Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Things I Think About When I'm Not Blogging
During my days away from the computer, I happened to catch the first scene of Peewee's Big Adventure (one of my favorite movies), which features a remarkable example of what's known as a Rube Goldberg machine.
Though Rube Goldberg was a famous cartoonist during his lifetime, these days he's best known for introducing the style of contraption that now bears his name. According to Webster's dictionary, a Rube Goldberg machine is one designed to "accomplish by extremely complex and roundabout means what actually or seemingly could be done simply." Sounds complicated--and they are--but they sure are entertaining to watch. (See below.)
Devotees of Rube Goldberg machines include Wallace (of Wallace and Grommit fame), Wile E. Coyote, Caractacus Potts, and that kid from Home Alone.