The Law School Bubble [infographic]

September 14, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  No Comments
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I have worked full-time for two years since graduation, and I will admit that sometimes I give in to victim mentality and wish it was 1995. I don’t remember everything from “Bring Your Daughter To Work” day, but I do recall my dad’s Hawaiian Luau Friday, swag embroidered with his company name, and his built in stock options. Fast-forward to today, and things look pretty bleak.

This infographic illustrates just one of the many industries feeling the pinch, the hallowed legal profession. As much as television still portrays the golden days of the profession when a law degree almost guaranteed a job, the infographic below, and several trend articles in the New York Times and other outlets beg to differ. It seems that while both law school tuition and application numbers are increasing, demand for lawyers and their average salaries are decreasing. This is not good news for anyone taking out loans (hello, majority) to get their J.D.

So where does that leave prospective lawyers? The information in the infographic below is crucial for anyone considering going to law school, but it doesn’t change the facts for the population that attend law school for one reason: their passion for law. For those people, going to law school isn’t just a way to a guaranteed job, make big money or wait out the recession. And in the end, those people, the ones with a passion for the profession, are the ones I want handling my legal issues. [Via]

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For the Love of Facebook [infographic]

September 13, 2011 |  by  |  Internet, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Facebook, one of the social media crazes of our generation, is one of the outlets in which we create an online presence. And as with our reality, online lives can get complicated and messy. With the majority of Facebook users being late teens, early adults, our busy social and personal lives are being put online through these profiles. While it all seems like fun and games, we hardly ever think about how these online profiles affect ourselves and our relationships.

Self esteem and social adjustment are generally seen to be increased by Facebook, due to social interaction and a space to create a presence and voice for oneself. It can be detrimental, however, when users begin checking their own profile constantly and there can be negative effects on your etiquette, mood, contacts and and worrying about updates.

Facebook also impacts romantic relationships. Yes Facebook is a place to “officially” proclaim your love, a place to potentially meet new partners, but it is also a place that can harm your relationship. Jealousy and insecurities can be fostered by seeing communication between your partner and another person and it can keep you attached to past lovers by keeping up with their activity or allowing them to see or post on your profile.

All in all, while Facebook is a good place to connect with friends and family, creating a healthy balance will let you be able to have a happy online presence.
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The Angry Birds Addiction [infographic]

September 12, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  3 Comments
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With the rise of the smart phone there was the rise of the app, more importantly the gaming app. One of the more popular gaming apps out there is Angry Birds. Drawing in millions of dollars along with several different kinds of merchandising opportunities. As an android user I get to enjoy the game for free, unfortunately I haven’t taken full advantage of this and have only played them a few times. However, those times I did play I enjoyed it, it’s a mindless way to pass the time. Isn’t it great that our phones can do so much these days? I never leave home without it, I’m more likely to leave my wallet behind than my phone.

Today’s infographic The Global Appeal of Angry Birds: A story of psychology, sociology and addiction present us with some pretty cool facts. One of the things that makes Angry Birds so addictive is its simplicity, which we all seem to be enjoying these days. Angry Birds has been downloaded over 300 million times and is predicted to top 1 billion downloads with 3 different games in the series.

Hope today’s infographic helps to feed that Angry Birds addiction you may have. Don’t worry there are worse things you could be addicted to. After all two of the top feelings associated with playing Angry Birds are joy and relaxation, which sound pretty good to me. [via]

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What Happens in Vegas [infographic]

September 9, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Travel  |  No Comments
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Stays in… well you know. Ever since The Hangover came out every one of my friends suddenly wants Vegas trip when they turn 21. Is the price tag really worth it? It seems like a lot of money to throw away when according to the film: blackout for a while and don’t remember what you spent your money on. Movies are fiction and the real fact is that 82% of Vegas tourists are at least on their second trip to the city of lights. It is obviously worth the cash when everyone keeps coming back.

I hope you understand that I would love to go to Las Vegas. Staying on the strip, blowing hundreds of dollars on Texas Hold’em while eating and drinking the finest foods the country has to offer would be lifetime experience. I’m sure I’ll fulfill this scenario some time before I die, hopefully before I’m too old to party.

I’ve heard Sin City is a wonderful place to live. Zappos is headquartered there and it sounds like the residents have a tight community. There are also quite a few conventions held in Vegas. I bet the panels are full of hung-over patrons from the previous nights celebrations. [Slots of Vegas]

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The Chemical Composition of Your House [infographic]

September 8, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Most of us consider our home to be the safest place on the earth. But depending on your lifestyle, your home may be the source of some serious chemical hazards. I certainly don’t want to scare anyone out of their own home, so be sure to use your own judgement and wisdom when reading this infographic. I hope by now you know that many household cleaners contain toxic components and they should not be consumed… However, I found it useful to know about more natural alternatives to house maintenance using simple things like olive oil and vinegar.

If you’re an OCD neat freak germaphobe, maybe it’s best you skip today’s infographic. I’m sure your house is plenty safe and clean. For others with kids and pets, be sure you know the dangers in every zone of your house. I know everyone is tired of hearing “organic this” and “organic that”… but seriously, you’re basically as good as Survivorman if you can clean your whole house with just salt.

Even if you do buy a bunch of chemicals to clean your house…at least you support jobs for us chemical engineers. Let me know if you have any other cool “home remedies” for cleaning in the comments. [Via]

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