Take The Plunge [infographic]

September 21, 2014 |  by  |  Education, Finance  |  No Comments
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Today’s post is a really handy, interactive graph that lets you see just how much you, or anyone else, stands to make based on highest level of education. There are a few things that need to be taken into account when looking at this, because of some factors that the data can’t account for. Keep in mind that net lifetime earnings is determined as if someone worked every year of their life after completing their education. So it doesn’t account for unemployment, which is considerably higher in college graduates than high school graduates.

These statistics have been gathered from countless surveys taken from 40-somethings who are approaching their highest level of income. That means it’s not going to be quite as accurate toward this generation of laborers. If anything, the gaps that you see between career paths will only widen in the years to come. One exception is disparity between genders. Not only does a male with an art degree have a higher income than a female with a science degree, but so does a male college dropout. It’s true that things are slowly getting better in that regard, but it is by no means soon enough to acknowledge gender inequality in the workforce as any thing other than a pervasive problem.

Be sure to click the link below and enter in your information to see how you stack up with the rest of the labor pool.

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Austin Traffic – The Bottom Line [infographic]

September 20, 2014 |  by  |  Government, Travel  |  No Comments
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Any of you Austinite readers know exactly what this headline is talking about. Austin traffic is the worst. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times a week I complain about having to commute to Austin. Between construction on I-35, the inevitable delays on Mopac, and the excessive amount of people moving to Austin, attempting to travel in and out of Austin is about as pleasing as using a dial-up Internet connection. (Some things you should just have figured out by now…)

According to today’s infographic, you should allow at least 10 minutes of extra time on top of your average commute if you’re traveling within Austin. When compared to the average large US city’s traffic delays (6 minutes), that’s horrendous. It’s not just time you’re wasting in traffic, though. Texas A&M’s Transporation Institute found the average Austin commuter lost $930 out-of-pocket, wasted 20 gallons of fuel, and released 400 excess pounds of CO2 pollution into the atmosphere in 2011. Pretty pricey tag for such an annoyance, huh?

But wait! It’s going to be okay! This infographic shows by “using better traffic operations” – an extremely ambiguous and undefinable phrase – Austin residents should have saved 848,000 gallons of fuel and 2 million hours of delay in 2012. In other words, traffic problems should have decreased. But they didn’t, and have only continued to worsen. If you read the fine print on today’s optimistic infographic, Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute admits, “Austin’s traffic challenges have grown along with its population. While the region has taken productive steps to deal with worsening congestion, our traffic problem continues to affect our daily way of life.” In other words, we’re screwed and Godspeed. Our next step? Wait for the invention of flying cars.

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Craft Beer & Women [Interactive Infographic]

September 19, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Do you ever find yourself sitting around enjoying one of New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ales? Or maybe Full Sail’s IPA? Can you believe those breweries are owned by women? Well, get over it. Women have been brewing beer far longer than men. Women almost exclusively brewed beer until the Industrial Revolution, and they were using all different kind of grains and recipes. A lot like craft breweries now.

In recent years, women 18 to 34 years old have taken to beer as their choice of drink, beating out the normal favorite of white wine. Good riddance. White wine pales in comparison to the variety, quality, and taste of a good craft beer. Women know what’s up, and that’s why they’re supporting each other within the craft beer industry. Organizations like The Pink Boot Society and Barley’s Angels help represent and educate gals who brew.

With 30 percent of those employed in the craft beer industry being women, one can expect a lot more delicious specialty booze. I welcome the growth of women in the beer industry with open arms. More talented brewers equals more amazing craft beer. If you can’t get over the fact that a women might be the genius behind your favorite brew, may I recommend you give white wine a try? [CraftBeerWomen]

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Stuck In An Art Slump? [infographic]

September 18, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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If it really took da Vinci three years to complete the Mona Lisa, then I’m thinking I have a pretty good excuse to give my professor when I need more time to finish my paper, right? Good things take time, and if Michelangelo had someone breathing down his neck telling him, “Will you just hurry and finish the dumb statue?” I think it would be safe to say that maybe it wouldn’t have ended up being that same iconic masterpiece.

Let’s be real, deadlines are actually very important and that’s not what this is about. It’s definitely reassuring to see that these seminal artists struggled with their work. Even if you’re not necessarily an artist, we all get stuck in some kind of way, from time to time. It’s hard for me to imagine that a painter would work ceaselessly, furiously stroking their paint brushes in a perpetual back and forth, to find themselves with a beautiful piece of art and a crippled hand years later. The point I’m trying to make here is that at some point they stopped and decided to resume another time.

Sometimes you might feel like you desperately need to reach an end to whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish. It’s easy in those moments to view anything that isn’t progress toward that objective as a distraction. It’s called taking a break actually, and it might just be exactly what you need.

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How to Be More Consistent With Your Goals [infographic]

September 16, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Growing is the only way we get to where we dream to be. Growth is hard. Sometimes even painful. Learning is growing, and it’s hard to keep track of where you are on your path. The only way to really measure the success of your growth is to have goals. Use measurable goals to help you along the way.

We all get an idea of who we want to be, and what we want to do. The second you think about it, you are energized and ready to take it on. Following through in life is a real task. Following through for yourself when you don’t have anyone holding you accountable for your goal management is the real task.

We know that vigilance and consistency are what is necessary to watch a goal come to fruition. Although we frequently find ourselves in that situation, we can take steps to overcoming many of the motivational challenges that accompany them. Regardless of the goal, we are undoubtedly not the first person to attempt it. Research what you want to do, and plan a step-by-step list of how you’ll tackle your goal. Reward yourself for your handwork. Most importantly, keep track of your progress. Time flies, so stay busy with it and you will be one step closer to the person you want to be. [via]

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