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Rube Goldberg

A slang term for an unnecessarily complicated solution to a problem, or a problem with a solution that is itself problematic. The term refers to a 20th-century American cartoonist who drew large machines performing simple actions for which a machine is not necessary.
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Next, the author would suggest providing some examples of Rube Goldberg sketches and leading a class discussion on how the cartoonist illustrated his crazy devices in such a way that cartoons communicated functionality.
She's on a Rube Goldberg machine team at Purdue University in Indiana.
Technology for the sake of technology is a poor strategy because, at a certain point, just like a Rube Goldberg machine, the added complexity just becomes counter-productive.
Nokia says in a blog post, "What better way to celebrate the coming together of our histories than with a Rube Goldberg machine, where every part has an equally important role to play in the larger story.
IT DIDN'T TAKE A RUBE GOLDBERG LONG TO DO THIS FOR ME.
Baucus now describes implementation of the act as a "train wreck" - even though no one is more responsible than he for its Rube Goldberg complexity.
It's no dry social-research thesis: With Picking Up, Nagle joins the likes of Jane Jacobs and Jacob Riis, writers with the chutzpah to dig deep into the Rube Goldberg machine we call the Big Apple and emerge with a lyrical, clear-eyed look at how it works.
Old video games used to be marked by a kind of Rube Goldberg effect, but here the audience helps navigate renowned game designer Ray Pinter through a social world and interact with other characters in meaningful ways," explains Chappell.
Texas has a school finance system that would have made Rube Goldberg giggle.
We know this solution may sound like something Rube Goldberg thought it up but it has worked to oust objects stubbornly stuck in a gun barrel.
Alexander Kerfuchs, the first-person narrator of young Austrian author Clemens Setz's novel Die Frequenzen (The frequencies), short-listed for the 2009 German Book Prize and awarded the Bremen Literature Prize, at one point recalls his childhood fascination with the idea of the Rube Goldberg machine: "I dreamed of it for several consecutive nights, as if it were a vision of my own future.
is dedicated to Rube Goldberg, an American cartoonist and inventor famous for drawing and creating complicated machines designed to perform very simple tasks.