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iPoll Presents: A Brief History of Taxes

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Typically, in order to be able to pay for items, money is required. Yes, you may find some folks here and there who have set up a barter system for goods and services. However, if you have no skills or goods to offer then you need to reach into your wallet. And unfortunately, goods and services will do you no good when it comes to that most dreaded thing of all. Yes, I’m talking about taxes. All those roads, schools, bridges, tunnels (and everything else) don’t pay for themselves. In order to keep the country humming, the federal and state governments collect taxes. If there is one thing we all share, it’s the displeasure with dealing with taxes, but unless you have a time machine, there is really no way to avoid the April 15 Tax Day Deadline. However, it hasn’t always been like this.

American History

Where declarations were made, signatures collected, and history was made. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Westerved

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Written by Rick B.

April 15th, 2014 at 1:38 am

Mobile Army Monday: Changing How You Earn Extra Money

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For most of us, our first “paycheck” came from Mom and Dad in the form of a weekly allowance. Usually, these funds were tied to the completion of household chores. Among popular “to-do” items are taking out the trash, cleaning up your bedroom, and not dunking your head in the fish aquarium (maybe that last was only in my house.) Further experience with money perhaps had to do with shilling candy, cookies, or gift-wrap for a notable organization. The only problem was not seeing a dime for all that hard work. For the more ambitious among us, early teen-dom brought the opportunity for newspaper delivery routes (remember newspapers?), baby-sitting, or lawn mowing. These jobs meant we were really working hard for the money.

Lawn Mowing

If you're going to mow a lawn, mow a big lawn. Image Source: flickr user: Tjeerd Wiersma

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Written by Rick B.

March 24th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

iPoll Slumber Tips: How to Have a Good Night’s Sleep Every Night

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At what time do you hit the wall? For me it’s around 3:36 in the afternoon. There I am click-clacking along on my computer when all at once, ZZZZZZZZ… I yearn for a nap. Could it be that my afternoon fatigue is the result of a poor night’s sleep. That’s my best guess. My reason can easily be summed up in three words: newborn diaper duty. For everyone else, your fitful sleep could be making you cranky, lethargic, and just plain impossible to get along with. The good news is that the power of a good night’s sleep is within your grasp. The bad news is that you’re going to have to make a strong effort to change some of your habits. Here’s how to have a good night’s sleep every night:

Simple Bedroom

Here's all you need for sleep: a good bed. Image Source: flickr user: Jimmy Harris

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Written by Rick B.

March 19th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

iPoll Asks: What’s on Your Stranded Island Movie List?

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tropical island

If you were stranded on a deserted, what five films would be on your list of must-haves? Image Source: Flickr User Ian Bruce

Have you ever thought about being stranded on a deserted island? Anyone who remembers Gilligan’s Island would think that it is a pretty sweet deal. Plenty of clothing options (unless you’re Gilligan, Skipper, or the Professor), and all the banana cream pies you can eat. One of the reasons we have deserted island fantasies is to be alone with our thoughts. Quiet. Solitude. Plus, movies you can’t live without. Yes, if you’re going to be stranded then you must at least have something to watch. We’ll stipulate that being stranded in this manner will also include a power source, Blu-Ray player, 55″ flatscreen, and surround sound. And a popcorn machine. As for the movies, you can only take five. Here are my picks in a totally random order:

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Written by Rick B.

March 11th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Use Your iPoll Survey App Every Day

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When was the last time you counted the number of apps on your smartphone? The global average is 25 apps per individual. In South Korea, that number bounces up to 40 apps per smartphone. As of October of last year, Apple announced they had reached 1,000,000 apps available to users. When you consider that when the iPhone was first released back in 2008, there were only 800 apps, they’ve come a long way. How often do you use your apps? Here’s how the average smartphone user’s activity breaks down:

•    32% for games
•    18% for web browsing
•    18% for Facebook
•    8% for entertainment
•    8% for utility
•    6% for social networking
•    2% for news
•    2% for productivity
•    6% for “other.”

Smartphone Use

Take break, send a text, use an app: this habit is practiced by many smartphone users.Image Source: flickr user: Duncan

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Written by Rick B.

