Posted on August 6, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer


This week we've been talking about online "time sinks," that use up a lot of our time.  So far, we've discussed Facebook gamessocial news sitese-Mail, and role-playing games (RPG).  It's Friday, now, so let's just have a little fun with some time sinks that don't exist for any other reason than to waste time.  I'm calling them "mesmerizing mindlessness."  Ok, well, maybe they can be a good way to relax after a hard week, so maybe they DO exist for a reason after all.


Subservient Chicken is a Burger King advertising project that has been around for a long time.  It's an interactive site in which users type in a command, and the chicken tries to follow the instructions.  The technology was pretty impressive in 2001, when the ad first appeared online.


Falling Sand is pretty interesting.  When you first click on the site, you'll see four rows of "sand," in different colors, falling.  Start clicking around, and drawing on the screen with your mouse, and you'll see that you can change how the sand falls.  Really - go try it.  It's a lot more fascinating than I just make that sound. - make your own modern art by moving ink blots around on the screen.  Click to change colors.  When I was in college (in the 1980's), a bunch of us used to sit down at the end of finals week with crayons and coloring books, and just "veg" out while we colored.  This game would have been a good substitute. 


Ever wish you could just start your day over?  With this game at Concept Lab, you can.  Click HERE, then make better choices this time. is a hilarious compilation of "lost in translation" signs and photos from all over the world.  Chances are, if you have friends that like to pass along chain e-mails, you have seen photos from this site - well, here is the source.  Similarly, you may have received e-mails from - another great compilation of photos (with commentary) of people in Wal-Mart stores around the USA.  I have to check this site every once-in-while to see if I'm on it (not yet). 



Jennifer Pointer


 Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.

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