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About this creation
I made a 1:1 scale build a while ago that filled the whole picture with Lego, called "The Sweat and Tears in a Single Bite of Chocolate". Well, I decided to make some more! Presenting the second build of the series: "The Dirt and Pollution in a Single Second of Energy."
(I must admit, I am not quite happy with the title, but I couldn't find anything better. The entirely correct version of the title should be "The Dirt and Pollution in a Single Second of Energy Used on your Computer", but that's just way too long and weird...
EDIT: I changed it to just "Energy". So much better that way.)

(I also considered opening this post with the words "Just a small warmup before the MocOlympics...", but decided against that.)

Anyways, on to the build!



As you can hopefully see, I replicated my computer on a 1:1 scale. My computer is a MacBook Pro, so it's a rather big computer, and as a result, this build is by far the biggest build I have ever made. The screen shows a coal-fired power plant.

Like in the first build of the Series (I will be making one more for a total of three), there is a deeper meaning to this. This time, I chose Pollution as my subject of criticism. We should be mindful that a lot of the energy we use comes from coal-fired and other-fired power plants, and those often release very bad stuff into the atmosphere. I won't go into detail, because I think that most people know about the problem, but the point is that we should be more mindful of how the energy was produced that we are using. I am not saying that we should stop using computers, of course, but we should be looking for better ways to make energy, so that we can use Electronic Appliances without indirectly polluting the air.

Now, on to some detail shots (and designer info on the different aspects of the build).



A different view of the computer. Nothing much to say here.



The keyboard. Probably the hardest part of the build. I decided I would try building the computer because the keys are pretty much exactly 2x2 studs, but the keyboard was challenging to do nonetheless. I had to use a lot of math, and had to push the top row of keys inward a bit from both ends so that I wouldn't have huge gaps. Even so, some small gaps are visible in the keyboard, but they don't bother me too much.



The whole bottom part of the computer.



The screen. I am not entirely happy with how it turned out. (Yes, I did use a reference picture.)
You might be wondering why there are some white spots on those black shapes that sort of look like a coal-fired power plant. Those are the result of the sun shining on the buildings, aka shade and light. The black is shade, and the white is where the sun directly hits the structure. The same is with the tan thing. (I know the sky is gray, and that doesn't quite fit with the sun shining on the buildings. I'll just call that artistic license. Also, no, the sky wasn't gray in the reference picture, but I didn't have the right parts in blue.)



A picture of the whole thing. I made the table grow outwards towards the back to better fir the picture (and to not waste bricks), but I just ended up cropping pictures anyways...

Now, for some stats. The build is 90 by (about) 47 at it's widest and longest points, making it far larger than anything else I have ever made. I used up almost all of my tan bricks, almost all of my white bricks, almost all of my light and dark bley bricks, and almost all of my other-colored bricks as well, hidden behind and under the computer. I think I used up about four fifths of all my average bricks. I also had to borrow some bricks from my sister, as with almost all my larger projects. It's very hard to guess how many bricks I used in this Moc, but I'm pretty sure it's over 2000 pieces. It could even be as high as 4000... Time spent is about two and a half weeks.

Well, that's pretty much it for now. I had a blast making this, and look forward to making the third build of the series, although it could be quite a while until then....

Computer 08

I hope you liked it!

EDIT: 1st of December 2014, this Moc has reached 100 likes! I never thought this would happen. Thanks to everybody who supported this Moc. It is still by far my best, and I am happy that others think so too.



