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Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'

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bobjengr
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INCREDIBLE LEGO
bobjengr   11/11/2012 2:56:05 PM
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TJ--I agree but then I was absolutely fascinated by the complexity.   I would love to know the thought processes that went in to the planning phase of the project.  LEGO must really love this one.  It has to be a hit just about anywhere viewed.  I don't do the U-Tube or Face Book thing but has the video been shown on these two social outlets?  Any one know?

 

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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
sabina   11/9/2012 1:47:45 PM
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Rob, it has gone viral because my four year old grandson has watched it now about 2 million times!!  Seriously, he's fascinated with it and after about the 30th viewing I thought I'd had enough — but I still find myself stopping as I walk by and watching with amazement at the contraption.  Such creativity.  But we have renamed some sections of it "Archimedes Screw 1, 2, etc."  :)

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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2012 12:33:54 PM
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Good point, Rob. I hadn't envisioned the engineer and his spouse working on it together, so much as her having a better understanding of his passion if she were a like-minded engineering or creative type. But I still don't want one in my living room.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Rob Spiegel   11/7/2012 4:24:24 PM
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Yes, the difference between Yoko and Lennon's first wife is that Yoko went to work with him. That solves a lot. So, if the person who built the Lego contraption had a spouse, perhaps they worked together on it.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/7/2012 2:36:49 PM
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Lennon's first wife was not a co-creator and fellow artist, like his second wife Yoko was. I think that can make a big difference: if spouses have similar, or at least parallel, interests they can understand each other better. OTOH, if my husband built that LEGO contraption or went off to climb Everest I'd have a lot to say about it.

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Rob Spiegel   11/7/2012 2:25:08 PM
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Yes, Ann, I too have bumped into the spousal disagreement over projects. It's a fine line between serving your muse and serving your family.

John Lennon claimed his marriage broke up over the time he was spending making Sgt. Pepper. He said looking back that Sgt. Pepper wasn't worth losing a marriage over. That marriage was doomed anyway, but still it's an interesting comment.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/7/2012 2:17:19 PM
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I agree, Rob, on the amount of effort and its worthiness. Some of the comments, though, were pretty funny. I've been on both ends of the spousal disagreement about spending "too much" time at work or on a project, so I can relate.

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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Rob Spiegel   11/6/2012 2:59:39 PM
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In some ways, building this contraption is no different than preparing to climb Mt. Everest. Both activities require time, money, and dedication. Both deliver very little besides personal satisfaction. Perhaps the gadget offers the greater good since it can be shared, as with this video.

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Ann R. Thryft   11/6/2012 2:39:29 PM
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I noticed that, Rob. I agree, it deserves attention. Maybe this guy can now get married--or back together with his wife, depending on which of our commenters got it right.

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Rob Spiegel   11/6/2012 2:17:28 PM
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That's a great site, Ann. Interestingly, this gadget with the same video is the top item on the news section of the Rube Goldberg site. Apparently, this video has gone viral. It certainly deserves that.

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