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When is a Starbucks Siren not a Starbucks Siren?

KidLit authors and illustrators know well the rejuvenative power of coffee. And here is proof that the effect is almost immediate, thanks to Abe Green and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda.

“Like must of us I love coffee that dark smelly and hot thing that keep you running during the day that can only be compare whit tacos and tamales.

One day when I was waiting for a test I finish my cup of coffee and with a pen in my hand start drawing in my cup a really quick sketch that I post in my account of IG before I start my test. When I finish start looking for the messages of friends that love it and during the next days people start brining me empty cups to draw on it.

So I make a series of cups with the title of “The Secret Life of the Starbucks Siren” after that more people start asking me for special designs so that’s how the second series came out.

I believe that anything in this world is a canvas and you can use it to express yourself and in this case I use what must of the people think is garbage.”

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup 

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

Drawing On Cup

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Famous Literature Scenes in LEGO

by Rebecca Pahle (TheMarySue) at http://www.themarysue.com/lego-literature-scenes/#0

Literature plus LEGO!? What’s not to love? Waterstones is a bookstore I’ve had the pleasure of visiting in London.

“To coincide with the release of The Lego Movie, the UK bookstore recreated classic scenes from literature using LEGOs, then invited others to do the same and possibly win prizes. The Red Wedding loses some of its oomph when it’s made of little plastic blocks.”

Pride and Prejudice
By Waterstones. OK, OK, Darcy coming from the lake is a TV invention, not a book one. But can you blame them for including it?
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The Red Wedding
“Game of Thrones” By Waterstones
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Moby Dick
By @thesnowhale
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Banquo’s Ghost
“Macbeth” By @cesariohaines
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Romeo and Juliet
By Waterstones
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Dracula
By Waterstones. “For want of a LEGO bat, we’ve included Batman… He’d actually make a pretty effective Van Helsing too though.”
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Arthur vs. Mordred
“Le Morte d’Arthur” By Waterstones
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Zaphod Beeblebrox
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” By @DrBeauBeaumont
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Not exactly a classic, but… Fifty Shades of Grey by @MarcusofCrabbs
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LEGO Architecture Studio Event in Oceanside, CA

PRESS RELEASE:
Calling All Architecture & Adult LEGO® Fans! Barnes & Noble Oceanside to host first-ever, exclusive LEGO Architecture Studio event on July 26, 2013. The free celebration features David Parker, Architecture Professor, MiraCosta College as guest speaker.

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Barnes & Noble, Inc., the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that the Barnes & Noble store in Oceanside will host its first-ever LEGO Architecture event in celebration of LEGO’s new launch, LEGO Architecture Studio, on Friday, July 26, 2013, at 6 p.m at 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054.

The LEGO Architecture Studio event features local Architecture Professor, David Parker from MiraCosta College discussing, facilitating and demonstrating key aspects of the design process in architecture using LEGO bricks to educate and inspire. Participants will have the opportunity to reference the LEGO 250 guide book, experiment and create original architectural designs with more than 1,200 monochromatic building pieces, and learn a few architectural concepts such as scale, mass and density, symmetry, modules and repetition, space and section and surface.

During the event the participants will have an opportunity to build with LEGO Architecture Studio and demonstrate how one can explore the design process in architecture through a hands-on exercise building exercise. The event will focus on what the main stages of the architectural process are, from defining your project, gathering inspiration, and exploration of the context, to researching and developing your concept. Participants will build as a team and as individuals.

Additionally, the store will offer architecture fans the first look at a new LEGO Architecture product that can only be found for sale in Barnes & Noble and LEGO brand outlets from July 25-28.

“This event is perfect for anyone interested in visual design and the important and profound role design plays in our communities. Aspiring architects, design enthusiasts and LEGO fans will have a hands-on opportunity to explore concepts and discover new insights by constructing 3D models,” said Kathleen Campisano, Vice President, Toys & Games, Barnes & Noble, Inc. “Barnes & Noble is excited to partner with LEGO to continue the world-wide conversation and collaborative nature of architectural design through these engaging and fun events.”

The LEGO Architecture Studio event is free and open to the public. Space is limited for each event.

*Architect availability subject to change without notice.