Alright folks, don’t ask me where this idea came from. I’m sleep deprived and going through a bit of life changes so my mind is working in funny ways but I thought it might be interesting to see what kind of lunacy we might come up with if we decided to build a Rube Goldberg machine.
For those who don’t know what a Rube Goldberg Machine, Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist that did a series of comics of machines to do very routine things in the most ludicrous ways. Usually involving boots on sticks, balls, lights, scaring birds and various other totally zany innovations. There are even modern day Rube Goldberg competitions. Teams are given a task and are judged on style, complexity and whether or not their machine actually works.
So we’re a bunch of smart people aren’t we? In fact, perhaps the greatest think tank ever assembled? I’d say so. Bias be damned.
How this is going to work - We need to count steps, without repeating ourselves, and eventually reach an endpoint. So the format will be as follows:
[Step Number]: [describe the step]
Ex: “23: Boot kicks over a…”
I’ll leave it up to someone else to decide when we hit the end of this machine and note the final step which will trigger the final step. And when we finish this one, we figure out a new end step and go at it again! Repeats are allowed between machines.
Now, I’ve seen machines to sharpen a pencil, turn a light switch and various other mundane actions. Well, I’m sitting here on the couch and I am a bit warm, so I’d like to turn down the heater, but I’ll be damned if I want to get up off my lazy ass and turn it down myself. (Hint: This is the end step)
1: So I’ve got this bowling ball on a ramp and I decide to give it a nudge to put this machine in motion. The ball goes rolling down at the end of the ramp it pushes a…