Saturday, August 29, 2009

Top 7 Things To Do Online When You’re Bored

timeIf you are bored right now or are always interested in material to cover future periods of boredom, you have come to the right place.
With the internet at your fingertips, there is never a lack of fun things to do. We here at MakeUseOf try to show you all the good stuff there is to explore, discover and, well, make good use of. :)
Alright, So don’t let me waste your time, here are 7 silly pages to have some fun with.

1. The Squirrelizer

Objective: Active entertainment, have fun with photos!
The Squirrelizer, inspired by the now-famous National Geographic photo, adds a ground squirrel to any image. All you need is the URL of a picture that isn’t copyrighted.
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You could use one of your own pictures or go through your friends’ Flickr accounts and search for a boring group photo. Turn it into a hilarious shot by adding this unexpected guest, then share the blast with everyone.

2. flowers2mail

Objective: Do something good, make someone smile, send flowers!
Being bored means you have some time to spare. Don’t let it go to waste! You could invest a minute or two to make someone happy. Are there any birthdays, anniversaries or holidays coming up? How about mailing a bunch of flowers? And if you’re notoriously broke, you will love this one because it’s free!
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You can add different color flowers to the bouquet, change the vase and add a customized greeting card. The virtual flowers can be mailed up to 15 days in advance and you will be notified once the flowers are picked up.

3. Kapi Regnum

Objective: Active entertainment, play a game!
Kapi Regnum is an online strategy game set in the Middle Ages. The game simulates an economy as it may have existed about 500 years ago. You enter the role of a man who was sent to settle down and repopulate land. Being the landlord, you can produce over 100 products, build houses and entire villages, hire employees, sell your goods, trade with other players and expand your business.
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How I wish something like this had existed back in the days when I had way too much time on my hands. :)

4. ScienceHack

Objective: Passive video entertainment, watch something different!
ScienceHack provides science videos of real scientific experiments. The videos are screened and approved by scientists. The categories include Chemistry, Space, Computer Science, Robotics and many more. Below is an example from the Psychology section:

Maybe you’ll discover something you can do at home?

5. Tworl

Objective: Social entertainment, chat with somebody.
Do you feel like chatting, but none of your friends are online? Head over to Tworl and be matched up with a random chat partner right now, based on age and/or sex. Unfortunately, the chat client is currently restricted to AOL Instant Messenger. There is one more catch: you need to sign up to use Tworl. And before accepting a match, AIM must be running.
things to do online when your bored
Once a match is accepted, you’ll see Tworl’s mashup data, consisting of your chat partner’s and your own details, i.e. age, location, picture, what you have in common etc. If your chat partner accepts your invitation, you can rate each other. If he doesn’t, you can mark him as unresponsive. Happy chatting!

6. Podiobooks

Objective: Passive audio entertainment, listen to audiobooks.
Podiobooks is a site that distributes free audiobooks through RSS feeds and direct downloads. You’ll find material in over 20 different categories from countless authors. The first chapter of each book is available to anyone. To hear more, subscribe to a title or download the entire book, you need to sign up.
things to do while bored
You should use your “I’m so bored” moment now to select a few cool books and load your mp3 player with chapters. One of these days you will get bored in a random place, e.g. stuck in public transport, and the internet may be far, far away. Yep, it’s a cruel world.

7. HadToSay

Objective: Vent, say what you have to say to a specific person and let the world know!
Do you have a secret crush on somebody and would you like to give them a hint? Or do you need to anonymously relate some information to someone? At HadToSay you can.
There are two catches: you have to sign up and you have to deliver a physical note to the intended recipient. HadtoSay provides a printable template, which contains the pickup code of your message. You can even print a template without attaching a message to it (yet), leave the note with someone, then log into your HadtoSay account and enter the message after delivering the code.
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If you cannot physically deliver a note to the person, you can still eMail them anonymously with the URL and code. Simon has written an article on How To Send Completely Anonymous Emails.

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