Grid-It: Knoll your everyday carry
Cocoon's Grid-It organizers are flat, rigid boards criss-crossed with tough, strong elastic straps, which let you lay out every small and useful thing you own in a pleasing, knollish layout. Cory Doctorow's carried one for a month now, and can't imagine how he ever lived without it.
The elastics are strong and stuff doesn't fall out if your pass it through a couple-three loops. The boards are light, too: from 0.4lbs for the smallest to 1.06lbs for the biggest. There are also a lot of weird sizes that the manufacturer advertises but that can't be readily had in stores. I'm interested in the suitcase-sized 11"x15" suitcase-sized one -- I'm going to order a couple for my next book-tour and try using one as a toilet-case -- I love the idea of hanging it up in a hotel bathroom and being able to see all your stuff at a glance.
Cocoon knows a good thing when they see it -- they've expanded into car sun-visor organizers and tablet cases, backpacks lined with grids, too.
All through 2016, Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous) has sent us a stream howtos for of amazing, artistic pies — an HR Giger pie, a James Bond pie, and a Predator pie. Now she’s kickstarting a set of pie templates to help you make perfect pop-culture pastry in your own kitchen.
It’s free for anyone to take, and Finns can get credit at the Open University of University of Helsinki (yes, that’s what it’s called).
Everfair: a diverse, ambitious steampunk novel of Fabian socialists and American Black Zionists in Belgian Congo
Though Everfair is Nisi Shawl’s debut novel, it’s also been a hotly anticipated book for years, as Shawl is the co-author of Writing the Other, a seminal book about diversity in prose; and is a much-respected critic and teacher. The book was worth the wait.
I’ve never really felt the need to purchase a smartwatch because a lot of them aren’t very functional, but at just shy of $30, the Martian Notifier Smartwatch was worth checking out. For that low of a price, it actually does feature an impressive amount of functionality, and comes in handy when you don’t want to be carrying around your […]
Geek Fuel is a subscription delivery service that caters to those of us that love comics, gaming, and general geek culture. Every month, Geek Fuel will assemble a box of goodies with a value of $50 or over. The specific items are a mystery, but you’ll always get an exclusive t-shirt not found anywhere else, a full […]
If you like to DIY and you like helicopters, you’re going to really love the Flexbot Hexacopter Kit. This copter blows traditional models out of the water: it includes everything you need to actually build your own hexacopter, and then pilot it like a pro, too.The construction is complicated enough to give you a challenge, […]