Listen to the new Portal song by Jonathan Coulton


While delightful on their own terms, the icing on the cake of the Portal games has always been the songs by Jonathan Coulton that play over their end credits. Read the rest

Priest built LEGO model of Vatican

Father Bob Simon spent nearly a year of his free time building this intricate LEGO model of the Vatican, now on display at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute adjacent to the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit and "The Art of the Brick" LEGO sculpture exhibit currently on view at the museum. Apparently, Simon built a smaller version of the LEGO Vatican while in junior high school. The current model consists of approximately half a million parts and includes a LEGO pope on the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square. (Associated Press)

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EverBlocks are the giant Lego bricks you always wanted


EverBlock's concept is simple: interlocking plastic bricks at a macro scale.

It's quick and easy to build nearly anything, by stacking and organizing the universal blocks in nearly any shape, pattern, or size. Anything you've constructed can be taken apart and re-assembled again, and the pieces can be re-used to build other objects, making EverBlock a unique green building method.

Wired's Liz Stinson: "with just three block versions, there are limitations to what you can build with the blocks. Don’t expect a life-size version of Lego’s architecture series just yet"

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WATCH: Jurassic World in 90 seconds in LEGO


It only takes 90 seconds to tell the story how we wish it had been told. Read the rest

Simple physics and machine building via LEGO for my 8 year old

Combining useful physics lessons, building cool machines, and LEGO is always win in my household. This book has my daughter back to building!

LEGO Chain Reactions: Design and build amazing moving machines arrived as a gift the other day. This very clever book easily walks you through building Chain Reactions, simple LEGO machines that are designed to modularly fit together, they can function individually or as a unit. There are 10 models that you can build and link together.

In addition to each module being a interesting mechanical construct, the book explains the physics that allow the "chain reactions" to occur in a way my 8-year-old gets it. There is also a useful progression through the book in a "Now that you've built an onager, meet the trebuchet!" sort of way that I found helpful and entertaining.

At first I was worried that our vast tub of LEGO would not have the right pieces. If you have 2-3 sets worth of LEGO detritus, you should be fine and able to build everything here. The included pieces are all specialized, but if you follow the books instructions, and don't care about color matching, you'll get there.

IF you want to build some fun RubE Goldberg machines with your kid, LEGO Chain Reactions is a great book.

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See Lego robot controlled by DIY exosuit


Danny Benedettelli built a Lego NXT humanoid robot that he controls with a sensor-laden exosuit, known as a "waldo." For example, when he moves his arms, so does the robot. Read the rest

7 games you can play with Google Maps

Explore the many trivia, hidden object, shooting and driving games created around Google Maps, from Streetview Zombie Apocalypse to Google Sheep View.
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Just released: Lego's own version of Minecraft


If the endless galaxy of Minecraft just isn't big enough, we've now got another virtual world to make our own (with bricks, of course): Lego Worlds.  Today Lego announced its "early access" release of its video game on Steam, currently available as a beta program for $14.99.

Just like Minecraft, the game features procedurally generated worlds where players can modify their surroundings to create whatever they like. Only this time, those worlds are made of Lego bricks. "Lego Worlds enables you to populate your worlds with many weird and wonderful characters, creatures, models, and driveable vehicles, and then play out your own unique adventures," the game's Steam page explains.

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Lego store detains 11 year old customer, accuses his father of being an unfit parent

Doug Dunlop's 11 year old, Lego-obsessed son is a frequent customer at the Lego store in Calgary's Chinook Mall, where he spends his odd-job savings on new materials -- until this week, when the Lego store management had the mall's security take him into custody. Read the rest

Haunted Mansion Lego!

This Haunted Mansion Lego set is up for your votes -- it's got mine! Read the rest

Help make a Golden Girls LEGO set a reality


How big is the overlap of people who love both LEGOs and 80s camp sitcom Golden Girls? LostSleep hopes at least 10,000, the number of votes needed to make this prototype Golden Girls LEGO set commercially available. Quoth LostSleep: Read the rest

Beauty tips for male Lego execs

Hugh writes, "Lego published annoying 'beauty tips' for young girls; Elbe Spurling has a nice response: beauty tips for male Lego executives." Read the rest

Lego cell phone dock spins 360

User Toulouse shows off a fairly slammin' cell phone dock on the OnePlus One Android smartphone forum. Even though it's for the new OnePlus One phone, the build can be recreated for any handset.

(Side note: I do hate his use of the word "ghetto" in the description, common among some makers. Does he honestly live in a poor neighborhood where improvisation and thoughtful use of materials reign? If not, what's it saying?)

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Lego slippers

They're $12.50/pair from Thinkgeek: one size, red or blue, 3X2 only, and have thick enough soles to cushion even the most violent Lego/bare-foot impact. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Humble Brainiac Book Bundle: tech books for kids!

Get more than 15 DRM-free kids tech ebooks from No Starch Press, including the amazing Lauren Ipsum, as well as a wealth of killer Lego books, books for young makers, and kids' programming guides -- support EFF and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, too! Read the rest

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