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Things We Saw Today: The Babadook Is an Important LGBTQIA Icon Now

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The scary and yet jaunty shadow monster in a top hat has been adopted by the meme-loving Internet, and is now the unofficial mascot of Pride Month. Some days I adore being online.

The Babadook, whose origins are found in a 2014 indie horror movie of the same name, became a meme associated with the LGBTQIA community following a popular post on Tumblr, which snowballed into insistence that the Babadook is gay. It is now a well-established Internet fact.

Anyway, the Babadook is currently trending on Twitter and his tag is full of fabulous Tweets celebrating Pride and its best-ever mascot and I am obsessed with all of this. (via The Daily Dot)

    • Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert had a commitment ceremony with her girlfriend Rayya Elias. (via Page Six)
    • Two members of Danny Ocean’s original gang from Ocean’s 11 will appear in Ocean’s Eight, which stars a rad lineup of ladies. (Slashfilm)
    • “The Story Behind the Woman Who Made WWI Masks Just Like Doctor Poison Wears” (via Jezebel)
    • We are all Senator Kamala Harris being interrupted by a rude man. (via Twitter)
    • BitchMedia has 17 books you should be checking out in June, which is Babadook Month. (via BitchMedia)

That’s all I’ve got, campers! What about you?

(image: IFC Films)

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Despite Petitions, Netflix’s Cancellation of Sense8 Is Final - #SensatesForever

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Since Netflix’s original sci-fi series by the Wachowski siblings Sense8 got the official axe, fans have been vocal about their adoration for the show and highly critical of the streaming service’s decision to end what was one of the most inclusive shows of our time.

An outpour of #RenewSense8 postings on social media came after rumors of cancellation appeared, and continued with fan petitions. Unfortunately, while efforts like these have worked in the past, it appears this decision is a final one.

The Sense8 Tumblr posted this statement recognizing the efforts, and thanking fans for the love:

“To our Sense8 family…
We’ve seen the petitions.
We’ve read the messages.
We know you want to #RenewSense8,
and we wish we could #BringBackSense8 for you.
The reason we’ve taken so long to get back to you is because we’ve thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can’t.
Thank you for watching and hope you’ll stay close with your cluster around the world.
#SensatesForever”

Actor Brian J. Smith (Will on Sense8), who first fueled the #RenewSense8 campaign, also issued his own thank you message. “I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank all of you for the love and support and fight you’ve put up the last week or so,” he writes. “In the wake of such bad news it was heartening to know that what Sense8 stood for meant so much to so many people.”

Smith also emphasizes that there is “no shady court intrigue” behind the decision which he says was firmly about viewership. While fans are gutted about the way the final season ended, feeling like they were denied a proper ending, the actor says, “Please know that the fight you all put up in trying to save something that you loved will forever be the “final season” of Sense8.

YOU have given the show the ending it deserved. Even if that fight didn’t have a happy ending, it meant something. Don’t ever forget that.”

#SensatesForever.

(via Indiewire, Image: Netflix)

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Apple-esque speeder bikes in white [Instructions]

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Though never seen in any Star Wars movie, white speeder bikes always seemed appropriate for Scout Troopers, perfectly matching their armor. One could almost imagine them patrolling a cold, icy planet like Hoth. This build by James Shields gives us a visual delight as it seems quite simply a natural color for them to be in.

74-Z Speederbikes

A tiny build at only 44 parts, yet with amazing detail, if you like them as much as I do, get your bricks out and start building because instructions and parts can be found over at Rebrickable (also available as a PDF for non LDraw users).

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Meeting the LEGO designers in Billund

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The Brothers Brick were at the LEGO Idea House in Billund, Denmark yesterday speaking with LEGO designers from the Star Wars, Ideas, Boost, Creator Expert and Architecture teams, along with the TT Games team behind LEGO Worlds.

Star Wars Creative Director Jens has spent 18 out of the 19 years he has worked for LEGO dedicated to the Star Wars theme. You will be able to hear about Jens’ “dark side” moments of saying “no” to certain set ideas, plus his opinions on stickers, UCS sets, and much more.

Carl Merriam, one of the co-designers of the new LEGO Ideas Saturn V set, gives an entertaining view of the new LEGO Boost theme. We had a chance to play with Vernie the expressive robot and Frankie the harmonica playing cat. Frankie loves cuddles and will purr or squawk depending on your cat carrying technique.

