“Mom? We’re Going To Need A Warehouse.”

by Stefani on 8-March-2010

My resident Rube Goldberg watched this video exactly 27 times before turning to me with a maniacal grin and saying, “where’s the duct tape?”

My house, and my boy, might never be the same.

This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine

The song is from the new album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky” by Ok Go The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in Los Angeles. The “machine” was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs over the course of several months. Syyn Labs calls themselves “a group of creative engineers who twist together art and technology. We build gizmos, whatzits, and interactive installations that encourage strangers to play together by lowering social barriers.”

Based solely on this description and their amazing machine, Syyn Labs now ranks WAY up there on my guy’s “cool places I’d like to work someday” list. They’re right behind Lucas Arts and Legoland. Oh, and if OK Go is looking for an almost 8 year old guitar player, he’s so in!

tara March 9, 2010 at 6:07 am

Outstanding video! Thanks for posting this- my son Owen has done a few Rube Goldberg type contraptions but this is is just awesome :0) He’s nine and pretty sure he would like to work at Legoland too…. LOL.

Colleen March 9, 2010 at 7:55 am

Thanks for posting this! My kids are absolutely fascinated. I’m scared for my house!

Pam K March 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

Hi Stefani. You always inpsire the creativity in me so I can inspire my boys. They do a pretty good job of inspiring me as well. I have never heard of this group. Thanks for the link and we loved the video.

Mama Urchin March 9, 2010 at 8:43 am

Don’t let them see Mythbusters, my grown-up boy wants to work there.

Stefani March 9, 2010 at 9:01 am

Oh my! We’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard that it’s pretty cool. I’ve just seen that it’s available via instant play on Netflix too! Wahoooo!

We’ve been watching the “Wild China” series on netflix and now they all three want to grow up and move away to China. Good grief.

Kerry March 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

I just showed my son. We had to watch it 5 times and go back so he could analyze each step. Too fun! How do you keep up with all their interests? Right now we’re making cowboy clothes and learning about the rodeo, trying to learn how to make a boat (a passion for a while that I just can’t seem to find much info on), and now this, and that’s just one of my kids!

Valarie Budayr March 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

This is so great. I’ll show my guy when he gets home. thanks to Myth busters we currently have a sailboat in our basement being made of duct tape. He’s planning to let her sail in the lake May 1st. I’ll be in the dingy next to him. I don’t know if this will pass or the projects are going to get bigger. At least there wasn’t dumpster diving on this latest project. It’s so stinky sometimes. Have fun!!!!

Valarie Budayr March 9, 2010 at 11:13 am

Oh Stefani….I forgot to tell you this. I received an email today from this group and I thought of you and the boys immediately. Enjoy. They have afternoon tinkering as well as week long summer camps.

Kika March 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Fun link. Just watched it with my son.

Holly March 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Amazing. We just found this ourselves on YouTube, just last night! And all I could think was, “I’m not sure we should show this to the boys…”!!!

Toni March 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I had a hard time pulling William away from that one!

april March 11, 2010 at 12:25 am

My 3 1/2 year old son and I found this the other day. LOVE IT. We were spotting the train tracks and parts of the quadrilla marble run we have in it….I like how it starts small and then the parts all get bigger and bigger. It’s great stuff.

renee @ FIMBY March 11, 2010 at 7:44 am


We loved that video. Thank you.

amber March 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm

totally cool! showed it to the kids in my house, and they were equally amazed! thanks for sharing!!!

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