How Color Has Changed [infographic]

October 14, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Recreation  |  2 Comments
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Hi. My name’s Aisling, and I like to color. [Hi, Aisling.]

I’ve been a color-er since I was very little. My grandmother firmly believed in maintaining a stockpile of coloring books and crayons. Which is AWESOME! Thanks, grandma!

Anyway, since I’ve been coloring for so long, I’m clearly an expert on the matter. (Just go along with it.) I have always preferred the Crayola crayon over any other. I’ve tried RoseArts and store brands, but I just think Crayola is the brand to use. There’s just something about them. Not to mention the great names for some of their best colors; ‘Cerulean’ is a favorite of mine.

Needless to say, when I stumbled over this interactive infographic, I was ecstatic. The Crayola Color Chart shows where the brand started, and how far they’ve come in terms of variety for their colors, shades, and names.

Now go pull out that crayon stash I know you’ve got hidden away (or colored pencils/markers if that’s more your thing.) It might be time to add some new colors to your rainbow.

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Click on the image below to see the interactive visualization, featuring the names of the crayons.

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11 Hotel Perks You Won’t Believe Exist [infographic]

October 13, 2014 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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I’ve been taking one or two trips around the US for the last four years. Because I’m a student, hotels are out of the question. Hostels are great – but some turn out to be run-down, filled with party-crazed teens. One of the best ways I’ve found to travel is with friends and family. Stay on their couch, or in an extra bedroom. Using credit card reward points for flights, ride shares, and trains, I’ve found actual transportation can be relatively cheap as well. But today’s infographic isn’t about budget travel – it’s about the 5-star hotel experience.

First off, there’s a ‘Hangover Concierge” at the Ritz New Orleans. Now as New Orleans was one of my destinations last year, I know too well the illness that seems to always strike a day after Bourbon Street. When I was last down there, I ended up in a barber’s chair in the middle of a club at 2 a.m. A shot of whiskey and a haircut for $10. Wonderful night, but the next day was another story. Although my hair looked great, my body did not. Sugary drinks galore lead to headaches even more.

All of the perks on this list are a little extreme, but high-society has and always will be extreme. When there is money to be made with some outrageous idea, someone will do it. [Via]

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How to Write Better Emails [infographic]

October 12, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Internet  |  No Comments
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Emails are more important than you might think. When applying for jobs, they can be just as important as an impressive resume and well-written cover letter, especially when you’re only corresponding electronically. According to today’s infographic, the majority of daily email comes from business correspondence. So, think about that the next time you include a smiley emoji at the end of a sentence. (It sucks, I know. I love them, too.)

One of the first things you should consider when drafting a new email, or when sending an email to a potential employer from an account you created in high school, is what your email address says about you. We’ve all had that one (or two) email addresses or screen names that are slightly embarrassing. For the longest time, I had a Yahoo address that was hyperhoney2008, and a Gmail that was even more embarrassing. I don’t know what I was thinking. Instead, it’s best to keep it simple. Using your name is good. Since going through college and learning the importance of ‘personal branding,’ I’ve changed every account to aislingclare27, so that my online presence is the same across the board.

Another important thing to think about when corresponding online is what the content of your email says about you. Subject lines should be kept straightforward and to the point. Keywords are important. The infographic shows that 35 percent of people decide to read an email based on the subject line alone.

The rest of your email’s content should also be kept short and direct. As a rule of thumb, don’t use more than 150 words. Your writing should be concise, and you should use proper grammar and punctuation. Potential employers may write you off for a position if you can’t write a simple email.

There are a lot of things to keep in mind when composing emails, and this infographic provides several other tips for writing better ones. If you’re following up on a job application via email, be sure to check these out and utilize them to your advantage.

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Austin City Limits vs. Other US Music Festivals [infographic]

October 11, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Entertainment  |  3 Comments
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For all you music lovers out there, today’s infographic compares and analyzes the top five music festivals in the United States from Ticket City, an American ticket broker and online marketplace. California’s Coachella, brought to you by the Empire Polo Club, comes in ranked at No. 1, with 199 artists scheduled to perform over a two-weekend span, and over 170,000 persons in attendance. Austin’s “ACL” ranks at No. 2, with almost 200,000 attendees, and a cheaper price for three-day admission than Coachella, but features far fewer artists (Coachella – 199 vs. ACL - 130).

Manchester, Tennessee’s much smaller, “roots-oriented” Bonnaroo placed third. With only an estimated 10,000 attendees, and the most expensive price tag for three-day passes, Bonnaroo appeals more to the true hippie adventurers and music lovers. Despite international presence and expansion, Chicago’s Lollapalooza ranked at No. 4, with the fewest attendees for three-day festivals and an average cost.

South by Southwest blew everyone else out of the water for variety and extensiveness of musicians, with a whopping 2,000 plus artists registered to play (and that’s only artists registered to play “official” SXSW showcases; if you have any knowledge of Austin’s SXSW, you might know that there are seemingly infinite un-official shows featuring local artists). But, all that variety comes at a hefty price: $695 for a week-long music badge. For more details, check out today’s infographic.

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Today’s infographic takes a look at the top 5 music festivals in the United States

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Seafood is Lifesaving [infographic]

October 10, 2014 |  by  |  Food, Health  |  1 Comment
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Some of you might consider the notion that we eat fish because it’s healthy is common knowledge. Not everyone is quite as convinced, though. In fact, some of us are fully aware of this, but pull some impressive mental gymnastics to avoid eating healthy, because we’re all big babies that can’t take care of ourselves. There are plenty of reasons why seafood is good for you shown in this infographic, and countless more that could be be pulled up in a quick Google search. So to avoid redundancy, I’m going to use this space to try and debunk some the excuses we might give ourselves.

The biggest one goes out to anyone that doesn’t live close to water. Some people will actively dismiss eating fish that isn’t “fresh,” but consider the freshness of any other meat you can get in the supermarket. I personally would take a can of tuna over Spam any day. Then, there’s the very contingent fact that fish is more expensive than other meats. This is mostly true, based on what you’re comparing fish to, but the price difference is only marginal and the gap is closing across grocery stores nationwide. Most of us eat out regularly as a personal treat. If you’re already willing to pay the few extra bucks for that, then consider getting the red snapper Pontchartrain next time because that would take a lot more effort and money to make at home than a steak. Considering that I have trouble drinking eight glasses of water everyday, I think eating fish twice a week is actually pretty reasonable.

[SeafoodNutrition.org]

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