Where do I begin?
Lego appeals to every kind of builder. Type-A architects may like to purchase sets and follow the instructions to the letter, while more free-form designers may prefer to amass random pieces and see what inspires them. If you fall somewhere between these two categories, Brickit may be the app for you.
As FastCompany reports, Brickit is a free app that tells you what you can build using whatever LEGO pieces you have at home. To use it, start by gathering your LEGO collection and snapping a picture of the pile through the software. The app uses object recognition to pick out specific pieces from your hoard. The technology isn’t limited to 2-by-4-peg bricks in primary colors, either: More specialized elements like vehicle wheels are also detectable.
After identifying your pieces, Brickit suggests products that are compatible with your collection. You choose a structure to make and the app shows you how to put it together step-by-step with the pieces in front of you. Depending on the size of your inventory, the tool may show you build-plans you don’t have all the necessary parts for. This is where it encourages you to be creative by finding alternate pieces to fit into the empty spaces.
Brickit is a great resource if you want to build models that go beyond the picture on the box. It’s also an excellent way to use the extra pieces that come with every set—which LEGO includes for your own good.
“innovation is like looking for pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.
you have to find a lot of pieces that don’t match to find the one or two pieces that match.”
credits: Fast Company, Lego, Brickit, Michelle Debczak, Mental Floss, Jack Taylor
in this heat wave
thinking back to the time
when i decided to
slip ‘n slide with my daughters
waited my turn
zoomed up to it
head first, arms ahead
ready to slide for miles
balked at the last second
backside first, head followed
slammin’ instead of slidin’
didn’t end up cooled down and filled with joy
did end up concussed and filled with regrets.
“you always say, ‘i’ll quit when i start to slide,’ and then one morning you wake up and realize you’ve done slid.”
-sugar ray robinson (american professional boxing champion)
oh, how i would have loved to see this exhibit
i played with each and every one of these games
and lived to tell.
“parents shouldn’t assume children are made out of sugar candy and will break and collapse instantly.
never heard of lonnie johnson? now you have. in high school lonnie was the only black person at the science fair. he went on to get his phd and work at nasa. while experimenting at home, he had the idea of a pressurized water gun, and he built prototypes with pvc and a soda bottle. his invention eventually became the super soaker. he was paid for the super soaker in royalties when Hasbro bought the super soaker line, but when they used his system in other nerf guns, he was not paid. in 2013 he sued hasboro and was awarded $73 million in unpaid money. all the while he was building rockets, and built and designed the water gun in his spare time. never mess with an inventor, lest you get soaked.
Syracuse Herald-Journal reporter Bob Niedt gets a cool surprise introduction
to the summer of 1992’s hottest toy the “Super Soaker 200” water gun.
Niedt’s sons Ben and Bryan, do the soaking.
“to invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
credits: history hustle, bob niedt, Syracuse Post-Standard
what a charming little cottage
i never stop smiling
in moments spent wandering through a toy store
such a lucky find –
a good humor man golden book
and what better hosts to greet us?
“i have a lot of growing up to do. i realized that the other day inside my fort.”
– zach galifianakis
the dollhouse and toy cottage, plymouth, michigan, usa
what child wouldn’t put this on their holiday wish list?
“it is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded.”
credits: Rogue NASA, Weird History
happened upon this scene
while out on a walk today
i’m not sure what happened
but it couldn’t have been good.
“every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.”
grandies j & b make tough decisions.
in the end
the magic collapsable cup and the fairies
that won them over.
both are helpful in emergencies
you never know when you will need them.
“you know, in life there are only three or four
fundamental decisions to make.
the rest is just luck.”