Six Degrees of Separation and LEGO Star Wars

Six degrees of separation is the theory that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The concept of six degrees of separation is often represented by a graph database, a type of NoSQL database that uses graph theory to store, map and query relationships.Real-world applications of the theory include power grid mapping and analysis, disease transmission mapping and analysis, computer circuitry design and search engine ranking.

The six degrees of separation theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called “Chains.” In the 1950s, Ithiel de Sola Pool (MIT) and Manfred Kochen (IBM) set out to prove the theory mathematically. Although they were able to phrase the question mathematically (given a set N of people, what is the probability that each member of N is connected to another member via k_1, k_2, k_3…k_n links?), after twenty years they were still unable to solve the problem to their satisfaction.

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So what has this got to do with “LEGO Star Wars Episode 8, The Last Jedi” I hear you ask?

Well, not much really. Only LEGO Star Wars Episode 8 is on nationwide release today, 15th December 2017 and it is also the blog author’s birthday. A few days ago we were contacted on our amazingly popular Facebook page by a chap who comes from the same town as the blog author, Chichester in West Sussex, and also went to the same school as the blog author! Quite incredible really. The chap who contacted us is a big LEGO Fan and he asked us to promote his very interesting LEGO blog in which he discusses various LEGO sets, here is the latest post on LEGO Star Wars 2018 Sets from his blog.

This little tale in turn falls into the six degrees of separation idea that was presented initially above, a cool connection ?

Don’t forget we still have some Amazing LEGO Star Wars Sets here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop, though stocks are becoming low with the inevitable Christmas rush, only 9 days of Shopping left until Christmas 2017 at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop !!

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A 13-year-old girl invented a bandage to help wounds heal faster

Anushka Naiknaware might just be 13 years of ages, however she simply developed a plaster that might assist patients with persistent injuries recover much faster.

The eighth-grader from Portland, Oregon, developed a plaster that senses moisture in an injury dressing. “A great deal of individuals do not instantly relate wetness to injuries,” she described, “however the reality is that wetness is among the crucial identifying consider how quickly a persistent injury heals.”

Why does wetness matter? Well, numerous open injuries have to be kept damp to promote recovery; however if an injury is too damp, that can be an indication of infection. Put simply: Keeping the injury in a healthy wetness variety assists it recover much faster.

Naiknaware’s plaster permits a physician to keep track of the status of the injury (without needing to unwrap the dressing) and address concerns appropriately. The plaster is planned to be utilized on clients with persistent injuries, which prevail in senior clients and folks with diabetes and typically take 3 months or longer to recover.

Ravleen Kaur from the Beaverton Valley Times reported that the plaster might even have ramifications for the military, “assisting hurt soldiers in an affordable and quick way.”

Naiknaware’s creation won the Lego Education Builder Award at the 2016 Google Science Fair.

That’s a prestigious prize to Win. It’s a reward that includes $15,000, a journey to Denmark, and a 1 year mentorship with Lego to assist get the job into production.

.When Naiknaware was 3 or 4 years old and her moms and dads would take her to a regional science museum, #ppppp> The job all began. She enjoyed all the exhibitions there (especially chemistry) and for many years her interest in science progressed.

” There’s a natural development from one field to another,” she stated. “After you discover mathematics and chemistry, you can do biology, physics, computer technology, anything. It simply keeps structure and theres no genuine end to it.”

Naiknaware’s love of the science museum sustained an interest in nano particles (which she started looking into in 4th grade). Ultimately, this research study ended up being the structure of her submission to the Google Science Fair.

” I in fact produced an ink from nano particles and filled that into a regular inkjet cartridge,” Naiknaware discussed. “This permitted me to print out a conductive circuit.” After hooking that circuit as much as a little battery and passing a current through it, she might determine the resistance and get a reading of the wetness material.

The success of Naiknaware’s development is substantial. Throughout her procedure, she was no complete stranger to failure.

She had specific trouble improving the ink circuit. “How lots of times did my ink stop working? 40 times? 50 times? Several.” She likewise pointed out a couple of jammed up printers in the garage.

On top of that, Naiknaware experienced her reasonable share of frustration from grownups. “When I began doing things with nano particles,” she remembered, “a great deal of individuals moms and dads, judges informed me, ‘What you’re doing is difficult. It’s not going to work.’”

But she understood that her theory dealt with paper. She believed in her own concept and a couple of motivating coaches on her side including her 6th grade science instructor, Ms. Svenson.

After her experience with the plaster, Naiknaware’s recommendations to other enthusiastic kids thinking about science is easy: “Just because people say your idea won’t work, doesn’t mean you can’t prove them wrong..”

