Nerd Alert 42: The Hitch-Hacker’s Guide to Papal Pizza Rats


Too many pop culture references to fit into one newsletter. We'll do it anyway!


What we're reading this week

  Adam: Instead of focusing on who owns which piece of a project, let’s make product development a team sport.

  Ben: Celebrate important things in life with donuts, from the author of September’s News Nerd Book Club book.

  David: When most people think about solar power in Arizona, they likely envision scorching temps and near-unlimited sunlight. However, this unique solar thermal installation at Northern Arizona University generates heat for the Flagstaff campus’  frigid winter months.

  Jack: With 2 billion smartphones on the planet (expected to be 4 billion by 2020), native mobile apps must be the future of news on the web, right?  There might be some really good reasons for not buying into that.

  Kaeti: How, in a rapidly changing field that requires increasing levels of specialization, do we foster and protect a holistic culture?

  Ryan: This week, North America ran out of IP addresses.

  Bert: Do robot rats dream of robot pizza?


Work we admire from our journalism peers

Screenshot of "Blackout: Reinventing the Grid", a website by Inside Energy.

Blackout: Reinventing the Grid by INN member Inside Energy explores problems with the power grid, and ways of improving it.


Work with people we admire

MinnPost is hiring a development director.

INN's tech team is hiring a contract WordPress developer, and applications are open for spring 2015 apprenticeships.


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: An epic rap about history.

COOK: A homemade Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme.

WATCH: How to Make a $1500 Sandwich in Only 6 Months.

GIF: A papal pizza delivery in Naples:

As the Popemobile drives down a seaside street, a man jumps from the crowd to hand the pontiff a pizza.