By David Pescovitz at 9:09 am Wed, Jun 9, 2010
“I mean a strong Tolkien elf.”
Definitely Mirkwood. And good job man.
“….play us out on the blues!” on a DIY cigar box guitar and amp.
I wonder, did Colbert get to keep the “all knowing Twitter orb”? Will we see it on the back shelves in the interview area?
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Ah, thanks Angstrom. I appreciate that.
I really thought it was hilarious when Colbert asked Mark if he was an elf. It just goes to show though, how people view those who take initiative to create something from nothing.
Well it definitely reveals a bias against elves too.
Nice job Mark! This clipped had so many things that I love in the world.
The useless machine cracked me up!
I’m curious about Mark’s ethnicity. His name isn’t Italian but his hands are Italian.
Nice work. I’ve often thought about what a tough gig it must be, going on that show. That was full of enjoyableness, with no nasty cringiness at all.
You rocked, Mark! That was a great segment.
I’m always amazed at how many people going onto Colbert’s show and get flustered when he asks idiotic questions. You weren’t one of those people.
That was a cool piece, and I think you must admit a part of you is elven. Maybe more Mirkwood elf than Rivendell elf.
awesome interview. congratulations.
the world needs more elves like you!
Nailed it! Way to go, Mark!
Wow, that went better than I expected. Good job Mark.
WOW! How cool is that?!!!
Mark, you are my maker hero.
Can’t wait to get the book.
Yes, that was great– nicely done, very fun! Showing the Twitter tracker LED listening for “Colbert” etc. was a great idea!
Colbert knows how to get good television, either by working with or against his guests.
It’s a credit to Mark that he was able to give Stephen a vibe that let him be friendly and non-condescending, but still have an entertaining few minutes.
Agreed! Mark did a great job, and I’m relieved that Stephen didn’t do a hatchet job on him :)
Those interested in a Twitter display that not only lights up based on keywords but also shows the tweets on an LCD should check out LexIrie – a product I designed about a year ago. All the documentation and source code needed to build one is at:
I want to see a take off on The Natural where the hero carves a spoon and ladle from a tree felled by lightening and goes on to become a champion soup maker.
Thanks everyone! Stephen loved the most useless machine ever (we are running instructions on how to make one of your own in Make Vol 23). He ran around the set showing it to the crew and laughing.
I thought he appeared a little nervous or frazzled at the beginning, but definitely became one of Colbert’s better guests by the end. (maybe he was just antsy to show the stuff he brought?)
However, I just can’t believe he didn’t respond to Colbert’s “You know I just won that argument” with “you certainly MADE the better argument!”
Fantsatic interview, Mark. Well played!
very funny stuff! i couldn’t believe the sound on the amped cigar guitar. nicely done my man!
This’ll probably be my favorite Colbert interview for a looong time.
Way to go, Mark, that was so fantastic!!!!
That was great! Mark, awesome job there handling Colbert’s wild interview style.
Mark was on Colbert Report a few years ago wasn’t he?
Twitter tracker LED project plans please!
Great segment! Your hair looked awesome!
I was going to wait and watch the full episode tonight, but after discovering the web filter wasn’t preventing me from watching the clip I didn’t want to wait.
Great stuff! I loved the way Colbert let Mark play them off.
Mark should be a regular, showing off a crop of gadgets every few months.
Great job, Mark! You were much more at ease than the first time. Next time you do it, you’ll wipe the floor with that conservative true-believer!
Are you an elf?
Fantastic segment Mark. I really like the spoons from your tree branch example, though I wonder how appealing the chickens and honey examples are to the viewing public. The stink and sting are not great buzzwords. :)
BTW, the guitar is awesome.
Awesome job Mark! I’m going to make a run to the bookstore now…
I really enjoyed your interview, Mark. Hope you’ll be on the Report again!
Wonderful and inspirational! Want to make a flute.
toe to toe, three hit combination with a knockout. good to see.
I actually cheered at the end.
Did you practice with a Colbert proxy?
johnnyuber, here’s a link to the Twitter tracker: http://www.thingm.com/products/tweetm/. My company put it together for Mark and we’ll have full instructions up soon. For now, you can preorder the kit for making it.
thank you… fantastic company!
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