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The History of the Internet

The History of the Internet

The History of the Internet covers all of the most important milestones since 1969: from the first virus to the birth of Google and 2.4 billion Internet users.
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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A

This is a clean and modern timeline that easily displays the information.

Infographic Information: A

Great information for internet lovers and those who are into history.

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Choosing the Right DJ for Your Bar Mitzvah

The DJ or band sets the mood for your Bar Mitzvah party. Once you have your date set, it is time to start looking for a DJ. Remember, DJs typically take the first offer that comes their way for a particular date, so the sooner you can book one, the better off you will be.

If you have friends or relatives who have already planned a Bar Mitzvah in your area, ask them which DJ they used and what they thought about the entertainment value they received. This will help you narrow down the field. Then, determine the level of entertainment you require. Do you need a high energy DJ, or is your event more formal, just requiring some simple music? Knowing your needs will help you as you interview perspective DJs.

Choose a DJ with experience in providing entertainment for Bar Mitzvahs. This will ensure that they are familiar with the traditional songs that you may want. Also, look for one that has dancers who can teach your guests some of the traditional dances. This will add entertainment value to the party. Once you find one that comes highly recommended and understands the needs of a Bar Mitzvah, schedule them for your date. Waiting will simply give someone else the chance to make the call before you!

Infographic Review

Infographic Design:  B

Traditional and conservative design that gives a religious feel that works well with the information. I think the design may not be the most creative but it is focusing on a specific audience which makes it appropriate and relevant to that audience.

Infographic Information: A

The information is a really good checklist for someone who is going to be planning a Bar Mitzvah. I like how it is broken down into a timeline giving the reader exact times to accomplish each task. The infographic also helps to give those who are not familiar with Bar Mitzvahs a better understanding of what it takes to organize one.

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History Of Rising Gas Prices

History Of Rising Gas Prices

Gas Prices have seemed to steadily rise over the past couple of years sometimes shooting higher overnight but there was a time when gas prices were affordable. This infographic takes a look back at gas prices through the years.
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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A

The design of the infographic looks like something out of the sixties which gives a retro feel to the infographic. The header and title image transport the reader back into the sixties from the image of the gas pump and the retro blue color. The grey background may look simple but there is a design in it that changes to represent each decade. This is also helped to break the timeline into sections. Every fact is attached to a year and gives the reader what the prices were like for that specific year. I like that the years for the seventies are on disco balls and the eighties have a very unique look as well. I think that the design of the infographic was given a lot of thought about what each decade should look and feel like and this infographic was able to capture that.

 

Infographic Information: B+

We all know gas prices have risen since the sixties but it was interesting to see by how much and to also compare it to other items of the time. I could not believe that you could buy a McDonald’s hamburger for $0.15. The timeline really showed the progression of inflation and how it has affected gas prices and other items through the years. I was surprised to see that gas prices did not change much from 1967 to 1972 but from 2002 to 2007 gas prices jumped more than a dollar. This shows that the more our country grows the faster inflation is taking place. I really enjoyed the 2012 facts about college costs and the price of a movie ticket since they were mentioned in other decades you can compare it to see how much the prices have changed. I would say that overall this was a really great infographic with interesting information that was fun to read.

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Visual History of Christmas Trees

Visual History of Christmas Trees

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Just in time for the holidays, this infographic tells all about the history of Christmas trees.  The blurb at the top tells about the beginning of the Christmas tree, and we’re given a code (via colored Christmas lights) as to whether each entry on the timeline is a landmark tree, the invention of a decoration, something about Christmas culture, or a fact about the tree industry.  Since this infographic is in a timeline format, it’s pretty hard to slap subheaders on the review, so we’ll just review some  of the facts.

The first decorated Christmas tree appeared in Latvia in 1600.  The first artificial tree, offered by Sears, Roebuck & Company, became available in 1883.  It cost $.50for 33 limbs and $1.00 for 55 limbs.

In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt said that it was bad to cut down trees for decoration.  Lots of people wanted artificial trees after that.

