How I Flirt: A Flowchart [infographic]

August 20, 2013 |  by  |  Funny, Lifestyle  |  3 Comments
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I have a super simple one for y’all because I think it’s hilarious. It perfectly illustrates my inability to get a date. I only look at guys when there is no possible way that they are looking at me. Then, the moment they feel my eyes on them, I quickly look away and pretend to be digging for Chapstick in my purse. In some cases I even take it one step further: I run.

My track record is long term relationships. I am only recently single, and I feel like a total nerd in the dating world. I missed out on that time in your early twenties when as a single lady you learn how to mingle, go out on dates, and, well, look at attractive men in the eye without giggling. I also never fully realized just how exhausting it is to actively pursue a suitor. My friends had whined about it from time to time, but all I heard was whining–because I was in love! But they weren’t kidding! Who actually has time to fall in love?  And what’s more, who has an ego large enough to withstand the constant rejection? Or to be the one doing the rejecting?

It’s rough out there. That’s why I have decided to stay indoors, where it’s safe.  Where books can’t tell me that they just want to be friends or that they’re moving to Chile, where movies have happy endings, and where any day now, Atticus Finch will climb out of my tattered copy of To Kill a Mockingbird (in the form of Gregory Peck circa 1962) and take me on a real date. [via]

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How Much Artists Earn Online [infographic]

August 20, 2013 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Music  |  45 Comments
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Times are strange for being a musician. Then again, times are always strange for musicians. Record labels are disintegrating and more DIY independent projects and distributors are arising in an already very expensive business to be in. Being a musician myself, I know that this job isn’t exactly a recipe for big money earning; but, after reading this infographic, things seem even more positively frakked for artists.

Looking at the numbers, it seems to me that the system just doesn’t give respect to the value that the musicians and producers themselves have put into their products. Don’t get me wrong, I love streaming sites–honestly, they’re the future–but I feel like this is a bridge too far. If this system of retail is going to continue, Spotify, Napster, and iTunes better straighten themselves out if they want more artists selling their creations on their platform.

I was curious as to how Google Play factored into this scenario, and as far as this video is concerned, it seems to be a much more appealing business model for artists. But then again, I’m not sure if they’re just talking the talk.

What do you think? Is the streaming market just another brick in the wall of the record label legacy of sitting on top of the little guy? Or do you think this is an overreaction, and that something should be done on the artist’s part in order to make their ‘business’ more viable?

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Failure by Design: Famous Architectural Mistakes [Infographic]

August 19, 2013 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing, Tech  |  No Comments
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It’s sometimes easy to take for granted the calculated, enormous complexity of the everyday things in the world that make our lives easier and more convenient. For most of us, traffic is a minor (or possibly major, depending on where you are) inconvenience that we have to deal with day in and day out. In terms of human achievement, though, it took an incredible amount of ingenuity and technological breakthroughs just to make modern cars, not to mention the massive highway systems that so many of us use. Speaking of our carefully crafted roads and freeway structures, the huge buildings, monuments, and skyscrapers that we see as commonplace also take a mind-boggling amount of preparation and planning, and for good reason.

Today’s infographic from Popular Science reminds us exactly why there is so much work and care put into the large structures we build, since a few careless miscalculations can spell disaster for the building’s surrounding population. For example, the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas is one of many buildings in that famous city to have a unique shape or style, which isn’t an issue on its own. Unfortunately, the building’s curvature and reflective glass windows, when combined with the blistering Las Vegas sun, create spots of heat directly on the pool area hot enough to leave people with burns and melt objects. The lesson here: architects must think of any and every possible issue a building may come across in its environment in order to ensure safety.

For more info on architectural missteps throughout history, have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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Mood & Music [infographic]

August 18, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Environmental, Music, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Musical preference is unique to the listener. There are so many different cultures and personalities–which makes it quite difficult to decide what to listen to. In addition to different tastes in music, there are times and places where it may not be appropriate to play something.

A scene at the airport would be hard to imagine if one was able to hear hit rap songs over the PA system. A company like Toys’R’Us would not play rock music for their customers. Personally, some kind of rock is preferred. There is a science to song choices. Often our moods can determine what we might be listening to and where we might be listening to it.

According to the infographic, more people listen to rock music when they are upset. More people listen to pop music when they are happy. The study shows that people agree that music changes with mood. I cannot recall a time I saw a person who was really angry listening to jazz. Jazz just doesn’t cut it when you’re in a bad mood.

Letting people be themselves is one of the most important things you can do for them. We all have our own things going on too though. With close to half of people speaking up when they are displeased with the music around them, I’d say that there is a good balance of respecting others and advocating for ourselves. [via]

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Where You’ll Get Hacked [infographic]

August 16, 2013 |  by  |  Crime, Tech  |  No Comments
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People complain that they want privacy, and then they put all their information up on Facebook. Thus, hacking is ultra-easy. I have seen teenagers post pictures of their first credit card, then a month later their new college student I.D. These kids are so excited to have signs of growing up, but as we grow up our lives need to be more private to guard from hackers. Now I am a culprit of being very relaxed about my online privacy, meaning, I have the same password for multiple sites, I use my high school name as my clue, and the name of my high school is on Facebook somewhere. So hack away, I look forward to meeting the person who decides to take up my identity!

We may not worry about identity theft as much as physical property theft because it isn’t as scary and face to face as an actual robbery, but it is a digital robbery, identity theft can be life damaging. I have a friend whose family had been saving up for years to go to Disney World. This seemed to have all of the proper precautions needed to avoid identity theft or hackers. But somehow a hole was found and $6,000 was taken out of their savings. No Disney World for their family. But maybe the hacker had a nice trip instead? We can only hope.

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