dad...you're a discoball

dad...you're a discoball

Random bits of a single dad

"Hey Dad…can you come take a pic of our base and send it to LEGO?"
Duh!

"Hey Dad…can you come take a pic of our base and send it to LEGO?"

Duh!

How else do you start the first day of Greek Camp then building a LEGO robot. Just like Democracy, ancient Greeks were totally ahead of their time with robotics. 
For months, I’ve been chomping at the bit to start programming with this bad boy. Once I passed on my old computer to Finn (grant it, his old computer was a POS), he was ready to go. I may be persuaded to actually take a computer to Maine with us now so we can continue working on this.
Plus…gratuitous dbg tat leg shot! Your’e welcome.

How else do you start the first day of Greek Camp then building a LEGO robot. Just like Democracy, ancient Greeks were totally ahead of their time with robotics. 

For months, I’ve been chomping at the bit to start programming with this bad boy. Once I passed on my old computer to Finn (grant it, his old computer was a POS), he was ready to go. I may be persuaded to actually take a computer to Maine with us now so we can continue working on this.

Plus…gratuitous dbg tat leg shot! Your’e welcome.

Looking through Finn’s new LEGO mag with him this AM , I noticed the new minifigures  have just come out. Of course my eyes went right to the Derby Girl, which I think is pretty friggin’ awesome. While I may not skate competitively anymore, I keep involved by training the Fresh Meat feeder team a couple times a month here in my perfect little town. 
I do have to say something (listen up Mr. Doughnuts!): If LEGO is going to bust our balls to spell its brand name in all caps, then please get the star placement right on the helmet.  A little research (i.e. a google search) would have showed that the stars go on the sides of the helmet, not the front.
Going back to point #1…I still think this is pretty rad.

Looking through Finn’s new LEGO mag with him this AM , I noticed the new minifigures  have just come out. Of course my eyes went right to the Derby Girl, which I think is pretty friggin’ awesome. While I may not skate competitively anymore, I keep involved by training the Fresh Meat feeder team a couple times a month here in my perfect little town. 

I do have to say something (listen up Mr. Doughnuts!): If LEGO is going to bust our balls to spell its brand name in all caps, then please get the star placement right on the helmet.  A little research (i.e. a google search) would have showed that the stars go on the sides of the helmet, not the front.

Going back to point #1…I still think this is pretty rad.

Finn asked me to post a picture of this Hero Factory guy (Rocka) for nikkidoughnuts.  He modified him last night with parts from Evo 2.0. 
Finn says he likes him because he now has four arms (I think he looks sort of like a futuristic Doc Ock). Finn thinks LEGOs always have the potential to be cooler and is now morphing his sets into ever evolving “cool things.”
Bonus: Here’s Finn’s Pandora station that we are listening to this AM - http://goo.gl/xHBtg

Finn asked me to post a picture of this Hero Factory guy (Rocka) for nikkidoughnuts.  He modified him last night with parts from Evo 2.0. 

Finn says he likes him because he now has four arms (I think he looks sort of like a futuristic Doc Ock). Finn thinks LEGOs always have the potential to be cooler and is now morphing his sets into ever evolving “cool things.”

Bonus: Here’s Finn’s Pandora station that we are listening to this AM - http://goo.gl/xHBtg

You may not be able to see it here, but Finn is holding the “Pants Spaceship” he made this morning. That’s right, it’s a LEGO spaceship of alien pants people. We even made up a (fairly elaborate) theme song for the them called, “Pants in Space.”
He had me laughing so friggin hard this morning, which has made my very under slept head better able to take on this day.

You may not be able to see it here, but Finn is holding the “Pants Spaceship” he made this morning. That’s right, it’s a LEGO spaceship of alien pants people. We even made up a (fairly elaborate) theme song for the them called, “Pants in Space.”

He had me laughing so friggin hard this morning, which has made my very under slept head better able to take on this day.

Finn has been (re)building this LEGO base for a couple weeks now. Every day it seems to be getting more and more elaborate.  What you see is only part of it - this “team” has taken over the top of his dresser to his right too.

