Then and Now – 100 Years of Change Infographic

To look at my grades in school you’d never make me out to be a history fan. In school I never really understood what importance those “old time stories” had to do with the amazing places my life was going to go until it got there.

Somewhere along the way I got curious. Seeing a billboard on the side of the road announcing that Fred’s Widget Store had been in business “since 1920” got me wondering. At first I thought about the invention of the widget, which I honestly thought was a more modern creation, then I started thinking that maybe there wasn’t a half bad living to be had in the widget business. Beats worrying about cleaning people’s mattress all day like I do today. My curiosity about the world around me pushed me into museums to discover and learn local and regional history. It didn’t take long for me to realize that without the ‘olden days’ we couldn’t get to where we are now.

In fact, what I’m typing here this moment could some day become a valuable historic document. Okay, maybe not this particular one, but I’m sure I’ve written something that’ll stand the test of time long after the internet fad fades away. What I honestly find so fascinating about history is how much change has taken place in just a hundred years. If you compared this past century to the one prior to it, you’ll see what I mean. Those changes are happening more rapidly now with changes in the last decade being significant when compared to the decade before.

Lucky for us those changes and advancements are usually improvements. The death of disco comes to mind. The reality is that change keeps happening and sometimes we need to stop and see how far we’ve come to truly understand it.

100 years of change infographic

from http://www.moneychoice.org/then-vs-now/

16 Things About the NFL Infographic

I am quite fond of football.
I am not very good at picking teams to follow.
This season I suffered as a Houston Texans fan.
The upside of being a Texans fan this season, aside from the cheerleaders, is that come draft time we can proudly proclaim that we are in fact Number One!
It wasn’t too many years ago when I used to run an office football pool which was one way that allowed me to get a weekly dose of all things NFL without ever going to a game.
I did eventually find my way to more than my share of actual games, but I was usually sitting so far up in the nosebleeds that I’d take a portable television with me to catch the game since I couldn’t really see it where I was.
The best thing about football season for me and my office pool buddies was Super Bowl. It didn’t matter half the time which teams were playing because all we wanted to do was have a reason to host an all day party at our place in late January.
We would kick off our celebration when coverage started early in the morning and by the time the actual kick off rolled around, if we were still coherent, the festivities would then go into overtime.
The best thing about the NFL was that it gave us a reason to do yard work on Saturdays so we could watch games on Sundays and if that’s not what being a sports fan is all about, then I don’t know what is.

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Dogs VS Cats Infographic

She was a hottie.

I remember thinking that pretty much from the very first time I laid eyes on her.
Maybe it was the way she carried herself when she walked. It was a little bit cocky, but it was mostly for show to see who all was watching, sneaking peeks or just plain staring as she slowly weaved her way from one side of the room to the other.

I was pretty sure that later I’d have her eating out of my hand. If I had some kibble that probably would have happened, but I didn’t and I ended up the guy with litter box duty that night.

You guessed it; I’m a cat guy.

I never really thought of myself as anything more than a goldfish guy or a budgie guy, but when I ended up with this little princess I discovered quickly I could handle it.
When my wife and I first got together she had three dogs and I had my cat. I still like to say we ended up with a blended family at that point. Oddly enough, the cat outlived the dogs, but she has nine lives, right?
For me, the cat was the logical choice as I was away from home all day. The odd time I was gone a couple of days. This was back when it was just my kitty and me living together. Cats are easier to take care of as far as I’m concerned, but my dog-loving wife has a different perspective on the situation.
I will say the dogs were better at playing fetch than the cat has ever been.
The cat is currently training me and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.
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CANCELLED: A HISTORY OF SINGLE SEASON TV SHOWS

In the day and age of reality shows featuring actors who are no longer on the A List I miss the way it used to be.
Classic television they call it now, but I do remember I was glued to our family set each night after supper. It was a color model that made everything look brighter and better than looking outside to the real world. My monday night television world was where all my friends lived.

I’m talking about back when your television only had twelve channels to choose from and half of those had actual network programming on them.

