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…It’s Movie Monday: Rube Goldberg?

Today’s Movie Monday is a compilation of the top ten (as voted upon by a panel consisting of myself) Rube Goldberg machines ever created (and posted on YouTube). For those of you who don’t know, Rube Goldberg machines are “exceedingly complex devices that perform simple tasks in very indirect and convoluted ways”, and are an idea originally conceived by Rube Goldberg, a famous cartoonist. The only qualification for the list was that it had to use real objects, because a computerized Rube Goldberg machine is just plain cheating. Enjoy.

10. Tim Fort’s Kinetic Art – Though mostly a dominoes device, the sheer magnitude of this creation earned it a spot on the list.

9. Ramen Noodle Machine – Since Ramen Noodles are supposed to be an easy and quick meal, the idea of making it as complex as possible put this on the list.

8. Beer Pouring Machine – Who said beer drinking is only for the lazy?

8.5 (Honorable Mention). Beer Pouring Machine From Waiting – Good, but I just wish it were a little bit longer.

7. Office Place Contraption – I love all of the everyday objects used in this one.

6. Jackass 2 Alternate Ending – This one’s great because it used real people.

5. Mythbusters Machine – I love this show, and these guys put some great stuff into their machine.

4. Sticks And Stones – This one’s great because it only uses things that can be found in nature.

4.5 (Bonus). Sticks And Stones How To – A how to guide to the previous machine.

3. Alarm Clock – Not only does this machine wake you up, it also does your chores and cooks you breakfast. Can you ask for more than that?

2. Pitagora Suicchi – The best of a Japanese show about Rube Goldberg machines. Some of these are so unique.

And the number one Rube Goldberg machine of all time is…

1. Honda’s Cog Commercial – Honda spent a reported million dollars to get all of these parts from a Honda Accord to link together, and the results are amazing. Keep in mind, these are actual parts and no editing was used to make all of this work together.

So there you have it. A top ten to top all top tens. What did you think? Did you agree with my choices? Is there a machine you can’t believe I left out? I’d love to see some more great machines, so let me know.

[Wikipedia – Rube Goldberg]

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…Ben the Bodyguard walks the streets of the web?

Ben The Bodyguard

Ben the Bodyguard is a new app being developed for iOS that will protect passwords, photos, contacts, and anything else that you want to keep away from the prying eyes of anyone else.

What’s really neat about Ben though is his website, which features a really innovative navigation method to ‘walk’ you through the features.

Make sure to check it out before the release in January, though I’d imagine they’ll replace it with something equally amazing at that time as well.

[Ben The Bodyguard]

…Microsoft has just launched the WorldWide Telescope?

Microsoft WorldWide Telescope

Microsoft Research’s WorldWide Telescope, the “Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope-bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe”.

Basically a Google Earth for the Sky, it’s supposed to be fantastic, and it’s just been released by Microsoft, so if you’ve got an eye for the sky, check it out and see what you think.

[Microsoft – WorldWide Telescope]

…Bob Ostertag is giving away his music?

Bob Ostertag w00t

Bob Ostertag’s w00t “is a free, internet-only release composed entirely from fragments of music from video games”.

Created as a collage of computer game sound and image, it’s Bob’s first release “to skip the CD-for-sale stage and go directly to free Internet download, under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license”.

What does that mean?

It means Ben encourages you to “download, copy, send to your friends, remix, mutilate, and mash-up” his music as long as you share in the same manner.

If only all music could be so free.

[Bob Ostertag – w00t]

[Via: Kotaku]

…Leopard is coming?

Apple Leopard

The date has finally been finalized; On Friday, October 26, 2007, Apple will release Leopard, its latest operating system, to hoards of screaming Apple fanboys.

Ok, so it might not be that dramatic, but considering how long it’s been since their last release, a new OS is kind of a big deal. Plus, as Vista continues to flounder, it’s time once again for Apple to one up the ‘Soft boys.

Looking to get in on the action? Amazon has a pre-order deal going on right now, and you can save $20 if you’re willing to wait a few days for shipping.

Check out Apple’s site for a list of the over 300 new features that Leopard is bringing, and prepare to be upgraded.

[Apple – Mac OS X Leopard – 300+ New Features]