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Gifaanisqatsi

Gifaanisqatsi

The 1982 movie Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance was a fascinating experimental film that combined slow motion and time-lapse footage with music by Phillip Glass to illustrate humanity’s impact on the world. Monkeon’s Gifaanisqatsi generates movies using a similar technique, only with random animated GIFs.

Discmaster Classic Computing Archive

Discmaster Classic Computing Archive

Created by Jason Scott and a team of dedicated tech archivists, Discmaster provides online access to more than 91 million files from CD-ROMs and floppy disks collected by the Internet Archive. The retro-style search interface lets you directly view images and play video and audio files from the disks.

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Emoji Kitchen Emoji Combiner

Emoji Kitchen Emoji Combiner

Emoji Supply’s Emoji Kitchen lets you cook up new emojis by combining two existing emoji into one. Want a monkey eating a hot dog? Sure! An angry guy with a monocle? No problem! Not every permutation is available, but there are lots to choose from. The combinations are also available in the Android keyboard Gboard.

ExitReviews

ExitReviews

Want to know how long that gadget you’re about to buy is gonna last? ExitReviews offers crowdsourced product reviews on longevity, descriptions of what went wrong, and encourages other users to post fixes. Most of the items posted to date are consumer electronics, but there are some wearables and household items too.

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Long for the startup sound of your old Macintosh? Or perhaps the squeal of a dial-up modem? Save the Sounds’ Museum of Endangered Sounds offers an online soundboard where you can enjoy the sounds of retro technology any time you’re feeling nostalgic. Try playing them all at the same time for fun.

Your World of Text

Your World of Text

This online time-waster is an endless canvas where anyone can post messages and create art entirely from ASCII characters. It provides an ever-changing environment that will have you coming back to see how it evolves. Be aware, since it’s unmoderated, you can expect some offensive text and images to sneak in.

LudoTune

LudoTune

Developer Dylan Turner’s online music maker lets you build sequences by placing sound blocks in 3-dimensional space. Each composition doubles as a work of visual art. Intimidated? Try their community-submitted tracks, including Coldplay’s Clocks, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement, and the Nyan Cat theme.

myNoise Ambient Sound Generator

myNoise Ambient Sound Generator

myNoise is a wonderful website where you can customize ambient sounds. Use its EQ sliders to finetune over 250 soundscapes for relaxation, meditation, or just to provide a calm background for your workday. Sounds can be bookmarked, played in a mini-player, or purchased as a downloadable MP3 file.

Accept All Cookies?

Accept All Cookies?

While laws like GDPR and CCPA are intended to protect our privacy, they’ve also resulted in some really annoying user experiences. Comedian Stevie Martin vents her frustration about the complex and confusing array of cookie preferences she encountered when all she wanted to do is look at a recipe for cookies.

Zoom Escaper

Zoom Escaper

Are you sick and tired of conference calls? Zoom Escaper can help. The website works with virtual audio device software to intercept your microphone on its way to conferencing apps, and can inject annoyances like an upset baby, construction, barking dogs, or a crackly connection to get you off the hook.

Wix Website Builder

Wix enables business professionals, personal brands, or just individuals who want to publish their work online create professional-looking and functional websites. There are over 500 designer-made templates to choose from and a wide variety of intuitive tools available to help you customize everything. Get started.

Origami Simulator

Origami Simulator

Amanda Ghassaei created this wonderful this online plaything which lets you create virtual origami constructions and view them in 3D. You can choose how flat or folded the virtual paper is, and select from a variety of models to tinker with. You can also import SVG or FOLD files, and export both the 3D models and folding patterns.

Blob Opera

Blob Opera

Google Arts and Culture and David Li present an experimental plaything that lets anyone create their own opera masterpiece. Blob Opera uses machine learning tech to create operatic sounds as you play with four blobby creatures that produce bass, tenor, mezzo-soprano, and soprano vocals. Sing and share!

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Freesound.org

Freesound.org

Need to find a sound effect for a recording project? Freesound.org is a collaboratively-managed database of sounds you can use under one of several Creative Commons licenses. We found all kinds of unusual noises there, from a growling ogre, to creepy atmospheric music, to a delightfully ASMR pencil scribbling on paper.

Most Popular Websites: 1996-2019

Most Popular Websites: 1996-2019

Remember when Excite!, Lycos, and Geocities were a thing? In one of its more fascinating moving bar charts, Data Is Beautiful looks back at the history of the Internet over more than two decades, tracking the biggest websites based on monthly visits. Yes, there was a time before Google, Facebook, and YouTube.

Filtergram

Filtergram

Love Instagram but hate all the clutter? Check out Ben Howdle’s Filtergram. It’s a website that lets you follow Instagram accounts and view just their posts and captions. No ads, no comments. The downside? You have to know the name of the account you want to follow.

Switcher.gg

Switcher.gg

Having trouble finding someone to game with on the Nintendo Switch? Switcher.gg can solve that. It’s a website that connects Switch players. Enter the games you own and whether you want to play locally or online. You can also share your friend code and Discord tag.

Control Panel

Control Panel

If you sometimes imagine yourself starring in a sci-fi flick, being a villain of a high-tech fortress, or just love looking at buttons, knobs, dials and displays, Control Panel is for you. It’s a crowdsourced blog that highlights its namesake through photos, animated gifs and videos.

BingeClock

BingeClock

Want to know how long it will take to binge watch an entire series? BingeClock has data for over 8,000 TV shows to help figure out how much time you need. They also offer a similar capability for planning movie marathons. It ain’t the prettiest website, but it’s really useful.

Micro But Many Micro Machines Museum

Micro But Many Micro Machines Museum

Tim Smith of ustwo Auto and his friends are making a slick online museum for his Micro Machines collection. He currently has 1,172 Micro Machines cars, but so far he’s uploaded pictures and details of “only” 107 of them. He’s also looking for donors and sellers.

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My Animal Weight

My Animal Weight

It’s easy to estimate how many boxers you are. But have you ever wondered how many animals you are by weight? That’s exactly what this simple website does. It’s surprisingly fun, though it’s sad knowing that it only takes four poodles to hold us down.

Google AutoDraw

Google AutoDraw
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It’s far from perfect, but Google’s experimental web app has a pretty nifty trick up its sleeve – it can transform rough doodles into neat line art by using machine-learning algorithms to recognize shapes and replace them with professionally drawn illustrations.

FactoryTwoFour

FactoryTwoFour

Looking for another cool site to add to your bookmarks? Look no further than the guys FactoryTwoFour, a great spot for dudes to learn about awesome places to visit, cool cars, delicious grub, great gear, and much more.

CakeResume

CakeResume

A cross between a resume and a personal website. It has a very convenient drag-and-drop interface and clean templates to choose from, and automatically adjusts for print, desktop and mobile viewing. It’s free to use; pay $10 to access more templates. Sorry, no actual cake.

Six Degrees of Music Separation

Six Degrees of Music Separation

WhoSampled turned its massive database into a trivia machine that attempts to connect musicians based on samples, remixes, covers and credits. It’s not all knowing, but it did connect Mozart to Flight of the Conchords in two steps, so it’s pretty close.

Compound Interest

Compound Interest

Chemistry teacher Andy Brunning’s website is packed with amazing scientific infographics which educate and entertain. The charts explain everything from the composition of spirits, foods, and products, to the origins of element names. Be sure to check out Andy’s book too!

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