The Anatomy of Sangria [infographic]

July 11, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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Holy moly it’s hot outside! What better way to quench your adult thirst than with a delicious Sangria? Sangria is loved by almost everyone who tries it and is a personal favorite of my dad. It’s cheap to make, and it tastes delicious! Be careful though, it can catch up to you if you’re not too careful.

There are many interpretations of Sangria, however, it generally consists of wine, chopped fruit, some sort of sweetener, and a small amount of brandy. My personal favorite is red wine with kiwi, grapes, berries, and lime. Drink it on the rocks and you’ll be in paradise. If you’re looking to change your go-to summer drink (sorry margaritas), I highly suggest you try Sangria. Check out today’s infographic to find your favorite version of  tasty Sangria! [via]

 

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You Can Guarantee Your Bed Is Its Bed [infographic]

July 10, 2013 |  by  |  Animals, Entertainment, Funny  |  5 Comments
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For many, cats are the ideal pet. They can take themselves to the bathroom. There is no hassle like when you have to take a dog outside. Cats are small enough to exercise indoors. They clean themselves frequently and don’t usually have bad breath. They do not usually beg for food. They are all around fun animals but one thing is certain when it comes to cats… You can guarantee your bed is its bed.

The cat will dominate your sleeping area and use it as its own personal mansion. One can wake up with a face full of fur as the cat is sleeping on the owners face. One can wake to a start when the cat decides that your feet become its play-toys. While you are away or maybe just in the next room you can find that cat sleeping at the foot of the bed and wonder, “why don’t you sleep there every night?” As you try to sleep or just hang out in your room, the cat will periodically get up and stretch in a particular spot. For mine, it will be right by my pillows, which he knows I don’t like, so he can sleep on them like he’s that prissy cat from Tom & Jerry. Also, there is always a designated launchpad that your cat will use to make its great jumps to every piece of furniture it can by way of your mattress.

The territorial outline on the bed featured in this infograph may not be the same on all cat owners beds. Whether you have a cat or had a cat, one can attest to the fact that a cat will do exactly what it chooses regardless of what you like.

I think people could stand to learn a lot from a cat. [Via]

 

 

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Exposure Guide: Road to Photography [Infographic]

July 10, 2013 |  by  |  Recreation, Tech  |  4 Comments
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As an amateur photographer, I found this infographic to be immensely enlightening as to how cameras work and the terminology that goes along with camera mechanics.

It seems that exposure is usually the first lesson learned when it comes to understanding photography. The shutter speed or exposure time is the amount of time that the camera’s shutter is open–letting light reach the film or image sensor on your camera. As the graph shows, the longer the shutter speed, the more likely you are to get motion blur in your photo.

The aperture of the lens affects the image as well. The larger the opening, the more light will be exposed. So, if you want a more ‘in focus’ picture in daylight, reduce the aperture size so that the image will become darkened as less light enters.

Finally, there is film speed. This is the measure of a photographic film’s sensitivity to light, determined by sensitometry and measured on various numerical scales. The ISO system is used to measure the sensitivity of digital imaging systems. Insensitive film requires more light exposure to produce a similar image density that you would get from more sensitive film. This is referred to as ‘slow film’. The other end of the spectrum, ‘fast films’ are highly sensitive. This reduction of exposure in higher sensitivities, in both digital and film photography, generally leads to reduced image quality. Thus, the higher sensitivity creates a ‘grainier’ image.

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Ice Cream Country [infographic]

July 9, 2013 |  by  |  Food, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I live in Texas, and it is July. That means triple digit temperatures.  During the coming months, Texans gladly spend double on their electric bill, avoid getting in a vehicle for fear of melting, and require swimming pools be present at any daytime activities.

Now, if you give a Texan a swimming pool, he’s gonna want some ice cream immediately afterwards.  Don’t question this statement; it is a proven scientific fact.  I see the shift take place every summer; the level of ice cream consumption in Austin skyrockets.  Everywhere you turn kids are wiping tears away with their sticky fingers over a toppled ice cream cone.  I get it.  I would cry too if I had as little dexterity as they do.  Ice cream is a big deal.  Just yesterday I traded in my running shoes for a chocolate dipped soft serve at Sandy’s.

Speaking of ice cream, this infographic really spoke to me, recognizing not just one, but two Texas cities in the “Top Ten U.S. Ice Cream Consuming Cities.”  The only qualm I have with this infographic is that Blue Bell Creamery is missing.  For those of you out there that haven’t tasted the goodness of Blue Bell homemade ice cream, it’s time to put it on the bucket list. [via]

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What is the Cost of Mining Gold? [Infographic]

July 8, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Marketing  |  2 Comments
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There are plenty of (overly) expensive things that Americans can spend their money on these days, but it may surprise you to learn that a certain precious metal we often consider a luxury can actually be purchased cheaper here in America than almost anywhere else in the world: that’s right, gold. Out of all of the planet’s gold mines, the top 50 produce more than one third of the entire world’s gold supply, and 12 out of those 50 are located in North America. The only continent that has more “top 50″ mines is Africa, and the price per ounce of gold there ($957/oz.) is almost double the price in North America ($598/oz.).

Today’s infographic from Business Insider gives us a closer look at the costs that go into mining humanity’s favorite yellow ore, how rare it is and how it is faring in today’s modern economy. Concerning the rarity of gold, almost 10 tons of earth has to be shifted and moved in order to sort out just one ounce (about a golf ball) of gold. There’s quite a bit of heavy work involved there.

For more info on the price and cost of gold have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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