Saturday, June 30, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
That’s the premise behind yet another summer camp I wish I had when I was young….this one’s in
Read about it here.
This is an oldie but goodie…As the hype around video games continues to grow, a new generation of video-game playing parents are faced with the dilemma of whether or not their own children should play these games. Chris Anderson – editor-in-chief of Wired magazine and lead editor of Geekdad.com follows the “LEGO Rule” when it comes to decisions like this. “The Lego Company, it seems, has a policy of not producing toys that replicate 20th century weapons. “You can have swords, and you can have laser guns in space, but no actual 20th century guns,”
The newly discovered dinosaur, the Albertaceratops, has now been preserved in Lego brick form at the Telus World of Science! Lego brick-master Robin Sather has captured every detail using Duplo bricks. How many you ask? He can't reveal that, but estimates 10s of 1000s of bricks. The really cool part - the model is on display until September, at which point kids are invited in to help dismantle the creation! Read all about it here!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
260 LEGO fans gathered outside of Chicago this past weekend at BrickWorld to show off their creations. Showcased were everything from mosaics to life size Darth Vaders to an architectural study of a medieval English cathedral. And all of these models were built by AFOLs - Adult Fans of LEGO.
This isn't abnormal - right now there is a community of over 30,000 AFOLs and that number is growing. Architects, engineers, teachers - it's a broad and talented group that isn't afraid to showcase their inner child.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Adam Reed Tucker, once a LEGO kid, now a Chicago area architect has created “a LEGO extravaganza” for fans of all ages - Brickworld! Featuring thousands of LEGO creations, Brickworld took place this weekend and was a huge success! Check out this Chicago Tribune article to read about Tucker’s inspiration to organize this event for LEGO fans of all ages.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
American Sign Language (ASL) Professor Carl Schroeder of Haiku, Hawaii uses LEGO storytelling to inspire students to develop their ASL skills. “I believe rather firmly that learning ASL through LEGO stories empowers students to replace the unrealistic folk tales with simple realistic stories taken from the world of reality and from nature.”
He is THE only person to be represented TWO times (at the same time) in LEGO minifigure form. Just announced and covered over at the MTV Movies blog, check it out and “Gawk below to see the 4-centimeter version of our idol-hunting, whip-toting adventurer in action.”
Some people know the key to corporate happiness isn’t always in the paycheck. One corporate lawyer in Manhattan left his day job to follow his inner creator…building with LEGO bricks for a living. He now has a traveling LEGO art exhibit and goes to corporate campuses to do building events to inspire fun and creativity among employees. Check out his website here and check out a recent glimpse into his “office” from CNN.
Read all about it...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Inspired by an awesome LEGO Alien interpretation, a blogger on Wired Magazine’s Geekdad blog has challenged “all the Geekdads and Geekkids with LEGO skills” to “craft and submit pictures of constructs that recreate an item, character, or scene from favorite geek movies.” The comments to this blog entry are awesome and I have to give props to my fellow Geekmom that wants to participate! Read more here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Even devoted dad Brad Pitt spends time with his adopted son Maddox by building LEGO creations! He hopes that one day Maddox will become an engineer or an architect. See it here.
With the 30th Anniversary of the first Star Wars movie upon us, this über fan reminisces about the first time his father took him to see a Star Wars movie. Like so many other fans he quickly became obsessed. He writes: "I feel sorry for my dad: he had to deal with a mini-Luke for the next ten years." And, like so many of us, LEGO bricks consumed his childhood so he was creative and built his very own spaceships to have space battles. Once LEGO came out with its LEGO Star Wars line he wondered, “why, oh why didn’t they have them when I was a kid? It was the ultimate marriage of my two childhood favorites... Alas, I was an adult, so I didn’t buy such toys anymore. So I bought a Lego Podracer from Episode I. It’s still in my closet. Shh, don’t tell anyone.”