Comments

 I like it 
  January 20, 2017
I almost thought it was real for a second!
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  January 20, 2017
it's so awesome!!!!!
  January 20, 2017
Grats on MOTD!
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  January 20, 2017
Ay! A very worthy MOTD :D
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  January 20, 2017
MOTD! Congratulations!
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  January 20, 2017
Congrats on MotD!
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  January 20, 2017
So cool! Artistic too! A well deserved MoTD.
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  January 20, 2017
Awesome MOC! And congrats on MOTD, Cab! :D
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  January 20, 2017
Incredible build! Congrats on a well deserved MOTD!
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  January 20, 2017
Congratulations on MOTD and 100+ likes!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2017
Ey, congrats on MOTD!
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  January 20, 2017
Congrats on MOTD! What a fantastic and lifelike build! Amazing work!
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  January 20, 2017
As a huge Apple fan, I instantly recognized this as a MacBook Pro! Well done and congrats on the MOTD!
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  January 20, 2017
A shame that I never left a nice comment here because its such an awesome creation. So congrats on a very well deserved MOTD :)
 I like it 
  April 20, 2016
A great work of Lego creationism! Very nice build. I am only about 1 1/2 or so years late!
 I made it 
  December 21, 2015
Quoting Halhi 141 Nope, global warming doesn't exist, environmental regulations are too strict, and we need to build a wall on our southern border to keep out all those criminals!
lol
  October 10, 2015
Nope, global warming doesn't exist, environmental regulations are too strict, and we need to build a wall on our southern border to keep out all those criminals!
Cab ~
William Everetts
  April 26, 2015
That's awesome, you captured the look of the Mac, and the mosiac is stunning!
 I like it 
  March 3, 2015
Stunning and jaw dropping! You are a master
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  December 1, 2014
Outstanding!
 I like it 
  September 12, 2014
This is a cool creation. i agree with some people. It would be SOOOO much cooler if you added stickers onto the key. But, overall, THIS IS AMAZING!!!
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  September 12, 2014
Awesome! Very nice. Maybe you could make stickers for the keys? -LB Jr.
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  September 11, 2014
Awesome! I love the keyboard.
Cab ~
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Michael Rutherford
  September 10, 2014
Mr. Cab. Very slick! 1 to 1 MOCs always capture my eye. It's so different from the way I normally "See" Lego. Your all over the map with different techniques, and you blend them here perfectly. The use of mosaic to create the image on the screen is flawless. If you are entertaining recommendations for a title, I would go with the shortest possible. Short is usually powerful. How about: "Energy Costs". Great work. Thanks for posting!
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  September 8, 2014
It got on the popular this week on the homepage! Go take a screenshot!
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  September 7, 2014
Very sweet! Nicely done and creative!
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  September 6, 2014
Very cool! It is impressive how you spaced out the keys.
 I like it 
  September 5, 2014
I feel like everyone around me is improving so rapidly... Great MOC.
  September 4, 2014
Congrats on being the youngest person to ever be blogged by the TBB.
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  September 4, 2014
Congrats on TBB, man!
 I like it 
  September 4, 2014
Really nicely done. The way that you made the keyboard layout exactly mirror that of a traditional keyboard is absolutely fantastic. great job on the mosaic as well. Keep up the great work!
 I like it 
  September 3, 2014
That keyboard and screen are so well done!
 I made it 
  September 3, 2014
Quoting Deus "Big W." Otiosus The shadowed smoke stack should have gray and dark-red stripes, if it were possible... Or maybe tan?
I didn't consider that, but it could have worked...
 I like it 
  September 3, 2014
This is lovely, both the way the image on the screen is constructed and the laptop itself. :)
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  September 3, 2014
It's great you're continuing your creations that show us the dark back-story of everyday conveniences! However, I'm pretty sure that what's coming out of those smoke-stacks is merely steam.
  September 3, 2014
Congrats on the bloggage!
  September 3, 2014
  September 3, 2014
The shadowed smoke stack should have gray and dark-red stripes, if it were possible... Or maybe tan?
 I like it 
  September 3, 2014
Great job! I love the key board, mouse pad, screen, everything!
Cab ~
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Nicholas Dreadman
  September 2, 2014
Great build, and great title. I wouldn't go calling a Macbook Pro a big computer though, because they're not, they're tiny. My graphics card is bigger.
Cab ~
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Graeme Straughn
  September 2, 2014
Great build! I'm staggered.... Literately. Amazing build!
Cab ~
Carlo Brunelli
  September 2, 2014
That's the greatest Moc ever!!
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  September 2, 2014
Very nice work.
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  September 2, 2014
great job!:D
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Now that is great! Looks just like a Mac, 10/10
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Mr. Cab. A wonderful build. I really, really, really like it.
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  September 2, 2014
Dude! Epic work! The screen is amazing, but the keyboard takes the cake. Well done Cab!
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
5/5
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Superb
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Now that's one impressive MOC. I love how even the background is made of LEGO bricks! Totally had me fooled until the reveal shot. Fantastic creation.
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
I am very much amazed with this Design. Is it able to close?
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  September 2, 2014
Easily your best build. This looks extremely good, man. Nice job making the whole screen line up without any gaps.
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Wow! I first thought that the Mac was a real one! Well done on this one! 5/5
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
This looks very realistic, nice!
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Excellent build sir! From the thumbnail I wasn't sure if the laptop was real or brick-built! Job well done.
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Looks amazing! Just like a real. Good work!
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  September 2, 2014
the pc is convincing, and I love the subject!
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  September 2, 2014
Great build!
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  September 2, 2014
Very nice. At first I didn't realize that even the backdrop was Lego. Impressive. Your computer looks fab and I love the concept. Great job.
 I like it 
  September 2, 2014
Wow! Your mosaics are just great!
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  September 2, 2014
Wow, pure lego! That is one impressive mosaic.
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  September 2, 2014
Very, very cool! Amazing work!
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  September 2, 2014
Amazing work on the computer! The keyboard is fantastic!
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  September 2, 2014
Very creative your work. Excellent implemented, the Lapi look wonderful in almost real life.
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  September 2, 2014
Very impressive build with an important message. The keyboard is superb, it must have been really tricky to get it to look right. The power plant on the screen is also very nicely done, although I'm really not sure that the white highlighting works. Does the screen fold down? And what does it look like from the other side? A brilliant creation, I love it!
 I like it 
  September 1, 2014
Can't decide which I like more - the keyboard or the mosaic - they're both amazing! Can't wait for your third entry!
 I made it 
  September 1, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens Fun Fact: Most of the vapor released from coal plant smokestacks is good, clean, non-greenhouse water. I'm not even sure if we could see any of the environmentally-unfriendly carbon emissions without it. Nice work with the build, Mr. Cab. I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that everything in the pictures is Lego.
I didn't research it, so you are could be (and probably are) right about the emissions thing... Well, you can still take the build figuratively. :P And also, thanks!
 I like it 
  September 1, 2014
Wow! Absolutely amazing! Brilliant work!
 I like it 
  September 1, 2014
Fun Fact: Most of the vapor released from coal plant smokestacks is good, clean, non-greenhouse water. I'm not even sure if we could see any of the environmentally-unfriendly carbon emissions without it. Nice work with the build, Mr. Cab. I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that everything in the pictures is Lego.
 I like it 
  September 1, 2014
Another amazing build. Can't wait for the next entry in the series, both have been fantastic so far.
 
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