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(Daily Mail)   Boy with Asperger's saves up money for two years to buy his dream Lego set only to find out it's no longer made. He and his therapist write a letter to Lego and they C) find him a copy and get it to him for his birthday. So damn dusty in here   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 143
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2012-12-01 09:41:20 PM  
I wanted te fark out of the original space sets - the space shuttle ones.

Alas. Twas not to be.
 
2012-12-01 09:45:17 PM  

elffster: I loved my giant Lego set I got a long long time ago. It was just bags of different bricks. I made all sorts of things with them.

A few years later the specialized sets started to come out, with the weird shaped pieces and hinges and other doo-dads. But I really just needed that big pile of regular Legos for building.


You go ahead and play with the plain bricks. However those of us destined to become mechanical engineers instead of civil engineers needed the new bits with moving parts.

/and it's and MS, not a PhD.
//the cost/benefit analysis for PhD is negative.
 
2012-12-01 09:48:51 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Oh, and as for the article: This shows how much LEGO has changed.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x425]

Look at that crap. How much of that is actually assembled by the kid? There's probably a base model that's 90% of the thing itself, and there's nothing you can do creatively with it.
There's puzzles for that thing, even 3D puzzles. LEGOs should be stimulating young minds about turning concepts into designs.
This is a train. It will always be a train. You can't modify it, because then it wouldn't be a train.


Actually, they find ways to separate it into little parts. Shipping etc. Also the plastic they use in molding is sensitive to shrink and warp, about as much so as it is tough as nails, so any time they can make reliably smaller parts using their own patents they will do so.

The rail system is mainly for use inside complex cities made of legos.
 
2012-12-01 09:52:31 PM  

Summercat: I wanted te fark out of the original space sets - the space shuttle ones.


I seem to remember space sets before the space shuttle. The rocket looked like Mercury. There was also a moon base, as I recall.
 
2012-12-01 09:52:36 PM  

Yoyo: elffster: I loved my giant Lego set I got a long long time ago. It was just bags of different bricks. I made all sorts of things with them.

A few years later the specialized sets started to come out, with the weird shaped pieces and hinges and other doo-dads. But I really just needed that big pile of regular Legos for building.

You go ahead and play with the plain bricks. However those of us destined to become mechanical engineers instead of civil engineers needed the new bits with moving parts.

/and it's and MS, not a PhD.
//the cost/benefit analysis for PhD is negative.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Only if you're not smarter than the average fencepost... I know PhD's who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on the side of their job of "doing what the fark I want to do". One guy raises goats... you can bet he's got automation! 

But then, that's the kind of PhD we want. Effortlessly improves the world and spends time keeping it real.
 
2012-12-01 09:53:21 PM  
Buncha Lego haters 'round here...

Meh, I gots to get to rebuilding the sweet 8880 I scored on eBay.
 
2012-12-01 09:54:10 PM  
The reason why the kid has asperger's is so that a story would be written about how Lego helped in getting his most wanted toy, and the readers would be given an opportunity to view Ms. Hayek's beautiful body.

i.dailymail.co.uk
 
2012-12-01 09:57:15 PM  
To breast
 
2012-12-01 10:03:09 PM  

Yoyo: elffster: I loved my giant Lego set I got a long long time ago. It was just bags of different bricks. I made all sorts of things with them.

A few years later the specialized sets started to come out, with the weird shaped pieces and hinges and other doo-dads. But I really just needed that big pile of regular Legos for building.

You go ahead and play with the plain bricks. However those of us destined to become mechanical engineers instead of civil engineers needed the new bits with moving parts.

/and it's and MS, not a PhD.
//the cost/benefit analysis for PhD is negative.


and for the train engineers...Duplo
 
2012-12-01 10:06:32 PM  
It get it, I do. The parents want to teach delayed gratification and aspberger's kids need more delay for the concept to sink in. But, really, there is delayed gratification and then there is delayed, almost to the point of impossibility and in-futility, fark this it doesn't matter anymore, thanks for ruining it for me jerks gratification. Or, you know, a girl's first sexual experience and gratification.
 
2012-12-01 10:09:43 PM  

cretinbob: I was going to make a snarky comment about the kid, but yeah, the parents need to raise his allowance. Less than $1 a week? shiat I know times are hard for some people but damn. You can't expect him to learn how to save money if you don't give him any.


//I bet they are Teabaggers


As a parent of an Asperger's child you have no farking idea of how expensive therapy can be. Insurance rarely covers it and even when it does co-pays and deductibles are killer. We've been lucky having military insurance but I know many people who damn near go broke just trying to get their kid help.
 
