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Make-a-Flake

Make-a-Flake

I don’t know how I got past the first week of this run of posts without getting to Make-a-Flake. This is one of the most wonderful wastes of time I have found on the internet. The whole idea here is to make snowflakes.

This site is one of the best things that I have seen. You get a virtually folded piece of paper and some scissors. Unlike when you were little, you can preview your flake and even undo changes. When you are done you summit it, with your name on it, to their flake database. You can also download it in either JPEG or EPS format. If you are not familiar with the EPS format, then you probably don’t need to be, but those that are will be excited about that. You can also annoy others by emailing them the flake. This one is somewhat useless, unless you know what to do with EPS files and can make a use of it, I am talking to you muddypebbles, but it can be all sorts of addictive fun if you just want to cut paper as well.

Now I don’t know about you, but I remember adults coming up with what they think are great ideas for kids that will be all sorts of fun, but most of the time it is more fun for them than the kids. Well snowflake making was to be looked forward to and to get excited about. There is nothing better as a kid than cutting paper up and seeing what it turns into. You know, I will go as far as to say there is nothing better as a kid than cutting paper. I don’t know if it is a normal thing now, but I don’t think I ever grew out of that feeling. I am 27 now, and I still love to cut paper and make snowflakes.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2009 in Website

 

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YouTube

YouTube

I know that I am going to get in some trouble with some by putting YouTube in a section with usless in the title. But, I am more focused on the addictive than the useless on this, and anyone that spends time online knows how addictive videos can be.

Everyone that reads this will already be familiar with YouTube. I don’t think that a lot of explanation on the site it really needed, but I will do it anyway. you can upload videos, others can watch them, and you can watch the ones others upload for free. And you thought I was going to somehow explain it in more detail. There isn’t a lot more to say really. Except maybe to tell you all to visit my page there at www.youtube.com/blaxilver, or you can look on this site for my YouTube RSS.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2009 in Website

 

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FOUND

FOUND Magazine

If you have an interest in things that are random. If you are interested in the oddity of how others think and what they do. Then I expect that you already know about FOUND.

FOUND is based off one simple concept. Take things you find, namely list drawings and other paper items, scan them in and upload them to FOUND. Anyone can do this. All you need to do it sign up for an account with FOUND and you are ready to go. This may make this site too involved to be on my addictive list, but I have my reasons for it. First off, if you like the involvement, or like looking at random paper you find, it is so very addictive to want to share it with thousands of people around the world. If you do not have that urge, then you should just spend a minute reading a few. I promise if you go onto the website and just look at and/or read the first ten you come across, you will be hooked.

This site does include pictures and drawings that might be found offensive by some, of lesser intelligence. I recommend that if you plan to spend time on this site that you either do it at home or, if you have to at work or school, look closely at thumbnails before clicking on them for the larger picture.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2009 in Website

 

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Condron

Condron

Do you like reading blogs? Well, if the answer is yes click the link above. Condron.us is a easy to use blog surfing site. What really makes Condron stand out from the others is its simplicity. I am not a fan of their monetizing methods, but to all their own.

This is just so simple. Follow the link. This works like the scan button on your car radio. Once you get to the site it will start to rotate through blogs. It has controls, like any self respecting radio would, for start, stop, skip and back. The change interval is 6 seconds. If this isn’t enough time for you to decide if you want to stop and read something, you can select a new amount of time. There is also a search so that you can look for a topic or whatever you want to be searching for. It will then start to scan through what it finds in the search. It also has a place for you to summit your blog or to look at the blogroll that it is cycling through, and this allows you to skip on to a place that looks interesting.

I do have an issue with this site though. It is simply how they monetize. You will notice quickly that the sites are not completely random, they are ranked. I do not know the actual ranking method, if one exists, but you can buy into the top. For $2 you can get your blog in the top 100 for a day. This will bring you a lot more business, but I think that maybe not the best way to make people like me happy. Monetizing the featured sites, or another section, would be fine but “top 100” suggest that they are good blogs that people like to visit, not that the person was willing to fork over some money to be there.

I like the site despite my issue, but I do suggest it with caution. It is not only a great way to find more to read, and cool looking blogs that can give you ideas, but it can bring yours some traffic. It is easy to use, looks real nice and goes across any blog site. Most of the good ones stay on the Blogger, LiveJournal, or WordPress sites, this one steps over all those lines and brings you blogs, where ever that may be from.

UPDATE 7-7-09

After re-posting my blog four times in six days I had the busiest month in the last year of this blog being open. That traffic has slowed to almost a complete stop, but for the time proved to be an increase. If you are looking to attract traffic to your site, this page does deliver that. It may only be traffic on a random blog scan, but it is up to you to attract them to stick around. My stuff is more personal which doesn’t attract to much external traffic as I would like, but it can be done with sites like this one.

UPDATE 8-25-09

Just wanted to make a quick note about a name change. Condron.us has moved to blogsurfer.us. The original links still forward to the new address at this time though.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2009 in Website

 

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Browser Ball

Browser Ball

We are going back to the Chrome Experiment again today. This is a great one from there. I could just add the whole Chrome Experiment website and be done with it, but doing it this way gives me much more to milk.

Browser Ball is fun because it uses multiple windows. This concept is not new. You have a window with a ball inside, you click and throw the ball around and it bounces off the four walls of the window until it comes to a rest. What makes this one different is that if you click on the “Create a Window” button, you will get more windows. You can then place those new blank windows anywhere you want and re size them. When the windows are but together the ball can bounce from window to window.

This one may not sound exciting and may even get old after awhile, but I have had great fun giving the ball obstacles to jump around. I have used multiple monitors and high resolutions to create very intricate patterns. I fully admit to the boredom I was going through at the time, but still found it fun.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2009 in Website

 

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The Web’s Worst Backgrounds

The Web’s Worst Backgrounds

This site is self proclaimed as providing the worst background images for your website. It is a small collection of animated gifs that have been created by the sites owner and would successfully render your website useless if you were to use any of the images as your background. These images are free for anyone to download. Although there isn’t much to do, it is a lot of fun to open each one and see if you can read the text that the site has provided against each background, and see how bad these really would be to use.

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2009 in Website

 

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Google Moon

Google Moon

Okay, so most everyone that will read this will already know of the existence of this site. It was first popularized by “proving” that the moon is made of cheese. Even if you already know about it, it still deserves a place on here.

The site was is basically the same as Google Earth, but it is about the moon. The moon is a bit more boring and vastly empty than the earth, but without mapping it Google wouldn’t be complete. Although Google does seem to be trying to map and database everything and everyone to somehow create the most complete database of information in the world, some of that can be really fun for everyone. If you have issues with it there are plenty of Google conspiracy websites that you can find by typing “google conspiracy” in your Google search field, built in to all new browsers.

Although they have taken away the full zoom option, that just shows a cartoon-ish cheese texture covering the moon, in order to satisfy the scientific and educational world, I still find this site to be great. It doesn’t fall under the term useless in anyway. It is quite useful in fact, as an educational tool to map where the US moon landings took place or to show the location of the known craters and anomalies on the moon. It can not only be educational but interesting to look at. As with google maps, they have even started something similar to street level. Taking NASA photographs of the landings and working them in so that you can see what the moon looks like. You may have seen these photo’s a thousand times, but it really changed how I saw them when looking at the locational data on a map to compare them to. Technical data can always add, not only to the perspective and understanding of what I am looking at, but also the beauty and dimension of it as well. Then again I may not be normal.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2009 in Website

 

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