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To All Humans, Happy Holidays

(YouTube link) Solve Media made a Rube Goldberg contraption to convey their holiday greetings. This one has some really odd components! -via Laughing Squid

The Missing Links: Stupid Uses For the Moon

A Very Useful Machine Is this the best Rube Goldberg machine ever? If you aren’t familiar with them, first check out what they are. Then watch this incredible example in action: * A Very Useless Machine You’ve seen the world’s most useless machine. Now see it turned into a perfect analogy for our political climate. * There Aren’t Many [...]

Human-Powered Freerunning Machine

(YouTube link) Take a Rube Goldberg contraption and replacec some moving parts with free runners. Parkour power! The result is awesome to watch, but you have to wonder if these guys will ever develop a healthy fear of dying. -via The Daily What Geek

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#189 – Week of October 3, 2012 Farthest-Ever View of the Universe (pic) – [wow space] Mind-Boggling Microscopic Photos – [wow photography] What would really happen if the lights went out. – [scary scenario] Theo Jansen, again… a must-see – [wow video] Epic Stalin-Era Russian-American, Love Story (photo) – [biography, transl.] Really Extreme Wood Sculptures – [art, scroll down] The Hall of [...]

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#182 – Week of June 16, 2012 Welcome to Life: All Too Scary Scenario – [fantastic video] Most Detailed Urban Graffiti / Murals – [art, click next] Great Article: Lost Libraries – [pics, info] Known Universe: Staggering Scale Video – [wow video] Moving Optical Illusions by Takahiro Kurashima, more – [videos, art] Unbelievable Tube Made From VHS Magnetic Tape – [wow [...]

World Record Rube Goldberg Machine

(YouTube link) Purdue University’s Society of Professional Engineers broke its own world record Saturday by demonstrating a Rube Goldberg contraption with 300 steps. Not only that, they made it relatively compact, as these things go, by creating rotating courses that fold out on cue. All that just to blow up and pop a balloon! Link -via The [...]

Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

(YouTube link) Seven-year-old Audri built a monster trap in the Rube Goldberg style. Although it’s not his first such machine, he had to have learned a lot doing this, besides having fun. What really impressed me was his realistically modest expectations and his complete joy when the contraption worked. -via Boing Boing

Robot Brushes Cat

(YouTube link) The Tweeting Cat Toy is handy for keeping up with your cat’s activities while you’re gone, but wouldn’t it be nice to pet your cat or even groom him from a remote location? Taylor Veltrop hooked together a Nao robot, a Kinect sensor bar, two Wii remotes, a head-mounted display, and a treadmill for [...]

24 Collectible Buttons

Christen Carter has accumulated thousands of historic buttons over the years. Beautiful ones. Hilarious ones. Crafty ones. Below, you’ll find two dozen of the best, but there are many, many more over at the ButtonMuseum.org. Tell us your favorite in the comments! This button was available in the 60s-70s in head shops, record shops and ephemera shops. This [...]

2D Photography’s Rube Goldberg Machine

(YouTube Link) 2D Photography’s Rube Goldberg photography-themed machine took over six months to construct. Even the photobooth had to be built from scratch to mimic the real thing. Over 26 people aided in the construction of the machine. The video is amazing, and well worth the results. Here’s hoping such effort pays off and goes viral. [...]