10 interesting websites to help you distract yourself and pass the time

From a detailed map of the Milky Way to the Crocodile game with a neural network.

100,000 Stars

This Chrome site opens up interactive visualizations of countless stars in the Milky Way. Just scroll with the mouse wheel to zoom in or out. You can also change it using the slider on the right side of the screen.

100,000 Stars

Museum of Endangered Sounds

As the name of the resource suggests, this is a library of nostalgic sounds that someone might associate with childhood, adolescence, or other periods of life. There’s the crackle of a vinyl record, the click of a typewriter, an old Nokia phone ring, a Pac-Man ringtone, and more. One press turns the sound on, and a second press turns it off. Sounds can be combined to create pleasant background noise.

Museum of Endangered Sounds

Scale Sequencer

A primitive sequencer on a web page. With it, you can create electronic ringtones right in your browser. Just fill in the cells on the matrix, drawing “sound patterns”, and select the key of the melody. The resulting sample can be shared with friends using a link.

Scale Sequencer

TypeRacer

On the page of this resource, you can compete with other users in typing speed. A racing car will be an indicator of the progress of each participant – the more characters of the given text you type, the closer your car will be to the finish line. Typos and mistakes are corrected through Backspace and redial. Works in both English and Russian.

TypeRacer

Virtocean

A site for those who miss the sound of the surf, bursts of waves, and the cry of seagulls. All these sounds, as well as many others related to the sea, can be turned on on Virtocean. You can build your own set by choosing the volume of each effect and leave it as a background for sleeping or relaxing.

Virtocean

Internet-Radio

Live broadcast over 23 thousand radio stations from all over the world. You can find a suitable wave by genre of music or by searching by name. For each station, the number of listeners, bit rate, playing song and a direct link to go to the site are displayed.

Internet-Radio

EarthCam Gigapixel Panorama

The most detailed panorama of New York, which was captured from the Empire State Building using a robotic camera. With the mouse wheel, you can zoom in and out, and by clicking and dragging, you can change the viewing angle. Points of interest are also marked on the image, which will allow you to learn more about objects in front of your eyes.

EarthCam Gigapixel Panorama

iamthecu.be

Rubik’s cube online. You can twist it with the mouse, by pressing and dragging the desired faces. If you cannot build it yourself, you can click on the automatic build button to see the correct sequence of actions with a minimum number of steps.

iamthecu.be

Quick, Draw!

A site based on a neural network from Google, which offers to play a kind of “Crocodile”. Your task is to have time to draw a given object in 20 seconds. During this time, the program should recognize what exactly you are trying to portray. While you are drawing, the neural network throws in options.

Quick, Draw!

The deep sea

A very long page on the Neal.fun portal, which allows you to visually assess the depth of the world’s oceans and find out which inhabitants can be found at different distances from the surface of the water. A visa awaits you in the Challenger Abyss – the deepest point on the Earth’s surface, located in the western Pacific Ocean in the Mariana Trench.

The Deep Sea