There are plenty of dating sites out there, but most favor Photoshopped images and esoteric details, often at the expense of finding true compatibility. CrazyBlindDate can set up a date as soon as tonight in your hometown city of New York, Austin, Boston, or San Francisco -- without the fuss of a profile. It’s the online version of your matchmaker friend.

While being well read may not be your biggest priority, it comes in handy during dinner conversations. Luckily, there's DailyLit, a site that offers quick-reading installments of the classics, as well as contemporary titles, by e-mail and RSS.

For help remembering details that don't fit into a calendar slot, visit IWantSandy. Using e-mail, SMS, Twitter, or Jott, you can set up and receive reminders for appointments, contacts, lists, and random information. And, "Sandy" speaks and understands plain English -- just like a real personal assistant.

Physics probably doesn't come to mind as a conversation starter, let alone an icebreaker in a room full of strangers. But in this elegantly written blog, stories about science and technology come to life as effortlessly as everyday chatter about politics, celebrities, and vacations. Blogger Jennifer's Cocktail Party Physics makes science and technology engaging enough for 2,000 word posts. Now, that's a feat.

Newsmap is an amazing graphical representation of the constantly changing headlines on Google News. By relying on something called a "treemap algorithm" to aggregate news, Newsmap uses space to translate the importance of a story; in other words, more popular and important stories appear larger, while less important ones smaller. It also connects news stories by theme, using a variety of colors to represent categories.

Using Google Maps mashups, Run.com is a user-generated database of running routes all over the world. Runners can look up routes in their area, and choose by length, difficulty, scenery, and other user-rated criteria. Business travelers who want to keep in shape on the road will be glad to find routes in all 50 states, as well as in dozens of foreign countries.

While early adopters follow the tiniest developments in Web technology, most Web surfers only seek the highlights of the newest online applications. MakeUseOf offers just that, in considerably de-geeked language. The tech-savvy, aren't left out, though: in the "Geeky Fun" section, the initiated will find plenty of fodder for hearty laughs.

Some things are best demonstrated, not written. That's what makes the 5min “videopedia” invaluable: It's a site featuring short videos that provide solutions or instructions for common and practical issues like how to insulate your house or how to teach your dog to sit. None of the videos are longer than five minutes, and they’re all user-generated, making 5min a video version of Wikipedia.

TryPhone is a fully functioning interactive phone-testing site where you walk through all the common features of a phone you’re considering buying in glorious, high-resolution interactivity. The site also contains user reviews, specifications, product photos, and links for purchasing.

A blog that writes long-form historical summaries of just about anything that’s, well, damn interesting. Read about the bizarre saga of the trans-Siberian railroad, or the story of the failed invention of wireless electricity. If you’re in need of an engaging academic time-waster, you’ve found it in Damn Interesting.

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There are plenty of dating sites out there, but most favor Photoshopped images and esoteric details, often at the expense of finding true compatibility. CrazyBlindDate can set up a date as soon as tonight in your hometown city of New York, Austin, Boston, or San Francisco -- without the fuss of a profile. It’s the online version of your matchmaker friend.

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  • Derek Schauland

    What about Remember The Milk?> I am on the fence about which app, RTM or I want Sandy, is better long term