"Dark Lego, show me the forbidden connection techniques":

bramlambrecht.com/tmp/jamieber

a leaked PDF of a Lego internal corporate document describing "illegal" connections that must not be used in official kit-building instructions

Much has been written on the analogy between lego connections and programming language syntax; that would make this illegal connection PDF the equivalent of, like, undocumented compiler features or something.

@nindokag I have definitely done several of these things. Several others I now need to do ASAP.

@epilanthanomai @nindokag
Are there seriously prople who need building instructions for Lego bricks?
I use them for mechanical protoyping and for me it appears obvious which connections fit together right, and which others are forced

@crazy_pony @epilanthanomai

(apologies for a slightly snarky answer, but): the fact that most lego sets *come with building instructions* seems to indicate the answer is "yes"

you're probably above-average in ability to intuit connections.

I know I used the "wedge a plate edge-ways between the rows of bumps" technique frequently as a kid, and didn't know it was stressing the plastic.

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@nindokag @epilanthanomai
no worries, i dont even notice if it would have been snarky

For me Lego bricks are just buildig bricks that i bought in neutral packages for prototyping purposes. So i have to say i dont know which instructions are sold with the kits for building specific models and how much fantasy and creativity the people who buy specific kits do have outside of them

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