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02 May 21:36

Every picture tells a story...

by Minnesotastan
02 May 02:09

TBB cover photo: May 2017

by Iain

Everyone needs a bit of downtime, even in space! This month’s TBB cover photo is this scene from English builder Jon Blackford showing what Benny the Spacemen gets up to after hours. When I first saw this it immediately reminded me of that scene from 1972 movie Silent Running. But that’s because I’m practically as old as space itself.

After a hard day's exploring...

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01 May 23:02

Space 1979: Moonbase

by Rod

Check out this stunning LEGO Classic Space moonbase by yu chris. Not only does the model have excellent presentation as a set from the heyday of the theme, but it’s beautifully put together too. And such variety — we’ve got a control tower, a rocket on a launch pad, a maintenance area, and not-one-but-two moon rovers. The exterior of the main building is encrusted with lovely technical-looking greebles, and the whole thing is surmounted by a brilliant brick-built Classic Space logo sculpture: a yellow globe with a red spaceship achieving escape velocity — wonderful.

Space Base on Earth

The base’s multiple structures split neatly apart to allow access to all the cool play areas within…

Space Base on Earth-分解圖

There’s even a canteen where the Classic Crew can chow down on freeze-dried rations…

Space Base on Earth

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01 May 23:01

Here to Help

"We TOLD you it was hard." "Yeah, but now that I'VE tried, we KNOW it's hard."
01 May 23:01

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - How to Photograph Science


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Anyone who creates their version of panel 3 will be rewarded with 42 Internet points.

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30 Apr 22:57

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Winning Arguments


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I like to imagine this is what it's like at Nate Silver's house.

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30 Apr 22:46

ATM-Style Kiosk Pumps Out Pirate Movies to USB Sticks

by Andy

For more than 30 years, consumers have obtained music and movies written to polycarbonate discs. CD, DVD and now Blu-ray discs are recognizable across the world as a cheap and pretty reliable carrier for large volumes of digital data.

While it may take a while before Blu-ray takes its final breaths, CDs and DVDs are already on borrowed time. For the younger generation already accustomed to storing huge amounts of data on tiny MicroSD cards and USB sticks, a plastic disc carrying content is almost as outdated as a vinyl record.

With this in mind, millions of consumers would welcome the idea of getting their movies in convenient formats such as AVI or MP4. This would enable them to freely move content from device to device, without having to spend more money. Of course, entertainment companies don’t like that idea at all, especially when it comes to movies.

That’s where SwiftMedia comes in, and it’s a sight to behold.

Spotted by a TorrentFreak reader in a shopping mall in Ethiopia, this bright yellow kiosk looks like an ATM. However, on closer inspection it reveals itself to be a self-service media machine that does everything that RedBox can do (and more) without a plastic disc in sight.

A SwiftMedia terminal in situ (credit)

“At the beginning of this year, All Mart (the Walmart equivalent here) brought in a new machine. It’s basically a monitor with a USB port but shaped like an ATM. It’s called SwiftMedia and there’s a guy who ‘maintains’ it,” our source explains.

“Basically you go to this very big store and you approach the machine and you plug in a USB drive. The screen will turn on and it will let you browse through a massive archive of movies.”

Screen close-up

As mentioned earlier, this is a completely disc-less system, meaning that transfers of all content purchased from the machine end up on a customer-provided USB stick. Needless to say, DRM and copyright protection aren’t high on the agenda for this unusual and innovative machine.

All the movies – on USB

Prices are cheap too, with packages available for 25, 50 and 100 birr ($1, $2 and $3). Feature movies reportedly cost between 3 and 5 birr (13 to 22 cents) depending on the movie release date, with older movies costing more. Documentaries weigh in at the top of the range with single songs and TV shows costing 13 cents.

“At first I assumed these movies had their rights lifted or something because well, you know, but then I later found out that the movies I had first seen were just there on release day,” our source continues.

“Apparently the maintenance guy torrents all day and stores the data on his drive, the drive shown by the SwiftMedia monitor. This would not have been a big deal as this is Ethiopia and the allegedly democratic government has bigger issues.”

Of course, something like this wouldn’t last five minutes in the West and certainly wouldn’t appear in a shopping mall, let alone Walmart. So TorrentFreak contacted Escape Computing, the company that appears to be behind the project, to find out more about their enterprise.

At the time of publication we had received no response, but we did manage to track down a job listing posted last year where the company sought an individual to act in a sales and technical capacity.

