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24 dilatory machines and their time-efficient namesake *

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The starter

‘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
Domino Day
Rowland Emett
‘Tower’ @ LoveJordan

 

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Mouse Trap

‘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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Domino Day

‘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!

 

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Clockwork
‘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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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Tower

‘”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

 

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Time Machine
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.

 

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World’s Slowest Rube Goldberg Machine

 

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Marble Mountain
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.

 

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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


‘Piano’


‘The Easy Life’


Pong Trick Shots

 

 

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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.


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15 Comments

  1. Hi!

    I’m sure it really is an awesome feeling! I’m so excited to finally see the finished piece!
    The wedding was nice. Not exactly the church part but everything after that. I’m not really into weddings or the whole idea of marriage either but they were truly happy and so it was great. And oh yes, I had such a fantastic time with Anita yesterday! It was so good to see her!
    I’m glad the rehearsals went so well!! Congrats!
    I’m good, thank you. A guy I worked together with last summer made a photo series related to his female to male transition and he invited me to the opening of his exhibition which is going to be tonight. I’m pretty curious.
    How was the day on your end? I hope everything’s lovely!

  2. chris dankland

    July 3, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    my ebook is going beautifully so far, I’m really happy with it !! it’s much darker and weirder than other things I’ve released, and I’m glad that (to me, at least) it’s different than most things I read. reading all that medieval literature was really good for me.

    right now i’m finishing up my revisions to the ebook, but I want to put it away and start writing my next ebook for a couple weeks, so that when I come back to the first one again I can look at it with fresh eyes. then I’ll make one last round of revisions and put it out. there’s no point in releasing something that I’m not 100% excited about.

    for a really long time my paradigm of literary excellence was more perfectionist kind of writers like Joyce and Flaubert who were about creating these rare immaculate diamond polished books, and now I’m much more interested in prolific writers like philip k dick and cesar aira and faulkner who are sometimes kind of messy and uneven, but energetic and surprising. like the GBV model, or ariel pink’s early tapes, or my hero Lil B. do u have any really prolific writers that u admire, off the top of yr head?

    I’ve got a million story ideas and for the next 2-4 years I’m just focused on getting them all down and crafting them into shapes that I feel excited by. I want to put out like 10 short books a year, which is…like, I don’t know if I can actually jump quite that high, but that’s where all my ambition is right now. I’m not a pothead anymore and I know that I can do it if I go full Saint Anthony in a cave and single-mindedly focus.

    how is your book going? do u think the rest of this year is pretty much already filled up with other projects, or do u see a span of free time up ahead where u might work on it some more? I guess a lot depends on the tv show.

    I was wondering — is the movie all in French, or English, or a mixture of both? on set, did most ppl speak English? or was there some translating going on through zac or others? do u ever read books in French?

    ok well thanks for letting me ramble on a bit about writing, I think it’s good for me to do that sometimes b/c it’s like a sort of pep talk.

    hope ur having a good morning !! take care

  3. We had the Mouse Trap game when we were kids but never played it all that often, on the basis that it took too damn long to set up.

    I would say that werewolves are very primal and elemental, in that they’re symbolic representations of “the Beast” taking over the more rational human aspects of our character. Being a control freak myself, you can see why that might not appeal to me as much (though of course, vampires are in thrall to blood and, at times, the mere sight of it can drive them into a frenzy where they lose all decorum).

    As for Maine: not going to lie, I didn’t really have a super great time this year (it probably didn’t help matters that, physically and mentally, I didn’t feel very up to it in the first place, in the weeks leading up to the trip). I mean, I do enjoy spending time with my family and all, but all the same I’m not a rural/outdoorsy person and being out in a cabin in the middle of the woods isn’t my idea of a super fun time (plus, this is the 6th year in a row we’ve done this, so it just felt like more of the same). And as you know, I’m pretty much a homebody. The weather was pretty dreary (almost uniformly cool, cloudy and rainy), and my health was very poor, mainly my stomach/digestion (oddly enough, I didn’t get a single headache while I was up there). Two nights in particular left me feeling deathly ill.