I miss the days when new shows would spring up like dandelions in my back yard. Monday night we’d go through a few with our trusty copy of TV Guide serving as the rudder as we drifted through the entire week of new shows. We would mark the ones we liked and start slipping them into our regular viewing time with old favorites until fall would come and reruns, mid-season replacements and football would dominate the dial. Was I the only person who actually enjoyed the moments when the kids on “Rags To Riches” broke into song and the Brough twins were the only thing worth watching on “Quark?” I can’t be the only person alive who remembers Lisa Hartman when she starred in “Tabitha” on network television.

Those were the days, my friend. The filler you find in most places on your television now actually have cancelled shows to thank for two things: for paving the way as programming developed and for leaving behind a half decent time slot.

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BOOKS EVERYONE SHOULD READ

When I was younger, a lot younger, I used to read a lot. I used to read a pocketbook a month and in some cases, within a week. Those were the days before the internet, books on tablets and my discovery of girls. In fact, as I write this, I am hard pressed to identify the last book I actually read from cover to cover. Although I am still working my way through it, the owner’s manual to my car does not count.

I still read, but my choices have shifted thanks to our current technology. I think it has also affected my attention span because I started reading magazines as the articles were shorter. Magazine editors have to jam a lot of important stuff in a shorter space so, hard for them means an easy read for me.
Now my attention span is at the point where I struggle to teach my kid to ride a bike or get all the way through a nutritional fact label on a can of beans, or more accurately, a can of…See? There I go.

Anyway, until someone invents a way to just pump books into your system with some kind of intravenous tubing or direct download into your brain, there are some books you should actually read. Stick a few on your bucket list if you have to but these are books that will make you want to step away from your computer and curl up in front of the video of a fire burning and actually read from cover to cover. No cheating by watching the movie either because, as you may already know, the book is always better than the film.

books everyone should read infographic

from informationisbeautiful.net

Interesting Super Bowl Data – Infographic

It is the biggest day of the year for many Americans. It is Super Sunday, and when it happens, 61 million Americans attend a Super Bowl party of some sort. An average of 17 people attend each party, and nearly half aren’t even football fans. Only five per cent watch the game alone, so clearly, the Super Bowl is a communal experience.

Generally, the most common foods are pizza, chips, dips and chicken wings. To put things in perspective, a total of 100 million pounds of wings will be eaten on Super Sunday, along with 53.5 million pounds of avocados, 28 million pounds of chips and eight million pounds of popcorn. A total of 1,200 calories will be consumed by each Super Bowl watcher. It should be no surprise that antacid sales go up by 20 per cent on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Did you know that if you lined up the chips consumed by Super Bowl fans on Super Sunday, they would stretch for 293,000 miles. That is pretty much to the moon!

Don’t forget about drinks. A total of 325.5 million gallons of beer will be drank on Super Sunday, enough to fill 493 Olympic-sized swimming pools. I can hear it now. My dentist back home in Boston in yelling at me again like I was 10.
In all $50 million is spent on food for the Super Bowl, with 38 per cent of people spending $50 or less and 50 per cent spending $100 or more.
When you host your Super Sunday Party, make sure you have plenty of chips, wings, beer and dip and you will do just fine!
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History of the Super Bowl Infographic

It is the biggest advertising day of the year, and the biggest TV-watching day of the year. It is the most important day for millions of football fans. Here is a History of the Super Bowl Infographic. It is the Super Bowl, and it is surprising to think that it has only been going on for 40 years. Looking at the history of the Super Bowl, there are many interesting pieces of information.For one, did you know that the Super Bowl has been held in Miami and New Orleans more than anywhere else? It has been held in the Miami area 10 times, and the New Orleans area nine times. Los Angeles comes in third at seven times.

As for who are the most successful teams at the Super Bowl, the most successful are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have six Super Bowl wins. They are followed by the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys, who each have five wins. Don Shula is the most successful Super Bowl coach with six appearances in the big game, followed by the legendary Tom Landry, who has appeared in five.
Looking at players, John Elway appeared in more Super Bowls than any other quarterback. He appeared in five, followed by Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady who have all appeared in four.
It is no surprise to most that the Super Bowl is watched by a lot of people. Nine of the ten most watched programs in the United States in TV history are Super Bowls and the Super Bowl is the second-highest day of food consumption in the country after Thanksgiving.

