Re: Whatever happened to lego?
"When I was a kid you had some lego and you built anything you wanted with it."
Well.. Be honest. With a rather liberal dollop of imagination, you could build something that suggested anything.
And I can remember trees, police car models with the word "POLICE" written on them, And I have a very vague recollection of diggers with specially made buckets, and tractors with loaders that were not your regular shaped bricks.
Not to mention the sloped transparent windscreen bricks headlight bricks, radiator grille bricks.
"Now you get a kit that will build one thing and that's it."
No whiny.. now you get SOME kits with special blocks that are made for one model, but can, by merit of being lego bricks, and with said dollop of imagination be used in other models.
"Now someone wants money to built a computer out of lego ... driven by another computer."
No. They want votes at the lego site that will cause this particular set to be assembled, packaged and sold in retail outlets by the Lego company.
Costs you nothing unless you buy the set. So you can stop clutching your wallet now.
If it spurs some kid on enough to find out about Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace, then great.
If not, they have more Lego. So win win for some kids.
You however, will still be a miserable git.