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03 Nov 01:25

The birthplace of the European rebirth

by Luka

A builder that goes by the name Classical Bricks (Timothy Shortell) would probably find it challenging to choose a more appropriate theme to build in – there are few things more Classical than the Renaissance in western culture, which Timothy is a part of. His creation, built for the Time Isles collaboration at BrickCon, represents Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

The Renaissance (Main)

The scene is bursting with the style and characteristics of the depicted time and place; the buildings are packed tightly to give an impression of an old city, but the buildings themselves are obviously screaming Renaissance too. Arches, ornate decoration and colours show us a rich city that was instrumental in bringing western culture to where it is today.

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02 Nov 20:26

A reel-to-reel tape recorder that’s not really real

by Elspeth De Montes

The digital era has pushed a lot of state-of-the-art technology into vintage obscurity, and one such piece of audio equipment is the reel-to-reel tape recorder. Imagine the tape removed from a tape cassette and wound onto a reel, press a button and twiddle some knobs and voilà, your slightly crackly audio recording will be transferred onto the reel.  Yul Burman has built a great looking LEGO version complete with reels, buttons, twiddly knobs and some bygone bling!

LEGO MOC Reel to Reel Tape Recorder

I want this on my shelf next to Carl Merriam’s vintage LEGO movie projector.

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02 Nov 20:17

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Choose

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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02 Nov 13:42

Market "Shares"

by Jen

When it comes to advertising their goods, this bakery knows just how to squeak by:

IT'S A TRAP!!


Of course, not every label can be so appetizing:

Because "Ball Sack" was just a little too formal.

 

And speaking of Balzac...

Let's be realistic: It's French. No one will notice.

 

Now here's a place that knows just how to garner the most business with their promotional mailers:

Yep, blurring out their contact information was definitely the right move.

 

And finally, this bakery gets the gold star for truth in advertising:

Hey, you can't say they didn't warn you.

 

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02 Nov 03:54

Analogue

by Robot Hugs

New comic!

Last time I went to the optometrist the doctor asked me how much screentime I have and I was like hmmm usually between 8 and 16 hours a day depending? He seemed pretty unhappy with that answer so I guess isn’t not great.

Anyways I think being hunched over desks and drawing tablets is starting to really take its toll – I’m feeling sore and tense and tired all the time. I don’t want to cut back any more on doing the comic, so I’m going to try this ‘ink and paper’ thing I’ve been seeing around, at least for a while. Thanks for your patience.

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01 Nov 00:00

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Difficult

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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I was recently in the nicest hotel of my life and I think I scalded my hands at least three times.

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31 Oct 22:55

Conspiracy theory: there was no shooting in Las Vegas

by Minnesotastan
Unbelievable:
Braden Matejka survived a bullet to the head in the Las Vegas massacre. Then, the death threats started coming.

“You are a lying piece of shit and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head,” a commenter wrote to Matejka on Facebook, one week after a gunman killed 58 people and injured hundreds more. “Your soul is disgusting and dark! You will pay for the consequences!” said another. A Facebook meme quickly spread with a photo of him after the shooting, captioned: “I’m a lying cunt!”...

Conspiracy theorists – some of whom claim that the government staged the shooting on 1 October or that the tragedy was a hoax – have targeted survivors and victims’ loved ones, spamming every social media platform with misinformation and abuse. On Facebook and YouTube in particular, users have published viral posts and videos calling people like Braden “crisis actors”, alleging they were hired to pose as victims...

Friends and relatives posted messages of love and support in response. But soon, the nasty messages began to arrive, with strangers sending comments at such a rapid rate that it was hard for the family to keep up.

“Obviously a TERRIBLE CRISIS ACTOR,” wrote a Facebook user named Samantha. “HE’S SCAMMING THE PUBLIC … This was a government set up.”

“YOUR A LIAR AND THEFT PIECE OF CRAP [sic],” wrote Karen.

