NORAD Santa Tracker 2007

NORAD Santa Tracker 2007He it already out and about! Track jolly old Saint Nick as he makes his trip around the world delivering toy to all good girls and boys! That’s right! NORAD is using their technology to track Santa and his eight reindeer this 2007 Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!

noradsanta.org

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see the universe in all different scales

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Our friends at Nikon in Japan are always coming up with unique ways of seeing the world in a different light. For all of us that remember the math class and or science class video “Powers of Ten”, this is it in a web sense, but in a little different view. Instead of a narrated video, this flash viewer is a side view comparing items next to each other. A good example is that of a small bug next to a mountain.

The whole site is flash based with some whimsical music and a black-gray silhouette motif. It takes some getting used to, but it is a good time waster for 10-15 minutes.

Visit the video here:
“Powers of Ten”

Visit the Nikon universe site here:
Nikon Universcale

polar clock

Polar Clock

Enough said, this is a cool looking clock. It is a free screen saver application and a rather unique clock design. It is available on both MAC OSX and Windows machines. You can view a Flash version of the Polar Clock using your browser or like I said before, download the screen-saver version and enjoy watching time fly by.

Visit the Polar Clock Here.

very funny ads

Very Funny Ads Site

Tonight I was watching a Steven Segal marathon and saw an ad for veryfunnyads.com, so naturally I went to check it out. Developed by TBS, the flash based youtube-esque website is very well laid out, and has funny ads to boot.

Even better, the site has a good stream of international ads, that unfortunately would be seen as too risqué for us Americans (Ah those Europeans!). All of the ads are tagged with keywords so finding a style or type of ad is fairly easy. Another nice feature the site has is an RSS feed, so new content can always be sent to you for your viewing pleasure. And last, you can suggest, but not submit an ad to be considered being placed on the site (I am sure they don’t want to get sued by some moronic brand that doesn’t see the benefits to being recognized).

As always, check the site out at the link below, and enjoy the laughs!

www.veryfunnyads.com

defend your desktop

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If you are again looking for a fun Flash games that will consume most of your time, try out the game Desktop Tower Defense. I was referred to it by Leo Laporte and his MacBreak Weakly podcast (webcast as Leo likes to call it). A rather simple game, it involves you setting-up a defense network of turrets, missile launchers and other weapons to defend against waves of “creeps” that attempt to make it across the desktop. Allowing 20 creeps make it across the desktop will end your game, and you will be forced to start from scratch. There are 50 levels and endless possibilities in the design of your defense which makes this game rather addictive.

Another neat feature to this game is the group competition aspect. You are able to set-up a group and log your individual scores to see who in your group had the best defense system. I have yet to set-up a group, but am anxious to get one started once everyone sees how cool this game is.

I highly recommend that you try this game out, but make sure you have a lot of time to waste because this will consume your day. The nice thing is that it includes a pause button, sou you can actually get some work done during the day.

Test the game out at the link below and let me know what you think.

www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/

waste time with boomshine

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At work today I was forwarded a little Flash game called Boomshine. At first look, this simple game seems really easy, and a breeze to get through, but hours later, it is dinner time and my wife is calling me wondering where I was. I was admittedly addicted to this game!

The object is to start a chain reaction by dropping a dot that explodes, which in turn hits another dot that is floating around, which in turn also explodes, thus starting a chain reaction. Simple but elegant! The game also has an almost zen-like soundtrack with a piano playing.

My only complaint is that it has a rather limited number of levels. I does get rather difficult near the end, however it does end right when you are wanting more.

Give it a try, just make sure you watch the clock… as it ticks by!

www.k2xl.com/games/boomshine/

plan on wasting some time

PlannedEvery once in a while you need to waste a little time on the web right? Surfing around I found a great time wasting “Web 2.0” game called Planned. The object of the game is to connect all of the squares together by enlarging them so that they touch. What is nice, is that when you fail to connect all of the squares together, it lets you start over and try again. There are 18 puzzles in all, and a fun waste of time!

you can find it at the link below.

http://www.awfulgames.com/games/planned/