Interestingly enough, six per cent of Americans call in sick on the Monday after Super Sunday.
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Know Your Numbers – High Cholesterol Infographic

It is one of the worst things to have. High cholesterol can play havoc with your body and your health. It can shorten your life by years, if not decades, and a staggering one in six Americans have high cholesterol. It is a plague, one of our own making, and it is important that we all do what we can to prevent high cholesterol in our lives and not go down for the count like a prize fighter.

Levels vary by ethnic groups as well. Among African-American men and women, the figures are 9.7 per cent and 13.3 per cent, while Mexican-Americans are at 16.9 per cent for men and 14 per cent for women. For Caucasians, the numbers are 13.7 for men and 16.9 per cent for women.
The risk of high cholesterol is based heavily on four key factors. The first is if you are overweight, which has a strong link with high cholesterol. In addition, as you age, your cholesterol goes up and if your family has heart problems in their history, you have a risk of high cholesterol. Your diet is also a major contributor to high cholesterol. There are two types of cholesterol, HDL, which is good cholesterol, and LDL, which is bad. The more you exercise, the higher your HDL levels are, which is very good.

How can you lower your cholesterol?

Eat better, choose baked and roasted foods instead of frying foods, don’t eat fatty foods and exercise on a daily basis. You should also stop smoking.

high cholesterol infographic
from bravowell

Get Creative

One of my favorite movies is Ratatouille, and one of my favorite parts of it comes when the critic, who you thought was the villain, states that he misunderstood the phrase “anyone can cook”, a phrase he had hated. Instead, he understood it as “a cook can come from anywhere.”

This is how I feel about creativity. Not everyone can be creative, we are all different, but a creative person can come from anywhere even after studying under a pile of rainbow bracelets. So, how do you ignite that creative fire in you? Try these methods.

  1. Get out and get those raw materials you need for creativity. This means reading plenty of books, checking out museums and art galleries, watching movies. You need to feed your mind.
  2. Take what you have seen, and view it from a different angle.
  3. Don’t think too much about what you want, just make it happen. The more you think, the more you are going to lose that creativity as self-doubt comes in.
  4. Let that idea appear out of nowhere. If you force it, it won’t come naturally and you will be left with a creative idea that goes nowhere.
  5. Turn that idea you had into something viable and real.

One great way to do all this is to brainstorm. Let your mind really wander and see where the journey takes you. You will actually be very surprised by what you can discover through just brainstorming an idea and letting all the ideas flow out onto the piece of paper in a natural manner.

How to Be More Creative by Who Is Hosting This: The Blog

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The IT Seismic Shift

To say the world has changed because of computers is the greatest understatement in human history. It is amazing to think of how much the world, and the IT workload automation environment has changed just in the last 50 years.

Before 1960, everything was written on paper and filed away. In the 1960s, that began to change as IT managers saw the advantage of using machines to process data. Data centers would begin operating in the 1960s, and the first commercial computers devleoped by IBM and Seven Dwarfs would begin to process huge amounts of data.

By the 1970s, comptuers were becoming more office-friendly, and new operating systems began to be developed by companies like Apple, IBM, HP and Microsoft. Microcomputers became more popular, and the first commercial LAN was developed. By the 1980s, computers began to become an important part of the office, while still using primitive software. Mouse-ready operating systems were becoming more popular as computers became more user-friendly. More and more data was stored on computers in offices. In the 1990s, offices became data centers, and the Internet’s potential began to be seen by this point. In the 2000s, companies that used legacy systems lacked web protocols and were left behind, while other companies saw the importance of upgrading systems because of Y2K

In the 2010s, some offices saved files on thumb drives and walked between computers, in a horribly inefficient manner. More companies took the logical approach and began using servier virtualization to increase productivity and efficiency. Today, automation rules as we can now track nearly everything from smartphones and tablets, allowing office automation to happen anywhere. Learn more.