“You’ll pay on the other side,” said a user named Mach. Others called Braden a “LYING BASTARD”, “scumbag govt actor” and “fuckin FRAUD”, while one user named Josh wrote: “I hope someone comes after you and literally beats the living fuck outa you.” 
More details at The Guardian.   This is the world we live in.
31 Oct 22:54

Copy editor needed

by Minnesotastan

Several other examples in the original Twitter thread.  The title of the article was amended for the online version.
30 Oct 20:22

Digital Resource Lifespan

I spent a long time thinking about how to design a system for long-term organization and storage of subject-specific informational resources without needing ongoing work from the experts who created them, only to realized I'd just reinvented libraries.
28 Oct 19:48

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Discount Flight

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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Secretly, he longs for extra spikes.

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28 Oct 00:25

Negotiate a Higher Salary With a Sneaky Joke

by Kristin Wong on Two Cents, shared by Kristin Wong to Lifehacker

So many of us avoid negotiating because it seems so tricky and so confrontational. You don’t want to miss out on that money, though. One easy, non-confrontational way to haggle your salary? Make a ridiculous joke.

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27 Oct 21:42

Credit Card Rewards

I should make a list of all the things I could be trying to optimize, prioritized by ... well, I guess there are a few different variables I could use. I'll create a spreadsheet ...
25 Oct 19:46

Immune System

It also helps with negotiation. "Look, if it were up to me, *I'd* accept your offer, but my swarm of autonomous killer cells literally can't be reasoned with. It's out of my hands!"
25 Oct 19:44

Reaching people on the internet

by Matthew Inman
25 Oct 19:43

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Best Life Advice

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There should probably just be an app so you can direct message old wise men atop mountains.

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24 Oct 19:40

Making Progress

I started off with countless problems. But now I know, thanks to COUNT(), that I have "#REF! ERROR: Circular dependency detected" problems.
23 Oct 21:48

Pirate Party Wins Big in Czech Parliament Elections

by Ernesto

The Czech Pirates have made quite a name for themselves in recent years.

The political party previously took on a local anti-piracy outfit by launching their own movie download sites, making the point that linking is not a crime.

The bold move resulted in a criminal investigation, but the case was eventually dropped after it was deemed that the Pirates acted in accordance with EU law.

In the political arena, the Czech Pirate Party booked several successes as well. In Parliamentary elections, however, the party never managed to beat the required threshold. Until this weekend.

With 10.79% of the total vote, the Pirates won 22 seats in the national parliament. Not just that, they also became the third largest political party in the country, where more than 30 parties participated in the elections.

The Czech Republic becomes the fourth country where a Pirate Party is represented in the national parliament, following Sweden, Germany, and Iceland, which is quite an achievement.

“It is the best result of any Pirate Party in history and gives us a great mandate to transform the dynamics of Czech politics. At the same time, we understand this as a huge responsibility towards the voters and the Pirate movement as a whole,” Tomáš Vymazal, one of the new Members of Parliament, tells TorrentFreak.

The Pirates (photo via)

While there were some celebrations after the election result came in, the Czech Pirate Party is moving full steam ahead. The twenty-two newly elected members have already held their first meeting, discussing how to get the most out of their negotiations with other parties.

“The negotiation team has been established and the club’s chairman was elected. We’ll now need to set up our offices, hire assistants and distribute specific responsibilities among the club,” Vymazal says.

“One of the first issues we will open up a discussion about in the parliament will be the fixing of a historic anti-corruption bill.”

The bill in question makes sure that every contract the state or a state-owned business enters into is put on the record. However, the previous parliament introduced several exceptions and as a result, many of the money flows remain hidden from the public.

Like other Pirate parties, the Czech branch is by no means a single issue outfit. The party has a broad vision which it distilled to a twenty point program. In addition to fighting corruption, this includes tax reform and increasing teachers’ salaries, for example.

More classical pirate themes are also on the agenda of course. The Pirate Party wants to overhaul the country’s copyright legislation, stop internet censorship, and put an end to cell phone tracking. In addition, the growing of marijuana for personal use should be allowed.

With the backing of hundreds of thousands of Czechs, these and other issues will certainly be on the political agenda during the years to come. It’s now up to the Pirates to make them a reality.

“We must do a very good job to successfully establish the Pirate Party in Czech politics and deliver on the promises we made to the voters,” Vymazal says.

