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LEGO recreation of the ‘You killed the car’ scene from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’
09.10.2014
08:38 am

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As immensely enjoyable as the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is, it is my belief that viewers needed some assurance that Ferris and Cameron weren’t just predestined to live out their lives as carefree, materialistic sociopath and suicidal scion with daddy issues, respectively. The necessary turn comes in the late scene in the Fryes’ garage, where the much-fetishized Ferrari belonging to Cameron’s dad normally resides. Cameron has his sorely needed emotional breakthrough and…. well, you probably know it.

Some genius or geniuses from Sweden going by the name Etzel decided to make a LEGO diorama of the most kinetic moment of that scene. There’s a slight cheat in temporality—check out chapter 4 from Scott McCloud’s brilliant 1993 primer Understanding Comics to see what I mean. McCloud establishes that a single comic frame, far from capturing a single moment, can easily encompass a span of time of as high as thirty seconds. Similarly, here, the car is flying backwards through the air (not stuck in a tree, as you might guess), while Cameron, Ferris, and Sloane gather near the destroyed plate glass window to admire the destruction. In the movie, of course, the car plummets to the surface of the forest, and the teens become a formalized audience a few seconds later.

I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love it, just as it is.
 

 

 

 

 

 
For the forgetful, here’s the scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:
 

 
via Chicagoist
 

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‘Brickjest,’ the LEGO version of ‘Infinite Jest’ by David Foster Wallace


“These are three Deans—of Admissions, Academic Affairs, Athletic Affairs. I do not know which face belongs to whom,” p. 3
 
Infinite Jest, the famously brilliant and famously unread 1996 novel by David Foster Wallace, frequently described as the most important novel of the 1990s and then some ... finally has inspired a LEGO muse to take up the task of executing a brick adaptation. It is called BrickJest. Infinite Jest is about many things, including tennis, addiction, filmmaking, corporate sponsorship, and terrorism. It’s a rich tapestry that positively cries out for the medium of brightly colored plastic bricks.

Charmingly, the photos below (just a fraction of the whole) are the fruits of a collaboration between Prof. Kevin Griffith of Capital University and his eleven-year-old son Sebastian, who “created all the scenes based on his father’s descriptions of the relevant pages.” They were jointly inspired by The Brick Bible by Brendan Powell Smith.
 

“‘I am not just a creatus, manufactured, conditioned, bred for a function.’ ... ‘Sweet mother of Christ,’ the Director says,” p. 12
 

“He felt similar to the insect inside the girder his shelf was connected too, but was not sure just how he was similar,” p. 19
 

“And out of nowhere a bird had all of a sudden fallen into the Jacuzzi,” p. 44
 

“The tall, ungainly, socially challenged and hard-drinking Dr. Incandenza’s May-December marriage to one of the few bona-fide bombshell-type females in North American Academia, the extremely tall and high-strung . . . Avril Mondragon . . .,” p. 64
 

“So but when Schtitt dons the leather helmet and goggles and revs up the old F.R.G.-era BMW cycle . . . it is usually eighteen-year-old Mario Incandenza who gets to ride along in the side-car . . .,” p. 79
 

“Feral hamsters are not pets. They mean business,” p. 93
 

“Video telephony rendered the fantasy insupportable,” p. 146
 

“1610h. Weightroom freestyle circuits. The clank and click of various resistance-systems. Lyle on the towel dispenser . . .,” p. 198
 

“Gately now shares the important duty of ‘breaking down the hall,’ sweeping floors and emptying ashtrays . . .,” p. 360
 

“Clipperton plays tennis with the Glock 17 held steadily to his left temple,” p. 409
 

“Gately has to smile at the Wraith’s cluelessness . . .a drug addict’s second most meaningful relationship is always with his domestic entertainment unit, TV/VCR or HDTP,” p. 834
 
via Biblioklept

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Marvel at these abandoned houses and cakes made of LEGO
08.11.2014
07:40 am

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These amazing abandoned houses are the work of artist Mike Doyle.

