The Coming Water Wars [infographic]

December 13, 2010 |  by  |  Environmental  |  No Comments
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With natural resources becoming more scarce by the minute and the human population growing larger and larger, water is constantly becoming more valuable. In an America where most of us have become accustomed to having a government that enforces health codes, we have been spoiled by clean water. Yet it seems that each city’s water has a different taste, this is simply due to the cleaning process used by the city.

However, no matter the city you live in, all of the water is deemed drinkable. This, however, is not the case for the rest of the world. The United States was once at the level of cleanliness that other third-world nations are at currently; they have terrible water supplies that are infested with bacteria just waiting to make the drinker sick. We must keep this in mind when aiding other countries- we were once in their shoes and we need to help them by showing them how to learn from our mistakes. When the United States was coming into its role as a superpower the Earth’s population was much smaller and there was not a war for resources.

However, living in today’s overpopulated world, water has become a resource worth fighting for. With aquifers being depleted at never before seen rates and the ocean growing larger and larger due to global warming, fresh water is a hot commodity. Which nation can prove its worth and show that it can take care of its people, by providing what they need? After all water is essential to life and without it none of us can continue to survive. [via]

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SpaceX’s Dragon Capsule: Buy a Trip to Space [infographic]

December 10, 2010 |  by  |  Travel  |  1 Comment
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The private spaceflight company Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has added a new spacecraft to its fleet – the Dragon space capsule – that promises to be the first commercial spacecraft ever to make a round trip to low-Earth orbit.

Designed to launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, the Dragon space capsule is expected to initially make unmanned cargo delivery flights to the International Space Station. But they could eventually be modified to serve as private space taxis for orbit-bound astronauts. Here’s an inside look at the Dragon spacecraft. [Via]

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Workaholism May be Killing You [infographic]

December 9, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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In America we are known to be some of the hardest workers. Taking less vacation time than anyone else, while clocking the most work hours. While this is something as Americans, we take pride in, it turns out it may actually be killing us. As someone who is both in college and working, I have to say it is not easy to relax.

While in a psychology class one semester I had a professor who taught us how to add what could potentially amount to 12 years to your life-span. Everyday, if you can spare just 20 minutes, everyone should take time out to meditate. Truly meditate, don’t take this time as reflection time, it is 20 minutes to completely clear your head, of everything. Though 20 minutes may seem like a lot of time you are having to give up, really, it’s nothing. Just clear your mind and concentrate on your breathing, 20 minutes a day, for 12 years added to your life-span. Seems like a good deal to me.

One point this infographic brings up is being able to say no. For me this is the hardest thing to do, but when you never say no, people begin to take advantage of you. Because saying no lowers the amount of things you have to do, it easily lowers your stress levels, and you have begun the road to recovery. You will find that rather than spending all your extra time taking care of other people you suddenly have time for yourself. We must remember we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of other people, we would be useless if we did not care for ourselves. [via]

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Average Hours of Work Around the World [infographic]

December 8, 2010 |  by  |  Business  |  4 Comments
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Being unemployed is kinda nice, and according to this, all Germans are lazy. Hum. [Via]

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Gowalla VS Foursquare | SXSW 2010 [infographic]

December 7, 2010 |  by  |  Social Media  |  No Comments
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This graphic is about the ‘buzz‘ created by the geolocation companies Foursquare and Gowalla at 2010′s South By Southwest. I was lucky enough to  attend this great event and saw first hand the marketing techniques they used.

A founder of Foursquare was out on the sidewalk playing actual foursquare with anyone. This is genius. Not only was twitter mouthing off this fact, but inside the convention center, everyone was talking about it. Gowalla is an Austin based company, so for Foursquare to come in and dominate on Gowalla’s home turf like that was a little embarrassing.

I personally use Gowalla, I don’t update too much for a few reasons:
1: I have no friends :(
2: I don’t go anywhere!

I’d still love to be ya friend if you Walla — I’m Tim Willingham. I have picked up recently on my check-ins. Trying to make it a habit! If you have tried Gowalla in the past, but wasn’t a fan – a recent update has made it 100X better.

SXSW is creeping up on us, have you seen the line up!?! I hope I get to meet some of y’all, but I’ll be interning at South By and most likely won’t have time to see ya. The other founder will be milling around the convention center and I’m sure he’d be up for a conversation.

I know come March 11th, there will be even more location-based app presence at next year’s SXSW. Now that Gowalla lets you update your Foursquare, Facebook Places and Twitter with 1 check in, hopefully location-based mobile can take off. It is still gonna be a tough time to grab market share.  I’m rooting for the hometown team. [Via]

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