Nerd Nite 12 was a huge success. One intriguing talk was Spit-Shining the Rust Belt: Transforming a Region from Smokestacks to Tech Startups. Steph Kozach talked about beer and 3-D printing, but also about "Ruin Porn" (as in photos that capture the beauty of the decaying urban world).
Ruin Porn Image Search from Smart Planet
Ruin Porn from Smart Planet
We often can't decide which book to read next. So, we love the idea of a BIBLO-Mat, which is a random book dispenser created by Craig Small.
See the short film about it here: http://vimeo.com/53679084
Here is the description from the website: When a customer puts coins into it, the Biblio-Mat dramatically whirrs and vibrates as the machine is set in motion. The ring of an old telephone bell enhances the thrill when the customer’s mystery book is delivered with a satisfying clunk into the receptacle below.
Spoken Word Open Mic
There will be an Open Mic for spoken word tonight at the Lost Art Space and will include our buddies Jason Ryberg and Mark Hennessey. The event is free.