Nimuno Loops Take Lego Building To The Next Level

You’ll ask yourself: ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’

Lego construction toys go all the way back to 1949, when the plastic interlocking bricks were created by a Dutch carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen. Since then, over 600 billion Lego parts have been produced, making it one of the most popular toys in the world. Now, the folks at at Nimuno, a Cape Town, South Africa, design company, have taken Lego toys to a whole other dimension.

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Russia Bans ‘Communist Monopoly’ for Its Anti-Soviet Views

Authorities won’t let people buy a game about shopping under an authoritarian regime.

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“Upon opening the box, you have entered 1980s Poland.” The instructions for the Polish board game Kolejka (“Queue,” or “Line Up”) explicitly ask players to imagine what it was like to be lost within the logistical maze of a communist regime. This past weekend, Russia banned Kolejka for its perceived anti-Soviet tendencies—though the game has been out for four years, and Russia hasn’t been Soviet in any official capacity for more than 20.

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These Syrian Refugees Recreated Lost Monuments of Their Homeland—in Miniature

The artists want to teach their children about a country they have never known.

Mahmoud Hariri works on his model of Palmyra. Image via Twitter

Mahmoud Hariri, a 25-year-old teacher and painter from the southwestern Syrian city of Daraa, thought he would live in the refugee camp for only a few weeks. “But when I realized it would be years, I knew I had to start again or lose my skills,” he told the UNHCR’s Tracks website.

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The Tetris Pumpkin Is Still the World’s Greatest Gourd Game

This guy built an eerily cool, fully functional LED Tetris game inside a squash.

Every year around this time we see the pumpkin craze whip back into effect, a tidal wave of orange crap and assaultive seasonal products we’re already sick of by Columbus Day. It’s a dilemma as old as time: It’s fall and we have all these pumpkins! Got to find something to do with them. So there’re pies, and foamy, spiced sugar-milk drinks, jack-o’-lantern contests and pumpkinbräu beer. But beyond the usual slate of gourd-til-you’re-bored offerings, each Halloween brings us trailblazers who take the pumpkin bump into new, uncharted territory and help us remember the real meaning of autumn (or something).

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You Can Now Etch-a-Sketch Your Way to Zen

Designer Jonathan Odom developed XYZen Garden to bring all the benefits of meditation, with none of the boredom.

What if you could combine the mindless joy of Etch-A-Sketch, with the mindfulness of meditation? Recently designer Jonathan Odom did just that with his new XYZen Garden, which fuses traditional sand-raking techniques with modern technology. “Anyone who has ever used an Etch-A-Sketch knows that it takes a lot of concentration, even a ‘flow’ state to make a picture,” says Odom. “While drawing with this device, it’s practically impossible to be distracted by the other agents in modern life that are constantly vying for your attention.”

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A New Media Artist’s 365 Days of Adventure in Second Life

The brave soul plans to spend a year living in and exploring its outer limits, creating a very long, very conceptual piece of performance art.

A young man sets off into the (digital) wilderness

Portland-based GIF and new media artist Michael Green first came to prominence/infamy when he tried to sell an animated GIF version of Jeff Koon’s famous Balloon Dog on ebay for $5800. Although “Balloon Dog Deflated” eventually sold for a fraction of that price ($202.50) the project raised a lot of interesting questions about the value and monetization of digital art, and the rampant commercialization of the physical art world.

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