Awesome Websites

Aerial NYC Tour

Aerial NYC Tour

Taken high above Manhattan locations such as Times Square and Central Park, this panoramic Aerial NYC Tour is both breathtaking and relaxing thanks to chill music by Solid Beats.

Website: Stweet.com

Website: Stweet.com

It has some stability issues, but we like how Stweet.com mashes up Twitter and Google Maps; it uses street views to lend even more of a voyeuristic quality to live tweets.

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Website: Living Sasquatch

Website: Living Sasquatch

Living Sasquatch finally makes proper use of augmented reality by giving it the ability to grunt, out of control body hair and a nice dose of comedy–but no beer. Thanks, Beth!

Google News Timeline

Google News Timeline

Fresh from the Googleplex, Google News Timeline provides a calendar-style view of news; its best feature is the ability to add custom queries from other sources and blogs.

Website: Terminate Yourself

Website: Terminate Yourself

Terminate Yourself gives everyone the chance to turn themselves into a cyborg killing machine; we also found it to be surprisingly useful in explaining a lot about certain celebrities.

Mobile Gmail/Calendar

Mobile Gmail/Calendar

Double trouble from the folks at the Googleplex: Mobile Gmail and Mobile Web Calendar have been significantly revamped thanks to HTML5 functionality and UI tweaks.

Video: Flutter

Video: Flutter

Produced by Slate Magazine, Flutter is such an effective parody of Twitter we wouldn’t be surprised if it got venture capital; it introduces “nano-blogging,” which uses only 26 characters.

Web Trend Map 4

Web Trend Map 4

Take 333 of the most important websites and the 111 most influential people and you have Web Trend Map 4; it’s mapped in the style of the Tokyo Metro and is limited to 1,000 pieces.

Website: Namechk.com

Website: Namechk.com

We’ve long since given up keeping track of all the various social sites out there, but we love what Namechk.com does: it checks 76 sites to see if your username is already taken.

ShirtsMyWay.com

ShirtsMyWay.com

ShirtsMyWay is a startup that lets guys customize their own dress shirts; you’ll be able to choose fabrics, buttons and more, with a staggering 7 trillion possible combinations in all.

Mars on Google Earth

Mars on Google Earth

Google Earth 5.0 also comes with enhancements for the other (red) planet: Mars will get nearly-live imagery from the Odyssey and Reconnaisance Orbiter as well as 3D viewing.

Google Voice

Google Voice

Phone consolidator GrandCentral is back, this time as Google Voice; it’s still not available to the public, but has been retooled to be an email inbox for voicemail messages.

Website: DesktopGaming.com

Website: DesktopGaming.com

Be still, our 8- and 16-bit hearts: DesktopGaming is a great collection of desktop wallpapers from classics such as Super Mario Bros, Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Website: iDaft

Website: iDaft

Holy crap, there goes our morning: keyboard-operated iDaft takes samples from “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and turns you into a virtual Daft Punk; too bad there’s no record.

Website: The Realm

Website: The Realm

Cisco Security’s The Realm is a goofy but commendable effort to make internet security look cool; it features superheroes with abilities like “extrasensory authentication.”

Art: Three Robots A Week

Art: Three Robots A Week

Artist Chris Grine is working on an ambitious but very cool project: three new robots each week for an entire year. He’s on #13 but already has several winners, including Warm Tender Heart.

Twitter Through History

Twitter Through History

In your face, Facebook: Microblogging predates the stone age in Twitter Throughout History, a short romp through time; you’ll meet such luminaries as Apeman and Futurama’s Professor.

Website: 2600 Online

Website: 2600 Online

Packed with 50+ classic Atari games, 2600 Online is proof that good gameplay always trumps graphics; Missile Command and Pac-Man still get our blood pumping, pixels and all.

F*** Yeah NPH

F*** Yeah NPH

We at first thought F*** Yeah Neil Patrick Harris might be taking the whole NPH thing a bit too far, but we’ll take the fans of NPH over the legions of LOLcats lovers any day. Thanks, Dearn!

Old Game Characters

Old Game Characters

Although Mario and Luigi are no strangers to flab, Tom Rhodes’ Old Game Characters introduce the joys of droopy skin and love handles to everyone from Lara Croft to Ken & Ryu.

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The Hero Factory

The Hero Factory

Meet Captain Awesomer, above: we built him in The Hero Factory, a comic book-styled website that lets you customize apparel, abilities and more, all while listening to 80s music.

The Zombie Zodiac

The Zombie Zodiac

Just because you’re undead doesn’t mean you have to stop dabbling in astrology; The Zombie Zodiac offers twice monthly “Necroscopes” as well as Sign traits for Zombies and Survivors.

WinMo 6.5 + Marketplace

WinMo 6.5 + Marketplace

Windows Mobile 6.5 gets an improved touchscreen interface, user customizable widgets and My Phone web-based sync; Marketplace for Mobile will feature 20k+ apps.

Website: PMOG

Website: PMOG

The Passively Multiplayer Online Game uses the entire web as its playground, hiding traps, treasures and missions on various websites; you can find them with a browser extension.

Website: Devolve Me

Website: Devolve Me

There’s nothing like monkey business to celebrate Darwin’s 200th: Devolve Me takes your picture and “devolves” you into one of four ancient ancestors (up to 3.7 million years ago).

DIY Star Trek Toons

DIY Star Trek Toons

Go where no Trekkie has gone before and create your own Star Trek cartoon, thanks to a partnership between CBS and GoAnimate.com; create your own adventures with Kirk & the crew here.

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