Cute Roulette An endless, random parade of YouTube videos featuring cute animals doing cute stuff, from sleepy kittens to baby bunnies chewing on broccoli. Tough morning at the office? Set that sucker to full screen and witness how quickly everyone (yes, even the burly guy with the biker tats) rushes over and starts cooing. If it takes them more than four seconds, your colleagues are more stony-hearted than team TOAD. www.cuteroulette.com.
History Pin A collection of photography from ye olde times, geo-tagged and overlaid onto Google Maps. In laymen’s terms? Bash in the name of your home town and it’ll show you what the area looked like 100 years ago. The Middle East may be woefully under-represented on the site at present, but skip over to any major town in Europe, America, Asia and Australia and you’ll be treated to a sepia-hued gallery showing some major landmarks in construction, horse-drawn carriages and people wearing weird trousers. www.historypin.com.
Sad Stuff on the Street You can barely go three clicks on the web these days without stumbling across a ridiculously specific photo blog, but for some reason this melancholic feed struck a chord with us. It’s essentially a litany of images of things that have been discarded, dropped or otherwise left in the public spots – think muddy teddies slumped in the street, spilled truffles melting into asphalt and a multitude of other scenarios that will make you feel a little, well, sad. www.sadstuffonthestreet.com.
Ustream A spiritual successor to YouTube, this site enables you to access live, up-to-the-second video streams from thousands of webcams located across the globe. Feeds range from genuinely fascinating broadcasts from the likes of NASA and the Discovery Channel, to more ‘niche’ subject matter such as ‘owlcam’ – a sort of avian Big Brother that allows you to gawp into the private lives of a pair of Californian barn owls. Each to their own, and all that. www.ustream.com.
Virtual NES Long before massively multiplayer online gaming, motion-sensitive controllers and Lego Harry Potter (seriously –why?), video gaming was far simpler and, some would argue, purer. Relive those 8-bit glory days with this productivity-melting goldmine, which allows you to play classic ’80s games from the Nintento Entertainment System, in your browser. Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros (all three of them) are among the hundreds included and, once you’ve exhausted everything n the NES site, there’s virtualsupernes.com to check out. www.virtualnes.com.