The Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas [infographic]

December 16, 2012 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  1 Comment
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You guys. This. Has. To. Be. The cutest infographic. EVER. Basically just as cute as emphasizing words with periods! And, let’s be real. I am all about the cute and holiday combination. I jam out to that stuff! The song that inspires this infographic used to be one of my favorites when I was a wee little one. I guess you could call me a romantic because I was incredibly fond of the idea of a true love giving me things. So, this infographic is both nostalgic (for me, at least) and clever.

But it really is pretty crazy how much our cost of living has increased here in the U.S. Sure part of the rise in cost has to do with inflation, but it’s also because we ask more from the world. I hope that we will be able to recognize the effects of our materialistic lifestyles on animals such as the geese and swans in this infographic! The holiday season is the perfect—and perhaps most impactful—time to be aware of our ecological impact.

Hope your day is a swell one! [via]

 

The Cost of the 12 Days of Christmas

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The Merry Merits of Milk [infographic]

December 15, 2012 |  by  |  Food  |  5 Comments
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No matter that I’ve drank milk my entire life, whenever I drink it, I always get a sense of childhood. I suppose my milk consumption has gone down in the last few years, but I still reminisce on the mmmmmmm so good cereal tainted milk. A cookie’s delicious taste goes up tenfold when soaked in milk. Milk in mac & cheese can make the meal. Milk with a little chocolate syrup is one of the world’s easiest and most delicious desserts.

Ever since the first ‘Got Milk?’ campaign hit the television, milk companies have banded together to get the word out about their product. Its incredibly healthy, especially for kids, and now with all organic milk the additive ridden drink is a thing of the past. The human race will always be in debt to cows- always supplying one of Earth’s nectars to billions across the globe. I’ll I can say for thanks is mooo.[Milk Mustache]

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Cyber Monday in Perspective [infographic]

December 14, 2012 |  by  |  Holiday  |  4 Comments
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Another Cyber Monday has come and gone and with it our money. All this post-Thanksgiving shopping madness has made our nation out to be a bunch of penny pinching lunatics. Oh, I guess the international view of Americans has always been that… There is an upside to our citizens hemorrhaging of cash out of every orifice, economic stimulus.

Have you noticed? Everyone has started thinking our economy is on the up & up and believing that is the first step in actually improving the situation. Jobs are slowly being created, friends graduate from college and can make a living, stores like Radio Shack release the biggest sigh of relief: the future looks… brighter than now!

With many in our government not sure about our future economic stability and studies like this stating a global economic collapse before 2030 is possible – our nation’s economy is all but out of trouble. Don’t let that news get you down. The economy is a finicky thing and right now the future looks peachy. Let’s keep doing our part and shell away our money for useless gadgets and toys cause’ girls and boys – its actually helping.[Broadband Blue]

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Cactus Spines [infographic]

December 13, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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There is no doubt that miniature cacti and succulents have grown in popularity this past year. They’re a hot topic on pinterest, and they even have their own section at Lowes. I myself have 5 miniature cacti in my room. It’s great because I only have to water them about once month, so there is no way they’ll die. Although I seem to have opposite luck with succulents,  those seem to always die on me…

While switching out one of my cacti into another pot, I got a few cacti spines stuck on the palm of my hand. Luckily, being from south Texas, I have had this experience with cacti before, so I knew the standard procedure of how to get the spines out. However, many other people might have not had the same experience  Behold today’s inforgraphic, listing popular ways to get out cacti spines. They are all quick and fool proof. Enjoy! [via]

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The Digital Music Industry [infographic]

December 12, 2012 |  by  |  Music  |  1 Comment
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Digital music isn’t just the future anymore, its quickly becoming the past. Instant music streaming services like Spotify are gaining ground fast and could easily slow the sales of downloadable tunes. Today’s graphic shows the growth of digital and the overall impact of piracy and digital media on the music industry.

Although the RIAA would love to contribute the entire loss of music sales to piracy, it can’t be true. Our country is in one the worst economic times since the great depression. The entertainment industry as a whole has grown exponentially. Music festivals, video games and programs like Netflix suck up the population’s already limited cash supply. Music is a smaller part of most people’s life than 10 years ago. Finally, the music industry itself has changed. Big labels don’t own everything anymore.

I have been working for a small record label in my hometown. We’ve just taken on producing a local band, Wild Child, on their sophomore release. They don’t have big funding, but big funding is still needed to compete in the industry and with that in mind they have turned to the internet. Wild Child has only three more days to reach their goal of $40,000 on their Kickstarter Campaign. If you’re wondering how to support artists directly, Kickstarter has helped numerous bands with access to monetary security and donating to a kickstarter campaign is a great place to start!

As the music industry is in limbo, conscious consumers, new ideas and innovation solutions are the future. Let’s start helping out the little guy and remember, buy merch at live shows. [Via]

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