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04 Sep 02:50

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Hunting and Gathering


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Basically, everyone is descended from the guy who ruined everything.

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03 Sep 01:41

Malt, hops, water, yeast, and ABS — the perfect pint

by Rod

LEGO and beer — surely the perfect combination*. Austrian builder sanellukovic certainly seems to think so, having put together this fabulous Medieval brewery. I love the frame of poles out front supporting the hop vines, and the presence of a well — clean water being the single most important ingredient in good beer, and generally the reason for a brewery’s location.

Brewery Südende 9 Kingdoms

The model has a nice interior, and there’s some great low-level photography to showcase it. I love when builders get their cameras down to minifig eye-level. It gives a wonderfully realistic feel when the images are up close like this…

...coal for the heat...

*Always drink responsibly. Especially if you’re building something. Building whilst under the influence of alcohol often results in terrible models. And don’t even think about drinking beer if you’re not over the age of legal consumption in whatever country you live in. You hear us? Don’t be telling the cops that TBB told you it was okay.

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02 Sep 21:57

Newly processed photos of Jupiter taken by NASA’s Juno probe

by Jason Kottke

Jupiter Juno

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Jupiter Juno

Seán Doran shared some recently processed photos of Jupiter that he worked on with Gerald Eichstädt. The photos were taken by NASA’s Juno probe on a recent pass by the planet. These are like Impressionist paintings…you could spend hours staring at the whirls & whorls and never find your way out. There are more images of Jupiter in Doran’s Flickr album, including this high-resolution shot that you can download for printing.

Tags: astronomy   Juno   Jupiter   NASA   photography   science   space
01 Sep 21:08

Baby Daddy

by Scandinavia and the World
Baby Daddy

Baby Daddy

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01 Sep 20:01

Ringer Volume/Media Volume

Our new video ad campaign has our product's name shouted in the first 500 milliseconds, so we can reach the people in adjacent rooms while the viewer is still turning down the volume.
01 Sep 20:00

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Spinoffs


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They also sent a guy to the regular moon.

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01 Sep 01:55


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01 Sep 01:53

Good food for thought in Malaysia

by Elspeth De Montes

In conjunction with the 60th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence, Malaysian builder Brandon Wyc has created a LEGO build based on the multi-racial, colourful and unique culture of Malaysia. Brandon describes the concept of his build as “Jalan-jalan Cari Makan / Walk Around To Find Good Food“. At the centre there is a colourful, imaginative three storey building with local food stalls, and four scenes along the edges;  two are small roadside towns, one is a small riverside village, and the final one is a seaside village. The first view shows the roadside and seaside scenes with lots of activity going on and busy food stalls.

Jalan-jalan Cari Makan / Walk Around To Find Good Food

A closer look shows the details that Brandon has added to really make the scene come alive. While not everyone is a fan of custom stickers, in this diorama the aim was to really highlight some of the different food and cultural influences with the added sign details. Satay is obvious on the menu today with some ice cream for dessert, by the looks of things.

Jalan-jalan Cari Makan / Walk Around To Find Good Food

We can take a look into the colourful interior of the main central building with detailed interiors on each floor. I know where I am heading now — up on the first floor there’s a stall with Fried Kway Teow on the menu, literally translated to ‘stir fried ricecake strips’. It’s a popular, tasty noodle dish in Malaysia that should satisfy my hunger.

Jalan-jalan Cari Makan / Walk Around To Find Good Food

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31 Aug 01:38

A massive wooden roller coast built entirely out of LEGO

by Jennifer

Don’t let the random furniture and cardboard boxes in the background fool you, this LEGO roller coaster by Chairudo is one impressively beautiful creation. The meticulous “wooden” beamwork makes this LEGO creation look like the real thing (only in miniature). And of course, just like a real a coaster, this beauty delivers thrills using only a chain lift and good old gravity.


