- Instagram vs. The New York Times [Infographic]
- X-Men Characters As Disney Cartoons
- Death Star Grill Turns Your Barbecue Into A Star Wars Adventure
Posted: 29 May 2012 12:00 PM PDT
We often talk about how fast technology is evolving, and how that affects our daily lives in almost every way. However, I never thought about it all from this perspective before today. We all know that Mark Zuckerberg thought the value of Instagram was worth $1 billion dollars, and the decision that Facebook made to purchase the popular photo sharing site really raised a lot of questions about how we value companies today.
This infographic, called Instagram vs. The New York Times (created by the visual.ly team), really brings up a good point. Instagram was a 2-year-old startup with 12 employees at the time it was valued at a billion dollars.
On the same day that Facebook purchased Instagram, The New York Times, which is one of the most respected companies in the world and one that has been around for 161 years, was valued at 946 million dollars. How could The New York Times be valued at less than Instagram? Is it simply just that the market value and the perceived value are different? There is no question that some startups have become more valuable than big brands very quickly, but even the really, really big brands?
So the question I have is, how exactly are we valuing companies these days? Can a hot shot startup body slam a traditional big brand if it has enough influence in social media? Is that how it works now? Is it the social media aspect that is the key? Or, have we learned from the Facebook IPO (which is really too new to base anything on yet) that perhaps these companies are a little overvalued? Apparently in the eyes of investors, tech startups can be very valuable. What do you think of all this?
Posted: 29 May 2012 11:00 AM PDT
Is it just me or is everything seemingly disneyfiable? It sometimes comes as a surprise when we see new and fresh mashups between Disney and lord knows what. The weird thing is that it actually still does surprise us. No matter what it is, we always raise our eyebrows when we see that something has been run through the legendary Disney filter. Maybe it is because Disney has been captivating us for as long as most of us can remember. Even when our televisions were just showing black and white, we were glued to the screen watching Disney. Well, not me personally, but the people who were kids back in that time of the world. Call it what you will, but to me it's all called retro.
When I stumbled over a title on an image that mentioned X-Men and Disney in the same sentence, I just had to see what it was. I mean, X-Men is one of those heavily successful movie series that we see gracing the silver screen every so often. The franchise might not be as big as the Avengers (then again, what franchise is, right?), but it certainly has some pull when its movie posters start popping up around our cities.
Talented deviantART user Matthew Humphreys has a skill that most people would give their right hand for. That skill is the ability to draw things that never were Disney into things that could have came out of the legendary studio. This is an amazing skillfully drawn poster featuring X-Men characters as Disney cartoons. It is just as weirdly awesome as it sounds, and I just had to slip it in as awesomesauce in today's batch of articles. How can you not love things like this, especially when they are based on two franchises that geeks just can't stay away from?
Posted: 29 May 2012 10:00 AM PDT
My thoughts are never too far from a good barbecue with friends and family. Sure, it's not the most common of events since work has to come first, but when the summer is looming, I can't wait to relax for a few hours and just enjoy the company. For a dedicated person, it's anything but easy to let go of all the things you want to accomplish and do, and the moments that make life full of memories unfortunately come second hand. However, for a geek, throwing a barbecue is a whole endeavor. First off, you have to make sure that the tools you use are up to par with your lifestyle. It might sound easy as can be, but it's quite the opposite.
But don't fret, there are a few things that you can pick up in order to spice up that barbecue party you are about to throw. Just have a look at the awesome Death Star grill for example. It will ensure that your barbecue stays within geek territory and that Star Wars is never too far away. I assure you that a barbecue with this as the center piece can hardly can get any more memorable. When I searched for this badboy, I actually found a lesser detailed Death Star grill as well.
This primary Star Wars themed food preparation device is seemingly a one-off, so you might have to keep looking. That is, unless the owner of this thing feels like parting with it is a good idea. I doubt that will happen anytime soon though. It looks like it must have taken quite some time to put this thing together. Besides, summer is almost on top of us, and what could be better than throwing a party with this grill, right? So, maybe you have to settle for the less advanced one. I know, it sucks, but the second choice ain't too bad either. Well, actually it can't even compare to the advanced Death Star grill. So, I guess we're off sobbing in a corner somewhere.
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