Seeing the world in studs: a Lego journey: Subscale Space Random Build

Here is a space station and space ships in subscale I built from a recently arrived random 1 pound of grey bricks. I used about half the bricks that came in this build.

2015-05-16 18.07.50 2015-05-16 18.08.06I really need to build a photo box to get better pictures of this stuff…

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Seeing the world in studs: a Lego journey: Nanoscale Architecture build

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Seeing the world in studs: a Lego journey: Brick building as story telling

nanosfree bank barn
LDD build of the bank barn on my farm

One of the things that brought me back to brick building as an adult was the amazing way in which building is also a chance for storytelling. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the juxtaposition of building and storytelling forms a kind of dimensional art that is both very ancient and very modern at the same time.

For me, many of my builds start as stories that find some part of their expression in the form of a build. As an aspiring writer and artist, I have lots of ideas that simply elude being expressed in those forms, yet somehow find their expression in bricks. And, it’s not an infrequent occurrence that those stories eventually find their way back into writing or art.

That’s one of the amazing things about that pile of bricks. It’s a kids toy and a learning toy to be sure, but it’s far more a medium of expression for all sorts of things. That makes those little pieces of plastic beautiful to me.

Let’s go tell a story…

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Artifactica: Postmodern Jukebox

I’m a sucker for a good cover or remix or mashup. Especially if it’s novel and really good. Most especially if it’s jazz. So it’s no wonder I fell in love with Postmodern Jukebox from first listen. This stuff is fantastic. Give it a listen.

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Cobbled together from random parts: littleBits based temperature and humidity monitor

2015-03-23 15.18.06One of my active projects is a temperature and humidity monitor based on littleBits and a DHT22 sensor from Adafruit. Currently, the project actively monitors the temperature and humidity and displays it on two number displays. Eventually, the project will do those things, plus report those values to the cloud, turn an oscillating fan on or off, and report the fan power state to the cloud. I would also like to add data logging to a local web server as a capability somewhere down the road.

The current payload for the project is:

Future payload will include:

  • 3 littleBits cloudBit modules
  • 1 littleBits Wire module
  • either 1 Proto module used for interfacing
  • 1 Pololu 12 volt relay module (along with other supporting hardware)
  • or 1 littleBits IR transmitter module (from the Smart Home Kit)
  • and 1 littleBits Split wire module
  • and 1 littleBits AC switch (also from the Smart Home Kit)
  • (the IR setup may not be suitable for the environment the setup is intended to operate in)
  • 1 cheap plastic storage container for use as an enclosure

Additional payload may also include:

Once I get the code for the Arduino cleaned up, I will add it as an update in a future post.

You can find out more about all my projects via my Projects page. I will be adding a littleBits page and associated projects as time permits.

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