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Why Do I Build LEGO Sets Before Creating My Own Models? Thoughts on Haptics and Star Wars Rebels 75053 The Ghost

I recently purchased the LEGO Star Wars Rebels 75053 The Ghost set to cannibalize for a MOC project. However, before I parted out the set and sold off the minifigures, I built the set one time and purposefully spread the

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Customized LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75105 from The Force Awakens

Introduction After watching Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens for the first of four times (so far), I purchased the new LEGO Millennium Falcon 75105 (LEGO website page and Brickset model page). It is a wonderfully designed model that balances

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Science Fiction, LMC3214, Summer 2014: Exploring Cultural Connections Through Haptics and LEGO

Before closing out the last class that I would teach at Georgia Tech as a Brittain Fellow, I brought a great big container of LEGO bricks to class for my students to explore and enjoy thinking about science fiction with

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LMC3403, Technical Communication: Lego, Haptics, and Instructions

My LMC3403, Technical Communication students are well into their second unit project on reader-centered and process-driven fundamentals. In a fun assignment, I wanted the students to try out many different types of technical communication deliverables for different readers/audiences. Also, I

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Gandalf Flies with the Eagles, a Lego MOC with 31004 and 30213

I took some time off this afternoon to recreate a scene from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings/Hobbit world. We know that Gandalf had a good standing relationship with the Eagles, so I thought about Gandalf taking flight on another adventure.

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If You Like Lego, Read Paul Di Filippo’s Review of The Cult of LEGO

Paul Di Filippo, the science fiction author, reviews The Cult of LEGO on Barnes and Noble’s website. It is worth the read. The take away: He built really awesome multi-storeyed marble mazes with his Legos.

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Sunday is Brought to You by Lego Nyan Cat

I first spotted this Lego Nyan Cat on The Brothers Brick.

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Who is Dynamic Subspace?

Dr. Jason W. Ellis shares his interdisciplinary research and pedagogy on DynamicSubspace.net. Its focus includes the exploration of science, technology, and cultural issues through science fiction and neuroscientific approaches. It includes vintage computing, LEGO, and other wonderful things, too.

He is an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY (City Tech) where he teaches college writing, technical communication, and science fiction.

He holds a Ph.D. in English from Kent State University, M.A. in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool, and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from Georgia Tech.

He welcomes questions, comments, and inquiries for collaboration via email at jellis at citytech dot cuny dot edu or Twitter @dynamicsubspace.

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