Have you seen the new Ok Go video for "This too shall pass"? It's pretty amazing, and features a beautiful Rube Goldberg machine.
I love the way they used lots of different depths, and a long panning shot to make it feel really dynamic. I also think it's great how the machine is primarily designed to showcase cool visual stuff. Even though the energy of the machine is directed through other channels, you get to see falling pianos and wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men on the side.
These things are truly are feats to create. To see the sciencey side of these whimsical machines, check out this video from the 2007 National Rube Goldberg machine contest at Purdue University. Physics-tastic!
1:33 - What an eccentric moustache!
2:02- 2 Indiana Jones themed machines!
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