Chairudo says that his roller coaster is made out of 100% LEGO and that the design was inspired by El Toro at Six Flags New Jersey. Altogether, this behemoth uses nearly 90,000 LEGO pieces and took Chairudo over 800 hours to build. It’s 6.5 meters long, 1.2 meters wide, 1.4 meters tall, and has a track length of 26 meters. (Given the sheer size of this thing, it’s impressive that Chairudo was able to take any photographs of it in his home).

In addition to the coaster, Chairudo also built two spinning rides and flowery walkways for the amusement park patrons. I particularly like the tree design with the large leaves and vines creeping up the coaster’s support beams. So how exactly did the builder make a working roller coaster using only LEGO parts? Honestly, I’m not entirely sure. Though I’d wager there was a lot of trial and error. Hopefully, Chairudo had a few volunteers to help him.


Best of all, there’s a video showing the coaster in action. Check it out below:

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30 Aug 22:25

Supervillain Plan

Someday, some big historical event will happen during the DST changeover, and all the tick-tock articles chronicling how it unfolded will have to include a really annoying explanation next to their timelines.
30 Aug 22:24

Chihiro’s journey: A LEGO tribute to Spirited Away

by Iain

They say that Disney movies touch the heart, but Studio Ghibli films touch the soul. None more so than the Miyazaki classic Spirited Away. I’ve modelled the works of this legendary Japanese animator in LEGO before, but on the 15th anniversary of its US release I figured it was time to take a deeper dive into this particular masterpiece:

Spirited Away remains unrivalled for its blend of the spiritual, realistic, fantastic, and human. In balancing all of those realms, Miyazaki was the master. No surprise then that this movie won the Oscar for best animated film and remains Japan’s highest grossing movie to date.

For this project I realized I’d need to do more just than generate a few brick-built characters and present them against a blank backdrop. In choosing a scale that would allow me to recreate as many creatures and environments from the movie as possible, I decided that the two main characters would be best represented as minifigures — specifically Friends “minidolls” which I find far more aesthetically pleasing than the regular old chunky figs.

Naturally this required completely repainting them to have movie-accurate outfits, which was one of several “non purist” techniques I used to create these scenes. See if you can spot where I had to cut or otherwise decorate key pieces in the boiler room scene!

To produce an image in which everything you see in the frame is made from LEGO, it’s often easiest for a builder to construct just the portions that are visible, resulting in sections that are incomplete and fragile. But for this project I decided to make sturdy display-ready pieces that LEGO fans will be able to enjoy in person at forthcoming conventions along the West coast.

The project kind of started small and then ballooned out of control. I started with just the characters, but soon found myself building increasingly complex dioramas to house them. It was hard to choose which scenes to attempt and which to leave out — but hopefully I captured your favorites! And as pleased as I am with the end result, I’m most proud of the little statuette I crafted of the master himself, Hayao Miyazaki:

Whether you are a fan of Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, or anime in general, I hope you enjoyed this brick-built stroll through one of my personal favorites. Or if this all of this is strange and unfamiliar to you, I hope it encourages you to give this (or any Miyazaki movie) a try. Whether you are young or old, they will touch you in a way that no Disney or Pixar animation ever could.

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30 Aug 05:59

To The People I’ve Lost Over This Election

by Jason Kottke

Back in March, John Pavlovitz wrote an open letter to friends he has lost contact with because of the 2016 election. This paragraph in particular articulates something I’ve been having trouble putting my finger on w/r/t some lost personal relationships due to “politics”:

I know you may believe this disconnection is about politics, but I want you to know that this simply isn’t true. It’s nothing that small or inconsequential, or this space between us wouldn’t be necessary. This is about fundamental differences in the ways in which we view the world and believe other people should be treated. It’s not political stuff, it’s human being stuff — which is why finding compromise and seeing a way forward is so difficult.

Fair or not, that is precisely how I feel. See also I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People:

I cannot have political debates with these people. Our disagreement is not merely political, but a fundamental divide on what it means to live in a society, how to be a good person, and why any of that matters.

