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The Blue Ball Production Problem

It’s course preparation time again. For those of you teaching production or scheduling, if you are looking for a graphic to show the need for split-second planning in certain production processes, I highly recommend the Blue Ball Machine. Hypnotic!

From Wired Magazine:

A Rube Goldberg machine made of animated tiles, with hundreds of blue balls moving in time to music from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.
Max [of http://www.ytmnd.com]says: This is our most viewed title ever. It was created by the Web site Something Awful – they had 100 people make 1-inch tiles, and the only rule was that a ball had to enter at a certain place and exit at another. It came out awesome.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. TheBizofKnowledge | August 6, 2006 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Hey, that’s a fantastic page! Thank you for linking to it here because I never would have found it on my own. It really is hypnotic… It was a good 10 minutes before I was able to peel myself away from the site the first time I saw it!!

  2. Mar | August 17, 2006 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Hi. I’m very happy to found a blog like this. very interesting! congratulations [unrelated questions deleted:  in general, if you have questions for me, please email me directly.  Let's keep blog comments to comments on the blog.]

  3. Eric | September 4, 2006 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    My gosh, what a project! Thanks for linking, what a time-waster :p

  4. Custom Essay Writer | September 14, 2006 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Quite hypnotic. Just an exceptional page for Hypnotism :) . Definately worth telling to others.