It’s not clear whether the position was filled but whoever got the job certainly has a unique role to fulfill in this unusual yet somewhat innovative project.

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

29 Apr 18:33

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sexy Games


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Intimacy is about ten percent as important as winning.

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This is apparently the week of dirty jokes.

29 Apr 04:43

Creativity is only limited by your imagination

by Edwinder

Builder Serge S does it yet again with a 5th variation on the original 10242 Creator Mini Cooper set. This time he’s used the very same parts to build a VW Golf MK1 Cabriolet. His previous alternate builds have included a mono-propellor plane, a Porsche and IVECO Truck, and a V10 Hot Rod. While the folks at Billund may be impressed, I’m sure they’d like to see fewer folks taking creativity to this level, as it’s going to sell a lot less boxed sets on the shelves with all this extended playability! This has definitely got my fingers itching to break apart my own Mini Cooper and have a go.

VW Golf MK1 Cabriolet

VW Golf MK1 Cabriolet

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28 Apr 15:08

Performance on a theremin

by Minnesotastan
28 Apr 14:12

LEGO unveils largest Ideas set yet: 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V [News]

by Chris

After an early tease of 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V last month, today LEGO has officially taken the wraps off this massive 1:110 scale rocket. First announced last June, the Saturn V will be the largest ever fan-designed LEGO Ideas set with 1,969 pieces, giving even the part count a nod to the year of mankind’s first steps on the moon. The rocket itself stands 39 in. tall (100cm), and consists of all three stages with a full complement of the lunar orbiter, lunar lander, command module with flotation devices, and three astronaut microfigures. The Saturn V will retail for $119.99 USD beginning June 1, the same day as the just-announced 10257 Carousel.

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

The Saturn V is the first of two upcoming LEGO Ideas sets based on NASA, with a Women of NASA LEGO set coming later this year or early in 2018.

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

LEGO’s official press release:

21309 – NASA Apollo Saturn V
Available June 1, 2017.
Ages 14+. 1,969 pieces.

Build the first rocket to land people on the Moon!

Display and role-play with this majestic meter-high LEGO® brick model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V. Packed with authentic details, it features 3 removable rocket stages, including the S-IVB third stage with the lunar lander and lunar orbiter. The set also includes 3 stands to display the model horizontally, 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the Moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set.

• Features a meter-high (approximately 1:110 scale) model of the NASA Apollo Saturn V with a removable S-IC first rocket stage with main rocket engine details, removable S-II second rocket stage with rocket engine details, removable S-IVB third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket at top of the whole spacecraft, plus 3 stands to display the model horizontally.
• The Apollo spacecraft features the lunar lander and the lunar orbiter.
• Also includes 3 new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures.
• Great for display and role-playing the manned Apollo Moon missions.
• Includes a booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this set.
• This set includes over 1,900 pieces.
• Measures over 39″ (100cm) high and 6” (17cm) in diameter.

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

21309 Nasa Apollo Saturn V

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27 Apr 22:25

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Why do you want to work here?


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I'm starting to wonder if I don't have some deeply repressed fantasy where I'm a middle aged woman who participates in overly blunt job interviews.

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HEY BRITAIN! Soonish is available in the UK. We've used metric units, added the letter "U" after every "O" and as a courtesy, every book will be lightly dampened with cold rain.

Available for preorder!

27 Apr 22:21

The parrot is a pirate’s best friend

by Luka

Master animal builder (and possibly pirate?) Felix Jaensch strikes again with this incredibly accurate Alexandrine parakeet. Exposed studs add a feather-like texture and the parrot’s shape is pretty much perfect. The best part has to be its characteristic beak with a rubber band used as the border. Now we need to see this bird on the builder’s shoulder!

Alexandrine Parakeet (new, improved version)

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26 Apr 19:32

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Recreation


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Happily, this will never be true of nerd comics.

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26 Apr 01:24

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26 Apr 01:03

Owl legs

by Minnesotastan

25 Apr 04:15

ISS Solar Transit

I guess it's also the right setting for pictures of the Moon at night.
25 Apr 03:40

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dadbucks


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Later, the kid agrees to do chores, but only in exchange for precious metals.

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Thank you so much MIT. Congrats to James Propp and Olivia Walch. We hope to see you again next year.

25 Apr 03:38

With Apologies To All The Anns Out There

by Jen

Bakers, I know today's topic is a toughie. Heck, after gathering all of these photos even *I* can't remember how to spell it. But that's why I'm here. To "help." And because going anywhere else requires pants.

