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Ten Websites I Like
Top Ten Websites
Member Name: Mephit
Top Ten Websites
Date: 18/07/11, updated on 18/07/11 (60 review reads)
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These are ten of my favourite time-wasting websites. In no particular order, I give you:
1. Passive-Aggressive Notes
This site collects photos of passive-aggressive and plain old aggressive-aggressive notes that people have been left by room-mates, family, friends or that they find elsewhere. These can be fantastically enraged about (usually) trivial matters. It's pettiness as an art form! Some of the notes are hilarious, while others are quite alarming in their ferocity. There's a lively commenting community, although I don't tend to read that part. The language in the notes can be strong, so it's not a site I read when the children are looking over my shoulder.
2. Poisson Rouge
This is a great little site for younger children, with numerous easy-to-play games, which simply use point & click with the mouse. There is no text and children find their own way through the site intuitively. It's fantastic for children who haven't learned to read yet, but are interested in using a computer. The site comes up quickly and there are no load times to frustrate the small and impatient ones. My children loved to play on this site when they were younger, and the six year old will still happily go on it for a while now. I think it's great for pre-schoolers. It's free to use, although it's nice to donate to help the site keep running.
3. Overthinking It
This is a site where a number of writers regularly over-think ad campaigns, films, tv series and video games. I find lots of these articles intriguing and amusing, such as the over-thinking of the currency in Animal Crossing. I love this kind of critique and there's always something to read there. There is also a commenting community there to argue with if you like that kind of thing. The OverThinking It bods also do podcasts and have their own store on site. I'm only really interested in the articles, however.
A bit of an embarrassing admission here, perhaps! This site is best known for humiliating poor Gordon Brown over his indecision on what his favourite biscuit was. Mumsnet is a big online community, with message boards, blogs, offers, recipes and competitions. It's a fun space for parents to discuss the matters of the day, get advice and support or just chat. There are sections within, such as Dadsnet, Gransnet, feminism and so on. One of the busiest boards is 'Am I being Unreasonable' - which is always the right room for an argument.
Here savage souls collect for your displeasure & amusement, awful items that sellers on arts & crafts sites (primarily Etsy) are trying to flog. Etsy has some great stuff, but some of it is not, ahem, good and some of it is rip-off or clearly not home-made. Admittedly Regretsy is a bit mean-spirited, but on the bright side it does give the sellers extra exposure and raises money for charity. It makes me laugh and stretch my eyes!
This site is run by Martin Lewis, helping consumers save money and get the best deals. It has free budgeting tools, which help you see where your money is going. You can also choose to receive regular emails to alert you to deals and bargains. There are active message-boards and a big online community who help give advice and support. It's not the prettiest or best-laid-out of sites, but is packed with information.
7. TV Tropes
A wiki that discusses all kinds of writing devices and conventions used in fiction. Although it started as only tv, it now covers literature, film, anime & manga, video games and more. I can spend hours jumping from trope to trope.
Although the site wants you to register, you can just use the mapping function without doing so. You can become a member for free, to be able to save your routes and use some of the other functions, or become a premium paying member for full access. I use the site as a free member, and enjoy mapping out my walks and runs. You can work out distances travelled and calories burnt. The maps can be simple road maps or you can use satellite pictures. Plotting your routes can either automatically follow roads and pathways, or you can do it manually if you went off piste. There are annoying adverts for non-paying members to endure, but I do like the site apart from that.
9. The BBC
News, weather, education, children's entertainment, games, tv guides and so much more. You can't knock the Beeb. (Well, you can, but I'm not listening!)
10. Behind the Headlines
This is where the NHS confronts the headlines. News media such as the Daily Mail love health scare stories, especially ones that single out a food or gene to blame for cancer. On this site, the stories are examined, with the reports and studies the journalists extracted the information from cited, usually revealing exaggeration or cherry-picking in order to attention-grab. While most of us don't take these stories too seriously, it's nice to have a resource where the nature of the studies is explained in layman's terms.
So that's it, my ten. Thanks for reading.
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