Movie real estate does not come cheap, even in Lego form

The Lego Movie, hitting theaters this week, is no doubt the result of an elaborate product placement or marketing deal. Still, Legos are very fun, and we can’t help but be excited whenever we have a chance to play with them. As someone who has been to a Lego retail store and played with the … Continue reading “Movie real estate does not come cheap, even in Lego form”

The Lego Movie, hitting theaters this week, is no doubt the result of an elaborate product placement or marketing deal. Still, Legos are very fun, and we can’t help but be excited whenever we have a chance to play with them. As someone who has been to a Lego retail store and played with the Back to the Future set, I can personally attest that few things are more fun than combining movies with Lego.

We tip our hat to real estate blog Movoto for having some fun with this idea. Using a handy algorithm and the work of some enthusiastic fans, Movoto estimated how many Legos it would take to build famous movie homes, including everything from the Beetlejuice house to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Surprisingly, some buildings such as the palace from Aladdin and Howl’s titular moving castle would cost more when made from Lego. But for the most part, Lego is a much cheaper way to build than brick and metal: you’d save almost $100 million building Hogwarts that way.

For the record, it would take 286,756,745 Lego bricks to build the American University Library. That’s $28,675,675 of Legos!

See a future without books TODAY at library film screening

As a part of the library that frequently deals with streaming video, we understand hesitations about the transition to from physical to digital media. This is a concern that isn’t just limited to films; the rise of tablets and e-readers has led libraries to also reconsider the acquisition of expensive and bulky books when their … Continue reading “See a future without books TODAY at library film screening”

As a part of the library that frequently deals with streaming video, we understand hesitations about the transition to from physical to digital media. This is a concern that isn’t just limited to films; the rise of tablets and e-readers has led libraries to also reconsider the acquisition of expensive and bulky books when their digital alternatives are available. This opens a whole mess of sticky issues, including preservation, digital rights management, and the like.

Today, we’re tackling this challenge head on. The AU Library will be holding a screening for Out of Print, a documentary about the pros and cons of the transition away from hardcopies. Notable figures in the publishing world weigh in, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury. The filmmaker, Vivienne Roumani, will be in attendance and will hold a Q&A afterwards. This is a very exciting event that we’re proud to sponsor.

The screening begins at 3pm in the Butler Board Room (sixth floor of the Butler Pavilion). No RSVP is required, and the event is free. We hope to see you there!

Become a Super Manager. Lynda will mentor you.

Many people know Lynda.com has hundreds of training videos for you to master the latest software. What is sometimes overlooked is that it is just as valuable a resource for sharpening your business skills. For example, Management Fundamentals with Britt Andreatta is a two hour course which covers all the essentials of good management – … Continue reading “Become a Super Manager. Lynda will mentor you.”


Many people know Lynda.com has hundreds of training videos for you to master the latest software. What is sometimes overlooked is that it is just as valuable a resource for sharpening your business skills. For example, Management Fundamentals with Britt Andreatta is a two hour course which covers all the essentials of good management – hiring, coaching, motivating and delegating. Lynda.com has dozens of training courses like this, taught by professionals in the field. 
As a current AU student, faculty or staff, you have access to all of Lynda.com’s tutorials and resources. First, go to www.american.edu/lynda and log in with your AU credentials. It may be the first step on your remarkable business career.

Alternative programming: Football under scrutiny

February 2nd is upon us, and we’re only 8 hours away from Super Bowl XLVIII kickoff. We’re as excited as anyone, especially given the exciting match-up this year. That said, there is a dark side to the professional football as well. The continued threat of brain damage has plagued the NFL for years, and with … Continue reading “Alternative programming: Football under scrutiny”

February 2nd is upon us, and we’re only 8 hours away from Super Bowl XLVIII kickoff. We’re as excited as anyone, especially given the exciting match-up this year. That said, there is a dark side to the professional football as well. The continued threat of brain damage has plagued the NFL for years, and with recent strings of suicide and memory loss among former players, it is a more pertinent issue than ever.

As counter-programming to the Super Bowl, we strongly suggest watching League of Denial, a new Frontline documentary about the NFL’s continued struggle with concussions and head trauma. The documentary made an enormous and controversial impact when it was released last October, in part because of its depiction of the NFL’s repeated denials and evasions over the issue. It’s becoming harder and harder to talk about the state football without touching on this issue; this documentary is perhaps the best gateway into that discussion.

Of course, it’s possible to enjoy the Super Bowl at the same time. We’ll be watching both.

League of Denial – HU DVD 6721