Right. Here we go. Metaphorically, I mean. Just wipe that "pants" imagery from your mind. Also my use of the word "wipe" just now - that was an unfortunate stream of consciousness thing. Don't say "stream." Crap. Um... look, my number 1 priority here is that you know I DON'T PEE MY PANTS.

Phew! Glad I nipped that in the butt before it got weird.


Great. Now how do I segue this back to anniversary cakes?

7 Handy Steps To Writing "Anniversary"

Eh, that works.


1. First and foremost, make sure you're spelling the right word.

This is not the right word.


2. Watch out for abbreviations.
Believe me, nobody likes sharing their anniversary with another woman.

Especially this "Ann" character, who really gets around.



3. Next, WE SPELL.

But not like this.


If you're feeling less than confident, here's a hint: the correct spelling has MORE than 7 letters:


...but less than 13:


And this is right out:





Besides, cheating can lead to this situation:

Er, I meant the cake, but if you think about it, I suppose cheating *could* lead to 60 weddings. You know, if you're really committed... to the opposite of that.

I blame Ann.


5. If you are going to leave the word off, at least get the numbereth righteth:

1th, 2th, 3th times a lady...


6. And if you have the penmanship of a serial killer, maaaaybe rethink this particular career path:

Or at least stick to Halloween cakes.

And Boss's Day. Boss's Day works, too.


7. When all else fails...

Go with Batman.


Thanks to Dina M., Keith M., Robbie R., Anony M., Tori R., Nathan R., Vera L., Jennifer K., Sarah R., Corinna K., Z.C., & Adam M. for the reminder that your anniversary cake should always be itself, unless it can be Batman. Then it should be Batman.


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22 Apr 21:09

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Dungeon Classes


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Anyone caught emailing me in regards to the accuracy of today's comic shall be tarred, feathered, and made to carry a sign that reads 'No fun.'

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Last full day to get your BAHFest East tickets! We moved over a bunch of cheap tickets, but after these are gone, there are no more!

Also, in case you missed it, I'll be signing books prior to the show at MIT Press Bookstore, from 3-430. If you don't want to wait in line after the show, this is the way to go. <3


22 Apr 21:01

All aboard the Zagreb Funicular!

by Andrew

Probably thanks to perceptions created by movies like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, I’ve always thought that funiculars were somehow a uniquely European mode of transportation. Although that’s not actually the case, they definitely have a certain Old World, vaguely steampunk vibe — reinforced by the fact that many of them were first built in the 19th century. Croatian builder Sven Franic has lovingly recreated the Zagreb Funicular, a tram that takes passengers up a relatively short incline in his hometown.

Uspinjaca Funicular

The stations on each end of the line have wonderful curved roofs, and the funicular is surrounded by beautiful buildings with red tile roofs. A stairway runs alongside, for those with enough energy to climb rather than ride.

Uspinjaca Funicular

Not content to build a truly gorgeous diorama, Sven has motorized the trams so that they each run up and down their tracks.

Uspinjaca Funicular

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21 Apr 22:33

Survivorship Bias

They say you can't argue with results, but what kind of defeatist attitude is that? If you stick with it, you can argue with ANYTHING.
20 Apr 08:41

9,000 piece 1:13 scale LEGO Peterbilt 379 is show ready

by Caylin

There are LEGO semi-trucks, and then there is this beautiful beast by Bricksonwheels. The builder has crafted a 1:13 scale Peterbilt 379 and it is just gorgeous. It has the appropriate amount of chrome to blind drivers running down I-40 in the summer.

Peterbilt 379 + Polar Tanktrailer 1:13

This tanker combo is over 150cm long and made of over 9,000 bricks. Much of the chrome is custom. The builder says it took about 5 months of work, including over 200 LEDs (controlled via remote). This creates quite the impressive lightshow! The builder credits Brickstuff for the lights and for the chrome.

