‘Rube Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complex gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. Now known as Rube Goldberg machines, these contraptions, devices, or apparatuses are deliberately over-engineered or overdone machines that use an elaborate set of arms, wheels, gears, handles, cups and rods, put in motion by balls, canary cages, pails, boots, bathtubs, paddles and live animals to perform a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction.
‘For 55 years Goldberg’s Pulitzer Prize winning cartoon drawings of complicated machines and gadgets satirized government policies, which he saw as excessive. His cartoons combined simple machines and common household items to create complex wacky and diabolically logical machines that accomplished mundane and trivial tasks. Rube Goldberg is the only proper name included in Webster’s Dictionary as an adjective, referring to “accomplishing by extremely complex, roundabout means what seemingly could be done simply.”‘ — rube machine.com
The Official Rube Goldberg Website
Mouse Trap Contraptions
Mouse Trap @ Hasbro
Peter Fischli David Weiss
The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
High School Rube Goldberg Science Class Contest
‘Tower’ @ LoveJordan
‘Mouse Trap is a board game first published by Ideal in 1963 for two or more players. Over the course of the game, players at first cooperate to build a working Rube Goldberg-like mouse trap. Once the mouse trap has been built, players turn against each other, attempting to trap opponents’ mouse-shaped game pieces. Each player is represented by a mouse-shaped game piece which travels along a non-continuous, roughly square-shaped path around the game board from the start to a continuous loop at the end. The object of the game is to trap all of one’s opponent’s mice using the game’s Rube Goldberg-style mouse trap. The trap begins with a crank which turns a set of gears. This begins a series of stages which ends in a cage being lowered over the “cheese wheel” space on the board, which is one of six spaces in the ending loop of the game path.’ — BoardGameGeek
The Westing Estate
The 2011 National Collegiate Rube Goldberg Machine Contest winner the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The task of their machine is to water a plant. The UW-Stout team’s machine entitled “The Westing Estate” takes 135 steps to complete this task and includes a church, mine shaft, gazebo, gardens, water pump and water wheel, two catapults and about two dozen steel ball tracks.
Peter Fischli & David Weiss Der Lauf der Dinge
‘Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go) is a 1987 art film by the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss. It documents a long causal chain assembled of everyday objects, resembling a Rube Goldberg machine. The machine is in a warehouse, about 100 feet long, and incorporates materials such as tires, trash bags, ladders, soap, oil drums, and gasoline. Fire and pyrotechnics are used as chemical triggers. The film is nearly 29 minutes, 45 seconds long, but some of that is waiting for something to burn, or slowly slide down a ramp.’ — Icarus Films
The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
‘The Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, held annually at Purdue University in Indiana and organized by the Phi Chapter of Theta Tau, a national engineering fraternity, bring Goldberg’s cartoons to life as a way of helping students transcend traditional ways of looking at problems, taking them into the intuitive chaotic realm of imagination. The resulting inventions are collections of bits and pieces, parts of now useless machines, cobbled together to achieve an innovative imaginative, yet somehow logical contraption to meet the annual contest challenge. Previous challenges have included dispensing an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer, watering a plant, replacing an incandescent light bulb with a more energy efficient design, assembling a hamburger, juicing an orange shredding 5 sheets of paper one-by-one, casting a ballot, peeling an apple, and putting a stamp on an envelope.’ — rubemachine.com
School Science Projects
‘seekmariaXD Thanks to your video im doing an amazing 5th grade project I tweeked some things to suit me and changed it up a little butthanks to you I actually have a base on what to start with. superman3343 That sounds great 😀 u should send me a vid when its done daveedwards3324234 This is pointless. There’s supposed to be something cool that happens at the end of it. I built a machine in 6th grade that lit small fires at various points around a certain area, each of which cooked a different meal, and one of which began a process of roasting a chicken. And in the end we all sat down and ate the shit like men, with our hands. Ha! I muse at your small minded experiment. superman3343 Do you feel proud of yourself? 😀 halfbuc you are awesome (not) MadameSponge Guys leave him alone. Hes a kid, calm down. geez. tommy560987 hello my name is fucky Mc fuckerstun superman3343 whatever. I don’t need to take this from some 8 year old on the internet.’ — youtube
‘Domino Day was a world record attempt for the highest number of toppling domino stones, organized from 1998-2009 by Endemol Netherlands. Together with Weijers Domino Productions of Robin Paul Weijers, also known as Mr. Domino, parties teamed up to set a new world record. The production was mainly organized at the WTC-Expo in Leeuwarden, Netherlands and broadcast live on television across Europe. The current and standing world record of 4,491,863 toppled dominoes was set by a group of German dominoes enthusiasts at the final Domino Day in 2009. At the height of Domino Day’s popularity in 2002, the television broadcast attracted over 41 million viewers.’ — DominoFans.com
Over FOUR Million Dominoes – It’s A New World Record
New record – 4.345.027 dominoes!
New World Record… 4.491.863!
