Pool Safety [infographic]

May 24, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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I’ve been doing a lot of laying out by the pool, so naturally I found this infographic about pools. Luckily the people at our complex take good care of our pool, and we don’t have a lot of children swimming. But in other settings, pool safety is serious business.

Many horror stories have been told of people getting their hair caught in pumps and drowning. Little did I know, people can drown from simply having their body pulled down by the filtration system. The infographic suggests you do a spatula maneuver to wedge the victim free in these cases. I must admit I didn’t know it was possible to be stuck there, usually when I swim to the bottom the suction is very weak. Also my apologies the infographic seems to only focus on the state of Washington, but I’m sure this info is somewhat applicable everywhere else. [Via]

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Health Benefits of Yoga [infographic]

May 22, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle, Recreation  |  6 Comments
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Yoga has quickly become a fad form of fitness. Yoga mats are seen everywhere, including Whole Foods Grocery Store and hip (and expensive) brands such as Lululemon sell high end yoga clothes that committed yogis are willing to shell out the big bucks for. The craze is seen very heavily in my city of Austin, Texas and amazingly the Black Swan Yoga Studio is able to run soley on donations. While my mother was urging me to do yoga ages ago, it is now my prefered form of exercise. Actually, aside from a semester of intense ballet which is long over and the occiasional run, it is my only form of exercise, but this infographic makes it seem worth it.

Todays infographic highlights the many health benefits of practicing yoga. Yoga is a great form of stress relief, aids in cicrulation, reduces the risk of cancer and lowers the risk of heart disease, among many other benefits. It is so important to live a happy and healthy life and yoga helps you get there. Do you practice yoga? Can you feel the physical, mental and health benefits? [ Via]

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Facebook vs. Google [infographic]

May 21, 2012 |  by  |  eCommerce, Internet  |  No Comments
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With Facebook having recently released its IPO the question being asked now is whether or not it can beat Google and their ever popular Adwords. Without a doubt Facebook is an extremely popular social networking site and still continues to grow. However one thing that has continued to plague Facebook are its ads. The site continues to grow in popularity but only had an ad click through rate of .05% in 2010 compared to Google’s .4% it is not that good, especially considering it is under the U.S. average click through rate of .1%. For those of you who don’t know the clickthrough rate or CTR is essentially the ads popularity. It is calculated by dividing the number of clicks on an ad divided by number of times it is shown.

In quarter one of 2012 it is reported advertising rates increased by 40% while clickthroughs fell 8%. Before investing in ads with Facebook just consider clickthrough rates decline by about half after they have been released for a day or two. [via]

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Strength in Numbers: The Power of Small Business [Infographic]

May 20, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Lifestyle, Marketing  |  3 Comments
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If you’re living in the Austin area, it’s pretty hard to ignore the influence and strong presence of small, local businesses. It seems that most streets in Austin have at least a few clothing stores, restaurants, or music shops that are unique and entirely their own.

Small businesses obviously aren’t a new development and they’re prevalent all across the U.S., but after looking at today’s infographic I was surprised to learn just how prevalent (and influential) small businesses today are.

Some of the most interesting information I found was the fact that 20 million Americans are employed by businesses with less than 20 employees; that’s quite a few people.

For more information on the large presence of small businesses today refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Strange Cat Facts [infographic]

May 19, 2012 |  by  |  Animals, Education  |  6 Comments
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Growing up, I used to hate cats. But since being in college and being around cat lovers, I’ve finally to be able to appreciate and accepts that cats are actually are some pretty quirky animals. From their fascination with bright lights, to their ability to defy gravity, I have determined cats are actually pretty awesome.

Cats are also extremely mysterious and independent when compared to other household pets. They usually have no problem hanging out alone all day. Even to this day I still cannot figure out what cat’s are all about. Luckily, today’s infographic explains some of the strangest facts that cats have to offer.

Hopefully today’s infographic will help you better understand your cat and all of its quirks and screws that it has to offer. Even though cats can be a bit sour and anti-social, they are nothing but animals that are looking to be loved. [via]

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