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2021-07-08 6:56:32 AM  
I should take apart my super star destroyer and see what it suggests.
 
2021-07-08 7:26:55 AM  
(Adjusts onion)
I remember when they were all "random lego blocks".
 
2021-07-08 7:54:58 AM  
Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.
 
2021-07-08 8:03:46 AM  
This totally defeats the purpose of having the bucket of random blocks.
 
2021-07-08 8:19:41 AM  

redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.


i made kits once. then it got folded into my huge lego collection, and i would build huge spaceships and shiat.
 
2021-07-08 8:20:44 AM  
Meh - I've matured out of childish Legos & moved on to adolescent Meccano.
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I made a friend - literally. We talk a lot about why girls don't like us.
 
2021-07-08 8:22:44 AM  

FrancoFile: This totally defeats the purpose of having the bucket of random blocks.


Caltrops?
 
2021-07-08 8:27:30 AM  

redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.


Don't give up hope. As he is following the instructions, he is comprehending the designer's repertoire of techniques. He is essentially walking through a museum, observing brush stroke, shape, and space. Creativity is not hatched in a vacuum. It is the result of a dialogue with previous creators.

Next time he finishes a set, ask him what was the designer's cleverest use of an element. There's the dialogue that will eventually solve big problems.
 
2021-07-08 8:37:16 AM  

redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.


People buy kits because they want to make what's in the kits.
Like I have a Call of Duty megabloks kit Apache, because I wanted to build and display the Apache. And I just got a lego 2000 piece Saturn 5 rocket, because I wanted to build a Saturn 5 rocket.
If you want to just create, then you buy assorted pieces.  Or you could buy a bunch of kits and use the pieces, sure.
I guess my point is, why are you trying to decide how he should have fun?

"No! The point in Skyrim is to gain experience and do the missions! You've been playing 60 hours and are only on the 2nd quest? Why are you just running around and throwing cheese at people?? You're doing it all wrong!"
 
2021-07-08 8:43:48 AM  

redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.


Not everyone likes what you like. If he likes what he's doing, don't judge him. Let him be happy.

Also, learning how existing things are built is an important step in learning how to make new things.
 
2021-07-08 8:45:27 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: I should take apart my super star destroyer and see what it suggests.


I asked my wife if I could deconstruct hers via the impact method for the same purpose and got yelled at.
 
2021-07-08 8:54:06 AM  
I have this app.

It's called "my imagination"
 
2021-07-08 9:44:33 AM  
Dont be creative, be a drone!
 
2021-07-08 9:59:52 AM  

buntz: I have this app.

It's called "my imagination"


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2021-07-08 10:01:54 AM  
This app seems pretty cool.  I'd like it even better if it just told me which specific bricks were located where in the pile, without necessarily suggesting specific builds.
 
2021-07-08 10:13:39 AM  

buntz: I have this app.

It's called "my imagination"


I've got my imagination as well but the guys at Lego can design a better Razorcrest than my imagination for when I want to build that
 
2021-07-08 10:19:43 AM  
It's only available for iOS right now. So, good luck, "kids."
 
2021-07-08 10:36:22 AM  

Lumbar Puncture: buntz: I have this app.

It's called "my imagination"

I've got my imagination as well but the guys at Lego can design a better Razorcrest than my imagination for when I want to build that


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2021-07-08 11:16:26 AM  

buntz: Lumbar Puncture: buntz: I have this app.

It's called "my imagination"

I've got my imagination as well but the guys at Lego can design a better Razorcrest than my imagination for when I want to build that

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You don't have to, but it's true. One nice thing about the kits is the level of detail they get into and seeing the clever ways the designers use the parts in different ways for stability and aesthetics.

Like cooking it can be fun to see what works and what doesn't but I'm still going to consult a recipe until I'm comfortable with what I'm making.
 
2021-07-08 11:17:49 AM  

redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.


I don't know how old your nephew is, but that's kind of the way everyone starts building Lego sets. This page is from a 1976 set. It's pretty much all rectangles and squares, and it's fairly easy to recreate the pictures on the packaging without instructions, but they were still included.

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Three years later, the Space sets had instructions like this:

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Still a lot of rectangles, but we're already starting to see specialized pieces that weren't dreamed of a few years earlier. And it's possible that without the specialized pieces and complex kits with pages and pages of instructions, Lego would have been relegated to the sideline like the dusty bin of wooden blocks and Lincoln Logs.

So, let's not try to pretend that it's only kids today that slavishly follow the instructions. There's plenty of grown ass people out there today who did just that when they were kids and playing with Legos.
 
2021-07-08 11:28:45 AM  

Lumbar Puncture: buntz: Lumbar Puncture: buntz: I have this app.

