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Linking L.A.: OK Go’s new music video features Echo Park warehouse, Angelenos

OK Go's new music video has been making its rounds on the Internet lately, and for good reason – it features an amazing Rube Goldberg machine that's synchronized to the music of their new song "This Too Shall Pass."

But did you know the video was filmed in an Echo Park warehouse, and the Rube Goldberg machine was designed by an L.A. firm? The Eastsider LA has a breakdown of the locals OK Go used to film the video, and Wired Magazine has a detailed explanation of how the whole thing works:

For nearly four minutes — captured in a single, unbroken camera shot — the machine rolls metal balls down tracks, swings sledgehammers, pours water, unfurls flags and drops a flock of umbrellas from the second story, all perfectly synchronized with the song. … The wooden tracks used to guide metal balls at the beginning of the video had to be cleaned and waxed to keep dust from slowing down the balls and making them stick. And the angle of that board was set at a precise 3.4 degrees of incline, which was perfect for the timing but sometimes led the balls to jump the track.

Read the full story from Wired here.

Here are some other interesting L.A. items on the Web:

Bald Eagles – live: A webcam on one of the Channel Islands is broadcasting live video and audio of two Bald Eagles incubating their eggs. Laist reports:

Once ousted from Southern California's existence, thanks to the harmful chemical DDT, bald eagles have been making a comeback in Channel Islands National Park… a webcam (complete with sound!) has been set up for scientists and the public to monitor the action, if you will, in real time.

Students celebrate Dr. Seuss: Students gathered in their pajamas at Frank Woodruff Elementary school to read Dr. Seuss and raise money. The Long Beach Press Telegram reports:

Tuesday's read-a-thon with pledges gathered per page raised funds toward a replacement for the school's 20-year-old marquee... Students and faculty wore pajamas and held their favorite stuffed toys during the hourlong event.

"90210" house for sale: The beach house featured in the original "Beverly Hills, 90210" is up for sale. The price for a piece of television history? $10.5 Million. The Huffington Post reports:

We all remember Donna Martin and Kelly Taylor's picturesque Beach-side shack; well, now this little sliver of television history can be yours… The 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom Hermosa Beach property sits on 136-feet of beachfront sand, complete with panoramic views and wrap around patios and decks.

-- Anthony Pesce

Have some news for Linking L.A.? Contact Times reporter Anthony Pesce.

Video: OK Go's new video, "This Too Shall Pass."

 

 
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