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Beaten by Children

Posted: 23rd February 2012 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life, Naomi, Photos

Each Friday evening I take a class in Mandarin at the Chelmsford Chinese Language School. After that class, I go to chess club, while Naomi studies Chinese Folk Dance. I wrote this at the end of last year. Carissa is quietly contemplative. She keeps her body movements still, with a level of concentration that seems […]

(Excerpt from the Community Advocate Newspaper, Friday, February 3, 2012, article by Sue Wambolt, Contributing Writer.) Marlborough – Prior to November 2011, Andrew Roberts worked for County House Research performing in-court background checks. By the end of November, though, he retired to pursue his lifelong passion, building Army tanks with LEGOs. Roberts’ love for LEGOs […]

See You Later, “New Dad”

Posted: 10th January 2012 by LegoDoug in Family Members, Home Life, Photos

Five years ago my Mom remarried at age 80, several years after the death of my father. “New Dad,” as I generally referred to him, was George Fortini, a sweetheart of a guy who proved (along with Mom) that being crazy-in-love and romantic wasn’t just for young people. The five years he and Mom had […]

My Little April Fool

Posted: 2nd April 2011 by LegoDoug in Family Members, Geekdom, Home Life, Naomi, Photos, Star Trek, Star Wars

When I got home yesterday, I discovered that NaNi had put her snow day time to very good use.

Dance Macadam

Posted: 1st March 2011 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Home Life, Naomi, Photos, The Kids

Naomi had been very, very sick for almost 10 days—double ear and ear canal infections, that we finally got under control. Even though she stayed home from school, she hadn’t had a fever all day, and I let her go to ballet. (Isaac took care of her while I was at work—my first day back […]

On the day in 1958, The World Changed

Posted: 28th January 2011 by LegoDoug in Geekdom, Lego, Photos

For devotees, [today is the anniversary] of an event in Copenhagen that transformed toys and revolutionized childhood itself. It was at 1:58 p.m. on January 28, 1958, that then-Lego head Godtfred Kirk Christiansen filed a patent for the iconic plastic brick with its stud-and-hole design. Since then, the company has made a staggering 400 billion […]

Rope-Climbing Lego NXT Robot

Posted: 10th June 2010 by LegoDoug in Doug, Family Members, Geekdom, Home Life, Photos

This is the rope-climbing robot myself and ASD student Joe Cole worked on, as a competitor in the “Robolympics” program I developed after Robot Sumo was done this year. We were hoping to modify the base to allow it to compete in robot drag racing, but there simply wasn’t enough time. Ours was the only […]

Saturday Nichelle competed in her first bodybuilding competition of the season, at the excellent National Fitness Gym in Oxford, Ma. The event was sanctioned by the National Gym Association, and MC’d by our favorite hostess and natural bodybuilding promoter, Laura “Turtle” Tourtellot. A huge number of people help out Nichelle as she prepares for these […]

Halo Warthog Cake

Posted: 16th January 2010 by LegoDoug in David, Family Members, Geekdom, Home Life, Naomi, Nichelle, Photos, The Kids

Nichelle has been experimenting with making custom cakes for the kid’s birthdays. Like most things she attempts, she’s done great right out of the box. She invented some cool new techniques this time, and I was able to lend some engineering expertise. Halo “Warthog” Cake, made by Nichelle. Halo “Warthog” Cake, made by Nichelle, with […]

Which of your early childhood toys had an impact on your adult life? Do you think the toys were wonderful because of your innate personality or skills, or do you think the toys helped get those skills going? Recently, I finished reading The Man Who Changed How Boys and Toys Were Made: The Life and […]