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WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Theramore Isle in Lego

WORLD OF WARCRAFT’s Theramore Island Redone in Legendary Lego Style with 55,600 Bricks!

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In the popular Enormous Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Video Game, World of Warcraft, there is a location called Theramore. In accordance with the lore, Theramore was a port town and was “thought about the Alliance’s most martial existence in Kalimdor.” Regrettably, the town was damaged and left in ruin.
Now, Mark Erickson, or Mark of Falworth, has actually restored Theramore in LEGO Bricks. Over 55,600 LEGO bricks were used in the construction of the port town and it looks incredible!
This is an outstanding accomplishment and took approximately six months for Erickson to build.
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Theramore Isle, the capital of the Dustwallow Marsh, was the Alliance’s only human stronghold in Kalimdor. With a population of 9,500 people, it was the home and sanctuary of Jaina Proudmoore.

Theramore is a rocky island east of Dustwallow; the city, which bears the same name as the island, is alternatively known as Theramore Keep. It was originally settled with the sole purpose of survival. Lead by Jaina Proudmoore, a small contingent of the Kul Tiras navy, with what few survivors they could bring, had fled the Eastern Kingdoms during the great Scourge of Lordaeron.

Built primarily as a military fortress, Theramore served as the Alliance’s base of operations against the Burning Legion during the latter part of the Third War. Their bravery and sacrifice during the final battle earned the respect of Warchief Thrall, who decreed that Jaina and her kin would have a home in Kalimdor for evermore. It has since grown into a splendid little town, and serves as a safe harbor and trading port. Approach from the sea is extremely difficult due to the jagged rocks jutting out of Dustwallow Bay, pirates, and ancient beasts that live in the murky depths of the ancient sea.

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Here at Silly Billy’s we stock plenty of LEGO, though no World of Warcraft type products, aside from the occasional poster from GB Eye. The best bet to check our current Poster Stocks and lines would be to come into the Toy Shop and see us.

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Star Wars 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi

Star Wars Episode 8 is due for UK release on the Author of this blog’s birthday. Although the author also expects to be working on his birthday. So what does the next, the eighth Star Wars Movie in the series have in store for us. No doubt there will be some amazing special effects and a story line to follow on from Star Wars Episode 7. Lego are on board again with the Star Wars Franchise and Silly Billy’s received their delivery of Star Wars Episode 8 products from the Danish Toy Company earlier than most, August in fact, prompting one very keen Star Wars and LEGO fan to drive from London to purchase a Resistance Bomber 75188.

It is mentioned that Princes Harry and William have cameo roles in the latest Star Wars movie, the royal pair visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise. Now lead actor John Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the royal duo  “wrapped in stormtroopers costumes”

So another date for your diary will be December 15th 2017, not only to buy the author of this blog a birthday present, but also to get to the Cinema and watch the opening of Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi
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Star Wars The Force Awakens 2015, scored a pretty reasonable 8.1 on IMDB and personally I though the return of  Star Wars was pretty impressive. Rogue One (2016), on the other hand slipped a couple of notches at only 7.9 on IMDB and again released on the author’s birthday, 15/12/2016.
As far as the new  Star Wars Episode 8 – The Last Jedi goes it is anyone’s guess as to whether it will be a hit or get massively slated by the critics. A Customer today said of Star Wars Episode 8, “I’m not holding out much hope..”

Personally, as the Film is being released on one of the most auspicious days of the year (the author’s birthday) then we believe it will be a great hit, however only time will tell.

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Billy’s Travels – A New Facebook Page

As Silly Billy’s have a large following on Facebook we have been approached by an Austrian Graduate Student, Andreas Wild, to help advertise and grow his project.
Silly Billy’s are a premier stockist of LEGO and as we do regularly post about LEGO and LEGO Minifigures, we still have some Ninjago Minifigures left in stock if you are looking to complete your collection, by the way. This is what Andreas writes about his new project, and we will be sharing posts from Billy’s Travel’s Facebook Page on our own Facebook Page as time goes on:

Billy’s Travels

Hello this is Billy!
Billy and his friends love to travel. Now we want to let them travel around the world to get to know the most wonderful places in the world. So help us and let Billy and his Friends travel around the globe! Under “community” you can see all the places, they have already visited!
What do you have to do?
– Like and share our Facebook site
– Get your favourite Lego Figure(s)
– Take a photo with them at any place in the world
– Share the picture on our Facebook site and describe in one or two sentences which adventure they have experienced there!
www.facebook.com/BillysTrip2017
#BillysTrip #Lego #BeLikeBilly #worldtravel
This is a Student’s Group Project at Johannes Kepler Universität – JKU in Linz/Austria. The goal is to reach as many people as possible in a short time. Therefore we choose this solution, because everybody of our group grew up with LEGO and the satisfaction is still great. So please help us, take a few minutes, make a picture and share it with us to support us, and to help Billy to travel the world!! Show us the power of the entire LEGO community. Thank you and best regards!

