Archive for October, 2012

31
Oct
12

Top 5 Candies to Hand Out This Halloween

Survey Says….

According to Facebook “Likes”

#1: Skittles (23.55 million thumbs up)

#2: Starburst (11.5 million)

#3: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (10 million)

#4: Kit Kat (9.4 million)

#5: Twix (5.26 million)

 

(statistics via Today.com)

 

 According to Huffington Post Editors

#1: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures

#2: Starburst

#3: 3 Musketeers

#4: Nerds

#5: Kit Kat

(via Huffington Post)

 

 

 

 

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24
Oct
12

10 Scariest Movies of All Time

Halloween Is The Perfect Time For A Horror Movie Marathon

Although there is no definitive list — and the American Film Institute failed to give horror movies its own Top 100 list — there is no shortage of “experts” ready to rate, rank and recommend the top horror movies ever made. 

What are the scariest movies ever? Check out these lists:

In no particular order, seven movies made at least three of the above lists’ top 10:

1.  Alien (1979) — “If serving as the incubator for a killing machine from outer space doesn’t scare you, then just wait until it grows up, and hides in the shadows of your spaceship, and picks off your crew one-by-one.” (Boston.com)

2. Psycho (1960) — “Honor thy mother” has never been so scary.

3. The Exorcist (1973) — If you think this movie is just Linda Blair’s turned-around head and projectile pea soup, hang on to your hats.

4. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) — “Once Leatherface makes his entrance, get ready for a full hour of psychological terror. If you ever complained about your in-laws, watch this movie and thank your lucky stars.” (Boston.com)

5. Jaws (1975) — The highest-grossing movie in history at the time, Spielberg’s second directorial outing and John Williams’ unforgettable score made “duhDUH” two of the scariest notes ever heard in a movie theater.

6. Night of the Living Dead (1968) — AMC should thank George Romero, who directed this movie, for creating the whole genre of zombie terror — “The Walking Dead” on AMC is one of the most successful shows on basic cable — as should almost every movie that relies on the bar-the-doors and nail-down-windows strategy as a crucial plot point.

7. Halloween (1978) — “It isn’t just that Michael Myers is a homicidal maniac. He’s a homicidal maniac who wears a mask that carries an expression of pure blankness, as if killing is boring.” (Boston.com)

The Shining (1980), Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Frankenstein (1931) each made two of the lists.

 

 

17
Oct
12

How Important Is Body Language?

From Your Office To The Presidential Debate, Gestures May Say More Than Words

What you say without saying a word

More than half of what you say isn’t through the words coming out of your mouth — so being aware of your body language and expressions, and what they might be saying to your audience (whether one person or a roomful) can be extremely helpful in getting across the point you want to, rather than something else entirely.

  • Want to look powerful and in control when talking to your boss?
    Consider standing inside the door frame to your boss’s office— "It frames you like a piece of art and also makes you appear to be more powerful," according to Janine Driver, founder and president of The Body Language Institute in Washington and author of You Say More Than You Think: A 7-Day Plan for Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want!(via The Globe and Mail)
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  • Can’t tell if your colleagues are interested or bored to death?
    Are they looking at you or are their eyes wandering or focused on a spot somewhere beyond you? Is their face relaxed or is their jaw clenched, their lips pursed? Are they facing you head-on or are they turned away? All these things can help you judge your audience — and help you adjust your own behavior from what you’re saying to how you’re saying it, to try and win them back. (from Forbes)
  • Want to feel more confident?
    Body language can actually raise testosterone levels and lower the levels of the anxiety-producing hormone cortisol — in both men and women — according to Amy Cuddy, an associate professor at Harvard Business School. Check out her amazing presentation at a TED conference here. Striking a “power pose” — standing tall and straight with an open posture — can help your body give you the confidence your mind is telling you you don’t have. (from LifeInc on Today)

How do you think The Mentalist does it?

On the TV show “The Mentalist,” the main character Patrick Jane is a self-professed con-man who once pretended to be a psychic. Rather than seeing into the great beyond or the interiors of people’s minds, Jane is an expert at the “cold read” — a technique through which one can ascertain facts about someone else through careful attention to details, responses and body language.

(Infographic from SocialPhy)

The debate about the debate

One of the hottest topics these days is “who won the debate?” While many are comparing answers to answers, another contingent is judging facial expressions and hand gestures — the verdict is still out on who won either way. 

The New York Times put together a great visual analysis of the candidates’ body language — see it here.

On “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” Howard Dean said “the key to a debate, if you want to see how it moves the American people, is to turn off the sound, watch the mannerisms. It’s not what they say. I mean, there may be a zinger and that could change things, but—it’s not what they say. It is their mannerisms. It’s how they come across.”

 

 

10
Oct
12

Politics or Sports

2 Data Visualization Projects That Sum It All Up

 Mitt Romney or Barack Obama?

The Guardian (from the U.K.) and Real Clear Politics have created an ongoing, interactive illustration of the latest polling results showing the state of the presidential race in the U.S.A.  The red and blue balloons in the candidates’ hands represent individual states — when you mouse over them, the site reports the state, the lead the candidate has and the number of electoral votes the state represents.

 Go to IsMittRomneyThePresident.com or IsBarackObamaPresident.com for the latest results.

(image from IsMittRomneyThePresident.com)

 How long has it been since…?

Want to know how long it’s been since a Cleveland team won a championship? (63 years) Or exactly how long it’s been since the Chicago Cubs won the pennant? (103 years)

Ben Jones won the prize for best visualization from Tableau Software in July with his interactive sports map of all the teams in the country for the four major sports leagues showing just how long it’s been for teams and cities since they’ve won a championship — or if they’ve never won a championship (Texas Rangers anyone?).

(image fom Tableau Software)

04
Oct
12

For the Birds

Well, the weather outside seems to be cooling down, and animals are preparing for colder winter months. You can help them with these great homemade bird and squirrel feeders. Hang a few of them in your trees and around your yard, and you’ll be sure to have entertainment all winter as you watch your new feathered friends eat from these feeders.

Stock Photo: pine cone bird feeder

Pinecone Bird Feeder:

Step 1: Hot glue a piece of string to the top of a old pinecone.

Step 2: Spread peanut butter on the pinecone (which will be your glue to attach other tasty goodies).

Step 3: Roll your pinecone in corn meal, dried cranberries, raisins, or peanuts.

Step 4: Roll your pinecone in mixed bird seed.

Step 5: Hang your pinecone feeder on a branch with the string.

If you don’t have a pinecone, use a bagel.

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Slinky® Bird Feeder:

Step 1: Take a wire hanger and stretch the bottom out so it’s in the shape of an O.

Step 2: Take a pair of pliers and bend each end of a Slinky into a U-shape.

Step 3: Attach one end of the Slinky around the hook part of the hanger. (See photo for reference.)

Step 4: Now spin the Slinky around the hanger until the hanger is in the middle of the Slinky. Take the other side of the Slinky and loop it around the hook part of your wired hanger.

Step 5: Fill your hanger with peanuts, and hang it on a tree branch.