snowflake as you might hope
Perspective on labels and fixed mindset thinking – Another post about fundamental attribution error, and a good example to help you understand why it matters
Warning signs of bad company culture – More from the user beware realm
Clever way to bridge the language divide – And connect people!
Want (or need) a 3D printing pen? They make those now
Sole power: charge gadgets while you walk – Forward, March!
Want to help animals? Can’t adopt? Here are some other ways – There are always more ways to help than you might think
Gender Marketing aka Why is there a male and female version of everything? – A video (with transcript) that might open your eyes to just how dumb advertisers basically think we are
Functioning Labels and Person First may do more harm than good – Something I’ve posted about before and had to post a correction/update now that I’ve learned better
Terms to Know if Your Child Struggles With Executive Functioning Issues – Identify the signs and get help to give your child the best chance to function effectively
To “Like” or not to “Like”, turns out there’s really no question – Two separate experiments, and the lessons that can be learned from interacting with content via the “Like” button on Facebook
Rethink Homelessness – If you think homeless people are all just lazy and aren’t trying to be useful to society, you may want to think again
Playing violin during brain surgery – Because that’s how the doctor would be able to find the root of the problem
The Gender Map: How well do we really understand gender? (not very) – A short little video (and transcript) that helps us navigate the complex world of gender, hopefully just a bit more effectively
How the sun sees you, and why you should wear sunscreen! – UV light is not a friend of our skin, this is a pretty startling demonstration of what some innocent sunlight exposure does to us
Glitch Textiles: hacking a circuit board to make unique art – The first entry into a new category here on the site: “Art Driven by Curiosity”!
Learn about some very cool physics phenomena with Derek Muller – Veritasium does some of my absolute most favourite videos. Come, watch magnetic cereal, and other cool stuff!
There are no stupid questions when you are learning something new – A poster (and soon to be t-shirt) that fits in with the philosophy and spirit of this site!
Cell Fate Conversion in the form of a subway map – Seeing it in this form makes it a lot easier for my puny mind to begin to “understand”
Humans Need Not Apply – Will automation render humanity “unemployable”? CGP Grey seems to think so, and he makes a very strong case
Body Acceptance like you’re probably never seen before – A true instance of leading by example
This concert is for the birds – When nature decides to be a part of human art

Last month’s recap – July 20, 2014