Going to the Chapel [infographic]

August 9, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I write this post from Omaha, Nebraska. We went north to the mid west to see my lovely cousin marry her high school sweet heart, which only makes this post more appropriate. Weddings are such a big milestone in life, and are accompanied by a very big price tag. While some can afford a nice 30,000 wedding, most of us will definitely be trying to pinch pennies and bring this tag down a bit.

According to this infographic, June is the most popular month to become wed, so choosing a different month that is not in the peak time will lower location costs. Also, I’m a big fan of asking for help, especially when the help can reduce the cost of such an important day. Asking friends and family for help will alleviate stress and save you money. If you have talented friends, ask if they will help make the cake, arrange flowers or make favors.

This infographic is a good peek in the breakdown of the typical “big day.” We’ll see how this fares against my cousin’s wedding on Saturday! [Via]

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Your Cell Phone is Your New Credit Card [infographic]

August 5, 2011 |  by  |  Retail  |  3 Comments
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Phones are evolving so fast they will soon be the only thing in our pockets. Like how they destroyed the MP3 player, we’ll have our drivers license, credit cards and car keys all on different apps. The keychain companies will take a hit, but think about always having open pockets for other things.

Another downside would be if you jump in a pool with your phone and now you’ve lost your keys wallet and cell all at once. From someone who lost 2 phones and a wallet this summer it was really nice to still have my keys. At least the swiping motion we are so used to is sticking around. The phones have a sensor that only activates within four centimeters, so we’ll be waving our magic mobiles at something to buy our groceries.

One of the more surprising companies offering this mobile payment platform is ISIS. ISIS was founded by an unusual team consisting of AT&T, T-mobile and Verizon. These competitors probably know if they want to compete in this new market they have to team together to take on companies like VISA and Google. I can’t wait until I have this technology and I don’t have to worry about where my credit card is, I can just call it. [Via]

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Hamburgers Galore [infographic]

August 4, 2011 |  by  |  Food  |  2 Comments
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I’m working up an appetite just looking at this infographic. It doesn’t take much to convince me to go get a cheeseburger. In fact, as a kid, it was one of the few things I ate. One of my greatest food achievements is downing a 4-patty Five Guys burger, it was rough. Despite how cool I thought I was in that moment, I will never surpass this guy when it comes to burgers.

Not too many surprises on this infographic. Lots of fat, lots of sodium, and lots of calories in general. But don’t let this infographic push you away from the joy of burgers. There are plenty of healthier options when it comes to making burgers. Buying lean meat from the store is a good starting point, then add fresh veggies and avocado to pack in some vitamins and antioxidants. If you’re not a cook, lots of trendy drive thru burger places are popping up that use organic grass-fed beef, and I must say I notice a difference. Not only do I feel better after eating them, I also prefer the taste of a healthy burger.

So enough lecturing about burgers. Enjoy today’s infographic, and give us some pointers on your favorite burgers and where to get them. [Via]

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Who Are You Online? [infographic]

August 3, 2011 |  by  |  Social Media  |  2 Comments
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Whether you are 17 or 67, Facebook is the standard method to make friends, to keep friends, to spy on friends and to invite friends to events. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg championed the cause for Internet authenticity, encouraging users to have single online identities. On the opposite extreme of the argument, 4chan, a collaboration of anonymous users, has churned out both creative Internet trends and headline grabbing pranks. 4chan’s founder Christopher “Moot” Poole believes this anonymity is the key to online authenticity.

Today’s infographic shows these divergent philosophies of Internet culture and, most interestingly, what the average Internet user thinks about the privacy of their information online. What type of user are you? Do you prefer anonymity or transparency?

As a somewhat hesitant social networker, these are issues I have thought a lot about. Even with Facebook’s push toward transparent identities, a user’s real information can be tweaked to a more socially acceptable version of the truth with flattering pictures and a carefully crafted profile page. Facebook culture may never be truly authentic or transparent, but maybe that is just an inherent flaw in the medium. On the flip side, while anonymity allows users to truly express their beliefs and feelings without fear of reprisal, it also removes accountability of words and actions. I doubt there is a hard and fast rule on whether transparency or anonymity online is a better tactic, and it is clear that each has uses for different groups. It is up to us as individual users to make the call. [Via]

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Rock me like a Hurricane [infographic]

August 2, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  3 Comments
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Hurricane season isn’t one to be messed with. Just last year my parent’s Houston home had a tree split in half, crash into the roof and half of our house flooded. And while we know the progression from tropical depression to storm to hurricane, there are many facts that were brand new to me due to this infographic.

One thing that I have always found fascinating is the eye of the hurricane. The idea of a calm area amidst a ring of chaos has always had a strange effect on me. And within this eye is a span of 20-40 feet of calm. Definitely where i want to be.

As a rule we always hear “hot air rises,” and that is clearly a fact. The humid, hot air from the ocean rises, circulates, and falles creating a circle of destruction. As a Texan, I will definitely be aware of hurricane season from August-October, as the Pacific Ocean warms up and creates a hot bead of hurricanes. [InfographicWorld]

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