What You Need to Live Off the Land [infographic]

August 19, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental, Food, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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This summer I started to rent a place down in Texas that is somewhat in the country. I have around an acre or two I can mess around with and after reading today’s graphic I’m tempted to grow my own sustenance. Most of the people on my street have a few cows, horses and donkeys. If they’re nice people, and if the livestock wouldn’t be too expensive, imagine getting fresh milk for your cereal every morning.  Hell yes!

I’m also a big fan of meat, so becoming a vegetarian would be difficult. I’d definitely need some little piggies and a chicken coop to complete my ultimate breakfast. Although I would miss my trips to HEB, home-grown food would taste so much better. If I do plant anything soon, it would probably be tomatoes. My mom grew them when I was a little kid, and the store’s tomatoes just aren’t very good.

Solar power would also be a nice thing to have. The energy bill sucks when you’re air conditioning is battling 105 degree heat everyday. If you’re feeling independent and hate your grocery bill try your hand at being self-sufficient with the help of this graphic. [Via]

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Stash That Cash! [infographic]

August 18, 2011 |  by  |  Crime  |  4 Comments
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The recent stock market flurry is a bit unsettling, so why not trade everything in for cash? Maybe not the best idea, but say you have a large sum of money that you need to hide. Lucky for you, this infographic is going to make you an expert on the subject.

If you want to get really fancy, you can attempt Walter White’s cash stash by lining the walls of your own house with money. Not too practical unless you’re a high roller. I’ve seen plenty of other shows where the air vent is a popular hiding place, and the infographic suggests this as a good idea. But with all this exposure, maybe the air vent is becoming too predictable.

The black-and-white nature of this infographic is potentially misleading. I want to see some statistics on how often burglars find valuables in certain locations. Surely not every suggestion they make is equally secure. [Via]

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What is Crowdsourcing? [infographic]

August 17, 2011 |  by  |  Marketing  |  6 Comments
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What is crowdsourcing? I didn’t know how to answer that question until 30 minutes ago when I Googled the term. And I learned that I have willingly taken part in crowdsourcing several times. Most recently, I obediently cast my vote for a co-worker’s 2-year-old to be the next face of Baby GAP. Perhaps you remember Netflix’s $1 million challenge to innovate a better movie prediction algorithm for the company’s website? That is another (much better paying) instance of crowdsourcing.

Today’s infographic takes a look at the practice of crowdsourcing projects: what it means, where the term originated, and how it works. The pros and cons of the technique are also lightly discussed. Based on my small experiences, it seems like a great idea for both companies and for consumers if used fairly. A company can get essential input from their target audience, and that audience is given a voice and the opportunity for recognition. However, there is a legitimate argument against crowdsourcing. The infographic describes this argument perfectly as one of its cons: “Crowdsourcing drives down the market value of once high-priced professional products and services allowing amateurs to compete in the market but closing out trained professionals.”

As both consumers and professionals, what do you think about this practice? [Via]

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Streaming killed the video star [infographic]

August 16, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet, Lifestyle  |  4 Comments
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This might be the most amazing infographic title yet. I just had to feature it the minute I read it! And I have spent the remainder of my day humming “video killed the radio star.”

This catchy phrase rings alarmingly true. At the turn of 1980, video began to replace the radio stars, and now as the 2010′s continue on, online viewing has starting replacing tv viewing. Sites like hulu, netflix and youtube are becoming so popular. Why pay for dvr when you can watch streaming episodes hours after the original airs. Why pay for cable when thousands of shows are available at your fingertips. The era of the couch potato is being replaced by the era of the computer chair. And to make it more comfortable, you can always lay in bed with a laptop propped up, like I do.

The mobility of Americans causes this streaming craze to grow. Many Americans who are TV crazed and easily bored, just like I am, watch countless youtube videos on youtube mobile and have even downloaded hulu and netflix apps. Not only does this allow for TV on the go, but it kills productivity at work! Trust me on that one.

And to clarify, while I am referencing netflix because I am constantly on netflix, it is not included in this infographic because the data refers to online streaming only. Netflix uses primarily device streaming, which is why it is not included!

Will streaming videos really kill live videos like video killed radio? Only time will tell.
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Parents and Facebook [infographic]

August 15, 2011 |  by  |  Internet  |  1 Comment
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Although I am not a parent, I understand the concern they have when it comes to Facebook. As kids we do not always see the dangers in the things we do, but our parents do. After all isn’t that why they are there? We all know the internet can be a scary place and kids are doing dumb things on it all the time. I’m sure not knowing what your kid(s) are doing on the internet can be terrifying.

Do the dangers on the internet outweigh the invasion of privacy? With Facebook continuing to grow in popularity more and more demographics seem to be joining it. It is becoming so popular that our parents are joining and friending us along with our friends. Worrying children as to what their parents will see. Personally, I don’t mind friending adults after all you can just add them to a list that only sees limited things on your profile.

Hope you enjoy today’s infographic titled The spy who raised me. While it is yet another infographic with Facebook as its subject its one that takes a different prospective. [via]

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