From The Department of Time-Killing Online Diversions comes the OneWord site, which simply gives you one word, an editor, and sixty seconds to write about it.

The results are streamed for all to see:

OneWord.com

Not all the results are necessarily pretty (in fact, most are horrifying), but the occasional gem makes it interesting.

It’s yet another online-fueled way to kill an afternoon (similar to the WriteOrDie program, which administers irritating noises when you stop typing).

Still, you can’t watch an episode of Top Chef without wondering if a similar, timed format wouldn’t offer a compelling online competition for writers, who would chop, slice and cook up sentences for general consumption – and a trio of judges.

Keep dreaming, Tom Chandler.