March 10th, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Paris Je T’aime: iPoll Finds Love in France’s Gleaming Capital

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Believe it or not, Paris got its start as a Roman outpost. This was around 52 BC when Rome was flexing its empire and was looking to set up a base of operations to keep the Gallic upstarts in check. They settled on a place along the banks of the Seine that was home a local tribe who had already built a fort there. The Roman legions swooped in, conquered, and kept the city hopping through 486 A.D. After Rome fell, the Parisians were ready to pack up and move on, but were persuaded by St. Genevieve to stick around. Thank goodness they did, for what a great city it’s become. Today, Paris is often referred to as the City of Love and the City of Lights. A destination for artists, lovers, history buffs, and foodies alike, here’s where you should go when visiting Paris:

Paris

Yes, Paris is awesome even in bad weather. Image Source: Flickr user David O'Hare

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Written by Rick B.

March 7th, 2014 at 12:13 am

iPoll Takes a Roman Holiday: Must-See Highlights in Italy’s Great City

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In academic circles, there have been debates about exactly who can be attributed to inventing pasta. One story has Marco Polo bringing it back from China. Another has Arabs sharing it with Sicilians in the ninth century. Regardless of who takes credit, all roads do lead to Rome with regard to the best uses of pasta. Amazing culinary dishes aren’t the only things we can thank Romans for inventing. They also perfected the aqueduct which delivered water to the city, roads that delivered everything else, and concrete, thanks to which so much of Ancient Rome is still standing. At the top of my travel bucket list is a trip to Italy. I imagine renting a car and roaming the countryside in search of everything. But before discovering the rest of Italy, iPoll explores some highlights of it’s greatest city.

 

Old School Rome

A visit to the Colosseum might not be complete for some without shouting, "I am Spatucus." Image Source: Flickr User Sean MacEntee

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Written by Rick B.

March 5th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

London Calling: Crisps, Chips, And Biscuits, Oh My!

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As global cities go, London ranks at the top for culture, history, entertainment, and commerce. It’s the city where a majority of international flights touchdown to refuel. If you make the pond crossing and don’t make a stop in London, then you may be missing out on a wonderful experience. As a first time traveler to London, a crash course of idioms can be helpful. Crisps are potato chips, chips are French fries, and biscuits are cookies. If you need a bathroom break, ask for the nearest loo. You’ll “fancy” something as opposed to “want” it. You’ll take the “tube” instead of the subway. If you need a break from the fun, just tell folks you’re “knackered.” And maybe most important: if you refer to “pants”, you’re discussing underwear. “Trousers” is what you should keep in mind when talking about clothing items. There will be plenty more to pick up on as you make your way around this amazing town.

The Tower

Can you see any ghosts? Many major events went down at the Tower of London. Image Source: Flickr User Matt Brown

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Written by Rick B.

March 5th, 2014 at 12:16 am

Mobile Army Monday: Taking iPoll Overseas

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Once upon a time, if you wanted to get a message from one end of the country to the other, you would have to write it down and give it to some guy on a horse. The process took weeks. Then came the telegraph, which required you to be within striking distance of a telegraph office. Next up was the phone, but you were still tethered to a line. In fact, you were tethered to an operator who had to place every call. When wireless radio transmission came along, folks thought, “Well, that’s it then. All our communication problems are solved.” Not so fast! Things got better. Way better. In fact, today we can place a call from our cell to anywhere in the world, and it will go through in a flash. Then there are all the Smartphone perks. We’re talking apps. Specifically, the iPoll app. This is an app you can literally use anywhere on the planet, 24/7/365. Translation: you can earn money 24/7/365.

Foreign Travel

Where in the world is your iPoll app going? Image Source: flickr user: gadha

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Written by Rick B.

March 4th, 2014 at 12:07 am

From the Golden Era to the CGI Era: How Oscar Best Picture Winners Evolved

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Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? That’s one of those “which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” kind of questions. You can land on either side and you’d be right. One thing is for sure: to review the list of Best Picture films is to review a slice of Americana. Consider any one of these winning films and you can probably remember where you were when you watched it and the effect it had on your life. Isn’t that what the movies do best? Shake us up a little. Let us forget our troubles. Perhaps inspire us to achieve more. At least, that’s how I approach the cinema.

Watching Movies

Who remembers going to the drive-in? Image Source: Flickr User Monkeywing

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Written by Rick B.

March 1st, 2014 at 5:57 am