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7 Quirky Review Web Sites

If you look closely into the Interwebz, with a microscope, you'll find tiny villages of quirky sites run by even quirkier people who are passionate about the darndest things and have loads of free time on their hands. Here's a short roundup of some of the more interesting ones I've found lately.

1. Better View Desired

A blogger over at betterviewdesired.com reviews nothing but birding binoculars. He tests them all in the field, over time, and measures each against his a standard pair he always uses.

2. One Bag


OneBag.com is not a blog, but instead a sort of travel gear reference guide that is forever being revised - since 1996!

3. Coffee Geek


At coffeegeek.com, bloggers rate coffee grinders, steamers, drippers, holders and beans, both the commercial types as well as those you'd buy for your home.

4. Everything USB


There are no formal reviews here, but busy user forums dispense chat on USB products and USB tutorials, and there is a very handy comparative shopping matrix, which offers some relief in deciding which model of a USB device is best.

5. Find A Scope


Ripped right from findascope.com's site: "There are a lot of people who are anxious to own a telescope to view the heavens above, but who need direction as to what scope to buy. This is my FAQ, and while I try to be objective, it does reflect my viewing biases."

6. Bent Rider Online

Bentrideronline.com is a review site for recumbent bicycles. The reviewers on this site attempt to make a judgement about the value of the bike in context of other bikes they have known.

7. Flashlight Reviews

The reviews on flashlightreviews.com are rigorous technically, pretty consistent, very thorough and quantifiable. Lots of close-up photos. They rate the lights in an easy to compare chart, which you can sort by rating, and they thankfully indicate "top picks" with a easy to spot thumbs up

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7 Brilliantly Useless Websites You Won't Believe Exist
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by Jenny Morrill

Bored at work? It's OK—everyone needs to take a break at some point during the day. (Trust us, it's science.) But checking social media or catching up on the latest news may not be the best way to spend your downtime. Perhaps you should try watching an animated taco spin around your browser instead.

Below, we've collected seven useless, whimsical, and just-plain-weird websites to waste your time on. Try not to get addicted.

1. TACO SPIN

A hard-shell taco spins on a white background, labeled with the number four.
Screenshot via Taco Spin

This one is even more mindless than you might imagine. It's a taco. It spins. Seriously, that's it. There is, however, a fabulous soundtrack. And it counts the number of spins you've watched, so staring at it for long enough starts to feel like an accomplishment.

2. THE MOST SECONDS

A screenshot from The Most Seconds reads 'You have been here for 20 seconds.'
Screenshot via The Most Seconds

How many seconds can you stand the boredom of watching this number increase?

3. IS MY COMPUTER ON?

An off-white image reads 'No Spoilers!'

Here's a handy guide to checking whether or not your computer is on. (If you're a fan of this one, we must refer you to that other wonderfully informative site, Is It Christmas?)

4. RANDOM COLOUR

An entirely magenta image

Screenshot via Random Colour

The idea behind Random Colour is incredibly simple, but at least you get the element of surprise. Every time you refresh the page, the entire site turns a new color. Warning: Fiddling around with this one for too long will definitely give you a headache.

5. FALLING FALLING

Blocks of color appear to fall backward off the page.
Screenshot via Falling Falling

This color-themed site is a little more dynamic than Random Colour, but just as pointless. The colors endlessly fall off the page. Totally hypnotic.

6. USELESS SITE

A hand-drawn arrow points to a box for the reader to click under a banner that reads 'Useless Site.'
Screenshot via Useless Site

Yes, it's as useless as the name promises, yet somehow, it's not even the most useless site on this list. Go ahead, click that checkbox—you'll keep clicking for way longer than you should.

7. LLAMA FONT

A series of llama drawings in the shape of letters spells out 'I love llamas!'
Screenshot via Llama Font

Llama Font is a site made for those few people who reside firmly in the middle of the Venn diagram of "typography geeks" and "fans of South American camelids." You can spell out anything using illustrated llamas. And no matter how long your sentences run, these llamas won't lead you on a high-speed chase.

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This Website Lets You Watch Every Single 'Stare' Scene from The Office
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A facial expression is often worth a thousand words—especially on NBC’s The Office. Characters are prone to breaking the fourth wall by staring directly into the camera, their smiles, grimaces, and stares providing viewers with a glimpse inside their heads. By the time the show’s final episode aired in 2013, audiences could instantly recognize—and interpret—Jim Halpert's ironic stare, Dwight Schrute's self-satisfied smirk, and Michael Scott’s awkward fake smile.

For fans looking to relive these quietly hilarious scenes, Nerdist reports that a website, The Office Stare Machine, has compiled “every single time a character speechlessly breaks the 4th wall and stares at the camera.” Creator Joe Sabia spent a year and a half building an archive of more than 700 clips, and teamed up with developer Aaron Rasmussen to display them online. The site features a search engine, which allows visitors to type in more than 800 different emotions—boredom, sadness, anger, and loneliness, to name a few—and watch a corresponding video snippet.

Aside from its laugh factor, The Office Stare Machine provides viewers with a unique way of getting to know their favorite characters’ personalities. According to the site’s creators, Michael Scott, as played by Steve Carell, has the most “happy” expressions, whereas Dwight Schrute, a.k.a. Rainn Wilson, has the most devious ones. And despite his fun-loving, easygoing nature, Jim, who's played by John Krasinski, is sad the most—presumably because of his long-running struggle to win secretary Pam Beesly’s affections.

Check out a few clips from The Office Stare Machine below, or visit the site to view the full archive. If you need an extra incentive to watch the entire collection, the website is also designed to play “a secret, epic, and beautifully crafted surprise video” once you're done browsing its catalog of emotions.

LONELY

TIRED

ANNOYED

HAPPY

[h/t Nerdist]

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