Walk around any major city and you’ll see people looking up at the buildings and admiring the architecture that surrounds them. Buildings of all shapes and sizes capture the imagination of those that look up at them. LEGO has even put out an architecture line to capture many of these famous buildings in their tiny plastic bricks, so it made sense for No Starch books to put out The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin.
The medieval period of English history is often romanticized. There have been a myriad of movies of the period and people attend renaissance festivals in attempts to reenact the period, and people often build castles out of LEGO, so a book combining the two makes perfect sense. Medieval LEGO by Greyson Beights from No Starch Press brings it all together to be a simple history book illustrated by LEGO creations.
Since the late 80s, the media has enchanted us with virtual reality. TV shows and movies had people in bulky rigs going into digital universes that were dreamlike. In reality, if you could find a VR rig, you were in a big ring, wearing heavy headgear, and holding a gun to shoot blocky, computerized caricatures. Twenty years later, VR has become democratized by devices such as the Dodocase VR.
When I was at CE Week NY earlier this summer, I met the folks from WowWee, Inc. and talked to them about their upcoming robot products. As we talked, they gave me one of their little selfie camera products called Snap Pets to check out.
After the Brooklyn Half Marathon, my foot began to hurt. I was diagnosed with tendonitis soon after running the UAE 10k (which aggravated the injury) and ended up not running at all for over a month. Just as a physical therapist had me restart running, I received the Aftershokz Bluez 2 running headphones to test out.
With New York Comic Con becoming the east coast answer to the San Diego Comic Con, it has become a big, bloated pop culture event. Other conventions follow suit and the days of small conventions are bygone. ReedPOP is trying to recapture some of the feel of those days with their Special Edition convention.
On Monday, I headed down to WeWork coworking space in SoHo to get a preview of the new LEGO Minifigures Online video game. I was able to sit down and talk with John (developer) and Erling (marketing) from Funcom while testing out the game with three other people.
At the Star Wars Half Marathon Expo, I was introduced to the latest headphones from the folks at Snuggbuds, the WET! headphones. Like their previous headphones, they are sport headphones that are made for running and biking, but these are also made for water based activity, like swimming.
The internet has taken what was initially a play on words and turned May the Fourth into a day of celebration called Star Wars Day. It has gone beyond the initial holiday and it has further been coopted to be adopted by consumer culture. To participate in yesterday’s “holiday,” DK Publishing released a comprehensive encyclopedia of all things within the Star Wars universe entitled Ultimate Star Wars.
Growing up, movies weren’t so readily available. When I couldn’t watch Star Wars, I would read books and look at Topps cards to relive the story, when I wasn’t making my own adventures with my toys. DK Publishing is merging the adventures created with toys with the storybooks in LEGO Star Wars in 100 Scenes.