Archive for December, 2013

2013 in review

December 31, 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve to one and all! I know I haven’t been all that active on my blog this past year, a fact I plan to change in the next — I refuse to call it a resolution because they always seem to get broken.

Quick health update: I’m doing much, much better! I’m still not 100%, closer to 85%, but on the mend and looking towards a healthier future! One of the things I’ve started to help me get better is juicing and with all the veggies and fruits I’m juicing my energy is growing. 😀

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Some of the quick highlights:

My blog was viewed in 160 different countries — the US, UK, and Canada having the most readers.

There were 92 (this is 93) new posts this year. A number I plan on surpassing next year

And my most popular post was the Happy 1001 Posts, which also happened to be my first giveaway — something I will also be doing more of in the future. 😉

Click on the picture if you want to view the full report.

Click here to see the complete report.

LEGOLAND in Boston looking for a Master Builder

December 19, 2013

If you live in the New England area, and have always wanted to become a LEGO Master Model Builder then here’s your chance.

Via: Boston Magazine

On January 25 and 26, at the Boston Public Library, an “intense competition,” called Brick Factor, will be held to try and identify the perfect candidate to take on the job of building Lego projects for the Discovery Center Boston coming to Assembly Square in the new year.

Applicants will be asked to tackle several construction challenges over the course of two days, competing in multiple rounds to take the title. The lucky winner of the competition will be offered a full-time, salaried position from the Discovery Center, and will become responsible for constructing new features, exhibitions and models at the new attraction.

So what does it take to become the next “Master Model Builder,” a title that only a handful of other people in the United States hold?

According to Lego representatives, the perfect candidate should have “a natural love of Lego bricks…be creative,” and show that they are a skilled model builder and passionate about working with and teaching kids.

“The Brick Factor Competition is a unique opportunity to turn one lucky individual’s hobby into a dream job,” said David Gilmore, General Manager for Legoland Discovery Center Boston. “The Master Model Builder will become an integral member of the team, bringing all the incredible Lego brick models within the attraction to life. We can’t wait to put New England’s building skills to the test.”

Here’s a look at what the “Brick Factor” was like in Toronto

Tips from a former Master (me 😀 ):

1) Practice before you go. Do timed building tests — both free style and theme to get and idea just how long (or short) half an hour or hour is when on a clock

2) Have a portfolio of your previous LEGO models — a booklet or tablet with pics of what you have done can give LEGOLAND an idea of what you can already do.

3) Don’t just show one style / theme of building — Master Builders can be required to build anything. So you have to be able to build a building one day, a mosaic the next and then make a sculpture and a microscale model. If you just specialize in one type — Castle, Space, Mecha, etc. — and don’t diversify your building style they might not be as interested in you. That’s not to say that you won’t get hired, but it helps to be versatile. 😉

On the flip side — Remember it is a real job. Its not just playing with LEGO all day. Whoever wins will have budgets and time frames. You can’t spend months on a foot long model getting it “just so.” Its also a corporate job, no matter how creative it may be. And sadly, they don’t pay all that well. Which is part of the reason I’m not at LEGOLAND any more. So if that’s not your cup of tea, you might not want to do it.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying out. I don’t regret the 5 years I spent working at LEGOLAND California. It was amazing, life-changing and I learned to be a much, much better builder because I was there. But there were days when I didn’t want to go into work. Its a job and you work hard. I want anyone trying out to go in with their eyes wide open and not have false expectations.

So for those that do plan on trying out in January, Good Luck! And if any of you readers do try out, I’d love to hear how you do.

Sword in the Stone

December 6, 2013

The Sword in the Stone

This truly epic scene by Chris Maddison is awesome! I love the Disney movie Sword and the Stone and Chris’ version of it is simply perfect.

The Sword in the Stone

I love the technic connectors as bare winter trees and the slight glow on the alter. 🙂

Santa’s Workshop

December 4, 2013

Watford store xmas 2013

Gary Davis has created a fun Christmas display for his local LEGO store.

I love all the fun details like the Mission Control
Mission control

Santa and Mrs. Clause checking the naughty and nice lists (why isn’t it nice and naughty lists? 😀 )
Checking the lists

And the present distribution center
Santa's house1

Definitely feeling very Christmasy!