Who’s got the coolest dad? Your dad? My dad? Should there be a dad-off? These are all fascinating questions, but maybe dad coolness should be decided by the toys they played with as a kid. And depending on when your dad was born and when you were born, these toys will most likely be drastically different.
My dad is 60. So according to this infographic, he was all about Tonka, Silly Putty, and Gumby. (I happen to know his favorites were actually Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs, but you get the point.) What about a 45-year-old dad? Well, he was probably more into walkie talkies, Connect Four, or Atari. This was the beginning of the tech-dads, or dads who grew up with video games and things of that sort.
Ok, here is where it gets weird. Dads under 24 were fans of Furby, Pogs, and Pokemon. Pokemon?! I still love pokemon! I’m 22. I’m not ready to be a dad! What is this infographic trying to tell me?
Maybe it’s just an informative, interesting infographic about how toys intended for young boys have changed over the last 50 years. I’m going with that, because I’m not ready for kids. [via]
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Web design is all about user experience, and the first item of business for users is… drum roll, please… appearance! We live in an age that expects and even demands instant gratification, so your website better follow suit.
How aesthetically appealing your website is depends entirely on the combination of content and design, not one or the other. Based on NoWorryWeb’s “How Your Eyes Move on a Website,” users spend 80 percent of their time looking at information above the “fold,” or the portion of the page that does not require scrolling. Additionally, “big images and positive space attract readers’ eyes first.” These are just a few helpful psychological tips to attract users to continue to return to your webpage.
NoWorryWeb also provides another helpful hint to attract the attention of readers. According to their psychological web surveys, readers’ eyes trace the shape of either an “F” or an “E” as they scan a webpage. Based on that, complex web design – such as the construction of infographics – should aim to follow a design based on the most aesthetically and mentally stimulating material on the first two scrolls of the page, and to leave the less interesting material towards the bottom of the page. Check out this infographic’s interesting web design hints.
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I’m sure we’ve all witnessed interviews in the news or on a history show with a well-seasoned expert in their respected field of research, pouring out facts and numbers about topics so arbitrary, you can’t help but wonder how the hell they became so proficient on such a random subject.
Turns out you don’t need to be a genius to be an expert in something, you just have to be passionate, and willing to put in a lot of hours on the subject. According to today’s infographic, 95% of people have the capacity to learn and acquire knowledge in any field of study. Your first step towards becoming an expert is to learn about the subject, obviously. Knowing your learning style would lower the amount of time you spend absorbing new information, however, diversifying your learning style would increase your comprehension on the topic. Stimulating yourself through a combination of knowledge and skill-based challenges will further strengthen your knowledge, and set you on the right path towards becoming a reliable expert in your desired field. In a nutshell, you have to be extremely passionate to willingly put in the amount of hours studying and challenging yourself. If 12th century basket weaving techniques is your calling, go for it! We just might see you on the History Channel bestowing your knowledge upon the rest of the unknowing world! [via]
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Everyone wants a steady income. Almost everyone wants to be healthy and look good. Have you ever thought of combining the two? If you’re someone who wants to get paid to be healthy and fit, and help other people achieve fitness, maybe you should consider a career in personal training.
Thanks to our friends at Future Fit, you can see that personal training is a much more lucrative career choice than most people might think. The average personal trainer in the UK makes between 24,000 and 60,000 pounds a year, working 25 hours a week. That can pay for quite a few protein shakes.
So what are some different approaches one can take in being a professional personal trainer? The freelance route is probably best for highly self-motivated individuals who enjoy freedom and flexibility. Although PR and marketing are the responsibilities of the trainer, it comes with the flexibility of being your own boss. Working at a gym, a personal trainer typically enjoys free use of gym equipment, as well as the support of the gym itself. This way, promoting is not solely on the back of the trainers themselves.
There are different avenues in becoming a successful personal trainer. The choice of whether to work at a gym or freelance comes down to the individual’s skills and preferences. For more info on personal training or fitness, check out Future Fit Training.