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This is an adaptation of a Cathedral roughly the size
Marbles start at the top of the spire, and roll along a
in the roofline, in and out of windows, jumping into
gargoyle mouths, along the flying buttresses, and
upper heights of the cathedral, where there
of ball-activated features to symbolize the busyness
heaven as sculptured wooden angels are
activated to flutter their wings, lifing people, play
etc. At the altar there is a plinko game, whomever is
praying at the location that the ball lands in gets
forgiven as well as a token to feed into the slot to
another ball down the track.
When a token is fed into the altar slot below, a few
are allowed to deviate to the lower tracks where
activate working saints, praying saints, worshiping
a nickelodeon playing some appropriate hymn
rotating kaleidoscopic stained-glass window(tm)
Every hour, a ball rolls onto a diverted track which
activates the hour chime, another carefully-
rolling ball-activated masterpiece of mechanical
such as we've all seen online lately.
At the end of its journey the ball is lifted by Saint
back up to the spire.
The process was still under development, and sometimes produced a pumpkin instead of a divinity. [pertinax, May 01 2019]
He relied on a slower, artisanal process. [pertinax, May 01 2019]
Lock up your marbles. [pertinax, May 01 2019]
I was thinking something like this for the organ...
Wintergatan Marble Machine [RayfordSteele, May 02 2019]
There are all sorts of things on the internet aren't there [bhumphrys, May 02 2019]
||This idea is a load of balls.
||We were going to say that.
||Sisyphus was a figure in ancient Greek mythology rather than a Catholic saint.
||Yes I'm aware of that. But his story is no more
mythological than many of the rest, no?
||True. There are many saints whose reputation rests on very
shaky foundations. This is particularly true of St. Gustav of
Thrace, alas the patron saint of architects.
||Some saints (St Demetrius in Greece, St Brigid in Ireland) are
almost certainly rebrandings of pagan gods and, if you connect
that process in series with (1) experiments in apotheosis as
developed from Lysander of Sparta to, say, the Emperor Claudius
or (2) the process hypothesised by Euhemerus, then that could
you a St Sisyphus.
||Anyway, watch out for Lord Elgin; he's incorrigible.
||What deluded hunchback is going to maintain this deafening contraption ?
||I think he's good for another 5 minute sit down protest but no more.
||This is an excellent idea. The balls could be of the type with
flashing (or not) LEDs and glitter in them, so that the night-
time ball fall is appropriately fabulous.
||It's not explicitly stated in the idea, but I assume that the church organ would be replaced with a giant xylophone, played by the falling balls striking it.
It might be going too far to have heavy metal balls smite people who emerge from the confession having confessed horrible sins.
||But if there are no heavy metal balls, there'll be no heavy-metal
ball gowns, and I was looking forward to seeing those, to say
nothing of heavy-metal tuxedos.
||The image of balls jumping into gargoyle mouths is more
than a little disturbing.
||[RayfordSteele] Did you buy a supporting T-shirt?
||Or a voice for Strandbeest?
||Will there be a gigantic neon "TILT" sign on the roof ? Good for earthquake zones...
||Not much need for a T-shirt with support. Maybe in
10 years Ill have moobs...
||Pinball with the flappers being styled as
Michaelangelos Sistine Chapel God and Adam