Showing posts with label Lego. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lego. Show all posts

Monday, December 08, 2014

[Officially "wrong"][But still funny] LEGO Strip Club...

This Is Why I am Broke - Lego Strip Club

Things in LEGOville just got interesting now that the LEGO strip club set up shop. This childhood ruining set includes everything your LEGO people need for a good old night of debauchery including shapely exotic dancers, a world class DJ, and stacks of cash.

$275.00

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Again, that's just wrong. The price shock you? Hello... strip club...

Actually, it's the custom paint, but still... lol

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

So you want to create LEGO models all day, and get paid for it? There's a job for that!

Brothers Brick - Do YOU want to be a professional LEGO builder?

This may be your chance. Carl Greatrix, who has been working for Tt Games since 2009 (after responding to an advert on this blog) has been in touch. Tt Games, who produce computer games for LEGO, are looking for a new Model Designer to strengthen their team.

LEGO Model Designer
Location: Knutsford (UK)
Advertisement publish date: 10/09/14
Start date: ASAP
Salary: £Competitive + benefits
Duration: Permanent

We are looking for a LEGO Model Designer with a keen interest in Tt Games LEGO Console Games. This is a rare opportunity to become part of the team responsible for bespoke LEGO Models as seen throughout our multi award winning published titles.

You will join the LEGO Models team and work together with designers and technical artists to provide quality LEGO Designs such as creatures and vehicles for in-game use, as well as props of all sizes as used by the Cinematic and wider LEGO Construction teams.

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If only I lived in the UK (and didn't suck at design and like stuff)...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

BRICKNADO, The Brothers Brick Sharknado building contest...

The Brothers Brick - The Brothers Brick present BRICKNADO, a Sharknado building contest!

We at The Brothers Brick love predatory fish and extreme weather. So we’re huge fans of SyFy’s high-brow political thriller and romantic comedy Sharknado. But we also love ridiculous New York movie stereotypes, such as rude cabbies and the pointless destruction of famous landmarks. Not surprisingly then, we’re positively shark-static about the new follow-up movie Sharknado 2: The Second One which airs July 30th on the SyFy channel. We’ll be glued to our TV’s, popcorn in one hand, bucket of chum in the other, for 2 hours of deeply thought-provoking chainsaw-tastic aquatic mayhem.

SyFy is planning Sharknado Week in celebration of its new movie. But we felt that LEGO fans deserved to be a part of that experience too. Our solution…

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The Rules of Bricknado

Build an original LEGO model inspired by the Sharknado movies. We wanna see sharks, nados, and all things NYC. And don’t forget those celebrity cameos! Anything goes, the funnier and sillier the better. But try to do more than just posing collectible minifigs – we know you’re capable of more than that!

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'nuff said I think. [Now where did I put all those LEGOs...hum... ;]

Friday, March 28, 2014

"What is Open Source..." the LEGO movie

What is Open Source explained in LEGO

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Have you ever wondered - What is open source?

We made this stop motion video in an attempt to explain it for anyone. This, simply to help scale the positive principles within the open source paradigm.
The video itself is open for everyone to use, modify and share. So feel free to do that!

We made this video to explain the idea of Open Source. We wanted it to be easy to understand - even for people with no prior knowledge of Open Source or Free Software. However, history is never simple. We can only urge people to do further research into the history and as such the development of open source.

Kræn Hansen wrote this blogpost to explain our thoughts behind the video: http://blog.bitblueprint.com/now-anyone-can-help-everyone-understand-open-source/

Please visit http://bitblueprint.com/ for more information on how to apply the open source paradigm to your organization. Visit http://movingmonday.com/ if you want to learn more about this awesome video production!...

If you're having a problem getting the idea of open source across, there's nothing like a fun video to help... and hey, it's LEGO's!

(via 404 Tech Support - Explaining Open Source with LEGO)

Making your application stand out... LEGO'ize your resume!

technabob - LEGO Job Application Set: You Just Lost Your Chances with Mega Bloks, Kid

If you work in HR and you start receiving LEGOs with resumes, blame – or thank – Leah aka Pastlightspeed. The Redditor and aspiring intern wanted to stand out to prospective employers, so she made a LEGO version of herself along with matching packaging and a pamphlet. I guess she’ll be known as LEGO Leah wherever she gets hired.

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It’s not in these pictures, but Leah said she also wrote assembly instructions that also highlighted her skills.

