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  • So, these are

  • the Dark Ages.

  • And the Dark Ages are the time between

  • when you put away the LEGO

  • for the last time as a kid,

  • and you decide as an adult that it is okay to play with a kid's toy.

  • Started out with my then four-year-old:

  • "Oh, should buy the kid some LEGO.

  • That stuff's cool."

  • Walked into the LEGO store.

  • Bought him this.

  • It's totally appropriate for a four-year-old.

  • (Laughter)

  • I think the box says --

  • let's see here --

  • "8 to 12" on it.

  • I turn to my wife and said, "Who are we buying this for?"

  • She's like, "Oh, us." I'm like, "Okay. All right. That's cool."

  • Pretty soon it got a little bit out of control.

  • The dining room looked like this.

  • You walk there, and it hurts.

  • So we took a room downstairs in the basement

  • that had been used as sort of an Abu Ghraib annex.

  • (Laughter)

  • Torture, very funny.

  • Wow, you guys are great.

  • And we put down those little floor tiles,

  • and then I went onto eBay

  • and bought 150 pounds of LEGO --

  • (Laughter)

  • which is insane.

  • My daughter -- the day we got it, I was tucking her in --

  • and I said,

  • "Honey, you're my treasure."

  • And she said, "No, the LEGO is the treasure."

  • (Laughter)

  • And then she said, "Dad, we're LEGO rich."

  • I was like, "Yeah.

  • I suppose we are."

  • So then once you do that

  • you're like, "Oh, crap. Where am I going to put all this?"

  • So you go to The Container Store

  • and spend an enormous amount of money,

  • and then you start this crazy sorting process

  • that never --

  • it's just nuts.

  • Whatever.

  • So then you realize there are these conventions.

  • And you go to one of these conventions, and some dude built the Titanic.

  • And you're like, "Holy shit!

  • He had to come in like a truck,

  • a semi, with this thing."

  • And then someone built this -- this is the Smith Tower in Seattle.

  • Just beautiful.

  • And there's a dude selling these

  • aftermarket weapons for LEGO,

  • because LEGO -- the Danish --

  • no, they're not into guns.

  • But the Americans? Oh, we'll make some guns for LEGO, no problem.

  • And at a certain point, you look around,

  • you're like, "Whoa, this is a really nerdy crowd."

  • And I mean like this is a nerdy crowd,

  • but that's like a couple of levels above furries.

  • (Laughter)

  • The nerds here, they get laid --

  • except for the lady with the condoms in her pocket --

  • and you say to yourself at some point,

  • "Am I part of this group? Like, am I into this?"

  • And I was just like, "Yeah, I guess I am.

  • I'm coming out.

  • I'm kind of into this stuff, and I'm going to stop being embarrassed."

  • So then you really get into it,

  • and you're like, "Well, the LEGO people in Denmark, they've got all this software

  • to let you build your own virtually."

  • And so this is like this CAD program where you build it.

  • And then whatever you design virtually,

  • you click the button and it shows up at your doorstep a week later.

  • And then some of the designs that people do

  • they actually sell in the store.

  • The LEGO guys don't give you any royalties, strangely,

  • but some user made this and then it sold.

  • And it's pretty amazing actually.

  • Then you notice that if that

  • LEGO-provided CAD program isn't enough,

  • there's an entire open-source, third-party,

  • independent LEGO CAD program

  • that lets you do 3D modeling

  • and 3D rendering

  • and make, in fact, movies out of LEGO,

  • 3D films

  • of which there are thousands on YouTube,

  • and some of them sort of mimicking famous films

  • and some totally original content --

  • just beautiful --

  • and people recreating all sorts of things.

  • I have to take a moment.

  • I love the guy who's like running away

  • with his clasps, his hooks.

  • Okay. Anyway.

  • (Laughter)

  • There's a whole programming language and robotics tool,

  • so if you want to teach someone how to program,

  • kid, adult, whatever it is.

  • And the guy that made this,

  • he made a slot machine out of LEGO.

  • And I don't mean he made LEGO that looked like a slot machine;

  • I mean he made a slot machine out of LEGO.

  • The insides were LEGO.

  • There's people getting drunk building LEGO,

  • and you've got to finish the thing before you puke.

  • There's a whole gray market for LEGO,

  • thousands of home-based businesses.

  • And some people will fund their entire LEGO habit

  • by selling the little guy,

  • but then you have no guys in your ships.

  • And then, just some examples. This stuff really is sculpture.

  • This is amazing what you can do.

  • And don't kid yourself:

  • some architectural details, incredible organic shapes

  • and just, even, nature out of, again, little blocks.

  • This is my house.

  • And this is my house.

  • I was afraid a car was going to come smash it

  • as I was taking a picture for you guys.

  • Anyway, I'm out of time.

  • But just very quickly --

  • we'll just see if I can do this quick.

  • Because there aren't enough TED logos around here.

  • (Laughter)

  • Let's see here.

  • Okay.

  • Ta-da.

  • (Applause)

So, these are

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