Change the World with $20: Microloans [infographic]

October 6, 2012 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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I first learned of microloans from a company that has been helping out around the world for years: Kiva. In a high school class my teacher let us pick a person to loan to for under $100. Although we only got about 70% of the loan returned, it was accompanied by a thank-you letter from the lady we loaned the money to. She was so incredibly grateful that we would loan her money and I do believe she paid back everything, just after the designated time period.

The fact is, most microloans are paid back in-full. Small business is how most citizens of third-world countries make a living. Supporting business and growth by supplying microloans is one thing, but to personally help keep a sustainable source of food on the table for these families is the real satisfaction.

I hope micro lending keeps a steady growth and isn’t just another fad. In order to keep it alive, microloan companies must continue creating innovative ways to solicit lenders and ultimately expedite the improvement of a country as a whole. [Via]

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The History of Doctor Who Companions [infographic]

October 5, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  No Comments

For those of you not too familiar with Doctor Who, let me give you a brief history. In 1963, Doctor Who hits televisions across the UK. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, DW has been dubbed the longest running and most successful science-fiction series in history. After a 15 year hiatus and a feature length movie, Doctor Who returned in 2005. As a more polished and popular show than ever, Doctor Who went on to claim the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series from 2005 through 2010.

Talk about success, huh? This television show has now captured the eyes of the world, with millions of viewers world wide. Fans from out of the country use many different ways to keep up with the show, one of the most controversial being piracy. No matter how people get ahold of Doctor Who, it has inspired an outrageous fan following.

Today’s graphic details the companions of the Doctor. Some are essential to the show, yet some were not that liked by the viewers. Two companions have appeared in over 100 episodes of the show with many more not too far behind. The sticktoitiveness of the actors and actresses only parallel that of the fanatical spectators. I hope Doctor Who continues the epic running streak and never sacrifices quality.
[Doctor Who Companion Infographic]

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Buying a New Car [infographic]

October 5, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Tech  |  No Comments
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Buying a car can be a job within itself. With hours of research, days of car hunting at dealerships and countless test-drives – it is one of the most important purchases next to buying a house. Today’s infographic gives a unique view into the demographics of today’s auto industry and a few tips when dealing with salesmen.

I have lucked out with the car I have. This summer after an outrageous repair quote, I was almost sure I would have to go car shopping. Luckily the dealership was just trying to rip me off (not surprised) and I got it fixed for a fraction of the price. I did learn this summer that my care won’t last forever. It is over a decade old now and may only have a few years left. I’ve watched so many friends and family members search for the right car – always taking them months or even years to find one. For me, the two most important things in a vehicle is that it must represent my personality and be able to keep up with my lifestyle. I understand why people take such precious time picking out their new ride.

Now that the American car companies are back on their feet, a ton of quality vehicles are being produced in our country. I’m a sucker for the Japanese models, but in a year or two I’ll leave no stone unturned. [AutoComparison.com]

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Discovering Good Posture [infographic]

October 4, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  2 Comments

Here’s a great and interesting infographic that everyone can benefit from: bad posture. Back problems are a common ailment in society today. Even at 21, I’ve had some terrible knots in my back between the shoulder blades. Perhaps it’s the stress our generation is going through, or 8am-4pm desk jobs; back pain is on the rise. According to this infographic, bad posture is the culprit.

I’ve been a cellist for a long time now, so I defiantly know my back pain stems from poor posture during rehearsals. However, I can at least find some relief from today’s infographic. Not only does it what list what creates bad posture, it also lays out some great tips on how to help improve it and alleviate pain. [via]

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A Storm of Confusion: What People Really Think About Cloud Computing [infographic]

October 3, 2012 |  by  |  Tech  |  No Comments
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“What is the cloud?” I hear that question a lot when speaking to my non-nerd friends. I try to explain it the best I can, but I usually just call it magic and point them to Google Music. The cloud is used almost daily by all of us. We even have our own Daily Infographic server in the cloud.

Two years ago at South by Southwest there was plenty of talk about how the cloud was going to revolutionize the technology industry. Two years ago the cloud was already going strong, and if the techies at South By didn’t know the vast usage of the cloud two years ago, it explains why 32% of the population still think the cloud “is a thing of the future”.

I am taking an information and technology class at my university and the cloud has been a big topic. I was surprised when I was one of the only students who actually knew what the cloud was and we definitely had a few people pretend to understand it in class. No surprise when the data shows over 20% of Americans had pretended as well.

The cloud is with us everyday and will continue to be there. Always raining information on its patrons.
[Citrix Cloud]

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