I was just playing around with ideas for a pointless machine and came up with the mechanism shown in the video below.
Pointless Machine with Pizzazz
The idea was to make the mechanism do something beyond just a simple rotational movement. I will probably work some more on this to get more of an upward curve for the large starting movement while keeping the little lift at the end about the same.
This is also another example of my improved YouTube embedded player code.