Sure, you check your email, like stuff on Facebook and tweet about trashy songs #nowplaying, but therefs so much more online. The Internet is a magical place full of fabulous web sites. These are our favourites:
Once upon a time
1. So, you can google a thing or two, and that makes you smarter than all those technologically challenged old fogies, no? Erm, not quite. Youfre not exactly a know-it-all till you master all those skills that pre-tech generations used everyday.
Like what? Look at Obsolete Skills, a list of all those things to do that are now seemingly redundant like, Dialling A Rotary Phone; Opening a Can of Beer or Soda with a Church Key (thatfs what they did after the Second World War right up to the Sixties. Go figure); Porn Not From The Internet (youfve got to remember the time when all boys had a secret stash of lewd magazines under their bed) and so on. The entries also tell you all about the skill ? who did it, how, when, why and also why they stopped.
And Other Animals
2. Attack of the Cute is a collection of the most adorable animal pictures. The dog with glasses, the piglet in a sweater, squirrels making outc this one is dripping with aww-ness.
3. A picture of a female orangutan holding a tiny banana with the caption: gDOES THIS REMIND ANYONE ELSE OF MY EX BOYFRIEND?h Animals Talking in All Caps is just that: Animal pictures with insanely funny captions, in all caps.
4. This is a social network for your dog. Create your dogfs page (not your stuffed animal, Dogster warns), upload pictures, start a dog diary. There are guides, videos, dog fashion and quizzes. It also tells you which breed would suit you if you plan to get a new pup. So for the love of dog, sign up already!
5. Of course animals doing cutesy things are adorable but Zoo Borns takes cuteness to another level ? it announces the births of baby animals from actual zoos and aquariums around the world! Every post has pictures, a story of the lifl beastfs birth and whereabouts, rudimentary information about the species and, if youfre lucky, a video that will make your heart melt! Bunnies, lambs, cheetah cubs, baby pygmy hippos and newborn octopusesc all sorts of exotic baby animals. Itfs paradise for all animal nerds.
6. This is Dogster (look left, itfs #4 on this list) but for cat-lovers. Catster is a social network for your kitty, which also has everything you need to know (and some things you can do without knowing) about cats. The best thing on the website is the cat lady, Catsterfs version of an agony aunt, complete with a video. She sings too! I quote The Kitty Pedicure Song: gHold tight, grab my paw Gently clip my little claw Without them Ifd be defenseless Sorry for the pain and bloodshed.h
Face The Music
7. You enter the name of an artist you want to listen to, Jango streams one of their songs right away and creates a radio station, which plays songs by similar artists. Itfs a fabulous way to discover new music. I discovered Sigur Ros (an Icelandic band) on my Radiohead radio.
8. This is your portable music player. You can stream your favourite music and upload the music from your hard drive. So you can listen to your collection from any computer with Internet access. Since we still donft have access to Spotify, this is the next best thing.
9. Remember the days when a boyfriendfs job was to make a mixed tape or a mixed CD? The tapes are gone, CDs are scratched, the boyfriend dumped, but there is 8tracks. Upload eight songs (or more) from your personal music library (no more than two from/by the same album/artist) and mixed tape is ready. You can also look through other membersf mixes. It is particularly fun to find that some people think Adele and Metallica go in the same mix. Or that people still listen to Nick Carter cooing.
10. The best mixer for alcohol is music. Drinkify mixes the two. Type an artistfs name and itfll tell you the most suited drink. Bob Marley? Marijuana with this and that, garnished with a national flag. LMFAO? Get some rum, garnished with fresh berries cuz youfre sexy and you know it! It also plays music by the artist you typed in. Cheers!
Books Are A Habit
11. This blog is a collection of all the interesting things a New York-based second-hand bookseller finds in books he buys. Photographs, little notes, handwritten inscriptions, lottery tickets, birthday cards and other delightful treasures hiding between the pages of old classics. Itfll make you smile.
12. Walls converted into bookshelves, furniture converted into bookshelves, books converted into bookshelves. Bookshelf Porn is a collection of breathtakingly beautiful bookshelves from around the world. There are libraries, home libraries, bookshops and more... itfs porn for book lovers.
13. Letfs face it, there are so many books and so little time. Daily Lit emails you an installment of any book you choose, everyday at a time set by you. Itfs your five-minute daily reading habit.
14. Therefs a picture of a little girl petting her dog in a playground. Shefs grown up now, and you can see a picture of her holding that old picture against the backdrop of the same playground. The caption reads, gDear Photograph, Everything and everyone comes and goes and somehow lets you down, but the love from your very first pet and all their loyalty never fails you. That first love is unforgettable. Sophia.h Thatfs all there is to Dear Photograph. Itfs a collection of pictures from the past, in the present. Therefs a new entry every day. Every picture is worth a thousand million words.
15. Therefs something about breaking rules and something about curiousity. And there are cameras, and there are places where photography is strictly not allowed. Some people manage to steal a few shots anyway. Strictly No Photography has those stolen shots. Museums, galleries, war zones, the Kremlin...
