Joel Christiansen

Internet Rube Goldberg Machines

July 15, 2023
After a frustrating experience with a coinless parking meter app, this week, I've been thinking about how the internet sometimes feels like a Rube Goldberg machine. I didn't realize Rube Goldberg was an SF-based cartoonist (I always subconsciously thought he was a scientist or something). He studied engineering at UC Berkeley, worked for SF Water and Sewers Department as an engineer, and then quit after 6 months to make cartoons depicting hilariously over-complicated inventions.