“Neon flames” lets you design your own nebulae. Choose a color from the palette on the left and start moving your mouse cursor across a black sky. The color deepens if you move over and over the same section. The effect looks remarkably like a real star cluster. This is also available as an Android app.
Yahoo.com/Tech has stories put together by former New York Times columnist David Pogue. We watched an amusing short video titled: “Elders React to Google Glass.” And we read about a New York state law that levies a $500 fine for taking “selfies” with arms around tigers. Apparently this has become a problem in New York; thank heavens the legislators are on top of it.
Woozworld.com lets children walk around in a virtual world, try on new clothes, play games and talk to others by choosing pre-selected phrases from a menu. It’s free but has lots of ads. The artwork is stunning but we got a little woozy waiting for things to load in Woozworld.
FreeRice.com donates rice while you play a vocabulary game. (There’s a bowl on the screen that fills up as you play.) The rice is paid for by the site’s advertisers and distributed by the United Nations Food Program. In its first ten months of operation, the site donated over 42 billion grains of rice.
Dhteumeuleu.com -This is tough to spell, so instead you might want to Google “an unexpected toy.” At first, you’re just manipulating a blob on the screen, but if you click on the arrow and home button, you’ll get mind-boggling patterns. We especially like “Draw,” in which you do your doodle and then it goes into motion.
“What are common activities people get wrong every day?” Put that phrase into Google or your favorite search engine and you’ll get a list of videos from our favorite question and answer site, Quora.com. For instance, to crack an egg without bits of shell clinging to it, rap the egg on the counter once, then pull it apart. (Bob tried this and it didn’t work.) Most of the tips are food-oriented.