Each building can reach up to six feet in height, use up to 130,000 LEGO bricks and take approximately 600 hours to produce. And while you may think it—there are no foreign objects of either wood, glue, paint or otherwise in these constructions. Incredible.
 
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If you think that’s impressive, have a look at Mr. Doyle’s latest work that is almost good enough to eat.
 
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See more of Mike Doyle’s work here.
 
Via Imgur & Nerdcore
 

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Flower girl LEGO sculpture
04.14.2014
10:29 am

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There’s no gimmick with this LEGO sculpture of a little girl holding flowers. I’m so used to seeing things like “Your favorite bands made out of LEGO” or “Album covers made out of LEGO” that’s it’s sorta refreshing to see this LEGO Flower Girl by artist Ekow Nimako. She’s lovely.


 

 
Via SuperPunch

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Norman Mailer’s novel ‘An American Dream’ retold with LEGO
04.04.2014
12:06 pm

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Norman Mailer and his “LEGO City of the Future.”

Norman Mailer’s novel An American Dream was originally serialized in Esquire magazine during 1964. The story concerned Steven Richards Rojack, a 44-year-old Harvard graduate, war hero, left-wing intellectual, former politician and alcoholic TV host, who kills his wife in a fit of rage. There were obvious parallels between the author and his fictional creation, as 42-year-old Norman Kingsley Mailer was also a Harvard graduate, had served in the Second World War, was a left-wing intellectual, and had dabbled in politics. He had also stabbed his wife, Adele, in a fit of rage. Mailer commented on these similarities in 1965:

“Rojack is still considerably different from me—he’s more elegant, more witty, more heroic, his physical strength is considerable, and at the same time he is more corrupt than me.”

Mailer’s tale was a brilliantly told existentialist thriller that examined American obsessions in the second-half of the twentieth century. It was brave work to undertake, and its sensational story-line, mixing elements of biography, and real-life characters (Miles Davis was the inspiration for the jazz singer Shago Martin) together with explicit murder, sex and violence, shocked critics and readers alike. It guaranteed success for Esquire, whose sales jumped to a record 900,000 sales.

An American Dream became Mailer’s fourth published novel in 1965, and re-established him amongst the first rank of American authors. It was also made into a forgettable movie starring Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh and Eleanor Parker in 1966.
 
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Mailer created a “City of the Future” (his plan for a possible New York) out of LEGO, so he may have enjoyed this short adaptation of his classic novel by Dan Finnen, that offers up the book’s choice moments.
 

 

 

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Clever student designs killer LEGO résumé for internship
04.02.2014
05:34 am

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Boy, times are tough. I can remember when it was solid advice to “keep your résumé to a single page,” “use a clear, readable font,” “use decent stock paper,” and “don’t lie TOO much.” Judging by the recent résumé crafted by Northwestern University junior Leah Bowman, who stated on imgur a desire to achieve “a fun way to stand out to agencies and get my resume out of the trash can,” I’m really fucking happy that I’m past the youthful age of sending out résumés—because there’s no way I’d be able to compete with what Bowman did.

Bowman not only used the LEGO packaging as an inspiration for the design of her résumé, she also crafted a little LEGO version of herself. If that doesn’t make her stand out, then I don’t know what would—who have a chance against competition like that?
 
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The work I do is all texty in nature, so in all my résumés (both ones I’ve read and ones I’ve written) you can “prove” your worthiness in part by not kommitting any gLaring typos in the résumé—the résumé itself helps support the case you are trying to present as a prospective writer/editor. Notice that Bowman achieved something similar with her LEGO résumé: when she states, “From client presentations to a fresh pot of coffee, Leah tackles every project with excitement and purpose. Her attention to detail and follow-through are assets in any situation,” you KNOW for a fact that she’s not kidding about that.
 
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Bowman’s résumé has done very well on reddit the last couple days. Naturally, the super shrewd part of all of this is that Bowman is now a minor Internet sensation, so it seems fairly likely that someone she hasn’t even applied to will seek her out!

