- A World Without The Internet [Infographic]
- Beer Tracker Bottle Opener Knows How Drunk You Are
- The Evolution Of 8-Bit Graphics & Music [Video]
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 12:00 PM PDT
If someone were to tell you today that tomorrow the Internet would cease to exist, what would you do? There would be catastrophic consequences that could leave the whole world in ruins. Some people would probably say that it would be for the best, but the fact is that everything you are using today, whether it is your car or the smartphone in your pocket, all use the Internet for something. There is probably not a single product that is globally successful that hasn't been produced without a single email being sent. It's simply the world we live in today, and the faster our Internet connections get, the more we will rely on the Internet for our daily news, weather reports, traffic reports, stock information, purchases and everything else we could possibly think of.
So what would the world be like without the Internet? Well, we have seen it before, and to compare the two worlds would make a very pale comparison. What would you do? How would you occupy your time? Would you have the same friends as you have today? Would you even be with the same person you love right now? As you might understand, a world without the Internet would have serious consequences that would leave a lot of people lost.
Today the Internet employs 1.2 million people directly in the US alone. It's a staggering number that still feels a little low. With the number of people coming up with new websites and online ideas increasing rapidly, this number should really double in a couple of years or so. A new infographic from Online Education called The World Without The Internet outlines the differences between today and a day when the Internet never existed.
We all know about the SOPA bill that was widely debated and voted down a while back. It would have had infinitely crippled the growth of the Internet and would have created a ripple effect throughout the world. Luckily it wasn't voted through, but there are bills like CISPA, ACTA and PIPA that are trying to pretty much achieve the same thing, but with a different approach. It has always surprised me how a world could build something as complex and perfect as the Internet really is, only for governments around the world to try and break it all down into pieces. It is funding our world as we know it, so why would we want to change it?
If you are not yet "employed" by the Internet, you can be certain that in the near future you will be. Everything is moving towards that, and I wouldn't be surprised if many of us will end up working in a virtual world creating virtual products that are purchased online, only to be 3D printed by the customer at home. It's a scenario that may come true sooner than most people think. So the question remains, what would you do if the Internet never existed? What would your life be like?
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 11:00 AM PDT
A lot of people take their vacations during the summer, which is of course not news to anyone. However, it is when you are on your vacation that you might pop a beer every once in a while and just sit back and relax. For a lot of people, this could easily lead to a few too many beers. A chillax can easily become a party binge worthy of a three day birthday party. Besides, if you are used to drinking beer, a couple can easily become a few and then the race is on. After that, it could be quite impossible to even keep track of how many beers you have had during your party evening. Well, that was yesterday. Today there is something quite useful which is available to keep track of all this.
Here's where the Beer Tracker Bottle Opener will step in and solve all your troubles. Not only is it a great way to keep track of how many beers you drink yourself, but this could be a superhero tool for any bartender trying to keep track of his or her customers. By keeping track of the brewskis, you know exactly when a couple have in fact become too many. It's a quite simple little "toy" that simply counts the number of beers it has opened. It's available over at Fred Flare for just $10, so it's quite an inexpensive solution as well.
The technical aspects of this thing should not be too hard to explain really. A sensor simply detects the number of bottles it has opened and displays that number on the actual bottle opener itself. This little thing could easily keep track of all the bottled beverages that have been consumed during your party for example, which would make it easier to see exactly what it cost you to host that epic party you just threw. It's a great measuring tool for the next time you set out to become a legend among your friends for the most retrofied party in the history of your own timeline. Solutions can be brilliant when they work, but they are genius when they are simple.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 10:00 AM PDT
If you have followed the indie gaming scene closely for the last couple of years, you might have noticed how games have adopted the 8-bit art style at an ever increasing pace. Games like Minecraft, Fez and of course Terraria have all incorporated and built their graphics engine on this art style. People seem to really enjoy it as well. It might be because these games bring back memories from when people where young. It is also a way for game developers to lower their developing costs and allow more people to be able to play the games since the spec requirements are infinitely less than for a complex 3D engine big budget game. The question really is, where did it start and where it is heading in the future?
A new short documentary goes through the ages and stages of the 8-bit art style, and why this particular cultural phenomenon came to be in the first place. It's quite simple really, and anyone who has ever had the opportunity to program and mess around with a Commodore 64 or a Spectrum knows that the resources at your disposal were low, thus making any kind of complicated graphics show up on screen quite impossible.
Personally, I am one of the people who loves this kind of art style. It is ultimately "refreshing," if I could be so bold as to use that particular word. It's nice to see this retro approach in a new, more fluent execution and with a new set of tools to make it even more innovative. If we take Fez, for example, which is a new widely successful indie game, it incorporates 3D graphics with the 8-bit style in a way that we have never seen before. It is combinations like this that really make game development so exciting. Enjoy a journey through the ultimate world of 8-bit retro art and music.
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