Rube Goldberg Machines August 15, 2006Posted by fukumimi in general, technology.
I do not condone copyright infringement, and that is a big problem I have with the likes of YouTube, who to gain critical mass inevitably have to turn a blind eye to infringement. Of course it would be less of a problem if traditional media outlets got with the programme and understood (or at least experimented in order to try to understand) how to leverage microchunking and distribution of content in a way that reflects positively on their bottom line.
But for an engineering type like me (a kind way of saying techie nerd), the clip below is just irresistable, and I have to spread my enthusiasm. The linked clip is of a compilation of various Rube Goldberg machines which were created by Keio University professor Masahiko Sato, who is a famous advertising movie planner/director and also happens to be the creator of the brilliant game I.Q.(and its sequels). He created the machines as part of his involvement with NHK Education channel’s Pythagoraswitch, a children’s education programme.
Of course, the ultimate in Rube Goldberg machines must be the one featured in the award winning ad for Honda, called “Cog“, a two minute long, single shot effort, which took over 600 takes to get perfectly right.