Why give this kid a mere internship? I think she’s angling for a corner office.
 
via Chicagoist

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LEGO record store
10.28.2013
05:00 pm

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A miniature record store made entirely of LEGO bricks by Ryan Howerter (AKA eldeeem). This is so damned adorable it’s adorable.

The blue milk crate at the bottom is a nice touch.

Via KFMW

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Timelapse video of a woman making her own prosthetic leg from LEGO pieces
07.01.2013
05:05 pm

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Something you don’t see every day: An awesomely creative woman makes a prosthetic leg for herself out of LEGO pieces!

Uploader AmputeeOT writes a friendly warning to anyone considering doing this:

Someone in my research lab jokingly suggested I make a prosthetic leg out of legos.

Please don’t do this yourself, I don’t want you to fall and get hurt!

Sometimes, you just need to be silly.

 
With thanks to Kip Silverman!

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The blocky horror show: Dario Argento’s ‘Tenebre’ recreated with LEGO
06.30.2013
02:44 pm

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Love Lego? Love horror films?

Then you’ll probably love this stop-motion, Lego version of Dario Argento’s Tenebre.

Often considered the “finest film that Argento has ever made,” Tenebre (or Tenebrae) was (surprisingly) branded a “Video Nasty” upon its initial release in the U.K. In America the film it had a delayed release and was eventually allowed to escape in a badly cut version as Unsane.

Tenebre/Tenebrae proved to be a highly influential film and contains many of Argento’s signature themes and visual set-pieces. Thankfully, it was restored to its proper g(l)ory in the late-1990s and has since been re-evaluated by Tim Lucas at Video Watchdog, and Ed Gonzalez at Slant, who described Argento’s masterpiece as “a riveting defense of auteur theory, ripe with self-reflexive discourse and various moral conflicts. It’s both a riveting horror film and an architect’s worst nightmare.”
 

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Life-size ‘Alien’ LEGO facehugger
05.23.2013
11:40 am

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You kinda have to appreciate this life-size LEGO facehugger by artist Carlos Valero aka AL13N163NA.

You can see more views of the facehugger model at Valero’s deviantART page.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Suck on that: ‘Alien’ facehugger bong

Via Nerdcore

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We built this city on plastic bricks: The first Legoland opens in 1968
05.15.2013
08:19 am

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This is a jolly little film on the opening of the first Legoland Park, Billund, Denmark, in June 1968.

More than 50million people have visited Legoland since its opening, and 1.9m people visited the park in 2011, making it the most popular tourist attraction outside Copenhagen, in Denmark.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Lego my video: Tim Pope reacts to seeing one of his videos for The Cure recreated in Lego


 

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Baby LEGO demon, hellraiser toddler
04.28.2013
09:24 pm

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LEGO building master Ekoww writes this about one of his newer creations:

Meet Junior, the newest member of my Folklore, Myth, and Superstition series. Don’t let his genial disposition fool you, he’s quite the little hellraiser.

I want this demon baby.

You can see Ekoww’s Folklore, Myth, and Superstition series here.

Via Super Punch

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LEGO: The original patent for a ‘Toy Building Brick’, 1961
04.24.2013
03:51 pm

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G. K. Christiansen

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The original LEGO patent for a “Toy Building Brick” was filed by Godtfried Kirk Christiansen on July 28th, 1958, and registered October 24th, 1961, as Patent No. 3,005,282. O, what joy this simple diagram has inspired.
 
Via The Khool
 

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Stop-motion LEGO ‘Dr. Strangelove’
10.02.2012
08:48 am

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This all LEGO stop-motion version of Dr. Strangelove by YouTuber XXxOPRIMExXX  is really, really well done.

According to the description, these videos were first uploaded to YouTube back in 2010, but were removed pretty much right away due to copyright issues. WTF?

So here it is again in all its glory. Watch ‘em both while you still can.

 

 
Via Kottke

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Fake commercial for the Occupy Wall Street LEGO Set


 
YouTuber Sibirty points out, “Needs moar attack dogs, pepper spray, and firehoses!”
 

 
(via Nerdcore)

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