The internet is fucking boring
anthony
What do you people do aside from come here? I want things to do.
Mason Hall-McCullough
If the internet is boring, why not try creating your own webpages? Neocities is the most popular option, it's friendly to non-programmers but won't let you run scripts on the server. The basics of HTML/CSS are a powerful tool for creative expression and easy to learn. Even if you don't care about making your own page, you might still find it interesting to browse the pages of others.

You could also look into a tilde instance, or sdf.org. These services give you an account on a Linux server and encourage you to do anything you want within reason. sdf.org is much older, I haven't looked too deeply into it. There are a lot of abandoned pages, I actually found it very depressing trying to surf them and it's probably not worth trying. The userbases are 99% male with a wide range of ages including old people who were around for the early internet (sdf.org was from that era and stuck around, most tildeverse instances spawned suddenly in 2014), these communities seem close to dead but I think some still chat daily on IRC. Some instances also offer the ability to create and browse sites in gopher and gemini, which are alternatives to HTTP but very minimal allowing only unstyled text and links.

All that technological freedom can feel empty and pointless though, if it's only masturbatory, and in general I have found neocities pages to be more visually appealing and interesting to browse. There's an activity feed on neocities where you can find active pages. Some users like to share a lot (sometimes too much) about their personal lives and interests. There are some social features built into neocities and I assume they also have large communities on Discord or something, but that's of no interest to me. The users are mostly queers and foids but you may still find their pages worth reading despite that.
anthony
I've been considering making my own scaruffi.com. Which doesn't really answer my particular problem. It's something I could do, but not really internet. Sharing the contents of my own mind with you people is only really as fun as I get something back for it. I'd be making the internet more fun for other people maybe.
Guest
Here are two interesting websites to visit.

Liminal Archives

People of the Black Circle

Here are some interesting articles from that sight

The Four Pi Movement

Tool

Cuidad Juarez: City of the Dead Women

Also, I mainly look for interesting images. 

[Image: lady_d_by_manthenieldragona_dfdkqx1-pre....qOCQVpV3p0]
yochai
I enjoy mindlessly looking at flightradar24.com and marinetraffic.com. They are strangely satisfying once you get used to the interface, and know all the acronyms for different shipping companies, airlines, and country flags. I might write down some observations that I’ve gleaned from watching flightradar24 and marinetraffic sometime

Also, here are some lists of miscellaneous interesting sites
https://basedsites.neocities.org/
https://wiki.installgentoo.com/wiki/List...y_Websites
Guest
anthony Wrote:What do you people do aside from come here? I want things to do.

I'm currently talking to people (male) on duolicious.app (I'm straight). Give yourself the right tags and people will start approaching you in a matter of minutes. The format is inherently quite personal and I've found it much easier to talk intimately than on x.com or on this forum.
Guest
There’s a lotta free manga and anime. That’s what I do. There’s also tons of stuff to read. I used to read on this Site but it eventually got flood by women’s stuff. Unusable now. 

“Sister Generator / Samura Hiroaki Short Stories“ he’s a recommendation to this manga I liked.
Reverend Moon Immortal
I gratify my poetic hunger through web-sites like Poetry Foundation. 

Here is a Poem by Lord Byron. I am cognizant of its impolite length, but under my interpretation of this thread (as a means to entertain you, Anthony) I shall post it entirely.