    Despite all that, I was still able to do most of the things I usually do while up there. You pretty much know the routine: mini-golfing, going into town to shop one day, lots of board games played with the family (such as Rack-O, Taboo, Outburst, and the like), Mario Kart DS, jigsaw puzzle assembly, puzzle books, reading (this is the 3rd year in a row I start and finish reading a Denis Johnson book while up there). As usual my brothers and I played a lot of 4 player Pool (with 2 alternating teams of 2), though every now and then one of us would sit out and let our dad play a few games). Of the 42 games we played, I played in 31 of them, and my final record was 20-11, which was, by far, the best record. Weird, huh? The only thing I didn’t get around to doing was writing, possibly because I just didn’t feel up to it.

  4. I could E-mail my friend and say something like “Most of our conversation went great, but I feel like it took a downward turn when we started talking about Young M.A. and never recovered, developing in ways that made me uncomfortable.” It’s possible that we could hash out these issues in a positive way. I think it’s more likely that this would lead to more anger on both of our parts. We have some fundamental differences that are hard to smooth over. I’m well aware of the way movies have contributed to racism, sexism, homophobia and other fucked-up attitudes, reactionary politics and invisibility for minorities and have often criticized this in my reviews over the years, but fundamentally, I love them. At base, she seems to think they’re inherently racist – with exceptions like avant-garde cinema and, of course, African cinema – yet she’s still interested in seeing lots of them. This makes conversation with her extremely difficult. These differences are not at all easy to talk about. Our discussion about music actually started out with jazz and folk music, then turned to hip-hop. I recommended the new album by Vince Staples and praised a number of things about it. She said “if he uses the word bitch, I’m not interested in hearing it,” which is a stance I can understand and respect. But she then directed a tremendous amount of anger at a lesbian rapper she’s never heard and whose lyrics are actually quite benign compared to what 75 % of male rappers have said, even if she too uses the word “bitch.” As a gay man who frequently uses the word “queer,” I’m not going to police women’s reclamation of slurs. These are actually some of the kinds of issues that motivated me to write the script I’m working on, although I was not thinking of her when writing it and don’t plan to add anything inspired by that night to the third draft. I really don’t want to live them out in real life.

  5. Hi Dennis,

    You asked if she wrote the werewolf porn with any level of seriousness and the answer is definitely…sort of. Due to the nature of that industry (quickly produced, disposable, etc.), her books were written very quickly. I think each book took something like a month to write. Rachel (which is her real name–the porn was written under a pen name) is a serious writer but she never writes that fast. So the porn books aren’t exactly up to her own standards, though some of her talent (and some of her weirdness) definitely shines through. The first three books all take place partially in a dreamworld (that was based in a lot of research into the nature and function of dreams) and they involve things like drugs and mental illness. Perhaps unsurprisingly, her books never really caught on with the target audience. Since then, she’s folded her experience as a writer/editor of erotica into a screenplay for a tv pilot that’s really good. She’s had some interest from producers but things have moved very slowly when they move at all. We’ll see!

  6. Yo, Denny Bopper. How’s your day been?
    Today’s post was reminding me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and then I saw the Rowland Emmet part and I knew why. I have vague memories of a TV show when I was a kid where contestants competed to make similar devices, which I loved. And I bloody love domino rallies.
    What are you up to this week? I’m in Newcastle, mostly working on cartoon scripts that may never be used. We’re awaiting a yes or no from some schools in China, which is pretty much going to make or break our project. Quite tense, but ok.
    The wifi thing’s a pure bummer, but we both need it for work, so something will have to be done.
    What else? I’m watching Wimbledon, but I don’t really like tennis so much.
    Hope everything’s well with you, mon ami. Feels good to be back.
    Soporific love,
    Jamie

    _Black_Acrylic, if you’re about – that was the one. Thanks so much for reposting. It’s sooo good.

