The State of the Internet Address [infographic]

July 23, 2010 |  by  |  Internet  |  2 Comments
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We all use the Internet. You’re even on it right now. It seems to be a vital part of our lives for almost all of us. Ever since Al Gore invented these series of tubes we’ve been able to expand our options of communication tenfold. Between Skype, instant messaging, and e-mail our world has changed. Still, new forms of communication are popping up all the time — see ChatRoulette. Communication isn’t the only thing the internet can do, it can also be a big time waster. I’ll always get on, check out my bookmarks, Facebook, Twitter, then somehow end up on StumbleUpon. An hour later I’m still stumbling across the web. The worst time to Stumble is right before you have class. I know I’m not the only one that once I pop I can’t stop. No matter how much I tell myself this is my last Stumble, it’s never the truth.

This graphic talks about how there is double the amount of bloggers that are 55-64 years old than bloggers 18-24. For some reason I can’t believe this. All the 55+ people I know can barley check their e-mail let alone publish content on their own website. We can agree to disagree this time Infographic, but next time you better double check your facts. I do believe you were right when you said more Scandinavians use the internet percentage wise than anywhere else in the world. What else is someone going to do there besides shovel snow, make jokes about Russia and watch the latest Jersey Shore online? I heard it is the happiest place on earth. [Via]

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Spring Break!!!!! [infographic]

July 22, 2010 |  by  |  Recreation  |  No Comments
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What’d you do for spring break? I went to the beach with some friends. It was pretty fun, but nowhere near the shenanigans that take place in South Padre. I’ve heard stories of that place, and seen a hilarious Cops special on it — it looks ridiculous. So these cops show up at an abandoned house because of a noise violation. They look through the house forever and find nothing besides evidence of a huge party that must have ended before they got there. They are talking about what must have happened when they hear a noise in a closet. When they open the closet door, they find some kid who had passed out and who presumably had been tied up by his friends and put in the closet. I guess the friends forgot about him and left the party before the cops came. Now this kid turned hostage is trying to explain to the cops what happened, but he is still plastered. He ended up being charged with trespassing, minor in consumption and a bunch of other stuff. The cop presence during spring break is huge. They make bank this week.

I had a friend who was out on the beach at South Padre and a cop was giving out MIP’s. The funny thing is, when everyone on the beach is in a swimsuit they don’t have identification. So this cop would just ask the names of these kids, hoping they’d give their real information. He was obviously too lazy to take an underage drinker back to his patrol car to check his identity so everyone gave him an alias. I think my friend said he lived on Unicorn Street, and his name was John Smith, but the officer bought it. Thank god for lazy cops. [Via]

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America’s Food and Drink Spending Habits [infographic]

July 21, 2010 |  by  |  Food  |  2 Comments
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Hungry? You better be. We Austinites spend almost double the country’s average on food every year. I believe it is because we have amazing local food options. Besides the fact that there are 400 million new mouthwatering Austin food joints popping up everyday, we also have local grocers all over. Who here says ‘I’m going to the grocery store’? No, we say ‘I’M GOING TO THE H-E-B!‘. HEB has tons of local options, while Wheatsville Co-op, and the farmers markets are other healthy dealers of consumption.

So guys, you’d think we’d be double the size in weight of the average American too, but that just isn’t the case. I’m thinking it is either because we also exercise twice as much as America or we throw out half of the food we buy. Neither of those scenarios make much sense. If I’m ruling out exercising, the Town Lake hike-and-bike trail just doesn’t have enough capacity for our entire city (I blame all of the newcomers). As for the latter, I don’t know about you, but I don’t only eat half of my meal. Now that we ruled out the most obvious reasons, we can conclude that we are all aliens who need more carbohydrates to function.

What also doesn’t make sense is that our food in Austin is kinda in-expensive. P.Terry’s burger combo is only 5 bucks. That rivals almost all of the fast food chains around. Cheap food isn’t only for eating out either, HEB even has prices comparable to Walmart. I guess we just really enjoy eating here, I know I do. My deepest apologies if you are not from Austin and you read all of this. Now you know a bit more about my city and I guess I owe you a meal. Hey, maybe your city is in the list below. [Via]

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The 5 Levels of Inception [infographic]

July 20, 2010 |  by  |  Movies  |  No Comments
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Have you gone to see Inception yet? You better go, it blows Avatar out of their tree. The visuals are some of the best I’ve ever seen and the story concept is mind blowing. The world of dreams is something no one has figured out yet. I know that lucid dreaming is pretty intense, but it is nothing when compared to the magnitude of Inception. I did think that there was too many… I’ll shut up. If you haven’t seen Inception stop now — unless you want to spoil your experience. My blog post doesn’t spoil much, but the infographic will give away much of the plot. So stop, get off my site and go see this movie so you can come back on and look at this graphic!

SPOILER ALERT

You might as well be dreaming right now, reading this blog post. Why you ask? Well I don’t know it is your dream. Seems like you have pretty boring dreams if you ask me. I know I don’t dream about reading blogs. But if we’re asking if we’re dreaming, we might as well ask ourselves if this is even a real blog post. You’re right it isn’t a real blog post. The real post for today is here, a blog post inside of a blog post. This whole paragraph, this whole infographic is just a figment of your imagination, planted there by someone (me) to get you to come to this site! Too bad that you’re dreaming all of this and I gain no benefit from your presence. Although, I am very pleased to hear that you dream of me. I’m sure somewhere in my subconscious I dream of you.
Ready? Here comes the kick! [Via]

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Meet iPad’s Competition [infographic]

July 19, 2010 |  by  |  Tech  |  1 Comment
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I’m starting to get a little nervous. I’ve been wanting the iPad for quite some time, but there’s a little voice in my head saying, “Don’t do it! It’s a trap!”  Also, some of my favorite bloggers and tech websites who once praised Apple and their tablet sized iPad, are now saying they simply aren’t using it — not because it’s bad, but rather because their Macbook or iPhone does it better.

I’m now starting to realize that it might be better to wait for the next version. I would hate to buy an iPad and find out 6 months later that the new version comes with a camera, is faster, and looks cooler. So as much as I want one now, I’m going to wait. Who knows, one of theses competitors could end up being pretty good. Time will tell. [Via]

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