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WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

WIN a Stay in the LEGO House !!

We have just noticed this and thought it worthy of a blog post…
You can WIN a free stay in the new LEGO house in Billund in Denmark for four people on 24th November 2017

This amazing competition from the LEGO House team closes at 11:59PM PST on November 16th which is equivalent to 19:59 GMT, so simply enter by that time to win.

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Full competition details of the AirBNB and LEGO house stay are on Airbnb’s site here

Obviously, if you win you will need some travelling money and also the cost of the flights to Denmark. I would recommend a few nights in Copenhagen as well as I have been and it is an interesting place, steeped in history. Obviously the highlight will be staying in  the recently completed LEGO house.
This is what it says on the LEGO House site about the LEGO House:

LEGO® House is a newly opened experience house. The 12,000-square metre house is filled with 25 million LEGO bricks ready to give LEGO fans of all ages the ultimate LEGO experience.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside a real LEGO® House? That’s why we built this world of creative experiences. Discover the magic behind the brand, and the endless possibilities for play and learning with the inspiring LEGO brick.

Also known as “Home of the Brick”, the new LEGO House is located in Billund, Denmark, where the LEGO brick was invented. LEGO House is one of the main family attractions in Southern Denmark, with fun activities for children and adults of all ages. We invite you into our LEGO home for the ultimate play date!

Here at Silly Billy’s we have a wide range of LEGO for Christmas 2017 so why not come and visit us to see that and all the other great toy manufacturer’s we stock like Playmobil, Sylvanians, and TY.
We still have some LEGO and Playmobil Advent Calendars left too, so get yours quick before they run out as the stocks are dwindling each day.

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Also Silly Billy’s have their very own competition for Christmas 2017 which you can view here, it is very easy to enter although you will need to have a Facebook Account to take part.

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Christmas Competition 2017

Christmas Competition 2017 – The Big One

This is the biggest competition we have run EVER at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop.

Christmas Competition 2017 RULES

We are trying to make the rules as simple as possible, so all you need to do is Like, Share and Tag one friend preceded by the text #SillyBillys on this Facebook Post. So if you are not on Facebook we are afraid you cannot enter.

Names will be drawn at random via an app called Woobox through the Facebook entrants that have followed the correct procedure at approximately mid-day on Sunday 10th December 2017

You can enter from anywhere in the UK and we will post the items to you free of charge if necessary.

This is what you can win, 1 of each of the following:

  • Playmobil Dragons 9247 Astrid & Stormfly
  • LEGO Ninjago 70611 Water Strider
  • LEGO DUPLO 10572 Creative Play All-in-One-Box-of-Fun
  • Altogether with a Total Value at RRP £89.97

We have run Christmas Competitions in the past though none as big as this and we really hope you can take part and enjoy joining in, it really is so simple. In fact Robert A Williams (excluded from this competition as a direct employee of Silly Billy’s) have demonstrated how to take part by commenting on the Facebook Christmas 2017 Competition Post.

Please take part and please tell your friends and help spread the word.


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The Big Issues The LEGO Film 2 Will Tackle, According To The Manufacturer

The LEGO Movie full cast fleeing an explosion

With the LEGO Ninjago movie only recently released, internet pundits are already looking at the LEGO Movie 2 which is supposedly going to be released in 2019

An excellent movie’s structure blocks come from solid plot products. Take the example of The LEGO Film, which turned what might have been a crass movie franchise capitalising the toy brand into something with actual emotional depth. So naturally, with The LEGO Film 2 in the works, people are beginning to question simply where that movie might go to mine the same depths that the very first film finished with father/son relationships. Well, as it turns out, the follow up has currently been set up to deal with one specific social construct: gender concerns. Speaking up at a recent junket with other producer Dan Lin, Chris McKay exposed precisely what The Lego Motion picture 2 is going to check out.

