Mark Frauenfelder

  • Aired:  06/08/10
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Mark Frauenfelder demonstrates an all-knowing Twitter orb, the most useless machine and a cigar-box guitar. (5:53)

>> STEPHEN: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE EDITOR

OF THE DO-IT-YOURSELF QUARTERLY

"MAKE" MAGAZINE, WHICH I BELIEVE

HE PRINTED IN HIS BASEMENT.

PLEASE WELCOME MARK

FRAUENFELDER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

HEY, MARK, WELCOME BACK.

>> HOW DO YOU DO?

>> NICE TO SEE YOU.

NOW, YOU HAVEN'T BEEN HERE IN A

LITTLE WHILE.

LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE YOU

DIDN'T HAVE A BOOK.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> YOU HAVE A BOOK NOW.

THE BOOK IS CALLED MADE BY HAND,

SEARCHING FOR MEANING IN THE

THROW-AWAY WORLD.

ALL RIGHT.

I'LL BITE.

WHAT'S A "THROW-AWAY WORLD."

>> A THROW-AWAY WORLD IS WHERE

WE GET RID OF THINGS THAT WE

DON'T NECESSARILY NEED TO GET

RID OF.

AND ACTUALLY IF YOU TAKE TIME TO

MAKE YOUR OWN THINGS THAT HAVE

LASTING VALUE, YOU CAN FIND THAT

THE THINGS THAT YOU MAKE HAVE A

LOT MORE MEANING IN THEM.

>> STEPHEN: WHY CAN'T YOU FIND

MEANING IN A THROW-AWAY WORLD?

I HAVE NO TROUBLE FINDING

MEANING IN A THROW-AWAY WORLD.

I'M THE ONE WHO THROWS AWAY.

I'M THE MASTER OF THE THROW-AWAY

WORLD.

I CREATE THE ENTIRE WORLD OF

THROW AWAY BY THROWING AWAY.

>> WELL, FOR EXAMPLE...

>> STEPHEN: YOU ACCEPT THAT I

WON THAT ARGUMENT?

[LAUGHTER]

THANK YOU.

>> FOR EXAMPLE, A TREE BRANCH

FELL OUT OF MY TREE IN A STORM

RECENTLY, AND SO I TOOK THAT

BRANCH AND CARVED WOODEN COOKING

IMPLEMENTS OUT OF IT, SPOONS AND

SPATULAS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

INSTEAD OF THROWING THAT BRANCH

AWAY, I HAD THESE COOL

IMPLEMENTS.

EVERY TIME I USE THEM NOW, I

THINK, THIS IS REALLY FUN USING

SOMETHING THAT I MADE RATHER

THAN PURCHASING THEM.

THEY HAVE MEANING FOR ME.

AND I GIVE THE SPOONS AWAY AS

GIFTS AND STUFF AND IT'S A LOT

OF FUN TO SIT THERE AND...

>> STEPHEN: ARE YOU AND ELF?

[LAUGHTER]

IS THERE ANY CHANCE?

>> NO.

>> STEPHEN: YOU'RE NOT AN ELF.

I MEAN LIKE STRONG TOLKEIN ELF,

NOT ELF COOKIE TREE ELF.

IF I MAKE SOMETHING OR IF I GET

SOMETHING SOMEONE ELSE HAS MADE

BY HAND, THEN THAT THING IS

UNIQUE AND IT IS IMBUED WITH THE

SPIRIT OF THE PERSON WHO MADE

IT.

I WON'T BE ABLE TO THROW IT AWAY

BECAUSE IT WOULD BE LIKE

THROWING THAT PERSON AWAY.

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THEIR SOUL

GOES IN, IN SOME WAY TO THAT

OBJECT.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

THAT'S WHY I BUY THINGS FROM

CHINA BECAUSE AS A COMMUNIST

COUNTRY, I THINK TECHNICALLY

THEY HAVE NO SOUL.

I THINK THEY GIVE THEM TO THE

STATE BEFORE THEY MAKE THE

PRODUCT FOR THEM AND THEY GET

THEM WHEN THEY GO HOME AT THE

END OF THE DAY.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHY I LIKE TO

MASS PRODUCE BECAUSE I'M NOT

AFRAID TO THROW IT AWAY.

>> WELL, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW,

YOU ACTUALLY TRY THE MAKE YOUR

OWN THINGS, I RAISED MY OWN

CHICKENS AND GOT MY OWN EGGS

AND...

>> STEPHEN: YOU DIDN'T MAKE THE

CHICKENS.

