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Google Earth: NYC

Google Earth: NYC

Google Earth’s latest update for New York City looks darn near photorealistic; we seriously had to do a doubletake, especially compared to earlier versions of the Big Apple.

Mozilla Crowdsourced Tees

Mozilla Crowdsourced Tees
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Mozilla’s Community Store is pure genius: it mixes Threadless’ crowdsourcing with design-centric users, resulting in community-created Firefox t-shirts that benefit the Mozilla Foundation.

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Website: Schick Freestyle

Website: Schick Freestyle

Forget those sissy metrosexuals–Shick’s Manscape knows it’s all about the hair. Get properly bearded and mustachioed out with everything from the Fu Man Chu to the Craig David.

Child’s Play Tee

Child’s Play Tee
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This Child’s Play ’08 tee is simple, yet powerful: proceeds go to the Child’s Play charity, which buys toys, video games and books for children’s hospitals around the world. Thanks, Matt!

ListenToAMovie.com

ListenToAMovie.com

ListenToAMovie.com is a godsend for office workers; as the name implies, it lets you listen to complete movies for free. Many of them are fairly recent, including Transformers and Borat.

Lego Digital Designer

Lego Digital Designer

Lego’s Digital Designer allows you to minifig-away virtually; it’s also a smart upsell, as it connects to their Factory where you can order real-life custom LEGO sets based on your creations.

Website: Monitter.com

Website: Monitter.com

Monitter.com is an innovative Twitter monitor that lets you watch keyword-matched updates in your hometown; it’s a boon for disaster responders and amateur newshounds.

Sprint: Now

Sprint: Now

Sprint’s Now website is very cool promo for their wireless broadband services; it’s packed with tons of news feeds and random fact widgets that seem perfect for today’s ADD society.

PumpkinGutter.com

PumpkinGutter.com

Stuck with a carving knife and a blank pumpkin? PumpkinGutter.com has plenty of ideas. This year’s picks include Boba Fett, Iron Man, and the Imperial Stormpumpkin. Thanks, M!

Free: PaperCritters.com

Free: PaperCritters.com

Itching to waste office resources? PaperCritters.com lets you make your own paper perversities and print them out; you can also see and “repurpose” other people’s creations.

MTVMusic.com

MTVMusic.com

MTV has finally gone back to its roots with MTVMusic.com, which aims to show *gasp* music videos; it doesn’t have everything yet, but its got enough to get totally Rickrolled.

Hobnox Audiotool

Hobnox Audiotool

So advanced it requires Flash 10, Hobnox’s Audiotool is essentially a virtual Roland synthesizer that allows you to create your own electronic music; it looks and sounds freakin’ awesome.

Free: SUMO Paint

Free: SUMO Paint

SUMO Paint is the most impressive Photoshop clone we’ve seen, made even more amazing by the fact it’s for free online. Some layer properties are missing, but overall it’s quite full-featured.

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RobotsAndMonsters.org

RobotsAndMonsters.org
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Not all robots and monsters are bad: for $50, Joe Alterio will draw you an original robot or monster based on three words you supply; the proceeds will then be donated to a charity.

Free: World Golf Tour

Free: World Golf Tour

World Golf Tour is a beautifully rendered golfing sim, all the more amazing that it’s free and playable online. Based on the Bali Hai course in Vegas, it uses Google Earth-like tech.

Website: City Creator

Website: City Creator

Despite an often maddening interface, City Creator gets addictive; create pixel cities from one of three tile sets, and save or send them as an e-card. Above: view our misguided creations.

Flash Gear Solid VR

Flash Gear Solid VR

MGS fans will love Flash Gear Solid VR Trainer; it not only includes the much-beloved cardboard box but it can be played both top-down and from a first person view. Thanks, Ray!

Website: Elbow Wars

Website: Elbow Wars

An epic soundtrack and a color commentator? Nope, it’s not the latest football flick: this is Elbow Wars, an interactive two-player movie theater slugfest with no-holds (or elbows) barred.

Website: WrongCards.com

Website: WrongCards.com

As a rule of thumb, we aren’t into the whole Hallmark thing. WrongCards.com just might work, with cards that are a bit sarcastic and mostly blunt–just like most guys we know.

Art From Asian Fonts

Art From Asian Fonts

Good artists can create even with simple tools; Font Park’s website has a gallery of pretty sweet art made using only Asian brush strokes. Hint: click “View List” in the upper right.

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Website: OfficeGuns.com

Website: OfficeGuns.com

Using office supplies such as clips and rubber bands to make guns, OfficeGuns.com is simultaneously cool and dangerous: you really *will* shoot your eye out with these beasties.

Website: Map of Shanghai

Website: Map of Shanghai

We have to say this Shanghai map is even better than Onion Maps; it’s a heavily detailed map of the booming metropolis, with graphics that are on par with something you’d see in SimCity.

Website: Wordle.net

Website: Wordle.net

Want to create trendy word clouds like the one above? Wordle.net automatically creates a cloud for you from either your website or your own words, with your choice of colors and fonts.

Website: MinimalSites.com

Website: MinimalSites.com

Design minimalists will love MinimalSites.com: it collects websites with simple and clean layouts, and then allows visitors to vote and comment on them; you can sort by date or rating.

Website: Goon City

Website: Goon City

We’ve seen pixel cities before, but Ryan Allen’s Google-maps based Goon City is special because Something Awful forum members are helping out, ensuring plenty of wackiness.

Causecast.org

Causecast.org

Causecast.org is like YouTube for social causes, with videos and pitches for everything from human rights to the environment; above is Jenny McCarthy speaking for autism.

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