In the 1910’s people used glass candle holders and candles to light their trees.  Electric lights already existed, but they were dangerous AND expensive.  Also in the 1910’s, over-harvesting led to shortages of evergreen trees, so tree farms started up in the 1920’s to meet demand.  Also in the 1920’s, feathered trees hit the market.  They were imported from Germany, and were available in miniature (2 inches tall) and full size (6 feet tall).

In 1923 they started decorating the National Christmas Tree.  A storm knocked it over in 2011 so a new tree was planted.

In the 1930’s, the Brush company manufactured the first bristle trees.  Also, in 1933, the tradition of the tree in Rockefeller Center started.  The tallest one of those ever was a 30 foot spruce that held the spot in 1999.

In the 1940’s, the West Coast decided they wanted some more Christmas spirit, so they came up with flocking kits that made your tree look like it was covered in snow.  Also in the 1940’s (1946, to be exact), bubble lights were invented.

In the 1950’s, aluminum trees came out as the first non-green artificial trees.  Also in the 1950’s, Disneyland’s Main Street got its 60 foot tall tree for the first time.  They used live trees until 2008, and then got eco friendly and started using artificial trees.  Also in the 1950’s we met the Grinch for the first time (1957).

The 1960’s brought is A Charlie Brown Christmas, and because of that movie’s negative portrayal of artificial Christmas trees, there was a decline in sales.  The power of the Peanuts.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, plastic trees became available, offering a green alternative and seeing many, many sales.  In 1980, the largest tree ever was lit in Gubbio, Italy.  It was 650 meters tall, and used over 8.5 kilometers of cable.  In 1989, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation came out, and is still one of the best-loved holiday films of all time.

The 1990’s saw a rise in the use of artificial trees – 46% of home used them.  Fiber-optic trees were introduced in the 1990’s as well.

In 2000 US politicians debated as to whether or not to call Christmas trees Christmas trees.  Sales boomed, however, and by 2004 58% of home used artificial trees.  In 2007, over 17.4 million artificial trees were sold.  In 2001, the industry saw the introduction of the lifelike polyethylene trees that are still popular today.

“Today, artificial trees range from lifelike to glamorous, complete with spinning motors, multi-colored lights, and polyethylene plastics.”

Scorecard

Design:  A

Very attractive

Information:  A

Who knew?  Now we know the whole history of Christmas trees.

Source:  Christmas Tree Market

Technology and Medicine Infographic

Technology and Medicine Infographic

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This extremely attractive infographic address how technology has changed the medical industry.  It starts off by stating “medical technology is the application of devices, procedures, and knowledge for diagnosing and treating disease for the purpose of maintaining, promoting, and restoring wellness while improving the quality of life.”  On the left of the entire infographic is a timeline of technological advances in the medical industry, starting with the invention of the stethoscope in 1816 and ending with the production of the first commercial hybrid PET/MRI scanner in 2008.  Check out the entire timeline for the whole scoop.

US Med Tech Companies By Segment

A pie chart shows us that a great many medical technology companies are focused on therapeutic devices, while the next biggest segment belongs to non-imaging diagnostics.  The next largest segment is dedicated to research and other equipment, and the next segment (second to the smallest) is dedicated to imaging.  The smallest segment is designated as “Other.”  In the therapeutic devices category, the largest piece of that piece of the pie goes to cardiovascular and vascular developments, and the smallest to urology/pelvic with many other therapeutic devices in between.

3 Ways Medical Technology Has Improved Treatment Processes

1. Faster Diagnosis

2. Less Invasive Treatments

3. Shorter Hospital Stays

Survival Rate

It is noted that the survival curve has flattened because of lower mortality and has become increasingly vertical with older people because of the technological advances.  A graph shows the percentage of people who lived until a certain age between 1900 and 1902, when only about 10% of people lived past the age of 85, and 2002, when almost 30% of people lived past the age of 85.  Based on this graph, most people live to age 55 or older, and around 50% of people live to at least age 80.

Advances in Medical Technology

Some of the advances mentioned are wireless heart monitors, skin cell guns, the STEM microscope, Nexagon healing gel, Berkeley Bionics’ eLEGS, and the iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor.  A description of each of these advances is included on the infographic.

