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]

DIY Filmmaker's Toolkit Infographic

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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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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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