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2014-03-15 02:04:56 PM  
If I had to build with Lego at my job all day... what would I do for fun?
 
2014-03-15 02:05:01 PM  
Everything is great when you're part of a team.
 
2014-03-15 02:07:42 PM  
SPACESHIP!!!!!
 
2014-03-15 02:12:34 PM  
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When Lego did the big hunt for Master Builders in the US like 10 years ago, I applied and got called in for an interview and a build-off.  It was pretty great.

The chick I was paired against for the build-off went on to at least the finals.  I think she might have been picked, but I can't remember her name anymore.

/I still dream
 
2014-03-15 02:18:43 PM  
RELEASE THE KRAGLE!
 
2014-03-15 02:30:22 PM  
Greatest toy ever. Opening a box of Legos on Xmas day as a small child was maybe the closest thing to pure joy that I've ever experienced. You kids these days, with your X Boxes and your internets and your facebooks...you'll never know.
 
2014-03-15 02:49:11 PM  

Keith Dudemeister: Greatest toy ever. Opening a box of Legos on Xmas day as a small child was maybe the closest thing to pure joy that I've ever experienced. You kids these days, with your X Boxes and your internets and your facebooks...you'll never know.


You know you can play with legos online right?
 
2014-03-15 02:49:29 PM  

Keith Dudemeister: Greatest toy ever. Opening a box of Legos on Xmas day as a small child was maybe the closest thing to pure joy that I've ever experienced. You kids these days, with your X Boxes and your internets and your facebooks...you'll never know.


I'm in my office and can hear the distinct sound of my 7-year-old rustling through his box of LEGO in his room. He knows.
 
2014-03-15 02:54:02 PM  
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARKNESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

NO PARENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNTS!
 
2014-03-15 02:57:16 PM  
I admit one of the many things I'm looking forwards to with regard to one day having kids is giving them legos.

... I amNOT looking forward to stepping on them in the middle of the night, but eh.
 
2014-03-15 02:57:33 PM  
Master builder? Is this some kind of Masonic cult thing?
 
2014-03-15 02:58:53 PM  
Legos make me sad.  Loved them as a kid, but I didn't have the hundreds of dollars for them and my kids grew up Lego'less.
 
2014-03-15 02:59:08 PM  

slepygryhnd: I'm in my office and can hear the distinct sound of my 7-year-old rustling through his box of LEGO in his room. He knows.


I just had the conversation with my nine year old about not borrowing pieces from my Lego Architecture models.

...Crap, I'm Lord Business, aren't I?
 
2014-03-15 03:01:55 PM  
I love the Lego video games, though Lego The Movie the game is a bit boring.
 
2014-03-15 03:03:23 PM  
My parents never got me the cool LEGO sets (I had basic blocks).  I was always in awe of my friends' buckets of blocks that had windows, doors, clear blocks, wheels, etc.

Now in adult life as compensation, I collect too much LEGO... Star Wars, Architecture sets, Ferrari sets, etc.  Fark you, Mom and Dad!!   My wife often buys then for me and also she collects minifigs.  She rocks.
 
2014-03-15 03:08:20 PM  

czetie: slepygryhnd: I'm in my office and can hear the distinct sound of my 7-year-old rustling through his box of LEGO in his room. He knows.

I just had the conversation with my nine year old about not borrowing pieces from my Lego Architecture models.

...Crap, I'm Lord Business, aren't I?


We very deliberately bought him boxes of just loose blocks for Christmas because I got tired of him building these elaborate things with specific pieces built just for that thing and then never taking them apart. I think following specific instructions to build specific things takes much of the discovery and learning out of the toy, but I understand from a business standpoint why they do all those special things. Since my son has all my LEGO from when I was a kid, plus all his new stuff, eventually I'd think there'd be a point at which the virtually indestructible product would saturate the market without things like the models. He loves the loose blocks, and I am getting a kick out of seeing what he comes up with to build without the instructions.
 
2014-03-15 03:09:25 PM  

F1_Fan: My parents never got me the cool LEGO sets (I had basic blocks).  I was always in awe of my friends' buckets of blocks that had windows, doors, clear blocks, wheels, etc.

