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Things That Are Great Day Continues: Hey, Watch This OK Go Video

I realized a few minutes ago that already today, I have gotten to write about Neil deGrasse Tyson, Roger Ebert, Craig Ferguson, Mythbusters, and an imaginary Jane Lynch/Betty White collaboration.

So apparently, this is the day when we write about things that are great. Let's keep it going with this OK Go video, "This Too Shall Pass." It's not just that it's a Rube Goldberg machine, it's the kind of Rube Goldberg machine it is — not for this video the limitations of tiny marbles and wee springs. There is some big stuff here, which is funny and loud and rather wonderful.

There are four making-of videos on YouTube. One is here, two is here, three is here, and four is here.

As I sat watching #2, they got to "Adam," one of the nerds who helped build the machine, and I thought, "Wow, that guy really reminds me of somebody, and I cannot figure out who it is." He introduces himself at about the 40-second mark, and it was making me crazy. "Who is that guy?" I wondered. "He looks so familiar." There was something in the face, in the voice, in the little smile after he says, "I hang out with a rock band to make me feel cool."

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And when he started talking again at about 1:30, I thought, "That's Eli."

So I went and looked up who played Jason Bateman's friend Eli on the sitcom It's Your Move for all of 18 episodes from 1984 to 1985 — a show I absolutely loved, in which tiny Bateman exhibited many of the same skills he has now — and the answer was Adam Sadowsky, who is exactly who that is. I'm sure everyone in the nerd community in which he operates knows this about him, but when I started watching the story of the tech that brought the video to life, I was not expecting that.