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How awesome it that! Forget resume infographics, papercraft, etc. Imagine crafting yourself and resume as a LEGO project. That's just cool... Why can't I think of stuff like this? (Not that I need a job... um... err.... um... yeah.... ;)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Saul, Jesse and Hank [Yes, as in Breaking Bad] LEGO Figurines

This is why I am Broke - Breaking Bad LEGO Figurines

Keep your make believe drug empire running smoothly with help from the Breaking Bad LEGO figurines. These three key players will make sure you’re covered on all sides – from legal, to distribution, to evading the feds – so you can concentrate on making some primo product.

Breaking Bad LEGO Figurines

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citizenbrick.com - Albuquerque Action Squad

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From out of the New Mexico sunset rides a new group of heroes – the Albuquerque Action Squad! Build your drug toy empire with Citizen Brick!

Three premium printed minifigs and accessories to populate your chemistry lab, RV camper, or even remote cabin hideout!

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Having just powered through all five seasons in three weekends, this jumped out at me. Still this is just a little too much (in cost) even for me... But a boy can dream :)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

"The Lord of the Rings" - 90 Minutes, Lego style

freeware genius - Watch ‘The Lord of the Rings’ as a 90+ minute LEGO animated feature

The ‘Lord of The Rings’ epic is back, this time in LEGO form. You may be familiar with LEGO’s cutscene videos, which are little animated vignettes that are part of the commercial LEGO video games. Or are released as part of the marketing for the various series that LEGO puts out), from Indiana Jones (see this post) to Star Wars Clone Wars to everything else that makes it into LEGO.

But what if I told you that someone strung the LEGO ‘Lord of the Rings’ animated vignettes together to make a ‘Lord of The Rings’ animated feature that is more than 90 minutes long. It’s true, and you can watch it below.

Nice! Will have to watch this when I get to work (err... um... I mean... when I get home tonight.... um yeah... that). Just watching the first few minutes while on the train has me hooked. :)

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

LEGO model of the Navy’s Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research

USA.gov - Image description: A LEGO model of the Navy’s Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, part of the United States Naval Research Laboratory

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Image description: A LEGO model of the Navy’s Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research, part of the United States Naval Research Laboratory. The LEGO artist is William Adams, who works by day in the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence. Some of the robots that he manages are featured in his model, which he built after work hours using 13,400 LEGO pieces.

Photos by Jamie Hartman for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

I had to laugh that they made it very clear he "built after work hours." That's almost as cool as building Quake level of your workplace (wow, I guess that dates me a little doesn't it? ;)

Friday, April 13, 2012

The ultimate Lumia 900 dock? Built with LEGO's of course!

technabob - LEGO Dock for Nokia Lumia 900 Lets You Safely Brick Your Phone

"The cyan-framed Nokia Lumia 900 is a cool looking phone, but it’s not perfect. While it’s not that expensive, and the OS is pretty sweet, it definitely could use a nice charging dock. Check out this LEGO beauty which was constructed by Baris Eris.

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Okay maybe the ultimate would be one you created yourself in your own 3D printer, but this is pretty close!

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Free Universal Construction Kit - One kit, infinite connection possibilities? (And another great reason to get a 3D printer?)

Make: - Universal Adapter Set for Construction Toys

"Not a physical product, of course, but a physible one, consisting of almost eighty free 3D models from anonymous designers at the Free Art and Technology collective :

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fffff.at - The Free Universal Construction Kit

Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can and much more. Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit: a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys.

F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests.

The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Our adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).

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Download

The Free Universal Construction Kit 3D models are freely available in .STL format from three locations:

  • Individual adapters from the Free Universal Construction Kit may be downloaded from Thingiverse.com — the world’s foremost website dedicated to the free sharing and remixing of user-created digital design files.
  • The complete Free Universal Construction Kit can also be downloaded in its entirety*, as a 29MB .zip archive from the F.A.T. Lab web site, here.
  • We expect the Kit to be available shortly from The Pirate Bay, as a torrent in TPB’s new "physibles" (physical downloadables) channel.

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So not only is the 3D printable designs free, but they've even provided a poster too.

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Really, I think it's getting close to that time where I really need a 3D printer. I mean, who doesn't need or want this kit? :)

NOTE: Do not turn this project title into an acronym. I was going to use it in the post title, but when actually I saw it, I laughed and moved on..."The FU.." oh... um... yeah.  :P

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Now THIS is a Lego Mindstorms kit I'd buy in a minute... The "Get a Cool Beer Dude (with Bluetooth remote)"

Gizmodo - The Best Use of Lego Mindstorms Ever In the History of Best Uses of Lego Mindstorms Ever

"I seriously can't imagine any better use for Lego Minstorms than building a machine that can serve two types of Dutch beer, chilling them down at the perfect drinking temperature, opening the bottle and serving them. Can you? CAN YOU?

