Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Galloping Horses in a Zoetrope

Name of Model: Lego Zoetrope #3 - Horses
Created by: ChadMealey / Lego Tron
Found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TR9Nvv3ul5A and http://www.flickr.com/photos/legotron/sets/72157629668225249/with/7015942181/
Details: In the early days of motion pictures, they didn't have film reels or real video technology. Early on, moving pictures were created by using series of still frames in a circle, with slits between each one. Looking through the slits at the image on the other side while the circle was spinning would make it look like the image was moving.

If you remember what blog you're reading, this next part shouldn't surprise you - here's a an example of a zoetrope that works in this manner made out of LEGO. Much like the first example of this (based on a series of photographs taken by Eadweard Muybridge), this particular ones animates a horse's gallop.

SciBricks has posted a little more detail about this model.

Eadweard Muybridge would have turned 183 years old today.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Site Status

While we have no intention of becoming one of those blogs that always talks about how we should be updating more, I think it is fair to say that we owe you an explanation regarding the recent silence here. First, the big news: we are merging with Beyond the Brick. You may have seen their videos or podcasts in the past, and if not, you should check them out. We were trying to avoid announcing much about this until we were far enough along with the new site to be able to share some details, however, the deadlines we set for ourselves passed some time ago and left everything up in the air.

There are a number of reasons for the delay, most of which we won't bore you with. In short, we've seen multiple LMOTD contributors relocate in the past few months, we've suffered a few technical setbacks, and I've had some disruptive health issues (when our December "deadline" passed, my hand was in a cast and I couldn't type). I am sorry about this, but there is only so much we can do. Ultimately, it would have been detrimental to all of us to prioritize LMOTD in light of the personal things going on these past few months. We are hoping to get back to this soon and when the new site is ready, we will announce it here. While the exact details still need to be settled, we can promise that we'll be featuring more models, reviewing more books, and interviewing more builders in the years to come.

In other news, I'll be around as a visitor at Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire tomorrow. Find me milling about (I'll be wearing a LEGO brick name badge mentioning the site [update: apparently my LMOTD badge brick is still packed. I'll probably be the only person there with a giant brick-built name badge, so I should still be easy to find]) and you can score some of our LMOTD printed tiles. We'll be making these more easily available at various LEGO fan events and Maker events over the next several months (we'll be announcing most of those opportunities here as well).