It’s no mystery that the future of the music business is in digital streaming. With the influence of smart phones and online data sharing at an all-time peak, music lovers have shifted their attention from buying their favorite band’s vinyl at a live show, to finding the most efficient music streaming app available to them in the palm of their hand.
While online music streaming businesses have given smaller, unsigned musicians the opportunity of extended exposure, it comes at a significant cost to musicians. According to Ditto Music – an online music distribution company – for every mobile stream on Spotify, the artist of that stream receives .00012 of a cent. That means for an artist to even make a dollar off of Spotify mobile streams, they would need to have their music streamed over 8,000 times on hand-held mobile devices. But it’s okay, because they’re getting free exposure right??? Wrong. The system is set up so that only those at the top of the food chain have any chance of making respectful income off of their music online. While streaming sites like Spotify, Beats Music, and Pandora provide artists with avenues to get their music to listeners, the business model that online streaming sites create for musicians is unsustainable.
And this is supposed to be the future of the music business? Online streaming isn’t going away, but the system can be re-modeled to provide a more feasible monetary output to musicians. I don’t know how much longer musicians are going to put up with spending thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to be able to post their music online for a chance to make .00012 of a cent per stream. But enough of my ranting, look at the facts for yourself.
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Do you need a job that pays well, challenges your mind and is exciting? Who doesn’t? Perhaps you feel the only skill you have is the ability to say, “I have a degree.” But what you may not know is that your ability to say that, and read this with the ease of a person who learned English as their first language, is enough skill to get a job teaching English in another country. All you need is a degree and an American, English, Canadian, or Australian accent. The program I have applied through is called Seoul ESL. Perhaps you are afraid to take the plunge because of financial reasons. Did you know that some programs pay for your flight to the country and back? Also, housing is often included and usually within walking distance to the area you will be teaching.
People want to learn English. It is a very good skill to have, and to go and give someone the gift of your language and accent could be very rewarding. The infographic below explains some of the ways people are trying to learn English other than in the classroom.
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Emails, memorandums, letters, reports, transaction, and financial documents are just a small part of what consists of office documents and business information. These documents are handled so many times in a day, they often get lost in passing from person to person. On average, all of these documents are scanned and copied 19 times! All those “worthless” papers in your mailbox, the memos floating around the office, and those invoices you need to file your reports are integral in the structure of your employer and its business model. Losing the entirety of these documents, such as in a flood, would kill your company within three weeks. While this seems unlikely, 1 in 4 businesses will experience this catastrophe.
When you take these documents for granted, or simply can not locate the document necessary to complete your assignment because the filer took the document for granted, you can consequently cost your company $14,000 in productivity alone. For the time it takes to locate a document, the document ends up costing the company six times what the document was originally worth. Not caring for documents is extremely cost ineffective and contributes to the paper industry being the 4th largest greenhouse gas contributor in the US. The average American contributes up to 200 lbs of paper disposal. If we can restrict our paper consumption by only 10%, we can we can cut GHG emissions equivalent to 280,00o cars on the road! By caring more about a single piece of paper, we can help our companies, and more importantly our environment. [via]
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I work in an environemental chemistry lab. When at work, safety is imperative. Whether it’s knowing how to hold a beaker in order to avoid inhaling toxic fumes, or knowing how to react to spilling sulfuric acid on the skin, covering your bases is key.
One of the most important pieces of equipment in a lab is the biosafety cabinet. They are basically an enclosed cabinet that intakes hazardous air, filters it, then recirculates it through the laboratory. The biosafety cabinet also does this while sterilizing and containing any biological material inside. As you can see, it is very important.
This infographic, brought to you by NuAire, outlines the ten most essential tips in working with NuAire biological safety cabinets. It describes how to work with them, and how to keep them in working order to ensure lab safety and the integrity of samples. Whether you are pursuing a career in a laboratory, a degree in the sciences, or are simply just curious, this infographic is a very effective educational tool in understanding one of the most important pieces of equipment in a lab. [NuAire]
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Fun fact: If you’re reading this and you have a penis, it applies to you! Hooray, you’re a man! Though being a man is awesome in so many ways (too innumerable to explain here), we have to face the cold hard fact described in this infographic. In many ways, we are inferior to our counterparts: the people with vaginas. (If you’re transgender, then by the very nature of your being, you transcend both women and men.) Let’s take a look at some of our shortcomings.
Statistically, we die 4.4 years before the average woman. I guess that’s not entirely awful. It just means that we like to live life on the edge. I don’t know about you, but “danger” has always been my favorite word. Not because of the meaning, though. I like the phonetic appeal. It’s an aesthetically pleasing word to my ears. Say it to yourself. Danger… It just feels rough and right.
And it’s true that we live more dangerously. Why else do 80% of spinal injuries happen to us? We make bad decisions with our motorcycles, that’s why. That’s mostly due to the fact that we are affected by 70% of learning disabilities. We may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but we are the hardest working one.
This is apparently the one thing we have over women. We make up 56% of the workplace. That doesn’t stop us from further idiocy though. We are victim to 94% of fatalities that occur at the workplace. I guess the lesson we must take from this is that we need to start making better, smarter decisions. Take a look at the infographic below for further information about why we sometimes suck. [via]