setting the machinery in motion


So, yeah. About that “deadline” we set for March 1st…didn’t quite make it.

Holly and I are still working out the kinks in the machinery of readying our 2009 Just Posts finalists for voting. The process is fairly laborious and complex. We’re sorting posts into categories, and fine-tuning our rankings based on reviewer scores and comments, plus our own scores and comments. We are then passing this data through a bayesian algorithm to map the data onto a multidimensional target, which we are modelling out of styrofoam, aluminum foil and chewing gum. Our elaborate system of gears, levers, pulleys and springs will then lob sporks and chopsticks at the target. We will analyze the configuration of utensils to determine the optimal set of posts. Unfortunately, we’ve run into a bit of a roadblock due to some disagreement over how best to use the trained gerbils.¹

So, it will be…a few more days.

While you wait, please study the following instructional video:

(It’s OKGO and their new video for This Too Shall Pass.)

¹ I’ll also be pretty busy with a few other things. My mother is arriving tonight for a week-long visit, for one thing.²

² I’m hoping that she can help carve some of the styrofoam and chew some of the gum. Or at least help us tally the sporks. (I’m afraid she won’t be much help as a gerbil handler.)

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8 responses to “setting the machinery in motion

  1. Whoa, whoa, whoa.

    They’re HAMSTERS. Not gerbils.

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  3. You really kind of had me going there for a second.

  4. I LOVE THIS! I always love Rube Goldberg machines. This vid is really neat!

  5. I keep seeing links to that video, and this is the first time I’ve actually been able to watch it. Is awesome. Thanks.

  6. subWow said it: Rube Goldberg would be proud.

    Awesome video! thank you for sharing. :o)

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