There are websites out there for everything, but would you necessarily think to go out looking for some of them? Here are 30 random websites, all interesting in their own ways. Since they were randomly selected and presented in no particular order, you can follow the links at random to complete the experience.
An industrious clock… This clock looks busy, so busy it makes you feel tired just watching it! In fact it makes you feel exhausted looking at it. But it’s worth seeing nevertheless.
Dante’s world: everything you might possibly want to know about the three realms of the afterlife (Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise) presented in Dante’s Divine Comedy. Excellent Multimedia.
Great range of photoshop tutorials ranging from use of shadows to make an object look more 3D to texturing and from layer blending to use of brushes. More or less everything seems to be covered from one angle or another.
A fascinating look at the size of earth in comparison to the other bodies in the solar system. The gas giants truly dwarf the earth, and they in turn are dwarfed by the sun. And it seems that even our star is small in the grand scheme of things.
Fascinating website in which a family photograph themselves every year on the 17th of June, thus freezing time’s arrow for that moment. The photos are like a virtual time machine, showing how the family has evolved over the years.
Bath and body recipes. Why let the big corporations be the only ones to mix up soaps and bath products? Time to jump in and get a piece of the fun.
How about an atlas so that you can find your way about? Used to be atlases were big heavy unwieldy books. Not so anymore. Now they are dynamic websites, ideal for plotting your next trip from a little cafe somewhere.
Eco Friend contains a variety of excellent articles about ecological development and environmentally friendly projects, such as green energy and hybrid cars.
What could be better than sculptures of M.C. Escher style objects. The site has mobius strip like metal work and a broad range of other science and mathematical sculptures.
Since we all depend so heavily on oil for fuel (regardless of whether or not we actually drive) we would do well to pay attention to when specialists believe oil production will peak. Most estimates fall between now and 2011.
Interesting little flash based distraction.
Home of the free and open source audio recorder and mixer Audacity. It is one of the best pieces of software out there, and not only does the job but goes above and beyond. Word on the street is it’s better than many commercial sound manipulation programs.
Tons of talks from the greatest minds in the world. From fractals in African villages to the biased coverage in North American news networks, TED talks offers something for everyone no matter what their interest. It brings us information on topics as diverse as; science, technology, inspiration, future, design, and creativity.
See the world on $25 a day or less (or so it says) if gives online information and tips about how to see more of the world on a tight budget. It was written by an independent traveler who has visited around thirty five countries in his time. Not bad going.
While on the subject of travel here is a blog guide to traveling cheap. Seems it’s all the rage these days!
Perhaps the greatest genius of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci had a talent for designing. His sketches of everything from helicopters to the human anatomy are inspiring to look at. Perhaps da Vinci’s greatest invention is the one that most people are unaware of; he invented modern architectural drawing without which, none of our modern technology would be possible.
Build your own star. A fascinating little diversion in which you get to play about with the constants that make up the star such as mass and the amount of metal, then discover what happens to the star as its life proceeds.
Learn a language. Live Mocha introduces the concept of social learning, and makes learning languages a similar experience to socializing on my space, where you can complete the excercises and help each other online.
Free fiction available to read for free from the bibliomania website, mainly the classics such as Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, Black Beauty, Gulliver’s Travels, Huckleberry Finn, etc.
Ever wanted to take up guitar lessons but never had enough money to take on the expense of a music instructor. Well now’s your chance to teach yourself with these awesome guitar lessons online for free.
We’re not done with the photoshop tutorials yet. Photoshop is an immense piece of software and whole books are dedicated to it, it’s only natural that there are a lot of good photoshop tutorials out there on the Internet. This is one of them.
If you’re a web designer or at all interested in designing web pages then these CSS templates will come in exceptionally useful. One can never have enough templates to hand.
A digital photography tutorial, this covers everything from understanding digital camera sensors through to understanding depth of field. It moves though a variety of topics including cameras, imaging, tips and techniques, color management and a variety of tips.
A map of Iraq merged with data on casualties which are then displayed on the map as red circles as time progresses, giving a very clear visual image of the violence that has been occurring in Iraq since 2003.
Fascinating look at perpetual motion machines through the ages and their (crazy?) creators. Includes a lot of history and detail regarding why each one fails to work. Excellent website.
Beautiful Southeast Asia photography from Scott Stulberg. Set to music, it is a truly stunning collection well worth watching!
Sick of spam? Guerrilla Mail gives you a disposable temporary email address that expires after 15 minutes allowing you long enough to sign up for a website, and get in to see the content you want but without the problems of spam (since that email address expires). Inspired.
Tired of clicking? Be a guinea pig for the center for interactive research, and try out their unique interface that remarkably doesn’t include much clicking. Let’s see how long you can refrain from clicking…
Cut Out and Keep is a step by step craft community with over 2000 craft ideas across various categories such as accessories, arts and crafts, bath and beauty, food and drink, homeware, jewelry, techniques, toys and wearables.
‘Write in my journal’ is a fascinating blog written by people the blog owner bumps into. They write a blog entry in his book, which he later posts on the blog. Wonderful stuff.