Spotify vs. Pandora: The Pros and Cons [Infographic]

March 4, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Music  |  7 Comments
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Listening to music has always been popular with people, so it’s only natural for music to become increasingly prevalent in our lives as our technology for it grows. With the number of smart phones and computers being used on a daily basis now, music has become more accessible than ever before and very much a regular part of our lives. There are many different ways that people can enjoy their tunes with phones and computers, and two of the most popular music apps, Spotify and Pandora, deliver their product using pretty different methods.

Today’s infographic from Mashable gives us a look at the history of Spotify and Pandora as well as the positive qualities and drawbacks for each. For instance, Spotify boasts an impressive library of more than 20 million songs to choose from, but the service is only free for 6 months and then users can only listen to 10 hours per month for free. Meanwhile, Pandora’s setup allows users to learn about and listen to new music, which is great, but there is also no way to rewind or repeat tracks that you may want to listen to again.

For more information on ups and downs for Spotify and Pandora have a look at the infographic below. [Via]

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Is Internet Addiction Real? [infographic]

March 2, 2013 |  by  |  Internet  |  6 Comments
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Today’s graphic poses the questions we’ve all asked ourselves in the past. Are we addicted to this series of tubes? With sites like Facebook, twitter, google, wikipedia and Reddit our day’s time can slip away in an instant. It certainly doesn’t help when your job requires social media activity or a dependence on cloud services like Google. Our daily lives revolve around the internet and I’d say that’s an addiction.

I have my bookmarks I go threw everyday. The same sites like my email, coupon or deal sites, maybe a quick search in the Craigslist ‘free’ section, a check of Daily Infographic, then I read through through google news and end up cycling through facebook and twitter the rest of the day. Do I feel weird when I haven’t had my internet ‘fix’ for the day? You bet ya. I can feel it inside myself that I need to check on the internet. Make sure its still there.

I wish it wasn’t something I had to do, but I guess I’m a functioning addict. I’m still social, make it to work and school and try to help out with my community. Don’t call me an addict, more of an internet connoisseur. [Via]

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How to Properly Use a Foam Roller [infographic]

February 28, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  3 Comments
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Hopefully you’ve started incorporating interval training into your workouts after my post last week. If you did, then your probably experiencing some extreme soreness in your body, especially in your legs. Your muscles are not used to using so much energy at one time, which leaves them fatigued, and ultimately sore.

But alas, thank goodness for the foam roller. The foam roller is exactly what it’s name implies, a large roll of hard foam. It is used to massage sore muscles and tendons using body weight as pressure. Today’s infographic lists some types of foam rollers to try, as well as some exercises to massage out sore muscles. My legs and butt have defiantly benefited from this wonderful contraption. It’s almost essential for all athletes to own one. Try it out and relief those sore muscles! [via]

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Reading For The Future [Infographic]

February 27, 2013 |  by  |  Education  |  No Comments
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When I was little, I remember my mom reading chapters of Harry Potter and The Hobbit to me every night. She, along with my father, gave to me the gift of story and a love of reading. It’s easy to take literacy for granted (obviously you’re able to read this) but it is quickly becoming an unsettling problem for schools and homes across the United States.

By the third grade, children should (in theory) transition from learning to read to reading to learn. But in many homes, this is not the case. In 2009, 67% of all fourth graders scored below proficient on national reading tests. This single subject area can decrease the likelihood of graduation immensely. Children are as much as 4 times more likely to fail to graduate on time if they are below proficient readers by the third grade! The statistics of poverty can also be a major hinderance as well, although I was shocked that 50% of children in affluent settings are not proficient!

These numbers are startling and disturbing. Reading is a tool in which we can communicate with others regardless of time or location. The written word should be the first priority in education. Hands down. Don’t just blame the schools though. Be like my parents. READ TO YOUR KIDS. Show them how wonderful reading can be. The pen is indeed mightier than the sword and we should reflect that for our future generations.

Check out the infographic below for more info on the 5 components of reading and what you as parents and mentors can do to help this problem.

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Sleepless in America [infographic]

February 26, 2013 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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Sleepless in America. How many of you would say that you get enough sleep? A solid eight hours, or enough to make that 7 am alarm clock feel manageable? I will go out on a limb and say that I do not get enough sleep. Even on the unusual night where I clock in a solid eight hours, my morning alarm still pains me every time. I suspect it is because the rest of my nights average closer to four or five hours and my body just can’t catch up.

According to today’s infographic, inadequate sleep can result in higher risk of stroke, a large decrease in testosterone and the destruction of your diet. Getting a solid eight hours of sleep will save you money, keep you alive and help your productivity at work. Driving while drowsy is comparable to driving with a blood alcohol content of .05. The danger in that statement alone should have you dying for some shut-eye! Taking care of your body is important and getting an adequate amount of sleep is an integral part of the equation. Eat well, drink well and sleep well.

As I always say, sleep or be sleepy. Let’s all get some sleep! [Via]

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