There really is no easy way to say this, but – quarantine, though fully necessary for our safety and the safety of those around us, is really boring.
Nearly a year into the pandemic and our respective country lockdowns, we pretty much all know the drill – wake up, work from home, goof around, sleep. Rinse and repeat. Unfortunately, since we are human beings imbued with freewill and agency and the horrible tendency to get bored at everything and not robots, this repetitive lockdown cycle can tend to get old, really quickly. I myself don’t know how many times I’ve rewatched the same YouTube videos, or played the same games, or looked out the window listlessly wondering when I can ever go out again. I think something in our schedule needs to change a little – don’t you?
Thankfully, we live in a world dominated by the Internet; which is right now really our only connection to the outside world and everyone who lives in it. And on said Internet is a simply huge array of websites that you can hop on and explore; some of which may be badly designed, and some of which look so pretty it feels like they’ve been designed by the best web design company in Penang. But amongst this throng of online websites, there are a few lesser known ones that are really cool – and may help pull us out of this mid-quarantine boredom funk.
1. The Wayback Machine
The Wayback Machine isn’t exactly a website on it’s own, but a sub-function that can be accessed in the wider website of archive.org. Still, the Wayback Machine definitely serves a super cool, incredibly intriguing function – by inputting the name of a website, any website, you’ll be able to see older versions of that website that may have otherwise become lost to time.
So if you want to see an older version of your personal blog designed by a 10 year-old you, or even YouTube in it’s days as a dating website rather than a popular video site, you can hop onto the Wayback Machine for a nostalgia trip!
Ever wanted to learn a new language online, complete for free?
Duolingo is a popular language-learning website that helps you learn a new language, usually through sentence-structuring activities, vocabulary games, and other fun things to help spruce up the language-learning process. Duolingo is also rather iconic in it’s mascot of the ‘Language Bird’, a cute green owl that helps you with your language learning, and it’s rather…aggressive reminders (Case-in-point: this email a person got of the Language Bird crying and telling them that if they didn’t learn Italian today, it would eat a ‘poison loaf of bread’. Yikes).
3. Mad 🙂 Takes
Mad 🙂 Takes, or just Mad Takes, is truly a website assembled to cure visitor’s of their boredom. This website, rendered in grey and purple-blue, allows you to play a free online ad-lib word game from it’s collection of funny anecdotes. If you don’t know what this means, it’s ad-lib word game is basically one that lets you fill in random blanks – and then incorporates your (usually completely unrelated) words into prepared stories it has in it’s collection. The end result is usually a completely chaotic and hysterical mash of words into a story, which really helps when you need a good belly laugh.
TalkToTransformer.com is a truly cool website that really demonstrates just how far AI has developed in mainstream society. The gist of the website is simple – when you visit the website, you’ll be able to write the beginning of any type of text into the available text box. This can be a story, a newspaper article, a poem, or etc. And then the magic happens – based on the beginning text you’d already written, the AI will then fill out the rest of the text and essentially complete your written product for you! It truly is the pinnacle of writing AI – and it’s completely free for anyone to visit and use!
It’s pretty evident that there’s a huge array of cool websites out there on the Internet just waiting to be found and fiddled with. So if you’re super bored during quarantine and desperate to goof around on a cool website, why not visit these cool websites now!
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