Evolution of the Terminator Franchise

This year marks the 30th year of the original film The Terminator. It’s crazy that something that’s still popular today was first released 30 years ago, it doesn’t feel like it would be that long! Presto has released a handy resource for us to learn more about the Terminator franchise.

The original film in 1984 was directed by James Cameron and brought $78 million in the box office. This original action film was the beginning of a huge franchise. One that produced four films, 26 video games, 100 comics, and a TV series.

It wasn’t until 1991 that the second hit came out, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Also directed by James Cameron, this film brought $519 million in the box office. In this film, Arnold and his co-star, Linda Hamilton, work together to defeat a new super terminator, the T-1000. Terminator 2 won four Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines came out in 2003. This one was directed by Jonathon Mostow and brought $433 million in the box office. In this film, predictions of the Judgement Day finally come true. And of course, the anti-hero is the first terminatrix, T-X.

Next came a TV series called the Sarah Connor Chronicles. It takes place after Terminator 2 and follows the lives of Sarah and John Connor. It was a very highly rated show, but only lasted 2 seasons.

There’s more to see, read on in the infographic below.


The luckiest 10 cities in the UK

When it comes to the lottery, a lot of people have their good luck charms, their superstitions, or their same number that they buy every time. As we all know, winning the lottery is all due to luck. You have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery, which makes it clear that you need all the luck you can get when you’re playing for the big bucks.

According to World Lottery Club, there’s a few cities that seem to be luckier than others. For example, people in London are more likely to win the UK lottery than those in other cities. You have a one in 1,238 chance of winning and the average payout is 165,642,852 pounds. If you live in Birmingham, you have a one in 1,378 chance of winning and the average payout is 103,502,084 pounds. If you’re in Newcastle, you have a one in 1,391 chance of winning with an average payout of 132,760,653 pounds.

A few fun lottery facts:

  • More than half of all National lottery winners return to work
  • The highest number of jackpot winners in one draw was 133
  • 11,200 pounds worth of lottery tickets are sold online every 100 seconds

There’s plenty more to learn. Read on in the infographic below.


Are you a hustler or high roller?

Do you like to gamble? Go often? Ever wonder what your “gambling personality” might be? You can learn a lot from other’s mistakes (or wins) and Euro Palace Casino has put together a list of celebrity wins and losses for you to glean to from. The more you know about yourself, the more likely you are to win! So let’s take a look.

Ben Affleck won $356,000 at the California State Poker tournament, winning him a seat at the World Poker Tour Final in 2004.

Victoria Coren-Mitchell won 476,000 pounds in the European Poker Tour for the second time in 2014.

Charlie Sheen was spending $20,000 per week on sports betting in 2006 during his divorce from Denise Richards.

The infographic also has a handy chart for figuring out your gambling personality. If you only play games you understand and have a system for winning, you’re a hustler. If you don’t, and you gamble alone, and it’s important for you to be seen as a winner, you’re a showoff. If you gamble to forget about the rest of your life, you’re an escapist. If you can afford to wager hundreds of dollars per round, you’re a high roller. If you never gamble alone, you’re a socialite.

There’s more. Read on to learn in the infographic below.


Falk G Couplings: An Illustrated Look

According to Mar-Dustrial Sales, Falk LifeLign G Couplings are the best thing you can do for a gearbox that you own. For those of you like me, a gearbox uses gears and gear trains to provide speed and torque conversions from a rotating power source to another device.

Gearboxes are used in a ton of different applications, thought most are in motor vehicles.

Mar-Dustrial recommends that you use Falk LifeLign G Couplings because they are inexpensive, interchangeable, and designed to AGMA standards. There are a variety of sizes and capacities. Regardless of the size differences in sleeve barrels, LifeLign G Couplings can be switched out easily. They also come with a specific grease that is designed to increase the life expectancy of the part.

The AGMA bolt pattern makes the coupling interchangeable with any standard coupling on your existing applications. The AGMA 20 degree full depth tooth triple crowning eliminates tip loading and reduces backlash and radial clearances.

A non-turning prevailing torque locknut provides reliable hold with fewer parts. Lube holes located near the tooth mesh ensure an adequate grease resevoir during initial startup. High strength grade A bolts provide added protection against failure. And a massive flex hub provides the industry’s largest bore capacity for the most economical selection possible.

There’s more to see, read in the infographic below.


The 6 Biggest Losses Bookies Suffered

Usually it seems as though the bookies always win (or don’t pay up) when it’s your turn to cash in. Smart Live Gaming has managed to find six huge instances when a bookie lost big time. Let’s enjoy this moment and think about every movie we’ve ever watched where the mangy, dirty bookie screwed someone out of their winnings.

  1. In 2000, a Manchester United fan won big time by betting on a 30p accumulator bet. He managed to pocket 500 thousand pounds. That’s not bad for a self employed business man!
  2. A hotel worker in 2004 won 870 thousand pounds. He selected the six winners at the races with a two pound wager. That’s crazy!
  3. Here’s an interesting one: when Weymouth fans started to fear that their team would lose, they bet against their own team. And won one million pounds! By betting against their OWN team. Crazy right?
  4. Another one won big time at the races (which really, when does that happen?). Four horses were priced as outsiders and bet on before the races. They raked in 15 million pounds and were all linked to Barney Curley, their trainer.
  5. Bookies lost a massive 20 million pounds when 19 of the top 20 accumulator football teams won with the remaining game being a draw.

Read on in the infographic below to find out the biggest bookie loss of them all!


