What’s Killing You? [infographic]

January 25, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies  |  3 Comments
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I love horror movies. My first encounter with a horror movie was when I was only a kid of about 7 or 8 years spending the night with my grandfather. Every time I would stay with him, we would go to the local Hastings and pick out a couple of movies to watch. (Anybody here remembering renting movies?) Every time I went into a movie rental store, the first place I would go would be the horror section. My parents would never let me watch any scary movies, because apparently, The Exorcist and  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were “not good” for my mind. Stupid parents. What do they know?

Anyway, I was with Granddad, and I remember him telling me to get any movie I wanted to watch. With so many great classics to choose from, my first impulse was Scream 2. (I think I was just too excited to be watching a scary movie, that I wasn’t really paying attention to which one I picked.) So, we went back home, watched it, and I learned why my parents didn’t want me to watch scary movies. Because they are scary. It was the first time I had watched a movie and made myself cover my eyes. No one had to tell me, I just knew that I didn’t want to see people being murdered.

That little anecdote does really have anything to do with this infographic, but it kind of explains itself. Also, it’s a promo for Cabin In The Woods, which was a fantastic horror movie, if you’re a true horror movie fan. Go watch it, and enjoy this infographic while you’re at it! [via]

 

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The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation [infographic]

January 24, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Whenever I am asleep I rarely see little Z’s floating above my head, I never dream about being naked at school, and I’ve never come close to getting up and making a meal while sleepwalking. Sleeping is useless. We spend a third of our lives lying dormant doing absolutely nothing. I wish that there were a pill that would allow us a full night’s sleep in 30 seconds. Or what if we invented a kind of energy storing device in our bodies that would allow us to charge while we work as opposed to us turning ourselves off to recharge.

A Polyphasic sleep schedule is an interesting way to utilize more of your time that is currently being wasted on sleep. I have always wanted to discipline myself for this kind of sleep. But only taking a few twenty minute naps during the day would be a hard schedule to jump into. Especially because in the first week your body is not used to the change. And whenever our bodies do not get the sleep they need there are consequences.

The infographic posted today mentions quite a few reasons why, even though it is a waste of time, sleep is important for our health. [via]

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Mother Nature’s Pop Science Guide to Cycling [infographic]

January 23, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Biking is pretty much the “in” way to commute, especially here in Austin. I myself am a frequent biker and enjoy spending my weekends riding to get my groceries, or just to enjoy some of this rare, beautiful Texas weather before the blistering heat rears its ugly head back into season.

I’ve been using the same Schwinn hybrid bicycle since my sophomore year of college. My baby has safely brought me home after many drunken nights, and was my main source of transportation when my car died during the spring semester of 2010. After all that we have been through, I think I’m ready for a new, big girl bike.

After doing some research, I stumbled upon this infographic that goes over the many different types of bikes that are in existence. It would be hilarious to try and cycle around on a High Wheeler, but for now, I’ll set my sights on a road bike. What kind of bike are you hoping to get? [via]

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11 Simple Ways to Tie a Scarf [infographic]

January 22, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Retail  |  No Comments
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For most of the year, here in central texas, a scarf is not a necessary accessory. But come winter, there are particular days of week when something warm and soft around your next is definitely a plus. Today’s infographic features eleven simple ways to tie a scarf.

There is “the drape,” which looks excellent inside of one’s jacket; “the once around,” which I’m particularly fond of — it reminds me of a ferret who just happened to fall asleep while hanging out around someone’s neck; “the overhand,” which can look rather bookish and scholarly; and my favorite — “the parisian knot.”

However you wear your scarf, check out today’s infographic and keep warm! [Via]

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Austin, TX Sucks [infographic]

January 21, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Government, Travel  |  7 Comments
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As a life-long Austinite, I’ve got reservations talking bad about my town. As a local commuter though, all I have to say are bad things. With 158 people moving to Austin every day, the traffic situation is horrid. Public transportation almost completely relies on busses, taxis and pedicabs. All three congest the roads to a point where Tim Lomax, a traffic planning expert, calls the situation “awful”. In a recent study, Austin has learned that there needs to be a 40% decrease in car trips during rush hour for congestion to cease. This is completely impossible when our city council seems averse to drastic transportational change.

A massive subway system, monorail, and an unorthodox idea of Urban Cable are, in my opinion, the only way to decrease our car trips by the required 40%. In reality, Austin most likely needs a combination of all three transportation systems to succeed in traffic reduction.

I know I’m talking mostly about the sucky traffic of Austin, but it is the only thing that really ruins the city. Compared to when I was a child a 20 minute car rides now take upwards of an hour or more during rush hour. Any smart Austinite knows to not be near IH-35 between 3:30pm and 6:30pm. To have the major national highway unusable for three hours a day really puts our problems in perspective. [Via]

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