80×40: a collaborative ASCII art canvas. Naturally, it quickly devolved. (Click the back arrow and you’ll see what I mean.)
Namez: it’s a good problem to attack, as I’m sure a huge portion of the population has difficult-to-pronounce names. However, it’s a longstanding problem that people have been working around for forever, no one would ever pay for this service, and people with hard-to-pronounce names are more likely to have thicker accents that make their recorded pronunciations hard to understand—compounding the problem.
The Simpsons in CSS: holy crap, that’s slick!
INCREDIBOX: enh, kinda cool, I guess.
Writers Diet: cut the flabanche.
Google Maps Floor Plans: I could see retail locations participating in this, but who else would?!
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON Image Generator: irritating meme.
Numbers API: cool way to assess number facts.
Share a secret – One Time: nice little idea.
Google Search for “sin(x)+0.5*sin(2*x)+0.333333*sin(3*x)”: now with graphing.
WeatherSpark: man, that is a rich interface to put it mildly.
Nerdy Day Trips: nothing in Arizona?! Well, I guess that’s probably true.
How The Martha Graham Google Logo is Animated (Short Explanation): wowsers, impressive technique.
How Google Works: it’s an amazing piece of work.
Books Ngram Viewer: see the evolution of language.
Mapping America — Census Bureau 2005-9 American Community Survey: this is a fun little tool.
Hidden features of Google: there’s some really good Google tips in there.
“How black people use Twitter”: good look into this phenomenon that I’ve wondered about for a long time. I agree about the “tight-knit cluster” hypothesis.
Edison: online tool to help you experiment with your life.
Books of the world, stand up and be counted! All 129,864,880 of you.: fascinating look into the task of counting books.
First-Person Tetris: awesome idea, highly disorienting in practice.
Google Living Stories: not a fan of the name, but the idea behind it is intriguing. It’s like a minimally-sourced, whiter-spaced Techmeme.
CSS3 Sideways Google: from the because-they-can department.
Scroll Clock: mesmerizing.
Pacman: Pac-Man version run off of Google Maps. It’s a little rough around the edges.
Twoogie: oh yeah. Update Twitter à la Doogie Howser’s journal. It’s damn slow, though: are they running it on his 286?
Zappos Map: not my scene, but damn if I didn’t sit mesmerized by it all the same.
Cornify: make any site suitable for little girls to visit.
SecretTweet.com: why use post cards when tweets are so much quicker. No funky graphics though.
Amazon Windowshop: sure, it’s a little Apple derivative but it’s a great idea and I bet it makes Amazon a killing.
Suicide Kittens: moderately enjoyable. Meh.
Flickr Memory Game: Ze Frank’s little Flash app that uses your photographs in a game of memory.
Google Maps – Missile Over Utah: I have no idea how people spot these things but I’m glad they do.
Ball: this neat, simple game provided conclusive proof that I am an uncoordinated, robotic oaf.
Unicode Graphic Domains: neat. I forgot that their were dingbats in Unicode. D’oh.
ExpressionEngine v2.0 Sneak Preview: mmmmm, CMS-y.
Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles, California: Lost would have been very different using these directions. (And what’s with the Washington detour?)
Field Guide to Firefox 3: I’ve been using the release candidates and 3 is pretty different from previous versions. And it is officially released on June 17th so get yourself prepared for the upcoming changes now.
Google Maps Street View Scene: boy I hope that’s not a real gun!
Favrd: Twitter API service that shows you tweets that have been favorited. Gah, neologism overload!
Instant Rimshot: this is terribly useful!
The Meme Obfuscation Machine: I just whipped this up. It’s an easy way to mask a meme or prank. And I think the only cost for me is domain registration since it uses very little bandwidth.
WordPress.com: what’s with the falling snow? I’ve seen this on a few sites this winter. Is it retro 2003 or something? I look forward to letters that follow the cursor around the screen.
Handbell Hero: guitars are so tired, handbells are wired.
We Love Holiday Sweaters: design your own Christmas sweater. There is no limit to its garishness. Unfortunately, there’s no way to save or share your creation.
Amazon SimpleDB: I am in awe of Amazon. It would be incredible if in a decade Amazon’s revenue primarily does not come from ecommerce. The other amazing thing is that applications built on their EC2, S3, and now SDB platforms really don’t have anywhere else to go; I wonder if that’ll result in a backlash eventually.
Google Chart API: that is so cool. 50K queries per day seems like a reasonable amount.
Google Maps for Mobile – My Location: this new feature uses cell phone towers to discern your 10-20. From tests at work and home, I’d say that cell phone towers must disclose their ZIP codes because that seems to be as close as it’s getting for me.
VisuWords: ho hum. This is so much more useful than say a dictionary or thesaurus.
Crabb’s English Synonymes: I have this edition of the book and I love it. It’s not a thesaurus: it’s a way to see the nuances and gradations of a particular word’s synonyms.
Pumpkin Carving: slightly amusing.
PicUrls: the best pictures of the social bookmarking sites. Very useful.
Library Arcade: library-themed online Flash games. And boy are they as fun as you’d expect. The “I’ll Get It” isn’t too shabby, I guess.
ZIP Skinny: cool demographic site that lets you compare ZIP codes to neighboring ZIP codes.
Weird Converter: useful site if you ever wanted to convert between Jennifer Anistons and Tom Cruises (1 Aniston = 0.55 Cruise) or between Oregon Trails and flaccid penises (1 to 3,3792,000, for your edification).
Moan My IP: uhh. NSFW.
Statetris: Tetris-like game using the United States as the pieces. Not nearly as hard as I’d like.