Sunday, May 27, 2007

Diversionary tactics

My last attempt to get my mind off of my own troubles was a little on the heavy side. This blog entry, not so much. I thought it might be fun to share our favorite "fooling around" on the internet spots - places we go when we need to get our minds off of other things or just kill time. Below are some of my favorites, but I'd love to hear some of yours! And before anyone else mentions it, I have not included YouTube or other such video sites due to the fact that I still operate on dial-up and it takes forever to download video clips. I know, someday I need to upgrade and join the rest of the industrialized world, but I also don't have cable tv and don't like the idea of spending the money to get either/both.

1. MuffinFilms an interesting animated collection devoted to the goodness that is those delectable baked treats. Especially check out "the muffin tree" which is a take off on "the giving tree" which is a popular story from my childhood -- but really they are all quite entertaining!

2. Sudoku - this particular site offers games at varying levels and times your work so that you can compete with others or just with yourself.

3. Yahoo! games - variety of games, many free on the web. I particularly enjoy the puzzle games (especially Shape Shifter) and arcade games (like Zuma, which was a popular diversion in the class rooms of SPST for a while).

4. Northern Sun - a very fun website/store to browse lots of tshirt designs, bumperstickers, buttons, posters, etc. with a progressive mindset (BigUnit may want to avoid). Even if you don't buy anything, you can come up with great new slogans for your signature line on your email! :)

5. Johari window - This is where you can contribute to mine, as well as make one for yourself. There's also the "darker" nohari window which basically takes the same concept and flips it around. I know these went around via email a while ago, but also know that not everyone chose to participate for whatever reason. I'm all about giving more opportunities. Plus I'm a big fan of self awareness and diagnostic tools.

So those are the ones I feel like sharing at the moment. Looking forward to seeing what recommendations you add to that conversation....

7 comments:

Rachael said...

My favorites are
cuteoverload.com
stuffonmycat.com
stuffonmymutt.com and
dogster.com

The first 3 are fairly mindless entertainment, but dogster.com is a community of dog owners, where you can really get a lot of information or advice in the message forums.

hipchickmamma said...

i tend to scour amazon. it's not nearly as fun as the muffin films but i have book issues.

when i'm totally lame i just plugg in random words and add .com to see what comes up. i'm such a geek! i forget that there are all kinds of interesting and time wasting sites!

the quiz sites are fun as well.

rae's space said...

the website I visit at least once a week is tshirthell.com It makes me laugh.

Big Unit said...

I saw quite a few things I liked on Northern Sun! I'm progressive....

Nick said...

So what did you think of Annual Conference this year? I'm interested in your thoughts about it.

Shane said...

I think Nick didn't understand the question. But anyway, my current favorite goof-off website is:

www.myspace.com/mandycarj

Shane said...

Correction:

www.myspace.com/mandycar