Have you ever picked up an old book? Say, a book from the seventies? Or older? Have you ever noticed that these books have a peculiar smell? I personally love that smell. It’s like a combination of pipe tobacco, grass and vanilla. I remember borrowing my mom’s 1970′s paperback copy of Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Even though the book eventually split in half from my absent-minded rough handling of it, I always loved opening up that book and feeling that aroma take over as I grokked about the story of Valentine Smith. (P.S. if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to read this book – old pages or not). But what makes a book smell so distinct with age?
Well turns out, science has something to do with it. Andy Brunning, a British chemistry teacher, runs a blog where he posts infographics on the science behind everyday chemical reactions. His explanation for the infamous “old book smell” lies within the organic compounds that are created by the breakdown of cellulose and lignin within the pages. The infographic explains the odor of new books as well as old, in a nice and neat format. Check out the via link below to check out his website!
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After years of being a faithful Android user, I think I am ready to take the plunge and get an iPhone this year. I’ve nursed my current Galaxy s2 for three years, and I am finally fed up with its antics. From the freezing, blank phone screens, and the voice echoes, my Galaxy s2 has proven to be more of a headache than a luxury. However, I have zero experience with iPhones, or any Apple products in general. The idea of getting an iPhone is both exciting and a little scary for me. I would hate to pay so much for a phone that I won’t understand, let alone enjoy.
Thankfully, today’s infographic can help me make a responsible decision on which phone to choose. Rather than choosing the iPhone because it’s pretty, I can compare and contrast the innards of both phones and make a logical choice. In all, the Galaxy s4 seems to trump the iPhone in almost every possible way. It has more RAM, a better camera, and a larger screen. If that doesn’t help you make a decision, the end of the infographic sums up the disadvantages of both phones to help make it easier for those of us who are technically illiterate. [via]
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Superheroes have been quite prominent in American culture for the past few decades, thanks in part to the utter explosion of comic book crusaders starring in their own movies lately. In fact, just to give you an idea, there have been over 64 major American superhero films in the last 10 years alone – an average of six per year since X-Men came out! That number trumps the number of similar releases in the 26 years previous to that. It seems that these movies are on an exponential upswing in Hollywood production.
As this infographic shows, the first big superhero movie that came out was Superman in 1978. Although I love this movie, it does have a bit of a naive outlook on the world. Also, it firmly stamps the idea of white dudes maintaining the status quo of society. I mean, I know that it’s a freaking comic book movie, but you can’t deny the patronization that some of these movies show. Though the infographic doesn’t really address this, the rest of this infographic shows more trivia and the general proliferation of box office super-movie hits.
I do wish this infographic had gone into some the societal implications of superheroes a bit more, but that may just be because I found this infographic on the awesome YouTube channel PBSIdea. A lot of interesting thoughts are raised about the cultural impact of these kinds of movies. But what do you think, is this analyzation going to far? Are superhero movies more than just popcorn fluff? Leave some of your opinions on the comments down below!
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Working out is something that can be fun, motivating, and challenging. The challenge part is what gets people going. So before you start, there are a few questions that you will need answers for. You need to identify what you want your end-game to be after you are well into your regimen. Are you wanting to look more fit, or are you trying to be more fit and healthy?
Once you figure that out, you have two more questions to mull over regarding how you will go about your path to fitness. Are you more concerned about getting bored and needing a variety of exercise in your routine, or do you want to get into one form of exercise that will burn the crap out of those calories?!
If you find yourself wanting a variety of workouts to incorporate into your routine, there are many workouts for you. One of 24-Hour Fitness’ strong suits is the bootcamp classes they offer. In these types of workouts, you can use all sorts of exercises like kickboxing, cardio, and strength training. If you decide that you don’t want to get really sweaty, but don’t want to stick to one form of exercise, you should look into core, yoga, and swimming. Swimming is probably the safest and best workouts for your body, as it incorporates just about all aspects of a proper workout. [via]
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It’s no mystery that the future of the music business is in digital streaming. With the influence of smart phones and online data sharing at an all-time peak, music lovers have shifted their attention from buying their favorite band’s vinyl at a live show, to finding the most efficient music streaming app available to them in the palm of their hand.
While online music streaming businesses have given smaller, unsigned musicians the opportunity of extended exposure, it comes at a significant cost to musicians. According to Ditto Music – an online music distribution company – for every mobile stream on Spotify, the artist of that stream receives .00012 of a cent. That means for an artist to even make a dollar off of Spotify mobile streams, they would need to have their music streamed over 8,000 times on hand-held mobile devices. But it’s okay, because they’re getting free exposure right??? Wrong. The system is set up so that only those at the top of the food chain have any chance of making respectful income off of their music online. While streaming sites like Spotify, Beats Music, and Pandora provide artists with avenues to get their music to listeners, the business model that online streaming sites create for musicians is unsustainable.
And this is supposed to be the future of the music business? Online streaming isn’t going away, but the system can be re-modeled to provide a more feasible monetary output to musicians. I don’t know how much longer musicians are going to put up with spending thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to be able to post their music online for a chance to make .00012 of a cent per stream. But enough of my ranting, look at the facts for yourself.