THE BEST Websites

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.

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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.

Website: BigMan

Website: BigMan

Ad agency BigMan’s website is one of coolest we’ve seen; the interface is dominated by a Big Man (of course) and lots of flashing, sliding bits of text: kinda like Times Square on crack.

Flash Game: Boxhead

Flash Game: Boxhead

Sean Cooper’s addictive Boxhead is a free flash game with clean, crisp artwork and waves of zombies; if that wasn’t enough, they also have co-op and death match modes.

Free Sunday Night Football

Free Sunday Night Football

It’s not quite Monday Night, but you can catch Sunday Night Football with Madden and Co. for free online; now if they could only get Frank Caliendo in on the action, we’d be good.

Website: Stormpulse

Website: Stormpulse

Stormpulse is a visual web app that lets you keep track of storms and hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic. It forecasts direction and wind speed, but also shows historical storms.

Deckpeck Skateboards

Deckpeck Skateboards

This is one deck you won’t thrash: DolceQ’s sexy skateboards are actually printed by Deckpeck. They allow artists to create their own custom decks and wheels as well as sell them.

Flash Game: Canyon Defense

Flash Game: Canyon Defense

Canyon Defense isn’t the only Tower Defense-style game, but it’s quite fun, with good graphics and futuristic weapons. Our only complaint is that it is a bit easy; more levels, por favor.

Website: Onion Maps

Website: Onion Maps

Onion Maps initially reminds us of Google Earth, minus many features — but its simplicity and focus on isometric views works, especially for tourists who just want landmarks.

Flash Game: Sonny

Flash Game: Sonny

Sonny is a fun and free Flash-based RPG a-la Final Fantasy; you start off as an amnesiac zombie armed with an iron pipe. The production values are surprisingly high.

Google Chrome Browser

Google Chrome Browser

Just launched: Google’s brand-new browser, Google Chrome. It aims to minimize memory bloat (you can selectively shut down tasks) and is lightweight, with a 500KB install file.

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Photos: Symmetry Explorer

Photos: Symmetry Explorer

Symmetry Explorer is a Flickr mashup that takes images (based on any search term) and arbitrarily reflects them on the fly. Above is our super bendy MacBook Air.

Website: Shapeways.com

Website: Shapeways.com

3D printing is here: Philips’ Shapeways site will take just about any 3D model you submit and “print” it using one of four materials; they charge by the cubic centimeter.

PatternTap.com

PatternTap.com

PatternTap.com is a boon to web designers; it compiles examples of common website parts (borders, comments, backgrounds). It’s a great place to get ideas and inspiration.

Simpsons-style Superheroes

Simpsons-style Superheroes

Springfield Punx is a pet project of artist Dean Fraser; he does an amazing job creating Simpsons styled versions of popular superheroes and celebs. Our fave: The Dark Knight‘s Joker.

Star Trek Online Trailer

Star Trek Online Trailer

Star Trek Online has a trailer up, and man are we excited: lots of stuff gets blowed up real good. Note: download the hi-res trailer if you can; the YouTube trailer just doesn’t do it justice.

Concept Ships Blog

Concept Ships Blog

Concept Ships is stuffed to the brim with spaceship and experimental aircraft art. Be warned: if you have even the slightest interest in future tech, you’ll easily waste hours here.

Urbanspoon: Shake It

Urbanspoon: Shake It

Urbanspoon’s iPhone app works like a virtual magic eight ball, except it brings up restaurant suggestions and reviews. Awesome: a map showing people shaking their phones.

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Open Source Food

Open Source Food

There can never be too many food websites. Open Source Food remixes progressive copyright attitudes with yummy in my tummy. True to form, recipes come with a Creative Commons license.

Delicious 2.0

Delicious 2.0

It’s been a long time in the making, but Delicious 2.0 has finally launched. The social bookmarking service has added *gasp* graphics and more colors! It’s more intuitive, too. Aww yeah.

Scrabulous: Now Wordscraper

Scrabulous: Now Wordscraper

After voluntarily taking down Facebook app Scrabulous due to Hasbro’s legal threats, brothers J. and R. Agarwalla have re-launched less than 48 hours later under a new moniker: Wordscraper.

Firef.ly In-Browser Chat

Firef.ly In-Browser Chat

Firef.ly is an in-browser chat client that can be installed on any website with a line of JavaScript code. Visitors can type anywhere on the screen and pick avatars; it also works with Twitter.

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