So, how about that aircraft carrier-sized asteroid that buzzed the earth earlier this week--crazy right? Zipping through the cosmos at approximately 30,000 miles per hour and measuring roughly 1000 feet long, Asteroid 2005 YU55 definitely could have ruined a lot of people’s days if it’d passed 202,000 miles closer--a pittance of a distance by astronomical standards--to us than it did. Are there other space bound rocks out there hellbent on our planet’s destruction? You betcha. Do we know when or how likely it is for them to strike? Nope, but the vigilant space geeks over at Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking do, and their online presence is our Cool Site of the Week.
Surfing the web from your desktop rig or laptop is a brilliant way to enjoy scads of free reading material from around the globe. That said, it’s not ideally suited for those of us who prefer to peruse our words on the go. One could argue that sending content to a smartphone or tablet would be the way to go, but for individuals with a freakishly low data cap, or worse, no mobile device to speak of, doing so isn’t a viable option. For owners of an Amazon Kindle, however, there is another option to consider: Send to Kindle--our Browser Extension of the Week.
Before 1954, no one could say with any authority how many hotdogs a human being could consume in one five minute sitting. This, we’re sure you’ll agree, was unacceptable. Were it not for a friendly argument between the managing director the Guinness Breweries and one of his hunting buddies in 1951, we still might not have any solid data on the issue today. Fortunately for time wasters and bet placers around the globe, the failure to resolve that argument 60 years ago led to the creation of The Guinness Book of World Records. Thanks to Guinness World Records- Record Player, our Chrome Web App of the Week, computer users don’t have to read about new records being made or discover that old ones have been broken. Instead, they can turn to the internet and watch all the action in glorious color.
Halloween brings candy. Thanksgiving provides a bounty of rich foods. Taking heavy turkey laden meals, tables full of sugary treats and throwing them both in a blender with a big helping of eggnog, Christmas seems determined to ensure that any of those new pairs of pants waiting for you under the tree won’t have a prayer of fitting you by the time Boxing Day rolls around. Is there anyway to stop the pudgy festive madness? You bet: it’s called Get Drunk Not Fat, and it’s our cool site of the week.
Let’s face it: For every honest, reputable website, shopping portal or social network out there worth putting your trust into, there’s another thousand internet destinations hellbent on getting their dirty rat claws on your personal information or slinging shady deals. Mitigate the damage with Web of Trust, our Browser Extension of the Week.
I don't know if you've heard, but Minecraft is pretty great. Now, maybe (read: probably) I'm crazy, but building towers that scrape – nay, grievously paper cut – the sky and versions of Mt. Rushmore with the faces of Rush band members actually isn't my favorite part of the game. Truth be told, that award goes to the simple act of cracking open a fresh world and seeing the sights. Minecraft's random generator is a subtle master of “Ooooo, what's that over there?” and each unique world is a joy to explore. Towering, snowcapped mountains, glorious seaside vistas, winding cave mazes that feel thousands of years old (as opposed to seconds) – each one's a Costco bulk bag of block-shaped eye candy.
Meanwhile, when most gamers hear “randomization,” they probably think “Diablo loot,” or – if you've been around the block/are a clinically diagnosed masochist – “roguelikes.” That, I think, needs to change.
Even though Chrome has proven itself to be a capable gaming platform, precious few of our favorite pre-existing titles have managed to make their way to our browser windows. Sure, Angry Birds and Plants versus Zombies is great, but even marquee titles can only be played for so long. Fortunately, Android and iOS legend Fieldrunners is ready for a little play time with Chrome. We’ve invested so many hours into this tower defense classic, we had to make it our Chrome Web App of the Week.
Fun Fact: Most people would rather watch a movie than go to work... unless of course watching movies is one of your job functions, in which case you might be happier reading a book--It’s a strange world out there. Unfortunately, the majority of we worker bees aren’t able to take in a flick while on the clock, forced instead to keep our eyes on spreadsheets, assembly lines and work orders. Don’t fret: Hollywood’s just a set of headphones away, thanks to Listen to a Movie, our Cool Site of the Week.
Despite rampant privacy concerns, annoying ads, creepy stalkers and the aggressive time stealing demands of the games it offers, for many of us, Facebook is still a much-loved way to share our lives with the people who matter to us. While we might be willing to put up with the social network’s many quirks and eccentricities, there’s one thing that most of us won’t tolerate when it comes to Facebook: A change to it’s interface or functionality. If your blood boils every time you hear the words ‘News Ticker’ you’ll want to download Facebook Classic, our Browser Extension of the Week.
With movie theaters full superheroes this past summer and zombies currently dominating Sunday night television, it’s safe to say that comic books are once again en vogue. With geeks of all ages willing to spend their hard earned money on the graphic novels and monthly titles that they love, comic book creators and imprints are making it easier to snag their wares through multiple channels than ever before. One of our favorites of late has been Graphicly Comics, our Chrome Web App of the Week.