Monday, May 31, 2010

Rube Goldberg Machines

Rube Goldberg was a Jewish American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for a series of cartoons which show machines performing simple tasks in complex and convoluted ways. These are known as Rube Goldberg machines. There was an ad for a car a couple of years ago which used one, the game Mousetrap must be all Rube Goldberg machine (!) and here is a video a friend pointed me to recently.

There are so many things which are amazing about this - the machine itself, how it seems to be in time with the music, the camera work, how the band members get about without being seen...

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