The Lego Firewalk has to be the most twisted, most diabolical, most cruel invention ever created by humankind. There's no way in heaven or hell that anybody can survive this walking barefoot without collapsing into a sobbing mass of trembling flesh, furthering the excruciating pain.
On its own, the brick is an unimpressive chunk of clay. Mortared alongside a few thousand of its friends, though, the brick becomes a molecule in the urban ecosystem. Here are 31 photographic odes to the humble brick.
Concrete may be the material of modernity, but brick—mere baked clay blocks—trace back to 5000 BC. For this week's Shooting Challenge, do justice to the brick.
To make a concrete bench, add sand, bacteria, calcium chloride, and some really concentrated pee?
Beer and brick have both been essential to humanity for thousands of years, dual pillars that helped us build the societies we know today. Now, scientists have combined them, fortifying bricks with grains left over from breweries to create bricks that keep a building better insulated. Turns out beer really can keep…
You've got emails to check, bills to pay, coffee to drink. That mole still needs checking out. Your hairline has ceded yet more ground to your scalp. You know what's better than all that? Touring a world of unrivaled Lego treasures. Like, say, this one.
Take the blood of a freshly slaughtered animal. Mix thoroughly with preservatives and sand, pour into square molds, and bake for one hour. Allow to cool—then build your home from the result. No, really.
If you were planning to have a productive start to your work day: forget it. Instead, you're going to spend hours playing with Lego online, because Google has teamed up with the toy maker to release a simulator which allows you build its bricks in Chrome.
What is this sorcery? Lego bricks that can draw? It's like, you know, magic. Colorful sweet magic that I want to lick.
This is certainly the weekend for monster Lego builds. First there was the Battlestar Galactica behemoth early Saturday, and now this afternoon (by way of last Wednesday) we have this 30,000-brick Imperial hanger from The Return of the Jedi.
Using a transparent Lego brick technique I can only describe as amazing, builder Sean Kenney has recreated a reflected skyline in the "glass" on this 10-foot, 65,000-brick Trump International Hotel and Tower monstrosity.
Who wouldn't want to build a minifig fort from a set of concrete blocks made to look like Legos?
You could go to Barcelona and Paris, make out with foreign strangers, and post lots of Facebook photo albums about it. Or, you could check out this enormous, 157 square foot Lego map of the continent. It's at least cheaper.
This gets me back. It happened to me most days, when I was a kid. Sometimes I even pretended I didn't really need the piece, thinking that it would magically appear if the Lego Gods thought I wasn't interested anymore.
If they weren't just a concept, you could spruce up that barren concrete wall with glowing stars, hearts, unicorns—pretty much everything awesome.
Jason Freeny, the designer who brought us that amazing-yet-freaky minifig anatomy lesson last October, wants every Lego aficionado to know that there's a huge red brick inside all of you.