It’s summertime again! Open those books that have been gathering dust on your shelves for months, or pull out your neglected Kindle that you were once so excited about, and start your summer reading! Today’s infographic features a collection of classic books that everyone really should read.
Take a road trip with Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady, in On the Road, or peer inside George Orwell’s fascinating future in the novel, 1984. Most of the books listed have won Pulitzer Prizes and are recognized as examinations of the human condition. Reading can benefit everyone, and novels in particular can make us more aware of ourselves and others. In the Huffington Post article, The Importance of Reading for All of Us, Anna Leahy states that “when we read about fictional characters, we become better at understanding real people and real situations. And these skills make us better at our jobs.”
When I read a good book I have the tendency to become emotionally invested in the characters. I learn so much about them and often find myself looking inside someone else’s head. It’s no wonder that novels can make us more perceptive of people. So, what are you waiting for? Check out today’s infographic and get to reading! It just might improve your career, your vocabulary, and ultimately your life. [Via]
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And now for today’s infographic…
Urban Sprawl is a disease spreading throughout the American landscape; the use of automobiles and construction of roads is the main factor. Co2 emissions, traffic, road kill, and not to mention ugly landscapes, all spawn from too many cars! But, the way developers are building these days, we are left with no choice. There is no down-the-street grocery store anymore. Most of us have to drive a few miles to get basic necessities done.
What is the answer to fixing the congestion and sprawl of our cities? Many people think the answer would be more highway lanes or more roads in general. But research shows that this isn’t true. Building more roads is just trying to passify the problem. We need to get people to understand that public transportation or bike commuting is also an option that can reduce traffic. This infographic creatively compares the added length of the roads in many large cities. Anyone who has ever been to Houston has experienced the ridiculous traffic of that city, even though, as shown by the infographic, it has significantly more road length than other large cities.
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Another craft beer infographic, and I hope you’re as excited as me! After looking over the graphic today, I couldn’t help but notice a ton of familiar brews ranging from Arkansas to Alaska. Now I’ll just have to enlighten you on my favorite beers per state:
For New York, I must agree with the masses – Brooklyn Lager is one of the most solid Amber’s ever created. Perhaps I’m just a sucker for their marketing, but its firm, yet smooth taste put’s my home state’s Shiner Bock in its place. Now the brews from my birthplace, Louisiana, have always been spectacular. Abita brewery has dominated LA’s market and even has had broad national distribution for some time. If I do have to pick, their malt brew Purple Haze takes the cake. A sweet, but not too sweet, blend paired with a not-too-filling effect is the perfect pool-side companion.
Last craft brew post, I told you guys about Real Ale Brewery. Again they show up with their Fireman’s #4. A somewhat hoppy, malty taste with a rich golden color, Fireman’s #4 is a very solid beer. Besides its popularity, Fireman’s #4 isn’t nearly the best brew from Real Ale, or from Texas. Devil’s Backbone, a triple Belgian from Real Ale, takes the cake. An amazing sweetness battles the alcohol level of 8.1% incredibly well. As a Texan, it is hard to pick the very best beer we have, but I will say my favorite at the moment is Austin Beer Works’ Heavy Machinery. An incredibly potent double IPA.
I can’t get enough of craft beer, let me know your favorite in the comments so I can try it out! [Beerhunt]
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I’m one of the few women that enjoys craft beer. I enjoy the unique combination of flavors that many craft beers have to offer. In fact, I think I’m drawn to beer because I’ve never been much of a “sweet” person, so most of the other mixed drink options just leave me with a tummy ache. Even though I’m a fan of craft beer, I don’t think I have ever truly experienced the complex flavors that they offer. I’ve never paired them with foods or deserts, instead I usually enjoy them alone. However, after today’s infographic, I am inspired to make a fancy dinner to pair with my favorite craft beer.
Today’s infographic is about all the fantastic reasons why you should enjoy craft beer, and how to enjoy it right. That means listing the perfect temperature to serve different types of beers, and what food pairing would best compliment your beer of choice. I hope you’ll try pairing your favorite craft beer with a tasty meal! [via]
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Space exploration has been a dream for human beings for an eternity. To seek out new life and new civilizations–to boldly go where no one has gone before. I just wanna Star Trek it up; it would be so great, but I guess there’s always the Alien/Prometheus scenario. That wouldn’t be so great. So far we’ve travelled to the moon, but after reading this infographic, anything outside of that doesn’t look too optimistic at the moment.
So, apparently there’s a lot of radiation in space. Perhaps it’s Galactic Cosmic Rays, or perhaps it’s because of all of the crazy star matter that our sun is throwing at us. Either way, it seems like it’s significant enough to do some damage to the poor DNA in long-term space goers. Luckily for us Earthlings, our magnetic field keeps us safe from this endless radiation threatening to turn us into mutants (maybe it would be cool if we were mutants though…). But, if we were to send humans on a mars mission for instance, even in the shortest amount of time conceivable, the likelihood of said explorer getting fatal cancers will increase by 5.5%. Yowza.
If we are to realize our continuing mission of human exploration, we need to find a way around this radiation business. I wanna be a star fleet officer, dammit.
Do you think this might be an easy problem to overcome (radiation shields?), or does it stamp out any chance of long-term space exploration?