The Best Temperature for Your Home [infographic]

March 18, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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How often do you find yourself hanging out with somebody who won’t think twice about keeping their air conditioning blasting hot or cool air? It’s as if being temporarily uncomfortable would be the worst thing that could happen that very instant. Deciding to adjust the thermostat every 15 minutes is justifiable if a person is being considerate for their sick pet, or if their arts & crafts media are melting. If it’s purely for convenience, and done so as to not upset their complacent keel, then that’s not cool, man. Well, maybe except for the days of extreme heat in the summer. It can be a grueling feat to endure come bedtime, in more densely populated locales.

I prefer not to touch the thermostat in my house. This is especially true in the winter (throw some sweaters and coats on, or wrap yourself in blankets — jerks.) The apartment I rent, along with two others, recently had its power & utility rates rise due to a huge increase in usage. It works based on a standard of use for the whole complex — a block/rate system. Pretty cool, huh?

The infographic in today’s post shares ideas to reduce temperature fluctuations in the homestead, and maybe help keep monthly usage charges from transcending $300.

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Drinking Socially [infographic]

March 18, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Recreation  |  No Comments
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Alcohol is just about everywhere we go. Though alcohol is not for everyone, for drinkers there is the right type of alcohol for the right situation. The work week could be stressful and maybe you and a few coworkers want to go out for a drink. Or maybe you want to stay home and kickback with your partner with a crafted brew. Or maybe its a birthday or a holiday that brings a large group together to get a little silly. According to this infographic, the type of alcohol consumed matches the person and location.

It appears that the macro beers (the beer that can be found generally anywhere) are the favored and appropriate drink in most settings.  Being that they are lighter easier to monitor how much you have drank of them. With that being said the die-hard micro beer drinker is not going to be the trailblazing type. Just like the wine connoisseur isn’t going to be a party animal either. These drinks can be looked at as the drinks you tend to unwind with the most.

On the other end, liquor is the drink for a louder atmosphere. Though liquor is drank the least out of the listed alcoholic beverages they are the go-to for parties. Often times they can be cheap and highly effective for one purpose: usually getting you wasted.  However, there are those with a refined taste for high quality liquor. Those are the pros.

No matter your poison, be safe, and please drink responsibly. [via]

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The Porcineograph [infographic]

March 17, 2014 |  by  |  Animals, Food  |  No Comments
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In 1875, before the term infographic was ever coined, quirky millionaire William Emerson Baker commissioned this beautifully illustrated map titled “The Porcineograph”. This map serves as an infographic in two ways. The first being the actual information it displays. Along the border you’ll see a depiction of the pork-centric dish that each state was known for at the time.

The second source of information this map has to offer is the historical context it was created in. This was before the publication of Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”, which was the book that stirred a huge called to arms for stricter regulation in the food industry. Up until that point meat packing plants were shipping out some pretty disgusting stuff. Baker gave this map out as a souvenir for guests of his launch party for the “Sanitary Piggery” which is pretty much exactly what sounds like — a clean and hygienic hog farm.

In the bottom corners you’ll see illustrations of pig related incidents that influenced change in US legislation. Alternatively, this map also serves as precursor for important changes in legislation to come. Even if you aren’t interested in brushing up on your food industry history, this thing offers some other fascinating oddities like how Hawaii was referred to as “Sandwich Islands” and that people in New York were apparently consuming “uninvestigated drinks.”

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10 Ways to Make Money Without a Job [infographic]

March 17, 2014 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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I was a waitress for almost five years before becoming a graduate assistant, and I got used to fast cash. As a perpetually broke college student, I’m always looking for new ways to make more money.

I’ve considered doing several of these things while I’ve been in school, including selling plasma or eggs. It’s always been out of the question though, because I have this whole afraid-of-needles thing going for me. Many of these (like street performing) are way beyond my skill level, while others seem time consuming.

I think there’s a little something for everyone here. Big fan of kids? Try babysitting. Really good at math? Consider tutoring someone. Too much junk? Have a garage sale. Just pick something that sounds interesting and do it. You don’t have much to lose, right? Personally, I’m going to start blogging and actually set up an online shop for my paintings. (I’ve been talking about it for years.)

Speaking of shops, the original creator of this infographic is a company called Zaarly, which is basically an online marketplace for people to buy and sell things with those around them. Their about page says the company exists “to enable people everywhere to make money doing what they love.” I don’t know about you, but making money doing what I love sounds like a wonderful use of my time. [via]

 

 

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Is Raising A Child More Expensive Than A Bentley? [Infographic]

March 16, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Did any of you read the Time article “The Childfree Life” this past summer? For those of you who didn’t, the short version is as follows: people who don’t have kids turn out quite happy, not to mention wealthy. In the, over-populated, increasingly economically unstable world we find ourselves in- this has become a not-so unpopular idea. Today’s infographic has the same idea, and points out that raising a child is actually more expensive than a brand-new Bentley Continental GT. Now that’s a fly ass car!

Now, I’m 21 — and I know my feelings could change in the future, but I plan on not having kids. For every reason detailed in the infographic, and every article titled “Have We Mortgaged Our Children’s Future because of (insert ‘Obamacare’ for Fox News or ‘Bailouts’ for CNN)” it’s a scary time for us twenty-somethings. Not having kids seems like a solid way to avoid drowning in debt.

Today’s Infographic does a fantastic job of putting a tangible amount to the kids or no-kids dilemma: having kids has an inverse relationship with being able to afford a 190,000 dollar car. 190 thousand dollars!? That’s a lot of scratch, you could buy a vacation home with that money, or 13 of these jet-skis. You could start your own jet-ski rental company! In all seriousness though, I wouldn’t blow the extra money from not having kids on a Bentley, or a baker’s dozen of jet-skis, it would definitely have to be the Martin Personal Jetpack which is rumored to cost around $200k when it hits the market in 2015. If it’s a kid or a jetpack, I’m going jetpack.

Ok, ok. Back to being serious. More young people than ever before are considering the benefits of not having kids. Not so they can use the extra money to buy tons of cool shit (ok that is a little bit of it) but for reasons that are as complex as they are numerous. Economic uncertainty, environmental degradation caused by over-population, and a change in cultural expectations are a few of these reasons. It’s a unique time we’re living in, which may call for unique measures. Give today’s infographic a look and decide for yourself. [Via]

 

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