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18 Oct 07:44

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Fun Fact


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If you replaced the term 'space' with 'everywhere-in-the-universe' I feel we'd get more funding for everywhere-in-the-universe exploration.

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18 Oct 07:07

The Case of the Missing Sausage

by Minnesotastan

Discussed at the Funny subreddit.
18 Oct 07:05

Snow ravioli

by Minnesotastan

Or a raviolo, to be more precise.  Image cropped for emphasis from the original.
17 Oct 07:29

The Future: 1972

by Lino

The average person now carries more computing power in their pocket than what it took to put the Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon. However, Johan Alexanderson takes us back to a time when ties were wide, comb-overs were a thing, ashtrays were piled high with cigarette butts, and data was stored on reel-to-reel. This is the kind of vintage computer room my dad worked at in the 70s. A vehicle door makes an excellent spool of continuous feed computer paper. The green screen, the big cabinets, the data reels, even the color aesthetic and the utilitarian swivel chair all seem clunky and outdated to us, but at the time it all went together like swingers and fondue.

Vintage Computer Room

It should come as no surprise that Johan is a computer programmer who also seems quite inspired by a retro aesthetic. This wouldn’t be the first time he had delighted us with computing nostalgia. Check out this free-to-play “Classic Space Adventure” LEGO-inspired computer game he created utilizing over 400 pages of programming.

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17 Oct 05:10

Percent Milkfat

"So what's dark energy?" "Cosmologists and the FDA are both trying very hard to find out."
15 Oct 17:52

Feeling cute. Might growl later-idk

by Lino

I’m more than one-hundred articles into this gig and I’m still finding things to go absolutely gaga over. My case in point, these adorable animals as rendered by Instagram user Legotruman. It is so hard to pick a favorite so we’ve constructed a composite image showcasing most of the animal renders here. My heart melts when I look at each of these portraits, which totally wreaks havoc on my hard-edged, devil-may-care image, let me tell you.

If I had to pick just a few favorites, I’d go with this adorable little tiger…

This adorable little panda bear…

Also this adorable little giraffe…

This adorable little sea turtle…

And finally this adorable little kookaburra.

Is that a tear welling up? (Sniffle) I think it is. This is hands down the best thing I’ve seen all day and I’ve seen two squirrels fighting over a grape.

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05 Oct 07:01

Hours Before Departure

They could afford to cut it close because they all had Global Entry.
03 Oct 19:08

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Magnitude


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I'm informed that technically an order of magnitude down would be 1/10th of a deity. But, if you just physics the number one more time, you arrive at exactly 0.

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It's a double update day, thanks to early buyers!

29 Sep 12:33

This groovy exterior will make you dance

by Chris Doyle

When building with LEGO, one of the more frustrating things is when the bricks just don’t seem to line up right. Oh, sure, LEGO has amazing interlocking technology built in, and that helps. But when you’re trying to do something fancy with half-stud offsets or SNOT, sometimes those joins are a little less than static. El Barto has taken this pain point and turned it into something lovely with their rendition of the David E. and Stacey L. Goel Center for Theater and Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH. Built with meticulous attention to detail, the walls use a repetitive mis-alignment to create a zig-zag pattern that matches the textures of the real building. Even better, the whole build sits askew on the display stand, mirroring those interesting angles.

Goel Center: Entrance

The sides and back of the building also have that great texturing. The rest of the landscaping is also well executed, with brick-built trees and curving walkways.

Goel Center: Side

If you’d like to see it in person, this creation will be on display in the lobby of the Goel Center for the remainder of the academic year. I just wonder if the display table is also at an angle…

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28 Sep 19:28

Happy birthday to great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandma

by Minnesotastan

(She was a "hundred-and-one" years old.)

Via Neatorama.

Related:  It takes guts to make a cake like this.
28 Sep 19:27

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Freudeity


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Actually, cognitive neuroethics says only the neurons involved in bad behavior should go to Hell.

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26 Sep 06:52

Math Work

I could type this into a solver, which MIGHT help, but would also mean I have to get a lot of parentheses right...
10 Sep 14:54

A lovely home far from Arrakis

by Andrew

Author Frank Herbert was first inspired to write the epic Dune novels by the sandy dunes on the Oregon coast in the United States. As a struggling sci-fi writer early in his career, it seems doubtful that Herbert would have had the means to live in such a wonderfully architected home as this exquisite LEGO house among the dunes by Sarah Beyer. Sarah’s house features stone walls built from plates, plus geometric white sections and a garage door built on its side. The square stone arch at the roofline is particularly striking.

Dune House MOC I

The landscaping around the home is no less noteworthy, with an irregular base that looks exactly like sand spilling all around the base of the structure and scrubby plants rooted in the loose soil.

