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A Common Nomenclature for Lego Families
Topic: Games 8:30 am EST, Nov 19, 2009

Giles Turnbull:

Lego nomenclature is essential for family Lego building. Every family, it seems, has its own set of words for describing particular Lego pieces.

And the words they use (mostly invented by the children, not the adults) are likely to be different every time. But how different? And what sort of words?

Hence, a survey.

David Nye:

We use technology to shape our world, yet we think little about the choices we are making.

Brian Silverman:

The Mindstorms kits, and most other Lego kits, are configured largely to allow customers to build the specific models shown on the boxes. PicoCricket, on the other hand, is about giving kids a chance to build objects out of their imaginations, then program them with interesting behaviors.

Cynthia Rettig:

The Lego dream has been a persistent favorite among a generation or more of programmers who grew up with those construction toys. Unfortunately, however, software does not work as Legos do.


Techies love stupid nomenclature.

Dan Schneider:

Postmodernists believe language is a circular self-referential trap, while pragmatists believe it lends insight into what reality is. Steven Pinker's book seems to posit that that is a false dichotomy, not because both claims are false, but because both are fundamentally true.

A Common Nomenclature for Lego Families

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