Monthly Archives: March 2009

Test your hearing sense

If you love to hear music really loud and when you sleep nothing can wake you up. I suggest you to take this little test to see how good or bad your hearing sense is.

Just click the play button.

Did you hear it?

If you did, congratulations!! Specially if you are over 25 years old because supposedly only people younger than this age can hear it. This tone has been used in shopping malls and stores as a deterrent device to keep teenagers from loitering, as it seems, the longer you listen to it, the more annoying it gets.

Note: I’ve applied this test to my mom (she’s 53 years old) and she didn’t hear it, I also tried it on one of my sisters (19 years old) and she did hear it. So far the hypothesis is true.

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About Zodiac Signs

Maybe you love to ask people you just met: “What’s your zodiac sign?” And maybe your perception towards that person changes depending on which sign he tells you he is and what you think you know about that particular zodiac sign.

I am sorry to disappoint you. Zodiac signs don’t have anything to do with your life and probably you think your sign is one when it’s actually another. Why?

Well, because your zodiac sign depends on the position of the Sun in relation with the constellations and how they appeared 2,200 years ago!! And that position is NOT the same as TODAY.

Astronomy and Astrology are two very different disciplines. Astrology may have its bases on science but the idea of  being influenced and determined by the alignment of the stars in the universe is a completely different thing…

If you still doubt and believe that the characterisitics of your zodiac sign strongly relate to you or you can’t get out of your house without reading your horoscope first, I recommend this video from Carl Sagan, mmmaaasssttteeerrr, let’s see if he can change your mind.

If on the other hand the zodiac signs don’t influence you in any way, I also suggest you to see it.

On the table below you can look up for your real zodiac sign.

CAPRICORN: Jan 20 to Feb 16 LEO: Aug 10 to Sep 16
AQUARIUS: Feb 16 to Mar 11 VIRGO: Sep 16 to Oct 30
PISCES: Mar 11 to Apr 18 LIBRA: Oct 30 to Nov 23
ARIES: Apr 18 to May 13 SCORPIO: Nov 23 to Nov 29
TAURUS: May 13 to Jun 21 OPHIUCHUS*: Nov 29 to Dec 17
GEMINI: Jun 21 to Jul 20 SAGITTARIUS: Dec 17 to Jan 20
CANCER: Jul 20 to Aug 10
* This sign doesn’t exist in the traditional zodiac.

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Inspiring Packing

Packings that sell.

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This product line has the words : “YOU SMELL” printed in the front of the packing and in the back of it you can read “LIKE A LEMON!… THANKS TO US!”

Evian bottled water designed by Jean Paul Gaulier. I wonder how much are these.

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Avocado Yogurt Biogurt, I’m not sure about its taste.

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I don’t know what these little bottles have inside but I want them.

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These and more packings seen in The Dieline and Lovely Package.

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Importance of Punctuation

Seen in: http://sabino.tumblr.com/post/76007615

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Earth Hour: March 28

VOTE EARTHOnly 9 days left for Earth Hour 2009. It doesn’t matter where in the world you are, at 8:30 pm on March 28 we must turn the lights off for an hour.

Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007, and in 2008, 35 countries and more than 370 cities joined the cause. This year 1,760 cities in 80 countries have commited to vote for our planet.

Why vote?

If you turn off the lights, you will be voting for Earth. The goal is to reach the target of 1 billion votes and present them at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhangen where official government policies will be determined against global warming.

Join! and remember:

« March 28 from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm »

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Visual Help

I consider myself a visual person, it is easier for me to understand and analyze information and data through graphs or drawings. This is one of the reasons I like this site so much: MANYEYES.

The site contains relevant information presented with visualizations such as bubbles, graphs, maps, linear graphs, just to mention some examples. You can also create your own visualizations with any type of data and share it with others online.

I recommend it for deep research of a specific topic where you can find valuable visual information to support your analysis and facilitate your understanding.

Below are two types of visualizations you can find on the web page:

Usuarios de Internet por País

Internet users by country

Principales 20 Países Receptores de Turismo

Top tourist-generating countries

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Religiosity and Standard of Living

More religiosity in a country equals less standard of living.

That’s what this Gallup study indicates. During 3 years 1,000 adults were interviewed of each of the 143 countries elected for the analysis. They were asked if religion was an important part of their daily lives.

From al countries, the median proportion of residents who said that religion was an important part of their daily lives is 82%. Egypt, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the three most religious countries according to the study with 100%, 99% and 99% respectively. On the other hand, the 3 least religious countries are Estonia, Sweden and Denmark with 14%, 17% and 18%.

The map below shows the religiosity by country in which the most religious countries are the ones colored in dark green while the least religious are the ones colored in light green.

I would like to highlight that:

  • 8 of the 11 countries in which almost all residents (at least 98%) said that religion is importante in their lives, are the poorest countries in sub-saharan Africa and Asia.
  • The 10 least religious countries in the analysis are some of the countries with the highest living standards in the world including: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Hong Kong and Japan.

Interesting. A study that definitely makes me think.

Here’s the link to the complete study.

* BONUS*

This video shows the origin of religions and their expansion in the world.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

More of this type of videos: www.mapsofwar.com.

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