What does medium rare feel like?

20 July, 2012 (12:00) | FYI/DIY

Here’s a little trick I learned from a friend.  There’s another way to tell how your meat is prepared other than color.  Take your hand and touch your index to your thumb.  Now feel that meaty part between your thumb and wrist.  That’s what rare feels like.  Middle to them will make it feel like medium rare.  Ring to thumb is medium.  Pinky to thumb is well done.

Poll the People

Trapped inside an african hunger strike on the streets of Philadelphia

18 July, 2012 (12:00) | Poll the People

What is the most important world cause? Where do your priorities lie? Frame the question in the sense of if you had 1 chance to erradicate one of the items forever, which would it be?

Which should get the most attention?

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Hall's Rules of Social Order

Hall’s Rule of Social Order – #21

16 July, 2012 (12:00) | Hall's Rules of Social Order

Never be too prideful to ask or accept help.


Don’t be ashamed to get counseling or professional help either.

LEGO© Creations

Here at the office, We know just one drink

12 July, 2012 (12:00) | LEGO© Creations

My brother in law decided to make me sad about my cubicle farm job and show me what LEGO Headquarters looks like.  It’s beautiful.  I can just imagine how energetic everyone feels and how much they love their work place.

Hall's Rules of Social Order

Hall’s Rule of Social Order #89

9 July, 2012 (12:00) | Hall's Rules of Social Order

Never stop wanting to learn.


As soon as you stop wanting to learn, you stop wanting to do new things.  As soon as you stop wanting to do new things, you are no longer experiencing life.  As soon as you stop experiencing life, you’re dead.

LEGO© Creations

Octopus Escape! – LEGO Competition – VOTES NEEDED!!

5 July, 2012 (22:15) | LEGO© Creations

Hot off the tails of the Cathedral of Learning winning the S.W. Randall competition, I became aware of LEGO’s new beta site,, and their competition!  I didn’t have much time to prepare or make a bricklink order, especially with us going out of town 4 days before submissions were due!  The rules are pretty simple:

  1. No photoshop
  2. Original entries created for the contest
  3. Must fit on a 32 x 32 stud plate
  4. Must contain an octopus, either built or LEGO figure

Seeing as I don’t have any LEGO octopuses, I had to create my own from scratch.  I thought for a couple of days on what I’d do.  I remember seeing a video on youtube a while back that demonstrated how smart octopi are.  They like puzzles, they can open jars, and sneak through tiny holes.  I wanted to capture an octopus escaping from an aquarium!  The first thing that came to mind were these really long bionicle tentacles, but I only have 4 of them and at about 10 inches long, they wouldn’t be the correct scale to fit on a base plate anyway.  I did remember some of the atlantis sets having some black dinosaur bones that could be used as tentacles though, and as luck would have it, I had 8 in stock!  PERFECT!

At first, I made a tiny black aquarium, but the black on black was too dark.  I asked Kallie to help me with some feedback.  She suggested a color change and making the tank bigger.  I took her advice, she through in some artistic touch with the clear cheese slopes on a blue background to add a water effect, and then she also took some pictures since I hate that part.  I never grew up with a camera, and I just don’t feel at home behind the lens.  I don’t see things in artistic ways through photography.  Keren got all that talent I guess.

Anyway, here’s my submission.  Click the link and give it a vote by clicking “like” next to it.   Since it’s still a beta website, I think I have a shot at least!

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