I’m only 21 but at the rate technology moves these days I am old enough to say “I remember when I was a kid we were excited to play snake on our parents’ phone.” I feel lame saying that, but it’s true when I was a kid my parents had a brick with an antenna made by nokia and it was exciting to get to play snake on that thing. However if my gameboy was an option it would always win, these days the two have merged in the smartphone. Our smartphones do so much more than make phone calls these days, one of their key features being able to connect to the internet from almost anywhere. Thanks to an ever present internet connection social games have taken off.
If you are a user of smartphones, social media, tablets, etc. you will probably recognize at least one of the games on today’s infographic. Even if you haven’t played any of them I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of the games referenced by a friend or somewhere on television. The game I’m most familiar with on this infographic is Words With Friends, for those of you who haven’t heard of it is essentially scrabble that you can play anywhere and at any time. What is your favorite social media game? We want to know! Just write in the comment box. Enjoy today’s infographic! [Prism]
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Yes, congress is obscenely wealthy. I like this infographic because although it presents the congress members ridiculously, it is a lavish expression of their actual wealth. If John Kerry wanted to walk around with a “big ass chain” of gold, he could.
These people who are essentially running the United States also have the biggest stake in the American economy. The percentage of millionaires in the states is miniscule (1%). Yet, the percentage of these millionaires in congress is over half (58%).
Do you think there’s something wrong with this distribution? Are you slightly disgusted? Does this not seem unjust?
Ben Franklin would have agreed with you there. He proposed originally that congress members have no salary at all. Needless to say, his altruistic idea of congress was quickly shot down, leaving the dominant, greedier interests to take over.
Let me propel you all forth with a quote from Thrasymachus, a sophist of ancient Greece:
“Justice is nothing but the advantage of the stronger.” (via)
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As one of the biggest sports holidays draws nearer, it’s time to begin preparations. Super Bowl Sunday has become a day of gluttony, the best football, and awesome commercials and having the perfect Super Bowl party is a high priority in many of my circles.
A year ago, I hosted my first Super Bowl party. Although, it is one I’d love to delete from my memory, I will not so I can share with you my missteps.
You need a big TV, simply. It is imperative that you are able to see the game you’ve invited everyone over to see.
Food at a Super Bowl party is very important. One of the factors that contributed to the downfall of my soiree started with the food. According to the infographic, the top food choices are pizza, chips, and chicken. As long as you stick to those menu items, your party will be money.
I’ll also mention to be sure and include top notch party participants only. I made the mistake of inviting a party pooper instead of a party rocker a year ago. Before you extend those invites, picture yourself watching every guest eat chicken fingers. If you are not moved to feelings of nausea from that image, that person may be allowed to attend.
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I could probably make a generalized statement about this infographic before reading it: internet usage is going up this year. It’s pretty clear that more people have access to computers and the internet is becoming a vital tool to every industry. But exactly how much more the internet is going to blow up is unknown. This infographic states overall internet usage will go up 3% this year, which is a considerable amount considering the massive size of the internet. Who knows, maybe Al Gore will make a breakthrough addition to the internet that boosts usage by 10%?
I personally use the internet almost every hour, checking e-mail and facebook messages to stay on top of school. All of my class documents are located on the internet, and most teachers no longer bring any printouts to class. This is already a significant change from 5 years ago, so it’s not hard to argue the internet is expanding its empire. The internet is so far integrated into our lives, I almost run into people walking on the street who are sucked into the internet on their smart phones. There is now internet on airplanes…the one place I thought was a getaway from the cyber world. Did you know that online bingo is a 1.3 billion dollar industry? I didn’t. [Via]