Lego micro-scale experiments

Now that V is old enough for Lego playtime is a lot more fun for daddy. Lately I’ve been experimenting with “micro-scale” Lego creations where the entire construction will fit in the palm of your hand. It’s a whole different style of building from what I grew up with but I’m loving the challenge.

The nerds have taken over the world!

It’s official: the geeks have won. Evidence: I was sitting in a sales presentation for a contract worth $XXX,XXX and the senior salesman from LargeCompanyZ casually quoted SPIDER-MAN. And everyone (including upper management from our firm) nodded sagely.

SPIDER. MAN.

The prosecution rests. But only after presenting these amazing artifacts I picked up at this year’s Emerald City Comicon. One of the Gotham Evening Post prints is going up on eBay but the rest are staying in my private collection.

The Hackutron 9000

Here’s the latest and greatest Hackintosh build I’m using. This is ridiculously overbuilt compared to my usual bargain-bin scrounging but it will need to last for several years while we’re focusing on raising the brood.

I looked seriously at Apple’s product lineup but just couldn’t find anything that met my needs:

  • Expandable
  • Powerful
  • Reasonably priced

Specs:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Gigabyte Z68MA-D2H-B3 (with UEFI BIOS beta)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2600k (“Sandy Bridge” quad-core with hyper threading)
  • RAM: 16 GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (DDR3 1866)
  • Mac boot drive: Mushkin Chronos SSD (256 GB)
  • Windows boot drive: OCZ Agility 3 SSD (120 GB)
  • Video card: PNY GeForce GTX 460 (1 GB)
  • Case: Antec 300
  • CPU cooler: Corsair H80 (Closed loop liquid cooler_
  • Two additional hard drives for mass storage

All running Mac OS X 10.8 “Mountain Lion” thanks to a wonderful guide at: TonyMac

In general, this build has been a bit less stable on the Hackintosh side than my previous build. I’m running a bit more bleeding edge than I probably should with both the latest OS X as well as a beta UEFI BIOS. I’m also suspicious that all of the hard drives are operating as solidly as they should.