Sundance 2014 [infographic]

February 15, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies  |  No Comments
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Hey guys, remember that movie where the guy actually didn’t end up getting the girl? 500 Days of Summer? That movie debuted at Sundance Film Festival. Remember the movie where the guy did get the girl? The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? That movie’s a product of 20th Century Fox Studios.

Watching Walter Mitty was like eating McDonald’s, an easy and predictable way to fill up (see Kurt Vonnegut’s analysis of traditional plotlines). 20th Century Fox and other immense production companies regurgitate the same few movie plots which fuel the monotonous, complacent, button-pushing crowds. Sundance Film Festival is an international event drawing in established and upcoming actors and directors, shining light on cinema which might not have been recognized by broader audiences had they not been selected over many other great stories submitted each year.

Some now familiar films to emerge into popular culture have origins in the Sundance Film Festival. Movies like Man On Wire, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, and Resevoir Dogs. Personally, the festival used to hold a stigma as being home to the obscure and catering to the hip crowd (Wes Anderson?) but many would be surprised to hear that these famous features launched from an independent beginning.
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The Science Of Happiness [infographic]

February 15, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  No Comments
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If you’re a human being then your main goal in life is probably to end up happy. Unless you’re emo. Then you’re not a human being at all. If you ask anybody on the street what they want most in life, they’ll most likely say that they want to die happy. It’s just in our nature to strive for ultimate happiness. But how exactly does one go about achieving happiness? And what is happiness exactly? Is it purely an emotion, or does being happy transcend just an in-the-moment chemical reaction? It’s different for everyone, but as you will find in this infographic, there seems to be some commonalities shared between humans about happiness.

For instance, the area of the brain responsible for the happy emotion is known as the hippocampus. Inside this little happy hippocampus, a feel-good chemical known as serotonin runs around and sprinkles fairy dust and cupcakes all over the place, until it runs low and leaves you feeling cold and suicidal. Serotonin is one of the reasons people feel awesome on any kind of mind-altering substance, and then like death because they have depleted all of it. So don’t do drugs.

Most of the info on this little infographic points to one key element to staying happy: stay healthy. There’s more interesting facts on here that are worth checking out, but if you want to be happy, be healthy. [via]

 

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Caffeinated Beverages and Your Health [infographic]

February 14, 2014 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Currently, I’m putting off writing a paper, studying for two tests, and memorizing a monologue. The only way I’m going to get all of that done in the next several hours is with the help of several brief but impassioned pep-talks about how I need to study, get good grades, and earn a degree because money. Well, that and copious amounts of caffeine. This infographic breaks down the amount of sugar, calories, and caffeine in energy drinks, sodas, and coffee and lists some of the negative side-effects of drinking too much procrastination fuel. I was personally surprised to learn that there is just as much caffeine in a small coffee than in most energy drinks. I figured the only reason people would voluntarily drink Monsters was because there is so much more. What are y’all thinking?! Coffee is delicious!

It also lists the prices for each item, as well as debunking a myth I wasn’t even aware of — that apples contain caffeine. This isn’t the case, but there is as much sugar as most sodas. So, I suppose if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth you’re good. As far as energizing though, it looks like your best/least healthy bet is going to be a Full Throttle. It’s pricey at $3 but you get 200mg of caffeine, the perfect amount to get your heart racing and get you just jittery enough that you can’t focus on anything for more than 30 seconds. Excellent. Now, get to studying!

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Valentine’s Day by the Numbers [infographic]

February 14, 2014 |  by  |  Holiday, Lifestyle, Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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It’s finally here, the one and ONLY day that you can tell whoever you love, that you love them. Back before the 18th century people could show their affection to whomever they like whenever they like. If they were married and they wanted to kiss their spouse and tell them “I love you” they were welcome to do it any day of the year!

Being consistently told that you are loved is a good idea in theory, but when put into practice every case becomes a story similar to drug addiction. All over the world people would linger around, get no work done and literally rot staring into the eyes of their lover as Narcissus did himself.

St. Valentine had always been a well know saint. Obviously, he gave the population the attraction that we have to each other — St. Valentine is the sole reason that humans want to mate with each other, and thus he is the sole reason for the continuation of the human race.

But he had created a detrimental world worshiping his ideas to the extreme. In this day while all of the beautiful people were busy being in love, all of the disfigured and ugly people were forced to run the government. When finally one very jealous yet charismatic politician named John Hallmark had the bright idea to regulate love. In the mid-17th century he made a worldwide proclamation that love and affection could only be shown on one day this day would be February the 14th (the day of his late mother’s birthday). This caused riots and bloodshed around the entire world. But continues to be the one and only universal law in existence today.
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Are You a Last-Minute Romantic? [infographic]

February 13, 2014 |  by  |  Holiday  |  1 Comment
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Have you already purchased your lover’s Valentines gift? As a last minute gift giver myself, I feel proud this year to have my girlfriend’s present already shipped to my house. I gave up physical shopping a long time ago and with online options like Amazon Prime, I can shop for anything and get free two day shipping. Online shopping is great, but some holidays like tomorrow’s need fresh, beautiful flowers and a love note the internet cannot provide.

My hometown, Austin, TX is ranked number 6 for the most likely to buy gifts last-minute. I can understand that. We’re more laid back in Austin and littered with small, local gift shops with employees more than willing to help find the perfect gift for your significant other. Finding a great gift doesn’t take hours at the mall going shop to shop. Although, dining in Austin on V-day can be hell.

There is no way to have a nice dinner out without reserving your table weeks in advance. Austin has plenty of restaurants, but we also have plenty of foodies. Gift giving in central Texas is a little easier than dining. I hope the Austinites reading this have already made a reservation. [Via]

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