30 Fantastic Websites To Lose Yourself In

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If you follow me on Twitter you might know that I moved to London last September. You might also know that since then I’ve had nothing but trouble trying to get an Internet connection set up in my home. Fortunately, last week I finally got everything up and running and to mark my triumphant return to the world of the Internet I went a little crazy and shared 30 of my favourite websites on Twitter.

The majority of them are single-serving sites. Some are very useful while others, others just plain entertaining. Bobby enjoyed the list so much that he suggested I share it with you. So, without much further ado, I present (in no particular order) 30 great links for your enjoyment.

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1. Noisli
They say that white-noise can enhance creativity and productivity. This site presents a selection of background noises for both working and relaxing.

2. Down For Everyone Or Just Me?
Ever found yourself wondering if a website is down for everyone or if it’s just down for you? This website is a godsend for those moments.

3. Fbomb
Watch in real time how often people tweet the F-Bomb around the globe.

4. NoJPEG
Ever wondered why you shouldn’t use a JPEG for your logo or need a handy way to explain why to a client? Look no further.

5. Cloudpaint
Finally you can re-live the magic of MacPaint online!

6. Un hear It
Suffering from an ear worm? Have a particular song stuck in your head? Don’t worry, the best cure for that is to replace it with an other catchy song. Fortunately there’s a website for that!

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7. Colourcode
If your in search of the perfect colour scheme, perhaps Colourcode is the right tool for you.

8. How Many People Are In Space Right Now?
Find out how many people are currently living in space.

9. NameChk
Check to see if your desired username is still available on dozens of popular Social Networking and Social Bookmarking websites. Perhaps the ideal tool for an expectant parent looking for the best name for their child?

10. Here Is Today
Get some perspective on your day with this great interactive infographic that examines time.

11. The 90s Button
Need to quickly relive the 90s? Check out The 90′s Button, offering instant music from the 90s at the click of a button.

12. CandyBox
Have you played CandyBox? It’s a pathetically addictive ASCII web game. You’ve been warned!

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13. Winning Solitaire
Why bother trying to win a game of solitaire on your computer when you can simply visit this webpage and get an instant win!

14. Our World From the ISS
How about an interactive map that shows all the spots on Earth that have been photographed from the International Space Station? You got it!

15. Monocle Ipsum
Ever feel that your dummy text lacks style and panache? Why not make it more like an issue of Monocle with this fantastically tongue-in-cheek Lorem Ipsum generator.

16. I Wanted To See All Of The News From Today
I can’t even begin to understand how this project by Martin John Callanan works. Click on the webpage and you’ll instantly get hundred’s of front page news stories from today’s papers. It’s an incredible site and a wonderful portrait of our global world.

17. Every Last Drop
This is a nicely illustrated website that talks about the importance of saving water in a fun and interactive way.

18. 500 Letters
Artists. Why spend hours worrying about how to best justify your work through the limiting medium of words? Take all the hassle out of writing your bio with this handy tool.

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19. Windows of New York
I’ve featured José Guizar’s beautiful weekly atlas of illustrated New York windows on this site before, but it’s always worth revisiting. It’s a wonderful project and I hope it continues for many years.

20. Where The Fuck Should I Go To Eat?
Need to eat nearby but don’t know where? This foul-mouthed website will quickly find you a good place to eat at the click of a button. Prefer to just go for drinks? Don’t worry, they have this site too.

21. Daily Routines
Last year Daily Routines ended as a blog and became a wonderful looking book called Daily Rituals. Fortunately the site still holds 4 years worth of posts that look at the daily routines of writers, artists and other interesting people from around the world.

22. Exquisite Corpse
Ever played that old surrealist’s game Exquisite Corpse? This online version has spawned into an epic piece of art. Go check it out!

23. Random Street View
I don’t know about you but I am still flabbergasted that something like Google Street View exists. This website picks you up and drops you in a random place on the globe. It’s a good reminder of how we are truly living in the future.

24. Mapnificent
Fugitives, escapists and commuters unite! This website is for you. It shows a map of the world and lets you know exactly what areas you can reach with public transport in any given time.

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25. Falling Falling
This is a great looking site and a wonderful example of the “Shepard Tone”, an auditory illusion that appears to keep descending in pitch.

26. Quotes and Accents
I couldn’t write a list like this and not include one of Jessica Hische’s websites. This is a guide which I really need to pay more attention to. It offers a handy guide on how to type quotes and accents on your Mac.

27. Terms of Service; Didn’t Read
I like to imagine that we’re all guilty of agreeing to a website’s Terms of Service without ever actually reading them. Fortunately there’s a website that aims to make them easier to understand!

28. What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner?
Another food-loving foul-mouthed website. This time, the site offers advice on what to cook for dinner. You can even tell it what you don’t like or if you don’t eat meat. Very handy!

29. Just Delete Me
Looking to unsubscribe from a website. This webpage makes it easy.

30. The Useless Web
Still looking for more websites to see? There’s even a website for that! The Useless Web will find you a useless website with one easy click.


UK Bonus Tracks
As a cheeky extra here’s some extra links I tweeted which are pretty cool for those like me who live in London:

Are the any good films on iPlayer?
BBC iPlayer films ordered by Rotten Tomatoes’ critic scores.

Live Map of London Underground Trains
Exactly as the name suggests.

The London Bookshop Map
A site set up to promote independent bookshops.


I hope you’ve enjoyed the list. Feel free to follow me on Twitter and share some of your own favourite sites!

Philip Kennedy

March 3, 2014 / By

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