The Effects of Sitting at Work

I have been using a stand-up desk for almost 6 months – and LOVE it! I now am spending about 80% of my time standing and the balance sitting or walking. My desk has the option of sit or stand.

From NutriLiving we get this interesting infographic on

Take a Stand: The Effects of Sitting at Work

How much of your workday is spent sitting down? For the average American, over 9 hours are spent sitting down, wreaking havoc on your lower back, your weight, your heart health, and a number of other health factors that are directly related to mortality rates.

Take a stand and make a change! Include five-minute long standing breaks every hour for more energy and a more focused mind.

Top 10 Food Infographics to Hang in Your Kitchen or Save to Your Phone

These are great! And ready for you to print. From Lifehacker we get the

Top 10 Food Infographics to Hang in Your Kitchen or Save to Your Phone

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Sometimes, a chart or infographic is the best way to communicate complex topics—like what the different types of cuts of beef are (and how to cook them) and how to fix common cooking mistakes. Here are some of the most save- or print-worthy food graphics we’ve shared on Lifehacker.

10. Foods That Keep You Full and Prevent an Energy Crash

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This chart graphs foods based on how full they make you and whether or not they give you a sugar high (and subsequent sugar crash). Post it on your fridge to remind you to reach for oranges or apples instead of bananas, eggs instead of cereal.

9. How to Cook Anything on the Grill

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It’s always grilling season, isn’t it? Keep this chart handy by your grill to get the timing right for meats and veggies. They’re approximate times and temperatures, but that’s still a whole lot better than just winging it.

8. Pick the Most Nutritious Produce

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Not all fruits and vegetables are the same, if you’re looking to improve a certain area of health. This colorful chart highlights the nutritional qualities of different vegetables at a glance, so while you’re planning your weekly meals or shopping in the store, you can choose wisely. (Eat the rainbow!)

7. Put an End to Wasted Food

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Spoiled food is a terrible waste—of our money and, obviously, fresh food. Without guides like these, though, it’s hard to know how long foods will last before you have to throw them out. The chart identifies the “prime” storage time for various foods, on the counter, in the fridge, or in the freezer.

6. How to Eat the Rainbow

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Many of us aren’t eating enough of different produce to reap their benefits. This graphic offers suggestions for getting your fill of each color, the benefits you can expect from doing so, and other miscellaneous facts like sneaking more “greens” in your diet with green tea.

5. Turn Pantry Staples into 20+ Meals

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Having a well-stocked pantry could mean all the difference between being able to whip up a quick meal or entertain last-minute and having to run to the grocery store or order out. This flowchart/graphic turns pantry staples into multiple meals.

4. Know How to Substitute Common Cooking Ingredients

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No matter how well you think you’ve stocked your pantry, though, there’s a chance you’re working with a recipe that calls for something you just don’t have on hand. I mean, who has an endless supply of fresh buttermilk in their fridge? This graphicoffers substitutions for common and uncommon ingredients.

3. Know What You Can Turn into Compost

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You’ve got kitchen/household scraps. Can you turn them into gardening gold instead of garbage? Instead of tossing food out, check out this graphic which highlights the many trash-headed items that could be used instead to improve your garden—even dryer lint, hair/fur, or fireplace ashes.

2. Learn How to Use Your Knife

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Perhaps the most important tool in your kitchen, the knife is one instrument you’ll want to master. This graphic highlights the differences between different knives, the different kinds of cuts you might want to use, and more knife-y tips.

1. Check Cooking Times, Weight Conversions, Meat Cuts, and More in One Cheat Sheet

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Want just one cheat sheet to cover lots of cooking and shopping territory? Here you go. Useful for on your fridge and/or while selecting something to cook.

Bon appétit!

How To Become A LinkedIn Jedi

LinkedIn is one of those unique sites – not a fluffy social media site, but a great way to network. I have posted several articles about it (check here) and it continues to be a great resource for networking. Gryffin brings us this great infographic and

May the Force (of Networking) Be With You!

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If all you want is a place to host your online resume, then LinkedIn is not the site you’re looking for.

LinkedIn might be for professionals, but at its heart it is still a SOCIAL network, and it’s core value lies in the relationships you build by connecting and engaging with other users. Whether you’re looking to get hired as an individual or business, LinkedIn can help you further your professional goals and establish yourself as a skilled and competent member of the workforce.

To that end, as a follow-up to our “Google Plus Wizard” infographic, we explore the deepest reaches of LinkedIn space and show you how to utilize the Force of Networking in “How To Become A LinkedIn Jedi”!

With this guide, you’ll learn the “mind tricks” that will help your LinkedIn profile stand out. Did you know that using a professional photo makes your profile eleven times more likely to be viewed? As for company pages, those that provide additional information, such as with the new Showcase pages, are likely to have two times as many followers!

But you need to go beyond just the profile. Taking advantage of tools such as LinkedIn Groups, Pulse, and Openlink, you can share and engage with content throughout LinkedIn and create a powerful network of colleagues, industry influencers, and potential employers or clients.

Ready to get started, are you? The read on and learn how you too can master the force and become a LinkedIn Jedi!

