Gotta’ Catch em’ All [infographic]

August 11, 2010 |  by  |  Gaming  |  No Comments
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Back in my day there were only 150 Pokémon, not 493. I would trade cards on the playground like a used car salesman. Then Pokémon cards were banned when moms would complain that their kids would come home crying because they lost their holographic Charazard. Hey, it was their fault to think the Mexican bootleg of Clefairy was legit.

I’ve spoken here before about the worst parts of Pokémon Red and Blue. I tried playing Blue again a few months ago and got lost about half way. I really don’t remember having that much trouble with the game in 5th grade. Soon Pokémon Black version and White version are coming to a store near you. I have a feeling it is going to be a bit similar to all the other colors of the rainbow they’ve already made.

What I don’t understand is why the Pokémon franchise isn’t capitalizing on all of us young adults who have an amazingly fond memory of this game. It has been one of the biggest cultural impacts on our generation, yet they keep aiming Pokémon games at children.

Make an Xbox thriller, Pokémon Blood Red, where Ash is in his twenties and he has to go save his girl Misty from the Saffron City Mafia. His bike would be a chopper, his sidekick would be the badass Gyarados, Brock wouldn’t exist and Ash would have a handy Glock 9 if Team Rocket ever came around. Boom. Right there is the next hit game. Halo, you better watch your back. [Via]

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Shark Week: Shark Facts [infographic]

August 10, 2010 |  by  |  Animals  |  No Comments
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Ah, Shark Week has once again come to a close. Besides the plethora of replayed specials, Shark Week still holds a place in my heart. I do think that it is getting a little bit old though.

Soon Shark Week will be 25 years old. Once Discovery Channel reaches this landmark they should switch to a different animal. How about Whale Week, or Snake Week? Nothing really has the allure that sharks do. [Via]

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Lollapalooza Statistics [infographic]

August 9, 2010 |  by  |  Music  |  2 Comments
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Festival season is starting and I have never been more ready. False, I have been more ready before. This year I may not be attending Lolla’s sister fest, Austin City Limits, for the first time in 6 years. Besides the fact that Lady Gaga won’t be at ACL, I just didn’t buy tickets this year.

C3, the company that runs these festivals used a picture of me in an e-mail selling early bird tickets. Straight up though, that isn’t a picture of anyone else but me, I’m easily the focal point. I e-mailed the ACL fest to inform them that the reason they sold out in record time was because of me. I kindly asked for a little compensation in the form of a 3-day-pass to ACL 2010. I guess I shouldn’t of hedged my bets on this because I received no response.

As for me missing out on some of the music at ACL, I’m not missing much. I’ve seen every performer I would have wanted to see this year before, with one exception: M.I.A. I really want to see this girl rock. Kala was one of my most admired albums. It is so good, every song has so much creativity and innovation. I have not had the privilege of listening to her newest CD, but the video for Born Free is incredibly intense.

Lolla looks like a lot of fun according to this graphic. The only downside is that the capacity was upped by 20,000 people. Sure they expanded the park area, but that just means more walking and more crowded stages. I really hope they don’t up capacity at ACL.  It already seems like too much when only 65,000 people attend.

Music fests are always fun, I shouldn’t be hating. With a high of 92 degrees, I’m sure Lolla had enough sweat, drugs, and rock n’ roll to go around. [Via]

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eBay: The Giant Marketplace [infographic]

August 8, 2010 |  by  |  eCommerce  |  No Comments
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Have you every used eBay? I have. I actually got a great deal on a camera about 6 years ago. However, since then, I’ve yet to find something worth buying. I can usually find it on Craigslist or in a local store.

I’ve always been a big fan of PayPal, and when eBay bought PayPal for 1.5 Ba..Ba..Ba..Billion dollars in 2008, things started to change. Now you must purchase products through “Accepted Electronic Payment Partners.” Who knows what the future holds for eBay, but what I do know is I wont be buying anything from them anytime soon…..Well at least until I can’t find something I want on Craigslist. [Via]

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E-Books vs Real Books [infographic]

August 7, 2010 |  by  |  Tech  |  1 Comment
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The first time I opened my laptop in a college class I took at look at the gigantic textbook sitting next to me and thought, “why the hell are we still using these huge books when I have a portable computer right next to me?” In fact, just today, Bill Gates commented that in five years, the best education will come from the web. So why are students still paying for college?

I don’t have all the answers to life, but what I do have is an infographic that highlights the difference in price between real books and e-books. If you feel the need to read this on paper, print out this article. Better yet, don’t do that — that’s bad for the environment. [Via]

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