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Brain Break

by Acolyte (Hermit)
on May 07, 2003 at 23:05 UTC ( #256410=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

For some "All Code, All The Time" is their "raison d'etre". For the rest of us a mental break now and again is a good thing, and since the internet is close at hand it is often the most handy outlet.

Other than PM, what "geek friendly" (or just generally interesting) sites do you surf when you're "taking five"?

My favorites are: Acolyte
Studying at the feet of the masters

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Re: Brain Break
by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on May 07, 2003 at 23:10 UTC
    Yahoo Games is my favorite "my brain needs a break" site.

    There is no emoticon for what I'm feeling now.

      Excellent choice! I forgot to include that one. "Text Twister" is currently my favorite word game.

      Studying at the feet of the masters
        Haven't tried that one, but I will. :)

        My favorites are Dice Slider and JT's Blocks - when I want to have a break.

        There is no emoticon for what I'm feeling now.

Re: Brain Break
by pfaut (Priest) on May 08, 2003 at 02:17 UTC
Re: Brain Break
by cciulla (Friar) on May 08, 2003 at 00:38 UTC
Re: Brain Break
by vek (Prior) on May 08, 2003 at 01:11 UTC
Re: Brain Break
by The Mad Hatter (Priest) on May 07, 2003 at 23:42 UTC
    I usually visit Kuro5hin (to check up on stories and the various diaries I like to read), The Cellar (especially the image of the day), Metafilter, UserFriendly and my own board that my friends and I hang out on. I'll also come here and talk on the the chatterbox.

    I forgot to add before posting that I also like to occasionally take breaks from the computer entirely. Playing basketball, throwing a frisbee around, reading, and generally doing other stuff that isn't computer related.

Re: Brain Break
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on May 07, 2003 at 23:23 UTC
    My breaks need to be away from all electronic media. I used to go smoke, but now that I've quit, I go play foozball. Mmm .... foozball. I think I'll go play now. :-)

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Re: Brain Break
by pzbagel (Chaplain) on May 07, 2003 at 23:15 UTC




    J/K probably Slashdot , I guess.

Re: Brain Break
by BrowserUk (Pope) on May 07, 2003 at 23:22 UTC

    I have to take 'life breaks' occasionally. Apparently its the law.

    Examine what is said, not who speaks.
    "Efficiency is intelligent laziness." -David Dunham
    "When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." -Richard Buckminster Fuller
Re: Brain Break
by LD2 (Curate) on May 07, 2003 at 23:40 UTC
Re: Brain Break
by hossman (Prior) on May 08, 2003 at 01:58 UTC
Re: Brain Break
by TVSET (Chaplain) on May 07, 2003 at 23:23 UTC
    Slashdot is usually the first one to check without any thinking. It updates pretty often too.

    Freshmeat for quick look at software announcements.

    ...and if I *really* feel like looking at world's news (which happens extremely rarely), then, Google News.

    Leonid Mamtchenkov aka TVSET

Re: Brain Break
by valdez (Monsignor) on May 07, 2003 at 23:52 UTC

      I really dig the editorial cartoons. Great link!

      Studying at the feet of the masters
Re: Brain Break
by talexb (Canon) on May 08, 2003 at 17:58 UTC

    I like Google News because it ranks stories using (I imagine) the same sort of page ranking scheme that their search engine uses. So you don't the USA-centric view of CNN. I also occasionialy visit Drudge Report but it's a bit sensationalist. The Inquirer is also quite a good read.

    Finally, of course, I have to admit I like oddball humour so I visit Dave's Top Ten List once in a while. Dilbert's List Of The Day was hilarious while it was running, but they started to repeat themselves so stopped publishing. Too bad.

    --t. alex
    Life is short: get busy!
      Yep, Google News++. It's nice to read the news from multiple sources from around the world and not just CNN.

      -- vek --
Re: Brain Break
by demerphq (Chancellor) on May 09, 2003 at 18:44 UTC

    Oh im definately in the news junkie camp. I like to read BBC, CNN Europe, and CNN America. I find it quite amazing the stories that make front page headlines on BBC, make a minor headline (if anything) in CNN-E and dont get reported at all in the CNN-US site. I actually went to find some examples to post, but all the ones I found were sufficiently politically sensitive that ill refrain. Suffice it to say its educational to see how the different areas view themselves and the world around them.

    Oh, and if I want a good laugh I usually go and read the politics section on CBC, if you are in need of a laugh Canadian politics usually does the trick pretty damn well.


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Re: Brain Break
by porkpilot (Deacon) on May 10, 2003 at 10:21 UTC
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by crenz (Priest) on May 08, 2003 at 22:32 UTC
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by MrYoya (Monk) on May 10, 2003 at 01:09 UTC
Re: Brain Break
by Skeeve (Parson) on May 12, 2003 at 11:53 UTC
    my favourite are the Java based games on PopCap
Re: Brain Break
by Acolyte (Hermit) on May 09, 2003 at 22:53 UTC

    Excellent suggestions all. Thanks for the great ideas. Keep 'em coming!

    Studying at the feet of the masters

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