- Stereogum has a nice retrospective of the best viral videos of 2010 featuring the Trololololo guy.
- This TRON: Legacy themed half-pipe is pretty rad.
- 15 insane LEGO creations.
- Web developers everywhere will probably cheer Andre Torrez’s advice to people who think you can whip up a web app in a weekend.
- Share with reckless abandon: Comic Sans Criminal.
- Designer breaks up with LA on five billboards.
- AdFreak has rounded up the best and worst of agency holiday cards
- 10 Sci-Fi promises not yet fulfilled by 2010.
- The Tron Guy reviews Tron: Legacy.
- Popular Mechanics lists 17 Gifts for the Nerds you love.
- Lego Terminator.
- Super Mario Brothers, the musical.
- Electronic Arts has a heaping helping of their iPad/iPod/iPhone games on sale for 99 cents.
- The Nerdery was ranked #40 on Lead411’s Technology 500 list.
- Zeus Jones offers up a rundown on the year in marketing.
- Long, but worth it: Fast Company’s profile of Boing Boing and its creators.
- Google wants to take your caps lock away. OH NOES!
- If browsers were celebrities.
- Comedy Central has a new logo and in a shocking turn of events designers from the Internet seem to like it.
- Video game alphabet.
Last week @the_nerdery tweeted about how some cultures commemorate their leaders in stone or on canvas, none of these mundane materials would do for Luke. No, instead The Nerdery’s memorial is in the nerdiest of media: Legos. Today, we’ve got a little Q&A with the nerd behind the portrait.
This amazing tribute in one our meeting rooms is the work of Dan Piscitiello a Nerdery programmer who was looking for a fitting way to honor Luke and something that could be enjoyed by the other co-presidents.
“I kind of wanted it to be out of the way, so when you first see the portrait it takes you by surprise,” Dan said. “The Legos in Brick House seemed like the perfect media in the perfect place.”
So what did it take to put together the portrait? Dan said he used his phone’s camera, a computer, Photoshop, and a printer.
He explains his process like this: “I started by taking pictures of all the different colored Legos in Brick House, then I took color samples of these images into Photoshop so I would know the color palette I was dealing with. For the picture of Luke, I just pulled his Nerdery profile picture off our website. After that it was ten or so steps in Photoshop as I played with different color schemes, posterization, and dithering options. At that point I enlarged the whole thing, placed a grid that represented individual pixels and hit print.”
The portrait took Dan about two weeks to complete because he faced a few setbacks along the way.
“One of my original color choices ran out of Legos early on,” he said. “At that point I had to dis-assemble and revisit Photoshop to pick a new color scheme. That first night I think I worked on it for about four hours. The next night I worked on it until I ran out of Legos.”
Running out of Legos was the biggest setback he face, and some days he’d spend a few hours scrounging The Nerdery looking for the pieces he needed.
“Some Nerds advised I check Simon’s desk,” Dan said. “His kids like to play with the Legos. Other Nerds offered to bring in their own Legos from home so I could finish. Some even offered to pay for the additional Legos and one SDM [software development manager] even authorized me to go get what I needed and the company would cover it.
“I went to the Lego store at the mall, had a lovely conversation with a very enthusiastic Lego store employee and decided that I should probably calculate the colors and sizes I needed instead of just blindly buying them. But when I came to work the next day I found out that Jessica also went to the Lego store the night before and had picked up what I needed to finish.
“That night I stayed after Bottle Cap, listening to a Nerd Day’s Night throwing down in the Theater and finished the portrait. I don’t know how many Legos were ultimately used, but I think they cover roughly a 100 x 90 pixel (or should I say, “peg?”) area.”
Though Jess kept Dan supplied with Legos, and a lot of Nerds offered to help, the Lego Luke portrait was a solo project.
“It was really kind of a therapeutic exercise for me,” he said. “A way to honor and remember Luke that hopefully the other Nerds would appreciate too.”
As some may know, The Nerdery is no stranger to creating homages to the people/characters we like out of unusual objects. There’s Rubik’s Mario and Luigi, and our famous Conan Cubed. So we asked Dan, how does Lego Luke stack up to Conan?
