100 Years of Rock Visualized [infographic]

April 9, 2014 |  by  |  Music  |  No Comments
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If you’ve been keeping up with the trends then you’ve probably moved on from Vaporwave and have started listening to Beach Goth by this point. If not you’re probably very confused, maybe even angry that people are coining such ridiculous names and you’ve only just now started listening to Witch House (c’mon it’s 2014 get with the times).

With people exclaiming “Punk is dead!” while being nostalgic for the “real hip-hop” they weren’t even around for, it’s easy to see why someone would get the impression that this is all very silly and pointless. So what is the point? Well there’s the notion that these labels help describe the music, but even that has a tendency to fall short and totally give someone a wrong impression of an artist before they ever get the chance to listen to them.

As demonstrated by this infographic, at least one saving grace of genre labels is their use in archiving music history. That way we can look back and have a word like “Disco” to call those simultaneously awful/amazing things that were happening in the 80′s. Notice the gap of new genre’s approaching the 2000′s. It’s not because there weren’t any. Just give it some more time for the critics and journalists to agree on what was good, what was not, and what to call it.

Be sure to click the link below for the full sized interactive version.

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21 Ways To Say Hello [infographic]

April 8, 2014 |  by  |  Education, Lifestyle, Uncategorized  |  1 Comment
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As the world becomes more interconnected through technology and the movement of cultures. Throughout your day you are likely to encounter many of people that are not of the same ethnic background as you. You are likely to communicate at some point with these people and you might even have an opportunity to make a new friend. But before you can be their friend you’ve got to initiate communication. You need to say hello!

Bom Dia! You’re in Brazil and you find yourself wearing the same shirt as another person. Sah-wahd-ee-kah! You’ve entered a shop in Thailand and the owner is beaming at you.

You don’t even have to visit another country to say hello in another language. If you over hear someone at the grocery store you can say hello. Saying  is the first step to creating new relationships. In a world so interconnected why wouldn’t we try to get to know as many people as possible while giving ourselves the opportunity to explore countless different cultures.

The trend of this generation is to accept those that are different from yourself. There is no better way to accept someone than by accepting their culture. You will fair so much better in society when you can simply and kindly say hello. [via]

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The Spy’s Toolkit: Espionage Gadgets Throughout the Ages [Infographic]

April 7, 2014 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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Everyone loves a good spy gadget. From the childhood days of wearing mirrored sunglasses and writing in invisible ink to watching Q’s ridiculous gadgets in James Bond movies, there is a fondness I have for all things ‘spy’. Here in this infographic we go back in history to some of the best real-life spy gadgets. I stress the ‘real life’ aspect because although you won’t find anything quite like James Bond’s underwater-car or wristwatch grapple-guns (though camera pigeons come close to that level of awesome), there are however some pretty incredible stories behind some of these gadgets.

Take for instance the Fake Monopoly Game from the 1940s. John Waddington LTD (who owned the rights to Monopoly in the UK) worked with M19 (secret British spy agency) to distribute information to POWs via fake board games of Monopoly. These ‘board games’ would contain maps, files, and compasses disguised as playing pieces. The way the soldiers would know whether or not they had one of these special sets was by the indication of a red dot on the Free Parking space. Amazingly they smuggled these boards in by setting up fake charities to infiltrate enemy camps (still don’t really understand how that works but ok).

That was definitely my favorite spy gadget from this list. Which one did you like the most? Leave some comments down below!

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Unplugged: A Smartphone Detox [infographic]

April 6, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Tech  |  1 Comment
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Are you addicted to your smartphone? If I hadn’t recently gone without my smartphone for three days, I probably wouldn’t be asking myself that question. Sadly, I’ve come to realize that I have a smartphone problem. According to this infographic, 66 percent of people said they couldn’t last one day without it. I honestly don’t know how I survived for three.

It was upsetting enough that I wasn’t able to use smartphone applications like Snapchat and Instagram (which I am definitely addicted to). Not being able to call and text people, or even check my emails, was beyond frustrating. I had to borrow phones like I was back in middle school and it was awful.

I find myself getting pretty anxious without my smartphone, even if it’s just for a few hours. What if something goes wrong and I’m left without a way to contact anyone? I think not being connected is a little frightening. Is this a problem that only an extended detox could solve? Possibly, but I am a millennial. I grew up this way. I guess it’s time to admit that I’m a nomophobiac. Are you?

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It’s All About The Music [infographic]

April 5, 2014 |  by  |  Music  |  1 Comment
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The very most foundational aspects of my personality are rooted in the music that I listen to. Music has been a part of my life ever since my parents bought me Please Please Me by The Beatles when I was 5 years old. That was my shit. While all of my peers were discovering Britney Spears and The Backstreet Boys, I was jamming out to a Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits tape. I’ve always prided myself on the music that I listen to, because quite frankly, music is the only thing that matters in this world. Music is just fantastic. It’s candy for the ears and soul. The craziest thing about music is that it is only noise. It’s just a bunch of sounds that humans have been creating and tweaking for years and years, because for whatever reason, these certain sounds are pleasing to listen to. And what’s even crazier is that all of these sounds create an emotional response when you listen to them. Have you ever danced to a song? If you answered “no”, gtfo. It’s amazing to me, that someone can put a bunch of sounds together in such a way that, when listened to, make you want to move your body. Music moves through you. Here’s an infographic about other people that like music too. [via]

 

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