Ever since my chum John commenced his 30-day build of the LEGO Ultimate A-Wing Starfighter — implementing only 19 out of the 570 total instructions each day (see Day 28, for example) — I’ve become much more aware of the power of LEGO.
To be honest, I now find myself in the strange position of lusting after a LEGO kit. Happily, I don’t feel too silly because the kit in question is the Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon, model #75192 with 7,541 pieces. At 33 x 22 x 8 inches in size, this bodacious beauty would look awesome hanging from the ceiling here in my office. Sad to relate, funds are a tad tight at this moment in time, so this will have to wait for (a) a more auspicious occasion and, most importantly, (b) someone with deep pockets to splash the cash and buy it for me because there’s no way in this slice of the multi-universe that I would pay $1,000+ for a box of plastic bits and pieces (call me “old fashioned” if you will).
But wait, there’s more, because I’ve also started to become more aware of other LEGO-related ephemera and phenomena. For example, I just ran across this video of a LEGO Pendulum Clock and Tourbillon, and you don’t expect to hear yourself say that every day.
To be honest, the word “Tourbillon” was not previously part of my lexicon, so I had a quick Google while no one was looking to discover on Wikipedia that: “In horology, a tourbillon (French for “whirlwind”) is an addition to the mechanics of a watch escapement to increase accuracy. It was developed around 1795 and patented by the French-Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet on June 26, 1801.”
I have to say that this is an amazing video. It has to be admitted that the subtitles are useless, at least, to me, because they are in one of the many languages I do not speak (i.e., anything other than British English, although I can make myself understood in American argot if I use simple words with few syllables), but the creator of the video has surmounted this problem by building the story visually step-by-step. You’ll have to watch the little rascal to see what I mean.
Oh no! I just realized that the creator of the above video, Munimuni Bekkan, has an entire channel of awesome videos. I have to go — I’ll see you in June or July — I look forward to casting my eyes over your comments when I resurface from diving into this cornucopia of creative genius.