BLDC Motors and Competitive Costs with High-Grade Brush Motors

According to Sinotech, brush motors have significantly shorter lives than brushless DC motors. And when you compare the costs of BLDC motors have on other components, it’s definitely competitive with the short lifespan brush motors.

BLDC motors should only be compared to high-grade brush motors and not less expensive commodity brush motors with shorter lifespans.

A BLDC motor can run for 20,000 to 40,000 hours. A brush motor can run for 1,000-2,00 hours. That’s a huge difference! BLDC motors are 95% efficient (or higher) than 75-85% brush motors. The electromagnetic interference of a BLDC motor is minimal or little filtering is needed. When compared to a brush motor, they may require significant filtering due to electrical discharge at the commutator.

BLDC motors are also explosion resistant, which can’t be said for brush motors. BLDC motors can also be low speed with high torque, which can’t be done with brush motors.

A brushless DC motor has a motor case and inside of that is the stator winding. Inside the stator winding is the stator lamination stack. A ring magnet fits inside of that and a hall effect magnet fits inside of the ring magnet.

Curious to learn more? Read on in the infographic below.


The Difference between Land Based and Online Casinos

Gambling in person versus online is definitely a different experience. Smart Live Gaming has analyzed the differences for you in a handy resource. Let’s take a look.

Safety: safety is definitely a concern in both land-based and online casinos. With online casinos, it’s your bank account, credit card information, or identity theft. There isn’t the organized crime chances that in person casinos have, but some have definitely been accused of being a criminal front.

Bonuses: Land-based casinos cannot afford to give out bonuses because of their large overhead and operating costs. While online casinos have the ability to do that, they don’t have the social atmosphere that in person casinos have.

Promotions: Online casinos offer frequent promotions, likely because they have your email and can contact you at any time. Land-based casinos can’t offer these types of promotions, but they can give you deals on entertainment, dining, and accommodations.

Skill factor: Skilled players at in person casinos can be intimidating to newcomers and can easily take advantage of them. Online casinos give you anonymity, free support, and guides to help you play.

Convenience: With online casinos, the only things you need are a stable internet connection and dependable computer. In person casinos require travel and getting out of your pajamas.

Read more in the infographic below.


UK’s Gambling Performance Comparison

Online gambling has come a long ways since it’s inception. And Smart Live Gaming is the know it all when it comes to areas in the UK and their performance. They’ve ranked performance of the top 12 cities in the UK and analyzed spend per city, players per city, gender insights, and players per age group.

They’ve created a performance index, which is the amount bet versus the amount won. This is the performance comparison with number 1 being the best performing area. And in the number one place is Liverpool. London is in close second, only being .004 behind Liverpool. Manchester is number three, Birmingham four, and Bristol five. Leeds takes the number six spot, which isn’t horrible, but it isn’t the best. Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, Sheffield, and Newcastle the last six in order.

For spend per city, London takes the cake with spending 36%. Birmingham spends 16%, Leeds 9% and Manchester and Bristol at 7%. Leicester spends 6%, Cardiff 5%, Liverpool 4% (which is surprising since it’s in the number one performance spot. Perhaps the few that gamble are just very very good?). Newcastle and Edinburgh spend 3% and Glasgow and Sheffield spend 2%.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below. Find out the percentage of players per city, gender insights, and percentage of players per age group.


Retirement Investing: Stocks versus Real Estate

There’s a lot of options for retirement investing and saving.

According to Safeguard IRA & 401K advisors, most Americans are still focused on investing in the stock market which often yields short-term gains. There’s alternative assets that people can look at that are sustainable and profitable and yield long-term growth.

Safeguard focuses on a self-directed real estate IRA. They recommend investing in real assets, like real estate, because it can hedge against inflation and losses from the volatility of the stock market.

Most Americans have a portfolio consisting of 70% stocks, both foreign and domestic, 5% short term investments, and 25% bonds.

In the recession of 2008, an incredible 3.5 million jobs were lost over the course of 3 years. The unemployment rate skyrocketed from 4.4% in 2007 to 8.7% in 2009. This meant that gross domestic product (GDP) also dropped. In 2007, GDP was at a high in the 2nd quarter to 3.1%. The lowest point was in the fourth quarter of 2008 at -8.2%.

Of course this meant that the stock market prices dropped. The DOW was at 12000+ in 2007 and dropped to 6,500 (almost half) in March of 2009. Of course this affected 401ks drastically. If your 401K was 200,000+, it’s likely you lost 25%. If your 401K was 100,000-200,000, you lost 21%.

There’s plenty more to read in the infographic below. Take a look.


How to Choose the Right Tradeshow Display

Promoting your business via a booth at tradeshows can be an exhilarating or frustrating experience. It’s all about drawing people in, creating interest, then impressing them with your product, service, or business strategy.

According to S2 Imaging, picking the right tradeshow display isn’t the easiest task and they’ve provided a handy infographic to help you decide how to choose the perfect display for your business.

If you have less than 6ft of space, it’s recommended that you choose from a table-top display, retractable banner stand, collapsible banner stand, a small banner wall, a tower, or a kiosk.

If your space is 7-10 feet, you have a few more options. These consist of the following: 8ft display table-top, 1-3 collapsible banner stands, 1-3 retractable banner stands, a floor standing fabric display thats 8 or 10 feet. There’s also a pillow fabric display system, an adjustable banner wall, a panel popup system, and a modular exhibit system.

There’s a few more options for 11-15, 16-19, and over 20 feet. There’s also some recommendations to make your space look more professional. These exist of lights, literature racks, podiums, counters, kiosks, Ipad or tablet displays, monitor displays, flooring, table covers and flags.

Read on in the infographic below.