Geek, transport

Lego Myki and Metcard readers, from Brickvention

I didn't make it to Brickvention this year, but Adrian O'Hagan did, and sent me this photo. It's a Lego Myki reader... and on the back of it is a Metcard reader. Adrian says when a Myki card was presented it beeped and displayed a balance (which may or may not have been the real balance; I'm assuming all the information on the card is encrypted). The Metcard version would take a presented M

Consumerism, Doctor Who

Spotted at Minotaur

I've shopped at Minotaur Books for decades. I first found it in the early 80s when it was at the top end of Swanston Street. Then it moved to a multi-level shop in Bourke Street. Then to its current home in Elizabeth Street. It's always had way more cool stuff than I could afford to buy, though for some time in the mid-80s I was buying Doctor Who Monthly regularly. Nowadays my kids love goin

Culture, Melbourne

Brickvention 2009

I'm hearing that there are incredibly long queues for Brickvention today at Melbourne Town Hall. Shame... when we went in 2009, the queues weren't too bad. Perhaps they've become a bigger event than they realise. (According to the web site 1000 members of the public attended in 2009, and 2700 in 2010. Clearly it's growing.) I realised I never blogged the pictures and video from 2009, so here

Consumerism

Lego: Santa’s little helper

For the past year or two, Lego have advertised heavily around Christmas time on billboards and in newspapers. Surprisingly, they don't direct you to the Lego web site, but say to search for "Santa's little helper". This is tied into their advertising for those keywords on Google, which goes through to their web site with a gift suggestion applet. (For some crazy reason lego.com.au goes to a

Film, Retrospectives, Video games

The toy of the movie of the game

Spotted in K-Mart: Lego Prince of Persia. So let me get this straight... this is the toy of the movie of the video game. I wonder if there'll be (as there was with Star Wars and others) a Lego video game of it. That would be the game of the toy of the movie of the game. (I remember playing the original Prince of Persia game in my uni days. Despite being a fan of the platform genre, I

Culture, transport

Lego PT stereotypes

I'm probably reading too much into this, but here's a PT stereotype: Lego's Duplo bus. It appears that in the view of whoever designed this set, only old people and kids ride the bus. Okay, okay, we all know that in some cases this is probably very realistic. Many services simply aren't good enough to attract anybody other than those who have no choice: those who can't drive, or can't affor

Consumerism

Adults-only Lego

I found this Lego set on Amazon UK. It's actually way more elaborate (and expensive) than any I remember seeing in the Australian catalogues, but what I thought was really funny was that Amazon has attached a legal-sounding age restriction to it, as if it was an adult video game or DVD, or alcohol. "Not for sale to persons under the age of 16. By placing an order for this product, you decla