Max Speed Limits by US State [infographic]

September 7, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  1 Comment
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Speeds limits differ from state to state, but just this year Texas took a step further and gave the okay for speed limits up to 85 MPH. As a Texan who has experienced the drive through the West Texas desert – going below 85MPH was never an option. Now after over seven million dollars of studies the Texas Department of Transportation has identified the “85th percentile” speed. This means that “if 85 percent of motorists are currently driving 75 mph or slower on a road posted for 70, increasing the legal maximum to 75 mph won’t mean that most drivers will reflexively begin going 80.” This rule was decided because most drivers stay at a steady pace depending on the road’s design and topography, not the posted speed limit.

There are two sides to the argument though. With increased speeds come more dangerous wrecks. Although a study on traffic fatalities along “I-10 and I-20 actually decreased in the three years after the [increased speed] change, the department said.” There seems to be some concrete support for such high speed limits, and as a commuter in Texas I can only agree. [RidePros]

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College Textbook Prices [infographic]

September 6, 2012 |  by  |  Education  |  3 Comments
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Alas, another semester of school has graced its presence upon us. And for those of us who are in college, so begins the painful, raging fire that will burn a giant hole in our pockets. As I breathe a sigh of relief after forking over several thousand dollars for tuition, I somehow have to magically conjure another $300 to pay for books.

Buying books hurts my soul. And I’m not exaggerating. I’ll mope around and eat Ramen cause that’s seriously all I can afford after paying for tuition and books. Why in the world are textbooks so expensive?! Today’s infographic tells us why. Turns out, it’s because textbook companies know that well pay for it. It’s all about supply and demand. They have the freaking golden key to textbooks, and darn it, we need that key. Thankfully as I have become older and wiser, I have discovered renting and online book purchasing. Now I can upgrade to a heartier, more wholesome soup, like Progresso to replenish my achy broke soul. [via]

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Life Hacks [infographic]

September 5, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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Today’s infographic speaks on life hacks, something it defines as ingenious ways to do everyday things in a shorter amount of time. After reading over the infographic myself, I have to say there are some nice little tips and tricks that can ease some of my daily headaches.

For instance, there’s a hack that encourages you to make a playlist long enough for your daily routine. Put that on, jam out, and it’ll send you out the door with a little pep in your step. And just in time for football season, there’s a hack that can get you to your cold brew with immensely decreased wait times. Give the infographic a read. There’s a few typos here and there, but I don’t think it’ll take away from a reader’s experience too much. Enjoy your day! [Via]

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No Cart Left Behind [infographic]

September 4, 2012 |  by  |  eCommerce, Internet, Retail  |  No Comments
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Online shopping is a practical facet of modern life. We have access to thousands of shops at the tips of our fingertips. Online shopping is the busy mans life saver. Need a pair of curtains but can’t get to the store? Order them! But online shops are facing a small problem, not everyone who fills up their cart is checking out.

I have been guilty of this many times. I browse my internet hot spots like Madewell, Anthropologie and J Crew, and add items to my cart that are far out of my price range. And then leave. That’s it. No purchase necessary, just some good old fashioned window shopping! Today’s infographic discusses the many reasons that shoppers abandon their cart and what they can do to remedy that.

Aside from the window shoppers, many shoppers with intention to purchase their items are deflected by shipping costs. Reducing shipping costs, offering free shipping when possible and ensuring a speedy delivery are ways to keep customers around until the end. [Via]

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Kitchen Cheat Sheet [infographic]

September 3, 2012 |  by  |  Food  |  1 Comment
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Happy Labor Day to everyone! If you’re lucky enough like me you have today off and are probably going to be cooking out, going to the lake, just resting at home, and/or spending time with family. Here in Austin, The University of Texas looks as though school has not even started yet. Everyone has gone home to enjoy one final weekend before we all have the long stretch of vactionless work until Thanksgiving. To celebrate this day off a lot of us will be cooking some good grub, everyone has go to eat right? I provide for you all today the Kitchen Cheat Sheet an infographic providing metric conversions, different meat cuts, how to organize your fridge, and some general cooking tips.

For everyone that is working today, I’m sorry, that must suck something fierce. I’m sure everywhere is busier today and having once worked in the service industry I know how hard it is to see everyone on their day off as you have to restock or wait on them hand and foot. Having friends who didn’t work in college, their stories of fun on holidays like this one were always a big tease.

On a different note this will be my last post for a while, my day time job has really kicked up and is requiring more of my time. I will be taking leave from the site for a couple of months but don’t worry I leave in more than capable hands of our other writers and replacement for me. As always enjoy today’s infographic and don’t forget to share. [via]

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