Now in adult life as compensation, I collect too much LEGO... Star Wars, Architecture sets, Ferrari sets, etc.  Fark you, Mom and Dad!!   My wife often buys then for me and also she collects minifigs.  She rocks.


I made sure we got a box of just windows and doors at Christmas for that very reason!
 
2014-03-15 03:14:11 PM  

Ker_Thwap: Legos make me sad.  Loved them as a kid, but I didn't have the hundreds of dollars for them and my kids grew up Lego'less.


If there's still time: Buy loose brick bags on ebay. They are super cheap.
 
2014-03-15 03:41:39 PM  

spiritplumber: Ker_Thwap: Legos make me sad.  Loved them as a kid, but I didn't have the hundreds of dollars for them and my kids grew up Lego'less.

If there's still time: Buy loose brick bags on ebay. They are super cheap.


What's the search term to find that? All I came up with was a 25 lb lot of bricks for $175 plus another hundo for shipping. That's not super cheap.
 
2014-03-15 04:00:05 PM  

alice_600: Keith Dudemeister: Greatest toy ever. Opening a box of Legos on Xmas day as a small child was maybe the closest thing to pure joy that I've ever experienced. You kids these days, with your X Boxes and your internets and your facebooks...you'll never know.

You know you can play with legos online right?


Yeah, it's called 'Minecraft'.

/It's like a Lego set
//With infinite bricks
///And no chance of your vaccum cleaner
////Picking up the bits

//Just one more block and I swear I'll stop
 
2014-03-15 04:04:30 PM  

fredklein: alice_600: Keith Dudemeister: Greatest toy ever. Opening a box of Legos on Xmas day as a small child was maybe the closest thing to pure joy that I've ever experienced. You kids these days, with your X Boxes and your internets and your facebooks...you'll never know.

You know you can play with legos online right?

Yeah, it's called 'Minecraft'.

/It's like a Lego set
//With infinite bricks
///And no chance of your vaccum cleaner
////Picking up the bits

//Just one more block and I swear I'll stop


No, there's still nothing like physical bricks...

/roommate is a big lego fan
//surprisingly does not hog my laser cutter or 3d printer

As to how to get lego bricks cheaply, the issue is shipping -- look for something local.
 
2014-03-15 04:05:26 PM  
Do adult Lego fans have sex with the bricks like them BroniesBaronies do to those little ponies?
 
2014-03-15 04:15:21 PM  

spiritplumber: Ker_Thwap: Legos make me sad.  Loved them as a kid, but I didn't have the hundreds of dollars for them and my kids grew up Lego'less.

If there's still time: Buy loose brick bags on ebay. They are super cheap.


what bugs me is that they now seem to be "you can put this here and that there" in the same "tab a into slot b" DOMA sense of directive.

FARK YOU LEGO... I BOUGHT YOUR DAMN TOYS FAIR AND SQUARE...  don't tell me i can't pretend that all those generic blocks aren't serenity just because they weren't meant to build that...

technabob.com
 
2014-03-15 04:18:34 PM  

Old Man Winter: Do adult Lego fans have sex with the bricks like them BroniesBaronies do to those little ponies?


img.fark.net

who're you calling "bronies?"
 
2014-03-15 04:32:01 PM  

Keith Dudemeister: Greatest toy ever. Opening a box of Legos on Xmas day as a small child was maybe the closest thing to pure joy that I've ever experienced. You kids these days, with your X Boxes and your internets and your facebooks...you'll never know.


Hey nephew, did you bring your xbox over?  "Yeah, and I got the new Call of Duty Ghosts too!"  Cool!  Wanna play?  "Sure, just as soon as I finish building this new lego set I got for Christmas"
 
2014-03-15 04:38:24 PM  
Thanks for the earworm, subby.

My 11 year-old can take a mix of any Legos and make any model of any military airplane from WWI to present. In like a minute. It's kind of awesome, I need to photo-document his creations.
 
2014-03-15 04:40:21 PM  
I was big into legos in the early 90s, had a lot of space and knights sets and they're still over at my parents. Every once in a while my nieces come up to visit and they'll dig out my legos, I can't help but smile and join them.
 
2014-03-15 04:54:04 PM  

Old Man Winter: Do adult Lego fans have sex with the bricks like them BroniesBaronies do to those little ponies?


