Stuck In An Art Slump? [infographic]

September 18, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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If it really took da Vinci three years to complete the Mona Lisa, then I’m thinking I have a pretty good excuse to give my professor when I need more time to finish my paper, right? Good things take time, and if Michelangelo had someone breathing down his neck telling him, “Will you just hurry and finish the dumb statue?” I think it would be safe to say that maybe it wouldn’t have ended up being that same iconic masterpiece.

Let’s be real, deadlines are actually very important and that’s not what this is about. It’s definitely reassuring to see that these seminal artists struggled with their work. Even if you’re not necessarily an artist, we all get stuck in some kind of way, from time to time. It’s hard for me to imagine that a painter would work ceaselessly, furiously stroking their paint brushes in a perpetual back and forth, to find themselves with a beautiful piece of art and a crippled hand years later. The point I’m trying to make here is that at some point they stopped and decided to resume another time.

Sometimes you might feel like you desperately need to reach an end to whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish. It’s easy in those moments to view anything that isn’t progress toward that objective as a distraction. It’s called taking a break actually, and it might just be exactly what you need.

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How to Be More Consistent With Your Goals [infographic]

September 16, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Growing is the only way we get to where we dream to be. Growth is hard. Sometimes even painful. Learning is growing, and it’s hard to keep track of where you are on your path. The only way to really measure the success of your growth is to have goals. Use measurable goals to help you along the way.

We all get an idea of who we want to be, and what we want to do. The second you think about it, you are energized and ready to take it on. Following through in life is a real task. Following through for yourself when you don’t have anyone holding you accountable for your goal management is the real task.

We know that vigilance and consistency are what is necessary to watch a goal come to fruition. Although we frequently find ourselves in that situation, we can take steps to overcoming many of the motivational challenges that accompany them. Regardless of the goal, we are undoubtedly not the first person to attempt it. Research what you want to do, and plan a step-by-step list of how you’ll tackle your goal. Reward yourself for your handwork. Most importantly, keep track of your progress. Time flies, so stay busy with it and you will be one step closer to the person you want to be. [via]

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UK Gambling Performance Comparison [infographic]

September 15, 2014 |  by  |  Gaming  |  No Comments
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Here in the US, gambling is more of a holiday affair. Most of us must travel hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles to find a legal casino. Gaming online also isn’t a viable option, and an 8-hour drive to the closest American Indian Reserve’s casino beats out the iGambling option.

However, in the UK, gambling is more of a leisure activity, and is a much more commonly accepted practice. Instead of flying to Las Vegas for a weekend, binge gambling, blowing through thousands of dollars and not sleeping for three days, our friends across the pond can gamble from their smartphone, or even their telly. Gaming in the UK is less threatening and akin to having a cold beer after work, compared to American’s binge drinking.

Today’s infographic shows the performance of UK gamblers using Smart Live Gaming, one of the larger online casinos. According to the statistics, a 42-year-old woman from Liverpool is going to be the best player at the table. Why is that? For some reason, Liverpool outperforms most cities, even London. Women tend to make 5 percent better winnings than men, and 40-44 year olds best all other age groups by a good margin.

Maybe gambling culture will change for the better in the states one day. Until then, I know my next holiday may involve some Blackjack in Liverpool. [Smart Live Gaming]

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Football Season is Back!!! [infographic]

September 14, 2014 |  by  |  Sports  |  3 Comments
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With the first week of the NFL football season over with, it is now official: football is back in full swing. I don’t know about you, but my Sundays for the next four months just shifted from relaxing, study-packed days of productivity to hours of beer drinking, loud noises, and fights for the table closest to the biggest TV at the bar! The worst part? I couldn’t be happier.

So, what better way to celebrate the arrival of 2014′s NFL season with an infographic dedicated to the history of the original 14 NFL teams?! In 1920, the American Professional Football Association - the prelude and origin of what we now know as the National Football League - was founded by Jim Thorpe during a meeting at a local Canton, Ohio, car dealership. Of those original 14 teams, only 10 teams lasted longer than five years, and two of them (the Chicago Tigers and Cleveland Indians) remained in existence for only one year, before folding out on their deals. It wasn’t all for nothing, though. Two of Jim Thorpe’s original 14 teams are still in existence in today’s NFL – the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were originally established in 1898 in Chicago, before changing locations to Phoenix in 1921. Coincidentally, the Bears replaced the Cardinals in Chicago, after moving from Decatur, Ohio, at the beginning of the 1921 season.

Result? Chicago is the breeding grounds of the two oldest NFL franchises active in the league today. Now I get why Chris Farley was so passionate about “da Bears, da Bears, da Bears” on SNL way back when…

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Vitamins Cheat Sheet [infographic]

September 13, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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It seems like everyone has been talking about the importance of vitamins recently, or maybe it’s just me. At any rate, every time I go to the grocery store and stand in the vitamin aisle, I’m overwhelmed with choices. I stand there for way too long, not knowing what vitamins I really need, or what they’ll do for my body. Usually, I end up leaving with some sort of multivitamin.

I do know that vitamins in pill form are not the best solution. As with most nutrients, it’s better if you get them directly from the foods you eat. But now how am I supposed to know which foods have which vitamins? Thankfully, the Internet answered. This handy dandy infographic shows what these vitamins do, which foods they are in, and even shows you what food group they belong to. (Refer to the color key at the bottom.)

So, if you’re like me and you’re trying to get healthier one step at a time, this might be a good place to begin. I’m going to start with some B vitamins for energy so I can tackle all this school work I need to get done. Baby steps.

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