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The NXT STEP - LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT Blog - The Beer Machine

The machine can serve 2 kinds of typical Dutch beers, then it will open the bottle and cool it down to the perfect drinking temperature.

As a beer lover, I sure want to have his machine, but I'm sure it will also work with your favorite brand of soft drinks.

Enjoy the other movies where Jan explains how he build the separate parts of the machine.

You have to watch the video... I SO want one of these. :)

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lego's and Space Elevators? Yep!

The Space Elevator Blog - LEGOs and the Space Elevator

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For several years now, the Japan Space Elevator Association (JSEA) has had an annual competition (LASER) devoted to children building models of Space Elevators and, this past year, the American Space Elevator Conference added a similar event to its schedule.

And now a new book has been published titled The Cult of LEGO, by John Baichtal and Joe Meno. It is an absolutely fascinating look into this whole genre, everything from the history of LEGOs, Minifigs, LEGO art, the whole robotics - Mindstorm thing (which I really would like to do one day)., etc. The last chapter of the book, entitled “Serious LEGO” talks about LEGOs being used for Autism Therapy and “Open Prosthetics”; amputees using LEGOs to help design the next generation of prostheses - talk about being Über cool.

And, in that same chapter, Serious LEGO, is a sub-section entitled “Prototyping a Space Elevator“. Here the authors discuss the LEGO model of a Space Elevator that the representatives from the Japan Space Elevator Association (JSEA) brought to the 2008 Space Elevator Conference, complete with pictures (I had earlier posted about the JSEA LEGO Space Elevator here).

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And, on a related note, there are now several pictures posted on Flickr of entries into last summer’s The Next Generation of Space Travel competition. The winning entry was, fittingly enough, of a Space Elevator. Shown is a picture of the winning entry. Click on the thumbnail to view a full-size version of the picture. You can see more pictures of this entry here.

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If it takes Lego's to get us a Space Elevator then so be it! As long as we get one! (Why do I care? Because that looks like the only realistic way I'm personally ever getting into space and I REALLY want to get into space one day... ;)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Decals you won't be afraid of using on your Legos... Adding reusable awesome to your Legos with BrickStix!

BrickStix

BrickStix Cling Decals for LEGO®, MEGA BLOKS® and Other Plastic Bricks

BrickStix Clings and Mod Stickers are designed to keep kids (and adults) creating beyond the brick. BrickStix, decals for LEGO®, MEGA BLOKS® and other plastic bricks, are reusable, removable and restickable cling decals. You can add a watchdog to your city, stick an alien aboard your spaceship or put a dent in a car. Change your BrickStix as often as you change your mind. Mods are removable and repositionable stickers. They go on easy and can be removed just as quick. No sticky mess...Mods won't leave ick on your brick. You can create a zombie apocalypse or a WWII mission. No matter which Stix you choose, we've got your bricks covered. Give your creations life!

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BrickStix - BrickStix Clings

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BrickStix - Mod Stickers

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I don't know about you, but I always hated putting decals on my Legos. I'd never get them straight and since they were permanent, it made reuse of the pieces harder and it use just such a commitment! lol

These seem to be the perfect compromise. You get the cool and complete look a decal can give your models, yet you don't have to make that commitment. :)

And there's zombie decals too!

(via Winextra - BrickStix: Taking your LEGO to the next level)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3...Lego'd!

dvice- Video: Lego Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is just bananas

"After seeing the impressive Lego Gears of War video last month, we didn't think anybody could make a better Lego version based off a mainstream video game, and were were right.

Because nobody can top YouTube user Kooberz. Yep, the same guy who made the Lego Gears of War video is back with this awesome Modern Warfare 3 video. It's the best two minutes I spent all week.

Wondering how the entire video was made? Go watch the behind-the-scenes video here.

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Lego Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

Lego Call of Duty MW3 Behind the Scenes

Awesome...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A minifig like you've never seen one before (might make you think before you blow up the next one... :| )

Gizmodo - You’ll Never Look at a Lego Man the Same After Seeing His Open Guts

"The humble Lego minifig usually leads a life of adventure and conquest—pirates, knights, Jedi—glamour and thrills. But underneath all that plastic? Pulsating, bleeding bone and organs, just like us.

Jason Freeny, the artist behind this sculpted vivisection, details the process on his Facebook page, showing the use of an off the shelf Lego toy, sculpting clay, and some very, very meticulous work. ..."

