for when silence seems to engulf my evenings, i pop over to www.rainymood.com and just listen to the peaceful sounds of a storm (oxymoron?) this also sounds lovely with music playing over it, and covers up the awkward pauses between songs (without needing the yucky crossfade).
for anyone who wants to be a writer, but knows that they don't write enough: http://750words.com/ is especially cool. i've only just signed up yesterday but i love the simplicity, the word count, the incentives and the mood analysis. i'll be sticking around for the april month-long "contest."