Link roundup November 2, 2015

This is the good stuff.


French Vending Machines Dispense Short Stories Instead Of Snacks | Mental Floss

Swiss Style Color Picker

Chicago Ideas Week

Link roundup October 21, 2015

A little late to the party, but happy to be using the taco emoji!

The Internet's Dark Ages

An Error Leads to a New Way to Draw, and Erase, Computing Circuits

Searching the world for original Pizza Hut buildings

Will digital books ever replace print?

Hiring! Devops energy wanted.

The Harvard Library Innovation Lab is looking for a devops engineer to help us build tools to explore the open internet and see deep into the future of libraries.

Our projects range in scope from fast-moving prototypes to long-term innovations. The best way to get a feel for what we do is by looking at some of our current efforts.

image01, a web archiving service that is powered by libraries

image00 H2O, a platform for creating, sharing and adapting open course materials

image02 Awesome Box, an alternate returns box used by hundreds of libraries

What you'll do

  • Own the production infrastructure that ensures Lab applications are responding quickly to people and bots on the internet

  • Write code that will monitor systems and develop logic that will automate common deployment and maintenance tasks

  • Act as a core member of our fun and dynamic team by helping us shape ideas and efforts in libraries, technology, and law. We're freewheelin'. We fully encourage the pursuit of interests and opportunities

We're hiring a person and not a skillset, but our current stack of keywords might be helpful

  • Heroku, AWS, S3, Python, Django, Fabric, git and GitHub, Ruby, Rails, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Apache, NGINX, Elasticsearch, Redis, UNIX, Bash, Rollbar, Splunk

Find details and apply using the Harvard Recruitment Management System. If you have questions, email us directly at .

Link roundup October 1, 2015

Homogeneously contributed

Why Preserving Old Computer Games is Surprisingly Difficult | Mental Floss

Get Peanutized | Turn Yourself into a Peanuts Character

This Camera Refuses to Take Pictures of Over-Photographed Locations | Mental Floss

Link roundup September 11, 2015

The New York Times wrestled with many dimensions of video to visualize the making of a hit » Nieman Journalism Lab

A Roving 'Batmobile' Is Helping Map Alaska's Bats

This Tokyo Book Store Only Carries One Book at a Time | Mental Floss

Backpack Makers Rethink a Student Staple

Link roundup September 3, 2015

Goodbye summer

You can now buy Star Wars' adorable BB-8 droid and let it patrol your home | The Verge

World Airports Voronoi

Stephen Colbert on Making The Late Show His Own | GQ

See What Happens When Competing Brands Swap Colors | Mental Floss

The Website MLB Couldn't Buy

Link roundup August 30, 2015

This is the good stuff.

Rethinking Work

Putting Elon Musk and Steve Jobs on a Pedestal Misrepresents How Innovation Happens

Lamp Shows | HAIKU SALUT

Lawn Order | 99% Invisible

Link roundup August 19, 2015

We found some cool stuff you might like.

Michael Itkoff :: How To

Locking the Web Open: A Call for a Distributed Web

Looking for a Breakthrough? Study Says to Make Time for Tedium

Kodak's First Digital Moment

Link roundup August 14, 2015

Friday Fun Day

Use the words normal people use

PomPom Mirror

The Last Kings Of Kong

Old graph paper

Link roundup August 11, 2015

A set of links for a rainy day

New Smartwatch Will Turn Texts Into Braille | Mental Floss

Four Oh Four! | FT Labs

Very Old Tweets (@VeryOldTweets) | Twitter

The Internet Archive Wants To Digitize 40,000 VHS And Betamax Tapes | Fast Company | Business + Innovation