LEGO Car

That is a life-sized working car built out of LEGOs.  Yes, you read the correctly, life-sized, built from LEGOS.  In fact, it doesn’t even use any glue, all the pieces are being held together by the inherit force of nature that is LEGO.  Based on estimates, this cost about $1 million to make.  Which when you compare it to an actual Bugatti, is a bargin.

However, if you’d like something more affordable, check out the LEGO Technic 42083.  It’s only 3,600 pieces, but it’s also $350.  I guess you can’t win either way.

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LEGO Bridge Girder Builder

It will never cease to amaze me with the ingenuity of people when it comes to LEGO contraptions. I’ve never seen one of these full size bridge girder movers, but watching this LEGO version makes me amazed at how humans have been able to make machines to make life easier. Especially since this machine is meant to make other amazing engineering feats easier. Tie it all up within LEGO, and it’s even more impressive.

Really, watch the video, it’s worth it.

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Some Incredible Coke + Mentos

It’s simply fun to watch.  I don’t know what the world record is.  Or why he’s using Nutella.  All I do know is that it was a joy to watch a grown man have that much excitement.  The video is way better then the reddit gif originally makes it out to be.

Blue Marble Machine

That was pretty neat.  Apparently, it took him 3 months to make that.  I can see why.  All the resetting, and rejiggering and accidentally bumping things.  It’s madness, but also pretty ace.

Skyline Shades

Skyline Shades

The Ukraine company HoleRoll has these ace blackout blinds for windows.  Through (I assume) laser cutting fabric and material, you get a gorgeous shadow/lightbox view of either the Manhattan Skyline, the London Skyline, or the general night sky.  Unfortunately, the prices are quite high – $178 for one pane of the panel.  That’s the base price, before you put measurements in and choose other options.  I can tell you this much, I’m not about to spend over $500 on window shades – for a single room.  They look high quality, I bet I could make my own though.

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Would you like a Kool Kandy Kane?

Candy Canes are a traditional Christmas delicacy.  And I use the word delicacy lightly.  It’s not exactly rare.  It is one of those things though that you really only see at one time of the year.  If you ever wondered how they are made, here are a series of videos curtesy of MAKE that show you just that.  Check after the jump for them all, I don’t want to bog down the home page with YouTube.

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Alternate History Thursday: – The Shoreline

You would think that the weight of the concrete, steel, glass, asphalt, and all the other crap that’s above ground would be quite high.  You would be correct, but you would also be wrong.  It’s a tricky situation.  When the subways of Manhattan were flooded, the city started to float.  Not the island itself, rather the buildings, and cars, and everything on the island.  All these things that floated started to bang into each other.  Buildings which relied on gravity to keep themselves rooted to a handful of spots on the earth soon found themselves touching everything.  Tunnels originally designed for simple in and out traffic were now subjected to constant weight on all sides.  They failed, causing those around them to fail.  It only took 7 days for the Island of Manhattan to sink into the sea.  The Biblical similarities were not lost on the world.

The sinking of Manhattan was seen as a turning point in the world post Y2K.  Public support for the President vanished virtually over night, and there were calls for his immediate impeachment.  The survivors of the SONY (Sinking of New York), were welcomed around the country.  The SONY Coporation happily changed their name to Conplatter as a sign of respect.  After all, what is America (and New York for that matter) (At least, in this reality) if not appropriating other people’s culture and ideas for our own self-serving interests.

Unfortunately, there was still not many people left from New York.  For all the egotistical people of the city, no one wanted to admit,or make it know where they were originally from.  Whenever you met someone new, they just said that they were from “Up North.”  It became common knowledge that those people were former New Yorkers who wanted to put the past behind them and get on with their lives.  What’s even more interesting is the gold.  Or should I say, the lack of Gold.  Back when this all started, so many months ago, the gold stored in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York served as the catalyst to this whole fiasco.  Now, with Manhattan under dozens of feet of sea water, and crumbled rubble, that gold is no where to be found.

A search was conducted as soon as the dust settled.  Unfortunately, the remains of the various buildings were unstable, and proved too much of a risk for divers.  Unmanned vehicles were cumbersome and difficult to maneuver through the tight alleys formed from the twisted wreckage.  Eventually, all government work looking for the gold was stopped.  After looking at archival footage of the past 6 months, it was determined that the gold was smuggled out the same way that the people were.

How?

Where?

Tune in next month to the shocking conclusion to – AHT!12

Again, if you listen to the song while you read the post, you’ll have such a better time.  Trust me.  Click the link for the best:

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The 2017 MarbleLympics

I stumbled on the qualification round for the 2017 MarbleLympics last night.  I proceeded to watch the first 4 events before I realized the time.  This morning I finished the entire games.  What a rush of excitement it was.  I won’t give many spoilers, except to say that there were plenty of upsets and new records set this year.

The production quality of this series is top notch, it looks professionally done.  The commentator – Greg Woods (F1FanWoodsie), does a superb job on the entire games, he has gotten very into each of the events and shows genuine enthusiasm for everything.  I like all of the little details added to the games – each marble has a name, each team has a history and the crowd is very into everything going on!

Replays, picture in picture, overviews of the standings.  Everything about this is amazing!  Each of the courses is very well thought out and unique.  Block pushing was fun, the sand race from the qualifier round was my favorite I think.  Fidget spinning was a long event, too long in my opinion, but still enjoyable to watch.  It’s almost more fun to watch then the real Olympics, and I love the Olympics!  I can’t wait to see what the 2018 games bring about.

Speeder Bikes

What is it with the Star Wars posts lately?  Oh, that’s right Episode VIII is going to come out next month.  That’s right.  It better not suck though.  The trailer has me worried, it looks an awful lot like The Empire Strikes Back.  I mean, look at it – Walkers on a snow planet, Jedi training with an old lost Master, dark theme, lost souls.  It looks like eerily similar to ESB.  I hope it’s not.

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LEGO Jakku

Jakku LEGO Scene

This is a pretty neat diorama of a mix of LEGO scenes from the sequel trilogy.  What you can’t see from the photo is the moving ships that go around the perimeter.  Reddit video doesn’t let me embed it for some reason, so you’ll have to venture over there.

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