For better or worse, after a two-week hiatus upon returning to campus, UC Berkeley is officially back to in-person teaching! Besides an inevitable spike in COVID cases, you know what that means: lecture halls full of computer screens lit up by the latest “Euphoria” episode, or college students playing Fireboy and Watergirl instead of taking class notes. . While the mature decision may be to eliminate all distractions and stick to pen and paper notes, I say if you can’t beat them, join them. Here’s The Clog’s official list of slightly unnecessary but fun things to do when you need a break from homework or just want to procrastinate.
Wordle is a word puzzle game that quickly became famous. The objective is sweet and simple: guess a singular five-letter word. However, there’s a catch: you only have six tries to do it. Although originally created in Britain, Wordle is now playable in any language and has steadily gained worldwide recognition, even receiving reviews from The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal. However, while Wordle is arguably an exquisite game, it does have one flaw: there’s only one Wordle per day, so once you’ve completed your daily puzzle, you’ll have to wait 24 hours for your next game. . But don’t get too angry! There are still a bunch of Wordle variations and clone websites you can play while you wait, such as Taylordle (guess Taylor Swift-related words for all Swifties), Sweardle (for guessing swear words), and Letterle ( guessing a singular letter instead of a word. Is it stupid? Yes. Is it nevertheless fun? Yes too.)
Ah, the good old-fashioned word search. This word search website gives you between 35 and 55 unique words to find and keeps track of how long it takes you to find all the words. You can take your time and solve it on your own, or make it competitive and race your friend to see who can complete the puzzle the fastest. If someone asks you what you do, you’re technically boosting your vocabulary for English class, right?
Switch to “Queen’s Gambit” mode and become the next Beth Harmon with chess.com. This website features online computers, chess puzzles and tactics, the ability to play against random opponents around the world, and the ability to play with friends online. Yes, you technically procrastinate, but you can feel productive and smart while you do it. Plus, chess is technically a sport, so you can even call yourself athletic.
BoredButton, perhaps the most useless website of all, is literally a website with a single red button you can press when you’re bored. The button alternates between a bunch of extremely random mini-games, from finding out what random famous people have accomplished at your exact age (apparently in 51 days I’ll be the exact age Kendall Jenner was when the People magazine proclaimed her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world), to lists of the most original gag gifts (from tissue holders for cat’s butt to sock suspenders), to Flappy 2048.
2048 is a classic tile-based board game where the objective is to combine numbers until you reach the final number, 2048. While the old-school 2048 game is fun, the new and improved versions are still best. The original 2048 game has been around since 2014, leaving plenty of time for hundreds of funkier versions to be created, including 2048 Reverse, Multiplayer 2048, Flappy 2048, Cupcake 2048, Pokemon 2048, and Doge 2048, among others.
Of course, as wonderful as Clog’s master procrastination list is, use it with your own caution. It’s important to make sure you have a healthy balance between a 3 a.m. crying session at the Main Stacks and good old-fashioned “doing nothing.” Good luck with your spring semester and happy procrastination!
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