To say we love Rube Goldbergs around here would be an understatement, from the fun projects in our book to our everyday lives, thinking in terms of a Rube Goldberg just makes life more fun!
So when I came across this version on Granville Island in Vancouver, B.C. I had to take a moment and give it my full attention.
Action by action, movement by movement, each unnecessary task was as equally necessary as the next one. Where it started and where it ended were of little matter, the only important thing was what happened next. This of course was endlessly entertaining, and a great way to learn a little about concrete and building techniques (written on small signs through out the contraption).
The best part though was the creativity watching this endless cycle inspired. Within the rhythmic cycle I discovered new ideas and different ways of thinking about common problems. Which means this contraption was doing its job. By doing something complex it was somehow simplifying the web of creative thoughts I had been trying to make sense of. In effect, it was doing the opposite of what I thought it would, which in a way was perfect, and exactly what I needed.
Oh my goodness! I got so excited baking yesterday I forgot to announce the winner of the Redwall Book Giveaway!
And the winner is Chiska who wrote:
"You introduce the neatest books!"
Thank you to everyone who participated!
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