Liked Increasing your ‘serendipity surface’ by Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw (web.archive.org)

Expecting your career, social life, or significant relationship to develop in new, unexpected ways when you do the same things over and over again is, after all, how Einstein defined insanity. Increase your serendipity surface!

Source: Increasing your ‘serendipity surface’ by Doug Belshaw

Bookmarked A Search Tool For Serendipity – Clive Thompson – Medium (Medium)

Recently I’ve written about “rewilding your attention” — or, why it’s good to spend less time looking at the algorithmically-sorted feeds of social media … … and go hunting for the weirder, woolier…

Clive Thompson shares some Library of Congress serendipity tools:

Replied to RandomStreetView.com shows random streetview images from around the world. An extraordinarily addictive and fun site. (randomstreetview.com)

Simply click ‘Next’ and continue to be amazed. Select your favorite country. Play a slideshow in fullscreen. Use as a screensaver. Best way to kill your time.

John, there is something beautiful about serendipity. Whether it be surfacing random albums on Spotify or looking out somebody’s window. Random Street View is another source of such joy.
Bookmarked What Substack is hiding by Elan Kiderman Ullendorff (deep sea diving)

Jumping through 🔀 Scrubstack is more akin to the experience of walking into a stranger’s home and taking a random book off of the shelf. What you read may not interest you, may not be meant for you, may be written for an imagined audience in the distant past.

Elan Kiderman Ullendorff shares Scrubstack, an application for finding random Substack newsletters. Along with The Forest, this is another means of extending serendipity surface.

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Liked Why Mastodon Isn’t Great For Serendipity by Wouter GroeneveldWouter Groeneveld (brainbaking.com)

When I sometimes skim through lifestyle magazines my wife loves to read, and encounter an article that triggers another link to a problem I’m working on, that is serendipity. I love walking into book stores and going home with a new purchase that I didn’t foresee on a subject that I at first wasn’t interested in.

Bookmarked MEMEX – About search.marginalia.nu (memex.marginalia.nu)

It is a search engine, designed to help you find what you didn’t even know you were looking for. If you search for “Plato”, you might for example end up at the Canterbury Tales. Go looking for the Canterbury Tales, and you may stumble upon Neil Gaiman’s blog.

Marginalia is an experimental search engine that tries to celebrate the small web:

The search engine calculates a score that aggressively favors text-heavy websites, and punishes those that have too many modern web design features.

There is also a list of other similar projects on the site.


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Bookmarked The Forest (theforest.link)

Surfing the web is becoming increasingly boring.

What used to be a wild trip through stormy waters has now become a journey on a cruise ship where everything is planned and there’s no longer place for craziness.

This site is our attempt try bring some of that unpredictability back.

The next rabbit hole can be just one click away so click that button, go for a walk and enjoy getting lost on the web.

The Forest is a site designed to add back a bit of serendipity to the web. You can either go “for a walk in the forest” or “plant a tree”. This reminds me in part of Dave Winer’s site Podcatch, a summary of current podcasts.

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Replied to Lunchtime loafer (idler.co.uk)

Rob is a Leeds office worker who becomes a flâneur for an hour a day
My day job is in a stockbroker’s call centre and involves a lot of listening, talking, pressing buttons and concentrating. So it’s good to get outside at lunchtime.
Lunchtime brings freedom. I call it #workerslunchtime. In the…

I had the endeavour this year to try something similar with my one word being flanarie. However, I seem to have failed to follow through. I loved some of the ideas like walking in one direction for 30 minutes and catching public transport. Definitely some food for thought.