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Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'

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

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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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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
Rob Spiegel   11/13/2012 12:24:02 PM
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That's a great story Sabina. Sounds like your grandchild may be heading toward an engineering career.

Charles Murray
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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Charles Murray   11/13/2012 6:40:31 PM
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I understand your point about not wanting this in your living room, Ann. That's what garages are for.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Ann R. Thryft   11/14/2012 12:37:40 PM
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Yes, garages are good for those projects, unless they're already crammed full of stuff.

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Re: Like a mega-Rube Goldberg contraption
Charles Murray   11/14/2012 6:49:14 PM
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One of the best parts of this video (there are actually many "best" parts) is the sound.

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Great Ball Contraption
Calcfan   11/26/2012 12:50:29 PM
Leggo machines are commonly used for specialized life testing.

All that processing and the balls were not counted or sorted.

 

X < > Y,

 

Richard

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