Dune House MOC IV

And be sure to check out all the other LEGO Architecture by Sarah that we’ve featured previously.

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07 Sep 06:11

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - VRRRR


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I think there could be a whole field of study based on analyzing what pets are afraid of and assuming it exists in the fossil record.

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27 Aug 19:18

20 pieces to crow over

by Chris Doyle

As those with some knowledge of Latin might expect from the user name, Corvus Auriac seems to have a thing for crows. Crows are among the most intelligent of birds and are often known to make use of tools. Corvus the builder is also a tool user, as demonstrated by this lovely digital render of Arminius, The Crow. Creating a recognizable avian can be a challenge, yet Corvus manages it in only 20 pieces. Among the creative part choices are Minifigure wings, a tooth for a beak, and a flipper for the tail. Even the branch is a nice little build, making use of an elephant tail and carrot top.

Arminius, The Crow

Although this is just a flight of fantasy (brick) at present, Corvus says that a real-world version is on the way. I’m looking forward to seeing it!

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27 Aug 14:19

Blue lava

by Minnesotastan

One of the hydrothermal sites at Dollol (Ethiopia).  The burning of sulfur generates a characteristic blue flame.  Credit Olivier Grunewald.
26 Aug 16:45

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Science Fiction


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Somehow I get the feeling this'll generate more hatemail than the open borders comic...

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19 Aug 05:58

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Bat


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Do you think it's ever possible to truly know what it's like to be Thomas Nagel?

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19 Aug 03:11

This epic recreation of Deep Space Nine is so huge, I can practically fit inside!

by Benjamin Stenlund

Ok, so not quite, but it is approximately eight feet in diameter, and I am only a little over six feet tall, so it is bigger than I am. And if I curled up around the central core between the docking pylons, I could probably fit. Thus, the title is not entirely hyperbolic. But I could wax hyperbolic about the eponymous space station from the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine, built by Adrian Drake from over 75,000 pieces, including an absurd amount of dark bluish grey. It took over two years to build, and I can see why.


How this thing can support its own weight is itself an impressive feat of LEGO engineering. On top of that, lights were added to bring a certain amount of pizzazz to the presentation. The real thing (or “real” thing, since it is a fictional space station set in a sci-fi TV series) is over a kilometer in diameter and home to about 300 permanent residents. Deep Space Nine served as an outpost from which Starfleet could explore the Gamma Quadrant via a wormhole. From what I gather, it was in operation during approximately the same time as the events of The Next Generation and Voyager. Now, I have never seen the show (I preferred Star Wars to Star Trek as a kid, when it felt like you had to choose between them) so I don’t know any details that I couldn’t get from Wikipedia, but it looks awesome even without any context.

I love the pearl gold greebles in the docking pylons, as they offer a nice contrast with the dark grey. They are also a pleasant departure from the typical light grey greebles one sees on many spaceship builds. Among the myriad of parts used include the lasso of truth, a chicken, katanas, faucets and flags.


The structure is so large that the curves are created by the natural space in between 1×2 pieces when slightly strained, giving much of it a smooth finish. Other areas are finished with studs, which is less sleek but perhaps more accurate.


As for the rest, it is so large and impressive that I am at a loss for words. I’ll leave you with this final convention image, just to put it in proper scale, unlike the edited picture above.

Ds9 is done!

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18 Aug 08:01

Hovercars don’t have to be bright to be beautiful

by Daniel

Visions of the future have been promising hovering cars since the 1960s and we are still waiting. But with LEGO creations like this hovercar by GolPlaysWithLego we can imagine ourselves whooshing down the floating freeways of tomorrow in style. Rather than build a flashy, bright-colored hovercar inspired by the video game franchise Wipeout, this one is made using monochrome shades of spaceship gray, and it looks great. The way the windshield part fits so smoothly into that arch, it’s like it was made just for that purpose.

Another hovercar LEGO MOC

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16 Aug 07:40

40% of Americans hold strict creationist views

by Minnesotastan
Forty percent of U.S. adults ascribe to a strictly creationist view of human origins, believing that God created them in their present form within roughly the past 10,000 years. However, more Americans continue to think that humans evolved over millions of years -- either with God's guidance (33%) or, increasingly, without God's involvement at all (22%)...

As many as 47% and as few as 38% of Americans have taken a creationist view of human origins throughout Gallup's 37-year trend. Likewise, between 31% and 40% of U.S. adults have attributed humans' development to a combination of evolution and divine intervention over the same period.
Details at the Gallup website.   Procedural details here.
For the poll, Gallup conducted phone interviews of 1,015 American adults living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Respondents were asked to choose which of these statements came closest to matching their own views on the origin and development of human beings:
(1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process
(2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process
(3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so
Via Gizmodo.
16 Aug 07:32

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Kill


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They need to make Baby Not On Board signs, as a courtesy of people trying to drive recklessly in peace.

