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Birth of Emma Watson

Emma-20100820-27On August 6, 2010, our first baby, Emma, was brought into this world. It’s over a month since then, but as you can imagine, I’ve been busy. Smile She’s a beautiful, healthy, wonderful girl. Every day is a new adventure with her, as she learns something new, does something different, changes her patterns, and explores her world. Right now, she’s just fallen asleep with no almost no effort on our part for the first time.

Of course, I had to mark the occasion of her birth with a LEGO crib!

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(more at flickr, click the image)


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Bing LEGO mosaic

bing_lego-022-EditThis is a simple project I’ve been working on during the weekends lately. It’s the Bing logo done in LEGO plates. I’ll be moving it into my office soon.

It took maybe 6 hours of work and is about 3.4ft (1m) wide.

Feel free to leave comments at flickr, or check it out at my other LEGO posting sites (there are a couple of other shots of it):


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Lots, and lots of tiles

tiles-002Over in my flickr account, I’ve posted a picture of  part of the destruction of the LEGO shuttle. I just wanted to show the amount of tiles used in the project—it was a lot, but I didn’t count. The shuttle is sadly no more, but new projects are coming…


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Lots, and lots of tiles

tiles-002Over in my flickr account, I’ve posted a picture of  part of the destruction of the LEGO shuttle. I just wanted to show the amount of tiles used in the project—it was a lot, but I didn’t count. The shuttle is sadly no more, but new projects are coming…


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BrickCon 2009 this weekend—get your LEGO fix in Seattle!

DSC_2043If you’re in Seattle this weekend, BrickCon 2009 is going on, and I’ll be participating for the first time, displaying my Space Shuttle model.

The convention has more space than ever this year: 35,000 square feet.

The public hours are Saturday and Sunday, 11am-3pm. It’s only $7 per person (or max of $20 per family) and you don’t want to miss the amazing models that will be there.


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LEGO Space Shuttle

ben-shuttle-01 Over the last year, I’ve (very slowly) been working on a LEGO model of a NASA Space Shuttle. It’s finally finished, or as much as it will be. I need to move onto other things now.

It’s about 38” long. I have no idea how many pieces—many thousands because every surface is tiled over. The flaps and rudder move and the cargo bay opens up to reveal a detailed interior.

You can see it on BrickShelf or MOCPages.

I’ve started thinking about my next model, but haven’t done anything beyond prototyping. I’ve got other projects at the moment, so it will probably be a long time before it’s done.


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