“I love Conan, and the Conan Rubik’s portraits were my original inspiration for a Luke portrait,” he said. “At the time I was thinking we should make a giant Rubik’s portrait of Luke for one of the walls in The Nerdery. Ever since then the idea of a Nerdy Luke portrait has been bubbling around in my head. In terms of nerdiness, I think Rubik’s Conan and Lego Luke are pretty evenly matched but for obvious reasons I think the Luke portrait bears more sentimental weight for those who knew him.”
Finally, we asked him what Luke would think of the memorial?
“I’d like to think Luke would get a kick out of it,” Dan said. “He’d probably have some self-effacing, witty remark, like I “perfectly captured his blocky chin,” or something in that vein. He was such a fun and inspiring guy to work for, we all miss him tremendously.”
I missed this one yesterday. In case you did too, here it is, larger than three queen size beds:
Read more about it at Gizmodo (also some of the comments over there are pretty funny).
- On the heels of International Beer Day (yesterday) comes: The story of beer.
- An appreciation of Angry Birds.
- If you have played around with the social media strategy generator you should, unless you’re offended by the f-word, then you should go at a cute baby porcupine.
- Bloomberg has a pretty lengthy article on Alex Bogusky’s retirement from advertising. It’s an interesting read.
- A series of clever print ads for Scrabble
- Legos has produced a set based on the infamous Toy Story 3 fiery-death in the garbage incinerator scene.
- Video game song medley.
- Start Up weekend is coming to the Twin Cities, September 17-19.
- A video of every light saber retraction and ignition.
- Massive censorship of Digg uncovered.
- Don’t forget, today is The Nerdery Open House. Come on down!
- The evolution of the logo.
- You were doing it wrong, an awesome thread on Ask MetaFilter.
- Birthplace of the web found.
- You can buy FarmVille groceries at 7-11.
- Check out this dude’s strange Lego tattoo.
- Star Trek in the Park, it’s like Shakespeare in the Park but with more Klingons.
- Pickup lines from Mad Men.
- The Girl Scouts get a new logo.
- Sidewalk Super Mario Bros.
- 11 Apple stores from around the world (and the winner of the most depressing Apple store goes to. . . .)
As you know, we have a penchant for the LEGO here, which is why, of course, we couldn’t pass by this video.
Here you can watch Jake McKee, who was the Global Community Relations Specialist at LEGO, talk about the fans’ role in the company’s brand. And if you like, you can head on over to Smart Blog on Social Media where they have some very nice bullet points that can be culled from this video.
- Lifetime cost of ownership of the iPhone 4 and top Android phones.
- The Oatmeal: Things I remember about Legos.
- Move Poster Font Quiz do you know your Tron typography from your Blade Runner? I didn’t. I only got 6 out of 9.
- The case for quirky brands.
- The original Pac-Man drawings.
- Linkbait generator.
- Hello Kitty as Darth Vader, Buzz Lightyear, and more.
- We got some nice props in AdAge for our Nerdery Agency Primers. It’s a nice way to start the weekend. If you’re new to our Agency Primers you can check out the notes and recaps of what we’ve offered so far.
- Horatio Alger meets Oregon Trail. As part of Galley Cat’s World’s Longest Literary Remix Contest one game designer mixed Alger’s novel Joe’s Luck: Always Wide Awake with the old-school video game we all know and love (we extra-special love it because one of our own nerds worked on the game back in the day).
- SEOLOL, what people search for when they think nobody’s looking.
- Have you seen the Lego printer? It’s full of awesome.
- John Gruber at Daring Fireball breaks down the good and bad of AT&T’s new data plans.
- From the where are they now file: The Star Wars kid became a lawyer.
- Musical Philosophy: pretty sweet posters that interpret song lyrics typographically.
- How Pixar built Toy Story 3.
- Rebranding the license plate, way more interesting than you’d expect.
- Survey says: Business picking up for big agencies.
- How good are you at finding the center, noticing if things aren’t quite in balance? Test your skills with the eyeballing game.
- Clock calculates wassted time at meetings.
- 11 biggest nerd heroes who’ve appeared on The Simpsons.
- Give your Macbook a Lego keyboard.
- Lost tops social media interaction charts.
- The lost etymology of ‘fanboy.’
- The worlds tiniest open-source violin, xkcd on the Facebook panic.
- The Periodic Table of Superpowers.
- Action figures of modern artists.
- Hot nerds reading comics.
- Sort of awesome, a typographic chessboard.
Also, as a follow-up to Conan Cubed, I present Conan 2.0 weighing at 169 Rubix cubes.