Weekend Links: The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth

A love letter to letters: or, how to get your friends to actually send you a tangible piece of mail every once and awhile to give your email account a break!
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For anyone doubting that the Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, they have seemingly taken over the one thing no one suspected: sports bars! In some pubs, Starcraft battles are taking the place of football fanaticism. Just don't expect this to become an arena event with Jumbo Trons … yet* (*until they hack it).
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After seeing, in some cases, far more flesh than I would ever want to at this year's Dragon*Con in Atlanta, this gallery of more modest fashions from past decades certainly appeals (umm … in a certain sense. Actually these costumes would fit right in at Dragon*Con!)
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Sure you've seen an infinite number of solar system models, but how many have you seen to scale? Thanks to the power of the web you can now scroll forever and a day to get through our scaled system that in real life would be spaced half a mile from end to end!
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I've spent a good portion of the week watching the "John Adams" miniseries (it's fantastic, by the way), and spent about half of that time thinking about the accents portrayed on the show. Stumbling across this article on whether or not Americans had British accents in 1776 and, either way, when and why did it change was indeed fortuitous!
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15 free and useful tech guides. BRB, downloading.
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Finally, from the Annals of Too Much Time ... it explains itself (be sure to let it fully load!)
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Stay tuned! More links on the way tomorrow - in the meantime send your finds to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. And don't forget to follow me on Twitter where I pass on links that school you in some vintage Julia Childs.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks

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Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks. Imagine Glacier National Park without a glacier.

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The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects. A look at the history of the mind-bending field of topology

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These 1930s Housewives Were the Godmothers of Radical Consumer Activism. They protested rising food prices with the Hamtramck Meat Strike.

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Disneyland’s Fantasyland Recreated in Incredible Detail in a Basement. A railroad engineer hand-crafted his own theme park over ten years.

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The Princess Who Worked at Macy’s. The Queen of Romania also built furniture, raised poultry, and enjoyed off-roading.

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America is on the Verge of a Nursing Crisis. Our nursing schools don't have the capacity to supply our current needs, much less our future needs.

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15 Amazing Animal Reunions. It's good to know that pets lost for years might find their way home.