Quality Surfing July 6, 2012 | 12:47 pm

When the pressures of the world get to you, some quality time with your computer may be in order to let you drift off and clear your mind.  Yes, you could go with the latest angry birds, warcraft, or other gay-ming option. But that would be it bit blase, now wouldn’t it?

Why not get lost in the world of super-uber-cool product blogs? Try out some of my favorites, like gearpatrol, cool material, cool hunting, werd, bless this stuff, well, this gets kind of endless and out of control.

Now being a blogger, and having been so since back in the day, I know a bit about how these things work. Many of these sites are trying to rush to you a gadget link or product review before the other, so there is often overlap in the products you’ll see. Being blogs and link sites, they want to try and capture your attention and eyeballs on a regular basis.  That’s what they want.

But for you to maximize your downtime escapism surfing ability, you need to find one of these sites that you’ve never visited before and devour it whole. Most of these sites have been around for a few years (maybe even back into the aughty aughts!) you can view upwards of a hundred or two hundred pages of crazy super hip gadget wisdom.  Much like looking at old fashion magazines, you can start at the back and come forward, or move backward in time, all the while seeing that the absolute bleeding edge gadget and tech trend from just three years ago now seems so hopelessly outdated.

Some of these sites have more art or culture bent, some are purely on gadgets or products.  But the level of balance between hand produced and ultra expensive stuff combined with the silly and profane is fun.  I tend to find a site, scroll through opening things that look neato mosquito in a new tab, and then wandering around my tabs when I get ten or twenty open at once. It’s power surfing, completely engaging, and daydreams of absurdly expensive items and news that you never would see otherwise.

Or you could read your NYTimes and listen to your NPR and keep up on current events and get very depressed with all your “real” knowledge. Or just drift away in a calgon bath of warm internet-y gooey goodness. Enjoy!

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