I’ve always had lego, but I started collecting it seriously at university
When it got a bit out of hand
And this is what my collection looks like now
For a while I bought (in bulk) and sold on eBay
Drawer of Harry Potters
But I played with it too. You’ll no doubt recognise the WOPR from War Games
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Other people make the best stuff. Here’s the Beatles crossing Abbey Lane
Call of DutyModern Warfare 2 – Third mission, ‘Cliffhanger’. (Soap says “Break’s Over”)
In the LEGOcommunity, this sort of scene on a small base is known as a vignette (from the photography term)I set up a group to collect these legovignettes.It’s more like curation really, and it can be quite passive.In the past 2 years, I mostly go in once or twice a month and delete things which are not vignettes. 1285 users, 4,767 photos.
This year,someone asked me if his lego blog could use my flickr group to run a Cluedo competition.Created one discussion thread for people to submit their entries, and another for any questions.Hundreds of entries.
A few years ago, I saw this photoTaken inside the fridge with the door closed.Self-timer and a flash.
That looks fun. So I took my own, adding notes to annotate what each thing is.
and encouraged others to do the same. You can tell quite a lot about a person by the inside of their fridge.At dinner parties I would ask friends if I could take a photo of the inside of their fridge. And they would open the door for me, and I’ve have to explain I was going to need them to shut it again, and would they bear with me while the flash warmed up
Of course I created a flickr group to collect / curate them.This one, I’ll be honest, hasn’t taken off as much. 214 members though.
and people needed keeping in line. I had to post a clarification to the rules on the group page, and still sometimes I see fridge doors open, as though I’m not going to notice.
In 2007 I became mildly obsessed with the idea of something being the new something elseGrey is the new black, 30is the new 40So I started setting finding and collecting examples them, together with where they were found.Some people collect butterflies. I collected examples of the phrase ‘x is the new y’
There are obviously some false positives in thereQuiet is the new Loud is the name of a Kings of Convenience albumBut I was very much of the opinion that fuck it, it counts.
Used a set of free open source tools (originally developed by AT&T I think) called Graphviz, which uses the ‘Dot’ syntax to describe a directed graph.Which is basically arrows from a to b. Green is the new red.
Brunette is the new blonde, fake is the new real….
In the summer and autumn of 2007 I started collecting them quite intentionally. I’d look at the graph and spot interesting leads. A lot of things are the new facebook.Tea is the new coffee and coffee is the new tea, Glorious.Friendster is the new Livejournal? What’s was livejournal the new one of?Published this in September (and by published I mean blogged)
But I continued to collect them and eventually it grew into something quite big.Especially when The Boston Globe asked me if I’d extend it into something they could publish in their ‘Ideas’ supplement in December.
They took my SVG files and employed actual graphic artists to make it prettier.
And took some specific sections and turned them into nice little boxes like this one.
I use this tool called MeeTimer to collect my web browsing history.Shows me which sites I use most often, and for how long.
Even better, the data is held in an SQLite database, which means I can pull it out and do more with it. Like graphs.
And visualisations of which sites I use, when. (A scarily typical week.)
And the same data shown with coloured stripes representing different sites. Yellow = work email.
I briefly collected photographs of col gaddafi shaking hands with various world leaders. The ‘Fuck Yeah x’ meme is quite strong. Sunglasses, tattoos, even “fuckyeahnouns.com”I’m bored of that one, but I do recommend Kat Sommers’ “colonelgadaffilookslikemichaeljackson.tumblr.com”
Some of my collections In roughly chronological order Roo Reynolds @rooreynolds rooreynolds.com