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LEGO Zoetrope

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Inspired by Lego Tron’s minifig LEGOtrope, I decided I had to try to build one myself. A zoetrope is an old device that has a series of images on the inside surface of a slitted drum. Each image is slightly different, like an animation cel, and when the drum is spun and the images viewed [...]

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Lego Patents

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Google Patent Search has several of the LEGO Company’s U.S. patent applications available online, and they make some interesting browsing.

Among the earliest patents is Patent No. 3005282 assigned in 1961 to G.K. Christiansen for a “Toy building brick … adapted to be connected together by means of projections extending from the faces of the [...]

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Lego Tessellations

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Lego bricks make excellent tesserae and Todd Wilder has put together this fun question mark pattern. Check out his Flickr pages for a 3-D version as well.

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Lego Optical Illusions

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Chadwick VonVeederVeld has created some classic optical illusions from Lego bricks. Check out his Flickr stream.

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My Oldest Lego Piece

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Here’s a recent eBay find – a Lego garage from the early 1960s. It’s 4×8 studs in area and 3 bricks high. The floor slopes toward the door, which opens and slides in.
The Lego company made several lines of toys before focusing on the building bricks for which they are now best known, including a [...]

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