Internet of the Absurd: 6 Hilarious Apps and Services
I’ve been feeling like everything’s getting too serious — so I decided to track down some projects that have no purpose except having a laugh.
Sometimes, I have the nagging feeling that technology is getting too serious for its own good. Sure, there are huge problems to be solved in the world, and we’ve all got to play a hand in tackling them. But there’s no point saving the planet if we forget how to have a laugh in the process.
With that in mind, here’s my random roundup of some of the silliest and most apparently pointless things I’ve found online lately. Content warning: some of them do actually also have a serious purpose lurking beneath the surface — but the less we say of that, the better…
This new app for iPhone and Android uses proprietary ‘butt recognition technology’ to identify a wide range of rear ends in their natural habitat. This may sound like nothing more than a cheeky joke, but Buttster makes use of advanced machine learning processes that assess and compare attributes such as size and shape and can already identify more than 500 different ‘butt types’ with scientific precision.
Come Die With Me
Happily not as macabre as it first sounds, Die With Me is a chat app by Belgian artist Dries Depoorter that works just like any other — except that both your interlocutor and you must have less than 5% battery life left on your phones. The app promises to help you and your friends “die together in a chatroom on your way to offline peace.”
Winternet Is Coming
Game of Thrones may have drawn record numbers of viewers around the world and been the defining TV drama of the decade, but for some devotees, the level of online coverage is simply not enough. Enter Internet of Thrones, a project that aims to expunge your browsing experience of all non-GOT related content.
Longer is Sweeter
A Chrome ‘Extension’ in the most literal sense of the word, perfect for anyone who is sickened by the trend towards increasingly space-efficient URLs and who pines for a return to web addresses that could easily run to half a page of A4.
If your colleagues are always leaving their computers unlocked when they nip to the bathroom or go out for lunch, you’ll probably have been on the lookout for a suitable way to make them pay for their recklessness. With Fart Attack, another Chrome extension, they will pay dearly indeed — as their computer emits the sound of luxuriant flatulence whenever they click or hover over a link. 🍑
Sheer Volume of Ineptitude
The number of developers who could enjoy successful crossover careers as comedians is arguably not that high, but some of the tech community’s bitterest comic talent was put on full display recently in an r/ProgrammerHumor thread that set out to find the least user-friendly volume control interfaces imaginable. The worst part? Some of the entries were less bad than real UIs we’ve seen.