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Robot Movie

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Culture, Design | 0 comments

We are going to participate in the annual Robot Film Festival. Eduardo and Mitchell made an exciting move based on a short story by Isaac Asimov. Check it out:

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LEGO Simpsons TV Episode Brick Like Me

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Culture, LEGO | 0 comments

So finally, after more than twenty years, my two favorite illusions cross again: LEGO and The Simpsons. Of course we already know about The Simpsons house and the Minifigures. But now we are going to have a Simpsons Episode made of LEGO. Well, they go the CG path and not stop animation, but that is fine with me.

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Color Discovery With Flags And Logos

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Culture, Design | 0 comments

Mitchell Adair, our genius film making student, created an excellent video about the results of our paper “Semi-Automatic Color Analysis For Brand Logos“. Enjoy.

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Science progresses through the death of its professors

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

It is well known that the progress of science is related to social processes. Thomas Kuhn and the work based on him made this pretty clear. I would go a step further and declare that “Science progresses through the death of its professors”. I am not sure if this is a novel thought, maybe it is just a radicalization of Kuhn’s thoughts. I certainly do not want to encourage anyone to kill professors (being one myself), but I do think that the senior researchers do inhibit change. Maybe when I am a bit older I will see the benefit in it.

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BBC Interview about evil LEGO

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Culture, LEGO | 0 comments

The BBC called me today for an interview about the story of LEGO leading children to the dark side. Here is the MP3 audio recording of the interview:

Yesterday there was also a short feature on TVNZ.

 

 

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LEGO is not a tool of Satan

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Culture, LEGO | 2 comments

I am not proud of every citation I receive, and I certainly do not agree to Father Slawomir Kostrzewa who used our study to conclude that the increased diversity of LEGO faces has “…compounded their evil potential”. Yes, we have been able to show that the number of angry faces has increased, but our study did not investigate what effect this may have on children. We simply cannot provide any evidence one way or the other.

Father Slawomir Kostrzewa continues that “These toys can have a negative effect on children. They can destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side.” He really should know that the only way to join the dark side is by submitting to Darth Vader.

But then again, the report was published on April 1st, so maybe this is just a joke?

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