Gaming Nexus writes: "You know that old writers contrivance of starting an essay or article with a dictionary definition? Could anything be more clichéd? Well…
Rube Goldberg (rüb-gol(d)-b?rg): accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply
Of course, these days we have even more technology to enable ever more clichéd writing practice, such as Wikipedia:
A Rube Goldberg machine is an extremely complicated apparatus that performs a very simple, easy task in an indirect and convoluted way. Some examples of his machines have an anticipation factor, as the machine makes slow but steady progress toward its goal.
Now being as Rube's drawings of complex machines and convoluted processes were drawn in the 1040's when non-interactive newsprint was the communication medium of the day, the Rude Goldberg "machines" were already put together and complete for the reader to marvel at. Interesting, yes, but only involving the reader for as long as it took to follow the inanimate chain of events and marvel at the creativity of the artist."