Dominoes and More

I really enjoy watching videos like this (featuring the band OK Go), where they set up a very intricate “machine”. I am not sure how to describe it, so just watch. Lots of fun.

According to this page at Wikipedia, “The construction took over a month and a half during January and February 2010. The band members helped in the last two weeks of construction. Once the machine was completed, the filming, using a single Steadicam, took two days to complete on February 11 and 12, with an estimated 60 takes for the machine to properly function.

Here is a similar video, originally made as a commercial for Honda in 2003. The description included on YouTube mentions a Rube Goldberg machine, which is the fancy term for what these two videos depict. From Wikipedia … “A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately over engineered machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg.

This commercial is described in detail on this Wikipedia page.

The following ad can be downloaded as an flv from this page. An additional video, The Making of Cog, can also be downloaded.