It's called "my imagination"

I've got my imagination as well but the guys at Lego can design a better Razorcrest than my imagination for when I want to build that

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You don't have to, but it's true. One nice thing about the kits is the level of detail they get into and seeing the clever ways the designers use the parts in different ways for stability and aesthetics.

Like cooking it can be fun to see what works and what doesn't but I'm still going to consult a recipe until I'm comfortable with what I'm making.


You misunderstood me.
I was complementing you.
I think you are selling yourself short.
 
2021-07-08 11:34:22 AM  

Trainspotr: redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.

I don't know how old your nephew is, but that's kind of the way everyone starts building Lego sets. This page is from a 1976 set. It's pretty much all rectangles and squares, and it's fairly easy to recreate the pictures on the packaging without instructions, but they were still included.

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Three years later, the Space sets had instructions like this:

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Still a lot of rectangles, but we're already starting to see specialized pieces that weren't dreamed of a few years earlier. And it's possible that without the specialized pieces and complex kits with pages and pages of instructions, Lego would have been relegated to the sideline like the dusty bin of wooden blocks and Lincoln Logs.

So, let's not try to pretend that it's only kids today that slavishly follow the instructions. There's plenty of grown ass people out there today who did just that when they were kids and playing with Legos.


Man I loved that spaceship
 
2021-07-08 11:49:13 AM  

SuperChuck: Trainspotr: redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.

I don't know how old your nephew is, but that's kind of the way everyone starts building Lego sets. This page is from a 1976 set. It's pretty much all rectangles and squares, and it's fairly easy to recreate the pictures on the packaging without instructions, but they were still included.

[Fark user image 407x402]


Three years later, the Space sets had instructions like this:

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Still a lot of rectangles, but we're already starting to see specialized pieces that weren't dreamed of a few years earlier. And it's possible that without the specialized pieces and complex kits with pages and pages of instructions, Lego would have been relegated to the sideline like the dusty bin of wooden blocks and Lincoln Logs.

So, let's not try to pretend that it's only kids today that slavishly follow the instructions. There's plenty of grown ass people out there today who did just that when they were kids and playing with Legos.

Man I loved that spaceship


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2021-07-08 12:15:45 PM  
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This set of alien stuff with all the neon green pieces is still one of the best lego themes you could have as a kid
 
2021-07-08 2:27:04 PM  
uhhh wtf?


"Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build"

uhhh seriously WTF?

Allow me to show you what i see in case you are unsure about WTF.

Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build, IF YOU ARE TOO UNCREATIVE AND LACK THE IMAGINATION TO ACTUALLY PLAY WITH LEGOS YOURSELF.
 
2021-07-08 3:19:40 PM  

Trainspotr: redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.

I don't know how old your nephew is, but that's kind of the way everyone starts building Lego sets. This page is from a 1976 set. It's pretty much all rectangles and squares, and it's fairly easy to recreate the pictures on the packaging without instructions, but they were still included.

[Fark user image image 407x402]


Three years later, the Space sets had instructions like this:

[Fark user image image 823x1192]

Still a lot of rectangles, but we're already starting to see specialized pieces that weren't dreamed of a few years earlier. And it's possible that without the specialized pieces and complex kits with pages and pages of instructions, Lego would have been relegated to the sideline like the dusty bin of wooden blocks and Lincoln Logs.

So, let's not try to pretend that it's only kids today that slavishly follow the instructions. There's plenty of grown ass people out there today who did just that when they were kids and playing with Legos.


I had that kit
 
2021-07-08 5:52:54 PM  

PvtStash: uhhh wtf?


"Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build"

uhhh seriously WTF?

Allow me to show you what i see in case you are unsure about WTF.

Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build, IF YOU ARE TOO UNCREATIVE AND LACK THE IMAGINATION TO ACTUALLY PLAY WITH LEGOS YOURSELF.


not necessarily. i mean sometimes you look at your pile and cant think of anything etc. nothing wrong with inspiration. or using pieces in ways you might not have considered. or even better a parent combating a child saying they dont have X or need Y or whatever and they whip out the app and say see you could build this that or the other thing
 
2021-07-08 7:05:38 PM  

lifeslammer: This set of alien stuff with all the neon green pieces is still one of the best lego themes you could have as a kid


I think I have all the sets from that theme in my loft.
 
2021-07-08 7:50:15 PM  
Unless every piece is separated from every other piece, I'm very skeptical this app can identify anything in a Lego pile and instead just offers random ideas and assumes you have all the necessary pieces. How is it seeing pieces obstructed by others, particularly those at the bottom of the pile? How can it tell if my eight stud brick covered by a two stud brick isn't really two three stud bricks, etc?
 
