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Home Screen - baked by electricity!

Home Screen
Home Screen - baked by electricity!
By The Verge • Issue #2 • View online
Hundreds of the world’s brightest engineers and scientists have been working in secret, deep in a subterranean bunker at Home Screen labs for years. I’m excited to announce today that we have finally achieved a breakthrough that will change the world forever:
It’s Friday.

⚡ Electric Biscuits
So a thing about me: I love Triscuits. I’m not a hoarder, but my 2020 pandemic survival shelf has about eight boxes. I’ve been eating them for years. But here’s something I never knew, and never bothered to ask: what the hell does “Triscuit” mean?
Sage Boggs decided to find out, so he emailed Nabisco, which delivered the incredibly ominous reply:
No business records survived which specifically explain the origins or inspiration for the name Triscuit.
Okay, I want to know what happened there (some kind of clandestine baked biscuit sabotage operation?), but that’s for another day. Several tweets later, Boggs found some early ads for Triscuit:
Sage Boggs
I was baffled. And I couldn't stand not knowing. So I did a little sleuthing online, and stumbled on some early Triscuit advertisements. Take a look at these bad boys: https://t.co/jbeBUmjeCF
And just like that, we have an answer to one of the biggest little mysteries almost nobody thought to solve. Triscuit: they’re electric biscuits.
Sage Boggs
Elec-TRI-city Biscuit

TRISCUIT MEANS "ELECTRICITY BISCUIT"
Thanks, Sage.
🌌 Two And A Half Lives
One thing I share with my friend and colleague Adi Robertson is a love of Half-Life: a game that simulates what it would be like to not ever talk in a world filled with explosive barrels.
It’s a big week for us, with the release of Half-Life: Alyx, which came many years after developer Valve realized it could make more money with less effort by collecting rents on Steam and not making new Half-Life games. But that didn’t last, and we now actually expect there to be a Half-Life 3.
In the meantime, we’ve got Half-Life: Alyx: a virtual-reality thing that I have not had the chance to play because I don’t want my bedroom to look like the inside of a data center. But Adi got to play it, and you can read her review here.
Then, you can read Adi’s essential Half-Life explainer, which we’ve been talking about for months.
Then, you should read Adi’s script for Half-Life 3, as presented by the AI storytelling engine, AI Dungeon. (You should also check out the rest in her AI Dungeon series; it’s great.)
🐈 Cats: Only Slightly Liquid
Cats have long said to be a type of liquid, allowing them to squeeze through walls, doors, windows, and other impossible gaps. But thanks to science, we know they’re at least partially solid. Thank you to Pusic the cat, who participated in an experiment to test the limits of feline viscosity.
Reducing Hole for the Cat. When will he stop?
Reducing Hole for the Cat. When will he stop?
☕ Coffee Is A Portal To Hell
I don’t even know how to describe this video from Archie Henderson without giving it away. If there’s one thing you do today, watch it:
𝗔𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻
My Quarantine Routine!

this is just a general guide for myself based on my goals & what works for me! i’m allowing a lot flexibility with myself & not pressuring myself to complete everything. this is just to give me structure & a sense of control & stability. https://t.co/TL3KJGB0y0
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 The First Family of Zoom
In 2017, Robert Kelly and Jung-a Kim were mortified as their children marched into the middle of Robert’s BBC News interview. It might have been embarrassing for Kelly and Kim, but it was absolutely delightful for the rest of us.
As many of us are asked to call into work while stuck at home, our kids, pets, and housemates are starting to appear more on camera. That’s good news for our favorite family, which has once again gathered together for a BBC News interview.
Scott Bryan
omg our favourite family have returned to bbc world news https://t.co/lP7vIqD37V
🏠 Work From Home Champions
Every Friday, I’m going to share my favorite work from home setups from readers like you. It was hard to just pick one this week, so here are a couple that I loved.
First, we’ve got a decadent office spread from Mark, who runs a health coaching company in Oregon. It’s hard to argue with any part of this setup, even the Peloton.
Thanks, Mark. I hope you’re blasting some Coldplay in there.
On the smaller side, Greg, a social media pro in the Boston area, is working out of a closet. Greg reports that the closet is a bit too small, doesn’t have much legroom, and can lead to a stiff back… but it sure looks cozy.
What I like about Greg’s setup: you can easily close up shop at the end of the day, which is surprisingly hard to do when you work from home.
Thanks to everyone who submitted. I’m sorry that I couldn’t squeeze all of you in, but you may appear in future issues. If you haven’t submitted and would like to, please email me at homescreen@theverge.com with:
  • A photo or photos of your desk / office
  • Your name (first name only is ok!)
  • What you do
  • How and/or why you designed your setup the way you did, and what kind of gear you’re using
  • Anything else you’d like us to know about you
Note that anything you submit may be included in the newsletter and in the version that appears on The Verge dot com.
👋 Bye!
That’s it for now. I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you back here Monday morning.
-tc
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