Darkness Wrote:I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill'd into a selfish prayer for light:
And they did live by watchfires—and the thrones,
The palaces of crowned kings—the huts,
The habitations of all things which dwell,
Were burnt for beacons; cities were consum'd,
And men were gather'd round their blazing homes
To look once more into each other's face;
Happy were those who dwelt within the eye
Of the volcanos, and their mountain-torch:
A fearful hope was all the world contain'd;
Forests were set on fire—but hour by hour
They fell and faded—and the crackling trunks
Extinguish'd with a crash—and all was black.
The brows of men by the despairing light
Wore an unearthly aspect, as by fits
The flashes fell upon them; some lay down
And hid their eyes and wept; and some did rest
Their chins upon their clenched hands, and smil'd;
And others hurried to and fro, and fed
Their funeral piles with fuel, and look'd up
With mad disquietude on the dull sky,
The pall of a past world; and then again
With curses cast them down upon the dust,
And gnash'd their teeth and howl'd: the wild birds shriek'd
And, terrified, did flutter on the ground,
And flap their useless wings; the wildest brutes
Came tame and tremulous; and vipers crawl'd
And twin'd themselves among the multitude,
Hissing, but stingless—they were slain for food.
And War, which for a moment was no more,
Did glut himself again: a meal was bought
With blood, and each sate sullenly apart
Gorging himself in gloom: no love was left;
All earth was but one thought—and that was death
Immediate and inglorious; and the pang
Of famine fed upon all entrails—men
Died, and their bones were tombless as their flesh;
The meagre by the meagre were devour'd,
Even dogs assail'd their masters, all save one,
And he was faithful to a corse, and kept
The birds and beasts and famish'd men at bay,
Till hunger clung them, or the dropping dead
Lur'd their lank jaws; himself sought out no food,
But with a piteous and perpetual moan,
And a quick desolate cry, licking the hand
Which answer'd not with a caress—he died.
The crowd was famish'd by degrees; but two
Of an enormous city did survive,
And they were enemies: they met beside
The dying embers of an altar-place
Where had been heap'd a mass of holy things
For an unholy usage; they rak'd up,
And shivering scrap'd with their cold skeleton hands
The feeble ashes, and their feeble breath
Blew for a little life, and made a flame
Which was a mockery; then they lifted up
Their eyes as it grew lighter, and beheld
Each other's aspects—saw, and shriek'd, and died—
Even of their mutual hideousness they died,
Unknowing who he was upon whose brow
Famine had written Fiend. The world was void,
The populous and the powerful was a lump,
Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless, lifeless—
A lump of death—a chaos of hard clay.
The rivers, lakes and ocean all stood still,
And nothing stirr'd within their silent depths;
Ships sailorless lay rotting on the sea,
And their masts fell down piecemeal: as they dropp'd
They slept on the abyss without a surge—
The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,
The moon, their mistress, had expir'd before;
The winds were wither'd in the stagnant air,
And the clouds perish'd; Darkness had no need
Of aid from them—She was the Universe.

Pertinent information to augment the readers enjoyment: The poem was written in July 1816. “The year 1816 was known as the Year Without a Summer, because Mount Tambora had erupted in the Dutch East Indies the previous year, casting enough sulphur into the atmosphere to reduce global temperatures and cause abnormal weather across much of north-east America and northern Europe. This pall of darkness inspired Byron to write his poem.”

How devilish of his to compose this horrifying poem.
White snow blankets the land as I travel alone through heaven and earth. Alone without any attachments, my solitary shadow travels freely.
Illustrious
4chan, chats, and a few message boards. It's ogre and it will get worse as social media cannibalizes the rest of the internet.
thankyoucomeagain
When I'm bored I spend some time on soma chat (https://chat.soma.cx/). It's a pretty niche place but you can have fun there due to the format.
Sakana
If you go onto the Internet Archive, there's an archive of the entirety of old Geocities on there. It's interesting looking back at it. A lot of Geocities has aged poorly, far from the nostalgic reminiscence that Something Awful Americans have of the mofugging Web 1.0. It's still a very raw and interesting place, every website on there is very human in a way the modern web can't be. Neocities nowadays is based on some tranimalized aesthetic that's easy to set up using CSS layouts and is very homogenous. Geocities had a lot of unique aesthetics going on, unfortunately a lot of them were half-baked. I spend a lot of time just looking over sites there.

A somewhat strange hobby I have is looking at absurd legalistic administration systems on leftist websites. The most prominent one of these is on Sufficient Velocity. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a forum splinter of another site called Space Battles which exists because the latter didn't want to ban everyone who likes Trump. Thanks to SJW pressures, the ban system on the site involves basically a council of elected officials coming together to see if someone is an evil enough chud to get banned. Where it gets interesting is that these officials are pretty much more leftist than even 99% of the actual userbase, and most definitely more leftist than the admins, so there's often consternation when the systems conflict. This is probably not something that you'd find interesting, but I do, for some reason.
isotope
Sakana Wrote:If you go onto the Internet Archive, there's an archive of the entirety of old Geocities on there. It's interesting looking back at it. A lot of Geocities has aged poorly, far from the nostalgic reminiscence that Something Awful Americans have of the mofugging Web 1.0. It's still a very raw and interesting place, every website on there is very human in a way the modern web can't be. Neocities nowadays is based on some tranimalized aesthetic that's easy to set up using CSS layouts and is very homogenous. Geocities had a lot of unique aesthetics going on, unfortunately a lot of them were half-baked. I spend a lot of time just looking over sites there.
Neocities users frame this issue as a dichotomy, where on the one side there are old school web 1.0 wholesome websites (that look very cluttered and are totally unreadable) and on the other side there are professional big tech mainstream platforms. I really hate this way of thinking. Websites, both small and large, were the best in terms of design around the year of 2010, as they were no longer amateurishly made in static HTML, but at the same time they were designed with PCs in mind. Decline and bloating of websites started to happen in early to mid 2010s, because mobile users become the target. Compare new and old reddit design.
Sakana Wrote:This is probably not something that you'd find interesting, but I do, for some reason.
I did find this interesting!