2021-07-09 4:02:43 AM  
Lego as a company fully understand and acknowledge that there are two kinds of people who play with their toy.

People who like to take a pile of random bricks and make whatever they feel like with them.
People who like to follow instructions and build really intricate stuff.

They make products for both of these people. Which is why they sell sets like this:
https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/ty​p​ewriter-21327
And also sets like this:
https://www.lego.com/en-gb/product/br​i​cks-bricks-bricks-10717

I mean, one of the major premises of the Lego Movie was that neither style of play is better than the other.

As a kid I had a huge bucket of bricks and built all kinds of crap. As an adult I buy stuff like the Star Wars character busts and relax by slowly following the instructions.

My godson loves following instructions and can't even comprehend breaking his models up to make other things, yet loves minecraft and making random crap in that.
 
2021-07-09 4:05:19 AM  

Gnaglor: Unless every piece is separated from every other piece, I'm very skeptical this app can identify anything in a Lego pile and instead just offers random ideas and assumes you have all the necessary pieces. How is it seeing pieces obstructed by others, particularly those at the bottom of the pile? How can it tell if my eight stud brick covered by a two stud brick isn't really two three stud bricks, etc?


it can't, but it uses the AI to guess as best as it can. You can also help it by telling it what sets you won that are in your pile.

I tried it on a box of random crap I had, it did pretty well. It finds the common stuff really easily, most of the false positives tend to be on the smaller pieces (it can't seem to easily tell which kinds of sloped bricks it's looking at).

If Fark will take the images I'll post something shortly...
 
2021-07-09 4:07:30 AM  
So this was my source photo...
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And here's the app picking out some stuff for me:
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2021-07-09 7:00:19 AM  
If it can reference old sets from throughout LEGO history this could be pretty cool if you're buying bulk boxes online or have long lost the old manuals to smaller vehicles and stuff.

/Mine are all sort of separated by type/function right now so I probably wouldn't dump em back into a pile
//really want to try out Mobile Frame Zero but I need another player/builder
 
2021-07-09 11:15:13 AM  

kindms: PvtStash: uhhh wtf?


"Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build"

uhhh seriously WTF?

Allow me to show you what i see in case you are unsure about WTF.

Amazing App Uses AI Tech to Scan Your LEGO Piles and Suggest Things You Can Build, IF YOU ARE TOO UNCREATIVE AND LACK THE IMAGINATION TO ACTUALLY PLAY WITH LEGOS YOURSELF.

not necessarily. i mean sometimes you look at your pile and cant think of anything etc. nothing wrong with inspiration. or using pieces in ways you might not have considered. or even better a parent combating a child saying they dont have X or need Y or whatever and they whip out the app and say see you could build this that or the other thing



While i can understand that any creative/artists may not always have a good inspiration to work with.
Inspiration come from the world around us in all of it's forms and all the ways we imagined to remix them.
As an addition to "get some inspiration" it sure is just one tiny dribble on the pile of what was just free to look at out side.

But maybe even more important t to say here. Let me point out that you did just describe a situaiotn, that an adult parent would themselves be so short on creativity that when confronted with a pile of legos and a child, they needed the help of an app to suggest how to put the legos together.

I'd suggest this example parent has more significant issues to cope with than this app will be able to provide for. ;)
 
2021-07-09 2:33:32 PM  

MythDragon: redsquid: Watching my nephew meticulously follow the directions to build his Lego model kits "correctly" breaks my heart. Not an ounce of creativity.

People buy kits because they want to make what's in the kits.
Like I have a Call of Duty megabloks kit Apache, because I wanted to build and display the Apache. And I just got a lego 2000 piece Saturn 5 rocket, because I wanted to build a Saturn 5 rocket.
If you want to just create, then you buy assorted pieces.  Or you could buy a bunch of kits and use the pieces, sure.
I guess my point is, why are you trying to decide how he should have fun?

"No! The point in Skyrim is to gain experience and do the missions! You've been playing 60 hours and are only on the 2nd quest? Why are you just running around and throwing cheese at people?? You're doing it all wrong!"


I can throw cheese at people in skyrim? Maybe I need to dust that game off....
 
2021-07-09 3:47:53 PM  

KingBiefWhistle: If it can reference old sets from throughout LEGO history this could be pretty cool if you're buying bulk boxes online or have long lost the old manuals to smaller vehicles and stuff.

/Mine are all sort of separated by type/function right now so I probably wouldn't dump em back into a pile
//really want to try out Mobile Frame Zero but I need another player/builder


I think lego have their own app where you can get at the instruction books for sets, not sure how far back it goes though.
 
2021-07-09 7:31:40 PM  
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