A big Thank You goes out to Antony Funnell and the fine folks at Australia Broadcasting Corporation’s radio show Future Tense.
They interviewed me for their show a couple weeks ago and it was aired nationally in Australia today. During the interview we talk about the Useless Machine, it’s history, and it’s meme-like properties.
Here’s the link: ABC’s Future Tense, Episode 42. The interview appears near the end of the episode, around 23 minutes in but they start the show off with a teaser about the Machine.
I recommend that you listen to the whole episode because the first two topics they cover are very interesting:
We have ‘fair trade’ coffee and ‘fair trade’ bananas, so why not a ‘fair trade’ mobile phone? Bas Van Abel and his Amsterdam-based colleagues are busy perfecting a cell phone that isn’t made by exploited labourers. We also explore how and why new technologies are helping to reshape our language with Tom Chatfield, author of a new book called ‘Netymology’.
Considering that I hadn’t been to sleep in over 26 hours the interview turned out surprising good. Whoever did the editing was very kind, you can hardly tell just how sleep-deprived and brain dead I was.
You can listen to the radio interview by clicking the ‘continue reading’ below.
Being featured in the Wall Street Journal!
Being featured in the Wall Street Journal! Our current supply of DIY kits is exhausted (as well as some Frivolous Engineers). We expect a parts shipment early this coming week and should be back in stock then. EDIT: Kits are now back in stock
Good News: If you placed an order for a DIY Kit before this announcement, it’s been shipped! All of the orders from Wednesday and most of Thursday’s have been shipped. We will be caught up on shipping by Monday.
We still have a couple dozen fully soldered Machines in stock ready to ship out first thing Monday if ordered this weekend!
More Good News:
April Fools day was made for the Useless Machine!
More, More Good News:
If ordered this weekend, they should be delivered in time for April Fools Day. (US & Canadian Customers who order fully soldered Machines)!