April 4, 2005
Rube Goldberg software design is the meme of the month, after being parodied by Rory Blyth and Scott Hanselman in this brilliant short video, and oddly enough, also currently appearing in Microsoft advertisements:
Now compare that to an actual Rube Goldberg device:
You can't talk about Rube Goldberg these days without mentioning Honda's amazing 2003 'Cog' advertisement for the Honda Accord. If you're curious, snopes has more detail on how the commercial was filmed.
Incidentally, one of my favorite old PC games is The Incredible Machine circa 1993, although newer versions are available (and still just as fun):
Any resemblance between any of the above and actual software development is, of course, completely coincidental. We're professionals, dammit!
Posted by Jeff Atwood
Reminds me of DTS packages in SQL server: Set it up, click the button, pray :-)
OMG I lIke This GAME!!!!!!! DAMMIT so HARD To FIND, and honestly i dun even know the name of this game... i played like 13 years ago.... OMG Thank yo for this INFO!!!
Anyone remember the board game Mousetrap? I never learned how to play the game...just always had fun setting it up and watching it execute.
Is it just me, or did those wheels accelerate right before they hit each other when going up the ramp? CGI magic?
People do Rube Golderberg devices in Gary's Mod for Half Life 2.