Death & Taxes [infographic]

March 10, 2011 |  by  |  Politics  |  1 Comment
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Ever since I started working I have seen taxes taken out of my paychecks, but have never known where they go. Today’s infographic provides us with exactly that information. We provide the government with our tax dollars and expect for them to return it by providing services that help in our everyday activities. Such things include roads and education. Though recently education has come under much scrutiny, like many other things, we still trust that government to do what is best for us. However there is much more that the government uses our tax dollars for, many of the things we don’t even know about. However today’s infographic provides a very in depth look at what the government uses our tax dollars for. [via]

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South by Southwest by the Numbers [infographic]

March 9, 2011 |  by  |  eCommerce  |  1 Comment
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Congratulations! If you are reading this that means you have made it to hump day, and only have a couple more days until it is time for the weekend! Not only does this Friday mark the first day of Spring Break, at least for some of us, it is also the first day of South by Southwest here in Austin. SXSW is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and it is sure to be a good one! This year is especially exciting because I finally get to see what all the hub bub is about. I have always only heard of the festival/conference, whatever you want to call it, but have never actually gone.

For those of you who have never heard of the festival, what was once simply a music festival has become so much more. Although it still remains a film festival, South by Southwest has taken on other traits such as a film festival and online business haven. As the infographic below shows you, the SXSW consists of nine days of industry conferences and films, six days of trade shows, and five nights of music. This being my first year I want to make sure that I am at everywhere I can possibly be. In order to be as prepared as possible I have gone over the schedule, which can be found here, over and over again. With talks ranging from marketing to the Hispanic community to “How the Government can learn from Amazon” this South by Southwest festival is sure to be a fun and interesting one. [via]

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South by Southwest by the Numbers

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The Hectic Life of a Social Media Manager [infographic]

March 8, 2011 |  by  |  Social Media  |  4 Comments
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Before I have spring break I get to do a project for Marketing about being a social media manager. I already know quite a lot about the social media realm, but the amount of time constantly put into work as Social Media Manager is ridiculous. I could defiantly do it, it would be a hard lifestyle to get used to, but I can’t say that facebook and twitter aren’t fun.

I know some parents tell their kids that the amount of time they spend on facebook is a waste of time, but the child can just say they are training for work one day. Back when I only had video games, telling my parents I was going to be a professional gamer never got a good response. Social media marketing is a much more realistic profession. [Via]

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What Does Your State do Best? [infographic]

March 7, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  2 Comments
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Yay! The weekend is over it is time for another one of those fun and exciting work weeks! Oh well, at least Spring Break is just around the corner, that is if you get Spring Break off. Being from Texas, I have an unnatural fondness for my state, unlike many other states. Something I have noticed about Texans is that there is an enormous amount of state pride, unmatched by many other states. Whether it is because we have such a reach history and such a diverse state or simply because we’re weird it is undeniable that there is a lot of patriotism in Texas.

I never really understood patriotism when I was younger. However now that I am older, whenever someone insults my great state I find myself leaping up in its defense. Patriotism is a word that has lost its true meaning, the world is simply a shell of what it is used to mean. Today, by simply disagreeing with a view you can deemed unpatriotic, it is no longer about having love for your country/state. The reason I speak of patriotism is because today’s infographic is about what each state does best.

Today’s infographic is presented in a very simple manner giving the state name followed by a short description of what is considered to be what each state does best. Some facts are as pleasant as others but there are interesting facts such as South Carolina’s sweet potato production or Virginia’s high amount of high school graduates. [via]

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Cutting the Cable: The State of Internet TV [infographic]

March 4, 2011 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet  |  11 Comments
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I’m going to start today’s post off with a Netflix ad. No, I didn’t get paid to say this, I really mean it: Netflix is the best thing ever. I just got finished watching the first 8 episodes of Trailer Park Boys… with no commercials! I thought I was a smart ass in the 90′s when I would tape a show and fast forward my VCR to cut through commercials. Now I get to watch High Definition TV within a 5 second buffer period.

The best way to sum up how Netflix works would be magic. Somehow I get a new DVD the day after the old is shipped away from my house. When my internet is too slow and I can’t stream Netflix, netflix will e-mail me and refund those minutes I couldn’t watch TV. What a thoughtful gesture. A company being ‘thoughtful’? Has the world gone insane. I used to see Netflix commercials and think that it would be something cool to have, but it wasn’t something I needed. Well, I really should of been thinking that my regular cable television wasn’t a necessity. If I loose 7 minutes of show time to commercials every half hour, I watch a whole half hour of commercials in 2 hours. Waste of my time!

I guess I am a bit of a hypocrite. For hating commercials so much this post is pretty pro-Netflix. Maybe I can make up this kiss-ass post by offering a cash prize to any graphic designers out there? Okay, I can’t, but the water crisis news network, Circle of Blue, can! They partnered with Visualizing.org to throw an Infographic design contest. If you’re super savvy with Photoshop and could use an extra 5000 bones in pocket this could be for you. The deadline is March 15th so you better get on it, more contest details may be found here.

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