Sunday, January 5, 2014

LEGO, typewriters, and the big freeze




Erratum: LEGO block brick







* The LEGO Story (dir. Kim Pagel; Lani Pixels, Denmark 2012). One more for Typewriters in Cinema. LEGO brick dimensions source.
* Typecast via Olivetti Valentine.
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From a few days ago: a crystallizing Chicago River.

It's going to be an interesting Monday in
Chicago, some forecasts say the lows will
plunge to -20
°F. This can only mean one 

thing: time for the Ninja!

24 comments:

  1. LEGOs are a hot commodity in our house these days, with two little boys building all kinds of cool stuff. I'll take the time to watch the film. The picture of the river crystallizing is wild. I've never seen that happen. Stock up on supplies and stay warm!

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  2. We're going to get up to a balmy -4º in Cincinnati tomorrow. Time for a type-out!

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  3. Oh, I ADORE Lego!! It was my favorite toy when I was a kid, and I've built a lot with my boys. I just love it! I will definitely watch the film.
    Oh boy, your cold weather has been on the news over here, it looks freezing! It's so strange, over here, this is the mildest winter I can remember. The river picture is amazing!! Stay warm, go with the ninja- look:-)
    PS. I didn't realize you're from Chicago! Love your city, all the great architecture and public sculptures. It's a great place!

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    1. We love Chicago... but winters can be tough love. (:

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  4. That was great! My brother and I played with Lego throughout our childhoods, and I think I've found a great way to spend the rest of my winter break...

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    1. Glad you liked the short film. The LEGO system is simple genius.

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  5. Chicago - not my kinda town (well not this time of year anyway)! The animation is interesting, I wonder if they made a traditional film with real actors (and typewriter) and then manipulated the scenes? The character movements are very lifelike.

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    1. I'm sure the film used motion-capture animation, which involves live action.

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  6. The LEGO story! I watched it a year ago or something, very inspiring.

    Yikes, that's cold!! Your very cold winter has a plus side though, it's +14 here in the Netherlands today. That's almost warmer than during summer days! Birds are still singing their song in the morning, normally they would fly away to a warmer place. Very weird. I'm kinda waiting to see if it will snow in May or June, since the whole system seems to be fscked up anyway...

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    1. Antarctica is -11 F, Chicago is currently -15 F (that's -26.1 C!). You are lucky to have milder climes in the Netherlands.

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    2. On the news this morning they were talking about a "polar vortex". First time I heard that one!

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    3. Heard about that too, that's why we don't have our normal weather in Europe and USA. The vortex is going into the wrong direction.

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  7. I have an acquaintance. She bought her kids Lego kits. Superglued them together (the kits, not the kids) so they wouldn't lose the pieces. True story!

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  8. Wow, now that's Penguin climate! I wonder how the Olivettis perform in such a cold climate...

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  9. Thanks Ton! A perfect little flick for coffee time. Legos were a big deal with my kids. They spent hours with them, and I'm sure I'm not the only parent who found them with bare feet in the dark!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Tony. Ouch to Lego on bare feet!

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  10. Those winters were half the reason I was glad to leave St. Louis (the hot summers being the other half). That is too cold. My bike shift cable froze on me at the mid-twenties (which is newsworthy here).

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    1. The newspapers are now calling the city "Chiberia."

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  11. I think on my blog I have a shot of the Legos that I have from my childhood. My brother and I had sets to build an entire city, castles, space and the special "model" sets. We saved them all!

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