16. Love fem or hate fem, your family will always embarrass you. Like in that one picture displayed in the living room where daddy looks like a failed rockstar, mum looks like banshee and a five-year-old you, dressed in your sisterfs polka-dotted skirt, is digging your nose. Awkward Family Photos, with entries from all over the world, makes you realise that youfre not the only one with a family thatfs completely cuckoo ? in photos.
17. Imagine a trip to Europe with your best friends from college, just before you move to new cities for your new jobs. You get lost in Venice, discover quaint little bakeries in the Alps, party in Barcelona and click 3,678 pictures in three weeks. You donft know when youfre going to see each other next, and you wonft be able to afford another trip to Europe for a long, long time. But, youfll always have the pictures. Except you accidentally leave your camera behind at this cafe in Paris. Youfre sad but therefs nothing you can do. A French boy called Pierre finds it under a wrought-iron chair in the caf?. Enter I Found Your Camera, Pierre uploads a few pictures from the 3,678 on the site. Two years later, your auntfs sister-in-lawfs nephew, the family geek, recognises you on the post. You now have your camera and pictures back. It feels like the wine in Vienna.
Friendly Internet guides
18. You learn a little everyday with Howcast. It has a gazillion instructional videos ? How To Use Twitter, How To Be A Cheerleader, How To Manage Your Money. You got a question, they got a video.
19. An Illustrated Guide To The Perfect Driveway Carwash, A History Of The American Bachelor Part XYZ, or How To Shave Like Grandpa ? Art Of Manliness is a blog about reviving the art of manliness, whatever that is.
20. Saylor is based on a simple, beautiful idea: education should be free. This is a (free) university on the Internet. There are over 200 college-level courses you can choose from. You donft have to sign up, pay, or even fill up a form. All you need is Internet access. It has excellent resources and study material. After you complete a course, you give an exam automated by a software. Youfll get a certificate with each passed course. I donft know if this is worth anything yet, but itfll definitely make you smarter. I started the Art History course today. It looks good.
Be a player
21. Whatfs better than drawing stick figures? Killing them, virtually. In Causality, on Bored.com, you have to kill all the stickmen in the game. But, if the other stickmen in the room see you do it, the game will restart. Murderfs never easy though. You have to make them do things ? talk to each other, poop, this and that in order to facilitate a quick death. Canft figure it out? Just watch a Youtube video of the game. Cheating makes it more fun.
22. Everyone loves Pac-Man! Google doodled the 30th anniversary of the gamefs release on May 22, 2010 on its home page. The world went nuts playing the game. So Google made it a separate web page. The best part: Itfs not blocked at most workplaces.
23. The only thing better than Pictionary is online Pictionary. Itfs a chat room of sorts, full of random-people-on-the-internet. Therefs a drawing board and a group chat box. One person draws, everybody else types in their guesses till someobody gets it right. The best part: You can draw badly and get away with it. The random-people-on-the-internet will cuss and swear but you can have the sadistic laugh and not give a damn!
24. Bubole is this adorable monster game. You build a monster, and this is a lot of fun ? you have super funky shapes and colours to choose from: eggplant head, Bambi eyes, Mexican moustache, strip dancer body, cactii legs, crabby arms and much much more. Once your monster is ready, name it and make it fight with monsters created by other players. There are bugs all over your screen, the sounds and fonts are killer. Fight, fight!
Have A Word
25. Words are fun. Even boring ones like eendeavourf. Wordnik compiles various definitions, synonyms, usage, hypernyms, hyponyms, related words, the Scrabble score and user-created lists where the word appears. eEndeavourf is on the Victorian Female English list (words to use if you want to become a young lady from a Jane Austen book. This list also includes eagreeablef, edelightfulf and emarriagef).
26. Itfs a dictionary of words that should be words. The fun kind of words. Slang, names, people, swear words, weird sexual words, weird non-sexual words, not-so-weird sexual words. Itfs your guide to pop culture.
27. Youfve got to have a favourite word. Itfs probably your favourite because of where you first read it, or the person who told you what it means, or because it makes your mind conjure up a beautiful image from the past (or a film). It could be your favourite because of the way it sounds or more importantly, what it means. My Favourite Word is a list of peoplefs favourite words
(and a few phrases too). Add yours.
500 million people around the world played Pac-Man on the Google doodle that day Logophile One who loves words
Etymology: Greek logos espeechf + -phile efriend, loverf
Synonyms: philologue, philologer, word buff
You are what you eat
Saut? onion and garlic.
Add eggplant and tomatoes.
Simmer, covered. Add zucchini.
Add herbs, season to taste
28. Therefs food and therefs good-looking food. Foodgawker is a feast for your eyes. The homepage is full of pictures of food, drinks and dessert, rows and rows of food ? all neatly lined up. Click on what looks the best, youfll be transported to the recipe on the blog of whoever posted the picture. The recipes are detailed, easy-to-follow, perhaps because theyfre often so personal ? with innocuous little details like the grandparents who supply the best lemons from their garden, or mumfs gulab jamuns and chocolate disasters.
