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OUR MONTHLY ROUND-UP OF THE WEB’S MOST IL­LU­MI­NAT­ING, USE­FUL, OR JUST-PLAIN-COOL WEB­SITES.

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Me­teor Show­ers VISUALISE COS­MIC CHAOS AND OR­DER me­te­or­show­ers.org

Whether or not you’re in­ter­ested in track­ing a par­tic­u­lar me­teor shower event, this cer­tainly is a pretty way to ex­pe­ri­ence a sense of uni­ver­sal scale. This web­site is an an­i­mated 3D model of the known me­teor shower events in our so­lar sys­tem, al­low­ing you to view them from a fixed or mov­ing point, zoom in and out, and ro­tate at will. You can select which shower to view, what speed to view the move­ments at, the date of the pro­jected data, or go all-in with the stun­ning “ev­ery­thing at once” op­tion. For a cos­mic trip, we rec­om­mend set­ting the speed to 0.1, un-tick­ing the “show or­bits” op­tion, se­lect­ing “watch from earth”, and turn­ing on all the me­te­ors. You can hide many of the con­trol pan­els as well, for a more im­mer­sive dis­play. The project has been de­vel­oped by Ian Web­ster, for­mer Google em­ployee, and his site www.ianww.com fea­tures some truly amaz­ing sim­u­la­tions and od­di­ties.

Flix­able [STRAP] A RE­FINED SEARCH FOR NET­FLIX [web] au.flix­able.com

If you’ve found your­self strug­gling to pick out what to watch on Net­flix next, or you find its user in­ter­face to be a lit­tle un­help­ful, then Flix­able is a great so­lu­tion. It sounds like the word “flex­i­ble” spo­ken with a strong New Zealand ac­cent, and that’s ex­actly what it is (ex­cept for the NZ part — some coun­tries aren’t sup­ported yet). While you can eas­ily browse ev­ery­thing that’s cur­rently avail­able to stream on Aus­tralia’s Net­flix, it’s the sort­ing op­tions that are the real bless­ing. You can choose to only view movies or se­ries, ar­range them by most re­cently re­leased or crit­i­cal rat­ing, thin them out by genre or even the years in which they were first re­leased. Once you’ve picked your show, you’ll be met with a splash page with a syn­op­sis, rat­ings from IMDB and TMDB, as well as links out to pages for its lead stars (so you can see what else they’ve ap­peared in) and a link to the ac­tual show on Net­flix as well, so you can jump right into your show of choice.

Lit­tle Alchemy 2 [STRAP] ELE­MEN­TARY ED­U­CA­TION [web] lit­tlealchemy2.com

Lit­tle Alchemy 2 is a se­quel to the much-loved click-and-drag game that had play­ers com­bine dif­fer­ent el­e­ments in or­der to dis­cover new ones. The goal here is the same, but the pol­ish ap­plied to it is worth men­tion­ing. Be­gin­ning with earth, fire, wind, and wa­ter, you’re tasked with com­bin­ing them into new ob­jects, tech­nolo­gies, and el­e­ments in or­der to ex­pand and dis­cover all 700 items. For in­stance, com­bin­ing wa­ter and earth re­sults in mud, while fire and wa­ter make steam (and a lot of sense). As you progress, you’ll find your items added to the en­cy­clopae­dia, as well as a log of the items which make them and which they can make. There are hints if you get stuck, which is a bit of a life­saver be­cause once you start this ad­dic­tive game, you won’t want to stop.

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