The Beginning of American Internet Censorship: SOPA Bill [infographic]

November 18, 2011 |  by  |  Government, Internet, Politics, Social Media  |  1 Comment
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The Stop Internet Piracy Act or SOPA is a bill being voted on soon (or voted on yesterday?) and is one of two pieces of legislature being introduced which threatens the very foundation of the internet. I’m sure that you have already read plenty of rants online, but let me tell you a one more time. The internet is under attack!

The SOPA and Protect IP Act will enable the American government with the power to censor international websites that have users who post copy righted content. The type of censorship method proposed is the same used in countries like Iran, China and Syria. A very interesting and informative data visualization video about the Protect IP Act can be found here.

Web sites like Youtube, twitter, Google and other search engines as well as social networks will have some of the greatest number of offending users. Imagine if your daughter posts a video of herself singing the Bieb’s newest song. Next thing you know there is a letter in the mail from the RIAA asking for a few thousand dollars or they will be forced to take ‘further legal action’. Not just big companies will be effected but personal blogs on blogger, tumbler, et cetera. Even your very own Daily Infographic along with thousands of other internet start-ups anticipate a much more volatile internet environment. Do your part to secure the future of the internet and the future of free speech. [Via]

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Tech Germs [infographic]

November 17, 2011 |  by  |  Health, Tech  |  4 Comments
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It’s that time of year again. People stressing and pulling all-nighters for finals and sickness running wild through campus. I’m no germaphobe, but getting sick sucks and I don’t mind take a few precautions to avoid it. But I had no idea that keyboards and phones could be carriers of large amounts of germs.

It’s no surprise that 16% of phones have poop on them…? Not sure how they ran that statistic. But I feel pretty confident in saying that my phone does not have poop on it. People still use toilets right? Am I taking crazy pills? How does one get poop on their phone? I admit I have made a few phone calls while on the pooper, but I dont think I’ve managed to get poop directly on my phone.

Well that’s all I have to say about today’s infographic…my advice for avoiding sickness is to stay healthy and get plenty of sleep. Let your immune system take care of the random poop that enters your body. I bet you can’t count the number of times I used poop in this post. [Via]

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DIY Filmmaker’s Toolkit [infographic]

November 16, 2011 |  by  |  Movies  |  No Comments
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All Brad Pitt has do is walk through an airport with his kids, and the paparazzi are all over it, documenting each expression, each movement of his mane, as if it is edifying for the world to see one so famous doing something so refreshingly normal. No offense to Brad and his brood, but as good of an actor as he is or isn’t, what is with the celebrity obsession? I guiltily check People.com too, so I can’t throw any stones, but when the Academy Awards Ceremony airs, it always astounds me how many incredibly talented, and often unrecognized, people it takes to make one film. The actors are just a front for a cast of musicians, directors, cinematographers, make-up artists, costume designers, butt doubles and (lest I forget the lesson of Wag the Dog) producers.

In the spirit of looking past the familiar faces to the hardworking artists behind the scenes, today’s infographic shows a few do-it-yourself tricks of the trade for filmmakers or wannabe filmmakers on a budget. [via]

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Students Through the Ages [infographic]

November 15, 2011 |  by  |  Education, Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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As most students would tell you, education is part of our identity. We may not enjoy every moment of learning, but we know that it is part of who we are and that it is how we will get to where we want to be. Education is instinctual, we begin learning instantly, taking in sights and sounds to make sense of the world. We are all products of education, but the education process has changed dramatically through the ages.

Great technological advances have influenced the accessibility of education, seeing numbers just skyrocket up to 600,000+ and having the “technology” used go from cave drawings to every student having laptops. I do love being in this technologically advanced age where many have opportunities for education, but I must say I love the idea of being a sophoclean philosopher in Ancient Greece! [Via]

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Oil, the modern world’s lifeblood [infographic]

November 14, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  1 Comment
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With all the things in the news these days it seems like some of the issue that used to be at the forefront have taken a back seat. Today we have things like the joke that is the GOP’s race for a presidential nominee, thank you Rick Perry for giving us laughs. If you haven’t seen the clip of my current Governor looking ridiculous check it out here. This along with the Herman Cain aka “Black Walnut” scandal has kept the media outlets quite busy, although it would be nice to get some real news every so often. Why is it so hard to find a good candidate, I know Republicans aren’t all as crazy as the ones that seem to be representing them. Not to mention the wars we are fighting and of course there is occupy wall street.

Anyway today’s infographic topic is oil, remember when everyone was freaking out about the price increases? And are we still looking for alternative resources of fuel? Unfortunately, what looked like the Obama administration’s attempt to invest in green energy went horribly wrong when Solyndra went bankrupt. Today’s infographic Peak Oil suggests when a country discovers oil it will increase production exponentially until it peaks and begins its decline. Why does this matter? Because it is possible Saudi Arabia, the ones controlling oil prices, will potentially be peaking between 2012 and 2017. With reports showing they may be lying about the number of barrels they have, by as many as 300 billion barrels.

Did you know we are experiencing our own oil boom here in the United States? Currently North Dakota is experiencing and oil boom which is helping its economy but wreaking havoc on their infrastructure, namely not enough living space. [via]

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