Rick Falkvinge, founder of the movement with the Swedish Pirate Party, is delighted to see more pirates do well. “It’s great to see more and more pirate parties succeeding”, he says

“The average time for any party to get their first representative elected is 23 years. I think we were all living on Internet time when we started this project: eight years to a successful election, as the Czech pirates now did, is still very fast by international and political standards.”

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

21 Oct 10:05

Nature lovers will Lovell this modernist home

by Elspeth De Montes

Lovell Health House is an International Style modernist residence designed and built by Richard Neutra between 1927 and 1929.  It was built for the active, health-conscious Lovell family in the hills of Los Angeles.  The house’s construction is rather interesting. In addition to the steel structure integrated with tension cables, the house is actually one of the first to use gunite. Mattias Søndergaard has captured Lovell House in LEGO form with its clean lines and overlapping planes perfectly suited to LEGO construction.

The Lovell Health House

Whilst the house sits nestled into the cliff surrounded by nature, Mattias has used some artistic license to give the natural flora of Los Angeles a ‘New Hampshire’ colour spectrum.

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20 Oct 19:53

Cast Iron Pan

If you want to evenly space them, it's easiest to alternate between the Arctic and Antarctic. Some people just go to the Arctic twice, near the equinoxes so the visits are almost 6 months apart, but it's not the same.
19 Oct 19:57

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Smell this

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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If this looks familiar it's because yesterday I uploaded it with a typo, in which the dad was offering to taste the kid's sore throat. That may literally be the creepiest typo in the history of typoes.

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19 Oct 19:56

“What happened to your lights? and...blueness?” “I’m too cool for those now”

by Peter

While I haven’t seen it yet, the new movie Blade Runner 2049 does look quite awesome. However, I will admit I was a bit disappointed when I saw the new spinner sans all blueness and police lights, to me there’s nothing cooler than a white and black (or blue in this case) speeding down the road lights flashing, sirens blaring. Nonetheless, Marius Herrmann has done an amazing job building the new spinner in LEGO form. I love the unusual use of cut fiber optic cable as lights on the front nacelles.

Spinner (from "Blade Runner 2049")

The builder also managed to take a scene from the trailer, and using Photoshop, remove the real spinner and person from the scene, replacing it with his own. The result looks fantastic and could easily be mistaken for a real life setup.

Spinner (from "Blade Runner 2049")

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18 Oct 21:05

Research Risks

The 1919 Great Boston Molasses Flood remained the deadliest confectionery containment accident until the Canadian Space Agency's 2031 orbital maple syrup delivery disaster.
18 Oct 19:41

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Become one

by tech@thehiveworks.com


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It's not you, it's your species.

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17 Oct 19:43

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dear Lord

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Later it turns it he was talking to Satan. But, it's okay because he has gold.

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Dear sweet lord it's pub day. God help us.

17 Oct 09:06

This is important.



This is important.

16 Oct 22:18

PureVPN Explains How it Helped the FBI Catch a Cyberstalker

by Andy

Early October, Ryan S. Lin, 24, of Newton, Massachusetts, was arrested on suspicion of conducting “an extensive cyberstalking campaign” against a 24-year-old Massachusetts woman, as well as her family members and friends.

The Department of Justice described Lin’s offenses as a “multi-faceted” computer hacking and cyberstalking campaign. Launched in April 2016 when he began hacking into the victim’s online accounts, Lin allegedly obtained personal photographs and sensitive information about her medical and sexual histories and distributed that information to hundreds of other people.

Details of what information the FBI compiled on Lin can be found in our earlier report but aside from his alleged crimes (which are both significant and repugnant), it was PureVPN’s involvement in the case that caused the most controversy.

In a report compiled by an FBI special agent, it was revealed that the Hong Kong-based company’s logs helped the authorities net the alleged criminal.

“Significantly, PureVPN was able to determine that their service was accessed by the same customer from two originating IP addresses: the RCN IP address from the home Lin was living in at the time, and the software company where Lin was employed at the time,” the agent’s affidavit reads.

