If you're still stuck with a long commute and you are looking for something to build, you could try your hand at a Hacker News replacement. There are certainly enough people here jaded by the toxicity that would make the jump someplace new.
My only piece of advice, if you decide do this, don't post it as a "Show HN". Reach out to smart people privately to beta test it.
I looked at the favilous front page. It looks pretty decent. Good luck.