‘This is Clockwork, my fifth major K’nex ball machine, and my largest and most complex K’nex structure to date. It took 8 months to build in my bedroom, has over 40,000 pieces, over 450 feet of track, 21 different paths, 8 motors, 5 lifts, and a one-of-a-kind computer-controlled crane, as well as two computer-controlled illuminated K’nex balls.’ — Austin Granger
Rowland Emett’s Dream Machines
‘Rowland Emett was an English cartoonist and constructor of whimsical kinetic sculpture. Much of his career was spent designing and supervising the building of what he called his “things” – always with silly names such as The Featherstone-Kite Openwork Basketweave Mark Two Gentleman’s Flying Machine, two copies of which exist. In the mid-1960s he was commissioned by Honeywell to create a mechanical computer, which he named The Forget-Me-Not Computer. In 1968 he designed the elaborate inventions of Caractacus Potts (played by Dick Van Dyke) for the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In 1973 his water powered musical clock, The Aqua Horological Tintinnabulator, was installed on the lower floor of the Victoria Centre, Nottingham, UK. His larger works, such as Emettland, went on extended tours, ending up in prestigious venues such as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.’ — mech.mcmaster
Dorm Room Goldberg Machine
‘In 2004, four graduate students in Manufacturing Engineering at St Johns College got together and created a Rube Goldberg machine made out of stuff that was lying around their dorm rooms.’ — hacknmod.com
‘”Tower” is an eleborate mess of 66 tracks for marbles to run down, towering at 62inch’s. It was made by Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan. It has taken over 4000 wooden popsicle sticks and around 6 months (on and off). Statistics: No. of Tracks: 66 (Estimate). No. of Popsicle Sticks: 4227. No. of Exits: 11. No. of Entrances: 121. Base Measurements: 48 x 40 cm. Height: 62 inches. Number of Glue sticks used: 49. Amount of Tooth picks 910. This piece has now been destroyed.’ — LoveJordan
The 2011 Purdue University Rube Goldberg machine shattered the world record for most steps ever successfully completed by such a machine. In 244 steps the “Time Machine” traces the history of the world from Big Bang to the Apocalypse before accomplishing the assigned everyday task of watering a flower. The record has been sanctioned by the Guinness Book of World Records and the World Records Academy.
World’s Slowest Rube Goldberg Machine
It has so far taken him three years and consumed almost his entire garage, but Ben Tardif has not yet finished his unbelievably intricate marble machine. A video shows his incredible hand-made contraption in action after years of painstaking work from the Californian builder. In the video, uploaded to YouTube by Ben on March 31, hundreds of silver marbles are hoisted up to the top of the mountain by a giant winch. In total 25 sections slot together to form a one-of-a-kind sculpture where every element is themed along its creator’s life. The marbles race along the course, fly over ski jumps, rocket round a rollercoaster, cross over a tiny rope bridge and trickle through a giant castle. Everything is custom-made and built almost entirely from wood, and Ben had to move his creation to a small warehouse after it got too big for his apartment after a year-and-a-half.
Rube Goldberg machines by DoodleChaos
‘Hey everybody! I make rube goldbergs, chain reactions, and a bunch of crazy stuff. Tell me what you think! I believe that short complicated rube goldbergs can be more entertaining then long boring ones.’ — DoodleChaos
‘The Easy Life’
Pong Trick Shots
p.s. Hey. ** Chris dankland, Hi, Chris. Thanks, buddy. There’s a new Vollman? And it’s one of the Dream novels? How did I miss that. I haven’t read him in ages. That sounds really good. Wow, it’s long, okay. Gulp. I’ll get that. Thank you. Yeah, how did Wolfman Jack not get into that post, weird? I made it so long ago that I don’t remember what I was thinking. I’m not interested in Lynch’s visual art at all. Well, some of the animations are cool, but I think his paintings are just kind of clunky and terrible. But people like them. But I don’t think they would like them if they weren’t made by him. I know he’s obviously serious about his art, and that’s all that matters, but they do seem to me more like their value is in being Lynch souvenirs or something. But I don’t know. How’s your stuff going? ** Armando, Oh, cool, we agree, nice. Werewolves seem like they get the short end of the stick when it comes to human transformer monsters. Always the bride’s maids, or whatever they say. Contempt can definitely turn writing into a castle, it’s true. I hope yours did or is. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Thank you so much! Yeah, there’s a lot left to do, but it feels great to have the final film laid out. You did seem like you were going to have a busy weekend, and it was? Weddings are strange. Nice, though, I guess. I always find them strange, but then I don’t have any feelings about marriage. I mean I guess it’s nice for the wedded people, obviously. And did you have a blast with Anita? The rehearsals in Grenoble went very well. The dance piece got to a higher level. It was pretty rewarding, so, yeah, victory. What’s up with you? ** B, Hi, Bear. Good to see you! Thanks about finishing the edit. It feels really good, and Zac and very proud of the film and can’t wait until it’s ready to be seen. I love the high desert in California so much. It’s one of the very biggest things I miss about my home away from home. I’m good. Well, we have to do some film stuff this week like gather and arrange the credits, start working on the English subtitles, and then we start