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Submission + - Seven-foot long minifig-scale Serenity model is a Lego masterpiece (io9.com)

quacking duck writes: Just in time for the short-lived sci-fi show Firefly's 10th anniversary, Adrian Drake has completed a 7-foot, 135-pound LEGO model of the Serenity spaceship. It took Drake 475 hours over 21 months to build, using the "official" reference blueprints.

The detail is jaw-dropping. both outside and inside where every compartment has been recreated except the engine room, which couldn't be done without compromising the model's structural integrity. The engines even pivot, ducts and drive panels can be opened and closed.

It's an amazing feat of LEGO-work, which we might be lucky enough to see in person at future conventions.

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Submission + - How I lost my fear of Universal Health Care (blogspot.ca) 1

quacking duck writes: What does it take to convince conservative, Republican evangelical Christians opposed to "Obamacare" health insurance that the current system is severely flawed, and changing it isn't the End Of The World As They Know It?

Apparently, living in Canada for a few years.

From the article: "When I moved to Canada in 2008, I was a die-hard conservative Republican. So when I found out that we were going to be covered by Canada’s Universal Health Care, I was somewhat disgusted. This meant we couldn’t choose our own health coverage, or even opt out if we wanted too. It also meant that abortion was covered by our taxes, something I had always believed was horrible. I believed based on my politics that government mandated health care was a violation of my freedom."

A Boing-boing writer follows up on this person's journey, noting that "Instead, Melissa slowly came to realize that the Canadian system was actually more family friendly than the American one."

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