Battle of the Bricks

Lego Any self respecting person has owned and built a Lego creation of some kind. Goodness knows that I own my fair share of Lego products, probably more than I would care to admit. Even now, at the tender age of 24, I still find myself browsing through the isles of Lego products available at any and all Toys R Us stores. In all honesty, and I am sure you will agree, Lego has no age limit.

This entry is focussed on stop-motion Lego filmography. A hobby which no doubt exists for people who really have nothing better to do with their time. Regardless, it really is very cool, especially when done properly.

Alex Kobbs is one of these stop-motion Lego fanatics. He has spent the last six years creating a Halo themed 25-minute short, based on Halo’s Zanzibar map, completely out of Lego. How awesomely insane is that?!

The short film is called The Battle of the Brick and features ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ battling it out *Halo fan high five*. The completed video is expected to hit the Web in early 2010, but for now you can have a look at the tantalising trailer:

If  Lego stop-motion filmography is your thing, you can follow the progress of Kobbs’ work at the Kooberz Studio Blog.

That’s not all folks. I have one more fantastic piece of Lego filmography to share with you.

Every gamer and geek who has watched The Matrix will agree that it is one of the best science fiction and action movies of all time. However, you have not seen anything until you see The Matrix lovingly created in Lego stop-motion!

In honour of the 10th anniversary of The Matrix, a group of fans recreated nearly 900 frames of the film. The entire sequence is animated without any additional effects. What this means, is that the short was filmed ‘in camera’ without the aid of wire removal, Photoshop or any additional special effects; other than what can be created with the Lego blocks themselves. Very impressive stuff! The entire project is said to have taken around 440 hours to complete. For more information and additional videos detailing the projects immensity, check out

Lego Matrix – ‘Trinity, Help’!

How cool would a Lego Matrix game be?! *Waits patiently for Travellers Tales to scoop the rights to create the game*

Until the next ‘blocky’ post “Milieunairs”!


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Send your name to Mars, be discovered by aliens…

NASA has recently gone all gung ho with plans to examine, terraform and eventually massacre populate our solar system’s much publicised and enigmatic red rock, the planet Mars.

Mars: As seen from the Hubble Telescope.

In an attempt to gain the support and interest of today’s youth, as well as the media, NASA have resorted to using social media to reach the masses. As a result, a variety of Twitter accounts now exist so one can follow the journey of astronauts in space, the launching of new rockets and satellites, and be privy to the latest discoveries and developments regarding the deepest reaches of space.

In an added attempt to further spur interest in this newest of space races, NASA are giving individuals the option to add their names to a list that will be placed on a chip and sent off to Mars on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover in 2011. In other words, this is your infinitesimally small chance of being discovered by aliens and inviting yourself to be anal probed becoming a part of human space exploration history. Besides, registering lets you download this “cool and ultra exclusive certificate”:


Hans Haupt's NASA Certificate of Participation

  • To add your name to the list and, as NASA likes to remind you, ‘become a part of history’ *rolls eyes*, click here.
  • To follow the progress of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover on Twitter, click here.
  • For more about NASA’s attempts to reach Mars, click here and here.
  • To learn how to make a smashing ‘Little Green Man from Mars’, click here.

If you are curious to know more about the fourth planet from the Sun, read on, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It is also referred to as the "Red Planet" because of its reddish appearance, due to iron oxide prevalent on its surface.

Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the volcanoes, valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth. It is the site of Olympus Mons, the highest known mountain in the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon.

In addition to its geographical features, Mars’ rotational period and seasonal cycles are likewise similar to those of Earth.

Still, of all the planets in the Solar System other than Earth, Mars is the most likely to harbour liquid water, and perhaps life. Radar data from Mars Express and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed the presence of large quantities of water ice both at the poles (July 2005) and at mid-latitudes (November 2008). The Phoenix Mars Lander directly sampled water ice in shallow Martian soil on July 31, 2008.

Mars is currently host to three functional orbiting spacecraft: Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. With the exception of Earth, this is more than any planet in the Solar System. The surface is also home to the two Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) and several inert landers and rovers, both successful and unsuccessful. The Phoenix lander recently completed its mission on the surface. Geological evidence gathered by these and preceding missions suggests that Mars previously had large-scale water coverage, while observations also indicate that small geyser-like water flows have occurred during the past decade. Observations by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor show evidence that parts of the southern polar ice cap have been receding.

Mars can be seen from Earth with the naked eye. Its apparent magnitude reaches −2.9, a brightness surpassed only by Venus, the Moon, and the Sun, although most of the time Jupiter will appear brighter to the naked eye than Mars.

 Until the next time “Milieunairs”!


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The Red Carpet Screens: ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’


Yesterday, The Red Carpet screened Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the sequel to 2007’s Transformers and the second film in the live action Transformers series. Subsequently, the film is also known as “Transformers 2”.

For starters, the movie is long, so be warned. The movie is long enough that no matter how much you are enjoying the onscreen action or using your eyes to undress the lovely Megan Fox, who clearly did not get enough screen time, you end up wondering when the movie is going to end. Rounding in at a whopping 150 minutes, this fast paced action movie can, at times, crawl along. The movie is unfortunately plagued with unnecessary ‘fillers’, like an all-spark-transformed-remote-controlled-monster-truck, dry humping Megan Fox’s leg. Granted, given the opportunity, many guys would give their left nut for that opportunity, it was simply not needed and could have been excluded.

Undoubtedly, one of the best aspects of the movie would have had to have been the visuals and special effects. If you thought that the first movie was an explosive feast, wait until you see this iteration of Hasbro’s beloved franchise. There is often so much carnage occurring at one time on the screen that, in my opinion, it is not possible to take it all in on the first viewing. We all know that Michael Bay is known for his over the top implementation of action sequences. However, with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Mr. Bay has done the impossible… he managed to out do himself! Seriously, this movie is an action fiends delight. There were actually moments in the movie where I obtained ‘dry eye’ from my lack of conscious blinking.

The movie does not have a very strong story nor is the acting anything to rave about. If those points matter to you, then avoid Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at all costs. However, if you are looking for a movie which has unadulterated action, comedy and is great fun to watch, then do yourself a favour and go watch this movie!

The Red Carpet gives Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 08/10.


Transformers 2 – Official Trailer


Until the next time “Milieunairs”!


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HA-HA Chair – Episode 2: Royal High’s (Two Years later… still GA GA!)

Well, for all you fans who have been begging for the return of the mystical and improvised HA-HA Chair, and yes there have actually been people who have honestly been asking for more, the wait is finally over! A new and debauches sequel has officially been created.

After more than two years in the making, give or take a month, since the creation and airing of the “pilot” episode of the HA-HA Chair, is finally pleased to present:

HA-HA Chair – Episode 2: Royal High’s

This episode stars yours truly, Hans Haupt, my dear seductively and awesomely inappropriate friend, Lezanne Wolmarans and, last but not least, my wickedly strange and funny cousin, Wichard Fella.

A blurb of the episode can be found below the embedded video. Press play and go GA-GA for the HA-HA!


HA-HA Chair – Episode 2: Royal High’s



This is the long awaited (over two years) second episode, of the ‘HA-HA Chair’ impromptu series, entitled: Royal High’s.

HA-HA Chair focuses on two individuals and the experiences brought on by the mystical red ‘HA-HA Chair’. As the series expands, additional characters and story arcs will develop.

BE WARNED: You will not get the 10 minutes of your life back from watching this video! HA-HA!

Please note: an age restriction of 16 is present due to sadism, sexual innuendos, dark humour, mild language & (if you’re lucky) partial nudity.

Until the next time Milieu Pals!