Today I'm taking a little detour from my usual style of post. Due to an unusually hectic week, I don't have anything ready for a good indie-author-related post, so I thought I'd share links to some of my favorite 'time-waster' websites. These are the sites I visit when my brain needs a little break, or a Tosh.0-style 'palette-cleanser.'
Before I do, however, I will let you know that Volume II of the Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy passed the 56,000 word mark yesterday, so I did manage to squeeze in some writing this week.
Okay, on to the fun stuff. Some of these sites are pretty abstract and devoid of instructions, so it's up to you to figure out what to do and how to interact with them. I'll give some clues for the more obscure ones. Basically, when in doubt, try clicking and/or dragging.
The first site lets you experiment with different drum sounds by dragging the dots into the target area: http://users.design.ucla.edu/~datadreamer/2daudio/projecttwo.swf
Silk calls itself A Magical Interactive Artwork. It creates wispy blue lines in a mirror design as you click and drag. Easier to do than explain. http://new.weavesilk.com/?3yer
Here's another musical one that's fun to play with. Inudge actually has instructions, so just click, read, and make some music. http://www.inudge.net/#
Now that you've got the hang of making music with inudge, these two sites are similar music generators, but no less fun: http://www.duelinganalogs.com/game/click-make-play/
This next one isn't so much a game as it is just something fun to zoom in and out with and look at (and marvel at how much work went into it). It's called Census Dotmap. http://bmander.com/dotmap/index.html#4.00/40.00/-100.00
Here's one I won't spoil with too much information. Just drag your cursor over the big dot and go with it. http://www.koalastothemax.com/
And finally, this last one cleans the inside of your monitor screen. You don't have to click anything--just enjoy: http://www.sanger.dk/
Here's my Crimson & Cream Pinterest link-of-the-week.