Two-Piece Chicken Suit

Last week, I posted on the biological elegance of using the simple building blocks of Legos to create complexity in objects using a crow built by nobu_tary as an example. Another creation of nobu_tary illustrates how few of those simple building blocks are necessary, if you look at them from an unanticipated point of view.

I give you a chicken…

"LEGO Chicken" by nobu_tary (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)
“LEGO Chicken” by nobu_tary (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)

*For the unitiated, the chicken is created using two Lego mini-figure hair pieces.

A Murder of Legos

"LEGO Crow" by nobu_tary (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)
“LEGO Crow” by nobu_tary (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)

It might be enough to say that I love Lego depictions of biology just because they are lovely. It might; but that would go against my nature. After a period of intense navel gazing, I’ve concluded that my febrile brain likes the idea of creating elegance from a simple set of basic building blocks – much like actual biology does.

This build of a crow by nobu_tary recently caught my fancy. It uses very few pieces to capture the essence of the bird and allow the dynamic motion of the wings to be represented.

"LEGO Crow" by nobu_tary (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)
“LEGO Crow” by nobu_tary (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)

HT: Brothers Brick

Philae: The Power of Positive Thinking?

UPDATE 12 NOV 2014 11:12AM (EST): THEY DID IT!

Philae by Stefan Schindler (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)
Philae by Stefan Schindler (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)

Tomorrow, the Philae lander detaches from the ESA Rosetta spacecraft and attempts to touch down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at Site J. A successful landing will be one of the great feats of human scientific exploration.

A webcast of the landing attempt will begin at 2PM (ET) today (ie, now).

Instead of waiting to post pictures, we are going to be optimistic and start with this LEGO build from Stefan Schindler showing the Philae lander resting comfortably on the comet’s surface. More to come…

Martin the Warrior

Martin the Warrior by Stormbringer (All Rights Reserved - Used With Permission)
Martin the Warrior by Stormbringer (All Rights Reserved – Used With Permission)

This one is for my brother, Ben, who was a huge fan of Brian Jacques’ Redwall series of books. Martin the Warrior is instrumental in the founding of Redwall Abbey, for which the series is named.

The books are classics and I cannot wait to share them with my daughters. The Frogger is already a fan of David Peterson’s Mouse Guard graphic novels. So, the talking animals of Redwall won’t be a big leap, but I hope she won’t judge the Redwall books for not being as gritty as she her usual fare.

Predictably, one of Ben’s favorite aspects of the Redwall books was Jacques’ lush descriptions of the food:

Every one of Jacques’s books contains a feast prepared by the anthropomorphic woodland creature of Redwall Abbey. The spread alway seems to contain a delectable mix of real and imaginative dishes that leave the mouth watering. Among my personal favorites: Shrimp and Hotroot Soup, Deeper ‘n Ever Tater ‘n’ Turnip ‘n’ Beetroot Pie, Meadow Cream on fruit and pastries, Damson Cordial, and the cellarhog’s famous October Ale.

My favorite characters were the hares of the Hare Border Rangers and the otters*, who are apparently fond of Shrimp & Hotroot Soup, as one should be.

*They are good guys in the Redwall series, which is a bit unusual for an apex predator.

HT: The Brothers Brick

Rosetta Rendezvous, commemorated in LEGOs

by Stefan Schindler (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)
“Rosetta – arrival at the comet” by Stefan Schindler (All Rights Reserved; Used with Permission)

After a ten-year odyssey, the ESA Rosetta spacecraft rendezvoused with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in early August. In honor of this momentous series of events, we wanted to share this delightful LEGO model* from Stefan Schindler (Stefan has been featured here before). Continue reading “Rosetta Rendezvous, commemorated in LEGOs”

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