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Twitter: manvszombies

Twitter: manvszombies

The world ended 12/14–you just don’t know it yet; manvszombies is a Twitter account by Gus who has been dodging zombies, playing CoD, and getting wasted since just before Christmas.

Website: Consollection

Website: Consollection

Consollection collects every major console on one page; it’s not perfect (e.g, Atari’s Lynx is labeled as a Sega), but you’ll shed happy 8-bit tears reminiscing of simpler, cartridgey days.

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Website: Resolution Generator

Website: Resolution Generator

Monina Velarde’s New Year’s Resolution Generator takes 50% of the effort out of making yearly promises to ourselves; breaking and/or forgetting them? That’s all on you, buddy.

KEO Time Capsule

KEO Time Capsule

End 2009 with a trip to the year 52,009: today is the last day to leave a message with KEO, a time capsule satellite which will orbit 1,800 km above Earth and remain there for 50,000 years.

NORAD Santa 2009

NORAD Santa 2009

NORAD and Santa go social for 2009, adding Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and mobile phones to their sleigh; need visual tracking? Watch him on Google Maps or Santa Cam.

Viral: adidas x Death Star

Viral: adidas x Death Star

Turn your house into a smoking crater with the adidas Originals x Death Star app; sure, it’s a viral site to promote their Star Wars-themed line, but seriously: it’s a frickin’ laser beam.

Star Wars Weather

Star Wars Weather

Tom Scott’s Star Wars Weather Forecast gets climate prediction down to an Imperial science; enter any real-world city and you’ll get a forecast matched to a place far, far away.

Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi A8 x Google Earth

Audi’s new creme-de-la-creme A8 also gets Mountain View’s best of breed: drivers will be able to navigate in 3D using Google Earth on an 8″ LCD screen thanks to a built-in UMTS modem.

Funny: Ruins of Friendster

Funny: Ruins of Friendster

It may be a relic in the US, but The Onion speaks with a web archaeologist who has discovered the Ruins of Friendster; hidden within: rumors of another lost network called A-oool.

Web Services Book Covers

Web Services Book Covers

Part of his Retrofuturs line of artwork, Stephane Massa-Bidal gives Web 2.0 a Web 0.1 look; his Web Services Book Covers include vintage versions of Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace.

Book: Strange Maps

Book: Strange Maps
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Based on the successful blog of the same name, Strange Maps is a fascinating mix of social commentary and cartographical creativity; it includes 138 graphics and spans 256 pages.

Tweet in Klingon

Tweet in Klingon

It is a good day to Twitter: Tweet in Klingon is a Star Trek Online viral tool that translates your weakling Federation-speak into 140 characters of guttural, bat’leth-wielding doom.

Funny: Google Blackmail

Funny: Google Blackmail

CollegeHumor’s Google Android Blackmail would be pretty ham-fisted if it weren’t so perfectly-timed; it was released the same day Google decided to extend personalized search to all.

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Gboard Gmail Keypad

Gboard Gmail Keypad
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Designed for folks who live, breathe, and sleep Gmail, the Gboard is similar to a USB numeric keypad but features 19 commonly used shortcuts including stars, trash, ESC, and archive.

Bing Maps x Photosynth

Bing Maps x Photosynth

Microsoft introduces Photosynth to Bing Maps with its own version of street level view; we actually prefer it over Google, as it boasts higher quality images and feels much more 3D.

Astrotour

Astrotour

AstroTour is like an orrery on overdrive: it not only simulates the movement of planets in the solar system but does Copernicus proud with its explanation of retrograde motion.

Website: Glyde

Website: Glyde

It’s not the first site to let you buy and sell used dvds, books, and games, but Glyde is a trade-up from eBay with a clean interface, pre-stamped packaging, and no-hassle returns.

Solar System Scale Model

Solar System Scale Model

A staggering 50 million pixels wide, the Solar System Scale Model gives us a sense of just how itty bity we are; scroll to the right to find planets or use anchors (e.g., add #earth or #mars).

Video: Google Chrome OS

Video: Google Chrome OS

Due out in a year, Google’s Chrome OS is a browser as an OS that targets netbooks with fast boot times, with all web apps and data served and stored in a cloud. “For dummies” intro here.

Website: Scroll Clock

Website: Scroll Clock

A symphony of sliders and a study in operating system UIs, Toki Woki’s Scroll Clock was made using the MooTools JS framework; check out the multi-OS gallery here. Thanks, Scott!

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Google Maps: Flu Shots

Google Maps: Flu Shots

We like the free airport Wi-Fi, but Google Maps gets put to more practical (and healthy) uses: the Flu Shot Finder helps you track down seasonal and H1N1 flu shots in your neighborhood.

Facebook: Spore Islands

Facebook: Spore Islands

Spore comes to Facebook with Spore Islands; you’ll get to build and evolve a creature as usual, but it plays more like Game of Life with an entertaining (but hands-off) observation mode.

Website: IMFDB.org

Website: IMFDB.org

Started in 2007, IMFDB.org (aka the Internet Movie Firearms Database) is now fully loaded with an arsenal of guns used in nearly every movie, TV show, video game and anime.

My Parents Were Awesome

My Parents Were Awesome

My Parents Were Awesome honors a generation blessed with social movements, short shorts, and really, really great hair; yes, mom and dad, you were indeed a pair of very cool cats.

Site: Cell Size And Scale

Site: Cell Size And Scale

David and Goliath, meet University of Utah’s Cell Size and Scale: it’s a great visual tool for understanding just how small “small” is, with everything from a grain of salt to a carbon atom.

Google Music

Google Music

DJ in the Googleplex: Google Music integrates jams into its search results, letting you play and buy full tracks from sources that include iLike, Lala, Imeem, Rhapsody and Pandora.

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