Welcome to Rivendell. It’s a 50,000-piece, 120-lbs. construction by Philadelphian teen Blake Baer, who is clearly a Lego visionary. The vision necessary to imagine this — let alone build it — is staggering. The trees alone are amazing. LOOK AT HOW GOOD THE TREES LOOK. AND HOW MANY DIFFERENT TREES THERE ARE. If Lego has any sense they’re cutting this kid a check right now. I don’t know what for, admittedly, but Lego should probably pay him just for existing until they figure out the best way to utilize his massive talents.. (Via Gizmodo)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.