In case you haven’t noticed, there’s this thing called Spotify that everyone’s using these days. Lately, there’s been a lot of grumbling in the music community about the impact of streaming services like Spotify — mainly being that artists are given a pretty insulting amount of compensation. It’s so incredibly convenient though, and considering that fact, it’s free, how can you really blame anyone for taking advantage of it?
We really have come a long way since we were hand cranking those wax cylinders on our phonographs so that we could feast our ears on some vaguely musical hissing sound that came from a horn. Streaming is a relatively new phenomenon, and it’s pretty hard to argue that any advance in technology has ever negatively impacted the progression of music in the big picture.
So, maybe, there is hope. But wait, is vinyl making a come back? No, not really. People are definitely buying a whole lot more records than they were seven years ago, but the vast majority of people still listen to music via digital format. There are people who have invested exorbitant amounts of money in hi-fi equipment to supposedly prove that their records sound better than your iPod.
Your run-of-the-mill Crosley turntable that you picked up from Urban Outfitters definitely doesn’t though. So what gives? Is this really just a result of hipsters being nostalgic for a time they didn’t even know? Maybe, but my guess is that it’s a reaction against the lack of sentimentality that digital music has, and what fills that void better than owning the huge physical artifact that is the vinyl LP of the music you cherish?
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Why do you like fantasy? As a fantasy-addict, I’ve had to answer this question many times to my father, middle school football coach, ex-girlfriend… But for any fantasy-junkie, the answer is simple: it’s awesome. However, as bizarre as it sounds, there are people who don’t like fantasy, who buy into the lie of, “It’s just a bunch of monsters, wizards and men with goatees swinging swords, and casting spells until the good guys just sort of ‘win’.” To be fair, that’s an accurate description of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” saga, (which was still pretty cool).
This infographic uses Tolkien’s works to break down the structure of epic fantasy. There are wizards, heroes, mythical races of elves, orcs, etc. But Tolkien’s work was so much more, he invented an entire lore and history of a fictional universe, he invented languages! He created a structure for later fantasy writers to follow, like Terry Goodkind or Brandon Sanderson.
Then there’s the new wave of fantasy writers, notably George R.R. Martin. This new breed of fantasy’s characters are grey, neither good nor bad (unless it’s Joffrey), and contain more plot-based writing than lore, creating a new realm of nerdy-awesomeness.
With the huge success of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films, it seems like the masses are starting to think fantasy is cool too, but don’t stop there! Read the books! Then nerds like myself will find girlfriends/boyfriends who like fantasy just as much and live happily ever after. The end. [Via]
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Growing up in this day and age, I’ve spent most of my clothes shopping time in used and vintage shops. Not only do I find older clothes to be more alluring to me than the clothes made today but also it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. Not only that, but from this infographic I’ve learned that I’m actually saving the planet (just a little bit) by doing this. It is under this particular viewpoint that I’m very sad to say that America has a serious problem of trashing textiles.
According to the EPA almost 13.1 million tons of textiles are thrown away every year. Only 15% of which (roughly 2 million tons) are recovered for reuse or recycling. It’s gotten so bad that it’s estimated that the average American throws away 65 pounds of textiles every year and that nearly 48% of this is perfectly reusable. So why’s this so bad? Well, manufacturing textiles uses a LOT of water. The average T-shirt alone uses 700 gallons of water to manufacture. Not only that, but according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, textiles are the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the United States after primary metals, nonmetallic mineral products, petroleum and chemicals. Just one pound of textiles can produce as much as 7 pounds of CO2 emissions into our atmosphere.
So next time you have some old clothes, towels, sheets or fabric to get rid of, look up drop-off locations for recycling textiles or donate it to your local thrift shop so that some weirdo like me might actually still want to wear it.
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Having a role is good. Doing well feels great. Being acknowledged for a job well done feels even better. That sensation we get when we do something right and you know that everyone around is thinking, “dang, you go!” instills a sense of pride that no one can take away.
That feeling can be hard to come by. So often we can feel like we are drowning in a sea of monotony. So many of us start work thinking that this is going to be the right place to work and you work there and it turns out your boss is a jerk or your coworkers suck or it’s just not what you wanted. Quitting usually seems like the best option at that point. That is okay!
Seriously, find what you love. Get to a place where you can truly feel like you belong. Get to a place where you feel like everything you do is for the best. Get to that place where you feel passionate and driven to be your best because you love what you do; that’s when you do it right. Thats when you start taking pride in a job well done.
Life is too short to be putting up with nonsense. Find something you love. Find someone you love working for. Find a cause that makes you want to wake up every morning and change the world. Get engaged in your job. Be a better and prouder you! Because YOU kick butt.
Infographic crafted with love by Officevibe, the corporate team building and employee engagement platform.
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With the turn of the new millennium, young adults were cleverly dubbed Millennials. Millennials are strange people: a generation that just kind of missed out on a lot, while being given the burden of experiencing, first-hand, the tragedy of the economic crisis. They milked every last bit of artistic ability and creativity right out of the nineties and, in turn, produced Facebook and Spotify. This is the generation that learned how to make money by exploiting human interest.
I just made a lot of that up, but let’s see what Millennials have to say about advertising on the internet!
Have you ever been on the internet, and somehow, the ads lining the sides of the page seemed strangely specific to you? It couldn’t be anything other than wizards, right? Wrong. It’s personalized targeting that analyzes your activity on certain websites and appropriately generates ads based on your interests. (Let your fear of this kind of technology becoming sentient sink in for a minute.) 67% of Millennials say that they’re cool with this as long as it’s relevant information. 64% said that it just makes them feel uneasy. I agree with the latter. I mean, there’s really nothing private on the internet, but it would be nice to not feel like I’m being watched.
95% of Millennials claim to have taken action to protect their online privacy, which is good. Everyone needs to be looking after themselves, especially on the internet, since identity theft is a thing. That still blows my mind. Someone can take your life away over the internet. At least 95% of the Millennials are safe, right? [via]