CNET: Comedy Wildlife Photography Award winners highlight animals’ lighter side

CNET: Comedy Wildlife Photography Award winners highlight animals’ lighter side. “If these photos are any proof, animals have their best and worst days too. Raccoons share secrets, fish are awed by their companion’s ability to jump, a pigeon is defeated by a fallen leaf and a prairie dog faces down a bald eagle. There’s a smile for every mood in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards winners.”

Boing Boing: Fun web app for doodling inspired by its creator’s elementary school doodling “rules”

Boing Boing: Fun web app for doodling inspired by its creator’s elementary school doodling “rules” . “Boing Boing contributor and esteemed author Clive Thompson created a delightful Web app for doodling. The design of the ‘Right-Angle Doodling Machine’ was inspired by a curious set of rules that Clive followed when doodling in elementary school.”

Poynter: 38+ tools and resources to improve Zoom, follow the election and to make your autumn a bit easier

Poynter: 38+ tools and resources to improve Zoom, follow the election and to make your autumn a bit easier. “Welcome! I’m Jeremy Caplan, with some new tools and resources. I’m a former Time Magazine reporter, now director of teaching and learning for CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. I write about the most useful tools I find in a free newsletter called Wonder Tools.” STUFFED with resources.

Gizmodo UK: 5 Awesome AI Experiences You Can Test Out in Your Browser Right Now

Gizmodo UK: 5 Awesome AI Experiences You Can Test Out in Your Browser Right Now. “Artificial intelligence is already everywhere, and its influence is growing. It can be hard to get your head around exactly what AI does and how it can be deployed though, which is why we present to you these five fun online experiments—all you need is a web browser and a few minutes to see some of the party tricks AI is already capable of.”

The Verge: Create emoji masterpieces with any image using this fun web tool

Useful for a given value of useful, from The Verge: Create emoji masterpieces with any image using this fun web tool. “The emojification of human culture is not complete until every object, verb, symbol, emotion, and image is captured using this once-obscure, now all-consuming pictorial format. That is why Emoji Mosaic is so helpful. Simply feed this free web tool any image you like, and it’ll churn out an emojified version for you in real time.”

ABC News (AU): Museum Dance-Off sees curators cut loose with moves unlikely to gain much street cred

Weekend fun from ABC News Australia: Museum Dance-Off sees curators cut loose with moves unlikely to gain much street cred. “Librarians, archivists, curators and sound technicians are not normally associated with busting a move, but staff from two national institutions in Canberra are in the midst of battling it out in the fifth international Museum Dance-Off. While unlikely to gain any street cred for their dance moves, about 165 staff at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) have embraced the limelight to produce a music video and go toe-to-toe with the National Portrait Gallery.”

Teacher Reboot Camp: 34+ Nonsense Apps, Web Tools and Resources to Wake Up the Brain Cells!

Teacher Reboot Camp: 34+ Nonsense Apps, Web Tools and Resources to Wake Up the Brain Cells!. “Students can get restless about this time of year. Summer vacation is near and so is April Fool’s Day and Easter. Many students also are testing or gearing up for graduation and this can be a stressful time for both teachers and students. Humor can help you and students avoid burn-out. Humor also engages students and keeps their minds open to the learning when implemented appropriately! Below are some free web tools, apps, and resources to add some humor to lessons.” Have to do a silliness roundup every now and again.

Amit Agarwal: How to Make Pixel Paintings with Google Spreadsheets

Useful for a given value of useful, but hey, weekend! From Amit Agarwal, who has just been fire this week: How to Make Pixel Paintings with Google Spreadsheets. “If you would like to create your own spreadsheet art but don’t have the time to carefully paint every cell manually, here’s a simple workaround for you. You can take any photograph, vector art, or any other image and use a Google Script to convert that bitmap image into spreadsheet art.”

CNET: Create hilarious medieval memes with this online generator

Not particularly useful, but hilarious, and it IS the weekend. From CNET: Create hilarious medieval memes with this online generator. “The famous Bayeux Tapestry — which is returning to the UK for the first time in 950 years — tells the story of the Norman takeover of England via elaborate embroidery. But you don’t have to invade the UK to make your own version of the tapestry. Using the Historic Tale Construction Kit, you can grab the same images of warriors, citizens, beasts, buildings, ships and more from the tapestry and create your own embroidered memes.”

Liberian Geek: 10 Free and Fun Filler Text Generators

Liberian Geek has a fun roundup: 10 Free and Fun Filler Text Generators. “It’s a standard practice to use the old Latin Lorem Ipsum… text as a placeholder for actual test in a preliminary design or product, so why not spice it up a bit? What follows is a list of fun and free text generators that are sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who comes across them.” Cheese Ipsum?

Chatbot Scrapes Your Twitter Feed to Learn to Talk Like You. Sort Of.

In our useful-for-a-given-value-of-useful department: TheNextWeb has a writeup on ChatLike.me, a bot that scrapes your Twitter feed and learns to tweet like you. Sort of. “It looks at your tweets and puts together an alternative Twitter personality, including an endless supply of tweets that kind of sound like you. And with ‘kind of’, I mean they are absolutely hilarious.” I wanted to try it but when I went to the site I got the error message You have exceeded Twitter’s rate limit, which sounds like the usual love from Twitter’s API.