Fantastic app store like list of open source applications for Android. Android has pretty sloppy privacy protection compared to iOS, you can help ensure your data isn’t being copied by using open source apps and services where they are available.
Geocaching is the very geeky, but thanks to smartphones pretty accessible, game of finding small containers by their GPS coordinates. The geocaching.com site is a big repository of these caches and this one in London is typical. Follow the coordinates and clues to the cache and then write in the book and maybe leave something small to let others know you’ve found it. I promise it’s more fun than it sounds and a nice way to find hidden parts of new places when you’re travelling.
Link: Geocaching – Reflections of Neal’s Yard
Another fantastic reddit with lots of ‘escape from a room’ type games. They vary in quality but you can easily spend a few hours puzzling through them.
Link: Point and click reddit
Memorising simple app that shows you all the animated gifs on wikipedia. Press space for another one.
I’m learning Japanese at the moment and this site is really useful, particularly these 100 pages of grammar pointers. I’m leaning in a very grammar-free class but it’s useful to go back and understand why you’re saying things the way you are.
Link: Fast track Japanese: 100 Grammar Points
Chowhound is a fantastic website for researching restaurants in new towns. It’s a bit US and Michelin rated cities centric but has a very friendly and useful group of users. This thread is about an epic planned fortnight in Tokyo that unfortunately never transpired. I couldn’t eat that many top meals but it’s great for picking over to find one or two special places.
Link: Top Tokyo Restaurants – Chowhound
How much you should eat of any meal has a lot of cultural and regional variation. I was always taught to eat everything on my plate which doesn’t work very well when you go to North America and are served enough food for a small family on one plate.
Metafilter is a great site for discussions like this. The small fee to join requires you to think about what you say and prevents floods of spam or abusive comments without going down the unthinking and brutual real names policy of things like Google+’s and Facebook.
Link: Table manners – should you finish everything on your plate?