24 March 2012

Lego Oil Tanker

Here's something I made recently.

The hull is obviously from a Police set - I'm not going to remove (or "Photoshop out") the decals for the sake of accuracy. Basically, I used parts from:

A police rescue boat
A police double-rotor rescue chopper
A garbage truck
A fishing boat

And turned them into THIS!

The oil tanker from above.
Looking down the ship to the stern.
The Captain on the bridge.
Two Lego City labourers who look like they could pass as tanker crew...

Starboard side.
The stern.
The Captain at the controls.
A view over the Captain's shoulder, through the windows to the deck below.
The bridge from above.
Another aerial view.
Looking down the ship.
Sailor on a boat. T-Pain sold separately.
Cruising along...
My outboard motor.
One 1x1 square clip, one walkie-talkie, and one gear-stick = Outboard motor!
Cutting oil tankers off in traffic isn't very nice.

23 March 2012

Rugby League vs American Football

Some rugby league rules:

  • Don't "shepherd" players (ie no physically keeping defense players away from your team's player who has the ball).
  • You can only tackle the guy who has the ball.
  • Don't throw the ball forward.
  • The ball must touch the ground across the goal line to score.
Some American football rules...
  • Read rugby league rules above, then:
  • Break them all.


21 March 2012

My top albums from 2011

Once again, my perfect CD would be by an African Christian reggae/metal band made up of female singer-songwriters...

My 2011 top 10, in order of release:

Vusi Mahlasela - Say Africa

Jeff Martin 777 - The Ground Cries Out

Becoming The Archetype - Celestial Completion

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Seeker Lover Keeper - Seeker Lover Keeper

Trivium - In Waves

Jeff Bridges - Jeff Bridges

Opeth - Heritage

Mastodon - The Hunter

Switchfoot - Vice Verses

Honourable mentions: The Lonely Island's "Turtleneck & Chain" (Jack Sparrow!), and Alice Cooper's sequel album, "Welcome 2 My Nightmare".

Hanna - The Chemical Brothers

I saw the film "Hanna" recently and two things struck me.

1. Visually, there are so many scenes (particularly chase sequences) that are beautifully framed, shot, and edited together. One of those movies you could really watch without any sound at all, and not really care.

Except for...

2. The soundtrack, provided by The Chemical Brothers. Think "Run Lola Run" Euro-techno meets 80s John Carpenter synths. Much of the opening (and closing) "Hanna's Theme" reminds me of more African rhythms, such as kora music from Mali. I'm not much of a techno person, I must admit, beyond its use in films like this and the aforementioned "Run Lola Run", where the music choice definitely adds to the urgency of the scenes. I listened to the soundtrack all the way to work today, and all the walk home as well.

I love a good score that works as an instrumental album in its own right, and this is one of them. Top marks.
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