Longtime readers of our blog will hopefully remember an earlier post collecting Rube-Goldberg devices. But today, we think it's time to revisit that premise, especially since we seem to be in a big month for inefficient machines. The video that hooked our interest is below, a Lego machine designed to move tiny Lego-sized balls across the room to… well, we don't want to spoil the ending. Enjoy it yourself.
We found that one at CBS News and we're pretty impressed. But maybe you're a Rube Goldberg purist, and you think the motors and robots made things too easy. Well, fine then, Emperor Snobbypants. Here's a photo booth made from household objects, just for you. And a camera. You do have a camera in your household, right? How can you judge people if you don't even have a camera?
If there's one thing this month is proving, it's that people sure aren't lazy. Maybe they don't like pre-set rules or guidelines, but you can't make a Rube Goldberg device if you're afraid of hard work. It doesn't matter if it's the great outdoors inside at the computer, someone willing to put in the time and effort will always excel at doing a thing as inefficiently as possible.
So now, what does all this mean? Did OK Go start a new movement among America's Youth? Or is this sudden flurry of Rube Goldbergs just a passing fad, maybe a way of warming up for Portal 2 release? None of us can can say for sure, possibly because we're all at home playing Portal 2 and can't be bothered. But if you know of any Rube-Goldberg device we haven't seen yet, post it in the comments! Ideally, by controlling your mouse with a series of pulleys tied to dogs, or maybe a bowling ball in a wicker basket. You gotta keep it real.