Advancements in Health Record Technology and More

Sprint has something called M2M healthcare initiative that provides GPS tracking for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offers faster access to more unified personal data like heath records and test results.  Now there is also a “know before you go” option for hospital emergency rooms.  Some hospitals place their wait times on billboards, make them available on their website, and even offer the wait time via text.  Some hospitals participate in a service called InQuick ER where a patient can pay a $9.99 fee and hold a place in the ER online.

Helpful Healthcare Apps

Some of the apps listed are My Medical, which allows you to store medical histories for you and your whole family, BP Buddy, that helps you track your blood pressure levels, Glucose Buddy, which helps you manage diabetes, and iTriage, that is a diagnostic tool.  Also listed is the Ovulation Calendar – guess what that does?  Also, the Mediquations Medical Calculator brings 231 medical calculations and scoring tools right to your mobile device.

Scorecard

Design:  A

Like I mentioned before, this is a very attractive infographic.  It manages to get a lot of information across in a way that does not confuse you or frustrate you, and the colors used are easy on the eyes.

Information:  A

The information given is complete and well-researched.

Source:  SmallCellLungCancer.net

Voice Over History Infographic

Voice Over History Infographic

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You can’t see it very well, because the print is small and this website will only allow an infographic to be but so wide, but you can click on the image to enlarge it, or you can go to the source to see the whole shebang.  I never really thought much about voiceovers, except for my uncanny ability to point out when Tim Allen is the voice behind that car ad, etc.  But I digress.

From the Top

A handy graph shows us that the most VO (voice over) talent agencies are located in Los Angeles.  No big shocker there.  Next is Toronto, then New York, then Chicago.  Those are the top 4, but they list other cities as well.  It would be neat to also see a graph of the amount of voice actors in each of those cities.

Next we see a map of the US, with the right-to-work states marked in gray, and the major market states marked in white.  I guess this is supposed to show us how the three major market cities are in states that aren’t right-to-work states?  Sure enough, California, Illinois, and New York are forced-union states.

At the top right of the infographic there is a small box that tells us what voice actors make.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

The Timeline

The timeline takes us all the way back to the 1860’s, when a typesetter and librarian made a “phono-autograph” of a woman singing “Au Clair de Lune.”  In the 1870’s, the microphone invented.  In 1877, Thomas Edison made a recording of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on a “phonograph” that could record sound and play it back.

In the 1890’s, the first talking toy was invented.

In the early 1900’s, radio broadcasts came to pass, along with some controversy as to who thought of it first. In the 1920’s, specifically in 1922, radio ads became legal.  By 1929, the biggest form of entertainment were radio serials.  In 1925, the transistor radio was invented, and in 1929, Mickey Mouse spoke for the first time.

In 1933, the Screen Actors Guild was formed, and in 1937 The American Federation of Radio Artists formed its charter.  Also in 1937, digital recording started getting invented.

In 1941 the first legal TV ad aired.  It was for Bulova watches.  In 1947 the Taft-Harley Act was enacted to better monitor union activity.

In the 1950’s advertising really took off.  In 1951, the Wilhelm Scream was invented and voiced by Sheb Wooley.

In the 1960’s, dubbing started taking place – so foreign movies were offered with some ferociously bad overdubbing.

In the 1970’s, we started having “blockbuster” movies and thus the need for the movie trailer.  Hence, a bump in the voiceover industry.

In the 1980’s, video games came to be, so more voice work came  out of that.  Later, an ISDN came to life and was defined, and would provide the foundation for today’s VOIP.

In the 1990’s, the internet got really popular, and in 1992 the voice actors from The Simpsons got an Emmy.

In the 2000’s, Online/P2P Casting came about, mucking things up for the voice talent agencies.  SaVoa, the Society of Accredited Voice Over Actors formed in 2007, and that same year the VoiceOver International Creative Experience launched in Las Vegas.

Scorecard

Design:  C+

I hate the background color, and the words are too small.