 

We also chatted with Joe, a LEGO designer who works on LEGO Minecraft and was involved in designing the theme’s biggest and newest sets. He talks us through some of the new LEGO parts that originated in Minecraft and explains how to capture a digital world “in the brick”.

Jamie Berard is now a Creative Lead for both the Architecture and Creator Expert themes, and has worked on recent Modular buildings such as the Parisian Restaurant, Brick Bank, and Assembly Square.  We ask him about his own favourite sets, why the Marina Sands set was so restricted in its release, if South America will feature in an upcoming Architecture set, and more.

We also spoke to the teams behind LEGO Worlds and LEGO Life to find out more about those products and the latest news and developments from these themes. As LEGO integrates the physical brick with the digital world and changing technologies, we find out more about how “playing well” will develop online. LEGO Life Team Lead Robert Lowe answers of our questions, demonstrates the app, and drinks coffee from his corporate mug.

Even Brigit, a receptionist at the LEGO Ideas House, loves to play with LEGO and has no fear of opening a LEGO umbrella indoors – because there’s no such thing as bad luck in LEGOLAND! We loved her guerilla building style of making small models and hiding them in the ceiling spaces around her workspace.

 

So stay tuned for detailed interviews, probing questions, concept art, prototypes and sweet music from a harmonica-playing cat, all directly from the home of LEGO.

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Three huge LEGO dinosaurs move into LEGO House [NEWS]

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The Brothers Brick have been on location in Billund, Denmark to take a peek at the still-under-construction LEGO House.The Masterpiece Gallery in LEGO House is the dedicated gallery space where impressive fan-made and fan-inspired LEGO models will be on display once the house opens later this year on 28th September. This week senior designer in LEGO House, Stuart Harris, was able to reveal that the three giant models on the three podiums in the gallery will be a DUPLO dinosaur, a TECHNIC dinosaur and a SYSTEM dinosaur.

Each dinosaur is three meters tall and stands upon a 60 cm podium, representing the 3 tubes inside a 2×4 brick, which the Masterpiece Gallery is based on.

LEGO House decided to take a collaboration approach when developing the three iconic models and a group of 26 LEGO fans were invited to help give creative input on the models that would then be produced based on that creative direction by the LEGO modelshop in Kladno. Stuart Harris says: “We wanted to create some unique and breathtakingly iconic models. At the same time we wanted to create opportunities within the house to showcase the incredible creativity and diversity of the AFOL community.”

The idea was that building the same dinosaur in these three systems would result in three very different final models, to reinforce the message about the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick. Stuart also pointed out that “each of the Dinos appears to be roaring and when you look under the dinos’ right foot you can see why. As every parent knows a foot is an ideal way to discover missing LEGO bricks and it’s the same for the dinos with an enlarged 1×1 brick being trodden on.”

Take a closer look at the LEGO SYSTEM dinosaur which uses 253,274 SYSTEM bricks and is undoubtedly the model that most resembles the classic dinosaur we all know from movies and books.

The LEGO TECHNIC dinosaur is a completely different beast, with a much more cybernetic appearance thanks to those 298, 431 Technic elements.

The Duplo dinosaur is not quite as ferocious thanks to the decorative flora and fauna used to add texture to the dinosaur. 50,940 Duplo parts were used, including inspired use of a turtle for the eye and bucket scoops for those claws.

Working closely with the wider fan community of AFOL’s during the development process including the actual architecture of the house, experiences, graphics and even the names used in restaurants has been a high priority for LEGO House. Harris says: “We plan to refresh the AFOL content to allow more opportunities for fans to showcase their work and in time we’ll transition to a more open forum to source the work but for the opening we decided to hand pick suggestions made by the LEGO Ambassador Network”. At present the complete line up of fans who have been invited to showcase their work for the opening is not fully confirmed but some that we do know of have had their previous work showcased by The Brothers Brick, including Martin Redfern, Chris McVeigh, Peter Reid and Jonas Kramm to name a few.

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Judge these LEGO Star Wars ships by their size, do you?

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Star Wars fans will enjoy John Klapheke’s small fleet of microscale spacecraft (plus an AT-AT walker) from the original trilogy and The Force Awakens. Each vehicle is instantly recognizable through clever part usage and color blocking, an impressive feat considering not only that scale limits the part count, but also that John’s models are largely unique from the official mini models. My personal favorites of the fleet are the largest craft, the Nebulon-B Frigate, and the smallest, Poe’s X-Wing fighter.

Micro-scale Star Wars ships

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