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Rube Goldberg and his machines rock geek style

What do you get when you mix indie rock music, brains, and Rube Goldberg in a video? You get some pure geek fun that's what.

I don't follow many people on Twitter because the last thing I need in my life is more information overload. However, I do follow Felicia Day, writer, producer, and star of the award-winning Web series, The Guild. One of the main reasons I follow Felicia, besides the fact that following her on Twitter gives me the hubris to think I can call her by her first name as if we are friends, is that she finds such interesting things on the Internet.

This morning Felicia sent a link to a music video by an indie band I had not heard of called OK Go. The video featured a fantastic Rube Goldberg machine. For the non-geek that may wander by this blog and not know the meaning of that term, Wikipedia has a good definition of a Rube Goldberg machine:

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.

The machine in the video was built by members of OK Go and Synlabs in a warehouse in Los Angeles. There are also four videos about the making of the machine on the YouTube channel associated with the band. (By the way, the tune is kind of catchy too.)

I am not sure how many times they had to run the machine to get the video, but some of pieces are "altered" during the run so I can't imagine they wanted to run it very often.

I have always been a big fan of Rube Goldberg machines (the videos found in the search are darn cool) and whenever I see one I invariably think of Warner Brothers Classic Cartoons and the old Mousetrap Game. Have you ever made one of these machines? Tell us about it.

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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