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Rube Goldberg

  (American informal)
a Rube Goldberg piece of equipment or plan is very complicated and not very practical
Usage notes: Rube Goldberg was an American who drew funny pictures for newspapers showing complicated inventions.
They use a Rube Goldberg type contraption to open and close the farm gate. The city is not well served by this Rube Goldberg scheme for economic development.
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Goldberg is active in professional societies and was elected president of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine & Surgery.
Goldberg said she can't sing anymore, but she didn't seem particularly upset about it.
Of the 12 pieces, it is surprising that there exists only one--a left-hand study by William Bolcom, "Yet Another Goldberg Variation"--that consists of 32 measures with 16 measures in each half, with repeats and a tonal center of G.
Goldberg grew up in an affluent suburb on the south shore of Long Island; his parents were Jewish liberals whose religious exposure began and ended with occasional visits to the local Reform temple, "a sterile place of yellow hallways, organ music, women in furs, and garmentos talking through Shabbat services.
And they blew out of the water the fallacy that when graduation standards rise, more students will drop out, Goldberg adds.
Voters have seen Goldberg jump from office to office and should be delighted to see her working for a living again.
Most notably, Goldberg asserted that most journalists in the mainstream media live in such an insular world that they mistake their own ideology, shared by virtually everyone around them, for objective reality.
As Goldberg observes, the kind of high production values and unabashedly seductive aesthetics exemplified by Just's and Julien's projects are no longer taboo, and, in fact, are increasingly apparent in contemporary performance.
Goldberg has been the FTB's executive officer since September 1980, a tenure that spanned six governors and 24 elected FTB members.
We didn't expect that just one transcription factor could turn on atrophy," says Goldberg.
Goldberg previously wrote the children's book Alice (Bantam, September 1992), and her memoir, Book (Rob Weisbach Books, October 1997), which made the New York Times Bestseller List.
In two chapters on "The Legend of Good Women," Goldberg offers first a class-inflected reading of female-female eroticism in Aemelia Lanyer's poetry, a reading anchored in the point that "just as male friendships in the period often cross over into a terrain that involves sexual relations, such, too, must have been the case among women, and especially among powerful aristocrats and those who served them, or whom they served" (39).
Joining CBS News in 1972, Goldberg writes that the network news' liberal bias had bothered him for some time, and that he had quietly discussed the matter frequently with officials at CBS to no avail.
The two-year effort to reconfigure the 5,200 SF of retail space began in January 2000 when Goldberg was representing a buyer for the retail component of the building.