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Cuppa or Cup of?

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Tea or Coffee: What Does Your Country Drink to Stay Productive?

Source: ProductivityTheory.com

Tea or Coffee: What Does Your Country Drink to Stay Productive?

by Kayla  [ProductivityTheory.com]

If you’re like me, you probably reach for another cup of coffee on the days when you’re feeling under motivated and under productive. But coffee isn’t the drink of choice for all people seeking a motivation boost, as the graphic [above] demonstrates:

The populations of many countries largely prefer tea to coffee, which makes sense given the historical significance of tea in some Asian countries, as well as the main locations of tea and coffee crop production.

According to the data from Euromonitor International, between 75% and 100% of the U.S. population are avid coffee drinkers, along with Mexico, Brazil, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Canadians reportedly consume more coffee than they do tea, but only 50% to 75% of the Canadian population drinks coffee. Interestingly, the U.K. is the only European country with more than 75% of people preferring tea to coffee.

On the other hand, the large majority of Asian countries prefer tea to coffee, with more than 75% of China’s population drinking tea and between 50% and 75% of Japan’s population choosing tea over coffee. Both Russia and some Middle-Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia  also choose tea first.

There are many benefits to drinking both coffee and tea to boost your productivity. For one, both help keep you awake, but they also contain powerful antioxidants that can help boost your immune system, they both taste amazing and they can even put you in a better mood!

Of course, nothing can substitute for some good old fashioned inspiration and hard work, but a cup of tea or coffee on the days you’re feeling less inspired might help!

Which do you prefer when you need a productivity boost? Tea? Or maybe some coffee? Tell me in the comments section!

 

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NPR To Get Internet (It's About Time)

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NPR 1970s Logo

A memo from 20 years ago...

“The internet is a collection of computer networks that is connected around the world…A code of ‘netiquette’ exists among users and within user groups, but otherwise, you pay your money, find your niche and take your chances.”

via Johnny Kauffman at NPR

NPR To Get Internet

NPR To Get Internet

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Take A Closer Look

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To Get A Close-Up Look Use A MicroscopeA microscope (from the Ancient Greek: μικρÏŒς, mikrós, "small" and σκοπεá¿–ν, skopeîn, "to look" or "see") is an instrument used to see objects that are too small for the naked eye. The science of investigating small objects using such an instrument is called microscopy. Microscopic means invisible to the eye unless aided by a microscope. - wikipedia

Enjoy these images found via schizoides!

Source:

PeymanAbr - Microscope Images Album

 

Microscope Images

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Titled Thumbnail Slides by masodo

Microscope Diagram Source:My Scientific Blog

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Codgertatin' With Creaky

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Codgertation - life, cycling ... and going quietly radical

Today I share a post from our ol' pal Creaky over at Codgertation. Hopefully he will excuse me swiping this content but this is some top-notch Codgertatin' and I'd hate to think the BlogDogIt readers might miss it. The biggest take-away here is: don't you dare forget to follow Creaky as he imparts the pearls of wisdom and observations that result from his "100 Miles of Thinking Every Week."

The Joy Of Self-Delusion
Tuesday, 1st April 2014

Cycling around South Oxon today, in lovely but unseasonably warm weather, I found myself wondering about the distinction between us and rats.

To explain: the latest IPCC report confirms what we already knew – because of climate change, the planet faces a bleak future, and thus so do we all.

It’s that simple. This made top story in some news outlets … for a day. And that’s it. The scale of news media’s response is a good measure of how we are collectively going to respond to this looming calamity. We’re not. We know it’s coming, but it’s not going to set any meaningful national or global agendas. It’s not going to make any significant difference to how we all behave. And then, sooner or later, the problems will force themselves into our lives (if they haven’t already), and then we’ll struggle on, and cope as best we can – or not.

Perhaps some did, but none of the news reports I saw made mention of the screamingly obvious elephant in the room: population growth. If you really want to tackle both the causes of climate change and help mitigate the consequences of it, there would be a world-wide drive to discourage the human population from growing. There’s as much chance of that happening as there is of us all decamping to a new planet to live there happily ever after.

What I did see in the news reports was the inevitable clutching at straws – the mentions of ‘perhaps this report by the IPCC might be alarmist’, or ‘perhaps some crop yields will increase’ or ‘perhaps human ingenuity can come up with solutions’.

Crops in unusually warm spring weather

Perhaps all this unseasonable warmth will mean bumper crops. Perhaps.

Ignoring problems and instead clutching at straws: this isn’t surprising behaviour. It’s akin to smokers believing that they won’t get lung cancer, or the obese not believing it’s what they eat that’s the problem. (Said the over-weight ex-smoker.) There are any number of examples of how humans like to and, more importantly, are able to deceive themselves.

There’s a famous – if pretty grim – experiment from the 1950s by someone called Curt Richter. In a nutshell: if you put rats in jars of water that they can’t get out of, they’ll give up struggling fairly quickly and drown. If you set the same conditions up but take a rat out before it drowns, then put it back in again, it will struggle on for far longer, before – of course- it eventually drowns too. Such is the power of hope.

The distinction between us and rats is that the rats need an external cause to have hope – they need to be rescued (albeit briefly) before they feel they have a reason to struggle on. That is to say, they can’t fool themselves that there’s hope. Unlike rats, we can fool ourselves and have hope despite all the evidence to the contrary. Whether that makes us the superior of a rat or not, I’m not sure.

