Cutting the Cable: The State of Internet TV [infographic]

March 4, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet  |  11 Comments
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I’m going to start today’s post off with a Netflix ad. No, I didn’t get paid to say this, I really mean it: Netflix is the best thing ever. I just got finished watching the first 8 episodes of Trailer Park Boys… with no commercials! I thought I was a smart ass in the 90′s when I would tape a show and fast forward my VCR to cut through commercials. Now I get to watch High Definition TV within a 5 second buffer period.

The best way to sum up how Netflix works would be magic. Somehow I get a new DVD the day after the old is shipped away from my house. When my internet is too slow and I can’t stream Netflix, netflix will e-mail me and refund those minutes I couldn’t watch TV. What a thoughtful gesture. A company being ‘thoughtful’? Has the world gone insane. I used to see Netflix commercials and think that it would be something cool to have, but it wasn’t something I needed. Well, I really should of been thinking that my regular cable television wasn’t a necessity. If I loose 7 minutes of show time to commercials every half hour, I watch a whole half hour of commercials in 2 hours. Waste of my time!

I guess I am a bit of a hypocrite. For hating commercials so much this post is pretty pro-Netflix. Maybe I can make up this kiss-ass post by offering a cash prize to any graphic designers out there? Okay, I can’t, but the water crisis news network, Circle of Blue, can! They partnered with Visualizing.org to throw an Infographic design contest. If you’re super savvy with Photoshop and could use an extra 5000 bones in pocket this could be for you. The deadline is March 15th so you better get on it, more contest details may be found here.

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World’s Strongest & Strangest Beers [infographic]

March 3, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  No Comments
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Here is an infographic for the weekend, an infographic on beer. You may not be surprised to learn this, but according to this infographic Europe is the biggest producer of beer at 32.2% of global production. America comes in third at 19%, behind Asia’s 31.7%. The beers on this list are not made of your typical hops, these beers range from chipotle peppers to animal droppings. If you are interested in expanding your beer library I would recommend taking a look at this list. [via]

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Average Student Budget [infographic]

March 2, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  1 Comment
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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]

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A Comparative Look at State Taxes [interactive infographic]

March 1, 2011 |  by  |  Government  |  No Comments
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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]

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19 Things About Star Wars [infographic]

February 28, 2011 |  by  |  Movies  |  1 Comment
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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]

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19 Things You Didn't Know About Star Wars

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