Christmas Spirits [infographic]

December 27, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment, Holiday, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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One of my favorite parts of christmas is experimenting with festive holiday cocktails. Christmas parties are always packed with the regular beer and wine, but having a signature cocktail is a little more impressive. This infographic takes you around the world for some the signature christmas cocktails. Everyone seems just delicious to me, but that may mean something about my lifestyle. I would definitely go with a Gingerbread Sacrifice in Paris, Candy Cane Eggnog in New England and a Santa’s Stiff Hot Chocolate up in the North Pole.

These days, Pinterest allows us to find many delicious cocktail recipes at the drop of a hat. Each one is more original and unique than the rest. At a holiday party last week we tried out a holiday sangria, containing two bottles of wine, 5 cans of sprite, orange liquor (as much as you’d like, we put in a bunch), pomegranate seeds and lime slices. It was a huge, refreshing hit. Another christmas classic is a simple mulled wine, with two bottles of red wine, a juiced orange, cloves in the orange peel, cinnamon sticks and what ever spices you could imagine. Let that concoction sit for about an hour, mulling over heat on the stove, and you end up with a spiced drink that tastes just like christmas.

What are your favorite christmas cocktails?

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Bikes Can Save Us! [infographic]

December 26, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental, Health  |  7 Comments
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I don’t know about you but if I had to choose one alternative to cars it would without a doubt be a bicycle. Unfortunately, at the moment my bike is not in working condition as the result of being hit by a CAR! I was on the UT campus riding my bike, trying to both avoid being the cause of unnecessary emissions and working on getting in better shape, when I woman who admitted she didn’t see me so lovingly turned into me. It has been about a month since that happened and luckily my chin is back together; that’s right I cracked that (insert derogative noun here) windshield with my chin. However traumatic this event was I will not be deterred from riding bikes again, they are just too damn fun.

Today’s infographic, How Bikes Can Save Us, suggests that by switching from gas guzzling cars to fat burning bikes we can do more than help the planet, we can help ourselves. Isn’t that nice? We can be selfish while still helping out the planet that is nice enough to house even though we just shit all over it. Anyway enjoy today’s infographic and keep sharing! [via]

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Biking to Health

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Color-fooled: Visual Stimulus and Marketing [infographic]

December 25, 2011 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Education, Marketing, Retail  |  4 Comments
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It’s that annoying realization: “Wait…did I really just put that in my shopping cart because of the pretty packaging?”

Chances are… Yes, you just did. You just got color-fooled. But don’t worry, it was no simple trick… scores of psychologists have been at work setting up these intricate, appealing traps for decades.

We are of a very visually oriented species. It seems obvious, but I was taken aback at the overwhelming majority (85%) of shoppers place color alone as the primary reason for buying a particular product.

And that’s just color. Visual stimuli come in a variety of different forms…Online shopping brings our eyes into a whole new arena. How often have you been dissuaded from buying a product online because the page took too long to load? Or maybe the website just didn’t “look legit”?

There is a very inverse relationship between page load time and decrease in sales for online retailers.  It seems that today’s customers are saying: “No shiny instant gratification, no deal.”  (via)

Oh, and for those of you who partake: Merry Christmas!

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Battles For E-Supremacy [infographic]

December 24, 2011 |  by  |  Tech  |  1 Comment
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Decades ago, one of the premier technological battles was between the Betamax and the VCR. The clear cut winner is arguably obsolete in this day and age,  but there still remains technological wars to be won to this day.

More recently, focus has changed to the battle of E-Readers. Nook versus Kindle. No matter who wins this battle, there will always be two losers. With the introduction of E-Readers in the marketplace, physical copies of books will soon see a Bradbury-esque fate. A little extreme, but hopefully my point was made.

There still remains a three way fight for video game console supremacy, but all three console makers have plans to release new consoles sooner rather than later. It seems this rivalry will continue well into the current decade.

After witnessing most of these tech gadget battles through print and television, it seems the most effective and efficient product comes out as top dog. Which products do you see coming out ahead in the fight for e-readers and game consoles? And do you see anymore electronic wars bubbling under the surface. Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

And last but not least. Enjoy the holidays and Merry Chrimbus! [Via]

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How to Avoid Baking Emergencies [infographic]

December 23, 2011 |  by  |  Food, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Baking can be dangerous. It may not be as dangerous as crab fishing or being a lumberjack, but it is one hobby that can burn down the house. Following this advice may save your cake sometime. [Via]

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