>> NO, BUT I MADE THE CHICKEN

COOP.

>> STEPHEN: YOU MADE THE CHICKEN

COOP.

>> WITH AN AUTOMATIC CHICKEN

DOOR THAT OPENED AND CLOSED SO

THE CHICKENS COULD COME OUT IN

THE MORNING.

>> STEPHEN: DO THE CHICKENS HAVE

LITTLE REMOTES?

>> NO, IT'S SET ON A TIMER.

IT'S SET ON A TIMERREN

>> STEPHEN: ALL RIGHT.

>> I BECAME A BEEKEEPER.

I STARTED HARVESTING HONEY.

IT'S A REALLY FUN ACTIVITY MY

KIDS AND I COLLECT THE HONEYCOMB

AND WE MAKE HONEY AND...

>> STEPHEN: IN THE BOOK, AM I

BEING TOLD HOW TO DO... CAN YOU

TEACH ME TO MAKE THINGS IN YOUR

BOOK?

>> I DON'T SAY EXACTLY HOW THE

MAKE THINGS.

I TALK ABOUT MY SPECIOUS OF

BECOMING A DO-IT-YOURSELFER AND

FINDING KIND OF HOW IT CHANGED

MY LIFE FOR THE BETTER BECAUSE

IT CONNECTED ME WITH MY KIDS AND

IT MADE ME MORE ENGAGED IN KIND

OF APPRECIATIVE AND OBSERVANT OF

EVERYTHING AROUND ME.

>> WHAT DO YOU HAVE HERE.

>> WE HAVE A FEW THINGS.

>> STEPHEN: WHAT IS THIS RIGHT

HERE?

>> THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MY

FRIENDS TODD AND MIKE MADE.

IT'S A WIRELESS DEVICE THAT IS

MONITORING EVERYTHING THAT GOES

ON ON TWITTER RIGHT NOW, AND

THERE ARE CERTAIN KEY WORDS

PROGRAMED IN HERE.

SO, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN "COLBERT"

IS MENTIONED OR "FREEDOM" OR

"U.S.A." OR "LIBERTY."

>> STEPHEN: THIS IS REGISTERING

WHEN SOMEONE IS USING MY NAME OR

FREEDOM OR COLBERT RIGHT NOW.

SOMEONE JUST DID IT.

>> IT'S LIKE AN ALL-KNOWING ORB.

>> STEPHEN: SO I CAN LOOK AT

THIS AND SEE HOW POPULAR I AM.

>> EXACTLY.

>> STEPHEN: I WOULDN'T WASTE MY

LIFE LOOKING AT THAT.

>> THIS IS A COOL DEVICE, AN

EXTREME MAKER, SOMEONE THAT

MAKES SOMETHING YOU CAN'T REALLY

BUY.

>> STEPHEN: WHAT IS THIS?

>> JUST PUSH THIS SWITCH TOWARDS

ME.

>> STEPHEN: TOWARDS YOU?

THIS TOGGLE TOWARDS YOU?

>> YEAH.

GO AHEAD AND TRY IT AGAIN.

[LAUGHTER]

>> STEPHEN: WHAT DOES THIS

MACHINE DO?

>> IT DOESN'T DO ANYTHING, IT'S

CALLED THE MOST USELESS MACHINE.

ITS ONLY FUNCTION IS TO TURN

ITSELF OFF.

>> STEPHEN: I TELL YOU WHAT IT

DOES, MARK, IT BREAKS MY HEART.

[LAUGHTER]

WELL, MARK, I SEE YOU ALSO MADE

YOUR OWN GUITAR OVER THERE.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

I MADE A GUITAR OUT OF A CIGAR

BOX.

AND AN AMPLIFIER OUT OF A CIGAR

BOX, AS WELL.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY

FUN.

I'VE NEVER REALLY BEEN GOOD AT

PLAYING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

SO THIS IS A THREE-STRINGED

INSTRUMENT.

IT'S EASIER TO PLAY, AND IT'S

FUN TO FULLY UNDERSTAND AN

INSTRUMENT AND, YOU KNOW, I

THINK IT SOUNDS PRETTY GOOD FOR

ABOUT $15 WORTH OF PARTS.

♪♪

KEEP IT GOING.

>> STEPHEN: WELL, MY GUEST

TONIGHT IS MARK FRAUENFELDER.

HIS BOOK IS MADE BY HAND.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

PLAY US OUT ON THE BLUES.

♪♪

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]