Every once in a blue moon, the insanity that is the internet can spit out something actually really cool.
Here are a few gems from the vast expanse that is the World Wide Web:
sleepyti.me bedtime calculator – http://sleepyti.me/
This site is a precious tool for students with an unpredictable sleep schedule. It provides two services; 1. letting you know when to go to bed to wake up for a specific time, and 2. letting you know when to set your alarm if you go to bed right now. This calculator is based on sleep cycles, drawing from the fact that the most effective amount of sleep is 5 or 6 cycles, and that you’ll wake up more refreshed by getting up at the end of a sleep cycle and not the middle.
Gnoosic – http://www.gnoosic.com/
Gnoosic is a website which allows you to explore different music artists based off of your current preferences. The site prompts you to enter the name of three singers you enjoy, and then it spits out an endless stream of similar bands or artists. To improve its algorithms behind the scenes, it also asks you to indicate whether you like, dislike, or are indifferent towards the options it offers.
snopes – http://www.snopes.com/
In a world of social media and easily spreadable false news, what can you trust? Snopes makes it easy. This site filters hundreds of urban legends, myths, and rumors that everyone and their mother has heard and researches them to place in a variety of categories, mostly falling in “true”, “false”, or “partially true”. With an entire section dedicated to politics, this site has the potential to be anyone’s best friend for the next 4 years.