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The Randomiser lets you draw straws, 21st century style

The Randomiser is a one-trick pony, but it's an extremely fetching one. You get a huge, chunky text box on a dark background, where you enter a list of items (comma separated). Then, you hit Enter, and Randomiser chooses one item and tells you what it is. It's as simple as that, really. The Randomiser beautifully designed, fast, and it works. If it only had a high-profile domain name, it's the...

Avast, ye scurvy bilge rat! It's Pirate Insult Generator for webOS

Smartphones have all kinds of practical uses -- taking pictures, providing GPS-powered directions, saving money on purchases -- but suppose you get into a confrontation with an early 18th-century pirate at the office and you need to put him in his place? You couldn't resort to modern slang, since chances are good he probably wouldn't understand what you were saying. Fortunately, you've planned...

Notologist leaves random notes lying around, publishes replies

Notologist is a simple idea that's beautifully executed. Phil Zelnar leaves pretty paper notes lying around, each one containing a code and a handwritten question. Someone finds the note, goes to the site, enters the code, and writes their reply. The rest of the world gets to see the replies and enjoy the site's beautiful design. This is obviously a PR stunt, but it works. It's a great way for...

Invisible Note is like Chatroulette for e-mail

Invisible Note is a social experiment/fun site by the guys over at DreamHost. It's like a game of bouncing e-mail: You send out an e-mail to any address @invisiblenote.com; if anyone else sends that address an e-mail too, they get your note, and you get theirs – along with the e-mail addresses you both sent your notes from! I tried an obvious one, and it indeed worked. Now a certain Mr....

Diceware lets you generate random passphrases by rolling dice

Diceware is another tool by Iain Lamb, the maker of Typograph. It answers a simple need by letting users create passphrases with a roll of the dice. You are supposed to roll five physical dice on your desk and enter the result into the text box on the page as one string of digits (say, 14352). The JavaScript tool then searches a list of words that associates each word with a unique number. It...

TinyChat launches its own group version of Chatroulette

TinyChat has launched a new video chat service that's very clearly inspired by the booming Chatroulette phenomenon. It's called TinyChat Next, after Chatroulette's "next" button, and offers a similar opportunity to chat via webcam with a random selection of strangers. TinyChat Next may not have the same level of wackiness and nudity that Chatroulette is quickly becoming known for, but it does...

Chatroulette: chat via webcam with random (sometimes naked) strangers

Chatroulette is the hot new site that throws you into a webcam chat with another randomly-selected user, until you hit "next" and move on to someone else. It's become all the rage in the past few weeks, especially with tech journalists, sociologists, teenagers and creepy naked dudes. Chatroulette is not for the faint of heart. You might run into someone dancing, making balloon animals,...

Ind.ecisions: Help for life's important questions

Should we eat that last donut? Are our Scott-e-vest cargo pants as stylish as the site says? Should we give our bank account numbers to a Nigerian businessman that came across a large inheritance? Sure, common sense would definitely help here, but sometimes you need to leave these choices to a higher power. Ind.ecisions, along with Mother Nature's help, hopes to win over your, well, indecision....

del.icio.us Randomizer button

Bored? Try the new del.icio.us Randomizer button. It's a handy bookmarklet from del.icio.us that will take you to a random site that's recently been bookmarked on del.icio.us. That's it. No, really, there aren't any other features. Click, get a random site. Click again, get another random site. Oh, and if you want to see something new every time you load your browser, you could add set your...

Tworl: Chat with a stranger

Feel like talking? Nobody online? Well, there's always Tworl. With Tworl you enter a preferred age range and sex and it connects you with a random AIM who matches, or at least claims to. This seems a little scary to me, but the more adventurous may get a kick out of it. You can also add your screen name and vitals to the Tworl database to let other people be randomly connected to you. Pete...

Remove the soul from your mix tapes with Random MixTape Maker

In my day we didn't have the fancy iTunes apps with the shuffle buttons. We had to dig into meatspace music containers and actually think about what song comes next... Ah, the lost art of the "mix tape," made for too many lost sweethearts to mention here. So if you're just too lazy to make your own mix, or thinking about hitting that shuffle button (in whatever player you're using) isn't...

Put your screensavers on shuffle

ScreenSaver Commander is, I imagine, only one of dozens of apps out there (feel free to post your own in the comments) that handles the task of randomizing your Windows screensavers, and I can tell you nothing to recommend it over those others except for the size (275kb) and the price (free). It also lets you. Its other distinguishing feature is that you can configure it to prevent the screensaver...