Free The Piggies [infographic]

November 19, 2011 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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The comparison between price and quality is often times made, but in the case of athletic shoes, it may not be necessary. Before you cough up $150 on a pair of flashy trainers, know that your shoes could be hindering you.

In most social circles, bare feet are barely present. If you’re looking to shake up things and gather a few stares, place your piggies on a pavement near you. Sneakers have only been prevalent for close to three decades and during that time, Achilles tendon blowouts and heel-ground collisions have increased. Shoe companies have taken notice of the benefits of a less is more shoe and capitalized on this business venture, making it a $1.7 billion industry. The Nike Free was all the rage when they were first released and the Vibram FiveFingers, or as they’re better known toe shoes, have captured the attention of eccentric outdoorsmen.

When I first pictured myself running and jumping sans shoes, it seemed farfetched. But when I thought of the natural feeling of freedom, wind between my toes and grass rubbing my feet, and how much it could save me financially, the idea began to seem less goofy. Next time I go for a run, freeing my feet will be the main prerogative. Can the same be said for you? [Via]

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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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