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(NPR)   Don't know what kind of book to read? Well this book vending machine will randomly pick a book just for you   (npr.org) divider line 16
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2012-11-19 12:27:33 AM
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fredzilla: I wonder if any of you Farkers know if there is a web tool that helps users find books that they would likely want to read; Kind of like Netflix's recommend feature based on ratings you give movies you've watched. I'd like the same for books. Does that exist?


Boston.com - 7 book recommendation websites to find your next good read

The seven are:
GoodReads
What Should I Read Next?
Shelfari
Whichbook
Library Thing
Gnooks
The Staff Recommends
2012-11-18 11:13:17 PM
2 votes:
Come for the funny vending machine, stay for the vintage Tom Waits soundtrack.
2012-11-18 11:05:33 PM
2 votes:
They called the vending machine "The Monkey's Paw"? Wasn't the Monkey's Paw a cursed object that granted wishes but carried a horrible price for interfering with fate?
2012-11-19 01:21:04 AM
1 votes:
The next version will also serve you a hot cup of something that is almost, but not entirely, unlike tea.
2012-11-19 12:34:25 AM
1 votes:

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: They called the vending machine "The Monkey's Paw"? Wasn't the Monkey's Paw a cursed object that granted wishes but carried a horrible price for interfering with fate?


It's The Monkey's Paw used book store!
The machine is the Biblio-Mat!
2012-11-19 12:07:00 AM
1 votes:
"Collect all 112 million titles"

Nice.
2012-11-19 12:02:41 AM
1 votes:

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: They called the vending machine "The Monkey's Paw"? Wasn't the Monkey's Paw a cursed object that granted wishes but carried a horrible price for interfering with fate?


Yes, which means you should just accept what the machine vends, read the book and not tempt fate too much. That's the lesson of the Monkey's Paw.

BTW, in the old days of the 80s, the CBC had a series of friday-night horror radio plays broadcast on shortwave. One of which was The Monkey's Paw. It was so good and so frightening, I had very weird dreams that night. There isn't anything like that south of the border in New England. I wish Trinity Rep would do some of these on the local station.
2012-11-18 11:55:47 PM
1 votes:
What is it with npr lately? They have been using this farkhueg font. It's like they haven't heard of DPI settings and font sizes being the perview of the client OS.
2012-11-18 11:42:26 PM
1 votes:
The machine in question is beautiful

www.blogto.com 

/ $2? oh hell yeah I would not complain regardless of the output
2012-11-18 11:34:20 PM
1 votes:
The last time I moved I gave away over 2000 books. Used book stores are fantastic. Moving crates full of books is not.
2012-11-18 11:25:10 PM
1 votes:

thisiszombocom: i have a hard enough time finding good books to read in the library. why the eff would I want something given to me at random? dont you know how much crap there is out there?

oh even better, its from a used book store? you mean the place where people dump the garbage they dont want, so all the crap accumulates in one store? fantastic!

/ stupid hipsters


I've found plenty of good books in used bookstores. They are for those weird people who dont like to keep their books. Of which i am not counted. I have every book I ever purchased.

Of course kindle + .torrent has me only buying hard copy in a few circumstances anymore.(new, or educational, or just doesnt come out in ebook)
2012-11-18 11:17:20 PM
1 votes:
I wish Netflix had a random option. Just show me a random episode of Spongebob Squarepants alright? It loses some of its magic when I choose which episode I want to watch.
2012-11-18 11:14:52 PM
1 votes:
Hmmm....I've serious reservations about this. What if I pull the lever, or push the button or whatever mechanism and I get not one, but two shiatty titles like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey: Oh Crap! Will I entitled to an immediate refund?
2012-11-18 11:09:31 PM
1 votes:
i have a hard enough time finding good books to read in the library. why the eff would I want something given to me at random? dont you know how much crap there is out there?

oh even better, its from a used book store? you mean the place where people dump the garbage they dont want, so all the crap accumulates in one store? fantastic!

/ stupid hipsters
2012-11-18 08:11:31 PM
1 votes:
Is it just me, or does the vending machine look like a pack of cigarettes?
2012-11-18 07:55:54 PM
1 votes:
Link

For a pic of said machine.

Since when are we lifting stories from blogTO?
 
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