I came across this infographic yesterday while browsing the GOOD site and was impressed by its precise portrayal of mine and my friend’s dating life–that is, until I realized that the creator of this infographic must certainly be from Austin, the city in which I reside, the city of eternal bachelors.
Dating is tricky, and for that, I have to give guys credit for their valiant attempts at becoming “more than just friends.” There are many different methods of tricking girls into going on dates (if that’s what you want to call them). Here are a few I’ve experienced: “I have nothing better to do today, want to go swimming at Barton Springs?” Then they insist on paying your $3 entrance fee. Another one I’ve experienced is the text message saying something along the lines of, “I just adopted a dog from Town Lake animal shelter. Look how cute it is.” Then they send you a photo of the most adorable pound puppy you’ve ever seen implying that you come over to their house to play with it. And let’s not forget, “I’m going for a run on the trail. You should join.” Which consists of you pulling every muscle in your body while they laugh and tell you how cute you are when you sweat.
Do guys understand that we don’t like to be seen in a swimsuit on a first date? That we prefer not to meet their dog right off the bat for fear of loving the dog more? That sweating and nausea are not attractive? And most importantly–despite how “laid back” we may be–that all we really want is to know that we are on a date? I doubt it. [via]
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Getting a job right now can be difficult in America, especially for those people fresh out of school with little to no experience in their field. Even if you do have relevant experience and prerequisites, you likely won’t be the only one competing for the position. So, in many cases, the pressure is on. Sometimes you have to get creative and think outside the box for employment options, jobs that you may have never known existed or ones that you thought didn’t pay very well. For example, did you know that you can actually get a job that lets you travel around and test water slides? Who wouldn’t want to do that?
Today’s infographic from Payscale gives us a look at various odd jobs, professions, and the sometimes surprising amount of money that can be made doing them. In addition to the previously mentioned water slide tester, you could potentially get a job as submarine cook for potentially $200,000 a year. Another potential job that can pay upwards of $80,000 a year is voice acting or voice over work, which sounds like an incredibly fun way to earn a living.
For more info on some pretty odd jobs have a look at the infographic below. [This infographic is Courtesy of http://www.graphs.net]
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Naps can be tricky. The time of day, the length, the location, and your current sleep schedule all influence the effectiveness of the nap you take. According to the infographic, the best time to take a nap is between 1:00pm-4:00pm. For most, that time is right after lunch–when it’s time to get back to work–which makes getting a little extra sleep seem impossible.
With back to back classes, and work in between until 5:00pm, when could a nap be taken? Of the four nap time lengths, 10-20 minute naps are the only feasible option. The 10-20 minute nap boosts energy and alertness–so, napping for this amount of time could give you an extra push to get through the rest of the work day.
The other best option is taking a nap for a little over an hour. This nap will allow a full trip through both light and deep sleep and helps soothe you, so you wake up refreshed without that groggy feeling.
Sleep inertia is defined as the feeling of grogginess and disorientation that can come with awakening from a deep sleep. This is the reason why many avoid taking naps. Pushing through the day when tired is preferable to that groggy feeling after a nap.
We should all get into the habit of leaning back in a quiet place. Set an alarm that gives you just enough time to get a little shut eye. Wake up and hit the ground running. Practice makes perfect, even with naps. [via]
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I think what I enjoy most about Tolkien’s Middle-Earth is the lovability of Gandalf. For one, he’s a freaking wizard. He can make some badass fireworks and at the same time he can go toe to toe with a Balrog. That’s called skill. Two, the dude knows how to chill with Hobbits in a major way. I mean, who wouldn’t love to party with THIS GUY? And Three, Gandalf has some awesome animal friends – Shadowfax and the Eagles. Geez man, stop winning at life bro. Nah, actually keep it up Gandalf. You’re awesome. Now, with these simple infographical steps, you can win like Gandalf wins. Wizard style.
I really enjoy this infographic because it’s just silly. But when you get down to it, these really are life skills ya’ll. I don’t know about you, but procuring tenacious Hobbits tends to help solve most of the problems in my life. Hobbits and eagles. Hobbits for moral support and Eagles for most everything else. These are simple facts of life in Middle-Earth. Also Ian McKellen is amazing. If you need any proof of that fact, please watch THIS and you will not be disappointed.
May Gandalf grow forever old in the Grey Havens.
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I have been participating in improvisational comedy as a hobby since the wee age of 10. Now, I am 21 and taking classes at the Institution Theatre in Austin. Improv is an amazing art. Everyone says, “Yeah, it sounds hard, you have to be good at thinking on your feet!” but that is false. Improv is all about being out of your thinking state; when you are improvising you have to get out of your mind and into your heart (Tom Booker). Practicing improvisational Comedy can be therapeutic. Imagine, once a week just going and literally playing with people your age. You travel into a pretend world where no matter what, the person with you will be on your side, even if their character is not.
Anyone who is interested in writing should think about studying some improv comedy. Seeing and participating in several scenes will present any writer with a plethora of inspiration for sketch comedy, stand-up, or even film concepts! Even if the story you are writing has nothing to do with the goofy scene you may be performing in practice, there are millions of other words said, body language shown, character pairs fighting, or voices changed to allow plenty of diverse creativity to write about.
The Harold is a famous improv form. It is very advanced and complicated to perform, but with some practice it is super fun! Remember, they do it all improvised!