Foot Powered [infographic]

January 17, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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As most of you have probably noticed, biking and walking are in. Especially in young cities, college towns and places with descent weather, you can’t go anywhere without seeing a bike or people walking. And us Austinites are lucky to be in a tri-fecta city, Austin is a young, college city with good biking and walking weather! While these trends look like a rise in biking and walking during good weather months, the Department of Transportation has noticed a rapid increase in biking and walking trips year round as have responded by increasing the budget from $16 million in 1990 to $1.3 billion in 2009.

I contribute to this mostly in my walking habits. I walk to school, walk to work, walk walk walk. Walking might be my favorite part of the day because I get to reflect on my day. I think this increase in biking and walking is just what our overweight society needs. So infographers, go out, walk a little, bike to work and breathe the fresh air! [Via]

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American Public Transportation [infographic]

January 16, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  No Comments
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We all use public transportation at some point our lives. Some people can’t stand being in a cramped area with tons of other people, I personally don’t mind. My brother just got back from New York City and told a few stories of the night time subway riders. My town, Austin, is voting on a commuter rail system this year. I hope it will pass because traffic is getting a little ridiculous down here. [Via]

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How to Forecast Weather Without Gadgets [infographic]

January 15, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental  |  3 Comments
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Yup, you guessed right: witchcraft.
And just your luck–in this day and age, you won’t be burned at the stake!

JUST kidding… forecasting weather isn’t all fun n’ games. It is an endeavor that’s been seriously undertaken since man turned his hand to reap the earth’s harvest. Often, people have set their ambitious gazes towards the sky. Color, cloud formations, and the direction of the wind are all foreshadowing sky phenomena.

Though we may call ourselves the most “advanced” of the earth-walking species, we lag far behind in the area of intuitively sensing change in the atmosphere. Other animals, especially birds, are much more in tune with the rumblings of future storms.

In that mystical period just before the rain, all animals become quiet in a literal “calm before the storm”. These behaviors–in both flora and fauna–are what we must observe to get a better grip on the “moods” of our environment. Let this infographic enlighten you on such a primal, crucial matter. (via)

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Guantanamo: Cuba’s Prison of Terror [infographic]

January 13, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Politics  |  3 Comments
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Obama has kept a few of his promises, but maybe not all of them. I remember his platform of hope and change preaching the closure of Guantanamo Bay (the American super prison on Cuban soil that is famous for water-boarding and indefinite detention). What happened to that?

Todays’ infographic may surprise you. Since September 2008, 7 separate military prosecutors have resigned or requested reassignment because of the unjust Guantanamo military commissions. I’d hate to say that the Bush/Obama administration is not considering closing the Cuban Prison, but I have a sneaking suspicion it will be around for decades more.

Although the Bay may have only taken twelve million dollars to run in 2011 doesn’t mean that the 12 million dollars couldn’t be used more responsively. Putting that money back into the tax-payers hand could help boost our sagging economic state. [Via]

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Survival of the Fittest Cities [infographic]

January 11, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Today’s infographic is a perfect amalgam of two of my New Year’s resolutions: money management and fitness. And I suspect I am not alone. Changing out the calendar somehow lets us wipe the slate clean and vow that this, yes this, is our year. We will finally learn to maintain impeccable control over our finances and reach our goal weight. It isn’t realistic, but it is optimistic!

Following this idea, Mint.com tracked its user’s average gym spending by city to determine which cities spend more on average at the gym than others. This difference in spending could either be due to varying membership prices or members in the higher spending cities belonging to multiple gyms. It isn’t clear how the information should be interpreted. The infographic also examines how faithful gym members were throughout the year. While the graph shows only a minimal dip in gym spending activity as the year wanes, I wonder if that is more due to forgotten direct billing than actual attendance. [via]

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