Tags: 2016 election   John Pavlovitz   politics
30 Aug 04:10

App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of your eyes

by Mallory Locklear
Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, with just nine percent of patients surviving past five years. A major contributor to this rate is the fact that once those with pancreatic cancer start to show symptoms, the disease is usually already q...
30 Aug 03:41

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Unsolvable


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Consider the set S of individuals who have at any time been my wife...

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27 Aug 20:32

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Nanobots


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27 Aug 04:20

Maybe it should be called "tempafrost"

by Minnesotastan

Excerpts from an article at the New York Times:
Starting just a few feet below the surface and extending tens or even hundreds of feet down, it contains vast amounts of carbon in organic matter — plants that took carbon dioxide from the atmosphere centuries ago, died and froze before they could decompose. Worldwide, permafrost is thought to contain about twice as much carbon as is currently in the atmosphere...

In Alaska, nowhere is permafrost more vulnerable than here, 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle, in a vast, largely treeless landscape formed from sediment brought down by two of the state’s biggest rivers, the Yukon and the Kuskokwim. Temperatures three feet down into the frozen ground are less than half a degree below freezing. This area could lose much of its permafrost by midcentury...

“There’s a massive amount of carbon that’s in the ground, that’s built up slowly over thousands and thousands of years,” he said.

“It’s been in a freezer, and that freezer is now turning into a refrigerator.”
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26 Aug 21:22

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Moral Dilemmas


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Is it more evil to lie to save someone, or tell the truth in order to make sure they get killed?

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26 Aug 02:33

9 Oddly Specific Apology Cakes

by Jen

Far be it from me to ever condemn an apology made with cake.


Today's cakes do make me question being quite so specific about it.

Hey, I just realized this should have been the #1 apology cake for my Go-Go song!


And maybe these were the accompanying cupcakes?

(It says, "Sorry you fell in my pee.")


Now I know why most funeral receptions only serve pie.


Anyone else getting a passive-aggressive vibe here?


Very funny, Dad.


Oh, sure, THIS you can spell. Forget "congratulations," forget "birthday," "GONORRHEA" is the word you get right?! I just...I can't...I don't even...


And what are you smiling about?

This is actually adorable. Assuming it's a joke, of course.
If not, then it's adorable *and* hilarious.


This was a dispute between two chefs, kids. Chefs who are overly fond of their cookware. Honest.


Gentlemen, you know how sometimes you know you need to apologize, but you don't know what to apologize FOR?

This works.


Thanks to LW, Jacqueline P., Michelle B., Michelle M., Andrew C., Andrew F., Heather, Ian S., and Anony M. for taking the lower high road.


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26 Aug 00:18

Darkwood developer releases its own game on Pirate Bay

Darkwood developer Acid Wizard Studio spent nearly five years developing its top-down horror game. After only one week on sale, it decided to offer the game up for free on Pirate Bay.

Why would it do this after so much hard work? It's not because of the game's quality, as its Steam user rating averages at "very positive" with over a thousand players offering their opinion. Nor is it due to the game failing to hit the studio's sales goals. It's actually been quite the opposite on that front, as Acid Wizard noted that the game's sold well above its expectations, with its first week post launch shifting half as many copies as it did in the three years it was on Steam Early Access.

Instead, Acid Wizard's motive was a lot more sincere: it wanted people who couldn't afford the game to have access to it now, then hopefully pay the developer back when they could afford it. Furthermore, it sought to put an end to exploitative key reselling sites that operate through nefarious means.

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24 Aug 05:00

You are never lost when you can see the temple

by Iain

Built relatively recently, around the turn of the 20th century, Kek Lok Si is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Now local builder WingYew has constructed this gorgious LEGO diorama of the famed site:

As you can see below, and also in the full photo album, the build is brimming with tiny details such as the central 7-storey pagoda that contains 10,000 statues of Buddha (which are sadly too small to be captured at this scale!). From the looks of it, a person could lose themselves for hours in this temple – and quite possibly in this LEGO version as well!

