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Review: The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Volume 2

In the midst of the heat of summer, thoughts of the holidays dance about as we seek ways to cool down. What better way to celebrate Christmas in July than by building ornaments out of LEGO with The LEGO Christmas Ornaments Book Volume 2?

10 Years of Blogging

On July 1, 2009, I wanted to respond to something I had read on Twitter about technology and social media. From there, I began a series of blogs about technology and social media – missives posted at least weekly about things I wanted to comment on – and now 10 years later, the blog continues (if not quite as regularly).

Review: The LEGO Neighborhood Book 2: Build Your Own City!

Buildings and neighborhoods are a prevalent LEGO builds, often shown in large displays together to create large cities in collaborative exhibits. When showing all the creations together, it’s important to give the buildings variety to make it feel less like carbon copy buildings and have more diversity, like a real city. To help create a more unique city, Brian and Jason Lyles, authors of The LEGO Neighborhood Book, are back with The LEGO Neighborhood Book 2: Build Your Own City!

NYRR Queens 10K 2019

In my attempt to get an entry in the 2020 NYC Half Marathon, I need to run four out of six of the qualifying races – one for each borough and the NYC Half Marathon itself. Having already run the NYC and Brooklyn half marathons already, the next race in the succession was the NYRR Queens 10K, so this past Saturday, I took sneakers to pavement in Queens to continue qualifying.

Review: The LEGO Architecture Idea Book

While many LEGO building books focus on overall projects, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book approaches building from another perspective. Rather than teaching how to build, it is more of a reference book. It shows the completed design techniques with a couple sentences written about how it is done. This is not a book for beginners as it skips all the how-tos and shows all the interesting ways you can build windows, siding, and frames.

NYRR Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon 2019

With the NYC Half Marathon 2019 in the rear view mirror, I wanted to continue my journey towards running it again in 2020. To do so would require running 4 of the 6 borough races (NYC Half Marathon, Brooklyn Half Marathon, Queens 10k, Bronx 10M, Staten Island Half Marathon, and Manhattan 7M), and the second one of the year would be the NYRR Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon.

Review: The LEGO Zoo

At one point or another, everyone takes their LEGO bricks and attempts to build an animal or two. Stacking bricks to create legs and a body to create a rudimentary animal is the beginning steps to a bigger world, but what happens when a builder wants to move to the next level? That’s where The LEGO Zoo by Jody Padulano comes in.

Review: Giraffes on Horseback Salad

In 1937, noted surrealist Salvador Dalí visited the United States, and while he was here, he made sure to meet with some of the biggest stars of the period – the Marx Brothers. Dalí and Harpo Marx became fast friends, starting by painting each other and ultimately writing a film together that was never filmed.

NYRR United NYC Half Marathon 2019

In preparation for the 2018 NYC Marathon, I ran multiple New York Road Runner races, including four of the borough races, which would get me entry into the United NYC Half Marathon 2018. The NYC Marathon was my last 26.2 mile race, but it allowed me the possibility of entering one of the largest half […]