anthony Wrote:What do you people do aside from come here? I want things to do.
I don't think I can give you a good answer to that question. I lurk some imageboards, but I don't post on any of them.
Demise of most internet forums and smaller websites has been disastrous to the kind of person that I am. I like reading and lurking forums without having to register or participate heavily. An internet of smaller sites made that easier, most mainstream platforms (be it discord, facebook (still popular among normalfags where I live) or twitter) require you not only to register, but also to confirm your identity in some way. I have always preferred anonymity, or pseudonymity at least.
I enjoy reading archives of old internet forums. Not even very old ones, browsing archived 8chan threads is something I do. Real shame that good old h8chan died and has never been decently restored.
Guest
I recommend finding a sport that you find interesting enough to sperg out over, whether that's firearms, golf, whatever. I also recommend getting a motorcycle and a dirt bike, and dabbling in drugs
Recent Friend
Guest Wrote:I recommend finding a sport that you find interesting enough to sperg out over, whether that's firearms, golf, whatever. I also recommend getting a motorcycle and a dirt bike, and dabbling in drugs

In addition to what guest said I recommend behaving how someone would control a GTA protagonist and constantly taking roadtrips.
Frank
I get that. I'm concerned with the amount of time I spend refreshing/checking updates on the same websites. It only serves to kill time and I feel like a crackhead when I find myself on autopilot checking the same site, unaware that I had just done it 30 seconds ago. Nowhere online is really satisfying anymore. I guess Mangadex can be if you find a good series, but discovering new titles on that website is awful and manga fan translation is in a really bad state right now. (Hint: browse the award winning tag.) I'm considering setting up a media server with Radarr since there's plenty of good movies I haven't watched, but I'm not sure that really counts as the internet.

Hobby sites can be hit or miss based on your specific (creative) hobbies. If you can find somewhere that inspires you to make something or improve your technique, I'd call that a victory. Artistic references for me are like eating: You want to keep consuming, but you can only partake so much until you have to shit. Not working on anything makes me feel like I'm constipated. I don't want to give too much away about my art, but I spend a lot of time looking for references on Google Maps. Every day I can find something new. I'm like a kid in a candy shop even in humble or unexpected locations. The world is literally at my fingertips.
FrenziedFish
Frank Wrote:I get that. I'm concerned with the amount of time I spend refreshing/checking updates on the same websites. It only serves to kill time and I feel like a crackhead when I find myself on autopilot checking the same site, unaware that I had just done it 30 seconds ago...

I do the same thing with Twitter and Discord, I've cut down on this as I have convinced myself that it is mostly pointless. 

The one site that I don't mind browsing a lot is letterboxd, the UI is simple and pleasing, the system is logical and great for discoverability and so I have amassed a watchlist of over 3,500 films (many I will likely never see) as a sort of reference for films to buy and also to help mentally map out that cultural space. 

The internet to me seems mostly pointless for how low the level of discussion is (repeated ad nauseum here) along with how little actually middling content is put out by the 3/4ths retarded that is only useful as a reference or a stepping stone.
Oldblood
I like websites with information on my local area so I can find some places with interesting history, folklore or geography to visit irl. Also sites which compare local maps from a century or two ago to now.
Guest
Train in some way that is pleasing to you (weights, conditioning, cycling, swimming, etc.)
Enjoy JRPGs of which there are too many to play in a lifetime (ex. Trails games, Atelier, etc.)
Write for fun (poetry, essay, short story, abandoned novels, maybe finish one at some point.)
Enjoy tasty food and try new recipes
Enjoy tasty coffee and try new beans
Meet with friends once in a while to play casual card games and discuss matters
If you want, start some business you think will be generative in a way that you believe in.
Hike and see nice things, interesting things, scary things.
Tinker with electronics or mechanical things (clocks etc.) for autistic satisfaction.
Guest
Unless you're in high school or younger, nothing irl is more fun than what can be found on the internet
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Urbex
GAZA: Thus the IDF Fought There!
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