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16 Aug 07:30

I’m a rhinoceros hornbill. How-do-you-do!

by Lino

It never fails, someone builds an animal or another and it always makes me smile. What I like is beginning to become predictable. I hope you can be as enthralled by Marco Gan’s rhinoceros hornbill as I am. The rhinoceros hornbill (Buceros rhinoceros) is the state bird of the Malaysia state of Sarawak as well as the country’s National Bird. This particular cutey is a charming female as her eye is white with red rims made from a small wheel and tire assembly and a radar dish (males would have red with black rims). My favorite part is the tongue made from a snowboard. The hanging spider acts as a reminder that in the jungle, there is always something alive needing to eat. It is clear that Marco cares deeply about the animals of Southeast Asia, as this isn’t the first time he’s delighted us with jungle creatures. Check out these tapirs of his we featured previously.

Rhinoceros Hornbill

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14 Aug 02:27

New York’s Hearst Tower skyscraper recreated in 20,000 LEGO bricks

by Rod

Manhattan’s Hearst Tower is one of the city’s most distinctive skyscrapers and DeepShen has built an impressive LEGO version of this interesting block. The faceted corners of the tower’s 182m height give it a striking visual signature, enhanced by the interesting contrast between the modern skyscraper and the 1928 cast stone facade which surrounds its base. This, the original Hearst building, was intended to be the ground floors of a skyscraper, but that construction project was put on hold by the Great Depression. In 2006 its purpose was finally realised — a protected landmark, the facade was retained as a street-level front for the stunning new building which emerged from its heart.

LEGO New York Skyscraper

DeepShen says the model used roughly 20,000 LEGO pieces and is built to 1:156 scale. By my calculations that makes this creation around 110cm high — so it’s as impressive in scale as it is in shaping.

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08 Aug 07:42

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Cinnamon Buns


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Apparently it's now possible to get a corn dog made with duck fat, presumably so you can lie to yourself about why you're eating a corndog.

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08 Aug 07:40

Dark Matter

To detect dark matter, we just need to build a bird feeder that spins two squirrels around the rim in opposite directions at relativistic speeds and collides them together.
08 Aug 07:28

Tardigrades on the moon

by Minnesotastan
The odds of finding life on the moon have suddenly rocketed skywards. But rather than elusive alien moonlings, the beings in question came from Earth and were spilled across the landscape when a spacecraft crashed into the surface.

The Israeli Beresheet probe was meant to be the first private lander to touch down on the moon. And all was going smoothly until mission controllers lost contact in April as the robotic craft made its way down. Beyond all the technology that was lost in the crash, Beresheet had an unusual cargo: a few thousand tiny tardigrades, the toughest animals on Earth.
Details at The Guardian.
08 Aug 07:27

"Do you live on This Street or That Street?"

by Minnesotastan

Residents of Porter's Lake, Nova Scotia might live on either one, or on The Other Street.

Via the Crappy Design subreddit, where a discussion thread includes other cities with bad or confusing street designations (Atlanta, Calgary, Grand Junction...), including this monstrosity from New York City:

01 Aug 02:26

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Jurassic


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I am prepared to offer my services to the writing of Jurassic Park Part 17.

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30 Jul 18:02

Subterranean junkyard

by Minnesotastan

Explained at Wired:
The Gaewern Slate Mine in Ceredigion, Wales, was once rich in slate, a purplish-gray rock sought for its beauty and durability. It was extracted between 1812 and 1960. But once humans had emptied the mine of everything they wanted, they filled it with everything they didn't: broken washing machines, shot microwaves, and dozens of rusty old cars...

None were so tricky to photograph as the Gaewern mine, though. To reach it, Friend and a companion drove seven hours from London, then hiked down a precariously narrow ledge hugging a cliff face to the entrance. Inside, they rappelled five stories down—a huge tripod, large format camera, and other equipment on their backs—then crept 20 feet through a low, claustro­phobic tunnel that opened to the cavern you see above.

Friend was most struck by the almost religious shaft of light pouring in through a crack in the rock above. Capturing that light, while properly illuminating the rest of the scene, required keeping his camera's aperture open for a full five minutes. During the first minute of the exposure, he used a powerful flashlight to trace the darker objects he wanted to highlight. Then he switched it off and let the natural light accumulate on the film for the remainder of the shot.
An impressive image - and a reminder that there is no "away."