Ways to waste your break on the Internet

I don’t know what it is about procrastination. Even when it’s spring break and there isn’t really much of anything to even procrastinate, I still do it. I procrastinate sleeping, I procrastinate showering, I procrastinating eating dinner. That’s probably not a good thing, but I’ll post some ways you could procrastinate more, too:

  • StumbleUpon. We had a post about it back in 2006, but this Firefox addon is so awesome that it bears repeating. You add the toolbar to your browser, and then you just hit “StumbleUpon” and it takes you to a random cool webpage that other people have liked. If you like it, you click the thumbs up and if you don’t, the thumbs down. Then it starts to figure out what you do and don’t like and improves itself. You can start surfing optical illusions, minigames, jokes, informative pages about your random interest, etc. I promise this will keep you occupied for hours.
  • Here’s a stupid little minigame to test how fast you can type your ABCs. It’s strangely addictive. My best time so far is 3.234; I’m sure you can do better.
  • Download this Minesweeper clone to play the classic Windows game, but with some extra features. It will display statistics about each game (i.e. difficulty level of each board), will record your times more accurately (thousandths of a second), record videos of your best games, and more. Sorry Mac/Linux kids… only for Windows :(
  • Sign up for OKCupid. It’s totes free, and it’s got tons of quizzes to take, and it doubles as a dating site. You can get lost reading profiles of random dudes/dudettes/zedudes for ages.
  • Refresh /b/. Your intelligence might feel insulted for a bit (and your sense of political correctness, too), but the more you read, the more you see the strange beauty in the movement of the masses of Anonymous. I guess. Kind of.
  • Watch TV shows on your computer… legally. While we mostly know those means of acquiring TV shows and movies of dubious legality (sidereel.com, the network), remember that there are other ways of acquiring them for free. Itunes costs money, but many networks (cw.com, abc.com, nbc.com, cbs.com) will allow you to watch their TV shows for just a few commercials. It’s totally worth not having to deal with the guilt.

14 thoughts on “Ways to waste your break on the Internet

  1. Adam

    Refreshing 4chan is like that scene from Watchmen, where Ozymandias sits in front of a bunch of TV’s and figures out the collective American psyche.Except, it’s 4chan. And all you learn is that people are really good at superimposing pictures on images.

  2. Adam

    Refreshing 4chan is like that scene from Watchmen, where Ozymandias sits in front of a bunch of TV’s and figures out the collective American psyche.

    Except, it’s 4chan. And all you learn is that people are really good at superimposing pictures on images.

  3. Anonymous

    “…by linking it you’re telling me that you support it, and by doing it on Wesleying you sort of say that the Wesleyan student body supports it, which is pretty offensive to me.”If Wesleying posters spoke for the Wesleyan community, I’d have transferred by now. That’s like saying Wonkette speaks for all of DC.And also, are you serious? It’s a message board. Get off your high horse.

  4. Anonymous

    “…by linking it you’re telling me that you support it, and by doing it on Wesleying you sort of say that the Wesleyan student body supports it, which is pretty offensive to me.”

    If Wesleying posters spoke for the Wesleyan community, I’d have transferred by now. That’s like saying Wonkette speaks for all of DC.

    And also, are you serious? It’s a message board. Get off your high horse.

  5. Mad Joy

    I agree. I’m torn, actually. 4chan does reproduce all the isms in a fairly frightening fashion. It makes it seem as though it’s just for the “lulz,” not serious, when it adds fag as a suffix to everything or even explicitly talks (in racist language) about race. And then people start to actually think this way. So yes, 4chan is dangerous, and it is offensive, and racist, and sexist, and harmful.But on the other hand, I do find something beautiful about 4chan. Not any particular of what is said, but the rising and moving force of it, the collective consciousness of the whole thing. And for that, I think it’s worth going to. Even if you don’t agree with or like what is said, it’s a phenomenon that is worth experiencing. So I’m conflicted.I’m just a single poster, and I don’t think that my linking to it as a procrastination tool implies that the Wesleyan student body supports 4chan. I hope it doesn’t.

  6. Mad Joy

    I agree. I’m torn, actually. 4chan does reproduce all the isms in a fairly frightening fashion. It makes it seem as though it’s just for the “lulz,” not serious, when it adds fag as a suffix to everything or even explicitly talks (in racist language) about race. And then people start to actually think this way. So yes, 4chan is dangerous, and it is offensive, and racist, and sexist, and harmful.

    But on the other hand, I do find something beautiful about 4chan. Not any particular of what is said, but the rising and moving force of it, the collective consciousness of the whole thing. And for that, I think it’s worth going to. Even if you don’t agree with or like what is said, it’s a phenomenon that is worth experiencing. So I’m conflicted.

    I’m just a single poster, and I don’t think that my linking to it as a procrastination tool implies that the Wesleyan student body supports 4chan. I hope it doesn’t.

  7. Anonymous

    Mad, I didn’t expect this from you.It’s not a lack of political correctness, 4chan is a breeding ground for racism, sexism and the Straight White Internet Male mentality. Sure, nobody’s hurt inside the forums because it’s for the lulz and all, but that sort of humor doesn’t stay exclusively within those forums or the internet, and there are way too many people browsing it for it to be harmless.I don’t expect that you’re partaking in that sort of thing and I understand that you probably filter that stuff out for things that might be genuinely funny, but by linking it you’re telling me that you support it, and by doing it on Wesleying you sort of say that the Wesleyan student body supports it, which is pretty offensive to me.

  8. Anonymous

    Mad, I didn’t expect this from you.

    It’s not a lack of political correctness, 4chan is a breeding ground for racism, sexism and the Straight White Internet Male mentality. Sure, nobody’s hurt inside the forums because it’s for the lulz and all, but that sort of humor doesn’t stay exclusively within those forums or the internet, and there are way too many people browsing it for it to be harmless.

    I don’t expect that you’re partaking in that sort of thing and I understand that you probably filter that stuff out for things that might be genuinely funny, but by linking it you’re telling me that you support it, and by doing it on Wesleying you sort of say that the Wesleyan student body supports it, which is pretty offensive to me.

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