Enter to Win An Infographic Poster! [sweepstakes]

August 21, 2013 |  by  |  Recreation, Social Media  |  No Comments
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Last time we gave away The Various Varieties of Fruits designed by Pop Chart Labs, but this time we’re going old school. We have a gorgeous 16″ x 24″ print on archival matte photo paper of the Henri Duval “Tableau d’astronomie et de sphère” circa 1834.

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London vs. Paris [infographic]

August 21, 2013 |  by  |  Travel  |  10 Comments
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England and France: these two countries have had their fair share of differences in the past. In today’s infographic their rivalry continues, as London and Paris are pitted against each other once again. Keep in mind, there is some obvious bias towards London in this particular graphic, but it still has some great information about France!

Both cities are massive art and culture hubs. According to the infographic, there are 300 paintings by JMW Turner that are kept in London’s Tate Britain; and in Paris, the Mona Lisa receives 6 million visitors every year. There is also no escaping the growing appreciation for food and drink in both cities. The French definitely know how to prepare a good meal, but apparently England isn’t far behind with its dabbles in the culinary world. Did you know that there are at least 30 microbreweries in London? And Paris has the Musee du Vin Paris, a museum dedicated entirely to wine.

For me, Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris holds a fair share of romanticism–both historical and sentimental. As Hemmingway says, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” And when it comes to London, there is no denying the allure of an English accent–after all, we’re only human. Check out today’s infographic and take a closer look at some lesser known facts about two legendary cities. [HouseTrip London Team ]

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How I Flirt: A Flowchart [infographic]

August 20, 2013 |  by  |  Funny, Lifestyle  |  3 Comments
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I have a super simple one for y’all because I think it’s hilarious. It perfectly illustrates my inability to get a date. I only look at guys when there is no possible way that they are looking at me. Then, the moment they feel my eyes on them, I quickly look away and pretend to be digging for Chapstick in my purse. In some cases I even take it one step further: I run.

My track record is long term relationships. I am only recently single, and I feel like a total nerd in the dating world. I missed out on that time in your early twenties when as a single lady you learn how to mingle, go out on dates, and, well, look at attractive men in the eye without giggling. I also never fully realized just how exhausting it is to actively pursue a suitor. My friends had whined about it from time to time, but all I heard was whining–because I was in love! But they weren’t kidding! Who actually has time to fall in love?  And what’s more, who has an ego large enough to withstand the constant rejection? Or to be the one doing the rejecting?

It’s rough out there. That’s why I have decided to stay indoors, where it’s safe.  Where books can’t tell me that they just want to be friends or that they’re moving to Chile, where movies have happy endings, and where any day now, Atticus Finch will climb out of my tattered copy of To Kill a Mockingbird (in the form of Gregory Peck circa 1962) and take me on a real date. [via]

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How Much Artists Earn Online [infographic]

August 20, 2013 |  by  |  Business, eCommerce, Music  |  45 Comments
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Times are strange for being a musician. Then again, times are always strange for musicians. Record labels are disintegrating and more DIY independent projects and distributors are arising in an already very expensive business to be in. Being a musician myself, I know that this job isn’t exactly a recipe for big money earning; but, after reading this infographic, things seem even more positively frakked for artists.

Looking at the numbers, it seems to me that the system just doesn’t give respect to the value that the musicians and producers themselves have put into their products. Don’t get me wrong, I love streaming sites–honestly, they’re the future–but I feel like this is a bridge too far. If this system of retail is going to continue, Spotify, Napster, and iTunes better straighten themselves out if they want more artists selling their creations on their platform.

I was curious as to how Google Play factored into this scenario, and as far as this video is concerned, it seems to be a much more appealing business model for artists. But then again, I’m not sure if they’re just talking the talk.

What do you think? Is the streaming market just another brick in the wall of the record label legacy of sitting on top of the little guy? Or do you think this is an overreaction, and that something should be done on the artist’s part in order to make their ‘business’ more viable?

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Failure by Design: Famous Architectural Mistakes [Infographic]

August 19, 2013 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing, Tech  |  No Comments
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It’s sometimes easy to take for granted the calculated, enormous complexity of the everyday things in the world that make our lives easier and more convenient. For most of us, traffic is a minor (or possibly major, depending on where you are) inconvenience that we have to deal with day in and day out. In terms of human achievement, though, it took an incredible amount of ingenuity and technological breakthroughs just to make modern cars, not to mention the massive highway systems that so many of us use. Speaking of our carefully crafted roads and freeway structures, the huge buildings, monuments, and skyscrapers that we see as commonplace also take a mind-boggling amount of preparation and planning, and for good reason.

Today’s infographic from Popular Science reminds us exactly why there is so much work and care put into the large structures we build, since a few careless miscalculations can spell disaster for the building’s surrounding population. For example, the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas is one of many buildings in that famous city to have a unique shape or style, which isn’t an issue on its own. Unfortunately, the building’s curvature and reflective glass windows, when combined with the blistering Las Vegas sun, create spots of heat directly on the pool area hot enough to leave people with burns and melt objects. The lesson here: architects must think of any and every possible issue a building may come across in its environment in order to ensure safety.

For more info on architectural missteps throughout history, have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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