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2019-08-29 10:00:29 AM  
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these damn bricks all say the same thing!
 
2019-08-29 10:45:44 AM  

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these damn bricks all say the same thing!


"be sure to drink your Ovaltine"
 
2019-08-29 12:10:40 PM  
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2019-08-29 12:41:38 PM  
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2019-08-29 12:42:55 PM  
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2019-08-29 12:44:36 PM  
Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.
 
2019-08-29 12:45:04 PM  
Bet they didnt see this coming.
 
2019-08-29 12:51:25 PM  
Lego is awesome. Have some mini creator expert models.

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2019-08-29 12:52:23 PM  
I wouldn't think that building a model would be particularly satisfying to a blind person.

I think if I was blind, I would be really into lock puzzles.
 
2019-08-29 12:54:00 PM  

sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.


https://smile.amazon.com/LEGO-Classic​-​Large-Creative-Brick/dp/B00NHQF6MG

They are still available, and becoming more and more popular. You should go to a Target and check out their Lego section in the toy department.
 
2019-08-29 12:57:10 PM  

sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.


My kids always loved Logo kits, but often wanted to change them and were frustrated when they couldn't manage to rebuild to the original kit.

My guideline for them:  Build it to the instructions once, than either 1. keep it that way to play with or, maybe, put it on a shelf it you want it as a model, or 2. Take it completely apart, throw the instructions away, and use the parts however you want.  This freed them (and me) from worrying about the nearly impossible task of recreating the kit.

The kids generally kept their favorites complete for a while, but eventually took them all apart to use for new ideas.

Damn pieces are still everywhere, though.
 
2019-08-29 12:57:50 PM  

sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.


I don't mind the kits that build very specific models, but I wish they also sold boxes of mostly quadrangle pieces like they did before the people got smaller and grew legs. My six year old loves building the kits over and over, but he will also use his old duplos to build extravagantly impractical vehicles out of squares and rectangles.
 
2019-08-29 12:57:51 PM  

tokenwander: Lego is awesome. Have some mini creator expert models.

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That big one in the back looks tricky.
 
2019-08-29 12:59:26 PM  

Magnanimous_J: I wouldn't think that building a model would be particularly satisfying to a blind person.

I think if I was blind, I would be really into lock puzzles.


According to TFA, models let them experience the shapes of things that are too big to explore by touch in real life, like monuments and bridges and ships and whatnot. That's actually kind of a big deal, it lets them understand the world that sighted people experience more directly. My dad's blind, and I can tell you I saw often how frustrating it was for him to not be able to directly experience some of the magnificent visuals sighted people take for granted when looking at great works of art and architecture.
 
2019-08-29 1:02:19 PM  

sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.


So you are saying they've never had a soul?

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2019-08-29 1:05:11 PM  

BFletch651: tokenwander: Lego is awesome. Have some mini creator expert models.

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That big one in the back looks tricky.


That's not Lego. It's Lupin. Typical overly complicated and lower quality Asian knock-off.
 
2019-08-29 1:07:59 PM  

KiltedBastich: Magnanimous_J: I wouldn't think that building a model would be particularly satisfying to a blind person.

I think if I was blind, I would be really into lock puzzles.

According to TFA, models let them experience the shapes of things that are too big to explore by touch in real life, like monuments and bridges and ships and whatnot. That's actually kind of a big deal, it lets them understand the world that sighted people experience more directly. My dad's blind, and I can tell you I saw often how frustrating it was for him to not be able to directly experience some of the magnificent visuals sighted people take for granted when looking at great works of art and architecture.


That's a fascinating take on this story. Can you imagine how much better a visit to the Statue of Liberty would be for blind tourists if they could touch and feel an architectural model of the monument?

Thanks for the thought experiment!
 
2019-08-29 1:08:05 PM  

sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.


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2019-08-29 1:11:52 PM  
LEGO THREAD!

I love LEGO a whole lot. It helps me unplug and focus on things that are not internet or computer related. The only thing better is reading a physical book with paper pages.

Here's my debugging pig. He lives on my desk and helps me talk through technical problems.

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2019-08-29 1:18:57 PM  

BFletch651: sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.

My kids always loved Logo kits, but often wanted to change them and were frustrated when they couldn't manage to rebuild to the original kit.

My guideline for them:  Build it to the instructions once, than either 1. keep it that way to play with or, maybe, put it on a shelf it you want it as a model, or 2. Take it completely apart, throw the instructions away, and use the parts however you want.  This freed them (and me) from worrying about the nearly impossible task of recreating the kit.

The kids generally kept their favorites complete for a while, but eventually took them all apart to use for new ideas.

Damn pieces are still everywhere, though.


Every few months, I gather up a bunch of my kids' models in various states of disassembly and collect each set's pieces in ziplock bags with the instructions. It's a pain in the ass, but every one is like a guaranteed 20-60 minutes of quiet time that doesn't involve a screen, so it's worth it.
 
2019-08-29 1:19:04 PM  

tokenwander: KiltedBastich: Magnanimous_J: I wouldn't think that building a model would be particularly satisfying to a blind person.

I think if I was blind, I would be really into lock puzzles.

According to TFA, models let them experience the shapes of things that are too big to explore by touch in real life, like monuments and bridges and ships and whatnot. That's actually kind of a big deal, it lets them understand the world that sighted people experience more directly. My dad's blind, and I can tell you I saw often how frustrating it was for him to not be able to directly experience some of the magnificent visuals sighted people take for granted when looking at great works of art and architecture.

That's a fascinating take on this story. Can you imagine how much better a visit to the Statue of Liberty would be for blind tourists if they could touch and feel an architectural model of the monument?

Thanks for the thought experiment!


