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Tell a friend Linky & Dinky

Linky & Dinky

Web surfers at a loss for their next wave can try Linky & Dinky. At this cheesy-looking site, you’ll find scores of fascinating, fun, weird and sometimes useful links. Sign up for the free semi-weekly newsletter if you dare.

 

Posted October 20, 2005 by Mariva in fun

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Tell a friend 43 Things

43 Things

What do you want to do with your life? At 43 Things, you can create or share up to 43 goals, from the common ("get rich") to the adventurous ("scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia") to the intriguing ("quit hiding the fiction I write"). According to the tag cloud, "stop procrastinating" is one of the most popular goals, which is somewhat ironic because 43 Things is itself a fun way to procrastinate.

Along the same lines, The Robot Co-Op, the start-up that created 43 Things, also hosts 43 Places, 43 People and All Consuming.

Update: Salon.com offers its own take on tagging and 43 Things and poses interesting questions about the link between 43 Things and Amazon.com.

Posted October 20, 2005 by Mariva in fun, resources

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Tell a friend Sudanese hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal

Before he became a hip hop artist, Emmanuel Jal had been a child soldier and a "Lost Boy" in Sudan. He now advocates for peace and works with the Campaign to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. You can listen to Terry Gross’s interview with him on NPR’s Fresh Air. The interview includes excerpts of his music, which is both haunting and uplifting.

Posted October 20, 2005 by Mariva in music

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Tell a friend create your own board game

board game template

After posting the satirical Katrina Blame Game™, I saved a copy of the original Word document (yes, I created that thing in Word), deleted the text and created a blank board game template:

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Posted October 20, 2005 by Mariva in education, fun, games, resources

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Tell a friend Human Clock

Human Clock

You’ll just love this concept. People from all over the world submit photos that display the current time in various unexpected formats, ranging from the numbers on soccer jerseys or street signs to numbers carefully arranged with vegetables or pocket change to giant numbers drawn in the sand on a beach. Oh, and you’ll occasionally see a regular clock, too. Sometimes the time is displayed in military format. It’s always a surprise. See for yourself.

Bonus: If you’re a fan of the movie Office Space, you might get a kick out of the "TPS Report."

Posted October 16, 2005 by Mariva in fun, resources

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Tell a friend craigslist

craigslist

This no-frills public exchange board is so popular that someone made a movie about it. Jobs, housing, personal ads, stuff to buy, stuff to sell, you name it, craigslist has it. Wanna kill some time? Try one of the myriad discussion forums. To find interesting ideas on new stuff and trends, I like to monitor the gift ideas forum from time to time. ForumsLister maintains a compressive list of official and unofficial craigslist forums, including everything from motorcycles to radio to random pictures to nonoelpayaso, whatever that means.

Disclaimer: Craig Newmark is a long-time acquaintance and email correspondent. (Not to be confused with another Craig Newmark, an economics blogger.)

Posted October 16, 2005 by Mariva in fun, resources

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Tell a friend Google Earth

Google Earth

For the subject of my very first post to Mariva’s Guide, I chose the fantastic Google Earth, which lets you fly at mind-boggling speeds over the cities, oceans, mountain ranges and landscapes of our home planet. Google Earth is a free, 3D spherical map of the planet, created from composites of recent aerial photographic images and altitude data. If exploring our world (including the Grand Canyon, highways, schools and cafes) weren’t exhilarating enough, you can read the myriad personal comment tags all over the globe — and add your own.

Tech culture writer Annalee Newitz examines the global geopolitical implications of Google Earth in her Techsploitation column “Invisible Earth.”

Update: Google Sightseeing takes you to the "best tourist spots in the world via satellite images."

Posted October 15, 2005 by Mariva in fun, innovations, resources

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