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Blog Challenge: Intelligent Online Toys and Play Things

I recently found the The Perception Laboratory’s Face Transformer, a site that allow you to “mess up your face”, or at least a photograph.

There are lot of fun things to do on the web besides just playing traditional games and shoot ’em up games. This week’s blog challenge is:

Blog a listing of your favorite online toys and play things that aren’t “games”.

No, I don’t want a list of your favorite online, video, or computer games. What I’m looking for are fun things you can do on the web like mess with graphics, play games with domain names, create logos, badges, word and writing games that help you write better, and more “intelligent” fun things to do on the web. Any other blog challengers out there challenging you to blog better? What fun things, other than games, do you like to play with on the web?

These are published weekly and are an attempt to kick your blogging ass. They serve to challenge your thinking and efforts in blogging and blog writing. To participate, start challenging yourself now. Today. Go for it.

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  1. Posted January 10, 2008 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I am really enjoying subscribing to your blog! Thanks for some really good topics.
    I decided to take you up on this week’s challenge and I really enjoyed doing it. I realized something interesting, that there are probably LOADS more interesting things to do online that I have yet to discover.

    Thanks again!

  2. Posted January 10, 2008 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Ouh, you mean, besides blog-hopping? 😀

  3. Posted January 10, 2008 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    loved this post.

    these 2 toys are pretty fun: JibJab – Night of the Living Republicans or, on the other side, JibJab – Night of the Living Democrats.

  4. Posted January 10, 2008 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I had such great fun with the face transformer last year. I look scary old but nice in a Mucha style 🙂

    I like to play note games on Flickr. It’s not quite a game and there are no rules, it’s some kind of secretive way of communicating through Flickr notes.

  5. myeggnoodles
    Posted January 10, 2008 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Check out the first ever on-line photo booth! No camera is required!

    Play with Gooogie.

    Is this the kind of stuff you was after?

    *the first link is my site (and idea) 🙂

  6. Posted January 11, 2008 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    …. and the second line (gooogie) is mine!!

  7. Posted January 11, 2008 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    I did a post on a tool for writer’s block.
    The magnetic poetry tool is supposed to get you thinking about words differently.
    I don’t know if it really helps anyone with writing but it’s kind of neat anyway.

  8. Posted January 11, 2008 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    @ myeggnoodles:

    Actually, what I wanted, and what these blog challenges are about, is for you to blog about the topic, not necessarily tell me here. It’s a challenge to help you find subjects to blog about.

  9. Posted January 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub found a doozy: Addictive Quizzes on World Geography

  10. Posted May 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I use the free inkscape program when I want to mess around. I followed a few tutorials and took my main avatar (photo of me of course 🙂
    and used it to create a cartoon image of my self. Really it’s a sad piece of work but the tool is fun to use. I use it with my websites for creating banners.

  11. Posted June 26, 2008 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Hi, Lorelle
    I visited “The Perception Laboratory’s Face Transformer” web site and I think it is interesting online toy, I liked it very much, many thanks for providing a link to “The Perception Laboratory’s Face Transformer” web site.

  12. Annie Joseph
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    It is a very good challenge. I am really enjoying this experience. Although it is very interesting to play online games, there are various other methods too. I am ready to take this challenge.

    • Posted August 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      I look forward to what you have to blog about the subject.

      Please remember this is not a challenge to blog about online gaming, but to blog about playful tools you can use to help you blog better on the web such as graphic programs, Wordle, and so on. NOT GAMES.


  13. Annie James
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    In my opinion even creation of blog is also an online toy. Actually it is an interesting process if we completely aware of the topic about which we creates the blog.

    • Posted August 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      I tend to treat blogs more seriously than I do my toys, but that is one way of looking at it. Thanks.

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