Among many in the privacy community, this revelation was met with disappointment. On the PureVPN website the company claims to carry no logs and on a general basis, it’s expected that so-called “no-logging” VPN providers should provide people with some anonymity, at least as far as their service goes. Now, several days after the furor, the company has responded to its critics.

In a fairly lengthy statement, the company begins by confirming that it definitely doesn’t log what websites a user views or what content he or she downloads.

“PureVPN did not breach its Privacy Policy and certainly did not breach your trust. NO browsing logs, browsing habits or anything else was, or ever will be shared,” the company writes.

However, that’s only half the problem. While it doesn’t log user activity (what sites people visit or content they download), it does log the IP addresses that customers use to access the PureVPN service. These, given the right circumstances, can be matched to external activities thanks to logs carried by other web companies.

PureVPN talks about logs held by Google’s Gmail service to illustrate its point.

“A network log is automatically generated every time a user visits a website. For the sake of this example, let’s say a user logged into their Gmail account. Every time they accessed Gmail, the email provider created a network log,” the company explains.

“If you are using a VPN, Gmail’s network log would contain the IP provided by PureVPN. This is one half of the picture. Now, if someone asks Google who accessed the user’s account, Google would state that whoever was using this IP, accessed the account.

“If the user was connected to PureVPN, it would be a PureVPN IP. The inquirer [in the Lin case, the FBI] would then share timestamps and network logs acquired from Google and ask them to be compared with the network logs maintained by the VPN provider.”

Now, if PureVPN carried no logs – literally no logs – it would not be able to help with this kind of inquiry. That was the case last year when the FBI approached Private Internet Access for information and the company was unable to assist.

However, as is made pretty clear by PureVPN’s explanation, the company does log user IP addresses and timestamps which reveal when a user was logged on to the service. It doesn’t matter that PureVPN doesn’t log what the user allegedly did online, since the third-party service already knows that information to the precise second.

Following the example, GMail knows that a user sent an email at 10:22am on Monday October 16 from a PureVPN IP address. So, if PureVPN is approached by the FBI, the company can confirm that User X was using the same IP address at exactly the same time, and his home IP address was XXX.XX.XXX.XX. Effectively, the combined logs link one IP address to the other and the user is revealed. It’s that simple.

It is for this reason that in TorrentFreak’s annual summary of no-logging VPN providers, the very first question we ask every single company reads as follows:

Do you keep ANY logs which would allow you to match an IP-address and a time stamp to a user/users of your service? If so, what information do you hold and for how long?

Clearly, if a company says “yes we log incoming IP addresses and associated timestamps”, any claim to total user anonymity is ended right there and then.

While not completely useless (a logging service will still stop the prying eyes of ISPs and similar surveillance, while also defeating throttling and site-blocking), if you’re a whistle-blower with a job or even your life to protect, this level of protection is entirely inadequate.

The take-home points from this controversy are numerous, but perhaps the most important is for people to read and understand VPN provider logging policies.

Secondly, and just as importantly, VPN providers need to be extremely clear about the information they log. Not tracking browsing or downloading activities is all well and good, but if home IP addresses and timestamps are stored, this needs to be made clear to the customer.

Finally, VPN users should not be evil. There are plenty of good reasons to stay anonymous online but cyberstalking, death threats and ruining people’s lives are not included. Fortunately, the FBI have offline methods for catching this type of offender, and long may that continue.

PureVPN’s blog post is available here.

Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services.

14 Oct 20:28

How Facebook Outs Sex Workers

by msmash
An anonymous reader shares a Gizmodo report: Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed to know about one of them. Leila is a sex worker. She goes to great lengths to keep separate identities for ordinary life and for sex work, to avoid stigma, arrest, professional blowback, or clients who might be stalkers (or worse). Her "real identity" -- the public one, who lives in California, uses an academic email address, and posts about politics -- joined Facebook in 2011. Her sex-work identity is not on the social network at all; for it, she uses a different email address, a different phone number, and a different name. Yet earlier this year, looking at Facebook's "People You May Know" recommendations, Leila (a name I'm using in place of either of the names she uses) was shocked to see some of her regular sex-work clients. Despite the fact that she'd only given Facebook information from her vanilla identity, the company had somehow discerned her real-world connection to these people -- and, even more horrifyingly, her account was potentially being presented to them as a friend suggestion too, outing her regular identity to them. Because Facebook insists on concealing the methods and data it uses to link one user to another, Leila is not able to find out how the network exposed her or take steps to prevent it from happening again. "We're living in an age where you can weaponize personal information against people"Kashmir Hill, the reporter who wrote the above story, a few weeks ago shared another similar incident.

