YouTube stole much of the online thunder this year, but my favourite web item was the word "wikiality," which faux-pundit Stephen Colbert coined to fuse together old-fashioned, fact-based reality with the anything-goes ethos of Wikipedia.
That's our starting part for our annual roundup of some of the better sites we've covered (or at least mentioned) over the last 12 months. The following links are presented in no particular order.
A corporate-crafted "fan" site, and often funnier than The Colbert Report that it promotes.
Named after Colbert's phrase, a great example of how Web 2.0 can easily turn into Web 2.uh-oh.
Free and easy to use, this web-based photo tool covers basic needs (cropping, resizing) that photographers will need.
From Flickr, the photo-sharing site, comes a game that rewards quick and creative thinking.
Look up - wayyyy up - and on the horizon, to see where the skyscrapers of tomorrow are headed.
Before Twelfth Night rolls around, have a peek at this companion page to a radio documentary produced by St. John's writer Chris Brookes.
Karen Chappell's photoblog from St. John's is one of my daily favourites.
Movie Review Query Engine
Browse the collective thinking of movie critics before you head to the theatre or video store.
Rick piles on clips from the weekly Rick Mercer Report, a blog and (especially) a PhotoShop challenge that always amuses.
Take a romantic comedy trailer. Add the soundtrack of a horror movie. Remix. Enjoy.
From St. John's, a site that allows neighbourhood and school sport teams to report their scores to the world.
Cute, cuddly and frighteningly ubiquitous. Millions of six-year-olds can't be wrong.
Getting shopping advice from the collective experience of others.
If the Earth's population were a village of 100, what would we look like? A real eye-opener.
Virtual Coin Toss
Heads, tails ... in all probability, someone's going to win.
Make My People Sing
Point, click, add a backbeat … too much fun not to play with.
From the science world, news from the weirder side of the petri dish.
Warning Sign Generator
Back off: get your own "leave me alone" notice.
Mission Statement Generator
From Dilbert, proactively progressive solutions for mission-critical excellence-sourced materials.
Drop a cartoon bubble on your digital photos … but please think of something funny to say!
For movie fans, a list of who passed on what.
Dave Barry's Blog
With his column on hiatus, humourist Dave Barry turned his wit instead to the web. Our gain.
You've got questions; they've got answers. Maybe they match.
Still got questions? Google Answers isn't taking new ones right now, but archived answers are still available.
Fly Little Bird
Can collective wisdom be gleaned from the clichés and platitudes found in commencement and graduation speeches? Maybe!
Names in the News Database, that is … a quick way to learn about newsmakers and the celebrated.
Mercury Theatre on the Air
Hear the early radio genius of Orson Welles & Co.
How far is it from, say, Badger to Brigus? The provincial government offers this remarkably helpful tool.
Scrabble Word Finder
It's not cheating - it's research.
Celebrity gossip sites abound online; We Smirch scoops up all the juicy bits in one bowls.
Science News for Kids
More than just news: look for puzzles, quizzes and suggestions for in-the-field experiments where kids will love to get their fingers dirty.
Parents Over Shoulder
Kids, computers, safety and parenting - they all come together here.
Metros Over the World
Been all over? See how many subway systems you've had the pleasure to know.
Overshadowed by YouTube, Democracy means what it says about changing how video is played - and parlayed - online. Check it out.
KCRW Song of the Day
Broaden your musical horizons with a daily tune from a leading public-radio station in the U.S.
NYT Front Page
Hear a summary of the New York Times front page as you make breakfast or while you jog.
A game made for kids, but probably enjoyed by grownups just as much.
Canadian wine expert Natalie MacLean takes the pomp and mystique out of the wine business, and delivers terrific advice on picking the best bottle.
Steely Dan Dictionary
Better know your hyper-literate rock gods.
Mascot Hall of Fame
The birds, bears, cougars and creatures of alien-like appearance that roam sports arenas flourish here, too.
Sample an eclectic array of recipes from someone who decided to stop buying cookbooks and start using them.
Pimp That Snack
Formerly known as Pimp My Snack (trademark problems prompted the switch), this site takes a sugar hit to delirious levels.
Don't know your juncos from your jays? Start here.
Best seen at Halloween, I guess, but hilarious at any time of the year.
The appeal of Lost goes well beyond the TV screen; this site is one of many online resources that keep fans tantalized.
Copyright-free works of literature, available on your screen.
Turning The Pages
Look at Mozart's notebook and hear the notes - or peruse Leonardo da Vinci's famously mirrored texts. That's just the start, in this feast for the senses.
Make your web searches a little smarter.
Waste a good minute - no, a great one - by using your mouse to mimic Pollock's famously drippy style. Click to change colours.
From the venerable New Yorker, a rotating test of wits for cartoon lovers.
Can't get to Paris? Take a virtual tour of one of its most famous treasures.
View 360-degree panoramas of some of the world's top destinations.
Visit Europe, in bite-size bits of video.
American Museum of Natural History
Leaping lizards and hurtling meteors … they're all here.
See the world in a whole new way, with data sorted by disease, political risk and other factors.
A handy resource - a feed, get it? - of blog postings during the federal election campaign. A little quiet lately ... but just wait a few months.
Eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and log here for the provincial government's wellness strategy.
From the History News Network, an index of history-minded blogs.
Jokes By Kids
Knock, knock … oh, you get the picture.
A step beyond Sudoku to challenge your mind.
Named for Superman's preferred outerwear, a haven for true-blue fans.
Grand Comic Book Database
Able to leap over your curiosity in a single bound.
An online puzzle for those with endless curiosity and the free time to match.
Take a walk on the historical side in a number of local communities.
A robot helps kids find the next book they're gonna just love.
Incredibly childish. And hilarious.
Too many podcasts for too little free time; here's one way to sift through the clutter.
Not Even Once
From Montana, a hard-hitting campaign against crystal meth.
Snarky, funny, and always entertaining - a sports site with an edge.
NBC pushes its comic bits online.
Creative Writing Prompts
Blast away at writer's block.
Free Full Text
Doing a little scholarly research? Save time, and money, with some free guidance.
Create your own avatar for an online environment.
A recipe site that acknowledges that many meals get hauled out of the freezer.
Last year's list
I've been doing this year-end list for a while now; you can read last year's roundup at this rather long URL, on my blog. Cheers!
John Gushue is a news writer for CBC.ca in St. John's. Site suggestions always welcome at surf at thetelegram.com.