Tis the Seasonal Worker [infographic]

December 7, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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The economy is not a jolly subject these days. While Europe wades through a debt crisis, the United States is faced with some curious job market numbers. Reason to deck the halls: the U.S’s jobless rate is down. But, it turns out this is partly due to 315,000 unemployed job seekers giving up on their chances to find work. Not so festive. It is simplistic to think that there is a quick fix to the economic problems dominating the news, but today’s infographic presents an idea that might make the holiday a little brighter for some.

The infographic explores the ins and outs of holiday seasonal employment, mainly from the employer’s perspective. While by definition, seasonal employment is temporary, many companies look to foray this short-term employment into something more lasting. After all, if you are already trained and doing a great job, why would they look for someone else to fill a vacancy? Of particular note to job hunters is the section showing qualities statistically important to employers as they consider promoting a seasonal worker to a permanent position. [via]

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Geek Streak [infographic]

December 6, 2011 |  by  |  Funny, Lifestyle  |  62 Comments
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Were about to get geeky! People use the word geek easily. I’m pretty much constantly calling my friends geeks. While each of them is different, they are all quirky and geeky in their own particular way. Geeks of the world unite, and figure out which category you fall under (and why)!

Seeing as I spend the majority of my time on the internet reading about music and pop culture, I think I can safely consider myself a hybrid of the “music geek” and the “pop culture geek.” And I definitely have friends who are the “fantasy football geek” (Dominic), “Star Trek geek” (my dad), “Gleek geek” (every tween everywhere) and “world of warcraft” geek (my brother).

Do you fit in a category, or do you need to form your own hybrid? [Via]

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Flying Back in Time [infographic]

December 5, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Travel  |  No Comments
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I don’t know if you have seen AMC’s brilliant show Mad Men, but it has started a trend in television; period pieces. Mad Men is a show about the exploits of ad men from the 60s. Not only does it provide us with amazing writing but also a look inside life in the 60s. Due to the success of the show other networks have jumped on board and started shows like the Playboy Club and ABC’s Pan Am. Although today’s infographic is not directly related to the show Pan Am it does provide with a blast from the past. A comparison of airlines like Pan Am to today’s private airlines like Ryanair.

I will admit I have never been on a plane much less actually flown in one, it’s crazy I know. Growing up my parents always insisted we drive on our family vacations because it allowed us to see more and spend quality time together. Back in the day I complained about it, however now I am grateful for that time and we made memories that would not have happened on a plane. That being said, I do plan on flying some day and will do so knowing the knowledge today’s infographic has to offer. [Cheap Flights]

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Outbreak! : History’s Deadliest Pandemics [infographic]

December 4, 2011 |  by  |  Education, Health  |  3 Comments
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The human species has been battling Nature’s population control  since the caveman days.  Apart from natural disasters, this has been the job of pandemics and diseases throughout history. Below are some of the most notable of these occurrences.

But hey Nature, we’re still here! Killin’ you right back!

Speaking of the human condition, I must say I’m disappointed to see that obesity didn’t even make the honorable mention list! Researchers have even been as bold to say that this fat-splosion is as big a threat as bird flu and global warming.

It’s not nearly as poetic an ending as the Black Death, but we may see the day where it’s taken just as seriously.

Scary? Not as much as the scale of HIV/AIDS at this point in time… If you look at the infographic, you’ll see that it’s as historic a plague as the Black Death, claiming 25 million victims up to this point, with doubtless scores more to follow.

Hold on, there is a ray of hope yet! The US AIDS Chief says the “tipping point” is in sight. Boy, I’d like to think he’s right.

P.S.- Click on the image if it’s too small to read  [via]

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Wal-Mart Means America [infographic]

December 3, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Retail  |  5 Comments
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Buy in large and bulk retailers seem to be in style these days. Wal-Mart is no exception. I’ve heard stories of protest over one company joining the local economic circle being protested. One of these companies is Wal-Mart.

For support of mom and pop shops, Wal-Mart’s openings have been disputed in many areas. Some feel they are just what the government ordered, while others have praised their opening. When I lived in Louisiana, the opening of a local Wal-Mart meant things were on the up and up. Business was booming and if a Wal-Mart was suggested, it meant that all your economic numbers were on the increase. But over the years and across state borders, this outlook has changed.

Many see the opening of a Wal-Mart as the end of all business. Local family owned industries were looked at as if they were set to be closed and Wal-Mart was the reason to blame. But upon further analysis of the infographic below, it made me wonder whether or not Wal-Mart should be praised or scowled at.

One of America’s own is the leader a major leader in revenue, sales, and manpower. Wal-Mart, in some ways, embodies that American dream better than any other company known to man. Should we hate it or embrace. Share your thoughts. [Via]

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