I'm a huge fan of Rube Goldberg's contraptions that he created for his comics. I also spent a lot of time setting up dominos and card houses when I was growing up. Rube Goldberg has been on my mind since I saw the amazing Rube Goldberg Honda ad. The ad, entitled "cog" was a real-life Rube contraption, and reportedly took over 600 takes to perfect. Wouldn't it be amazing if an artist took some inspiration from Mr. Goldberg? Enter sculptor Arthur Ganson. He describes himself as a cross between a mechanical engineer and a choreographer, and creates intricate chain reactions driven by electric motors and other gizmos. Check out this Quicktime video of his "Machine with wishbone". Ganson eschews fancy silicon chips in favor of more mechanical means. This retrotechnological approach increases his "wonder" factor exponentially.
Every Friday after Thanksgiving (or FAT for short), Ganson hosts an event at the MIT museum where teams bring their own homebrewed chain reactions to combine with others into one massive "Mousetrap" styled reaction.
If you're looking for a great way to burn off those Thanksgiving calories, you could do a lot worse than playing MacGyver at the MIT museum.
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