3 Common Time Wasters At Work [infographic]

July 7, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Internet, Lifestyle, Social Media  |  1 Comment
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Time Doctor has identified the three most common time wasters workers seem to have across the board. It’s okay to have some downtime, but when you are wasting time at work, you are also wasting your employers’ money, giving up opportunities to advance, and jeopardizing efficiency.

The first and most common of the time wasters is known as the water-cooler effect. The water cooler effect is what happens when coworkers gather in the break room, and drink water and chat for longer than they should under the guise of hydrating.

The second most common time waster at work is surfing the Internet for non-work related information. Time Doctor finds that over a third of workers admit to spending personal time on the computer for under an hour. One-fifth of workers spend between two and five hours doing the same. The majority of those time wasters are spending their time using social media sites and games.

The third most common time waster is a bit more subjective, and dependent on how the worker feels about the meetings they attend. Many workers feel that they have their time wasted by useless information they feel could be covered in less time.

Giving yourself some downtime is okay. But remember, you are getting paid to fulfill a service. Also remember that when you are carried away by your thoughts or something interesting you find on the Internet, you are not alone. We can all be time wasters. [via]

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Earth’s Oldest Trees [infographpic]

July 6, 2014 |  by  |  Education, Environmental  |  No Comments
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There has been a cat live to be 34, macaw live to 111, a human living to be 123, Koi fish live to be 226, and a tortoise that lived to be 250. These numbers seem big, but they don’t compare to the oldest living organisms – trees. The top six trees listed on this list are not single trees, or have not always been single trees; they come from clonal colonies. A clonal colony of trees is a group of trees that share the same root system. Old Tjikko looks to be a single tree, but its base is only a few hundred years old, while its roots are 9,000 years old and have supported other trees in the past.

The oldest single tree on the list is Prometheus (according to this infographic, Wikipedia says otherwise.). The story behind the chopping down of the Prometheus is interesting. Don Currey was doing research on these trees and wanted to find out how old the tree was, so he used a corer that ended up breaking off into the tree. He asked a park ranger how to get his corer back, and the man said they could simply cut down the tree, since there were so many of this species around. After the tree was cut down and Currey went to counting the rings, he found that he had chopped down the oldest tree in the world at 4,844 years old. He was devastated and taunted. Luckily, today we have found older trees that are still alive, so he does not have to be remembered in such a negative way. This story can be heard on Radiolab.
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Bitcoin vs. Gold [infographic]

July 5, 2014 |  by  |  eCommerce  |  2 Comments
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The war has begun. Children are running through the streets unleashing their ear-piercing, banshee cries, while mothers hold their fallen sons and their bloody hands, weeping and calling out to the heavens, “WHY, GOD!? OH GOD, WHY?” Planes are tossed through the sky as guided missiles trace their flight paths. The president is dead, and the vice-president is nowhere to be found.

That was the day the world ended. That was the day bitcoin and gold faced off…

These are hard times, America. We live in an age where currency is becoming less of a tangible object, and more of a technological thought. What do I mean by technological thought? I’m talking about bitcoin, a virtual peer-to-peer currency stored in a digital wallet. It, quite literally, gives gold a run for its money. But how do we get bitcoin?

We all know that in order for us to have gold, it has to be mined. Similarly, bitcoin is created or “mined” by people who process transactions, and secure the network using specialized software. There’s also a cap to how many bitcoins can ever be mined, which is 21,000,000. And we have no clue how much actual gold is in the world.

Bitcoin is on the rise, people. Lock your doors. Stockpile bags of beans and rice in your basements. Take everything made of gold and throw it out on the front lawn. The storm is brewing… The storm is brewing… [Bitcoin vs. Gold]

 

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The Fiery Facts of the 4th of July [infographic]

July 4, 2014 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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The 4th of July has come again. Time to clean up the BBQ pit, make a quick drive out to a fireworks stand, invite over all your family & friends and commence America’s freedom fest. I love the 4th, mostly because I love fireworks. They are beautiful, fun, inexpensive, and explosive – what’s not to love? But some 4th of July festivities can go sour.

Here in Austin, we usually have a huge fireworks show in the middle of downtown, over our lake. The Austin Symphony Orchestra plays a show on the bank of the river and it is fantastic. This year, they decided to move the show out of the city to our brand new F1 racing track. Now, I have nothing against F1, but the Austin fireworks show shouldn’t be a 45 min. drive from Austin!

Well, have fun, be safe, and watch out for rouge fireworks tonight. [via]

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4TH OF JULY CHEAT-SHEET [infographic]

July 3, 2014 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments
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Happy 4th of July! It’s too bad America isn’t still contending for the World Cup, but they knew they had to be home by the 4th anyway. Hope you’re having fun with friends and family. Be safe y’all!

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