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Karla’s Lego video

Karla’s Lego video

Karla was excited to pick up her latest Lego project.  The “Friends” kit, featuring a Lego ferris-wheel and rollercoaster, had been on lay-buy at the local toy brick store (“I’m Rick James Bricks” in Pakenham) for some time.  Karla decided to use some of her birthday money to pay it off and get it home so she could start building.

Making a Lego video

We decided to make a video about this Lego project for Karla’s YouTube channel. I was going to set up a time lapse, but decided to film the construction at normal speed, so when it came to the edit I could insert interesting bits amongst the fast motion.  By the time Karla had finished putting all the Lego bits together, we’d shot over seven hours of video!  Some how I managed to squeeze most of that into less than 14 minutes, including a couple of minutes from the shop and in the car.

Check out the video below showing a very determined 8 year old building her favourite Lego kit.

Talking technology with my 7 year old daughter

Talking technology with my 7 year old daughter

The hairbrush singing video my daughter (Karla) and her cousins filmed on an iPad Mini has prompted another video.

With a couple of cameras set up on tri-pods to record us, Karla and I sat down for a chinwag (that’s Aussie for “chat” or “talk”) about the progress of technology.  We spoke about how home video has progressed from the low definition Handycams we filmed her older brothers with, to 4K High Definition on our point and shoot camera.  There were also similar discussions about phones and technology.

I always find it interesting to listen to kids talk about how they see the world, especially when they reveal what they think the future will bring.

Check out the video on Karla’s very own YouTube channel.

Mandy and Karla have been Simpsonized

Mandy and Karla have been Simpsonized

Mandy Simpsonized
Karla simponized
Dean Rankine - Simpsons artitst

Dean Rankine – simpsonizing Karla

Dean Rankine is a comics artist who contributes to the Simpsons comic books.  Dean was recently at the re-opening of the local Lego shop in Pakenham, where he was simpsonizing members of the public.

My wife and daughter were excited to have themselves drawn as Simpsons characters by Dean.  These drawings are great!  Dean was able to capture the features of his subjects, while still including a Simpsons cheesy grin.  He was offering standing portraits like these, or head in the jar, Futurama style, drawings.

Next time, I’ll have to get myself simpsonized.  It would be interesting to see how my ugly mug looks with that Simpsons smile!

Below is a quick video I took and edited on my phone of Dean working on Karla’s drawing.

Karla and the steam train

Karla and the steam train

Steam Train

Twice a year SteamRail Victoria run a tour to Traralgon from where passengers can visit the snow fields or other Gippsland attractions.  The tour runs from Melbourne on a good old fashion steam train, consisting of two powerful locomotives pulling a collection of heritage passenger carriages.  The “Snow Train” runs on the main railway line, staying out of the way of regular metro and country passenger services (and probably some freight trains as well), stopping only briefly at a some of the major stations along the way.

Like her big brothers before her, my seven year old daughter, Karla, has become fascinated with steam trains.  She saw this year’s first snow train a few weeks ago with her Mum (while I was in hospital) at Tynong Station, where it doesn’t stop.  I promised Karla that If I was out of hospital I would take her to see the second run at Pakenham, where it does stop for a couple of minutes.


I wrote a couple of months ago how Karla likes making videos for YouTube.  When I said we were going to see the steam train, naturally she asked me to make a video.  The clip embedded in this blog post shows Karla telling the camera the train is on the way, how much smoke and steam it makes and how “cool” the steam train is!


Later in the evening we went back to Pakenham Railway Station to see the “Snow Train” steam train on it’s way back to Melbourne.  This time I thought i’d get some long exposure night shots of the locomotives steaming at the end of the platform.  I setup the camera and tripod across the road from the station, in-between the tracks (but still safe within the pedestrian fence).  We could feel the steam as the train gathered speed right beside us, Karla thought that was even better that watching from the platform in the morning.

I’m pretty happy with the pictures too.

Steam Train at Pakenham
Steam Train at Pakenham