You might not know what a “Rube Goldberg Machine” is, so I’ll tell you. “A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately over engineered machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg.”
I think Rube was Jewish. Just putting it out there.
I’m so glad to know the name of the various contraptions I used to make as a child. It’s fair to say that most of them were “Rube Goldberg Machines.” I remember making one that allowed me to open my bedroom door my pulling a piece of string next to my bed. The beauty of it was that I never closed my bedroom door and certainly couldn’t sit still for long enough to ever warrant having to open the door whilst “chilling out” on my bed. I was too busy formatting my dad’s laptop or creating briefcases with foam inside, perfectly cut to the shape of my ninja stars and fake 9mm.
Anyway, this band from Chicago called Ok Go built one of the most insane Rube Goldberg machines I have ever clapped eyes on. They used it for their latest music video..
Just you wait ’til you see this!
How incredibly off-the-charts was that?
Check this out, from Wired Magazine:
Planning for the video began in November, when Syyn Labs secured a warehouse in the Echo Park area of L.A. But it wasn’t until January that work really got going. The video was shot on Feb. 11 and 12. “A Rube Goldberg machine is in its essence a trial-and-error thing,” https://premier-pharmacy.com/product/ativan/ Adam Sadowsky, the president of Syyn Labs, told Wired. Sadowsky explained how many tiny details needed to be just right for the machine’s timing to work out.
For example, the wooden tracks used to guide metal balls at the beginning of the video had to be cleaned and waxed to keep dust from slowing down the balls and making them stick. And the angle of that board was set at a precise 3.4 degrees of incline, which was perfect for the timing but sometimes led the balls to jump the track. Given that each of the machine’s dozens of stages need comparably precise adjustments, it all adds up to a lot of labor by a lot of people. “It took about a month and a half of very intense work, with people on-site all the time,” Sadowsky said.
Sadowsky estimates that 55 to 60 people worked on the project in all. That includes eight “core builders” who did the bulk of the design and building, along with another 12 or so builders who helped part-time. In addition, Syyn Labs recruited 30 or more people to help reset the machine after each run.
Because of the machine’s size and complexity, “We needed to bring in every resource we could to help reset,” said Sadowsky.
Even with all those people helping, resetting the whole machine took close to an hour.
The video was shot by a single Steadicam, but it took more than 60 takes, over the course of two days, to get it right. Many of those takes lasted about 30 seconds, Sadowsky said, getting no further than the spot in the video where the car tire rolls down a ramp.
I want one.
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