Sapiens

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.

Boris

 

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

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”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Books

Twelve.

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”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

A new photo challenge

It is a (t)wrap.

October is a wrap.
November is good and well underway.
So it is time to get creative again after our little art exhibition on Bricklive last week (thanks, Mark and the team for having us). What better way to get the creativity flowing, than with a simple photo challenge. A challenge that is not only great fun but may make you the lucky winner of an exclusive Millenium Falcon. Not the 7541 pieces big Millenium Falcon, but the exclusive Millenium Falcon which is hidden in the rare Escape The Slug set.
Talking about a trap.

Continue reading “A new photo challenge”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Trains

I love trains.

Maybe it is because I grew up in front of a train station. Maybe it is the promise of new adventures in charted territory. Or maybe it is some nostalgic memories of the very first steam trains.
Anyway, I love trains. Continue reading “Trains”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

A visit to the LEGO House

A long time ago, in a faraway land …

A good three years ago, I traveled to Billund to visit the factory as part of the release of the original LEGO Movie and a little building contest we won. The center of Billund was turned into one gigantic building site and a vision of what was about to come was revealed. However, it is fair to say that the epic building wharf was what left the impression. A whole city center being redesigned. Fast forward to the latest RLFM days this spring, and we saw the inside of what is now known as the Home of the Brick.

The wharf, three years ago. September 2014 when we visited Billund.

When we visited earlier this year, we got an epic preview of the LEGO tree, and have shared some images before. Not all was ready.  The Master Gallery was still waiting for its guests to arrive. The activity rooms were still very much WIP (read Work In Progress). A lot of work was still ahead for the LEGO House Crew to make it all come together just a few months later.

A good hour before the doors would open this Friday.

And then there was last Friday. The avant-premiere of the official opening of the LEGO House with 600 AFOLs gathering in Billund to explore the House first hand. The real fire drill before the house will officially be opened next Thursday for the world to explore. And what an opening it was. Continue reading “A visit to the LEGO House”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

HispaBrick Twenty Eight

This month’s word can only be LEGO.

We are running a fantastic #WhereIsAnton creative photoshoot (yes you can still join), we just finished a toy photography safari with lots of LEGO and we will be visiting the grand opening of the LEGO House this Friday.
And to top it all off, we got featured in HispaBrick Magazine Twenty Eight. Continue reading “HispaBrick Twenty Eight”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Your Anton

The Anton Saga

We are having a little Anton craziness here on the blog. As you know we are giving away three (yes, three) LEGO Old Fishing Store boxes as part of our creative contest (cc).
And all of you can participate in this fun photo challenge.
You can make your own Anton.
You can pick up Anton in the LEGO store. This set is so awesome and packed with toy photographers little objects you will reuse time after time, that ending up with an extra set through this contest is worth it.
Or, you can get a real Anton from us. Continue reading “Your Anton”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Where Is Anton

A must have iconic set.

When LEGO revealed the LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store on the first night of the RLFM days, we knew we had just laid our eyes on a most gorgeous, iconic set. A collector’s item in the making.
Most probably one of the best sets of 2017.
A toy photographers dream.
A must have. Continue reading “Where Is Anton”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.

Focus

Focus.

Across the Ninjago Madness of the last few days, one can easily loose focus. And that is what this month’s word is all about. Focus. A new month. And a new word in our series of words this year.

A definition.

So, what does focus actually means? According to Merry, focus is a point of convergence of a beam of particles. Ouch.
That did not really help.
A convergence of beans.

Continue reading “Focus”

Taking plastic places.
Exploring my inner child and following Me2’s wanderlust into untold stories for generations to come.
100% Stuck In Plastic.