The Last March of the Ents

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OneLug is showcasing an incredible creation – a truly giant diorama of the Battle of Isengard from the Two Towers. Featuring a 7 foot high Orthanc and more than 25 Ents squashing hundreds of Orcs, the display is faithful to the movie scene in exacting detail. They’ve built a convincing flood from the newly-destroyed dam, along with a flaming Ent running towards the oncoming water and even added Orc campfires and armories. Merry and Pippin ride atop a fantastic Treebeard, while Saruman is safely ensconced in his tower with Grima. But the fateful water wheel lurks below waiting to gruesomely end his life later in the movie. These builders thought of everything, and it’s an extremely impressive showpiece. It’s literally too big to fit in any one photo, so be sure to check out the Flickr set. It’s traveling to Brickcon if you happen to be in Seattle next weekend. 

– via The Brothers Brick 


Next iPhone on October 4th

It’s official now – the Loop’s Jim Dalrymple reports that invitations have been sent out for an iPhone announcement on October 4th, 10:00 am PT. It’s held at the Apple campus, not a large auditorium. It should be an interesting presentation, since there’s still the possible refresh of the iPod line, rumors of a new Apple TV, and even scattered (likely untrue) reports of an iPad 3 to worry about. Not to mention the 4S or 5 debacle that’s consumed us for the last 3 months or so.

On a side note, Apple continues their tradition of creative invitations. The icons have all the info and practically eliminate the need for text.

Enter the Brick

Cole Blaq‘s series interpreting the classic LEGO brick has produced some eye-catching results. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m enamored of the trans-yellow innards of this one. I won’t post a photo since he’s disabled downloads from flickr, but I highly suggest you check it out.

Cupertino, we have a problem

Shit

 

Craig Grannell writes today about how Lion actually deserves the criticism it gets for being too buggy. I completely agree. Say what you will about Macs, but there was a time when everyone could agree that Macs were stable. The whole “software made for the hardware” argument made sense and held up in reality. Now, Lion is the OS I’m almost embarrassed to explain to my newly Mac-ified friends. “Yes, that print dialogue sometimes doesn’t work.” “Yup, all your folders just moved around because Finder no longer remembers where they were before.” “Yes, Preview just opened your image and then immediately quit. You didn’t want it to do that?” Lion is decidedly not the “most polished OS ever” that some people claim it is.

 

Of course there are detractors who want to label everything Apple makes as the next Vista. But Apple really does need to fix Lion up, and quickly. Yesterday my laptop decided to spontaneously forget that it had an Airport card installed. Simple explanation, right? Except that my card did not actually die. I just replaced it a month ago, and it was installed by the Geniuses themselves. The previous one actually did fail, so I can tell this isn’t a hardware problem. A simple Google search turns up dozens of similar complaints from the Apple and MacRumors support forums, but not one viable fix. The standard “repair permissions, reset SMC and PRAM” is the most common suggestion, but it doesn’t work. I’ve restored from a Time Machine backup. I’ve installed the 10.7.1 combo update. I’ve reinstalled Lion itself from the recovery partition. I’ve opened up my MacBook, removed the Airport Card, then replaced it just to see if anything changed. Nothing.

 

It’s legitimately serious bugs like these that make me leery of using Lion as a primary OS, even though it’s been out of beta since July. This is not the Apple I admire for its best-in-class products and “just works” mentality. Until Cupertino pushes out a fix, I’m stuck to a cable. Because that’s what laptops are for, right?

Architectural Excellence

In my research today about LEGO skyscrapers, I stumbled across this incredible portfolio by Adam Reed Tucker. A former architect and one of only 11 certified LEGO professionals in the world, he dutifully recreates the world’s most impressive buildings in exacting detail. He’s even done the St. Louis Gateway Arch using only traditional bricks.

Besides building massive creations he also founded and actively designs LEGO’s successful Architecture line. His seemingly unlimited ambition and dedication to such massive buildings even extends to unbuilt skyscrapers like the Chicago Spire and the Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle. Seeing such stunning recreations is awe-inspiring, and I am quite disappointed to have missed his display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry last year. I can only hope it will return after it leaves the Smithsonian so I can take a firsthand look.

– via Smithsonian.com

A picture is worth a thousand words

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 created by Todd Webb, photo from BrickWorld 2007. 


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Orion Pax and PanikOne have crafted a masterful football mech with simply awesome sneakers. The color scheme and neon green canopy are perfect for a pro sports team, but the shoes really put it a cut above. 

I’m getting some great ideas from the parts he used for my own planned Basquash MOC. It’s barely in the planning stages, but the essential sneakers were really a holdup for me. It’s all much clearer now thanks to the ideas here.