No. Lego isn't cheap, we can afford to pay for hookers just like normal people.
 
2014-03-15 06:56:04 PM  
slepygryhnd:
We very deliberately bought him boxes of just loose blocks for Christmas because I got tired of him building these elaborate things with specific pieces built just for that thing and then never taking them apart.

Everything wrong with modern lego right there :(
 
2014-03-15 08:13:21 PM  

gaspode: slepygryhnd:
We very deliberately bought him boxes of just loose blocks for Christmas because I got tired of him building these elaborate things with specific pieces built just for that thing and then never taking them apart.

Everything wrong with modern lego right there :(


Why? Some of those "specific pieces built just for that thing" turn out to be great as pieces to build a ton of other things. There is an amazing amount of detail you can get out of a LEGO creation now with some of those pieces you think can "only" be an X-Wing fighter engine or light saber handle, etc...
 
2014-03-15 08:14:37 PM  

gaspode: slepygryhnd:
We very deliberately bought him boxes of just loose blocks for Christmas because I got tired of him building these elaborate things with specific pieces built just for that thing and then never taking them apart.

Everything wrong with modern lego right there :(


Oh, because he never takes them apart. Got ya....
 
2014-03-15 09:35:34 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: gaspode: slepygryhnd:
We very deliberately bought him boxes of just loose blocks for Christmas because I got tired of him building these elaborate things with specific pieces built just for that thing and then never taking them apart.

Everything wrong with modern lego right there :(

Oh, because he never takes them apart. Got ya....


Well that yeah.. and because they are not intended to be parts to make things with, but parts of a model kit to assemble.

nothing wrong with model kits of course but lego model kits are very crappy model kits, and crappy lego.
 
2014-03-16 01:28:19 AM  
My favorite course I ever took in college was "Building Intelligent Robots"... which was actually a Lego Mindstorms course. Mindstorms being a programmable core brick with motors and sensors, and lots of Technic pieces so you could make structures standard bricks don't allow. I had a partner who handled most of the coding, since I didn't know C++ and the college didn't actually teach it, though it was pretty basic stuff. Me? I got to spend hours in a room full of All The Bricks And Technic Rods Ever. And you basically just had to kind of get them to work to get an A, because most failure could be blamed on flaky sensors and motors.

So I got an A for playing with Legos until I turned them into a projectile weapon. Literally, we made a little auto-targeting turret as our final project.

YEAAAAAH. *sunglasses*.

/actually cool story for once, sis
 
2014-03-16 01:43:49 AM  

ornithopter: My favorite course I ever took in college was "Building Intelligent Robots"... which was actually a Lego Mindstorms course. Mindstorms being a programmable core brick with motors and sensors, and lots of Technic pieces so you could make structures standard bricks don't allow. I had a partner who handled most of the coding, since I didn't know C++ and the college didn't actually teach it, though it was pretty basic stuff. Me? I got to spend hours in a room full of All The Bricks And Technic Rods Ever. And you basically just had to kind of get them to work to get an A, because most failure could be blamed on flaky sensors and motors.

So I got an A for playing with Legos until I turned them into a projectile weapon. Literally, we made a little auto-targeting turret as our final project.

YEAAAAAH. *sunglasses*.

/actually cool story for once, sis


Marry me. I have lasers and drones.
 
2014-03-16 02:21:50 AM  

spiritplumber: ornithopter: My favorite course I ever took in college was "Building Intelligent Robots"... which was actually a Lego Mindstorms course. Mindstorms being a programmable core brick with motors and sensors, and lots of Technic pieces so you could make structures standard bricks don't allow. I had a partner who handled most of the coding, since I didn't know C++ and the college didn't actually teach it, though it was pretty basic stuff. Me? I got to spend hours in a room full of All The Bricks And Technic Rods Ever. And you basically just had to kind of get them to work to get an A, because most failure could be blamed on flaky sensors and motors.

So I got an A for playing with Legos until I turned them into a projectile weapon. Literally, we made a little auto-targeting turret as our final project.

YEAAAAAH. *sunglasses*.

/actually cool story for once, sis

Marry me. I have lasers and drones.


I don't know you from Evil Overlord Adam!

Though I do like the idea of an Engagement Laser...
 
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