Rube's Brood Blooms Bigger And Bigger

After our post on Mr. Goldberg's Inflating Influence, Colin Summers (thanks Colin!) wrote in and hipped us to this great list of fifteen (yes, FIFTEEN!) top Rolling Ball Sculptures.  Now you know you can't go out and play: you've got to sit in front of this screen all day!  Don't do that, just rejoice in knowing that this world has so many wonders to watch and witness.

Here's one from the list to get you going (but then go out and play!):

It gives me a reason to get my teeth looked at. This sculpture is on display at Columbia Basin Pediatric Dentistry in Kennewick, WA.

Rube Goldberg's Brood Grows

Alright already.  So the brood before was a few bricks short of a load.  We know we needed more.  We had them in The Bowl but we weren't letting them out.  

Somehow it seems that the folks who always trying to sell you something (in this case, sell you parents something) think that wonderfully complicated contraptions sell beer.  We don't see the connection, but we are glad they do, as we love these spots.  So much work went into getting them right, right?
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We particularly like when the complicated domino machine involves people, like here:
But just because you've seen these ads, don't go reaching for the grown-ups' drinks, or else we will have to censor ourselves!

A Brood of Rube Goldberg's Spawns!

Okay, okay.  So what if we like following how balls knock things down? We like other things too.  Like how dominoes knock things down.  And we really like how dominoes knock each other over and make all the pool balls go in the pockets (please pardon the intro...)

But for a particularly glorious contraption, please check out this site here.  I hope one day to walk into someone's apartment and to see such a labor of love in action.

Complicated Is Better: Rube Goldberg


Over at BOWL OF NOSES, I am posting a series of Rube Goldberg "inventions" and the various things he has inspired.  I think Rube's collection "INVENTIONS!" needs to be Required Reading at every grade level.

With our economy in collapse, and the U.S. becoming a country of debtors and indentured servants, Rube points out why we should all start visiting the tailor.
His contraption for avoiding bill collectors is pure genius:  
As Tailor (A) fits customer (B) and calls out measurements, college boy (C) mistakes them for football signals and makes a flying tackle at clothing dummy (D). Dummy bumps head against paddle (E) causing it to pull hook (F) and throw bottle (G) on end of folding hat rack (H) which spreads and pushes head of cabbage (I) into net (J). Weight of cabbage pulls cord (K) causing shears (L) to cut string (M). Bag of sand (N) drops on scale (O) and pushes broom (P) against pail of whitewash (Q) which upsets all over you causing you to look like a marble statue and making it impossible for you to be recognized by bill collectors. Don't worry about posing as any particular historical statue because bill collectors don't know much about art.

Whenever I am in a "story" or edit meeting on a movie and the executive is demanding we remove "layers" or subtly, I know we need more Rube in the world.  And whenever anyone breaks the world down to good vs. evil or some other simple black and white equation, I think of all the invisible Goldberg layers that I know are the truth.
The official Rube Goldberg site has many other great solutions in their art gallery.