Month: December 2009

The Evolution of the Superhero Movie [Infographic]

After Richard Donner’s Superman became the first superhero movie to receive a wide release in 1978, Hollywood began to look at superheroes in a different light. No longer were comic books simply a collector’s item for geeks and dweeboids. Rather, they became an opportunity to market to the masses, complete with ready-made franchises and Happy Meal product integrations.


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U.S. Trade Partners Around The Globe [Infographic]

U.S. Trade Partners Around The Globe

The trade partnerships of the United States are a vital part of its economic prosperity and growth. Here are some of these trade relationships quantified in U.S. dollars, showing the amount of goods exchanged internationally throughout most of 2009.

Trade Partners That Have a Deficit of Goods Exchanged

The U.S. has a deficit of $21.2 billion in its trade with Mexico. The U.S. has a deficit of $6.1 billion in its trade with Russia. The U.S. has a deficit of $8.6 billion in its trade with Canada. The U.S. has a deficit of $6.6 billion in its trade with Italy. The U.S. has a deficit in its trade with Germany that represents $11.5 billion. The U.S. has a deficit of $103.1 billion in its trade with China. The U.S. has a deficit in its trade with Japan worth $18 billion. The U.S. has a deficit of $7.1 billion in its trade with Venezuela. The U.S. has a deficit in its trade with Ireland of $10.6 billion. The U.S. has a deficit of $4.6 billion in its trade with Nigeria.


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Global banking brands: where does ME stand? [Infographic]

It is common knowledge throughout the world that the Middle East is a hot bed of financial activity. Yet, where as the regions banks may hold plenty of cash, what can be said about their brand value? The Brand Finance review of the top 500 financial service brands in the world, provides great insight into the top finance brands by sector. Unfortunately for the Middle East’s banks, their brand value could not get anywhere close to that of the big brands in the rest of the world.

The fragility of the Middle East financial industry was brought to light as the financial crisis hit. Despite the boom of recent years in the region, the recession led to an exodus of foreign investment, as well as a big chunk of the expat workforce. The global economic crisis damaged the level of foreign investment into the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) region. Foreign direct investment (FDI) to the area, covering 14 Arab countries, fell from US$64 billion in 2007 to around US$60 billion in 2008. This illustrates how people were prepared to invest money in the fledgling financial sector in the Middle East whilst things were going well, but then quickly lost confidence at the first signs of trouble.



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Is Dubai about to hang itself? [Infographic]

One of the emirate’s largest investment companies, state-owned Dubai World, has asked for a delay on repaying its US$60 billion debt until at least May. The company’s real estate arm, Nakheel – whose projects include the palm-shaped islands in the Gulf – shoulders the bulk of money due to banks, investment houses and outside development contractors.

This has added to fears among investors that have existed for some time since the recession hit, over the financial health of Dubai. But it gets even worse.


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A History of Time Travel in Film


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12 Monkeys (1995), A Sound of Thunder (2005), Army of Darkness (1992), Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Bill and Teds Bogus Journey (1991), Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure (1989), Black Knight (2001), Deja Vu (2006), Flight of the Navigator (1986), Freejack (1992), Frequency (2000), Kate and Leopold (2001), Meet the Robinsons (2007), Millenium (1989), Movie, Somewhere in Time (1980), Star Trek (2009), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993), Terminator 2 : Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the MAchines (2002), The Butterfly Effect (2004), The Final Countdown (1980), The Jacket (2005), The Philadelphia experiment (1984), The Time Machine (2002), Time Bandits (1981), Timecop (1994), Timeline (2003)

Military Spending Worldwide [Infographic]

Military spending by various countries all over the world can be measured as each country’s spending percentage of that country’s gross domestic product. A country’s GDP is a total of the value of the services provided in a country and the products that are made there. It does not include the value of items that are imported into that country, but it does include items that are made in a country and exported out of it. The GDP of a country is often considered to be a good indicator of that country’s standard of living.

In general, the Middle East has the highest amount of military spending when compared to the GDP of the countries in that region. Africa is a mixture of countries that spend little and countries that spend nearly as much as the Middle East when compared to their own GDPs. Europe and the Americas spend in the mid range with Mexico and most Central American countries spending the least of these countries when compared to its GDP. Australasia and East Asia are also in the mid-range with Japan spending little compared to its GDP.


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