Category: Museum of Gadgets

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 13: The E-Meter (Season Finale)

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 13: The E-Meter (Season Finale)

    Dates: 1954-present Description: A device for measuring electric charge on skin Significant Figures: Volney Mathison and L. Ron Hubbard Our first entry in this series was the sometimes genre author Vox Day (see exhibit 1), for this end-of-season-finale it is time to meet Dex Volney. A radio and electronics enthusiast, Volney Mathison adopted the nom-de-plume […]

  • The M of (left wing?)G&SD Exhibit 12: The Orgone Accumulator

    The M of (left wing?)G&SD Exhibit 12: The Orgone Accumulator

    Dates: 1940-1957 Description: A box for accumulating your orgone energy Significant Figure: Wilhelm Reich In the introduction to this series, I gave a set of criteria for exhibits to be included in the museum. I also cited that I would make exemptions on each of them. So, for example, we’ve had intangible inventions such as […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 11: EMAIL

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 11: EMAIL

    Dates: 1978 – unknown Description: A computer based message system using the conventions of written memos Significant Figure: V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai “Wait, wait…hold on,” I hear you say, “email isn’t a gadget and it was invented before 1978! If you are going to go off on the links between the military and the internet, at […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 10: The Freedom Phone

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 10: The Freedom Phone

    Dates: 2021-present Description: A rebranded off-the-shelf smartphone Significant Figure: Erik Finman The Right-Wing connection: We will start right here. In July 2021, crypto-currency millionaire Erik Finman announced the Freedom Phone on Twitter. “Today I’m announcing the Freedom Phone. This is the first major pushback on the Big Tech companies that attacked us – for just […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 9: The Not A Flamethrower

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 9: The Not A Flamethrower

    Dates: 2018 but can still be bought secondhand Description: A propane fueled torch in a rifle-style frame Significant Figure: Elon Musk Our earlier exhibit of the ballbarrow is part of the museum’s wealthy inventor wing. The fabulously rich inventor is a stock character that exists in a liminal space between reality and fiction. Aviator Howard […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 8: The Best Clock in the Universe (allegedly)

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 8: The Best Clock in the Universe (allegedly)

    Dates: 2010 onwards Description: Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator aka the Sapphire Clock – a device for ultra precise timekeeping Significant Figure: Dr John Hartnett A cylinder of sapphire is cooled to a point where it is just a few degrees above absolute zero. It’s then hit with microwaves that resonate around the surface of the crystal, […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 7: The Ball Barrow

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 7: The Ball Barrow

    Dates: 1974 to unspecified… Description: A wheelbarrow but with a big orange ball instead of a wheel Significant Figures: James Dyson These bright orange garden tools were once a common sight in British gardens. The design changes were more than just a plastic ball for a wheel but also broad back feet that were an […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 6: The QUX® box

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 6: The QUX® box

    Dates: 2021 to Present Description: Possibily a rebranded Linux media player Significant Figures: Millie Weaver and Gavin Wince [content warning for sexual and rape references] The Right-Wing connection: Normal exhibits start with an introduction to the actual gadget (or sundry other device or enormous aeroplane). However, with the QUX® aka the Quantum User Experience, the […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 5: The Transistor

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 5: The Transistor

    Dates: 1948 to Present Description: A really small doohickey Significant Figure: William Shockley Once upon a time, there was the thermionic triode — a chunky, glowing thing of metal and glass with three electrodes. Three was the important thing because it meant the world had a piece of electronics that could take in two electronic […]

  • The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 4: The Bristol Brabazon

    The M of RWG&SD Exhibit 4: The Bristol Brabazon

    Dates: 1949 to 1953 Description: A really big passenger plane Significant Figure: 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara The governing board of the museum had strong objections to including the Bristol Brabazon in the museum. Firstly, it can’t reasonably be called a gadget and secondly, it isn’t particularly right-wing (it literally has both a left and […]

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