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13 Oct 20:34

State Borders

A schism between the pro-panhandle and anti-panhandle factions eventually led to war, but both sides spent too much time working on their flag designs to actually do much fighting.
13 Oct 19:37

Chris McVeigh’s My First Computer DOS Edition [Review]

by Edwinder

Even if you’ve not heard of Chris McVeigh, you’ve probably seen his builds in one way or another, especially his iconic Classic Mac that’s been featured quite a bit across the media. As a brick artist, Chris specializes in capturing fragments of details in tiny builds that give maximum impact. The other great part about Chris’s builds is that all of his build guides are available free for download and all you need to do to enjoy his wonderful creations are to source the bricks from sites like Bricklink or gather what you have from your very own stash. Of course, there are those that may not have the time or knowledge of the secondary LEGO market to gather all those parts, which makes purchasing a custom kit directly from the artist becomes a great option. For those that do, there’s no detail spared in the experience. Trust me on this, I’m going to bet that you’ll be impressed by the level of care and detail that Chris puts into this.

He’s come a long way in terms of creating various themes, but one favorite of mine has been his Technology builds, and we’re going to take a closer look at just one of those: “My First Computer: DOS Edition.” This machine is a throwback to the 80’s, when CPUs ran at 4.77 MHz and with probably a monochrome or 4-color display at 320×200 resolution — if you were lucky. Yes, boys and girls, fortunately, some of us are that old.

The packaging arrives in a brown box with a postmark from the Canadian postal service. Inconspicuous enough to ensure that anything inside is not what one would expect. But everything that spells mundane ends here.

Lifting up the box flap reveals an invoice and a folded lightweight crepe paper in black.

Behind the crepe paper reveals a printed Thank You note and a link to the building guides (instructions are online rather than printed in the box) and also an email address for support issues. I’m pretty sure that Chris is the only person behind the scenes, but it really gives off a nice touch of professionalism.

Lifting the Thank You note reveals the bubble pack and another surprise – a personalized note signed by Chris himself. Chris included an extra custom-printed processor tile, which was great since I didn’t purchase one with my earlier Byte Edition kit from Chris. Thanks, Chris!

The final package with the parts gives off a feel of neat, detailed, and and dense packaging.

Unwrapping the bubble pack – which you can tell contains custom packing, with the shearing of the paper’s edges – reveals the particular version of the build that I have. One thing about Chris is that he continuously refines his builds to add more details or sometimes replaces parts which may be rare and harder to obtain with more common pieces yet retaining or even improving the designs. The versioning helps because from the time of order to the time that you actually build, you may actually forget what you have on hand and this little touch is a very good reminder of the specific build guide to download.

The flip side of the package sports the build name — in this case, the DOS Edition and a reminder of his website address.

The sides of the pack in tiny ziplock bags feature the printed tiles.

On the flip side, is the spare processor as promised.

Sliding out the protective sheath reveals yet another surprise: Numbered bags packed separately! Now this is a nice surprise for me as Chris’s previous builds just had a single unnumbered bag and this really takes the build process it to a whole new experience.

The two bags are once again wrapped bag within bag with detail and care.

The bags themselves are wrapped with paper sheaths to identify them.

Unwrapping the sheath reveals yet another touch of detail. A reminder to ensure that no elements are left stuck onto the circular seals. (I’m guessing that this has happened pretty often to warrant this reminder.) Color me impressed with the level of care and thought put into this extra help to builders.

To prepare for the build, a quick download of the guide on an iPad (the instructions are in PDF, and work on any computer, phone, or table) and the build begins!

The first bag consists of the motherboard and internals. Specifically ,the two floppy disk drives, the CPU, and the power supply.

