Recent Lego models gallery

It's been a while since I blogged about hobby stuff so I thought I'd share a few photos of recent Lego models I've made – I know quite a few of you are model nuts like me! I've included a soda can so you can get an idea of the scale of the models.

Click on all photos for a 1024×768 enlargement. Enjoy!

This is the one I've just finished – the Imperial Shuttle (set #10212, 2503 pieces).



This is one Lego made a while ago and then stopped. I was really bummed not to get it and then they suddenly started making it again. This is the Maersk Container Ship (set #10155, 990 pieces). And you can see our favorite game in the background :-)


This is the most recent shuttle model Lego has released. They made one 6-7 years ago (that I have) that has an open cargo bay with the Hubble on the end of the remote manipulator arm. This is the Shuttle Adventure (set #10213, 1204 pieces).


This is one I was sent as a gift for recommending someone to write a whitepaper for Microsoft – it's motorized and walks along. It's the AT-AT Walker (set #8129, 815 pieces).


I've also got the original Death Star (see this blog post), AT-ST Walker, and the largest set ever made – the Millenium Falcon (see this blog post).

TGIF Time Warp

Once in a blue moon I come across something cool and it happens to be Friday, and I blog about it. Last time was drinking Guinness in Dublin and the time before was an insane driving skills video (see here).

My (scary) friend and fellow SQL MVP Grant Fritchey (Twitter|blog) posted the first two lines of the Time Warp from the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Twitter a few minutes ago, to which I responded with the next two lines. They're burned into my brain and I blame my parents.

My Mother used to run a drama school in Scotland when I was a kid (Helensburgh Theatre Workshop) and in the bi-annual shows someone would always "accidentally" says "I'm lucky, you're lucky, we're all LUCKY". Then the clock chimes would start and my Mum and Dad (dressed as Magenta and Riff-Raff) would come on stage and everyone would do the whole Time Warp song. Fond memories, and yes, my family is very outgoing (and strange :-)

In homage to them, Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry, here's a YouTube link to the movie version of the song. Wonderful! (Safe for work btw).

It's just a jump to the left!

(Twitter @paulrandal)

TGIF in Dublin

We've had a great week here in Dublin teaching our first public Immersion Event for a while – nearly 50 attendees spent the week with us exploring internals, performance, indexing, maintenance, and HA. Today's the last day where I'm teaching my favorite module on consistency checking and corruption recovery – excellent way to spend a Friday!

Yesterday was the 250th anniversary of the founding of the Guinness brewery by Arthur Guinness. The company organized a worldwide toast to Arthur at 17.59 Dublin time – brilliant marketing campaign – I wonder how many million extra pints of Guinness were drunk last night? Here's a photo Bob Duffy (our good friend and fellow SQL Server MVP) from our event partners Prodata sinking a nice cold pint after spending the day with us in class – Kimberly even tried a sip!


Tomorrow Kimberly and I fly over to Poland to take part in the 2009 Microsoft Technology Summit (and check out some of the excellent old architecture) – a new country for both of us.