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Useless Machine was on The Colbert Report! Answered

Make Magazine's editor-in-chief, Mark Frauenfelder was on the CR promoting his new book and he brought a few gadgets with him.  Imagine my surprise when he brought out the Useless Machine.

After letting Colbert try the machine, Mark explains that it's only function is to turn itself off.  The audience laughs and Colbert says "I'll tell you what it does Mark...it breaks my heart."

I guess I should mention that the machine will be featured in the next MAKE magazine and that was why Mark brought it on the show!

My mind is officially blown.

Mark had sent me a heads-up letting me know about this, but I didn't receive it until after watching the show.  I'm a regular viewer of the CR so for me this was especially sweet.  Thanks Mark!

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/311944/june-08-2010/mark-frauenfelder

Cheers,
Brett

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

10 years ago

I went on the front page today, and this featured forum topic was next to the ible about it (I think the ible got re-featured).

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

No, it's just popular. I don't think an i'ble could get re-featured anyways...

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Instructables can be re-featured, but that can only be done by Staff messing with the database directly. The Feature Team can't do it.

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

Oh. Well then you could probably say "recognized", to not confuse people...

;P

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

What the banner actually says is Popular, indicating that it has received a large number of views in the past couple of days (presumably as a result of Mark's appearance on The Colbert Report).

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

Something went wrong, because I never posted that comment...

>=/

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Did you perhaps try to write two different comments in this thread, very close together in time? I've had the experience twice now, after posting a comment, having my second comment in the same thread disappear, and become a repost of the first one. I've had to delete and rewrite, and then it's fine.

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, well yes, I did post 2 different comments within a short amount of time...

I was going to ask who is in the Feature Team?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

The Feature Team conists of Instructables' staff plus a couple of dozen long-time users who've been asked by Eric to assist with the featuring process. Most of the members of the team are in the Feature Team group.

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

So people like Kiteman...?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Lots of people like Kiteman! I do, Nacho does, Lithium Rain does,... He can come of a bit rough at times, but usually only to people who say stupid things :-)

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

You do! You've been around about as long as I have; but I see the point. I'm wondering, does only one person decide per instructable, or do a lot of people have to agree if an instructable is featured worthy?

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Yes, I certainly do like Kiteman! Don't you? I know there are some people around here who don't like him, but that's usually because they fall into the category of people to whom he needs to explain things with small words and short sentences.

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

lol, I think you misunderstood me...

...anyways, of course I like Kiteman!

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Reply 10 years ago

By re-featured, I mean that the ible appears on the front page again after it appeared on the front page a few weeks back.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 10 years ago

That'll happen if something is featured, which pushes it to the front page, and then later becomes popular, pushing it to the front page again.

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zascecs
zascecs

Reply 10 years ago

Oh. Well then you could probably say "recognized", to not confuse people...

;P

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

It is Popular -- there's an orange banner in the corner that says so.

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Frivolous Engineering
Frivolous Engineering

10 years ago

DIY gets the Colbert Bump! Thanks Everyone! Especially Mark Frauenfelder and Stephen Colbert.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

10 years ago

Fantastic! Congrats!

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

10 years ago

I could I have sworn I thought of that invention first...

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Keith-Kid
Keith-Kid

10 years ago

I just saw this and I couldn't believe it!! It was so awesome to see DIY on one of my favorite shows! :D

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M.C. Langer
M.C. Langer

10 years ago

Beautiful. It's just beautiful!!! I LOVE IT!!!

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wenpherd
wenpherd

10 years ago

Most awsome'st thing evar!

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LUCCHINA
LUCCHINA

10 years ago

FELICITATIONS !!!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

10 years ago

Cool - do you have a link to a clip?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 10 years ago

"Sorry, videos not currently available in your country."

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Bleach. Sorry about that, Kiteman. Not something I can readily test :-(

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kcls
kcls

10 years ago

I loved the useles machine, so I just want to say:
Nice job!

(In instructables orange!)

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 10 years ago

Also, I added a picture so it could be featured.

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Tomboys
Tomboys

10 years ago

That is so cool! Congratulations!

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Brennn10
Brennn10

10 years ago

Bringing the Maker spirit to the main stream! Awesome!

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kelseymh
kelseymh

10 years ago

I've just got one thing to say,


CONGRATULATIONS

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cool!
cool!

10 years ago

Nice job Sask!

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

10 years ago

Ha ha I saw he was going to be on it. What did you do when you saw it?