SiP goes Floating Bricks 2.0

Deadlines And A Thing Called Life

The first quarter of the year is almost done. #SiPgoes53 is in full swing and celebrities and people of interest are our guests every week. Some deadlines called out for our attentions and some days were filled with a hectic pace and tight schedules.

The happier we are to announce to you that SiP will be returning to Hamburg, Germany. But not for a simple trip down the Reeperbahn. Instead we´re overjoyed to be returning to the Floating Bricks exhibition. After last year´s overwhelming edition we´ll be joining the great people from Steinhanse for a weekend at…

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The photos no one will ever see

I struggle with social media. I talked about it recently, here and on my own blog.

It’s been over a year now that I’ve had trouble finding the motivation to keep on with the various social media platforms I use(d).

Social Media Tiredness

I’ve been struggling with being active on social media as a viewer.

After a few years, a part of me feels like it’s always the same. I often find myself scrolling through Instagram, simply double tapping a few photos that caught my attention for more than half a second, and then directly jumping to the next one.

There are still many photos that amaze me. At the same time, there are so many photos out there that it’s hard to truly enjoy everything. It takes too much time.

Social media has become to me the fast-food of photography. It has nothing to do with the quality of the photos, but rather the way we consume it. Like fast food, social media is made to be consumed quickly and it doesn’t encourage you to spend enough time to truly enjoy someone else’s photography.

(For enjoying others’ photography, I find meeting with them in the real world, exchanging prints and hanging them at home to be more effective.)

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Happy Birthday, Mickey

It is raining birthday parties. Last week we had Barbie turning sixty. DUPLO turned fifty only a week or two before. And believe it or not, it only feels like yesterday when the Minifigure turned forty.
And here we are again.
The iconic mouse from Walt Disney is turning 90th this year.
Happy Birthday, Mickey!
And to celebrate this the LEGO Ideas Team released 21317 Steamboat Willie ahead of schedule (as it was only announced a few weeks ago).

Steamboat Willie

Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in a 1928 black-and-white animated short film called ‘Steamboat Willie’, which was also the first Disney film to have synchronized sound.

Moving Steampipes Ahoy …

This LEGO brick version of the S.S. Willie features steam pipes that move up and down and paddle wheels that rotate when the boat is pushed along and is a really creative and colorful build as we could explore ourselves. And a true tribute to the original movie (which you can see below)

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Week 12 – Hedy Lamarr

Born in 1914 in Austria, Hedy Lamarr (her real name is Hedwig Kiesler) is a famous Hollywood actress. But Hey is more. She is also an inventor, a fact that is not so well known compared to her beauty.

The beautiful actress

She started to act in theater plays and movies in Austria, when she was young. Her first movie, Ecstasy, released in 1933 caused a scandal as she appeared naked. If you are interested, you can see the full movie on YouTube here

After a wedding with a far to controlling but rich man, she ran away from him and went to London.

She met there Louis Mayer, the head of MGM, the biggest Hollywood studio at this time. With her persistence and her beauty, she managed to sign a good contract and started her career in Hollywood.

She was promoted as the “most beautiful woman of the world” and played almost every time the archetypal glamorous seductress woman. Two of her famous movies are Samson and Delilah and Ziegfeld Girl.

If you go on the Hollywood Walk of Fame you will see a star with her name.

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Meet Hanna

It’s friday, it’s time for a new #FeatureFriday interview. Following my interview of two great Toy Photographers women for HispaBrick Magazine 032, let’s meet Hanna (@hannakuvaa on Instagram).

Can you present yourself shortly?

I’m Hanna, a nature and toy photographer living in Finland, on the northern edge of Europe. By education I am a biologist, working as a biology and geography teacher. I got my first film camera for a birthday present when I turned ten, but I only took real interest on photography when I got my hands on a DSLR camera 15 years later.

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Yabba Dabba Doo

When TLG shared with us the opportunity to take The Flintstones LEGO Ideas set for a photographic tour, I was stoked.
Fred was a true childhood memory for me.
And so was Wilma, Pebbles, Dino, Barney, Betty and Bam Bam.
A cartoon series I enjoyed as a kid.
And while I did not grew up in the sixties, the series aired all the way to the nineties, and covers the whole spectrum of Generation X childhood.
Including mine.
So here I was.
Revisiting the past.
Sweet memories of big fat tube televisions.
Wednesday afternoons filled with cartoons.
Prehistoric cars run not by Elon’s AI, but by true human foot power and furry animals.
And then there was the iconic “Yabba Dabba Doo”

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Week 11 – Bjarke Ingels

An architect

Welcome to another week and another person of interest. This week we´d like to draw your attention to a  man who keeps amazing the world with his ideas and creations. His name is Bjarke Ingels.

Bjarke who?

When reading about Danish architects you will easily recognize some great names who created some iconic buildings. Think of the Sydney Opera House by Jørn Utzon, the extension of the Malmö Library by Henning Larsen or the beautiful design works by Arne Jacobsen. Our man is no exception to this.

The Wall Street Journal named him Inovator Of The Year in 2011 for achitecture. And in 2016 Time Magazine decided that he was amongst the 100 Most Influential People.

Discover Why

The Apocalypse is coming

Only 5 days until the Apocalypse hits us. 5 days until we close our epic creative contest where you can win the one and only Apocalypse Burg LEGO set 70840. A set that saves you a trip to the LEGO store and 299.99 cc (that is copper coins). It is pretty interesting to see this set sells for 299.99 USD in the US, 299.99 EUR in both Belgium and Germany and 2999 SEK here in Sweden. 2999 SEK is with the current exchange rate only 283 EUR, while Denmark sells this beauty for a whopping 2499 Danish Krones which is 334 EUR with today’s exchange rate.

President Business gone mad.

Obviously, in this marketing price madness it is clear the Apocalypse is upon us.
And President Business has gone mad all in.
And so do we.
We give this set away for free.
Shipped to your door.
And all you have to do is get creative with your camera and your LEGO toys. Share your Apocalypse story with us on Instagram and tag a friend. Full details here, but it is as simple as getting creative with the LEGO you have. Shoot or document your view on the Apocalypse. Post on IG with the #sip_apocalypse tag, invite a friend to join and follow us on IG.
That simple.
And we do have a special gift for number two and three as well.

Join while you can.

So, with only 5 days left it is time to join the fun, and get creative and join in the #sip_apocalypse.

LESS AS 5 DAYS

FFOL

Today is International Women’s Day. And we don’t have one but two posts to celebrate this. Our friends from the HispaBrick Magazine have worked hard to celebrate today with a special themed issue. An issue dedicated to this celebration around the globe. HispaBrick Magazine 032 celebrates the Female Fan of LEGO (FFOL) in many different ways.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceForBetter. To promote this theme the HispaBrick crew have invited Regina Mateos Rodilla to write an editorial as well as an article about what being a fan of LEGO means to her.
Today’s edition also includes interviews with female builders like Sachiko Akinaga, Mariann Asanuma, Alice Finch and Jessica Farrell. Our own Karine aka Eat My Bones did an interview with toy photographers @by_a.n.n.a and @lady_brick.

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