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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This Innovative Cutting Board Takes the Mess Out of Meal Prep

There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
There's no way any of these ingredients will end up on the floor.
TidyBoard, Kickstarter

Transferring food from the cutting board to the bowl—or scraps to the compost bin—can get a little messy, especially if you’re dealing with something that has a tendency to roll off the board, spill juice everywhere, or both (looking at you, cherry tomatoes).

The TidyBoard, available on Kickstarter, is a cutting board with attached containers that you can sweep your ingredients right into, taking the mess out of meal prep and saving you some counter space in the process. The board itself is 15 inches by 20 inches, and the container that fits in its empty slot is 14 inches long, 5.75 inches wide, and more than 4 inches deep. Two smaller containers fit inside the large one, making it easy to separate your ingredients.

Though the 4-pound board hangs off the edge of your counter, good old-fashioned physics will keep it from tipping off—as long as whatever you’re piling into the containers doesn’t exceed 9 pounds. It also comes with a second set of containers that work as strainers, so you can position the TidyBoard over the edge of your sink and drain excess water or juice from your ingredients as you go.

You can store food in the smaller containers, which have matching lids; and since they’re all made of BPA-free silicone, feel free to pop them in the microwave. (Remove the small stopper on top of the lid first for a built-in steaming hole.)

tidyboard storage containers
They also come in gray, if teal isn't your thing.
TidyBoard

Not only does the bamboo-made TidyBoard repel bacteria, it also won’t dull your knives or let strong odors seep into it. In short, it’s an opportunity to make cutting, cleaning, storing, and eating all easier, neater, and more efficient. Prices start at $79, and it’s expected to ship by October 2020—you can find out more details and order yours on Kickstarter.

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