Siri, Why Don’t You Understand Me? [infographic]

May 31, 2012 |  by  |  Tech  |  6 Comments
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Voice control has been around for years and years now. Siri was the first voice control to actually work well. Actually, I bet it was just the first voice control application to be marketed well. The voice control option for my Android phone is spectacular. I can read paragraphs to that thing and it barely misses a word.

Siri is much more user friendly than my phone’s voice control. For one, I call mine Voice Control and you call yours by a personified name, Siri. How cool is it that there’s little friend inside your pocket that can tell you almost anything you would like to know? I’ll tell you, very cool.

Is voice control the future? Why can’t my phone just read my mind already…[Via]

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Are You A Mosquito Magnet? [infographic]

May 30, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  2 Comments
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As we enter the season of cookouts and fish frys, I thought it’d be fitting to write about the infamous BBQ bruiser. The mosquito. Today’s infographic dispels some of the myths behind repelling mosquitoes, their favorite feeding times, and much more.

Turning more frowns upside down than a dry keg, the mosquito isn’t easily dissuaded. Contrary to popular belief, garlic or repellent wristbands have little to no effect against a mosquito. Tall flowery smelling blondes beware, you’re their ideal feast. Be sure to coat your skin with a little OFF! Deep Woods. Being one of the top repellants, it’ll give you about five hours of protection.

Take these tips to your next BBQ along with your party favors and watch your level of enjoyment rise. Enjoy the rest of your hump day and pass this on to all your outdoorsy friends! [via]

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Vaccination Nation [infographic]

May 29, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  3 Comments
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Vaccines have been a topic of debate for quite some time. Many parents opt out of vaccinating their children because of scientific rumors, some feel that ancient diseases no longer need vaccinations because of their rarity. Other parents vaccinate their children willingly and unvaccinated playmates cause parents to fear for their child’s health. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has sparked controversy after a physician published a paper linking it to autism. This has been widely discredited both by government researchers and private researchers, but the publicity and effect carries on.

As seen in the infographic, some parents are not following CDC suggested vaccine schedules. Parents are skipping doses, delaying vaccines, waiting between consecutive vaccinations and refusing the vaccinations all together. This has an effect on the unvaccinated children as well as their vaccinated playmates. 68% of those diagnosed with measles from 2004-2008 refused vaccinations.

Parental reasons for straying from CDC recommended vaccinations vary, including more control over their child’s health, avoiding unnecessary vaccines, safety and side effects. While parents do have ultimate control over their child’s health, everyone should make educated decisions about health and wellness. While following a recommended schedule blindly may not be the best route, doing research and having a plan are important to consider when the consequences can affect both your child health and the health of others. For all of you parents, do you vaccinate? Why or why not? [Via]

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Politicians and Their Drug Use [infographic]

May 28, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Politics  |  1 Comment
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With the primary coming up tomorrow here in Texas I thought it would be appropriate to post a political infographic today. While its not necessarily the most relevant infographic it is a pretty entertaining one. Today’s infographic Drug Use Among Politicians lists a couple of politicians who have admitted to drug use in their past. While I’m not sure where I stand on the issue politicians and the drug use is a major factor in selecting our elected officials. Because holding office, especially the president’s is considered prestigious those holding it are held to a higher standard by those electing them. Which makes since, we wouldn’t want some junkie or alcoholic leading us. Although Churchill managed to do a decent job overseas.

Some of the officials mentioned in today’s infographic are current president Barack Obama, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as Mayor Bloomberg from New York. All of these men have admitted to smoking marijuana and don’t seem to be too remorseful about it.

I personally judge an official based on what they do in office. Something I feel a lot of reasonable Americans do. Whatever these politicians do in their personal life is their business. As long as they are doing their job when they are in office I’d have to say I’m pretty satisfied. Anyway enjoy today’s infographic and don’t forget to share. [via]

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Working Tunes: What You Should Listen to on the Job [Infographic]

May 27, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Lifestyle, Music  |  11 Comments
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Depending on what type of job you might have, different songs and types of music can have varying effects on your productivity or working environment as a whole. For instance, while heavy metal might not be the best choice for, say, a kindergarten teacher, a trucker driving cross-country might benefit from the loud, fast music as it will help him stay alert and awake.

If you’re a desk jockey who works with boring numbers all day there is really nothing you shouldn’t listen to, as long as the song has a beat. If you’re working with programming, though, the ability to stay focused is important so you might want to skip over the heavier tracks or punk songs.

Today’s flowchart-style infographic comes from audio equipment outlet Sonos and gives you a chance to see what music might (and might not) be best-suited for your particular work environment.

For more examples and to see what tunes your job might be best suited for please refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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