Semi-productive things to do on the web

  • Check delicious popular tags like ‘useful,’ ‘tutorials,’ ‘tips,’ ‘howto,’ ‘advice,’ ‘entrepreneurship,’ etc. for interesting, educational articles to read.
  • Watch one of the thousands of educational videos streaming at TED.com,Academic Earth and Teacher Tube.
  • Read an online book list and find a new book to grab next time I’m at the library.  Here’s another list.  And another.  And another.
  • Read a classic book online for free at Project GutenbergPlanet eBook, or the E-books Directory.
  • Research a new Do It Yourself project at DIY NetworkInstructables,eHow, or WikiHow.
  • Add to, delete from, or just generally sort my ongoing to-do list atRemember The Milk.
  • Create a cool graphical mind map of some of my recent ideas at bubbl.us.
  • Email a close friend or family member I haven’t spoken to in awhile.
  • Backup my recent photos, documents, and other important files online using Microsoft’s free 25 gig SkyDrive.
  • Use Wikipedia’s random article function to pick a random article to read.
  • Touch up on my math and science skills over a the Khan AcademyMIT OpenCourseWare, or LearningScience.org.
  • Send a paper greeting card directly to a friend or relative at enGreet.
  • Start learning a new language online for free at BBC Languages orLivemocha.
  • Watch one of the insightful 6 minute and 40 second presentations atIgnite Show.
  • Use Memorize Now to memorize a cool joke, or poem, or whatever.
  • Use Media Convert to convert video files I have on my computer into a format I can view on my iPhone or iPod later on.
  • Listen to an educational podcast over at Odeo or via iTunes on iTunes U.
  • Read one of the academic journals at the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • Share my favorite mp3s, photos, videos, etc. with friends and family usingdrop.io.
  • Get a free college education online using this guide from Lifehacker (or read one of the other useful articles on Lifehacker).
  • Inspire and spark my creative mind by looking at a rolling slideshow of the highest rated photos on Flickr for the last 7 days.
  • Catch up on a short history lesson at HyperHistory or The Internet History Sourcebooks Project.  Or find out what happened today in history.
  • Take a fun, educational online quiz at Quizlet.
  • Play an educational online game at LumositySporcleGames for the Brain, or Math Run.
  • Add a little gentle rain to my environment using RainyMood.com and then simply meditate and relax in my computer chair for 10 minutes.
  • Sell old stuff I no longer need on eBay and make a little extra cash.
  • Find a new musical artist to listen to based on music I like at Grooveshark,Pandoralast.fm, or Deezer.
  • Find out what’s happening in our world from quality international news sources like BBC News and Reuters.