I was just reminded of my Magnificent Mesmerizing Magnetic Modular Marble Madness blog (was that really four years ago?).

The thing that reminded me of the aforementioned blog was looking at the video of the Marble Machine at Philadelphia Airport.

The problem with YouTube is that one video leads to another. For example, the first video lead me to a related Audio Kinetic Sculpture offering in which the rolling balls trigger a cornucopia of sounds.

I’ve long wanted to build my own marble mechanism, but I didn’t know where to start. Also, given a choice, rather than build the 10-foot-square behemoth of my dreams, it would probably be more practical to work on a tabletop construction.

It was while looking at the video links sent to me by my chum Rick Curl—as documented in my earlier World’s Simplest Electric Train blog—that my eye was caught by a How to Make a STEEL MARBLE TRACK with Basic Tools—Step-by-Step Guide video.

In turn, this led me to the Making a WIND-UP Marble Machine video by the same author, my new hero, Daniel de Bruin.

The awesome thing about these machines is that you are limited only by your imagination, and I’ve got a GREAT imagination (I often imagine that I’m clever, handsome, and witty, for example, and that’s not something most people find easy to do).

Also, there are myriad ideas to be found on the interweb. For example, Ed’s Choice Rolling Ball Sculpture sparked lots of ideas in my now overheating noggin.

I think I’d prefer to use colored glass marbles rather than steel ball bearings but… I could be tempted each way. Also, in the same way that the Audio Kinetic Sculpture above generated sounds, we could also get the rolling balls to trigger multi-colored light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

The world truly is our lobster (or crustacean of your choice). I think the trick would be to adopt a modular approach at first—building short runs and curves and special effects—and then melding them all together (making modifications and adding extra bits as required) to create a super-cool desktop rolling ball artifact.

One thing that would be rather cool would be to collaborate over the interweb with a group of like-minded folks, each of us conceiving cunning concepts and creating corresponding constructions, with everyone sharing their plans and videos.

What say you? Would you be interested in being part of such a collaboration? Also, are you aware of any related YouTube videos you’d care to share with the rest of us?