Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Plans With Hugh Jackman

Last night turned out to be a really quiet one for me. Our dinner plans got cancelled so I used the opportunity to catch up on the TV that I’ve missed in the past week and ended up staying in for the entire night. Tonight, tho, we will deffo get out on the town. After [...]


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Business network Viadeo buys Soocial for cloud-based contact management

Intensifying the competition among professional social networks, French company Viadeo has acquired Soocial, a Dutch startup that manages contact details in the cloud.

Soocial, which operates on 500 platforms and messaging services, unifies your address book across devices. When someone …


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Monday, November 28, 2011

Why ESPN Sat on Explosive Syracuse Molestation Tape for Nearly 10 Years

Sofia M. Fernandez
The sports network possessed tape of a conversation between the wife of assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine and one of his alleged victims before broadcasting it Nov. 27.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Infographic: xkcd Shows You the Money

xkcd150x150.jpgIf there's a prize for best infographic, ever, then Randall Munroe has won. Hands down. The winner? His Money infographic posted Monday. This monster infographic comes with full sources in CSV format and covers everything from Barenaked Ladies to 2012 presidential fundraising.

If you ever wanted to see money put into very detailed perspective, this will do it for you. Munroe starts with visualizations based on the dollar, like a Starbucks Coffee ($2.00) to a comparison of hourly worker and CEO pay between 1965 and 2007.


From there, Munroe goes on to compare box office revenue from Snow White to Avatar, and annual profits of AT&T, Verizon, and JP Morgan Chase. The U.S. Household Income visualization alone is worth the time downloading the 6.7MB image. See also the section on billionaires.


Want to know the cost to buy the world a Coke? That'd be $2,240,000,000. The folks at Coke could do it, given the marketing budget of $2,980,000,000. Teaching the world to sing? That's trickier, given four half-hour singing lessons that run $30 a pop ($840,000,000,000). The Coke info is right next to U.S. foreign military aid ($11,010,000,000) and all the tea in China (a steal at $4,210,000,000).


The entire chart is 12,528 by 8,352 pixels. That would take five Apple 27" Thunderbolt Displays to render full-size, side to side. It would take 30 Apple 27" displays to show in its entirety at full size. Or you could buy your very own copy to hang on the wall and admire without having to purchase a phalanx of $1,000 monitors.


Marketers, the xkcd Money infographic is now the standard by which all of your infographics will be measured by.



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Feds Detail Supercomputing's Future

Federal agencies are working on everything from supercomputing in the cloud to software optimizations for fusion research, and will be discussing their research at this week's annual SC11 conference.

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