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Author: Darko Stankovski (Page 3 of 9)

November mini build at the LEGO Store

This is November’s mini build from the LEGO Store and this is a nice Lawn Mower.

LEGO 40071 Lawn Mower tractor minibuildThe story behind this lawn mower is that it was designed by a kid. This is the winner of a MOC contest.

But this month, it is not just about the mini build. It is also the first anniversary of our store near Paris and of course we are close to Christmas.

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The LEGO Movie, second trailer

Coming along with the first Series 12 visual, this is the second trailer of the LEGO Movie.

If you look carefully, you can see that the Series 12 is a promotional series for the movie. The zombies, the cop, Abraham Lincoln, the workers… All of those are in the movie.

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Minifigures Series 12 inspired by the upcoming movie.

This series may be a big success among the fans who will create MOCs inspired from the movie.

What do you think about the movie ?

LEGO Minifigures Series 12 revealed

From Brick Fanatics, this is the first image of the minifigures Series 12 from LEGO.lego minifigures series 12

I don’t really know what to think about this series. Of course, the panda guy is awesome. The 3 zombies are a great addition for all of us who are looking for a zombie outbreak scene. I missed the first Mexican guy, so that is a nice one for me. William Shakespeare will fit with the actor. Abraham Lincoln is great for his beard. But I’m not into the rest… We have plenty of cops in the City boxes, just as the construction workers. Actually, their asset is the phones 🙂

Actually, this is the opinion everyone will have seeing this series. If you are a LEGO fan, you may really love this series as most of the figures comes from the LEGO Movie.

What do you think about Series 12 ?

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Your Halloween inspiration

Witch hat cupcakeIn 10 days from now, you’ll have to be ready for the rise of little monsters. No, Lady Gaga is not coming to your place, but the your young neighbors will be on their cookies hunt for the night of Halloween.

Halloween is a good time for a good feast, party or just hanging up with friends and mocking scary monsters. So you may want to decorate your place like the Addams Family house, prepare the scariest dishes ever, get the best costume.

To find some inspiration and organize my ideas, I find Pinterest to be the best place. I can gather the images I found on the web, share them and look at what other have found.

Let me share with you the trends I found this year.

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The Hobbit, promotional.

The Desolation of Smaug, Second trailer

We’ve been waiting for a second trailer and here it is. So lets watch those 2 minutes and 30 seconds of new footage.

Yeah, even if he is here, we see less of Legolas this time.

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October mini build at the Lego Store

If you had to choose a theme for the month of October, which one should it be ? Yes, of course, Halloween ! So, this month’s minibuild at the LEGO Store was a nice green witch.

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The Witch (D.Stankovski

This is a 22 pieces build, and another big scale model.

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Disneyland Paris LEGO Store opening delayed

For the latest information about the LEGO Store opening in Disneyland Village, see my December mini build post.

Several days ago, I reported the opening date of the next LEGO Store near Paris. That event was announced on the September’s LEGO newsletter. It is very exciting as this is supposed to be the biggest LEGO Store near Paris with a huge Showroom, near the greatest happiness and dream factory in the world.

Unfortunately, that opening is delayed due to an accident on the site.

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IPhone 5 Crocs Edition

After each Apple’s keynote, it is the time to criticize the new products. Not innovating enough, not powerful enough, still the same… From several years, Apple is criticized for its apparent immobility which can give us some nice videos like this one.

But this year, Apple changed one design, and there is one inspiration which is obvious. This is about the iPhone 5C. If you think that the C stands for Color, you are all wrong. The C is for iPhone 5 Crocs Edition…

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Parsing RSS feed from an Android device

When it comes to RSS feed parsing, any Java developer will use the org.xml.sax library. But Android provides a nice wrapper that simplifies the code without sacrificing the performances. This wrapper is present since API level 1 and is the easiest way to write a simple parser for any XML.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to parse a RSS feed using the android.sax package. I’ll use Geek Garage’s feed. As any XML parsing, using the android.sax package, you can ignore the elements you don’t need, so, I’ll only collect some of the items.

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