Lego Roundup

Durham Cathedral

Last year, I told you about a British family that constructs a giant Lego project every year at Christmastime. BBC reports that Mike Addis and Catherine Weightman are at it again sans their children, who are finally fed up with the tradition. In BBC’s retelling, the two children mounted a failed campaign to build a Death Star. When Mike and Catherine chose Durham Cathedral instead, the children handed in their resignations.

Durham Cathedral Credit: BBC/Mike Addis

Durham Cathedral
Credit: BBC/Mike Addis

 

Winter Village

I also told you last year about my own Christmas Lego display. It’s up again this year, but I rearranged the sets to look more like a coherent village. Voila:

Xmas left

Xmas right

Xmas total

 

A Very Christmas Lego Roundup

Today I bring you my Christmas Lego display. Probably would’ve gotten more traffic if I’d published it a couple weeks ago, but I didn’t have the energy.

This is every set from the brilliant Winter Village series, plus last year’s special edition and one of this year’s two special editions.  Sorry that some of the pics are a bit out of focus.

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Lego Roundup

Sorry for the huge lapse in posting again. Unemployment is pretty demoralizing (though I suppose I ought to use my writing as a coping mechanism).

Drivable Car

In its finished form, the Super Awesome Micro Project can reach a top speed of eighteen miles per hour with the aid of four orbital engines and 256 pistons. All but the tires and load-bearing elements are made of Legos.

I had to search through a good dozen articles before I found one that explained what is meant by reports that the Super Awesome Micro Project “runs on air.” It’s compressed air. Not the engineering breakthrough I hoped for.

Gingerbread House

Big one. Mike Addis and Catherine Weightman assembled it as part of an annual tradition in their Cambridgeshire, UK home. 18 year-old daughter Holly refuses to appear in a Christmas card picture with it. Dunno why it’s that big a deal.

Credit: BBC

Credit: BBC

Rivendell

I guess this is a city in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings? Anyway, Alice Finch and David Frank’s creation is massive and extremely detailed and you are advised to check out the closeups on Flickr.

Credit: Bippity Bricks

Credit: Alice Finch/Bippity Bricks

Chicago

Nag Odekar built a handsome replica of the Chicago skyline in his clearly baller apartment. His Sears Tower is over six feet tall. The video won’t embed, so watch it here.

Original Apple Computer

This video is sick. Too bad it won’t embed.

Gaga as a Christmas Tree

Not normally one to validate the tabloid scene, I make an exception to bring you Lady Gaga as a Christmas tree in London.

 

Christmas in Advertising

I’m normally quite vigilant against profit-seeking endeavors but man, can you get my attention by bringing Christmas into the picture. The sight of this tree stopped me in my tracks on the way to the store. 20131202-170158.jpgOn an unrelated note, when I was in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea last year, Digicel was one of two service providers on the island. I learned a lot about cellphone use outside of the United States on that trip. Since the US-based iPhone is of no use for us proles when traveling overseas, I eventually bought a $50 phone that can be used in most countries so I can simply purchase a local SIM card and some prepaid minutes upon arrival. No more suffering for lack of communication.

Lego Roundup

On November 22, the Vulcan Municipal Library in Alberta, Canada held its first annual Lego competition. Competitors were required to follow the theme “Outdoor Adventure.” One submission:

Credit: Simon Ducatel, Vulcan Advocate

“Battle Boat”
Credit: Simon Ducatel, Vulcan Advocate

In Loveland, Colorado, the Denver Lego Users Group is building a Christmas train exhibit at the Rialto Theater Center. Six different builders contributed sets to a display that features a 15-foot by 20-foot loop:

Jack Hester, 7, left, and Cary Scheirer-Domingo, 6, watch an electric Lego train. Credit: Steve Stoner, Reporter-Herald

Jack Hester, 7, left, and Cary Scheirer-Domingo, 6, watch an electric Lego train.
Credit: Steve Stoner, Reporter-Herald

Robotics competitions were held in Hillsborough, New Jersey, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Rochester, New York.

Rudolph

Just completed my annual ritual of watching the 1964 claymation tv special, which Wikipedia tells me is one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being broadcast (I’m also a fan of the first two listed). The producers really turn it into a beautiful story.

It’s a fascinating historical artifact because the shame and ostracism visited on Rudolph and his entire family (in the show, Donner is his dad) is quite cruel by modern standards. Santa Claus literally tells Donner that he should be ashamed of himself for birthing a son with a red nose. Then the father of a female deer tells Rudolph that no daughter of his will be seen with a red-nosed reindeer. Rudolph is treated like the nigger* of the North Pole, which takes on more meaning when you think about the fact that the movie was copyrighted in the same year as the Civil Rights Act. There’s also some interesting sexism at work.

Anyway, for those of you who missed tonight’s 8pm NBC airing, I recommend a search on the internet, where you might hypothetically find the entire show available for download. With modern HD you can see every grain and piece of fabric on the characters. It’s really cool.

 

*A friend noted my usage of the word. I’ll direct you here.

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