Welcome To The Internet in Real-Time

The folks over at pennystocks have put together this mesmerizing infographic that shows just how far down the rabbit hole of the internet we are. From watching streaming video to social media, to shopping and blogging, there is a staggering amount of data being transferred over the Internet.

Every second there is simply an overwhelming amount of activity and this graphic details it in mind bending clarity. Everything from the amount of ad revenue Google makes, to Instagram uploads, to Tweets, to how much money is spent on Amazon.

I think the only missing is the number of quiz plays on Sporcle. Someone should really get on that.

Click the animation to open the full version (via http://pennystocks.la).

Visualization of European Air Traffic Over A 24 Hour Time Span

This data visualization of air traffic in Europe is brought to you by National Air Traffic Services (NATS), the main air navigation service provider in the United Kingdom. It visualizes the airspace over a typical 24-hour period in the summertime using real flight data. Note the intensity from Heathrow (the busiest international airport in Europe) as compared to Gatwick (the busiest single runway airport in the world).

Find out more at nats.aero and nats.aero/blog

Kevin Bacon Explains The 80s To Millennials

The 1980s were a magical time but they are in danger of being lost forever. Two time Saturn award nominee Kevin Bacon is trying to make sure that never happens. Promoting ’80s awareness, Bacon reminds us that before Google there were phone books, instead of Apps we had the Rubik’s Cube, parachute pants were a joy unto themselves.

If there is anyone out there that can save the ’80s, it’s Kevin Bacon. Godspeed to you sir.

Robotics and Ping Pong – A Match Made In Heaven

It’s not quite Skynet, but this robotic arm is fairly decent at ping pong. Matched up against table tennis star (yes, that is a thing) Timo Boll, the robot, UHTTR-1 developed by robot maker Kuka, is able to hit the ball back independently and hang in there.

The video is shot much like a Michael Bay film, but it is somewhat fun to imagine what this robotic Forrest Gump would be like at the olympics someday.

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator draws first comic in nearly 20 years.

‘Calvin and Hobbes’ is back!

Ok, well, not really, but the creator of the iconic cartoon about a boy and his tiger has drawn his first public art in 19 years. The following is the movie poster for the comic strip documentary ‘Stripped’, which is billed as ‘a love letter to comic strips’.  The film features interviews and stories from a variety of well known cartoonists such as Jeff Keane of ‘Family Circus‘ and Bill Watterson himself.

Stripped movie poster

More information available at the film’s website: Stripped.

The “Guardians Of The Galaxy” Trailer Is Here!

The first trailer for Marvel Studio’s Guardians of the Galaxy debuted on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, with star Chris Pratt on hand to introduce it.

The movie stars Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and a slew of others as something akin to misfit Avengers meets The Usual Suspects. Here’s the official synopsis:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team–the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly and enigmatic Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand–with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Guardians of the Galaxy premiers in theaters on August 1st.