Information:  A

What a lot of information!  Well organized, it may have been better to convey the same information in a different visual manner.

Source:  scottreyns.com.

History of Birth Defects by Rx

History of Birth Defects by Rx

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This infographic is titled “Hard Pill to Swallow,” and when you look at the data it presents, it really is. It’s about prescription drugs and birth defects. It contains historical information on all the things people have taken that they thought would help them, and only ended up hurting their child, as well as historical information on the things the government has tried to do to prevent birth defects caused by prescription drugs.

This one is a little harder to break down by category, so we’ll just give you the highlights and you can examine the infographic at will.

The Timeline

In 1938, President Roosevelt signed the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which enforced a pre-market review of the safety of any new drug.  We’re told, all the way at the end of the infographic, that during the 30’s some lemon-lime soft drinks had lithium in them, and they were marked as hangover cures.  Unfortunately, we learn in another sidebar of the infographic that lithium is known to cause birth defects.  So is alcohol, for that matter.  One of the factoids presented back at the top of the infographic tells us that, despite federal regulatory efforts, drug companies still found a way to introduce harmful products.

In the 1940’s, a drug started being prescribed for pregnant women.  It’s name was Diethylstilbestorl and it was in use for over thirty years.  The FDA ended up withdrawing the drug because it was found to cause tumors in pregnant women.  In the 1951 a new drug called Tirmethadione was developed as an anti-convulsant.  It turned out to cause facial deformities and a fetal death rate of a whopping 87%.

In the 50’s and 60’s, a drug called Thalidomide was used almost worldwide.  It caused birth defects in the form of physical deformities in 10,000 children in 46 countries.  The drug was not FDA approved, yet the drugs were distributed because of clinical testing programs.

In 1962 it was discovered that an active ingredient in Depakote, used for seizures and bipolar disorder, was linked to cases of autism and spina bifida.

And the list goes on an on through the decades to modern day.  See the image for more information about druges that have caused birth defects.  In 2011, the FDA discovered that the drug Topamax, a migraine-preventative, caused an increased risk of cleft lip and cleft palate.

More Information

We’re informed that the FDA classifies a drug that can cause fetal injury as a Category X drug.  We’re also told that 2 out of 3 women take prescription meds when they are pregnant.  How many, I wonder, are Category X drugs?  The top cause of infant deaths are birth defects.  I wonder how many of those birth defects are caused by prescription medications?  We’re told that 40% of women of child-bearing age that use Category X drugs and contraceptives don’t take their contraceptive regularly, thus risking pregnancy that could result in a birth defect.

This is obviously still a big problem, one that should be taken seriously.

Information:  B

The questions I asked in the body of the review would be nice to know, and there is a typo in the mix (it’s up to you to find it if you care), but there is a lot of information given and it’s very valuable, even though it is very scary.

Design:  B+

The infographic is easy to read and the timeline is well-designed, though the information to the left of the timeline seems to have no rhyme nor reason.  It could have been arranged more effectively.

Source:  Neural tube defects

 

Online Gaming Infographic – A Graphic, Visual History

Online Gaming Infographic – A Graphic, Visual History

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So, I have to admit I geeked out a little when I found out what this infographic was about.  I am not admitting to any large amounts of online gaming, or my vintage Atari buttons and t-shirts, or my SGI Dogfight-induced Carpal Tunnel in ’89, or anything like that, I just think it’s really interesting to learn about history.  History is important.  Right?  I guess I digress…

Online Gaming Timeline

This infographic is great-looking.  The header is just perfect, with its old-school feel, and the timeline set forth is impressive because of the sheer amount of research that went into it.  It lists the online games created since 1973 starting with Empire, the first networked multiplayer game, and ending in 2011 with the long-anticipated Duke Nukem Forever, which was so long-anticipated that it could never live up to fans expectations, and is thought largely to suck.

Online Gaming Sales

After the game information, including the year, the name of the game, the creator of the game, and a tidbit of information about each, there is a section on game sales.  It’s broken out by system, and the pie charts look like little Pac-Men.  The yellow part of the Pac-Man is the sum of the world’s sales in millions, and the red piece is America’s piece of the pie.  The grand total for the whole world in game sales is $3431.34 million dollars.  Is your mind blown yet?