I like that he is getting more comfortable with me taking pics of him.  He used to be pretty resistant to getting his mug shot, but he seems to enjoy hamming it up for me nowadays.

Tonight is our last night together before he heads off to Boston with him mom for the holiday. You know what that means…we are headed to are favorite joint for dinner.  Unfortunately I wont be with my kids for Passover this year (a complete communication melt down/clusterfuck with their moms). They are coming up the following weekend to visit us however (an olive branch of sorts).

The upside is I’m headed to Montreal for the weekend to get my Jesus on, get a little culchah and as rumor has it, to eat some to die for brisket.

The antidote to my grumpy reblog the other day about LEGOs new line for girls.  
LEGO crossdressing!  This is so excellent.
UPDATE: A very good rebuttal. 
UPDATE 2: A response to my comment on said rebuttal.
andimthedad:

Hello parents! Are you concerned that your child might absorb negative gender role stereotypes as a result of harmful cultural-norms-capitalizing retail marketing in the toy building block industry?  If so, you can stop worrying! After several long hours of research with Luke and Beth, we are proud to unveil the next generation of Lego: Lego Friendjitsu! 
It’s simple: whenever you buy a Lego Friend set, just buy a Lego Ninjago set too!  Throw out the instructions and dump all the parts into a single large bowl. Now build whatever you want! Long-haired florists who use their martial arts expertise against galactic dragons? Sword-wielding musicians who defend their pet rabbits from the evil undead?! Men and women who can save the universe and then sew their own pants?!? No problem! And when they get home, they can bake a cake… together!
Furthermore, we are researching additional crossover lines between Lego Friends and Lego’s more established lines. Here’s a sneak peek:
Lego Guyonicle
Lego Her-O Factory
Lego Allie & Conquest
Lego Starlet Wars
Lego Mindstorm: Girls Gone Wired
Lego ‘Sets In The City’
What do you think? Are there any other crossovers you can recommend? Luke and Beth are standing by for research….

The antidote to my grumpy reblog the other day about LEGOs new line for girls.  

LEGO crossdressing!  This is so excellent.

UPDATE: A very good rebuttal

UPDATE 2: A response to my comment on said rebuttal.

andimthedad:

Hello parents! Are you concerned that your child might absorb negative gender role stereotypes as a result of harmful cultural-norms-capitalizing retail marketing in the toy building block industry?  If so, you can stop worrying! After several long hours of research with Luke and Beth, we are proud to unveil the next generation of Lego: Lego Friendjitsu

It’s simple: whenever you buy a Lego Friend set, just buy a Lego Ninjago set too!  Throw out the instructions and dump all the parts into a single large bowl. Now build whatever you want! Long-haired florists who use their martial arts expertise against galactic dragons? Sword-wielding musicians who defend their pet rabbits from the evil undead?! Men and women who can save the universe and then sew their own pants?!? No problem! And when they get home, they can bake a cake… together!

Furthermore, we are researching additional crossover lines between Lego Friends and Lego’s more established lines. Here’s a sneak peek:

  • Lego Guyonicle
  • Lego Her-O Factory
  • Lego Allie & Conquest
  • Lego Starlet Wars
  • Lego Mindstorm: Girls Gone Wired
  • Lego ‘Sets In The City’

What do you think? Are there any other crossovers you can recommend? Luke and Beth are standing by for research….

Dear LEGO,
Thanks for the genius marketing scheme of waiting until after the holidays to release your new Ninjago sets…thus prolonging the already brutal month of December (Birthday, Hanukkah, Xmas, Solstice) that feeds Finn’s addiction.  This is usually his rehab/detox month, but thanks to you Finn will remain jacked up through Valentines day.
I will be sending the methadone bills to you all in March.
-dbd

Dear LEGO,

Thanks for the genius marketing scheme of waiting until after the holidays to release your new Ninjago sets…thus prolonging the already brutal month of December (Birthday, Hanukkah, Xmas, Solstice) that feeds Finn’s addiction.  This is usually his rehab/detox month, but thanks to you Finn will remain jacked up through Valentines day.

I will be sending the methadone bills to you all in March.

-dbd