Over the years I have found quite a few cool pockets of Internet.
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Table of Contents
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News and reviews from the wide world of breakfast cereal.
The Comics Curmudgeon
A guy named Josh reads the newspaper comics with snarky comments and takes. I've been reading The Comics Curmudgeon for over a decade now, it's not only funny but a really interesting peek into the state of modern day newspaper comics.
From the ashes of X-Entertainment comes Dinosaur Dracula, a love letter to things gone by... and weird seasonal food.
My favorite blog about stamps. The titular Punk is from Australia, but the stamps talked about are from all over the world.
Music & Radio Stations
Reviews and articles about music primarily not from the United States.
An online radio station playing demoscene music.
An online radio station playing music from the Seeburg 1000 Background Music System. A must-listen if you enjoy Muzak.
The Bad Game Hall of Fame
Anyone can dunk on a bad game. But the Bad Game Hall of Fame goes above and beyond to also talk about the history of the game, the context in which it was released, and so on.
Listen to classic video game music, and mess with the audio channels if you want!
An online museum of games and electronics that were marketed to girls. Featuring everything you ever could possibly want to know about the Casio Loopy!
A blog about the odd and interesting world of bootleg cartridges for handheld systems, mostly the Game Boy. In addition to reading about them, they also dump the ROM.
Kimimi The Game-Eating She-Monster
One of my favorite retro game blogs. Kimimi covers all sorts of games, but old JRPGs are her specialty.
Still want to play NES Zapper games, but don't have a CRT tv lying around? You need to check out the work being done to play these games on modern tvs!
Legends of Localization
A blog showcasing various translation choices (some good, lots bad) of video games over the years. Mostly run by Mato, probably most well-known for his genuinely amazing Mother 3 fan translation.
The Mushroom Kingdom
A Super Mario Bros fansite that's been running since 1997!
Fly through maps of various old video games.
The SNES Manual Archive
An online collection of every single English-language Super Nintendo game manual. Very useful if you're playing old carts or roms, but also just fun to browse through.
A collection of video game MIDIs. Running since 1996!
Toys, Games, and Fun Things to Noodle Around With
After Dark in CSS
Remember the After Dark screensaver pack? It's back, in website form!
The Death Generator
Allows you to make silly edits to classic video game death/dialog screens.
A Wordle clone based on dungeon crawling.
It's MSPaint, in your browser!
In case MSPaint doesn't do anything for ya, here's a browser version of KidPix.
A Lunar Lander clone, but with a daily challenge aspect to it.
A collection of fun little activities. Look at news websites from 10 years ago, answer absurd trolley problems, look at how long it's been since Earth has had a EF5 tornado, and so on.
An in-browser chicken raising game. It can get frantic if you let it!
A chill little puzzle game about creating islands with certain specifications.
Windows 93 A fake operating system with all sorts of goofy things to click on. Photosensitivity warning: this website has a few full screen flashing effects.
Useful Tools and Resources
3D Gif Maker
Exactly what it says on the tin. Paste a 2D image onto a rotating image. There are other non-3d options, such as glitching and blinking. I used this to glitch out the picture of Len in the sidebar.
CARI (Consumer Aesthetics Research Insitute)
I LOVE this website. This website aims to identify/catalog various aesthetic trends in graphic design/consumer goods for the past 60-ish years, with TONS of examples.
Dither Me This
Dither any image you want and give it an old-school look. I used Dither Me This to make that picture of Len in the sidebar.
Another way to turn your images into glitchy masterpieces. Note that this will not animate them. I used ImageGlitcher to make the beeks.cool picture in the top bar.
Drop in a picture, and Remove.bg will automatically remove (or blur out) the background. It's not flawless, but it works pretty well.
I don't know about you, but my brain just has the hardest time grokking light and shadow when it comes to drawing. Fortunately this lil web tool will let you noodle around with light source(s) on basic shapes.
Quicky and easily share files with someone. Perfect for all those times when you just need to throw a thing out there temporarily but don't want to use Dropbox, Google Drive, or what have you.
Home Sweet Homepage
A comic about growing up online. Nostalgic, relatable, and heartwarming.
A directory of unsecured security cameras. Peep in on random workplaces, parking garages, sleeping animals in barns, that sort of thing. Also a nice reminder to go make sure your security cam is password protected if you have one.
An utterly stunning short science fiction story, done in the style of a Wikipedia entry. Some of the best and most harrowing science fiction I've read in a while.
This is an emoji set created by Dzuk that I absolutely love. There is an art to creating good and identifiable emojis, and I think Dzuk excels at that. I have used a few Mutant Standard emojis on my site (mainly in the MIDI jukebox) and have modified a few to suit my needs... they're not nearly as good as zirs.
A fake streaming service for shows-within-a-show, such as Itchy and Scratchy on The Simpsons.
Send and received postcards from all over the world! Kinda like a combination of Secret Santa and Pen Pals. I've been postcrossing since 2017 and I highly reccommend it. If you're the type that enjoys this small "antequated" personal website experience, I have a hunch you might enjoy the even more antequated fun of snail mail.
Write something anonymously on a postcard, send it into PostSecret, and they'll put it on the page. As a lover of postcards and the mail system in general I find this idea really interesting, and the weird cryptic messages are the icing on the cake.
Practice your typing by writing various works of classic literature.
Relive the fun of the classic Weather Channel's WeatherStar system. Just type in a city and watch it go.