10 festive fun links, 2021

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Season’s greetings! As we in the northern hemisphere wind down into the end-of-year hibernation (everyone else: enjoy your summer!), I thought I’d dig out some of my favourite bookmarks and share them with you.

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Google Fight

Hours of innocent fun!

Can’t decide which word is more popular for something? Put competing terms into Google Fight and let ’em slug it out! It works out the terms’ Google visibility score, so it’s actually quite useful, too. Use the dropdown called ‘Select your version’ to choose the language.

Background noise to work to: the gentle purring of a cat

I can’t get on with those sound generators that give you background café sounds, or rain pummelling a tin roof, but I do love this cat purr one – and you can adjust the purr until it’s exactly what resonates with you.


Release your inner artist with your mouse! Paint your nebulae and star fields to your heart’s content. Pro tip: the slower you move your mouse, the more intense the effect.


This is a really nifty site that lets you work out colour palettes. It’s ideal whether you’re planning a new website, or infographics, or want to redecorate your living room. You can lose hours in this one, too!

Lorem ipsum as you’ve never seen it before

You may have seen lorem ipsum occasionally– it’s that cod-Latin people use as a placeholder when the finished text isn’t ready yet. You get faced with this kind of stuff:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Morbi in facilisis libero, eget congue lorem.

But as well as that does the job (after all, it only needs to sit there, taking up the expected amount of space you’ll be wanting later), it’s, well, rather dull. How much better is Pirate Ipsum:

Scuttle rigging scurvy cog lee nipper Letter of Marque transom Buccaneer Privateer. Chain Shot ho Letter of Marque hornswaggle booty fathom jack bounty maroon Barbary Coast.

Or maybe Puppy Ipsum?

Puppy kitty ipsum dolor sit good dog foot stick canary. Teeth Mittens grooming vaccine walk swimming nest good boy furry tongue heel furry treats fish.

Desperate for a coffee to get you going?

Java chicory, black doppio and roast cream mocha turkish strong. Blue mountain doppio black, chicory, sugar medium, single shot a wings blue mountain turkish.

Doctor Who fan?

It was on the planet Skaro that my old enemy the Master was finally put on trial. They say he listened calmly as his list of evil crimes was read… and sentence passed. Then he made his last and I thought somewhat curious request. He demanded that I, the Doctor, a rival Timelord, should take his remains back to our home planet, Gallifrey.

Sweet tooth?

Toffee candy donut chupa chups sugar plum liquorice muffin tiramisu. Jujubes icing croissant sweet gummi bears jelly beans gummies liquorice. Sweet roll fruitcake candy gummies marshmallow.

I could sit here all day doing this, but if you want to play yourself, head over to this Dutch lorem ipsum generator. Be warned, there are a couple of amusingly sweary ones, too, but labelled 18+, so you know what you’re heading into.

Anglo-EU translation guide

This appeared several years before the B-word came into being, but it’s still funny.

A Siamese cat singing the Games of Thrones theme

I need say nothing more.

The Nicholas Brothers

I can’t give you video of the real St Nick, but this is surely the next best thing – the utterly fantastic Nicholas Brothers doing what they did best.

Your Elf Name

It’s the time of year that you need to bring out your inner Elf. Here’s some help with that.

And finally…

For those who celebrate Christmas, you’ll be needing this NORAD Santa Tracker on Christmas Eve, to follow Santa as he works his way around the globe.

I shall be back with you in January, with an ace idea for a new year’s resolution to last you a lifetime.

Until then, I wish you all a peaceful and safe end to 2021 and plenty of oomph for 2022.


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