Forget about being insanely great, Apple's plans for a new spaceship campus are becoming insanely expensive. Bloomberg Businessweek reports hearing from five sources close to the project that the budget for the new campus has surged from $3 billion when it was first proposed in 2011 to $5 billion now.
The biggest costs are apparently the materials being used to meet the vision for the new campus that Apple's late co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs originally laid out in the summer of 2011. The $5 billion price tag might not sound like too much for a company with a cash pile of well over $100 billion, but according to Businessweek, some of Apple's bigger shareholders are grumbling about whether it's the best use of Apple's money. Unlike some of the other things Apple has been criticized for in recent months, though, it's hard to argue that this is something that wouldn't have happened under Steve Jobs. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts and updates via email. At the New York Toy Fair 2014, I had my chance to get up-close and personal with the 70816 LEGO Benny’s Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP! The classic 1980’s LEGO Space style rose from the ashes in The LEGO Movie, and Benny’s Spaceship Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP! In addition to the LEGO Movie Benny figure, the set also includes four exclusives: the LEGO Emmet (Robot Disguise) minifigure, the LEGO Wyldstyle (Space) minifigure, a LEGO Robo Pilot minifigure, and the hotly-demanded LEGO Astro-Kitty minifigure!
Unikitty may have been the pop culture breakout hit character of The LEGO Movie, and as a result every iteration of Unikitty has been hard-to-come-by and expensive on the aftermarket. Who (besides me) is outrageously, ridiculously psyched to fork over 100 dollars to LEGO in a few months for the Benny’s Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP LEGO Movie set?
I’m also totally absolutely excited, I am also getting the Blu Ray release of The LEGO Movie. I wasn’t that impressed with the movie, and this ship only got like 2 seconds of screen time. I know it's hard to tell from the picture, but the full model is actually over 7-feet long (for comparison, my penis is only two-and-a-half).
The ship doesn't just look great on the outside; it also contains all of the compartments from the set except the engine room, which proved impossible to build while maintaining structural integrity of the ship. Hit the jump for some closeups, but be sure to check out Adrian's Flickr for the full, high-res gallery. Thanks to Ken, Quaddmgtech and Ashley, who aren't allowed to play with LEGO blocks anymore because they won't stop swallowing them. Geekologie is a geek blog dedicated to the scientific study of gadgets, gizmos, and awesome. In that book you’ll not only learn why Rocket Science is complex, but also learn a lot about rocket history, existing challenges and caveats of running a space business.
Connect with the AuthorAdriano MarquesAdriano Marques is Co-founder and CTO at Startup Foundry.

Gimbal is a game where you can build your own spaceships in a similar fashion to other spacefaring games like Gratuitous Space Battles, then fight them against other player’s creations in multiplayer arenas, with player counts (with added bots) ranging anywhere from 3v3 skirmishes, to mass 20 v 20 wars. The starship design component is surprisingly deep, with free placement of components and strict physics dictating your craft’s performance. Some of the standard designs might be one ship with a couple of forward facing guns and a couple of engines. Once you get there, you’ll want to fight a few games againts bots first, as the learning curve is quite steep compared to some games. Technically the game is impressive, with some beautiful low-orbit environments and lovingly designed 2D spaceship components. That works out to be about $1,500 per square foot, according to Businessweek, which is more than most high-end office spaces. When Apple's former CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs first presented the plans to the Cupertino City Council, the general perception from Wall Street to Main Street was that Apple could do no wrong. Businessweek reports hearing from several sources that Apple has now pushed back the move-in date for the new campus to 2016 in order to work with lead architect Foster + Partners on finding ways to cut $1 billion from the construction costs. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. The LEGO Astro Kitty minifigure (space suit Unikitty figure) is only going to be included with LEGO 70816, and not many people who buy this set are likely to want to give up their Astro-Kitty, so this is likely to be a very valuable minifigure! Am I overselling this set’s coolness, or is anyone out there just as excited to own the LEGO Benny’s Spaceship as I am? If you think about what Lego had going on in the 80s, Town (now City) always was and still is a rotation of mostly Police, Fire, and Cargo themes. The cargo bay and drive light up, both engines rotate, the wings swing out, and Inara's shuttle detaches. Rocket Science is well known as a very complex endeavor and couldn’t be covered in a how to, however long it could be.
This book won’t prepare you for building a spaceship, but will definitely satisfy most of your curiosity around the subject. It looks great, but occasionally you’ll hit other players on your team, something that could do with fixing. With each kill and round win, your budget increases and you can design increasingly powerful and specialised craft.
You can add weapons to turrets and CPU systems to them, allowing them to be controlled with the mouse instead of the keyboard or to automatically track targets. Later on though, with faster hulls and a few more trillion dollars to spend, you’ll be able to invest in a streamlined platform, mounted with eight high powered engines and six turret mounted heavy 120mm cannons. You can’t just stick a couple of engines on the back and hope for the best, every engine has a forward and back function which needs to be mapped to your preferred controls.

The interface is simplistic but works well, and the actual combat is fast and fluid although there’s a lot to learn.
Now, a little less than two years later, the company's stock has crashed back below $500 a share and people are questioning whether it has another breakthrough product up its sleeve. Fans cried out for a certain set, and in August 2014 it will arrive–The LEGO Movie Benny’s Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP 70816 set! The LEGO 70816 Benny’s Spaceship set perfectly captures the fun, charm, and inventiveness of the star ship that Benny is finally able to build toward the climax of The LEGO Movie, and I am absolutely in love with what LEGO has crafted for us! Castle went through various periods of trying different things, but last year’s revival was pretty back-to-basics and looks much the same at it did back then. Highly recommend for those with any interest to learn more about space exploration and rocket science. In his quest to travel more than Gerard Moss (the first South American to fly around the world), Adriano graduated, married, and traveled with his wife to live in Brussels and work for Belgacom, where he learned a bit of French and to love that country.In 2014, Adriano was accepted as an alternate for the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, and is pursuing a Masters in Computer Sciences degree from Georgia Tech, as he continues to strive to make a dent in the universe. Never before have I experienced such a compelling crossover of the two genres as Gimbal, an indie title produced by Colin Clark’s 8888888 Labs in Michigan. There are a wide array of weapons, aerodynamic components and other subsystems you can add to your ship, and you’ll quickly outgrow the half-dozen stock designs that are unlocked near the start.
This means you’ll be zooming around, making it very difficult for others to hit you, while peppering your foes with ease thanks to the 360 degree rotation of your turrets.
There’s no left and right turning unless you add engines that can perform that function.
It’s just a shame that despite the great visuals, when zoomed in enough to appreciate them you will be easily outranged by your opponents, many of whom exclusively make use of the tactical view which lets you see far further afield. Whether you mount them horizontally, or simply stick a vertical facing engine on the edges of your design is up to you. Just Benny’s helmet alone recalls the pre-Futuron years of unaligned Lego astronauts.
Add a couple of engines for rotation and one for creeping forward and then cover the rest of the ship with fast firing guns. You also need to take into consideration things like drag, symmetrical mounting so that you don’t list to one side. There’s options for the inclusion of pop our air breaks for fast halts, fins to increase deceleration speeds and automatic engine control chips.

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