Farquar

Jack of all trades, master of none.
Jack of all trades, master of none.
Great little Lego Seasonal’s seem to have dried up

Great little Lego Seasonal’s seem to have dried up

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The mini holiday sets that were pretty much only found at Lego’s stores and website were some of the cuter and easier to afford seasonal sets to be produced.  Once hooked, I was pretty much expecting these to continue on and fill in the holiday gaps, but they have missed quite a few holidays which gives me the fear that the line is done.

So far Lego has covered these Holidays in the last few years: Continue reading →

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Some Stranger Creatures Hatching

Some Stranger Creatures Hatching

Octopus – Something about an intelligent, eight tentacled, cephalopods in blimpy eggs ends up making perfect sense.  The delightful little babies emerging with incredibly dainty looking features is rather joyous, but I hear a lot of mother Octopi will starve to death guarding their eggs.  Hopefully she got a tear jerking glimpse of her babies.

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– one of the worlds strangest creatures and having have seen one at the zoo in Austrailia, they are energetic water puppies.   An oddball of the animal kingdom being a mammal that lays eggs, and comes complete with a mini beaver tail and duck bill. Continue reading →

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Girl on the Train – Farquar and Banana

Girl on the Train – Farquar and Banana

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Farquar is goaded into talking to a girl on the train.  Things don’t go in the absolute best direction for him.  At least he can earn his ‘good deed daily’ badge.

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Fun in the Park – Lego 60134 Animation Dance Party and set Review

Fun in the Park – Lego 60134 Animation Dance Party and set Review

FunParkFeatureWhen you get a set that is mostly minifigures, it sort of begs to be turned into a Dance Party.  This little stop motion video was made from the new Lego set “Fun in the Park” 60134.

That video gave me a few hours of playtime and fun, so perhaps the set will be of similar interest to you…lets get into the details:

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Eco Wrap – A push for greening up fast food a smidge

Eco Wrap – A push for greening up fast food a smidge

If you have dined-in at a fast food restaurant at some point in your life, you have likely noticed that everything you order comes individually wrapped up and placed on your tray just the same way as it would if it was ordered at the drive through.  By this I mean, your burger/chicken sandwich is in a paper wrap or cardboard box, your fries are in a cardboard caddy, your nuggets are in paper or cardboard, your cookie is even in a tissue.   And if you are like me, the first thing you do is open up the sandwich, unfurl its wrapper, dump the fries/nuggets on to join the sandwich, and start your meal.

The proposal is simple: Have an OPTION at fastfood joints to request Eco Wrapping for Dine-in customers where the food is minimally packaged.  For instance, 1 sheet can be placed on the tray, the burger, fries, and chicken, cookie, whatever, can be placed directly on that, and you will immediately start to reduce waste.

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*Despite the graphics, the initial proposal is not to adopt glassware or silverware for dine-in customers, but at the initial onset, to at least reduce all the little cardboard and paper containers that food comes in. Continue reading →

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Lego man helps a poor Sap

Lego man helps a poor Sap

A friendly Lego guy jumps secretly into action to help out a poor sap who has misplaced his keys.

I had a Saturday free once and decided I would try making a stop motion animated Lego video.  My plan was to mix live action and stop motion.  This is the second time I’ve tried this, but the first time in the era of digital cameras.  Using my digital camera really sped up the work on this little project.  A major take away from doing this little short was next time, I’ll film stop motion at night using artificial light so that the sun and clouds do not interfere with the lighting for ever frame.  Some thing you might not figure out by watching is how I got the car to do jumps.  I actually rigged up a pole over head and used fishing line to dangle the car.  It would turn a little, so I would sit poised at the camera until the moment the car was facing the exact direction I wanted.

Another little detail was how I filmed this alone when my wife was out of town.  When she came home, I had her go upstairs, and filmed her lines using the camera down stairs to get the audio to sound right.

I know the whole video is a little rough, but I think it came out fairly well.

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What you see – vs – what the Baby sees

What you see – vs – what the Baby sees

We all know babies don’t exactly see the world the same way we do.  And there are certainly hundreds more differences between their unique viewpoint of the world and our own, but here are at least the first five.

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I’ve seen all these behaviors from our baby, and if I draw up a few others, I’ll post them.  If you think of more I should add, let me know in the comments or something.

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Glorious 2ft Lego Big Ben Announced – Set 10253 Expert

Glorious 2ft Lego Big Ben Announced – Set 10253 Expert

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Lego has announced that they are producing a fantastically detailed Big Ben set.  Clocking in with 4163 parts and a US price of ~$250, this set comes in with a triumphantly low price per part of ~$0.06 Cents per part!  The video and released photos give you some great views of the exterior and of the few functions of the tower.  The most notable function appears to be that turning a dial causes the clock faces to turn their hands.  There is no gearing between the little and big hand of course, they move as a cluster.  The Building attached to the tower is adorned with detail but no mention or photos of what’s going on inside.

Check out the video from Lego:

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Farquar and Banana – 002 – Casted

Farquar and Banana – 002 – Casted

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Banana decides to inform Farquar of his recent casting in an upcoming community theatre play.  The next installment expects to continue story line as Banana further considers his options.

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