LEGO Snow Globe - 2

So, just before I launch into an entire week of close-ups, I thought I should give you (at least) one shot of the whole globe.

And this is it.

Tomorrow - back to the LEGO! :)

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LEGO Snow Globe

Instead of an advent calendar, this year sees London being invaded by a series of snow globes! They've appeared randomly around the capital. One currently envelopes Anteros (the statue normally, and incorrectly, labelled as Eros). And one envelopes various LEGO miniatures of London.

Here's the first image in the series, Buckingham Palace.

All these were built by Duncan Titmarsh, who also built the LEGO Christmas Tree at St Pancras last year.

LEGO Graphics Card

I've waxed lyrical on this site before about how small designs are often better than large ones. This is the latest example to cross my proverbial desk.

http://makezine.com/2013/11/14/lego-video-card-looks-like-the-real-thing/

My favourite part is the small right angle lug in the bottom right - it's the clip that would fit into the motherboard, and shows an attention to detail that I adore!

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Bulk Buying LEGO

Note to self: do not search for 'bulk LEGO' on ebay, when your credit card is already in their system.

And this simple tweet began a series of transactions that resulted in me buying too many bags of randomized bulk LEGO. The question is, though, what can you expect from such a bag?

Well, firstly the first picture you see is nowhere near what you receive. That image looks something like this:

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LEGO Butterfly

Or flutterby, if you will.

As well as being rather splendid in its design (notice the effortless curves) it's notably for being a live build and being a commissioned build. Maybe this is a sign that LEGO sculpture is becoming a mainstream activity. Which is a good thing. And not just for those of us that build!

http://www.brucelowell.com/post/monarch-butterfly/

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Crayons

Although not LEGO (and not strictly 'punk', since it's a commercial venture) I do like these crayons. Yes, crayons. Working, drawable, crayons.

The number of possible models is rather limited, but at least there's one suggestion on the back of the box:

LEGO calendar

The simple image above belies the fact that this camera has some amusing tech behind it. Namely, that there's some code hidden away which accepts an email of a photograph of the calendar, processes it, and converts it into calls that update their Google calendar.

Why couldn't they have a webcam hooked up to watch it, though?

http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/02/vitamins-design-lego-calendar/

LEGO Rover

If you don't have enough money to buy Mindstorms, then take heart... and take an Arduino out of its box, instead!

This project uses an Arduino and a couple of standard controllers to give you a cheap version of a Mindstorms robot.

http://hackaday.com/2013/09/01/obstacle-avoiding-lego-rover-uses-cds-for...

Brick-by-brick : Building a tractor

Here's an epic LEGO stop-motion film - even if I do say so myself!

Instead of the usual '1 frame per second' you get with the speed builds, et al, these images were taken manually - one picture for every new brick added. And since there's just over 350 pieces to make this model, that means there's 350+ pictures taken.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4ufvvVn3Uo

Well.... it was a bank holiday... what did you expect people to do? See family?

Mr LEGO Crane

Ok, so that's not his real name, but user 'babasorhum' over on brickshelf seems to have an (un)healthy obsession with them :)

I found this because I was looking for design ideas to build my own crane, in an attempt to impress a friend of mine. Sadly, anything I could build wouldn't compete with this so I conceding a graceful defeat, and decide to show off his work instead!

Nice work :)

http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/babasorhum/

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