Our paper towel dispenser made art / lost its mind.

(Photo by Yen.)

During one of Harvest’s bi-weekly Show and Tells the topic of podcasts came up. Harvesters are avid podcast subscribers, and we compiled a list of our favorites to share with each other. Here’s the cream of the crop:

  1. RadioLab - They say curiosity killed the cat, so if you’re a cat, you should stay far away from this podcast. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich guide you through stories that will expand your mind and - of course - pique your curiosity.
  2. Stuff You Should Know - Two guys explain stuff you should know. You’ll suddenly be able to tell your friends how ejection seats, bitcoins, and magnets work. Excellent lunchtime conversation fodder with this one.
  3. Back to Work - Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin bring you a show about productivity, though it often veers off into discussions of comic books and quotations from Glengarry Glen Ross…  
  4. Roderick on the Line - In his second appearance on this list, Merlin Mann and his good buddy, Indie Rock Star™ John Roderick of the band The Long Winters, talk weekly on the phone. Roderick’s modern version of Farm Wisdom and storytelling always make for an entertaining chat.
  5. Bullseye - Are you a pop-culture junkie who slants more cult-classic than Kim Kardashian? This podcast with Jesse Thorn is for you.

We’re thoroughly enjoying these beans from Verve, who has a little stand in Williamsburg (where you can also get a haircut and / or purchase some outerwear).

Today’s Moment of Zen comes from Harvest developer, Evan Walsh. Quite a few of us on the team have taken an interest in 3D printing and we’ll soon be outfitting one in our HQ for experiments. More importantly, stories like the one told in this video make us incredibly excited for the future. -DW

Every other Friday morning, we get the entire team together for a chat we call Show & Tell. In the course of 1 hour, we catch up on project happenings and demo the latest works in progress. We always end these meetings by with a Moment of Zen, a 3 minute (or less) video selected by a team member. 

What’s that awesome you’re looking at? That’s Tracktor, an Arduino-powered device to start / stop your Harvest timers, from our friends at Viget.

Switching timers now takes as much time as it takes to push an arcade button, and, generalizing my audience here, I’d put money on that being pretty speedy.

The code, by Eli Fatsi, is here. That’s a lot of awesome right there.

Lunchtime bingo.

We had a full house today for Show & Tell, our bi-weekly company wide meeting. From the left: Lettini, Phyllis, Alex, Christopher, Sri (with two heads), Alanna, Paul, T.J., Calina, Danny, Jae, and me (Shawn) not in the photo. And about 15 (!) Harvesters joined us remotely.

Topics discussed: recent integration with Atlassian JIRA, a major update to our internal admin panel, plans for the rest of the year (a lot of exciting things cooking…). Plus two wonderful demos: “Podcasts Killed the Display Ad Star” by Sri; and “A Presentation about Me: How to Turn an MFA into a Tech Job” by our latest Harvester, Calina.

We concluded today’s Show & Tell with a Moment of Zen, chosen by Jae – Large Scale Structure of the Universe.

It’s apple season. Picked up from this morning’s farmers market: Winesaps, Fuji, Honey Crisp and Gala.

Our team (Doug, Alex, Jon, and Christopher) at UserConf at the San Francisco Zoo! Shoutout to Scott and Alanna for holding down the support fort while we’re here!

It’s Alanna’s birthday and Jeremy made her a wonderful site. Pro tip: you can build a site like this too with the wonderful Geocities bootstrap.

October 7th is an important day. It’s DMart / Doug Martin / Dug’s birthday! Barry made a site to celebrate this important day.

Zach spotted Yehuda Katz sporting a Harvest T-shirt, during some ember.js chatting, via @tonycoco’s Twitter feed.

The Harvest Bake Off came and went (with 3 competitive rounds, and a finale), many baked good were consumed, and we have a winner: Patrick FillerMatthew designed some sweet aprons for everyone who participated (and yeah, he organized this whole thing so that people would feed him baked goods). Paul is a pretty awesome model with his apron. Thanks to everyone who brought in sweet and savory treats!

Last night we hosted Growth and the People Side: Scaling a High Growth Startup, moderated by Joaquin Roca, in conversation with Gregg Carey, Cofounder & VP of Operations at Voxy. Voxy is an award-winning education platform that creates personalized lessons which adapt based on your level, interests and goals, and Gregg shared some of the joys and growing pains of scaling his business. Joaquin and Thomas Dyer pulled off a fun and interesting night of conversation, and we were happy to support it.