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Source: http://www.codgertation.co.uk/the-joy-of-self-delusion/

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An April's Fool

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The FoolSymbolism of The Fool
(Tarot card)

The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. He represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us, the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world. The sun shining behind him represents the divine nature of the Fool's wisdom and exuberance, holy madness or 'crazy wisdom'. On his back are all the possessions he might need. In his hand there is a flower, showing his appreciation of beauty. He is frequently accompanied by a dog, sometimes seen as his animal desires, sometimes as the call of the "real world", nipping at his heels and distracting him. He is seemingly oblivious that he is walking toward a precipice, apparently about to step off. One of the keys to the card is the paradigm of the precipice, Zero and the sometimes represented oblivious Fool's near-step into the oblivion (The Void) of the jaws of a crocodile, for example, are all mutually informing polysemy within evocations of the iconography of The Fool. The staff is the offset and complement to the void and this in many traditions represents wisdom and renunciation, e.g. 'danda' (Sanskrit) of a Sanyassin, 'danda' (Sanskrit) is also a punctuation mark with the function analogous to a 'full-stop' which is appropriately termed a period in American English. The Fool is both the beginning and the end, neither and otherwise, betwixt and between, liminal.


Source: Wikipedia

April Fools' Day

April Fools' Day (sometimes called All Fools' Day) is an informal holiday celebrated every year on April 1. The day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is widely recognized and celebrated as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other, called April fools. Hoax stories are also often found in the press and media on this day.

Origins

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Springfield - LEGO Style

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The Simpsons

The New 16 LEGO Simpsons MiniFigs!

A new set of characters from The Simpsons have been brought to the world of LEGO. In partnership with 20th Century Fox and in honor of the 25th anniversary of the television series, LEGO has released a series of 16 new character figurines from the iconic animated comedy.

The new Lego cast includes the five family members, Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Ralph Wiggum, Chief Wiggum, Apu, Millhouse, Nelson, Krusty, Itchy and Scratchy.

To top it off, each character comes with their very own accessory.

The entire line of LEGO ‘The Simpsons’ minifigures series is launching in May in major toy retailers nationwide for $3.99 each, just in time for the special LEGO episode of ‘The Simpsons’ that’s premiering May 4, 2014 on Fox at 8/7c.

- By Larry Fire



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Source: FireWire

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Life Stinks for Abigail

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Life Stinks For Abigail?Back in May of 2012 I posted about the "Life Stinks? We Can Help." advertising campaign waged by Tidy Cats™ brand kitty litter, in the BlogDogIt article titled "I Need You To Lower Your Voice." That article featured an embedded YouTube video (The Lobby) that I only recently noticed had been removed (apparently by Tidy Cats.)
 
This discovery set me on a mission to find that video again to restore the post. I assumed that since this advertising campaign / web series was so good that I would have little trouble turning up a replacement; was I wrong? It really took some digging but I finally found the collection on the Kids At Play Media website. I was so relieved to find they had the entire 10 episode series available; I was really beginning to think these video gems would be lost to the world at large. I hope all interested parties will forgive me as I do my bit to continue to share the trials and tribulations of dear ol' Abigail.
 
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 BlogDogIt Playlist - 10 videos - 18 minutes

Kids At Play MediaFrom Kids At Play: Life Stinks? For Abigail it often does. It seems that no matter where she is or what she’s doing things have the potential to go wrong … hilariously wrong. A hysterical new web series starring Rachael Harris, produced in association with AFG, Principato Young Entertainment, and Electus.  

The Abigail / Life Stinks Logo Image above recovered from:
Internet Archive - Wayback Machine.

 

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Hey Buddy - Lend a Fin?

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YouTube Embedded VideoFascinating underwater footage of human/dolphin interaction:

"A Bottlenose Dolphin needed my help to get a fishing hook and line off it's left pectoral fin" - Keller Laros.

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...a Trickfest, I tell ya!

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Welcome to the world of opticals!It's stuff like this that has me keeping an eye on OpticalSpy. This amazing video is chocked full of visual effects, trick photography and WTF-nots you just have to see it to not believe it! I know, 7 and a half minutes is a lot to commit to a random YouTube vid but hit play and if you are like me you will be wishing there was more when it ends.

This could go viral!

Visit Optical Spy - World Of Opticals

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Console Living Room

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The Internet Archive Console Living Room harkens back to the revolution of the change in the hearth of the home, when the fireplace and later television were transformed by gaming consoles into a center of videogame entertainment. Connected via strange adapters and relying on the television's speaker to put out beeps and boops, these games were resplendent with simple graphics and simpler rules.

Portal To Another DimensionThe home console market is credited with slowly shifting attention from the arcade craze of the early 1980s and causing arcades to shrink in popularity, leaving a small percentage of what once were many.

Through use of the JSMESS emulator system, which allows direct access to these programs in your browser with no additional plugins or settings, these games can be enjoyed again. Simply click on the screenshot or "Emulate This" button for each individual cartridge, and on modern browsers the games will just start to run. As nostalgia, a teaching tool, or just plain fun, you'll find hundreds of the games that started a billion-dollar industry.

These games are best enjoyed in an up to date version of a modern browser. Currently, there is no sound in the games, although that feature will be added soon. Please read carefully regarding key mappings of the games and programs, to use them in your browser.

Simply click on a system below to browse through available games and cartridges and try them out. Where possible, links to manuals and additional information are available for reference.

Click Your Console - Revisit Your Youth.

http://Archive.org

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Speaking of CFLs...

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I was casually reviewing the video portfolio of our friend Tom Durham and discovered a spoof commercial he made for a client espousing the benefits of Compact Florescent Lights.
You gotta see this...

Click the Title Card below to watch the video on Tom's site.

the-modern-family-lightbulbs
Source: http://work.tomdurham.com

Tom Durham

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And I Quote . . .

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" If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor "

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Found in the article: "Tutu’s Torch" - WalkingWithTheAlligators

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." - Tutu  http://www.searchquotes.com

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