2012-12-01 10:14:01 PM  
was over at a friends house - his girlfriend says "Why is NBC showing a black and white movie?"

It's A Wonderful Life - in December.

gotta love this next generation...
 
2012-12-01 10:14:11 PM  
Thread is full of dicks and assholes!
 
2012-12-01 10:20:53 PM  

OnlyM3: cretinbob


I was going to make a snarky comment about the kid, but yeah, the parents need to raise his allowance. Less than $1 a week? shiat I know times are hard for some people but damn. Typical leaching libtard. "Just hand out more money and all problems will be solved."

diaf.


I'm guessing the $1/week allowance CAUSED Aspergers. I mean, well, that and having parents that w

Yoyo: elffster: I loved my giant Lego set I got a long long time ago. It was just bags of different bricks. I made all sorts of things with them.

A few years later the specialized sets started to come out, with the weird shaped pieces and hinges and other doo-dads. But I really just needed that big pile of regular Legos for building.

You go ahead and play with the plain bricks. However those of us destined to become mechanical engineers instead of civil engineers needed the new bits with moving parts.

/and it's and MS, not a PhD.
//the cost/benefit analysis for PhD is negative.


At first I was dismayed to see the "purposed kits" of legos, as it defeats the creative point of telling you WHAT to build.

But I came to understand that these ARE composed of general-purpose parts, and almost always get rebuilt into new, creative projects.
 
2012-12-01 10:21:26 PM  

cretinbob: $1


cretinbob: I was going to make a snarky comment about the kid, but yeah, the parents need to raise his allowance. Less than $1 a week? shiat I know times are hard for some people but damn. You can't expect him to learn how to save money if you don't give him any.


//I bet they are Teabaggers



It said he saved "some" of his allowance. Maybe he wasn't very consistent about it.
 
2012-12-01 10:26:34 PM  
You mean this Poor biatch had to save up for two years just to get $100? Over 4 Christmas' and birthdays? Really?
 
2012-12-01 10:47:10 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Oh, and as for the article: This shows how much LEGO has changed.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x425]

Look at that crap. How much of that is actually assembled by the kid? There's probably a base model that's 90% of the thing itself, and there's nothing you can do creatively with it.
There's puzzles for that thing, even 3D puzzles. LEGOs should be stimulating young minds about turning concepts into designs.
This is a train. It will always be a train. You can't modify it, because then it wouldn't be a train.


Here is the argument:
You buy both, the Lego kit, like the train, that you have to assemble, (1024 parts) and the free range Lego so the kids can use there imagination to build whatever there little imagination can come up with.

These sets are awesome. If you've ever watched a 5 year old sit quietly for days at a time with 1500 pcs, three 50 page, wordless booklets and assemble everything on their own, you'll understand how impressive they can be. It's follow the instructions one block at a time, and a kid in kindergarten can build impressive stuff. Metaphor for life?

It's the equivalent of giving your child an engine block with a process manual and have them assemble it in your living room. And if the drop it (lego, not the engine block) and break it, they know how to repair it.

IMHO you buy the kid both, if you have the means.
 
2012-12-01 10:52:34 PM  

Yoyo: Summercat: I wanted te fark out of the original space sets - the space shuttle ones.

I seem to remember space sets before the space shuttle. The rocket looked like Mercury. There was also a moon base, as I recall.


I had the moon base and a few others from the gray space set, but I was always more interested in building my own creations. I never knew about that space shuttle one, but do remember some later sets with blue and then white bricks. Then by the time my younger brother was into them, they had red and black ones with neon green windows.
 
2012-12-01 10:57:47 PM  
His 11th birthday?

The box says 14+!

Won't someone think of the children? THE CHILDREN!

/good on you Lego
 
2012-12-01 10:58:10 PM  
technic was where it was at. that shiat was amazing
 
2012-12-01 11:01:10 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: As an Aspie who loved Lego when I was a kid, I'm getting a kick out of these replies.


I always preferred K'Nex. You could build in a much wider variety of ways. And, if you screwed around with it and were willing to break a few pieces on occasion, you could get some curve in there as well. Of course, they came out with legitimately bendable ones later, but that's no fun.

I made a 2 and a half foot long motorized aircraft carrier with those things, among other projects. Good times.
 