color grading the film next Monday, so it’s only sort of a break, I guess. And you? What’s your latest? ** Wolf, Wolf! Restoring that made me think about you so hard, and not just for the obvious wolf-wolf reasons. Hey, pal!!!! I’m good, very good. No, I haven’t been to Chateau La Coste. I’ve wanted to. They have a Tracey Emin show there? Weird. Yeah, July 11th is the supposed answer date for the TV series, but we’ve been waiting for a year, so I’m not counting the chickens and all that, or trying not to. Grenoble was nice. I liked it pretty okay. I liked having mountains all around. It reminded me of Colorado, the US state. We had an awful heatwave here, and I think you guys had the same one, but it’s been kind of cool and great since then so far. Yes, I think I will be here all summer ‘cos we’ll be working on the film. Well, not in August, but Gisele wants me here then for some dance rehearsals, so … yes! Come, please come! You really should come! Please come! So, so, so sweet to see you!!!! ** David Ehrenstein, Yeah, how did Warren Zevon not end up in that post? I must have been feeling very idiosyncratic and picky or something when I made it. ** Steevee, Hi. I know, it’s interesting. I feel like zombies have been completely disempowered by over-saturation recently. You can’t worry or do anything about inattentive audiences. I mean, it’s their loss. In the ‘Frisk’ days, yeah, the extreme reaction from some quarters did freak me out. It was new. I didn’t really have the ‘evil, amoral, etc.’ reputation until that book came out. I guess it just made me think a lot about what I was doing and what its effects were, which was valuable to my work and to my thinking about what kind of writer I am or want to be. By the time ‘The Sluts’ came out, there wasn’t a reaction like that. I don’t remember there being attacks or outrage or anything. In fact, that novel won the Lambda Literary Prize, which still seems completely bizarre to me. People knew my reputation by then, and people who didn’t think they would want the experience that they assumed my work would give them just stayed away. But early on, yeah, that clueless, knee-jerk moralism and gay protectionist stuff weirded me out. Well, hm, re: the friend you had the uncomfortable meeting with. Maybe she feels similarly about you after that, and you’ll both feel like sticking to emails? I don’t know. I would just be totally straightforward with her about all of that, I guess. ** Misanthrope, Thanks, G. Made it in safely, made it out safely. Super confusing: this diagnosis thing. Yeah, I mean just please do what you can to get to whatever the truth of the situation is. Very disconcerting. ** Statictick, I think I have a YO in here somewhere that I can give back to you. Hold on, let me check. Yep, here it is: YO! When I was growing up, one of my good friends was the grandson of Lon Chaney Jr. who played The Wolfman in those famous movies, and I talked to LCJ a few times, and I think that made me more interested in werewolves and stuff than I might have been. Not that I’m all that interested in them at this point. I’m glad your dude was okay with ‘Guide’. Nice, very interesting, well-scribed comment, man. ** Nick Toti, Hi, Nick. Excellent, thank you for the addition. Those covers/ designs are crazy, I kind of like them. Did she write those books with any seriousness, or were they just assignments, or something in between? Everyone, Excellent Nick Toti has an add for the Werewolf Day should you be so inclined. Here he is: ‘I have an additional contribution to the “werewolf porn” section on today’s post. Some years ago, my wife was employed at an erotic ebook company where she wrote a number of werewolf porn books. Apparently the trends in women’s erotica closely mimic those of young adult lit and these were written to piggyback off the then-current popularity of Twilight. Also, apparently there’s a big market for gay erotica among middle-aged women, so she spent a good year writing about gay werewolves for the titillation of straight (presumably non-werewolf) women. Who knows? Those books are still available through amazon, should anyone be interested in falling down that particular rabbit hole‘. ** S., Hello from whatever Grenoble residue is still on my person. Yeah, I just told someone up above that I talked to Cheney a few times. He lived in the neighborhood where I grew up. He was kind of spooky even out of costume. Bowie? Hm, I don’t know. ** Sypha, Hi, James! Welcome back! Except for, like, ‘Buffy’ and Herzog’s ‘Nosferatu’ and, hm, ‘Warhol’s Dracula’ and a few other things, vampires have never interested me much at all. I think they’re too suave and caddish or something. Werewolves seem more like dorks. I think I like dorks better. Tons of great things get lukewarm reviews in the moment. I don’t think you missed anything good around here that isn’t frozen in place and easily retrievable. ** _Black_Acrylic, Congratulations! I’ve heard good things about ‘Baby Driver’. As you probably know, it’s by Edgar Wright, the cult film director (‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’, etc.) His movies are usually worth seeing because he has a unique directorial thing that’s kind of fun. ** Jamie, Hi, man. I did manage to see it just before I sent this thing world-ward. Oh, Jesus, no wifi for that long? That’s horrifying. Maybe you can steal a neighbor’s. Or just use your phone’s signal? Man, sucks. I hope you can sort some internet out somehow just for selfish reasons alone. HugeMHZ love, Dennis. ** Okay. Another restoration (albeit newly/slightly expanded) for you today. You’ll probably get restorations off and on for the next bit because this is where my busyness caught up with my post-making abilities. Anyway, see you tomorrow.