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24 Aug 04:36

KFC unleashes VR training game about cooking fried chicken


It's a sequel to "Bacteria" :-)

UPDATE 24/08/2017 10.26pm: The KFC VR game now has an official name: The Hard Way - a KFC Virtual Training Escape Room.

The fast food chain described this most bewildering of VR experiences as follows:

“The Hard Way - a KFC Virtual Training Escape Room is designed as an escape room where Colonel Sanders gives his trainees hints and clues along the way to make sure they are making fried chicken the Hard Way - the way he invented more than 70 years ago. After successfully completing the five main steps - inspecting, rinsing, breading, racking, and pressure frying - participants exit the kitchen with an understanding of what it takes to cook Original Recipe chicken like a professional.”

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23 Aug 22:16

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dying Wish


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Screw it. I'm just gonna be immortal.

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23 Aug 08:43

corn chowder with chile, lime and cotija

by deb

I evicted a longtime resident of my To Cook list this week with this corn chowder. I have no argument with traditional corn chowder — it has cream, bacon, and potatoes and thus would be impossible not to love as soup or salad — but I adore to the point of boring everyone around me with my gushing, Mexican-style corn either elote-style (on the the cob rolled in butter, mayo, lime juice and coated with salty crumbled cotija cheese and chile powder or a chile-lime seasoning blend) or esquites-style (all of the above, but in a cup). This corn chowder attempts to celebrate the best of both.

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23 Aug 08:31

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Job


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The annoying thing about political economy textbooks is that the letters only appear when the Black Candle is lit beneath a Blood Moon.

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20 Aug 22:02

A picturesque house with a noble goal

by Luka

This looks like a very pretty house in a warm climate, but as builder Ayrlego explains, there is more to it than quaint architecture. Built for the Brethren of the Brick Seas role-playing game on Eurobricks, this house is a medical research centre where the doctor is trying his best to defeat one of the Imperial soldiers’ greatest enemies: scurvy.

Naval Medicine Research Centre, Port Woodhouse

There is a lot to love in the research centre, from the texture of the walls and quite realistic tile roof design (based on round 1×1 bricks) to the more subtle details like slightly tilted tiles above the windows. The terrace, vines and two minifigs taking a walk give the creation a great sense of atmosphere.

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20 Aug 21:57

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Noah's Ark


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I mean, the rainbow thing is just a phenomenon due to refraction. How self-centered do you have to be to think it's just about you?

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19 Aug 23:39

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Gif


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As in 'Ic hyeefed yow thes quilte.'

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19 Aug 09:11

Snake-Mailing Rules Revisited

by Kevin

Thanks to the many readers who responded to my assertion in Assorted Stupidity #103 that under U.S. Postal Service rules, “it is illegal to mail snakes, and it is illegal to mail poisonous reptiles, so poisonous snakes are doubly unmailable. Same for all poisonous insects, except scorpions under limited circumstances.” People identified at least three problems with this.

First, Andrew B. objected to the terms “unmailable” (the one I used) and “nonmailable” (which the USPS actually uses). “Snakes patently ARE mailable,” he pointed out very reasonably, “otherwise we wouldn’t be reading about someone finding them in the mail.” And this is true—if “mailable” means “can physically be sent by mail,” then of course snakes are mailable, even if it may be a little tricky to get one into an envelope.

The term probably would still apply in this way to really ginormous snakes like anacondas and pythons, which can weigh a few hundred pounds, at least assuming that the USPS maximum weight limit (70 pounds) is more or less the maximum the system could physically handle. Much bigger things can be shipped, of course—like this 6,700-pound lathe that Business Insider found on Amazon. It costs $26,000, but shipping’s free (if you’re a member of Amazon Prime, at least). But we’re not talking about shipping here, we’re talking about mailing. So it is fair to say that most snakes, at least, would indeed be “mailable,” if that’s what “mailable” meant.

