As we all know, in today’s world nothing is free or cheap. To do anything in college, or for that matter in life, you are going to have to dish out some moolah. Even reading costs money! And it isn’t even reading you want to do, it is reading that comes out of a 300 dollar textbook that you could care less about. Though you spent those 300 dollars on a useless textbook, when you sell it back, no matter the condition, the bookstore will only give you 70 dollars. Don’t get me wrong, there are good textbooks out there, but those required classes don’t seem to use them.
In case you couldn’t tell by now, I am a college student, more specifically, I am a student at the University of Texas at Austin. Today’s infographic, for me at least, hits pretty close to home. I am a full time student with a job at which I work 20 plus hours a week, and between the two my free time is limited. With my job, loans, and help from home I am able to pay for college and few extra stress relieving activities. In my opinion, this infographic was a little too generous in the discretionary spending section. Although I will admit I spend more in that category than I should, it certainly is not 40% of my budget. The transportation allotment also seems a little low, but that may be because I drive across town to get to my job. That however, is only my opinion, and if you want to see what professionals have to say about student spending, look at the infographic for yourself. [via]Share This Infographic
What’s the tax on alcohol in your state? I guess Texans get a great deal on beer, wine and spirits! Man, this infographic has everything you would ever want to know about state taxes. A big thanks to our friends over at Infographic World for providing this graphic from TurboTax.
Looks like Tax Season is here. You can tell because some people at work complain, while others get excited about that big check. I always end up owing money, so I’m definitely one of the complainers. Actually, I forgot — there’s a third person. The guy who hasn’t paid taxes in a few years and brags about it. Yeah, that guy is usually the same guy who steals office supplies and has pictures of his cats plastered all over his cubical. [via]Share This Infographic
Happy Monday! It is time to get this work week started, so let’s get it started with this pretty cool Star Wars infographic. My last Star Wars infographic post, which can be found here, was so popular that I thought I would post another one. Unlike the one from last week, today’s has to do more directly with the movie franchise, as opposed to what resulted from it.
Never has a movie franchise affected popular culture as much as Star Wars has ours. George Lucas managed to not only create a movie, but created a whole new universe with its own history, which resulted in more fan involvement than any other movie franchise in history. Although I was not born until about 30 years after the first Star Wars was released, when I saw it it was as though it had just been released. Star Wars has managed to keep its steam throughout all these years and generation after generation continues to watch it.
Today’s infographic provides us with an up and down layout providing 19 different little known facts about Star Wars. As many of you may already know, James Earl Jones provided the voice for Darth Vader and Sebastian Shaw provided his face. However, did you know that there was a third actor involved in the creation of Darth Vader? David Prowse provided the massive body for the character. Another fun fact, the Ewoks were in fact named after the Native American tribe, Miwok, who lived in the Redwood forest in which the Endor scenes were filmed. [via]Share This Infographic
There are some rumors surfacing about possibly cutting the budget for PBS. As much of a Ron Swanson I believe I am, I could never live without PBS. I would like to say my entire generation grew up with Sesame Street but, I think a more accurate statement would be a few entire generations grew up with Big Bird and friends.
Besides Sesame Street I also enjoyed Barney as a youngster. I never got to see much because my brother liked to put on TMNT instead. It is okay though, I put on Nat Geo whenever he’s watching Jersey Shore now. I think the show I watched the most when I was little was probably Reading Rainbow. Take a look, it’s in a book, the best show everrr. I’m so glad that I read a bunch of books as a kid, they were the bomb. Lavar Burton helped me, and thousands of others, become excellent readers. I learned so much from the children shows on PBS — I’d say they were a vital part of my childhood.
In the present, I still enjoy PBS, but I do watch it less. One of the best shows has to be Austin City Limits. Any band or music performer who’s made a name for themselves have played on this show. Going steady for over 3 decades, the real Austin City Limits isn’t that over-crowded high-schooler music fest you’ve heard about. With a 2000 capacity venue and in a brand new shiny high-rise in downtown Austin, it would be a such a let-down to cut the show. [Via]Share This Infographic
Hopefully reading this infographic will give you a nice break, writing about it has for me. I sit here amidst a slew of homework, from writing a paper on Rousseau and his Discourses to studying Chinese Politics. Now after finding this infographic, all I want to do is put everything away and watch Star Wars. Whether you are a fan of the double triology (? Sixology? Whatever you want to call it) or not, there is no doubt the series has permeated our society. Ranging from simple references in shows or movies to all kinds of memorabilia. Star Wars is an unavoidable phenomenon that will most certainly continue living on for a long time.
Not to lead you on, but this infographic is not so much about the story/plot of Star Wars. It has to do more with the real life business effects it had. Sorry to those of you who are disappointed by this. Moving on, this infographic is a web/timeline starting back to George Lucas. Although not everything on the list is directly affected or even known by him it shows a butterfly effect all beginning with the famous director. Another notable attribute of this infographic is what it decides to focus on- rather than simply focus on the people who always get the credit, it incorporates behind the scenes people as well. It splits the information into three main columns: sound, film, effects. No movie would be complete without the special effects and crazy loud explosions. Have a good weekend and may the force be with you (sorry, I had to do it)! [via]Share This Infographic