Have you ever spent hours searching Google (or any other search engine for that matter) for documents, articles, or information you desperately needed for that research paper you have due soon? With thousands of results in a matter of seconds, trying to find worthy, citable information can be a challenge. And if you’re anything like me, you waited until the last minute to start your paper and since it’s now crunch time, that precious hour should not be spent looking through search engines.
The secret to a good Google search lies in the wording. I must admit that I am guilty of typing questions into Google all the time. It’s my go-to method for getting the information I want. Naturally, this handy infographic tells me that phrasing searches as questions is not the best method. Awesome. Another really useful tip? The unit converter. I use that function a lot. It’s a huge lifesaver if you don’t know the conversions off the top of your head.
Although this infographic shows tips and tricks for students conducting online research, you don’t have to be a student to take advantage of the help it offers. Anybody who uses Google – the most popular search engine as of Feb. 1 – can utilize this information to help them with their daily searches. [via]
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Being creative is about utilizing the tools you have to make situations better. Whether the problem has to do with the business or personal world, creativity is what drives the solution. Innovation is the product of creativity. World-changing solutions and compromise in relationships don’t just happen. People are responsible for social change.
Creativity is responsible for everything that we have today. Someone came up with an idea that you are reaping the benefits of. Today we thank a very creative Californian for the reminder on how to ensure your imagination is still thriving.
We are already full of ideas. They shape everything we do, everyday. Yet it is important to strive for understanding. Reading more and listening to others can help you put life in a new light. Making adventure happen by traveling, taking the bus, or just experiencing something new will make you use new thoughts and strategies.
While exposing ourselves to all things new and making sure we stay on our toes is important to being able to innovate, we need to be able to feel comfortable and safe in where we are in life. Going for a walk and spending time in nature is critical in feeling grounded. Admiring the music you love and reminding yourself that YOU are YOU and the only YOU is by far most important.
You only have as much potential for change as you allow yourself to have. However, your potential is contingent on how creative you are. [via]
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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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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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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!