Oil, the modern world’s lifeblood [infographic]

November 14, 2011 |  by  |  Environmental  |  1 Comment
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With all the things in the news these days it seems like some of the issue that used to be at the forefront have taken a back seat. Today we have things like the joke that is the GOP’s race for a presidential nominee, thank you Rick Perry for giving us laughs. If you haven’t seen the clip of my current Governor looking ridiculous check it out here. This along with the Herman Cain aka “Black Walnut” scandal has kept the media outlets quite busy, although it would be nice to get some real news every so often. Why is it so hard to find a good candidate, I know Republicans aren’t all as crazy as the ones that seem to be representing them. Not to mention the wars we are fighting and of course there is occupy wall street.

Anyway today’s infographic topic is oil, remember when everyone was freaking out about the price increases? And are we still looking for alternative resources of fuel? Unfortunately, what looked like the Obama administration’s attempt to invest in green energy went horribly wrong when Solyndra went bankrupt. Today’s infographic Peak Oil suggests when a country discovers oil it will increase production exponentially until it peaks and begins its decline. Why does this matter? Because it is possible Saudi Arabia, the ones controlling oil prices, will potentially be peaking between 2012 and 2017. With reports showing they may be lying about the number of barrels they have, by as many as 300 billion barrels.

Did you know we are experiencing our own oil boom here in the United States? Currently North Dakota is experiencing and oil boom which is helping its economy but wreaking havoc on their infrastructure, namely not enough living space. [via]

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Face Off: Occupy Wall Street vs Tea Party [infographic]

November 13, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Government, Politics  |  3 Comments
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Some of you may be wondering: “what’s all this Occupy Wall Street god-damn hippy mumbo jumbo?! Is that the same as all those rowdy Tea partyers?  What in tarnation is going on in American politics? *gasp* Commies!!”

Well, you wouldn’t be the only one in the dark about these political movements.  From people I’ve talked to (granted, mostly college students) most don’t really have a clear idea of these movements’ specific purposes either.

Those who do, however, seem pretty riled up. Protesters come from a variety of different backgrounds and have an even wider variety of reasons propelling them.

Both of these movements have been widely criticized for their ambiguity.  So it isn’t purely the corruptness of the media that’s to blame for people’s ignorance of these issues…    [via]

 

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True Hollywood Story: Bipeds and the World Wide Web [infographic]

November 12, 2011 |  by  |  Internet, Social Media, Tech  |  4 Comments
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Once upon a time, your daily news was delivered via a delivery boy. With the flick of the wrist, all the daily essential news was on your front porch, rather than a few keystrokes on your MacBook. In a galaxy far, far away, to contact an acquaintance, a little black book was required instead of Facebook.

The internet has seen a great deal of growth over the past 15 years. Numbers have increase from 70 million users to over 245 million. And with that growth in numbers comes a growth in technology. I remember fourth grade quite fondly, waiting over an hour for Attack of the Puppybots to buffer. In 2011, live entertainment is streaming at amazing speeds.

Not only has the internet changed, but we’ve adapted with it. We rely on it for our every need. Entertainment, news, sports, and even money making. Wired in, constantly checking up on our business/blogs/newsfeed, the average human spends 27 hours a month on the internet, as opposed to only 30 minutes in 1996. The internet came, captivated, and conquered close to every form of media and information, becoming the hub of many people’s lives. And I think it’s safe to say we lived happily ever after. [Via]

Malarkey? Truth? What are your thoughts on the internet’s contribution to society?

 

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The Freelancer Revolution [infographic]

November 11, 2011 |  by  |  Business, Internet  |  2 Comments
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In the last 20 years, the number of freelancers in the South has gone up 126%. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve noticed an increase in the freelancers just in the every-day people I run into. Whether its a freelance writer, programmer, copy writer or researcher, these business titans mostly work their own hours from their own home. Freelancers can do almost anything for their occupation from a Starbucks Lazyboy and that makes me jealous.

I only hope one day I get to be a freelancer. Why would I go to a nine-to-five job when working from my backyard with a month or two off a year is a viable option? I wont get hired for freelancer jobs, that’s why. The majority of freelancers are now over 55. Can you guess why? Experience.

Senior citizens, the biggest segment of freelancers, are noticing they can work little hours from their home and still pull-in a few extra thousand dollars a year to supplement their savings and social security. Also, those in the 50′s are noticing they can quit the jobs they’ve had for 10 or 20+ years and start be hired as freelance consultants. When complementing this move with publishing a book about their knowledge of their market segment, they can independently pull in a pretty penny.[Via]

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Anatomy of a Librarian [infographic]

November 10, 2011 |  by  |  Education  |  6 Comments
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It’s a shame only 1% of all librarians fall into my age group of 20-24… because they’re usually hot…AND intelligent. On the plus side, 78% of them are women. Ladies, you should look into this career…you’ll get my love and a decent sum of money (60k/yr!). I’ll let you figure out which one is more important.

Librarians are a great resource, and college students should use them when trying to do research. They clearly have mad skills in their ability to simultaneously use their left and right brains. When writing a paper, I find the hardest part is locating quality sources outside of just googling something. If you have a librarian help you locate appropriate sources, chances are your paper is going to be pretty good.

As the internet expands and improves, people seem to forget about physical contact. Nothing will ever compare to communicating with someone in real life, and librarians can give you incredibly specialized help. So next time you’re stuck at your computer with no ideas on how to start, just go to the nearest library. Maybe the 1% will be there. [Online masters guide]

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