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Your guide to five of the Web's coolest time-wasters

Is the day wearing you down? Spend a little time with Gay Robot, virtual collage, snow crystals, and these other online pick-me-ups

Given the heightened sensitivities in the wake of Isaiah Washington's homophobic remarks — roiled more recently by an ill-considered TV spot for a popular candy bar — it is with a certain degree of trepidation that I steer you to GAY ROBOT. It’s stuff taken from a pilot — co-exec-produced by Adam Sandler — that was shot for Comedy Central, but never picked up. Still, there is much hilarity — stupid, sophomoric, and PG-13 blue — to be found in these short clips about the collegiate misadventures of a frat-boy simulacrum whose sexual orientation is the result of a wine cooler spilled on his circuit boards.

We now move from college to…collage — or, more specifically, COLLAGE MACHINE 1.0. It’s like being an 11-year-old girl, only without the glue and scissors.

I, for one, welcome this blast of freezing arctic air that’s blanketing much of the country. To me, it’s what is owed me by Mother Nature Inc. (and her subsidiary divisions): each year, I put up with a stinky, sweaty summer (evil!) with the not unreasonable expectation that a bracing, invigorating winter (good!) will inevitably follow. Which is why I can always find cold comfort in SNOWCRYSTALS.COM, which bills itself as ”Your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena.” Hmmmm…phenomena…doo-doo-do-dod-do…Mah Na Mah Na…doo-doo-do-do…

More wintry fun can be had playing LINE RIDER, where you use your mouse to draw a virtual landscape, down which slides a tiny scarfed sledder. If you’re one of the hundred of thousands who’ve already wasted hours designing death-defying runs, I then direct you to the genius on display here, here, and especially, here.

The Flash Site of the Week is …t.y.p.o.r.g.a.n.i.s.m…, which is an interactive lab devoted to ”kinetic typography.” It’s nerdy (art directors will love the typographical puzzles in a game called ”Weight”), meaningful (you can post headlines in ”Good News, Bad News”), and diverting (create music with the Visual Composer).