The Duplo represents Finn’s sister, Finn being the little boy from the live-action. The Duplo is her. The man upstairs stated, ‘You’ve got ta play with your sister. That’s the important things you have actually got ta assure me. I’ll let you have fun with my world, however now you have actually got ta let your sister been available in and have fun with your world.’ Now, she’s coming in, which’s the major thing that the movie has to do with. What’s different and comparable about gender, when a young boy plays vs. how a girl plays? What type of stories are there? Chris and Phil are super fucking smart and really thoughtful and sensitive writers. The kinds of questions and the interesting ideas that they’re getting into with this movie, it’s going to resemble the very first LEGO Movie was, where it’s about something else that’s truly profound.During an interview with producers Chris McKay and

Dan Lin ahead of The LEGO Ninjago Film, McKay told Collider how The LEGO Movie 2 will approach the concerns of gender, through a setup that was consisted of in the first movie’s ending. If you saw the film, you might remember the Male Upstairs allowing both of his kids to have fun with the Brickburg playset. We found out previously that the brand-new motion picture would be a story about the young boy getting a little bit older, and thanks to the gap in between The LEGO Movie 2 and its forbearer, this also indicates that a lot is probably going to change with the now blended community of Duplos and Legos. Not only will Finn’s LEGO toys now have to discover how to get along with the Duplos’similar, but not absolutely compatible play system, they’ll have to discover the ways of their intruders’ custom-mades of play.At the end of The LEGO Motion picture, the setup for the sequel may have seemed like the type of situation that would generally

be thrown out, only to be mentioned briefly when subsequent follows up entered into play. Believe back to when Toy Story exposed that Andy got a puppy at Christmas in its finale, only to have the pet dog look like a small side character in both of the movie’s follows up. Thankfully, McKay and Lin are using the script for The LEGO Motion picture 2 in order to take on an interesting topic, and likewise to tell a cohesive story in between the 2 sequels.If you don’t truly remember how the first film closed out– we have seen The LEGO Batman Film because then– you can inspect

it out, below.It’s quite possible that rather of simply viewing an entire LEGO Motion picture narrative worldwide of Bricksburg, with the twist of a live action narrative creeping in, both sides may be more organically mixed this time around. It’s something that definitely seems to be

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LEGO Creates Anti-LEGO Slippers To End 66 Years Of Horrible Pain

Few forms of sadistic torture in this world are more excruciatingly painful than having to walk across a field of LEGO left on the ground by a careless child.
Fortunately, there is now a way to protect yourself from these domestic minefields: LEGO, working together with French advertising agency Brand Station, has invented anti-LEGO slippers!
It only took them 66 years, too!

The slippers, which feature tons of padding, will be produced in a limited run of 1,500 and will be distributed randomly to people who fill out Christmas wish-lists on LEGO’s French website.
This is the perfect way to make those lucky parents’ Christmas dreams come true!

LEGO are great, but they have one fatal flaw…

Image credits: Piwee

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Kids Advent Calendar 2017

Kids Advent Calendar

Rather than buying chocolate Kids Advent Calendar, why not buy a toy Kids Advent Calendar that you can re-use year after year, or can simply play with after Christmas.

Silly Billy’s is pleased to announce that we have the greatest quantity of Kids Advent Calendar’s here at our magnificent Toy Shop.

Playmobil Kids Advent Calendar
Kids Advent Calendar

From Playmobil we have the amazing Playmobil 6624 Kids Advent calendar which depicts “Christmas on the Farm”. The Playmobil Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. Santa Claus and his Angel are coming to Christmas on the Farm and bringing masses of presents with them. The boy with his tractor is helping to share out the animal feed to the cows, goats, sheep and all the other farm animals. Lots of extra animals are included in the calendar. Every day a surprise behind each door.

We also have Playmobil 9008 Advent Calendar ‘Royal Ice Skating Trip’ with a Child’s Bracelet. The Playmobil Royal Ice Skating Trip Advent Calendar is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. The magical scene is set for the King and queen to enjoy ice skating in the forest. Many of the forest animals have come out to see the royal couple glide across the pond, whilst the snowman keeps up his cheery smile. The Princess is getting ready for a thrilling sled ride. Includes three Playmobil figures, diorama, animals and lots of accessories including wearable bracelet. Each window has a surprise to build your Playmobil scene.

Neither 6624 or 9008 are suitable for children under three years of age.

For Children Under Three we have the Playmobil 1.2.3 Christmas on the Farm Advent Calendar, which is the perfect way to count down to Christmas. Santa Claus and his Reindeer are coming to Christmas on the Farm and bringing masses of presents with them. The children and their dog are helping to share out the animal feed to the pig, chickens, cows and all the other farm animals. Santa’s bag of presents can be stowed behind the seat. Every day a surprise behind each door. Suitable for children from 18 months of age
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LEGO Kids Advent Calendars

So from LEGO we have the three amazing Advent calendars below

  • LEGO City 60155
  • LEGO Friends 41326
  • LEGO Star Wars 75184

kids Advent Calendar

 

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