Homo Sapiens.

Last months word was Books.
Maëlick took us into the world of photography,  while Julien took us into a completely different world,  or should I say a galaxy, far away.
Now I just came to the conclusion that I actually never shared my book with you. It was a book I read earlier this year.  The book was very much in the back of my mind when I wrote the original post.
No, it is not a book on the history of little plastic people that will overtake the human race by twenty nineteen as predicted by xkcd as seen below and reported by various media outlets in 2013.

No, it is a book written by Yuval Noah Harari, written in 2011, translated into English in 2014, giving us A Brief History of Humankind in a good 444 pages.
A book called Sapiens.

A Brief History of Humankind.

I am not sure on which planet I was when this book made it to the number one position in 2014, but three years later, I did finish it in one go after I bumped into it in Amsterdam Airport earlier this year.  A colleague briefly mentioned it in a discussion before.
A book I really can recommend to read if you have not.
I will not go into details on the book, take a look at Wikipedia summary if you are interested in the details before you buy, or just add it to your Xmas wish list. Or just create your own little package under the Xmas tree.
It won’t disappoint.

The Sequel.

I just got the sequel Homo Deus and I had not one or two, but three friends telling me in the last few weeks that this new book really scared them. It is the book I will read over the Xmas break.

I can’t wait to see what Yuval has laid in wait for us and I am sure it will influence my work in 2018.

So, that is my (twin) book for 2017. Sapiens and its unread twin Homo Deus.


I don’t have one image to accompany the books, and I on purpose am not adding a “LEGO” image to this post.

It is being human that makes me take pictures of toys.
Capture the imagination, tell the story, create a time capsule of memories.
A capability exclusive reserved for the only extant human species, Homo Sapiens. The species that can imagine and tell stories.

And this brings me to the last word of our acoustic journey here in 2017.
A journey of twelve words. Eleven words I selected and forced upon my friends here to explore.
The last word is theirs.
A word that each has to select, a word that completes this sentence and creates the start of a new journey.
I selected my word, and I will share it as it is directly related to Sapiens.
The why I will share later.
My last word is Humanity.



Rey of Light

There are different ways to create an image. Sometimes it’s the ready photo we have in our mind, which requires only capturing by the camera. Sometimes it’s the general idea that we have to clothe in the shape.
And sometimes it’s a bunch of words.
Like in this case.
I’m a punman.
Puns hatch in my head without control, like the mice in the straw.
So at first, the pun appeared: Rey of light. Continue reading “Rey of Light”

Gathering Assets

In this blog post, I want to continue to talk about the lessons I learned from my summer project. This blog post is also largely inspired by my recent reading of Todd Hido’s  “On Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude”.

After my summer road trip, I had to take some distance from taking pictures.  Then, for the past four months, I’ve been taking photos at the same spot, with a very limited number of figures.

This is what I call “gathering assets”. (This term is borrowed from a few recent podcasts from Brooks Jensen.)

So what does it mean? Continue reading “Gathering Assets”

The Martian

If you haven’t guess by now, looking at my social media feed, I love space. Be it the classic spacemen from my childhood or the Star Wars universe, I always dreamt to see our planet from the outside.

I don’t know if there is any link with my work and my passion for aircraft, but space looks interesting to me because there is still so many discoveries and scientific advances to be made in this area, either in technology or in places to visit. The challenge is amazing and I am amazed to see that some private companies, like Space X, are accomplishing what was only the work of nations in the past. I always try to watch every lift off and landing of their launchers. They are able to send a spacecraft beyond our atmosphere and have it land back on a “small” drone barge. What an accomplishment. Continue reading “The Martian”

A new Diner in town

10260, Downtown Diner

It is not every time we get a press release in the mailbox from TLG we all go, yeah, great, let’s share it. You all have access to the more mainstream LEGO news outlets like TBB, The Rambling Brick or Brickset. They do a much better job of sharing with you all the great new LEGO sets being released. So we normally don’t want to spam you with a rehash of the latest news and focus on our creative journey. But once in a while, we cannot control ourselves, and this is one of those times. There is a new Diner downtown, and we can’t wait to go to the grand opening, put some coins in the jukebox, mingle with the citizens of LEGOville and get a milkshake or two. Oh. And while we are there, get a few creative images of this awesome building. Continue reading “A new Diner in town”

Building a book

The book project

Back at the beginning of the Summer, Boris challenged us with making a book to show to our friends during our Scottish Adventures. More than four months later, I still haven’t really reported about it. I gave some hints about its content in my last blog post but that’s nearly all. Now that the amount of daily daylight is getting real short here in the North, it’s about time I reflect on it. (Moreover, this month’s word is “book“, and October’s month was “printing”.) Continue reading “Building a book”



Twelve months in a year.
And twelve words to work with.
When I set out our journey at the beginning of 2017, I had a vague idea where I wanted to go to but did not know where these words would take us.
A journey for sure.
A creative exploration.
A search for … something.
And here we are in the eleventh month of the year.
Yet, no time to look back.
No rest for the wicked.
A new challenge to explore.
A new word to share.
So close to twelve, so far to go.
And the word is … Book(s). Continue reading “Books”

Fly Me To The Moon

Earlier this year I said that in the LEGO universe all sets that are space-related are my absolute favorites.
Please let me extend my statement: 
Every space-related set AND part of the LEGO Ideas theme are my most favorite sets.
(Yes, of course, the Monster Fighters do have a special place in my heart, too, just like Fabuland. But unfortunately, those were removed from the shelves long ago.)

So I was happily surprised when Hasan Jensen from the LEGO Ideas team announced on their blog that from the 1st of November 2017 there’d be a new set available:  21312 Women Of NASA.

Continue reading “Fly Me To The Moon”