This is an interview I taped waaaaay back in 2007 with danah:
Teapots & 3D
The Teapot as the basis of "hello world" in 3D comes from the Utah Teapot:
I met Martin Newell (when we were at Adobe) and talked about Australia. I was like a total fanboy in his presence!
Loved the singular host .. Dan & all his friends <grin/>