  7. Haha that Fischli & Weiss piece is so great, the kind of artwork that will delight anyone who sees it. The film was ripped off by a Honda advert but I don’t think they ever took the case to court.

    I’m at DCA tomorrow lunchtime to meet up with a few people, so maybe I’ll see Baby Driver at the afternoon showing.

    I was thinking over what to do my forthcoming freedom from working at the bank. Maybe doing a course in something, I know not what yet, but I should get some careers advice to help figure it out. This redundancy payment could help with funding and I may just finally break free of the call centre ghetto.

  8. Here’s my piece on the Allan Carr doc :The Trouble with Fabulous

  9. Hey Dennis – What a fun day! The Fischli & Weiss video takes the crown for me, but enjoyed the other Rube Goldberg type contraptions as well.

    Glad everything is going so well with the movie, the producer’s enthusiasm, etc. Hope the final phases go smoothly. Anything you can say about the opera project that’s in the works? Did the original musical act come back by any chance?

    Saw the new Sofia Coppola version of ‘The Beguiled’ this weekend. It’s beautifully shot and costumed, but overall it’s a dull dud, flattening out and often subtracting all the ambiguity, complexity, and fever-dream drama of the wonderful original.

    Have you read anything by Javier Cercas? His work looks interesting but I haven’t investigated very far yet.

  10. Dennis, I remember this day. Love these things. So many old shows and movies seemed to utilize them. Now it’s all special effects and whatnot instead of actual machines doing it and watching them go from step to step.

    Thanks for that. Yes, it’ll be taken care of. We Weaklings, we’re a tough breed. 😉 I’ve already made plans to change my diet and supplementation and all that very soon. Probably within a week or so.

    I’m off tomorrow to celebrate Amerikkka. Have fun yourself, whatever you may get up to.

  11. Good to see this golden oldie again, Dennis.

    Yeah I’m also much more a fan of werewolves than vampires. Maybe it’s because you always get to see werewolves changing shape, whereas vampires just “magically” turn into bats, if at all.

    Just saw “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea”. I really enjoyed it, pretty surprised it’s so ridiculous that all the different visual components actually work together.

    Bill

  12. Argh! I haven’t had time to check out those Rube Goldberg machines properly but they all look so cool! I do like me some weirdo machinery working relentlessly towards fuck knows what. Must be symbolic.
    Chateau La Coste actually had a piece in their massive open-air museum by Emin that might be the first piece by her that I liked. Really liked, actually; there was something about the setting and the build (most of those pieces are pretty massive and as much architecture pieces as they are art-art) that somehow voided it of the usual bullshit I find in her stuff. It’s kind of like the landscape and terrain’s constraints are forcing the pieces to be less selfish somehow. An interesting de-bullshittification process that I reckon all artists should go through :-)!
    Right – we’ve got to plan this little Paris thingie then. Will keep you posted on that!

  13. Hello, Dennis. This machinery gets plenty to my goat-thing in a couple
    of ways. First, there was an early ‘best friend’ starting a couple years before high school. He built an elaborate deal in his bedroom, while we both skittered around in tight-witeys ( grade school, so acceptable). He made a four-level complex that filled the walls of his bedroom. Nice. Marbles would just kinda drown down. I was happy to just pick them up and continue the roll.
    I knew nothing about RG anything then.

    Then I saw a Siskel and Ebert film review show. They were debating what were ‘good’ and ‘bad’ horror movies. Ebert, as he would, defended The Last House on the Left as a fine film, particularly because of the way the victimized on top of victimized parents constructed what Ebert called, ‘a sort of Rube Goldbergian maze’ to trap the rapists/killers/whatever they were. That was my first hearing of what anything ‘Rube Golbergian’ even was. I mean, that movie did it for me when the older brother told his younger brother, the junkie, to blow his head off, and he did. I didn’t see much trickery in that, even at a drive-in when I was, shit, maybe 6? (Nice choice mom and dad.) Maybe it’s a trickle-down effect.

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