The completed build includes the two daughter-boards. For those of you that actually owned one of these machines, the locations of these items are spot on.

The back features the external ports and the fan exhaust — again, spot on the position where they would typically be in the real McCoy.

Here’s a closer look at the printed processor tile. It really reminded me of a typical chip released back in the days when they had spider-like legs to be soldered onto the board. I’m guessing BRK001 stands for Brick version 1 of sorts, and the 68 possibly an homage to the Motorola 68K processor.

The outer chassis is built quite simply and with clean lines.

I really liked the clever engineering of how the front plate is locked to the build with a clip.

The only thing left to do is slot the motherboard right into the shell case. If you noticed a black stud on the right sticking out, that’s actually where the power switch would be in the actual IBM personal computers back then, just right by the power supply. It’s these kinds of details that bring back a rush of memories.

Bag two consists of the parts for the CGA (4-color) display — or at least that’s what I had back then. Built in sections, what you see is the back half of the build.

Construction of the screen was simple enough, with the black curved tiles to remind us how all CRT screens were once desiged.

There was a point where I had to build these unique parts. I could not guess what they were for. It certainly piqued my interest on what to expect next.

Diligently following the guide, I ended up with this sub-assembly that looked like an engine block.

To my amazement, it was used to fix two parts of the monitor and hold them together firmly. Now this is quite a clever technique, giving one the flexibility to remove the front block from the back (which would prove useful later).

Completing the monitor with the parts left me with a mistake, but that engine block mentioned earlier made it easy for me to correct. The orientation of the two exposed studs was meant to be at the bottom of the screen. The ingenious design saved the day for me instead of taking it all apart.

The completed design: the CRT monitor placed on top of the CPU block.

I almost forgot about the A>_ and C:\_ drive tile placement. Keeping true, I never owned a hard drive, so the Floppy drive it is.

The only remaining part is the quick build for the keyboard. A view of the back shows how the keyboard connects to the monitor with a VGA adapter at the back.

The finished built is a breathtaking classic, but I felt a certain missing component — my trusty mouse! Now, do note that the mouse wasn’t part of the accessory of the IBM Compatible PC but it did have its uses. Perhaps it would be a nice touch, but it’s not something that I would complain about.

Side by side with my other favorite build, I’m both DOS and MacOS compatible. My collection is complete and I’m elated!

Final thoughts: As expected, Chris McVeigh’s builds are always designed with detail and care, and this one did not disappoint. Chris reminds me of the late Steve Jobs – everything that’s built has to have love and heart put into it, even if it’s seldom or not seen, right down to the experience of unpacking and the box it arrived in — the whole thing has the vibe of an “artisanal” LEGO kit.

The packaging has vastly improved over the years to the point where the only missing detail is outer box art — not that it’s needed anyway. The build inside is a true time machine; I owned one of these PC XT machines back in its heyday and this certainly brought back memories with the countless times I had to open these machines.

While Chris graciously shares all of his instructions and allows everyone to enjoy his love of the brick, I do implore those that can spare the change to support LEGO artists like Chris. I’m pretty sure none of these sales actually pay the bills, but serve and encourage builders to create more for an audience to enjoy. I for one will certainly look forward to more of Chris’s builds and guides.

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13 Oct 04:24

She pretty much has the looks, and I’m confident she’s got it where it counts.

by Edwinder

The Sidewinder by Railblade caught my eye for its balanced resemblance to the Millennium Falcon we all know and love, yet something different — just enough to make it believable and a bit of extra effort to make the ship hospitable.

Onwards!

It’s got a cozy sleeping quarters and even a proper bridge for control and co-piloting functions. The color theme is both space-y and earthly which gives a nice clean weathered effect. My favorite part is the three heavy-duty thrusters that guarantee warp speed that’s definitely going to give Han Solo a run for his republic credits.

Crew Quarters

There’s been quite a number of Falcons thanks to several competitions going around, if you haven’t already sent in your entry for our very own TBB competition, time is running out, and you can tell Luke Skywalker that you ARE actually going take your reward (if you win) and leave.

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