29. Gojee is a magical little cookbook that fills your screen with a dish of ambrosia. Itfs not a list or a menu, itfs one dish (or drink), a small arrow on the right will take you to the next. If you like the look of it (and everything here looks so darn good), click it, and a box will describe the item and list the ingredients. A button at the bottom will link you to the original recipe published on the authorfs site. You can also enter the ingredients you have at home (or the ones you like) and the ones you donft have (or dislike, or are allergic to), and youfll get recipes based on those.
30. Every time I watch Ratatouille, I promise myself Ifm going to learn to cook. A little because Ifm inspired by Auguste Gusteaufs motto ganyone can cookh. Movie Recipes features recipes of food from films. It doesnft have too many dishes yet, but enough to keep you occupied for a while ? that yummy-looking spaghetti sauce from The Godfather or the egg in a basket V makes for Evey in V for Vendetta. Who says youfve got to eat popcorn every time you watch a film? roflmao
31. Youfre typing a text to a colleague about how you hate being stressed, except your super smart phone changes stressed to dressed. Your middle-aged colleague now thinks youfre some sort of a nudist perv. It happens. Damn You Auto Correct is full of such accidental disastrous texts ? mostly because auto correct is so convenient, most people refuse to turn it off. If you own a smartphone, itfs probably happened to you many times. If it makes you feel any better, youfre not alone.
32. Everybodyfs life is a joke. No kidding. F* My Life is a collection of the most embarrassing details of peoplefs lives. Like the time when the cute guy at the gym thought you were a 14-year-old boy (when you are in fact a 24-year-old girl) or when your girlfriend sprinkled glitter all over you to make you sparkle like more Edward (from Twilight). And yes, things like these do happen to people.
33. These are hilarious little notes that follow the format of the web sitefs name. Therefs one from an-apparently-unwelcome-future-daughter-in-law to her future in-laws, Joseph to Mary, an Indian person to the airport security, Unicorns to Noah, and a classic: The Titanic to icebergs.
34. We at BrunchQ, have a memo tacked up on the notice board that lists out the gBrunchQ Code of Conducth. Itfs a list of random things to do, phone etiquette, good manners and such. It belongs on Passive Aggressive Notes. Here, youfll find notes from ALL over: Toilets, offices, dorms, refrigerators, anywhere else. Some are angry, others are dirty, theyfre all pretty funny.
35. Go Fug Yourself is about celebs, fashion and celebritiesf fashion foibles. The authors, Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks, claim that fug means fantastically ugly. But you know better, F-for-Fantastic, really? My recent favourite: Leelee Sobieski is going to make for a tremendously elegant eighty-year-old woman. Just close one eye, and wefre already there. What the fug are you waiting for? Check this out!
36. I donft know about you, but Ifve always wanted to sell Justin Bieber to someone on Mars. With Pop Salad, I can ? sort of. If youfre into celeb gossip, this gamefs for you. It works like stocks and shares. If a celeb is generating gossip, his/her price hikes. Itfs updated with the latest buzz, so you know what your starfs worth at any given time. Letfs all sell Bieber!
Off you go
37. Donft read this one if youfre prone to severe bouts of jealousy. Geraldine DeRuiterfs life is the one you want. Her husbandfs job required him to travel a lot. When she got laid off her job, she decided to follow him around. And she started blogging. This isnft your average travel blog. Itfs more like personal entries in a journal of a traveller. Itfs about little things in detail, long lists, travelling tips. One day, her blog may be made into a Hollywood film, until then, keep reading!
38. Geek alert! We Choose The Moon marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 (the first man on the moon mission in July 1969). It recreates the journey with voiceovers of the astronauts, archival video and hundreds of photographs as the mission proceeds through 11 stages. Although the site is three years old, it is still utterly cool. Itfs a trip to the moon and back.
39. You canft afford a phone that talks to you, and that sucks. Meet Clever Bot, hefs smart, witty and just a URL away. Type in something and itfll respond. You can chat with him for hours, hefll still make you laugh.
Me: Youfre stupid.
CB: Look at yourself. His profundity is shocking.
40. If youfre even mildly artistically inclined, you will fall head-over-heels in love with this. Scribble, doodle, draw, paint ? digitally. Other artists on the web site will rate your drawing, give you some feedback. Itfs sort of like art class. The best part is the absolutely AMAZING drawings on the web site. You can also see how they were made: A video will recreate the drawing for you step-by-step.
41. Are you the guy who sends everyone postcards but never receives any? Well, save your postcards for those who like to send them too! On Post Crossing, you receive an address to send the post card to, you also get a small number (which you write on the postcard), when someone receives your postcard, theyfll register you on Post Crossing to receive one too. A third person will then send one to you. There are people from all over the world ? so youfll have a nice collection of cool postcards, if you send them out regularly.
20 minutes is how long Bieber takes to get ready in the morning. You must know this to ace Bieber quizzes
3,200 tigers are left in the world. The plan is to double this number by 2020
Let the music play
Alcohol tastes sweeter when loud music is playing, affecting your ability to judge how much youfre drinking
Oslo, Copenhagen, Zurich, Geneva, and Stockholm are the worldfs most expensive cities
From HT Brunch, March 10
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