Monday, November 5, 2012

More Cool Web Finds

This week I'd like to begin with a site that is intended to make you laugh. We all have taken embarrassing pictures somewhere in our past. We are also smart enough to make sure they don't get posted on the internet. Fortunately, there are plenty of people brave (foolish?) enough to share there worst moments caught on camera. Check out awkward family photos, which is a collection of photographs that will make you smile as you say "what were they thinking?" Thank God these people decided to put them on the web for us to see.

I came across two very cool video sites this week. First there is Frequency, which is a site where you will find video collections made by people just like you. Choose the category on the left and a long list of channels appears in the middle of the page. Choose the channel and the videos appear on the left. The categories range from entertainment, to education, health, "how to", and many more. I plan on spending more time at this site in the future.

The second video site is called Video Jug. This sites videos are also sorted into categories but the focus of the site is improving your life. Do you have a home project you want to start? Perhaps you want to learn to cook a certain dish? Maybe you want to become a better golfer? This site is overflowing with tips on cooking, sports, technology, home projects, relationships, children, and the list goes on and on.

Speaking of improving your life, if improving your health is your goal then go to the Greatist where you will find tips on exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress reduction and other health related topics.

For those of you who enjoy online shopping there is Uncommon Goods, where you can find a wide variety of unique and unusual gifts. With the holidays fast approaching, it is worth a look.

I was a comic book collector when I was younger so this site appealed to me personally. The Digital Comic Museum is a collection of comics from the "Golden Age of Comics" (1930's-1950's) that are now "public domain and have been put up on the net. There is educational value here in that they provide a snapshot into American culture of the time. They were published during World War II as well as the earliest days of the Cold War so there is plenty of propaganda to be found for the social studies teachers out there.

Finally, in the era of Twitter and other micro blogging sites there is One Sentence, where people submit stories told in only one sentence. They reject 90% of the "stories" that are submitted so this is obviously much more difficult than it looks. 

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