Advent Calendar for Geeks #17

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

The True Size of...

The most common projection used on world maps is the Mercator Projection which maintains straight lines of latitude and longitude at the expense of distorting the size of landmasses as you move away from the equator. Greenland, for example appears much larger than it actually is. The True Size of is a web app that lets you compare countries with their true size by litterally dragging them to another place on the map to see the effects of Mercator Projection distortion.


The image shows Greenland as it would appear on the map if it was located at the equator.

Advent Calendar for Geeks #16

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Watercolour map

Create watercolour maps of your favourite places with maps.stamen.com.


And not just watercolour - high-contrast toner, Terrain, Burning, Mars and more.

Advent Calendar for Geeks #15

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Shakespearean Insult Generator

This is one of mine, although it is based on Shakespeare Insult Kit which is widely attributed to an English teacher from Center Grove High School in Greenwood Indiana named Jerry Maguire.

Simply press the button for a new insultThou spleeny fen-sucked lout!


Advent Calendar for Geeks #14

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Online Maze Designer

A really simple maze designer tool. Simply click to draw your path.

There are options for saving and importing as well as loads of info on maze as well as some games to enjoy.

Advent Calendar for Geeks #13

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

The Wub Machine

The Wub Machine is an online tool for automatically remixing tunes into dubstep classics.


Simply upload your music and choose a genre. You can also add songs from Soundcloud and download your creations. All work comes with extra wub wub wub.

Advent Calendar for Geeks #12

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Map of the Dead

Map of the Dead is a zombie survival tool powered by Google maps. It provides information about possible infestation areas in the event of a zombie apocalypse.


Along with areas to avoid the map lists locations of where to get your supplies, such as the fire station, which could be a could source of axes, or hospitals, likely to be over-run with the walking dead, but a good place to stock up on medical supplies.

Advent Calendar for Geeks #11

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Music Map

Music Map is a site that lets you explore which musicians are similar in style to others. You simply enter the name of one musician or band and a cloud of other musicians will appear around it. The closer two musicians appear next to each other more likely a person will enjoy both musicians and a great way of discovering new music.


Advent Calendar for Geeks #10

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Your life in history

Your Life in History allows you to explore how your personal timeline relates to major world events. You simply enter your date of birth and the site puts the history of your timeline into context.



For example, my father's life can be split into two halves - one before hip hop records and one after. For me personally, I have lived half of my life with Harry Potter and half of it without.

Advent Calendar for Geeks #09

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Estimate of World Sleeping Population

How many people are asleep right now? Alphabet Passport have an estimate on their site.


The algorithm makes assumptions such as 90% of the population of a country would be asleep at peak time and most people sleep for 8 hours (I wish!). Then taking population and timezone data from Wikipedia the results are plotted on an interactive graph. It also includes notable celebrities who may be asleep at the time.

If you are a benevolent philanthropist who is planning on visiting all parts of the world this month in an attempt to distribute presents to all the good christian children of the world, then this site could be of use to you.

Advent Calendar for Geeks #08

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Sideways Dictionary

Sideways Dictionary is a dictionary of technical jargon explained through everyday analogies.


If the jargon term you are looking for is not there, then there is a suggest button, although I do not know whether this site is actively supported. There are currently fewer than one hundred terms available, although each analogy is tagged so you can cross reference your analogy all you like.


Advent Calendar for Geeks #07


Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Strobe illusion

Strobe illusion is a good implementation of the motion perception illusion. Stare at the animation for thirty seconds and then look around you as your drawing room goes all wibbly-wobbly.



Advent Calendar for Geeks #06

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Medieval Fantasy City Generator

Software developer Oleg Dolya has created this procedurally generated medieval city map generator.


Currently there are various options for selecting the size and features of your map with an option for exporting in PNG and SVG format for use in your roleplaying games,

Advent Calendar for Geeks #05

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

Touch Pianist

Touch Pianist is a fun web toy for playing a present piece of music. The tutorial features Moonlight Sonata, by Ludwig van Beethoven (which reached number one in the charts in 1801), but other tunes are available.

Plus one Geek Experience point for Batuhan Bozkurt

Play the piece is really easy, you simply have to click the screen whenever you feel musically inspired to do so. You can't get the notes wrong, although you may get the wrong timing, which is all part of the fun. The spacing between the glowing circles give some clue as to the intended rhythm for the tune, and with a little practice you will convince your friends that you are a musical prodigy.

This site urges you to run in Chrome, although I found that Chrome did not work very well at all, although everything was fine in Edge browser. There is also an Android version.

Have fun...more stuff tomorrow....

Advent Calendar for Geeks #04

Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.

CivClicker

CivClicker is an online 'clicker' God game.


Simply click the buttons to gather resources, then hire workers to do it for you! The more you click the more you can build. This game should keep you busy until the next toy tomorrow.

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