The next section covers the top 10 games sales by publisher in millions – also showing the sum of America and the sum of the world.  Nintendo is the clear winner, with Sony a distant second.  The section right after that deals with the top 10 best-selling games of all time, broken into an “all games” category and an “online multiplayer only” category.  For “all games,” the big winner is Wii Sports, followed by Super Mario Brothers.  The best selling online multiplayer game?  Mario Kart, of course.

The Wrap-Up on Online Gaming

There are two more little sections – one with the total sales in units.  Check out the number.  Mind-boggling.  The last bit is a big old word cloud shaped like Pac-Man with names of games that were world-changers.  It’s fun to hunt for your favorite and see how big it is in comparison to others.

Design:  A+

The mix of classic video game graphics and the layout of the infographic work perfectly, and I honestly can’t think of any criticism for the look of the graphic.

Information:  A+

Everything you ever needed to know about online gaming, all wrapped up in a very big and fun to read infographic.

Source:  Online casino and online casino games from Silver Oak

New York Yankees Dominance in Baseball Infographic

New York Yankees Dominance in Baseball Infographic

New York Yankees Baseball Infographic

New York Yankees. The Best Team in Baseball? Yes.

As a long-suffering fan of the Baltimore Orioles, it pains me to have to review this baseball infographic. I’m the same as any non-Yankee fan, I despise the Yankees and didn’t much care for George Steinbrenner, God rest his soul, but you have to respect them and tip your baseball cap to them They have dominated a sport like few others have in any other sport, baseball or otherwise. So while I don’t care for them, there is probably more jealousy than any real reason to loathe them as completely as I do, must give them their due.

But enough of that diatribe, what about this sports infographic?

The artist has done a wonderful job inserting baseball-related objects (Bats, caps and baseballs. Oh My.) to create the graphs. I’d say almost whimsical, but the thoughtful use of bats as pie charts goes beyond and shows the artist’s imaginative qualities. And using the digital scoreboard as a bar graph really “hits a homerun”, much like the 600th of A-rod’s career, which he hit last week. ;-)

The amount of data showing the Yankees domination is staggering. No other Major League Baseball team comes close to the Yankees in any category. The number back up the title of the infographic and leave no room for doubt about which baseball team is the king of the Big Leagues. The top portion is a little hard to read and looks a bit “messy” but you have to reward the effort here and the timeline is a great supporting text to the argument of who is the best in baseball.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B+
I’d have given it an A, but the top portion is a little muddy. Great use of baseball objects as graph elements.

Content: A-
The infographic’s content makes the right calls and show that the New York Yankees have no peer in baseball. Makes me want to gag. ;-)

Infographic by: School Grants Blog

Planet of the Apes Infographic

Planet of the Apes Infographic

Another infographic masquerading as a timeline, but I’m okay with that because this image dose a great job explaining the oft confusing time travel issues of the Planet of the Apes movie. And since it isn’t a factual timeline, I’m giving it some latitude.

The first thing you will notice is that for a infographic it is heavy on the info and light on the graphic. In fact, the only graphic on this is a montage of a few memorable characters from the Planet of the Apes movie and its sequels. A red link directs you through the more pivotal moments and years of the story line and the legend at the bottom instructs you on the color coding, shapes and symbols.

I am a bit curious about the background choices. I assume it was meant to appear old and rustic much like a map. Not sure that works especially when it makes the content that much more difficult to read. The typeface choice could have been better as this typeface is hard to read and use of the italics doesn’t help matters.

Admittedly this infographic will have limited appeal, fans of the POTA movies and a few highly intelligent chimps looking for a takeover strategy, but it does cover the information it promises and if you decide to have a Planet of the Apes movie marathon, it would be helpful to have this infographic as a cheat sheet.

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Planet of the Apes Infographic

Thanks to Phil Laver at http://philiplaver.tumblr.com for this fun and creative submission.