Peterbilt 379 + Polar Tanktrailer 1:13
Final tests ...
Peterbilt 379 + Polar Tanktrailer 1:13
Peterbilt 379 + Polar Tanktrailer 1:13
Peterbilt 379 + Polar Tanktrailer 1:13

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19 Apr 09:07


No, tell the park rangers to calm down, it's fine--I put a screen on the front. I just want to get the birds a little closer.
19 Apr 00:37


by Minnesotastan

Photo (and title) credit to this PoliticalHumor subreddit post.
18 Apr 17:11

Gorgeous 8-foot-tall LEGO mobile crane has complete working functions

by Elspeth De Montes

Leibherr’s LTM 1090-4.1 mobile crane is an impressive piece of construction equipment with a top speed of 85km/h, a telescopic boom up to 50m, and a maximum load capacity of 90 tonnes. If that doesn’t impress you, then this scaled LEGO version of the mobile crane by Dirk Klijn should attract your attention. Dirk has spent 3 and a half years working on this 80cm long model that has 5 Sbrick‘s controlling 17 functions, including driving, working rear lights, indicators and reversing lights, boom and jib extension, power-lifting objects, steering and motion, as well as non-motorised functions such as full suspension, opening doors, and the manual folding jib.

Liebherr LTM 1090 4.1 - SarensLiebherr LTM 1090 4.1 - Sarens

On a model this big, there are plenty of details to pore over…

Dirk has ensured that his scaled model has a full complement of counterweights to allow maximum lifting power. With the jib fully extended, this model stands 2.6m tall (8.5 feet), which makes it an ideal piece of equipment for even the most demanding of LEGO construction sites.

Liebherr LTM 1090 4.1 - Sarens

I wonder if it emits a loud warning BEEP when it reverses?

Liebherr LTM 1090 4.1 - Sarens

To get a sense of the scale of this model, check out the crane operator’s cabin.

Liebherr LTM 1090 4.1 - Sarens

With their awesome height, Liebherr cranes are a popular subject for LEGO models. Check out these we’ve featured before:

Liebherr LTM 1750 mobile crane in a similarly impressive scale to Dirk’s above.
Liebherr LTM 1050-3.1 mobile crane in a slightly smaller scale.
Liebherr 1050-3 mobile crane in a remarkably small scale.

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18 Apr 10:53

Mining with spaceships and portals

by Luka

Everybody likes a good Classic Space model, and this crystal mining diorama by Brick Knight has all the right details. From the characteristic grey-blue colour scheme with yellow and black stripes, to antennas and recreations of vintage sets, all placed on a tan landscape, just like the box arts of the 1980s. The cracks filled with green minerals break up the landscape very well, but the main focus is obviously in the sci-fi elements like space stations, spaceships and most notably the round portals. The builder explains the diorama as an uninhabited planet where the Classic Space explorers discovered a new energy source and are mining it for its engineering uses.

Tregatis VI Mining Operation-1

Portals, reminiscent of those in Stargate, facilitate instantaneous travel.

The mysterious green minerals fill cracks throughout the base. A robust mining operation is underway to break through the surface and extract the minerals.

The base includes accommodations in the form of large portable pods with airlock doors.

The smaller ground vehicles can be taken inside for maintenance.

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18 Apr 05:39

7 Eleven

Really, the only honest 24-hour stores are the ones in places like Arizona and Hawaii, and many of them are still wrong in certain years.
17 Apr 19:03

Questioning the Passover story

by Minnesotastan
From the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, an op-ed piece questions whether Jews were ever enslaved in Egypt, and whether the Passover story is a myth.
"Even if we take the earliest possible date for Jewish slavery that the Bible suggests, the Jews were enslaved in Egypt a good three hundred years after the 1750 B.C. completion date of the pyramids. That is, of course, if they were ever slaves in Egypt at all... of the biggest events of the Jewish calendar is predicated upon reminding the next generation every year of how the Egyptians were our cruel slave-masters, in a bondage that likely never happened... I'm talking about real proof; archeological evidence, state records and primary sources. Of these, nothing exists.

It is remarkable that Egyptian records make no mention of the sudden migration of what would have been nearly a quarter of their population... Furthermore, there is no evidence in Israel that shows a sudden influx of people from another culture at that time.

...let us enjoy our Seder and read the story by all means, but also remind those at the table who may forget that it is just a metaphor, and that there is no ancient animosity between Israelites and Egyptians. Because, if we want to re-establish that elusive peace with Egypt that so many worked so hard to build, we're all going to have to let go of our prejudices."
Addendum: A tip of the blogging cap to reader Drabkikker for finding this relevant Wikipedia page.
17 Apr 19:02

The "mamas" and the "papas"

by Minnesotastan
"Before I knew anything about language acquisition, I assumed that babies making these utterances were referring to their parents. But this interpretation is backwards: mama/papa words just happen to be the easiest word-like sounds for babies to make.  The sounds came first – as experiments in vocalization – and parents adopted them as pet names for themselves."
Presented at Sentence First in a post introducing a new crowdsourced language project (details at the links).