Friday, August 29, 2008

Poor Jar-Jar

Darth-Ewok's rafting is an entry for a contest on Imperium Der Steine. The use of a window as the waterfall is really clever.



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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008

Friday, August 22, 2008

Organ Harvesting

Rocko's organ harvesting calls attention to the brutal treatment of the Falun Gong by the Chinese government. Read more about this. Warning to parents - this is gruesome stuff, you may want to discuss it with your children.



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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Olympians

Both Jarod_Uses_Film 713Avenue have been creating series of Olympic-themed scenes as the games have progressed.




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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Then we made our true love vow. Wonder what she's doing now?

Commander Calamitous has his own take on Summers End. I almost put this over on MicroBricks for the great AT-TE and Republic Gunship in the background, but figured I'd put this here to pair with the previous MOC.



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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Brick Science Contest

Chris Doyle, of Reasonably Clever is hosting a Brick Science contest and Shane Larson and myself are guest judges. The connection? We're all scientists. That's right, with fancy degrees and everything. Build something inspired by good or evil scientists, real or fictional to win fabulous prizes. Of particular note for this blog is the vignette category. Here are Shane's Particle Accelerator and Lenny Hoffman's Galileo for some inspiration (though Lenny's wouldn't fit the contest rules for the vig category).







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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Dun-dun-de-dun-dun-dun-dun, dun-dun-de-dun, dun-de-dun-de-de-dun-dun-dun

Hmm, maybe that doesn't work as well as the Jaws theme or the Imperial March. Anyway, these are old, but in honor of the 2008 Summer Olympics I figured I'd re-post my track and field vigs.






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Friday, August 15, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The old switcheroo

Brainbike.rider built the secret suitcase swap for a spy-themed agent on Lugnet.at, the Austrian LEGO group.



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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This vig is all wet

Nermal knows that when the plumbing is broken, you need to call the Super.



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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ouch

What's worse than stepping on a LEGO brick with bare feet? Cuahchic presents for Gary.



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Sunday, August 10, 2008

We got spirit yes we do

AlexF presents Spirit. "The Spirit had chased Octopus around Cental City. He seemed to have lost him down in the sewers but then he fell for one of the oldest tricks"



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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

LEGO Art - potential forum idea

Over on the Brothers-Brick there is a great discussion in response to an essay by Roy Cook on Is LEGO art? (short synopsis - it isn't always, but it can be). In the epic string of comments that follow, Fallentomato suggested the utility of a "LEGO art" forum, just as there are forums related to Castle LEGO, Space LEGO, etc (oh, and I would be remiss if I didn't point out the new Forbidden Cove devoted to Pirate LEGO). I think this is a great idea. I'm not volunteering to set this up, as I already have a full plate (admin one forum, run three blogs, participate in other forums), but I would be a willing participant. I think that often vigs can be very successful as art, so there would be some crossover here. In my vision, a LEGO Art forum would be divided into a few sub-forums:
Theory of LEGO Art - This would be for discussions such as Roy's essay.
LEGO Artwork - Presentation of LEGO creations and discussions of their artistic merits. For instance, Izzo's series of Japanese proverb vigs.
Art Reflects LEGO, LEGO Reflects Art - This would be for those LEGO creations that refer to art, or artistic works that refer to LEGO. Here I'm thinking of things like Arthur Gugick's Mona Lisa, the works of Udronotto and Balakov, Annie Preston's artist vigs and Marti, Irene i Joan Mitjavila's rendition of Vermeer's Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (below).
Techniques - Perhaps a section for new building techniques as they can relate to artistic MOCs. E.g. different mosaic techniques like Brendan's headlight mosaic versus studs up, versus studs out, etc.
News - Things like the Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick tour, Olafur Eliasson's cubic structural evolution project 2004, maybe the release of new sets that somehow relate to art like the mosaic sets or the new Taj Mahal.
Probably also subforums for introductions and admin issues. The cool thing about such a forum is that, with some effort, it might bring together people from the LEGO world and people from the art world.



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More fun than a lamppost full of monkey

Jakub Kraft presents an Old Organ Grinder.



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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Friday, August 01, 2008

Ambassador round-up

It's been a while since I blogged on the Ambassador vignette build challenge. The new LEGO Ambassadors were asked to build vigs representing themselves as builders and their roles. I've already noted several of them. Here are the others I've seen (thanks to Nannan of the Brothers Brick for some of these links). Could someone with access to the super-secret-Ambassador-forums point me to any in public view that I've missed?

Andrew Becraft is a man who wears many hats in the AFOL community (be sure to follow the link to see all the notes on this one).


Happy Weasel (aka Dan Rubin) sees himself as a noise filter, taking all of the community's issues to LEGO.


Slice151 (aka Fradel Gonzales) is more machine than man.


Imhotepidus' (Roy Cook) self portrait is full of symbolism - the tree for growth, the missing brick for the need to improve, etc.


Magnus Lauglo shows off his LEGO building area.


Tim Gould (Gambort) is the man behind the screen (hmm, why is this not in his Flickr photostream?).


Tsang Yiu Keung (Chiukeung) shows off his Green Grocer.


Mike Crowley (CountBlockula) sees himself as a creation of the community in his role as LA.


Danila Martyakhin's (Dandily) Equilibrium features a robot built for a contest on Doublebrick.ru.


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