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Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'

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TunaFish#5
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Re: I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
TunaFish#5   11/6/2012 9:15:30 AM
TJ  -  my thought exactly -- or along the same lines, anyway.  These things ain't cheap.

I suspect this guy doesn't have a wife or kids.

jhankwitz
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Re: I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
jhankwitz   11/6/2012 9:48:22 AM
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Someone has way too much money and time on their hands.  I wonder who financed this project and how often they need to replace parts to keep it operational. 

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Re: I wasn't going to watch the whole thing
TJ McDermott   11/6/2012 9:52:27 AM
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It's the builder's time and money to spend; look at the wonder they've created in every viewer.  It's not a waste at all.

Ann R. Thryft
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Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Ann R. Thryft   11/6/2012 11:51:11 AM
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This made me think of one of Rube Goldberg's devices http://www.rubegoldberg.com only much more complicated than the ones he designed.

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nearly speechless
Chuck_IAG   11/6/2012 12:33:15 PM
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I'm almost speechless.  So did this guy's wife leave him before, during or after construction?

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
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.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
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.

Rob Spiegel
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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.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
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.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
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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