2012-12-01 11:07:42 PM  

cretinbob: I was going to make a snarky comment about the kid, but yeah, the parents need to raise his allowance. Less than $1 a week? shiat I know times are hard for some people but damn. You can't expect him to learn how to save money if you don't give him any.


Exactly. My dad gave me next to no allowance growing up, then was baffled that I wouldn't save any of it. I always saw saving as a fruitless endevor, because anything I wanted it would have been ten months to a year. Top shelf rewards for saving never happend. I always saw it easier to wait a month and get something half-***ed then go the full year not spending a single penny.
 
2012-12-01 11:08:51 PM  
thread full of spoiled bastards. i don't even know if Lego existed when i was a lad, i know all these great toys everyone farking talks about on the internet weren't ever at my house. i played outside with a fly swatter and a ball - peen hammer, killing flies & ants all summer long. my parents were both frickin' loons so god forbid they got me diagnosed. i didn't find out i was crackerjacks till i lost it at work back when i was 38. can you farkin imagine? humiliating shiat. now i take out my anger writing trash on the internet, bitter and lonely, and still no Legos for the Kritter. son of a biatch. wheres my fargin Legos? dammit to hell.

/my hemorrhoids are killing me, it ain't funny
 
2012-12-01 11:12:32 PM  
So kid, how many green blocks? How many green irregular blocks? How many irregulars total? What time was it when you...
 
2012-12-01 11:21:07 PM  
Boy with Asperger's saves up money for two years to buy his dream Lego set only to find out its it's no longer made. He and his therapist write a letter to Lego and they C) find him a copy and get it to him for his birthday. So damn dusty in here

Too dusty to notice the missing apostrophe?
 
2012-12-01 11:21:52 PM  
(Penance for prior post)

celebsview.info
 
2012-12-01 11:27:58 PM  
Abreast...
 
2012-12-01 11:31:52 PM  

DUkskkEA: was over at a friends house - his girlfriend says "Why is NBC showing a black and white movie?"

It's A Wonderful Life - in December.

gotta love this next generation...


I know. I just saw that myself, and though "Oh God no. Not this crap already." If you want to play olde tyme X-mas movies, fine, but play something good like "White Christmas," or "Lethal Weapon." Lucky for me I can watch music videos on the Mexican station instead.

I assume you're complaining about the generation of program directors that play crap X-mas movies on the first day of Advent. Or were you referring to people who don't recognize Jimmy Stewart or "It's a Wonderful Life?"
 
2012-12-01 11:44:19 PM  

shintochick: As a parent of an Asperger's child you have no farking idea of how expensive therapy can be. Insurance rarely covers it and even when it does co-pays and deductibles are killer. We've been lucky having military insurance but I know many people who damn near go broke just trying to get their kid help.


Well then, maybe you shouldn't have had him injected with all those vaccines
 
2012-12-01 11:48:22 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties:

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x612] 

Holy shiat, what a goddess.


thatsamanbaby.jpg
 
2012-12-01 11:50:33 PM  

kroonermanblack: but not crying-big-crocodile tears story


media.twirlit.com
 
2012-12-02 12:01:21 AM  
Damn you, Admin, for fixing the typo in the headline and making me feel like I'm going crazy!
 
2012-12-02 12:01:47 AM  
I love how the haters come down on bronies for liking MLP, yet the haters are the first to bring MLP into any discussion. It's like gaybashers being gay themselves.
 
2012-12-02 12:19:21 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: Oh, and as for the article: This shows how much LEGO has changed.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x425]

Look at that crap. How much of that is actually assembled by the kid? There's probably a base model that's 90% of the thing itself, and there's nothing you can do creatively with it.
There's puzzles for that thing, even 3D puzzles. LEGOs should be stimulating young minds about turning concepts into designs.
This is a train. It will always be a train. You can't modify it, because then it wouldn't be a train.


I recall getting a bucket of LEGOs as a kid in the late 70's. I tried to build Star Wars models with them before there were actual LEGO Star Wars kits.

/ I wasn't very good, but I had fun.
// and, as you pointed out, the open aspect of LEGOs back then did make me more creative than I otherwise would have been...
 
2012-12-02 12:25:20 AM  
Electronic protective codpiece
 
2012-12-02 12:26:24 AM  

gadian: Electronic protective codpiece


heh, completely wrong thread, but works.
 
2012-12-02 12:40:17 AM  

Linkster: Thread is full of dicks and assholes!


Well, maybe they can get together. You know, do fun stuff.
 