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...wow...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lego Mindstorms "digital" clock

Winextra - A robotic LEGO clock you know you’ll want [Video]

"I admit that I am fascinated by all the really cool things that people do with LEGO but sometimes I think that they have way too much time on their hands, but at least now they’ll have a Mindstorms powered LEGO clock.

It’s called Time Twister and it was created by Hans Andersson, who used two Mindstorms cores that are located behind the two center digits. These two cores then communicate wirelessly using Bluetooth in order to stay in sync.

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Tilted Twister - Time Twister

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Time Twister consists of two LEGO Mindstorms bricks communicating via Bluetooth. The master brick keeps track of the time and handles the minute digits. The slave brick handles the hour digits and the second indicator.

Each digit is made up of five layers with black and white tiles layed out in different patterns. Each layer can rotate 360 degrees before it hooks to the next layer. By twisting the top layer back and forth in a specific pattern, you can arrange the layers so that the desired digit is displayed.

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I love time gadgets like this... Shame the project isn't available for download yet.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Lego Mindstorm milling machine that's wowing the gadget world...

The Brothers Brick - Lego milling machine

"Arthur Sacek developed a milling machine made using only Lego parts and a drill. The video shows the machine sculpting a 3D face from a block of floral foam.

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I've seen this mentioned in a few places today... All I can say is that I want one... :)

 

(MAKE: - Milling Machine Made Entirely From Lego)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lego my Robotics Developer Studio... "Robot Development Using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio" book now available for purchase

CRC Press - Robot Development Using Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio

RDS

Price: $79.95
Cat. #: K11150
ISBN: 9781439821657
ISBN 10: 1439821658
Publication Date: June 23, 2011
Number of Pages: 287
Availability: In Stock
Binding(s): Hardback | Available in e-book!

Features

  • Uses MSRDS and LEGO robots as a platform for teaching intelligent robot software development
  • Explains how to install MSRDS
  • Offers a full introduction to the major components of MSRDS, including CCR, DSS, MVPL, and VSE
  • Discusses how MSRDS can solve robot development issues, such as multi-task coordination, concurrency event handing, and applicability for different modules
  • Includes many useful examples that enable hands-on understanding of the principles of robotics
  • Provides the MSRDS codes for all examples on a companion website

Summary

The Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio (MSRDS) and LEGO® robots together offer a flexible platform for creating robotic systems. Designed for novices with basic programming skills, Robot Development Using Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio provides clear instructions on developing and operating robots. It includes an extensive array of examples, with corresponding step-by-step tutorials and explanations.

The first several chapters of the book introduce the development environment of MSRDS, including concurrency and coordination runtime (CCR), decentralized software services (DSS), visual simulation environment (VSE), and the Microsoft Visual Programming Language (MVPL). The text then covers the inputs and outputs to the robot and control logic and describes how MSRDS can be used to control a LEGO robot’s hearing and vision. It also presents a real-life example involving a sumo robot contest. The final chapter provides information on related academic courses, websites, and books.

The top-down approach used in this text helps readers think of a robot as a system rather than an assemblage of parts. Readers gain an understanding of methods for integration, design trade-offs, and teamwork—all essential skills for building robots. The MSRDS codes for all examples are available at http://msrds.caece.net/

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Legos! Robots! Robotics Developer Studio! Ahhh....!!!!

(All that excited yelling has tired me out... ;)

(via Microsoft Robotics Blog - New book about RDS using VPL and LEGO NXT)

Friday, July 15, 2011

George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones characters Lego'ized... "A Song of Ice and Lego"

TOR.com - A Song of Ice and Lego

"George R. R. Martin’s fantasy masterpiece A Song of Ice and Fire has swept the nation. This week alone the fifth book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, was released to great acclaim, while the HBO drama series based on the novels, Game of Thrones, received a whopping thirteen Emmy nominations. Capitalizing on the popularity of the series, LEGO has announced they will be releasing tie-in playsets featuring the Starks, Lannisters, and other denizens of the Seven Kingdoms.

Okay, just kidding. These GoT minifigs were actually created by game designer Sam Beattie. By cannibalizing countless LEGO sets, Mr. Beattie assembled strikingly accurate likenesses of the books’ characters. Check out the images below, and click on Sam Beattie’s Flickr for even more images. In addition to ASOIAF, there is also an impressive recreation of Serenity and the cast of Firefly. MiniMal! So you better check that out too.

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Having recently started reading this series (yeah, yeah, I know, I'm late to the game...) and watching the Game of Thrones series on HBO, I thought this pretty neat.

BTW, if you're a reader too, you can find me on GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/gduncan411... See you there.