Creative Routines [infographic]

April 27, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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Alright, it’s time to stop whatever it is you were doing to look at what old white bearded dudes with fancy hair do with their day. At least the creator of this infographic included Maya Angelou, although it does come off as lukewarm attempt to give it some much needed balance. Regardless, the people that are mentioned certainly aren’t irrelevant chumps and there’s some pretty interesting information here.

Sure, you can draw a few parallels person to person, but there aren’t really any glaringly profound patterns that reveal the secret to creative output. Even though everyone here is an early riser, consider someone like Hunter S. Thompson. If he was on here it would show something along the lines of waking at 3 pm to alternate between cocaine and cigarettes until a marathon of writing from midnight to 6 am. That’s a very stark contrast to what you see here yet Hunter was still a fiercely prolific and successful writer. What this infographic is really promoting is that productivity is boosted just by having a routine, whatever it may be. I’m sure though that the benefits of having structure to your day to day life isn’t really news to anyone.

Sometimes it seems like histories greatest minds were superheroes. This is a great reminder that they were in fact human just like the rest of us. They perfected their craft by devoting their time to it, which is something we are all capable of.

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Peter Leeds Takes A Look At Pot Stocks [infographic]

April 26, 2014 |  by  |  Politics, Recreation  |  2 Comments
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Marijuana. Pot. Weed. Chronic. Mary Jane. The sticky icky. Dat dank, man. Whatever it is you call it, cannabis is the fastest growing (popularity-wise)  recreational drug in the United States today. And whether you agree with it’s legalization or not, the time for acceptance of this long-since misunderstood plant is here, and the bandwagon’s leaving you in the dust. No, wait. That’s just a cloud of smoke. I neither praise nor condemn users of the drug, but as you can see from this wonderfully simple infographic from Peter Leeds, there is no doubt that legalization has had a positive impact. After being legal for only two months in Colorado, there has been no increase in crime. Equally important, tax revenues are expected to be anywhere between $20 – $134 million. It’s not going to fix all of our government’s debt problems, but I guess anything helps.

States all around the nation are becoming more and more involved in the marijuana issue, and many are becoming active supporters of use of the drug both recreational and medicinal. Recreational use is soon to be legal in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Maine. Let’s sit back and let the money roll in. [via]

 

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Travel is a Pain [infographic]

April 25, 2014 |  by  |  Travel  |  1 Comment
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Traveling is a pain, and it causes pain too! I have never experienced any travel pain, but I have experienced the pain of traveling. Okay, I’m done with one-liners.

I’m sure anyone reading this has experienced a flight delay. Those are not fun. I Recently had a connecting flight in El Paso, Texas from Phoenix, Arizona. When I arrived to el Paso I saw that my flight was delayed 3 hours–I was livid! There were about 50 people arriving in the lively city of El Paso and they all came to the same horrible realization. I could tell that things were about to get ugly. Luckily since so many people were being delayed, they extended happy hour at the bar for the next 3 hours, half-priced drinks! We were quite a social group we all got to know each others lives over a few drinks. Turns out the band that plays with the singer Kimbra was delayed with the same flight and they had their instruments and played a little singalong that was amazing.

All of a sudden, about 2 hours into the delay, we began hearing our names over the intercom. Each person who was delayed received a free plane ticket to any destination in the continental United States! After we were feeling airport tipsy we all headed to our gate where all the seats were already taken, so we sat on the floor and started a massage circle! It was the greatest way to treat the pain of traveling. [via]

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Marathons by the Numbers [infographic]

April 24, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  3 Comments
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As you know, the Boston Marathon was this past Monday. Normally the Boston Marathon is a special event for all runners because it is one of the most prestigious running events around. Many runners hold the Boston marathon as a life goal to reach because of the incredibly tough qualifying times. For example, As a 23 year old female I would need to run 26.2 miles in 3 hours and 35 minutes. Thats about 8:12 minutes per mile, for 26.2 miles! I could only hope to keep that pace if I was running downhill with the wind at my back. Boston Marathon aside, marathon races are a true feat of strength that requires rigorous training, a healthy diet, and extreme dedication. Don’t let the qualifying times discourage you, a friend of mine went from being an overweight couch potato, to a 2014 Boston Marathon finisher averaging a 7 minute pace throughout the race. Are you inspired yet? Check out today’s infographic about marathons and see how many marathons your state hosts. Maybe set a goal to complete a marathon this time next year! I’m certainly inspired. I know I already have my sights set on next year’s Austin Marathon! Ready, set, run! [via]

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AirBnB: Then And Now [Infographic]

April 23, 2014 |  by  |  Travel  |  2 Comments
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I’m a travel junkie. This past summer of 2013, I spent 3 months backpacking through Europe, going from London to Denmark, to Croatia- and pretty much everywhere in between. While on this epic trip, I discovered many things- the beauty and good nature of human beings, my own ability to achieve goals given the proper amount of determination and energy (and caffeine), and a nifty little app called Airbnb.

I first used Airbnb when I was in Copenhagen. I logged on and discovered a hip-looking apartment, reasonably priced for a 3 night stay. It was located near Copenhagen’s famous meatpacking district, which is literally a strip of warehouses formerly used for slaughtering and packing meat that is now home to some of the City of Spires’ hottest nightclubs. It was as badass as it sounds. And for 3 days, I had the opportunity to pretend I lived in an amazing city in an apartment that felt like it could be my own.

This is the beauty of Airbnb- it provides an experience that is authentic yet private, and gives the traveler a small taste of what it might be like to live in a city they’ve only ever dreamed about. And apparently, there have even been some guest/host marriage proposals- maybe you’ll meet your special someone. Who knows! Go travel, people! [Via]

 

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