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Pong with Lego Digital Designer

Hi there,

Another way to illustrate our work with Pong would be with Lego Digital Designer.
Here is what you can get with very little effort:
Pongillustration.pngThis was made with Lego Digital Designer 4.3 that you can get for free here.

I have used the Extended bricks library (The ones that are red), in order to be able to select the black color later on (for the larger plates).
The game is surrounded by an orange layer the same way that I did previously with Blender(You can check this out here).
Notice that I have chosen flat tiles for the pads, the ball and the orange rectangle.
By the way, this model cannot actually be built because nothing comes to stick the large black plates together. The purpose was only to make a png image out of it.

That’s all for now, please comment, like, subscribe, share…)
Take Care!





Not as much as Forrest Gump, but still…

Hi there,

Just for you to know, I have just walked for 4 hours this afternoon, 20 kilometres in the cold rain, makes me feel good!

Next challenge, 10 hours, 50 kilometres. I will keep you posted.

Take care.


My Brand New Code.org Teacher Account

Hi there!

I am so exited about my new project that is to set up a proper education system within Code.Org !


My goal is to setup a program including several tutorials that the students can try while I evaluate them.

For those who are not aware of the Hour of Code and the other activities available at code.org, I invite you to check it out! Basically, code.org is a website dedicated to programming skills, for people aged between 4 and 104 y.o.


Contributors are famous actors of the IT, Media, Sports, Fashion industries in the U.S. (Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Bosh, Karlie Kloss, Will.I.Am… among others)

As a teacher, I can create sections, students, activities, and monitor, evaluate and encourage the progression of my students.

I can’t wait to try this out this coming week.

Stay tuned, that’s all for now.

Take Care.


Looking for motivation – Full Microsoft EcoSystem

Hi There,

I have tried to start my own business for years now. But is this the lack of motivation, or limited skills, or not enough free time, or anything else, I don’t know, but I have to admit that I am not doing good enough so far.
Now, I am dreaming big, and I want to be a success though, then things have to change, right now.
Many of you have heard about all my projects already if you have read some of my previous articles and presentations ( Here, There and also Over Here ). But before to travel the world for business or leisure, having fun and make money while moving around across the planet, I first have to build valuable content, and sell it online…

Google Plus Collections

For that, and first things first, i need to have good tools for productive work. And this is not the case for now, not at all. I am still struggling to get any work done with my 9 years old laptop, and I miss many important phone calls and messages because of my faulty 5 years old smartphone. Add to this that my Android tablet is bricked, or at least unresponsive most of the time, and you’ll get the full picture.

In order to change this, I have to scrap all this crap and go for much better hardware.And on top of that, I need to get some online services and professional apps for presentation, backup, storage, marketing matters, to name the few (I will write a full article about services and apps someday). So the short term motivation for now is not the long term goal anymore, but to make enough cash for buying the tools that I really need.

lUMIA 940 XL

As my business is supposed to be lightweight, no employees, no offices, no car, nor nothing, all I need to get focused on for now is a proper laptop and a great smartphone. And as some of you might have noticed already, and despite all of them have great advantages and valuable applications available, I am not the best fan of Apple iOS, Google Android, not even Linux systems. I’d rather go for Microsoft, and I am anxious to discover the latest products that will come equipped with Windows 10 as standard.(Without the need of any risky upgrade from 8.1 I mean)


For the laptop, I have already chosen the Mobile Workstations Family Products from Lenovo (just waiting for the latest ones to come in Q3 of 2015, equivalent of the existing w550s and its amazing battery life (Check my previous article about Mobile Workstations here). Regarding the tablet, My 2013 old Nexus 7 can still do the trick for a little while, and then I will probably replace it with the Microsoft Surface 4. Last but not least, my phone will probably be the promising Microsoft Lumia 930 XL, or its HTC equivalent if it comes to market early enough.


As you can see, I have made my mind already, and as some of you guys may go for a full Apple working ecosystem, I’d rather opt for the Microsoft equivalent, as it does much better sense to me, according to the applications I am using as an Indie. And when all that tool set will be mine, I will probably buy a Microsoft wristband, as icing on that Microsoft cake.

Take Care.


Challenge #004: Solving Original 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in less than 60 seconds (1 minute)

The goal of this challenge #004 is to solve the Rubik’s Cube (www.rubiks.com) in less than 60 Seconds.


The Rubik’s Cube is one of the most famous puzzles since its creation in 1974. It was invented by Hungarian Sculptor Ernő Rubik. It is a cube made of 26 smaller cubes, 9 on each face, the central one is replaced by a patented rotating mechanism. The world record is set to less than 6 seconds,(Under 4 seconds by the CS3 robot), but according to most specialists, it can be solved in under a minute, after learning a basic routine and some practice. Another reason why I have set this challenge time to under a minute, is because the American actor Will Smith has managed to solve it in 55 seconds at a french TV show few years ago.

CS3 Cube Solving

In order to succeed, you will have to purchase a 3×3 rubik’s Cube that can be found at your local toys reseller, or online at http://www.rubiks.com for 15£ or so. You can also find plenty second hand for cheaper, borrow it from a friend, or even start practicing with online apps. You will probably need to learn one of the many methods/algorithms available, and practice for a few weeks before you get there.


Theoretically, you would have to use a proper Speedsolving timer, in order to get accurate time. But if you don’t consider to break a world record, a simple timer will be fine. Once you are ready for the record, get the help from a friend or two for the timer and video recording (A smartphone would be fine for this). Once you have published that video online, you can consider it a success and choose another LethargicDog 256 Geek Challenge.

Have fun, and good luck !


Challenge #003: Your Hometown Skate Park with Sketchup

The goal of this challenge #003 is to use Trimble Sketchup (Used to be Google Sketchup) at www.sketchup.com for designing a Skate Park.


There’s not much to be said about the skate park itself. Everybody knows what it is. But it has to be made of at least three modules, two at both ends and one in the middle. I expect some street art on each face, based on photos or anything else.
Regarding Sketchup itself, make sure you download the free version (Make), unless you have other projects that require advanced features.


In order to succeed, you have to use the Sketchup App, available at http://www.sketchup.com.
After the Skate Park is finished, you will have to export it into a 2D picture (PNG format), so then you can publish it on any of your favorite social networks.
Should you need any help for getting started, you will find many templates and members achievements on the Sketchup site (check the “Learn” Menu). Hundreds of YouTube tutorials are also available.


If you can get close enough to the picture on my sample above or even better, or if you prefer to user your favorite 3D design app instead, you can consider it a success and choose another LethargicDog 256 Geek Challenge.
Have fun, and good luck !