But it isn’t. The postal rules and relevant federal statutes use “mailable” to mean “can legally be sent by mail,” and in fact, that’s the only sense in which the Oxford English Dictionary uses the word—it defines “mailable” as “acceptable for conveyance by post.” The OED describes this as “North American” English, and cites (among other things) an 1845 U.S. federal statute, but what it gives as the UK equivalent, “postable,” is defined the same way. In fact, this Google Ngram suggests that Congress is mostly responsible for the word to begin with, which would bolster the conclusion that “mailable” means only that something “can be legally mailed”:

It also seems to confirm that “unmailable” and “nonmailable” are equally acceptable. Therefore, I stand by the phrase “snakes are … unmailable.”

Second, several people pointed out that there’s a difference between “poisonous” and “venomous.” While the OED treats them pretty much interchangeably, scientists don’t—”poison” is ingested or absorbed through the skin, but “venom” is injected with fangs or spikes or something like that. There are lots of venomous snakes, but very few poisonous ones. To be clear, though, Rule 525.3 says: “All snakes, turtles, and poisonous reptiles are nonmailable.” So I wasn’t wrong to say that “poisonous snakes are doubly unmailable,” because there are some poisonous snakes and those are both (1) snakes and (2) poisonous reptiles. Venomous snakes would just be singly unmailable. The fact that I may have forgotten about this distinction is therefore, according to me, irrelevant.

But more importantly, it doesn’t look like the postal rules were written by scientists, because the rules don’t use the word “venomous” at all. It seems very unlikely that it’s okay to mail Gila monsters, for example, just because they’re venomous reptiles that aren’t snakes. So I think we have to conclude that the postal rules use “poisonous” to mean the same thing as “venomous,” no matter how much educated people like us may recoil at that barbarism.

Thirdsome were equally horrified at the phrase, “all poisonous insects, except scorpions . . . .” And rightly so (even setting aside the poisonous/venomous issue), because scorpions aren’t insects, they’re arachnids. Here I was paraphrasing again, because Rule 525.4 actually says: “All poisonous insects and all spiders, except scorpions . . . .” That’s wrong in a different way, because scorpions aren’t spiders, either—both are arachnids—but I managed to make it worse. So I will take responsibility for that one.

On the other hand, I only brought up scorpions in the first place so I could refer to the (limited) circumstances under which live scorpions are in fact mailable and, more importantly, mention that I wrote a book in which this critically important legal rule is mentioned along with so many others. And I think we can all agree I accomplished that goal. And that I am now doing it again.

19 Aug 09:06

cheesecake bars with all the berries

by deb

This has been my go-to cheesecake for as long as I have cooked. Gourmet Magazine published it in 1999, but the recipe hailed from Santa Fe’s Three Cities of Spain coffeehouse* a place I didn’t know a thing about until this week, when curiosity got the better of my intentions to something succinct about cake for once in my food blogging life. Up the road from an artists’ colony, it was apparently a popular hangout in the 1960s for local bohemia, hosting an eclectic mix of entertainment from poets and musicians to foreign films. It closed in the mid-1970s, probably around the time Santa Fe was starting to become too expensive for starving artists. Canyon Road, once dirt, was paved. From Googling, it looks like the old adobe home that housed it (apparently built in 1756) became Geronimo restaurant (named after the man who built it) in the early 1990s, and is still open today. What does this have to do with the cheesecake they kept in the pastry case? Very little, friends — and please correct me if this Manhattan-ite got any Santa Fe details wrong — but I can’t resist a cake with a story.

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19 Aug 08:31

Station yourself here to get back on track

by Elspeth De Montes

One of the buildings that most large cities have is a railway station, and LEGO cities are no different in this respect. morimorilego has built this rather traditional looking railway station with its bell tower and pleasing arched design, using a complimentary combination of greys, reddish brown, and tan. Every station needs a clock at the entrance to help passengers decide if they are late and require a last minute dash to the platform.

Module Station

There are plenty of nice architectural details and interest with the main façade.  The Mansard-esque roof and floral displays bring a touch of class to this building but those light stone steps will definitely be high maintenance on rainy days when muddy footprints strike.

Module Station

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