If you’ve ever worked in retail, you know all too well of the pain that comes with spending eight to 10 hours of the day in a store or shop this time of year. We’re not talking about the flood of customers, or the frantic pleading of managers with revenue-based KPIs to sell everything in your store but doors. It’s the music. No matter how much you love the holidays or dig your gig, hearing the same 40 Christmas songs looped continuously for a month will make you want to strangle David Bowie and Bing Crosby with a work sock. This, we encourage you to end the cycle of musical madness by partaking in The Punk Rock Advent Calendar, our Cool Site of the Week.
The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the horror of holiday shopping. At this time of year, thinking about others and spending your hard earned dough on them is pretty much requisite. While this might paste a look of joy on your nearest and dearest, every gift you purchase means there’s a little less coin in the coffers for the stuff you want. This means that instead of being able to buy what you want when you want, you’re gonna have to wait. Fortunately, Add to Amazon Wish List for Chrome will help you to keep your backlog of personal indulgences in check.
Thank the internet gods for search engines. Without tools like bing, Google or blekko, no one would stand a chance of finding anything online. Prompted by just a few keystrokes, their powerful blend of math, ingenuity, and unicorn tears bring the world to our doorsteps. Unfortunately, search engines are so good at their jobs that they sometimes bring us way more of the world than we want them to. Thanks to content farms, reblogging, and other search result padding endeavors, it’s getting more difficult by the day to locate the information that you’re after. To solve this issue, you can dust off those Boolean skills of yours and input a set of search parameters as long as your arm, or if you’re a Google Chrome user, you can install Personal Blocklist, our Browser Extension of the Week.
Game characters talk too much. Unless, of course, they're J'zargo.
I like shirts. I enjoy owning them, wearing them -- pretty much everything you can do with shirts, really. Which is mostly just those two things. So I recently visited a custom T-shirt website, because why not? And then -- because I'm oddly proud of my exceedingly embarrassing geekiness -- I searched for Skyrim apparel. What I discovered made me laugh like a hyena that'd recently eaten a live clown. Then it made me deeply, deeply depressed. Mere days after the game had launched, there were shirts emblazoned with phrases like “You tried mercenary work? It might suit you” and “My cousin's out fighting dragons, and what do I get? Guard duty.”
If you've played Skyrim for more than two seconds, those phrases probably haunt your nightmares -- perhaps uttered by deeply unsettling images of your disapproving father as a giant praying mantis. Why? Because Skyrim's all-too-talkative denizens bellow them every time you're within bellowing range. Dovahkiin shouts? The Voice? Those are nothing compared to these all-powerful, sanity shattering sentences. And that's a rather large problem.
There’s no school like the old school, and when it comes to gaming, it doesn’t get much more old school than chess. More or less unchanged since 1475 AD, it’s a game of strategy, patience and study like none other. No matter whether you’re new to the game or have been an aficionado for decades, SparkChess, our Chrome Web App of the Week, is a provocative download that’s sure to test your mettle.
Despite the fact that the internet is a constant source of never ending electronic amusement, sometimes it’s simply not enough to keep you entertained. On the days where memes, kittens, trolls and games just aren’t cutting it, might we suggest settling in with a good book? Don’t worry, there’s no need to go cold turkey by turning off your rig while you read--far from it. As a matter of fact, our Cool Site of the Week, GoodReads, can actually enhance the life of a bookworm.
Hey, have you heard about Twitter? It’s kind of a big deal. Apparently people use it to communicate in 140 characters, detailing revolutions, protests and intricacies of knitting free-ranged wool sweater for cats. Thanks to the service’s soaring worldwide popularity, there’s no shortage of applications designed to help get your tweets out, few are as easy to use as Twitter’s native homepage. Thanks to Twitter Address Bar Search for Firefox, leveraging the power of Twitter’s homepage has never been easier.
Japanese culture? Awesome. Learning to speak or read Japanese? Awesomely challenging. For native english speakers, learning to read Japan hiragana and katakana script can be a painful, frustrating experience of the same order as putting together a set of Ikea shelves all by your lonesome. Luckily, Japanophiles needn’t fret over learning to read, thanks to Learn Kana, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
For many of us, traveling is about experience. Leaving behind the doldrums of our daily existence, we venture forth to immerse ourselves in new, unknown cultures and locales, finding joy and intrigue in all they have to offer. Who wants to ruin the vibe that comes with that sort of thing by returning to the banality of a cookie-cutter cast hotel room at the end of the day? Not us, that’s for sure. Instead, we recommend booking the accommodations for your next trip through Airbnb, our Cool Site of the Week.
When it comes making data readily available to the connected masses, the Internet’s a champ. Never before has our species enjoyed so much access to information. Unfortunately, the way in which that information is typically presented--on busy, oft-times poorly designed web pages-- is often found lacking. Fortunately, the folks from Evernote have a solution: It’s called Clearly, and it’s our Browser Extension of the Week.