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.
THE BEST Websites
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If It Were My Home is a website that compares the living conditions of two countries based on data from the CIA, the WHO and the UN. It’s far from perfect – it reduces citizens into statistical averages and its definition of good healthcare is flawed, but it’s still educational.
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