2012-12-02 12:54:31 AM  
It's for sale on Amazon right now. What's the big deal?

http://www.amazon.com/LEGO-Creator-Emerald-Night-Train/dp/B001USDL02
 
2012-12-02 12:56:25 AM  

Yoyo: There was also a moon base, as I recall.


Oh you damn right there was. I recall it fondly.
 
2012-12-02 01:02:48 AM  
I stopped reading the headline at just 3 words in because I could clearly tell that this was a fake story.
 
2012-12-02 01:04:11 AM  
Mailing LEGO a request to replace a piece that was missing from a set that I bought was probably my first customer service experience. The replacement came pretty quickly and I still remember that now, ~24 years later, and think well of them as a result.
 
2012-12-02 01:06:09 AM  

OnlyM3: cretinbob


I was going to make a snarky comment about the kid, but yeah, the parents need to raise his allowance. Less than $1 a week? shiat I know times are hard for some people but damn. Typical leaching libtard. "Just hand out more money and all problems will be solved."

diaf.


+1
 
2012-12-02 01:09:42 AM  
maybe thebfark libtrds will finally realize that cirporations ARE people!
 
2012-12-02 01:36:12 AM  

kroonermanblack: revrendjim: Please stop with the stupid "dusty" thing. It was only cute the first 800 times.

Agreed. Especially when the story is hardly dusty inducing. It's a nice story, but not crying-big-crocodile tears story. Not every 'hey, someone was nice to another human being!' story is a sob one.

AdolfOliverPanties: Two things:

The parents are pricks. They made him save up for TWO FARKING YEARS? Have a heart and go 50/50 on in with the kid for fark's sake. Maybe 6 months to a year at the outside. Not two years.

Secondly, this was from a story linked on the side. She's 46.

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x612] 

Holy shiat, what a goddess.

Not to studman or anything, but not really? She's average, isn't fat, and has giant tits. Her face is..not that great. The tits look like they're being trussed up with some major industrial engineering too. Not every woman with giant tits is the new Christina Hendricks.


Not every Christina Hendricks is the new woman with giant tits... or something.

/Loves me some giant tits
 
2012-12-02 01:49:47 AM  

AdolfOliverPanties: The parents are pricks. They made him save up for TWO FARKING YEARS? Have a heart and go 50/50 on in with the kid for fark's sake. Maybe 6 months to a year at the outside. Not two years.


The parents can easily get the best of both worlds - they want the kid to save, know it will take a long time, also know that the item is possibly able to be discontinued and thus get really expensive on eBay (assuming it's even available) in the meantime.

They should just buy the thing in secret and hide it away, while the kid saves up $$$. If the kid decides later he doesn't want it, the parents can then sell on eBay.

But it's always trivial for rich people to make their kid "learn by earning" some item, with no risk whatsoever for the kid - just buy it and hold in reserve.
 
2012-12-02 02:06:38 AM  
I'm sorry, but Asperger's is no longer a thing. Some grey-haired academic types killed it; rather it is now called "mild autism".
 
2012-12-02 02:19:10 AM  
images1.wikia.nocookie.net 

Sounds like this guy to me. No he doesn't stutter as much. No I have no heart, it's a genetic defect, lmfao.
 
2012-12-02 02:32:29 AM  
I love how instead of enjoying the fact that on top of the kid wanting that set, it was magnified by 10 because of the fact that he earned it through saving up, instead of the wah wah liberal cry-fest about why they didn't raise his allowance or just buy it for him. It's grandiose on the derp scale.

Obviously if they couldn't afford a $100 lego set, they couldn't go much further than $1 a week. Not everything has to be about me me me.
 
2012-12-02 02:57:49 AM  

ilikeracecars: Aspergers is no excuse for comic sans.


Sans comic does however describe most Asperger's. The jokes: They don't get 'em.
 
2012-12-02 02:59:35 AM  
I loved Legos as a child. I had bins full of the basic blocks and later got some sets but not many. My allowance for as a kid was $2.50 a week but I used to circle the things I wanted from the Lego catalog and plan to save for them. That never happened, I think I ended up buying toys from Target (I know I bought Risk, ended up playing with the figures more than the game).

It's hard to imagine saving up a hundred dollars from basically a dollar a week. I've never been good with saving so props to this kid. Glad Lego is a good company.

/I had more fun with Erector sets but damn were they expensive. Again I mainly had basic parts but also some motors. Ah, nostalgia.
//Gave my Legos away to my aspie neighbor years ago. He's in college now but I hope he had fun with them.
 
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