Archive for August 27th, 2008

Happy Birthday, Minifig!

The little yellow Lego dude is now old enough to lie about his age.

On August 25, 1978, the Lego minifigure was born. This was a hugely important transition for Lego. For many years they sold sets allowing builders to create cars or buildings, but something was missing — a human element. The minifig gave them that humanity, and very quickly it became an iconic symbol of the company second only to the brick itself.

The first minifigs had yellow skin and fixed, pleasant expressions. It was not until 1989 that this changed, with a pirates set debuting figures with eye patches, hook hands and peg legs. 1997 saw the minifig’s official entry into the digital realm, starring in the videogame Panic on Lego Island. It was not until 1998 that minifigs with realistic skin tones were released, in conjunction with a new line of sports figures. As of 2004, all licensed products featured minifigs with natural coloration.


Gizmodo’s contest involves celebrating the minifig by making movies:

To mark the 30th Anniversary of the minifig, Gizmodo is celebrating a video contest with Lego. The objective: to create a movie in honor of the minifig. The short could be made using any technique you want as long as it’s creative and fun. The prizes? Huge ones. First, the most amazing vintage sets ever: the Galaxy Explorer and the Yellow Castle — needless to say, the value of these sets, which are new in their original boxes, goes off the charts. The third prize will be a special set designed by Lego owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, plus there will also be smaller vintage space and town sets, a whole bunch of the new vintage minifigure series, and some newer sets for the runner-ups. Yes, a whole brickload of incredible stuff.

The Gizmodo challenge is a partnership with the Lego Group and you can download logos from their promotional site to put in your videos. There are also fun stuff like trivia and games, plus a fantastic 3-D version of the above video, if you got the specs.

Pretty cool.  I wish I could make movies, but still photography is pretty much my creative limit.

August 27th, 2008 at 06:20pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness

Quote Of The Month

That’s my Senator!

Bob Casey had the best line of the entire presidential campaign:

John McCain votes with Bush 95% of the time.  That’s not a maverick – that’s a sidekick!

Exactly.  McCain is not moderate or independent, he’s not some kind of courageous renegade against Republican orthodoxy.  He is just as much in thrall to the corporate, neocon, and fundamentalist elements of the GOP that have done so much damage to this country over the last eight years.

If there is any one quote that strikes at the heart of McCain’s appeal, that needs to be repeated and spread around until it sticks in every voter’s brain, this is the one.

August 27th, 2008 at 11:27am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Democrats,Elections,McCain,Politics,Quotes

Wanker Of The Day

Ron Fournier.

Yep, he’s at it again.  News flash for Ron: Primary opponents say negative stuff about each other because they’re competing for the nomination.

I have this sneaking suspicion that if Romney and/or Huckabee delivers a unity speech at the Republican National Convention, Phonier Fournier will rave about how he healed the party and brought everyone together.

Prove me wrong, Ron.  Show us that you’re not the mindlessly pro-Republican hack you appear to be.  Besides, maybe a little honest political analysis would convince some newspapers to keep paying for your sorry ass.

August 27th, 2008 at 07:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Clinton,Elections,McCain,Media,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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