I have a confession to make. I am a beatlemaniac. Urban Dictionary defines a beatlemaniac as “one who has an over the top or abnormal obsession and infatuation with the famous British rock group called the Beatles.” Yep, sounds about right. But, I’m not alone!
It all started when I was thirteen years old–a tall, gangly thing, with stringy hair and acne–my father took me with him to a local music store and picked up a copy of the newly released Beatles album, simply titled, 1. It was a compilation album of almost every number-one Beatles single released from 1962 to 1970. It came out the year of Y2K, and was coincidentally purchased by my dad the year he got a new car with a CD player. When I pulled back the CD case’s plastic wrap, struggled to get off its side bar-code sticker, (seriously, that’s thing’s the worst–thank god for music downloading!) and popped the red and gold disk into the CD drive for the ride home, the fab four blew my mind…
Their music gave me this overwhelming feeling of happiness, which was hard to come by at that age, mixed with an overwhelming urge to pull out all my hair and melt into a puddle in the backseat of the car. They were simple, and complicated, and most importantly, British.
Thinking back, that experience was my first acceptance of pop music. I was an odd little girl, who would run out of rooms covering my ears whenever popular tunes of the early 2000s started playing (Britney Spears, N Sync, Spice Girls, take your pick). But, pop music of the 1960s? I could definitely dig a pony to the British Invasion.
If any of you are also suffering from an acute case of beatlemania, I think you might enjoy today’s infographic on Beatles albums over the years.
Coo Coo Ca Choo. [Via]
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Imagine a 15 year old know it all with a lot of attitude. How are they carrying themselves? I bet you pictured someone leaning on one foot and crossing their arms. Since I personally don’t want people to look at me and automatically think of that image I work hard to keep a neutral stance with my arms to my side. Growing up I was always reminded to uncross my arms and stand up straight. It is a hard habit to remember because slouching and holding your arms in front of your chest feels comfortable and safe. Body language makes all the difference in how you are perceived by people you know and don’t know.
People make themselves bigger or smaller physically depending upon how powerful they feel just like animals do. What does a cat do as a defense mechanism to scare off something that threatens them? They arch their back and puff out their fur so they look bigger. Birds, snakes, and many other animals do a similar ritual. We are not so different from these animals. When we are nervous or feel powerless we cross our legs or put our arms really close to our chest or face, but when we are comfortable or feel confident we tend to move our arms away from our chest and have our heads up to literally look larger. Showing this big confident body is important to looking like you are a strong and assertive person in stressful (sometimes threatening) situations like job interviews, speeches, or even simply meeting new people. I have posted an additional link below that is very informative on body language.
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are
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I happen to live in an area of Texas where some of the most enthusiastic Spurs fans exist. In the San Antonio area, talk of the team is unending. I don’t pay attention to professional sports much, but the passion I’ve seen from friends and strangers, who really think the Spurs will go all the way, is amazing.
In my town–San Marcos–someone has put up the money to rent out a billboard with the slogan “GO SPURS GO”. Every other shirt I see is a Spurs jersey. Even with all the support, this team of all-stars may meet their match soon when they’re up against Miami.
After two regular season match ups, The Heat has taken each game, but not by much. My opinion is that the Spurs want it more, but I’m also from Texas… Keep an eye on the games for the next few nights. It’s going to be close. [Via]
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I think it’s fair to say that today’s society is obsessed with hair. Almost every magazine has a hair trend section chronicling the do’s and dont’s of all hair types. It’s great that magazines list such a variety of hair, because hair can be a great way to reflect your personality.
Feeling feisty? Go pixie short like Miley Cyrus. Or you can keep it natural like Solange Knowles. Point is, hair is an extension of your personality, so use it to your advantage. There is no excuse to not utilize the potential of your hair. The hair industry is a grand organization filled with products, hair dressers, and accessories. You would be surprised to learn of all the people that pay a pretty penny for that top-of-the-line hair product. However, with all the time and money that is spent on hair, have you ever stopped to wonder what else our hair is made of? Or if anyone else has the same hair routine as you do?
Luckily for you, today’s infographic lists some interesting facts about hair, including facts about: hair biology, hair color, and hair beauty routines. Perhaps, learning a little more about hair will help you better understand your own. It’s a step in the right direction for a good hair day, every day! [via]
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There is indeed a drinking culture in America. So many times, especially in the work place, you don’t really get to know someone until you’ve had a few drinks with them. Social drinking gets you connected with people, ideas and culture. But first off, let me clarify what the heck ‘Shaken and Stirred Millenials’ are.
According to Scarborough, they are people who are defined as adults in the age range of 21-34 that drink alcohol. As you can probably guess, this is a rather large group of people. This infographic attempts to find the commonalities and traits of this population by averaging where and what this group is drinking. With this information, it will illuminate how one might market to this current group of drinkers.
I found it interesting that, from this study, beer was usually the breadwinner regardless of the location of purchase (the exception being liquor stores of course). And if they were to have liquor somewhere, most would have a vodka drink over other varieties. Shaken and Stirred Millenials! You should of stepped up with the Tequila preferences. Darn you rascals!
Overall the infographic has some confusing aspects (for instance – is this a national group or local survey?) but provides some interesting resulting qualities of the average young-drinker. [Via]