Your brain is full to bursting with information. It’s only natural to sometimes conflate things in order to fit stuff in there. Sometimes a tangerine just looks, feels, and even smells like a little orange – and that’s ok! Other times, though, we might be a little overzealous in our desire to streamline, and forget the differences that matter. Let’s look at a few examples.
Bourbon vs. Whiskey
When contemplating what to order next at the bar, you might settle on something exotic like a Sazerac. The bartender compliments you on your taste, then asks if you prefer rye whiskey or bourbon. You think, “What’s the difference? They’re both brown.” But, in fact, there’s a huge difference. The one simple thing you need to remember when considering the distinctions between perhaps two of your favorite spirits is this: all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. Far from it, actually.
The particulars can be lost after any average night at the bar, but let’s outline them here.
Think of whiskey as the template, the foundational recipe from which all whiskey varieties spring. It results from the distillation of fermented grain (the usual suspects including barley, wheat, rye, and others), which is then aged in wooden casks. Whiskey as we know it traces its roots way back to Ireland and Scotland during the Late Middle Ages.
But whiskey is a worldwide thing nowadays; you can find whiskey festivals in Germany and award-winning batches from South Africa. There are also myriad types of whiskey like rye, wheat whiskey, and regional specialties like Scotch, of course.
Bourbon, however, happens to be a distinctly American type of whiskey. Its pedigree is derived from Old Bourbon county in what is present-day Kentucky, and what sets it apart is the relatively high amount of corn used for distillation (at least 51%) which gives it its unique color and flavor. Ad men love it in their Old Fashioneds and Southern belles prefer it in their mint juleps. And these days, it’s a major part of the United States’ international spirits exportation now a billion-dollar industry.
Sitting vs. Standing Desks
By now, you’ve heard the hype. People have been saying for years that sitting at your desk all day causes serious harm to your body and can even shorten your life. According to one study, sitting for a mere four hours a day increases your risk for chest pain and heart attack by 125 percent. Frightening stuff.
You’ve probably poo-poo’ed the whole thing, too. Those trendy standing desks have their own host of problems. While standing does cut down the adverse effects associated with a more sedentary work style, more research has found that standing all day depresses fine motor skill performance, increases fatigue by around 20 percent, and puts greater strain on the circulatory system in the arms and legs. That means pain, discomfort, and ultimately getting less done.
The average office drone knows all that. Sitting sucks, but no one wants to be on their feet all day (You’re probably reading this at your desk right now). So what’s the difference? The key here is to find the middle ground between the two. Standing desks, trendy or not, help promote a conversation about getting up off your butt at work, even if you're keen on taking a seat every now and then. Lifehacker alum Gina Trapani isn’t looking back, but also admits that sitting is essential. And no one says you have to buy one. Moving around is the next step. After all, taking a walk is free.
Cubby vs. Your Average Cloud Storage Solution
The cloud is everywhere. By now you’ve probably uploaded your most important files to one service or another to save them from corruption or accidental deletion, and/or to eliminate the fuss of carrying around your external hard drive. You share said files with your friends and coworkers, and have built-in access to what you need both at your desk and on your mobile devices. That describes roughly every major cloud storage service. The differences lie largely in how each handles the load.
Except that’s not true. Cubby, created by Lifehacker favorite LogMeIn, does things differently by giving you more control over your information while still guaranteeing the security you expect. You, of course, get 5GB of cloud storage for your documents and images, but you also get unlimited syncing between all your devices. That means you can move your entire music library from your old home computer to your brand-new laptop in a matter of moments. And you can make any folder a “Cubby” as opposed to having a dedicated folder for all your cloud needs.
That also means that collaborating with coworkers is a lot easier. You can share your Cubbies for work public and privately, making it easier to manage the files you need to get things done. You barely have to think about it.
See? Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. So download Cubby here and start appreciating the little differences that matter.