Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Website Inspiration

The internet is full of useful websites that can give their visitors plenty of useful information, but I find myself drawn to websites that exist purely for the purpose of being useless. People seem to take the internet too seriously, I see fights break out on all kinds of websites and it baffles me that there are so many people in the world that can get so enraged over something someone wrote online. I would like to remind people that while the internet can and should serve as a functional tool in today's society that does not mean that there is no room for humor, pleasure, stupidity, and uselessness. With that in mind I came across several websites that simply exist, they do not take themselves seriously and therefore allow the visitors to not take them seriously either.

1. fallingfalling.com
This site treats the viewer to endless fields of color collapsing one after another on top of themselves with a haunting noise in the background. I enjoy it not only for its appearance to be useless, but also because the vast array of colors and abstract shapes appear very artistic and also soothing. I spent several minutes watching the repetitive falling colors and moving my mouse around attempting to figure out if there was any way that you could control or alter the site (I'm pretty sure there is not).

2. staggeringbeauty.com
This website introduces the visitor to an animated character with almost no features. He is a black cylinder with two white eyes that are the only sign that he is in fact a living character. Moving your mouse across the page controls the direction that he wiggles in, and moving your mouse around very quickly causes him to appear to go into what I can only assume is an epileptic fit. I really enjoy the simplicity of the character combined with the very simple background, and the immense changes that take place after the visitor is prompted to shake their mouse.

3. drunkronswanson.com
This site loops a gif of the character Ron Swanson from the television show Parks and Recreaction. Along with the infinite scene of a fully grown man drunkenly dancing in a tiny top hat the viewer gets to listen to a loop of the song "Who Dat Girl" by Flo Rida. This site has no real interaction except for one link in the top left corner that takes you to theinternetfireplace.com, yet another seemingly useless site.

Links: http://www.fallingfalling.com/

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