Sydney Opera House [infographic]

November 12, 2013 |  by  |  Travel  |  3 Comments
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Today’s infographic is in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. This is a big deal seeing how it took seven years to construct the model and 17 years to complete the actual building. For me, it’s the most iconic building in the world. I’ve seen it printed so many times it’s as if I know it personally. Unfortunately for me (and I assume many of us) I have never made it Down Under. That said, I have every intention to.

To get into the spirit of this opera house anniversary, let’s talk about the guy who designed it. The name, Jørn Utzon, and his design was found amongst 222 other design submissions after previously being discarded. What!? The infographic also says that he thought of the idea after looking at orange slices.

So check out the infographic. It’s full of random useless information, and we all love random useless information! Then go visit the breathtakingly beautiful opera house in Sydney where it’s technically illegal to wear hot pink pants after midday Sunday (don’t actually know if that’s true). [Sydney Opera House]

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The Big Showdown [Infographic]

November 11, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Gaming  |  No Comments
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The new generation of gaming consoles is getting closer with each passing day (PS4 – November 15th, Xbox One – November 22nd), and many gamers may still be trying to decide which system to go with. Now that Microsoft has removed many of the features that irked consumers about the Xbox One when it was revealed, both it and the Playstation 4 seem to be on more even ground.

Today’s infographic from Xpango gives us a side-by-side rundown of both consoles and lays out both the good and the bad on both ends. One of the more interesting factors in making the final decision doesn’t really concern gaming at all, despite these being gaming consoles. All-around entertainment (i.e. movies, TV, streaming, social media) is beginning to make a larger presence in these machines, the Xbox One in particular. The Playstation 4 will be more geared towards gaming (although it will definitely still have some of these other entertainment features), but it will also cost $100 less than its competitor at launch. Either way you cut it, it’s still a tough decision.

For more info on the upcoming consoles, have a look at the graphic below. [Via]

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The Six Smartest Things You Can Do Every Night And Morning [infographic]

November 10, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Waking up and getting the day started is one of the toughest parts of the day. Everything you have to do is jumbled and floating around in your head. You want nothing more than to just stay in bed. But you can’t because you have a life and people that depend on you. It’s bad enough that you have responsibilities, but you have to dress nice too? I don’t know about you all, but picking clothes in the morning is one of the most frustrating things about starting my day.

We want to do it all. We want to feel energized from our morning exercise. We want to actually get a decent breakfast in. And we want to look good for the day to come. Often striving for these things is what keeps people from being the “morning person” that so many hate at work. Whether we admit it or not we are jealous of the morning people. We envy their positivity and the ease in which they handle the start to their day.

Planning ahead is what is going to get us there. In this infographic, we are shown a few tips and tricks to making the new day a better and easier one. Organizing your thoughts will help you visualize how to efficiently achieve your to-do’s. Doing something that’s going to make you feel good about yourself is a must in the morning. Make yourself a routine to ensure you can be a happier and more successful you. [via]

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Meet the New 100 Dollar Bill [Infographic]

November 9, 2013 |  by  |  Government, Retail  |  3 Comments
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I imagine this is how the board-room meeting went: “Gee Benjamin Franklin, you’re looking a little too regular! We need you to be more hip and happenin’! We have the technology, WE MUST REBUILD HIM.” After many painstaking hours of manicures, hairdos, and the infamous ‘sunglasses or no sunglasses’ debate, they hath made Benjamin Franklin anew on the $100 bill.

All jokes aside, there is in fact a new $100 bill in the United States. Even more uncrackable than the last, this new bill has tons of new watermarks and individual characteristics that ward against counterfeiting.

You can actually FEEL Ben Franklin’s shoulder now! Apparently he’s bumpy. I guess you could say that all of those lightning strikes ruffled his coat a bit! Not only that but, Ben’s got a fancy inkwell that changes color so that he may magically sign important documents post mortem! Dang BEN. Also he’s following the trend of 3D with crazy inlaid security ribbons that change from a big number to images of bells for some reason! WOW! Man everything on this bill switches from one thing to another by tilting the bill. I’m going to go ahead and say that this may be the first psychedelic Federal Reserve Bill. Just sayin.

Stuff is whack on this money. Thus secure.
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The Evolution of the Geek [infographic]

November 8, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Lifestyle  |  5 Comments
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First off, there are not enough infographics out there about Dungeons and Dragons, will someone send me one if they find a good one please? Second, screw this infographic. It started off really well with where the term “geek” came from, good deal! Then continues over to Geekus prime and onto computer geek; nothing is said about the computer geek, which is a very important geek, because he is what the internet geek is based upon!

Also, I am very annoyed by the book geek as I’m sure others are. Harry Potter, Narnia and Twilight are so general, all walks of life read those books, and the Lord of the Rings are perhaps more “geeky” but still very popular. What about Sci-fi books? Or old mediaeval times books? — So much more of a geek fest genre.

The artist got a little lazy on the “geek Chic” because these are not variants of geek chic, a theatre geek doesn’t dress that way to be ironic — a theatre hipster might. A food geek doesn’t dress that way either. These are more just hobbies people have. These are all things really upsetting me. I wouldn’t have had to complain about all this if someone had just made a decent D&D infographic.

By the way, I am playing my first game of Dungeons and Dragons today, and I cannot wait. Any advice will be appreciated.
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