The most passive aggressive machine you'll see today

Meet the lego device that has to have the last word.

Jason Allemann, who has previously treated the internet to such lego-related delights as his Steampunk Walking Ship and the Rolling Ball Clock, is back with a new bit of mechanical wizardry.

This time, it's a sinister-looking black box with a red switch protruding from it. It looks very innocent, until you try and turn the switch off. Take a look:

As Jason has explained on YouTube, the machine has got six different responses for turning the switch off, as well as two evasive manoeuvres to prevent it being turned on in the first place. Cunning, eh? If you want to try your hand at beating it, he's even posted the instructions on how to make your own machine on his website.

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.