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Working Out In The Workplace

Tuesday 05.22.2012 , Posted by

It’s no secret that Americans spend quite a bit of time at their desk while they’re at work, but did you realize that it’s close to roughly a third of their entire time spent there? Exercise is a vital and important aspect of a healthy lifestyle and anything you can do to keep yourself fit will help you out in the long run. Just because you’re in a cubicle and not out on the field or court doesn’t mean there still aren’t things you can do at work to stay fit. [Read more...]

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Self-Learning: The New Master’s Degree

Saturday 05.19.2012 , Posted by

The free wheeling heydays of paying 100s of thousands of dollars for an education while driving around with the top down screaming, “Money ain’t a thang,” times may soon be over. People are getting tired of paying an exorbitant amount of money for a quality education — and not even the best in the world. Employers are starting to care less and less about your degree, or where you went to school; but, more about the actual skills you possess. Self-learning is becoming the new way to advance your education, learn new skills, and may become the master’s degree of the future.
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5 Strange Signs The Economy Is Improving

Friday 05.04.2012 , Posted by

Normally when people think about the economy improving they refer back to the housing market and consumer confidence index for support on the matter. Instead of sifting through all of that coma-inducing economic data, take a second to think about these weird signs of unexpected economic recovery: men are buying new underwear, RV manufacturers are doing better, more couples are splitting up, facelifts are seeing a lift, and utilities are losing their best customers. [Read more...]

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Bites For Busy Bodies

Wednesday 05.02.2012 , Posted by

We all know that gorging on chocolate bars, Mountain Dew and Tapatio flavored Doritos aren’t the best snack options for us, but snacking doesn’t fully deserve the bad rap those delicious — but totally unhealthy — snacks named above are giving it. A busy lifestyle has come to define American culture and our collective eating habits and, as we snack more today than ever before, we need to start making the right choices to keep our energy level up throughout the day. [Read more...]

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How Is The Newspaper Industry Trying to Save Itself?

Wednesday 04.25.2012 , Posted by

The newspaper industry has been witnessing its profit margins continue to drop over the past few years. They previously supported themselves through the old model of traditional delivery, on-street display and classified print advertisements, but as the digital landscape continues to grow, newspapers are quickly falling behind — with more than half of the industry’s ad revenue decreasing over the past few years. Check out this graphic to see what they’re doing to stop this loss of revenue, and take a look at their gradual move towards new profit models. [Read more...]

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A Family Tree of Creative Business Neighbors

Tuesday 04.24.2012 , Posted by

When you work among nearly 70 creative businesses, individuals and organizations — from a BBC office to a playhouse and even a life drawing school — what do you do to introduce everyone? Create a beautiful infographic of course! Split recently produced a family tree of their very creative neighbors for the first ever Quarry Hill Social, an event designed to not only raise public awareness but also foster relationships between the many highly crafty and cultural businesses tucked into Quarry Hill in Leeds U.K. [Read more...]

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The Cost of Bad Buy/Sell Decisions

Thursday 04.19.2012 , Posted by

Despite popular Hollywood portrayals of how investing works — a smart suit and someone with the last name Sheen or Douglas usually does the trick — research shows that most of us still try to time the market, typically resulting in buying high and selling low. No one likes being told they’re wrong or that they don’t have a grasp on the situation, but this graphic could be helpful in examining why many of our buy/sell decisions are wrong, why they cause damage to our portfolios, and how there can be better ways to invest for maximum returns over the long run. [Read more...]

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The Many Faces of the Internet User

Thursday 04.19.2012 , Posted by

The Internet has graduated from its days of being the wild wild west, into a budding modern menagerie of personalities, personas, and psychos. You are likely to encounter several of these types of personalities as you browse through your feeds at Tumblr, Facebook, Mashable, Reddit, 4chan, Gawker, and your favorite design/art/music blogs. The Internet can be a confusing thing to navigate, and a journey into the dark heart of its users can help educate you about their different personalities. [Read more...]

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The Recipe for Writing Success? Kill Your Characters

Wednesday 04.18.2012 , Posted by

Ok aspiring fiction writers, if you’ve ever wondered how to write a successful novel, the secret is here: kill off your characters. Of the handful of books that won the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2011, all 13 novels had the common theme of putting to death main characters… it’s a lot like the plot of Will Ferrell’s Stranger Than Fiction… everyone knows the story won’t be as good without a solid death. [Read more...]

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9 Surprising Things About People Who Go Solar

Tuesday 04.17.2012 , Posted by

A lot of people may think that the current adopters of home solar power are your stereotypical tree-hugging, left-leaning, well-to-do ex-hippies; those who can’t stop raving about their organic fruit purchases or their latest discovery of granola combinations from Mother’s Market. Although this seems like a logical analysis of past homeowners who went solar, it’s simply not true anymore, and some of the reasons might even leave you a little bit perplexed. [Read more...]

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