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This is my state! VERY cool video!

California from Hal Bergman on Vimeo.

California is the most populated state in the United States, and the third largest. It’s almost double the size of the United Kingdom and slightly larger than Japan. If it was it’s own independent country (as it was briefly for a few weeks in 1846), it would have the 8th largest economy in the world by GDP. It contains the highest summit and the lowest desert in the Continental United States (and the second-lowest point in the world), both of which are in the same county. It’s most known for movies, technology, wine, and national parks, but also grows more than a third of the vegetables consumed in the US, two-thirds of the fruits and nuts, and an unknown but presumably huge percentage of marijuana. It contains every major climatological biome except tundra. More important than those facts, to me, is that I was born and spent most of my life here.

My goal was to cram all of the visually stunning things about the entire state, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to wilderness and national parks, into four minutes. I intended to use this as a pitch for work from the California Board of Tourism, but now I’m sharing it publicly.

The average clip took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. Several cuts are from clips more than 24 hours long. I shot 423 clips over four years to make this, but the majority of the 67 clips ultimately used were shot in the last 12 months.

The music is “Intense Rocks” by Sebastian Watzinger, licensed from Audiosocket.

Most of the individual clips are available for license via Getty Images, Dissolve, or directly. Many of them feature in the Magic Window timelapse screensaver for Mac.

License Clips on Getty Images:
License Clips on Dissolve:

My Facebook:

Have a Mac? Want my timelapses as a screensaver? Here’s a project I did the photography for:

(If you got this far down, thank you! I’d like to add that I’m available for hire. I specialize in still photography and timelapse photography for travel, architecture, and industry.)

Full list of locations used:
Alabama Hills
Big Sur
Bombay Beach
Death Valley National Park
Inyo National Forest
Joshua Tree
Lake Tahoe
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Mono Lake South Tufa Reserve
Mount Shasta
Owens Lake
San Diego
San Francisco
San Luis Obispo
Santa Monica
Sequoia National Forest
Yosemite National Park

How Much is 100 Bucks Worth in Your State?

This is interesting. “Inflation” on a state-by-state (and a bonus by metro area) basis. From Lifehacker we can take a look at

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The face value of $100 is the same in all 50 states, but when it comes to actual purchasing power, your mileage may vary depending on where you are. These are the states that offer the biggest bang for your buck.

Update: Ask and you shall receive! The good folks at Tax Foundation have also put together a map for metropolitan areas due to popular demand. This map helps break down smaller regions a lot better. Check it out below!

The numbers on the map, from the Tax Foundation, represent the actual value of goods you can buy in each state compared to the national average—as calculated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Essentially, $100 that you earn in one state is actually worth more than $100 you’d earn in another. Some of the gaps aren’t that wide, but when you consider your salary, it can make a world of difference. For example:

The same amount of dollars are worth almost 40 percent more in Mississippi than in DC, and the differences become even larger if metro area prices are considered instead of statewide averages. A person who makes $40,000 a year after tax in Kentucky would need to have after-tax earnings of $53,000 in Washington, DC just in order to have an equal standard of living, let alone feel richer.

Of course, states where your money may be worth less also tend to have higher incomes to try and balance things—so keep that in mind. Still, it’s something to consider when you’re dwelling on places to move or open a business. For more information on the relative value of $100 across the states, check the link below.

The Real Value of $100 in Each State | Tax Foundation via Consumerist

The Real Value of $100 in Metropolitan Areas | Tax Foundation

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Baking 101

This handy infographic comes from our good friends at Shari’s Berries (see previous DLT posts here and here).

The Science of Baking

Ever wondered how your oven can transform a pale blob of dough into a crisp, brown sugar cookie? Or a pan full of gooey batter into a fluffy cake? It’s not magic. Well … maybe it’s a little magical, because all cooking is one part art, especially when it comes to inventing new recipes and baked treats (like cake pops). The other part, of course, is science. That’s the part that does all the browning, crisping and batter fluffing. It’s all explained in our fun and informative infographic.

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More About Baking

Ready to start baking? Or would you rather eat the chocolate cake than make it? That’s fine too, as we’ve got plenty of cakes and cookies  if you need a delicious baked birthday or holiday gift in a hurry. You can also join us on Pinterest for more great baking ideas.

2nd Cousins Twice Removed – Explained

My Brother is always able to figure this stuff out – to me it is just confusing! From Sploid we get

Animation explains how to easily understand your entire family tree

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You got your mom and dad and sister and brother. Aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents are easy enough to understand. But what about your extended family of 2nd cousins and those twice removed or great aunts and kids of that one lady who was always at your family parties? What do you call them? This explainer by CGP Grey breaks it down for you.

There are very simple tricks you can remember to figure out where you are in the family tree with the other person. Like how many “G’s” there are in a person’s title means how many generations are between you. Grandparent is one ‘G’ so it’s one generation in between (your parents), Great-Grandparents has two g’s which mean it’s two generations (parents and grandparents). Watch below to find out more simple tricks.

Image Credit: SASIMOTO/shutterstock

Plus a bonus of a spreadsheet that YOU can use on your Family – look here.

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