Welcome. I am, as you may have guessed, highly in favour of the experiment by Lego described in TFA. Just one more way they are awesome. Still my all-time favourite toy.
 
2019-08-29 1:19:27 PM  

tokenwander: LEGO THREAD!

I love LEGO a whole lot. It helps me unplug and focus on things that are not internet or computer related. The only thing better is reading a physical book with paper pages.

Here's my debugging pig. He lives on my desk and helps me talk through technical problems.

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Aftermarket Lego prices can get brutal, but I'll be damned if I die without assembling the Death Star and the Monster Fighters Haunted House. Legos are a big part of our Halloween and Christmas decor, and probably will be even after our kids move away.
 
2019-08-29 1:21:36 PM  

sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.


That's why they got the Idea Books.
 
2019-08-29 1:25:50 PM  
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2019-08-29 1:29:10 PM  
still have my legos that haven't been played with in 25 years. one of these days i'll try to reassemble all the original kits and see how many are missing pieces

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had to return this one 3 times because it was missing a few pieces right out of the box
 
2019-08-29 1:32:36 PM  

undernova: tokenwander: LEGO THREAD!

I love LEGO a whole lot. It helps me unplug and focus on things that are not internet or computer related. The only thing better is reading a physical book with paper pages.

Here's my debugging pig. He lives on my desk and helps me talk through technical problems.

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Aftermarket Lego prices can get brutal, but I'll be damned if I die without assembling the Death Star and the Monster Fighters Haunted House. Legos are a big part of our Halloween and Christmas decor, and probably will be even after our kids move away.


Tell me about it... I bought a Tumbler kit on Ebay that cost me more than I can freely admit to anyone I've ever had a relationship with.
 
2019-08-29 1:34:46 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: still have my legos that haven't been played with in 25 years. one of these days i'll try to reassemble all the original kits and see how many are missing pieces

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had to return this one 3 times because it was missing a few pieces right out of the box


I had the yellow custom model team van when I was a kid. I'm so mad at my ignorant young self for not taking better care of the things my folks got for me when I was younger. It'd be awesome to have them in my collection today.

Fortunately, all the old kits got broken down and all the pieces wound up in a couple of those old metal popcorn tins from Christmas, and my nieces and nephews got years of fun out of the investment.

It was probably better this way.
 
2019-08-29 1:34:59 PM  
So blind people have never had access to Legos before?
 
2019-08-29 1:35:54 PM  

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This should become the new Ice Bucket Challenge, with proceeds going to support something cool.
 
2019-08-29 1:54:45 PM  
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//Did well in the contest
 
2019-08-29 3:12:48 PM  
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Caution Driver is Blind
 
2019-08-29 3:19:38 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: still have my legos that haven't been played with in 25 years. one of these days i'll try to reassemble all the original kits and see how many are missing pieces

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had to return this one 3 times because it was missing a few pieces right out of the box


I had this one: http://lego.brickinstructions.co​m/0500​0/5590/001.jpg

I still have approximately 20000 pieces sitting in storage somewhere.
 
2019-08-29 3:58:33 PM  
The big brothers are watching.

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I've also started getting into Speed Champions, cuz the kits for most cars are under $20. 

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2019-08-29 4:42:55 PM  

tokenwander: KiltedBastich: Magnanimous_J: I wouldn't think that building a model would be particularly satisfying to a blind person.

I think if I was blind, I would be really into lock puzzles.

According to TFA, models let them experience the shapes of things that are too big to explore by touch in real life, like monuments and bridges and ships and whatnot. That's actually kind of a big deal, it lets them understand the world that sighted people experience more directly. My dad's blind, and I can tell you I saw often how frustrating it was for him to not be able to directly experience some of the magnificent visuals sighted people take for granted when looking at great works of art and architecture.

That's a fascinating take on this story. Can you imagine how much better a visit to the Statue of Liberty would be for blind tourists if they could touch and feel an architectural model of the monument?

Thanks for the thought experiment!


I don't know why they haven't done a scale model of the Statue of Liberty for the blind. Here in Germany, most of the cities have a 3D map or multiple maps or at the very least models of major architectural points for the blind, with braille labelling as well. I've also seen models like this for the churches in Austria. Here's' my town's historic centre map

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2019-08-29 4:59:43 PM  

Manic Depressive Mouse: tokenwander: KiltedBastich: Magnanimous_J: I wouldn't think that building a model would be particularly satisfying to a blind person.

I think if I was blind, I would be really into lock puzzles.

According to TFA, models let them experience the shapes of things that are too big to explore by touch in real life, like monuments and bridges and ships and whatnot. That's actually kind of a big deal, it lets them understand the world that sighted people experience more directly. My dad's blind, and I can tell you I saw often how frustrating it was for him to not be able to directly experience some of the magnificent visuals sighted people take for granted when looking at great works of art and architecture.

That's a fascinating take on this story. Can you imagine how much better a visit to the Statue of Liberty would be for blind tourists if they could touch and feel an architectural model of the monument?

Thanks for the thought experiment!

I don't know why they haven't done a scale model of the Statue of Liberty for the blind. Here in Germany, most of the cities have a 3D map or multiple maps or at the very least models of major architectural points for the blind, with braille labelling as well. I've also seen models like this for the churches in Austria. Here's' my town's historic centre map

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That's seriously amazing. I need to visit Germany (and a lot of other places).
 
2019-08-29 7:14:02 PM  

sunderland56: Lego lost it's soul when there were kits with instructions to build specific things, instead of just a box of parts and your imagination.


A kid I know told me recently that he had got a LEGO set for Christmas but "I've finished it". That's really quite sad.
 
2019-08-30 12:48:51 PM  
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