(Special Effects Designer, Actor, Educator, Producer, TV Personality) Born: July 15, 1967
I’ve learned over decades of building that a deadline is a potent tool for problem-solving.
I like to work fast. I despise not having the right tool or, worse, knowing I have it but not being able to find it. It’s a pointless delay that wrecks my pace – and mood.
I learned at an early age that I could make the things that I wanted. That’s a very powerful thing to realize as a kid. LEGOs were a key part of that.
I’m actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend.
Wrong turns are part of every journey. They are, as Kurt Vonnegut was fond of saying, “Dancing lessons from God,” and the last thing we want to do is give our kids two left feet.
My advice is, keep your lips away from the spinning things.
The best part of making a list is, you guessed it, crossing things off.
Of course, I love tools. I also love arranging them, to the point where I came up with a name for my organizing metric: first-order retrievability.
Let’s get on our knees and pray. I don’t know to whom. Is there a patron saint of ballistics gel?
It doesn’t matter if you’re a model maker, a potter, a dancer, a programmer, a writer, a political activist, a teacher, a musician, a milliner, whatever. It’s all the same. Making is making, and none of it is failure.
I think LEGOs are one of the best toys ever developed.
My workplace is wherever I’m making something, which could be in a field in gold country, or in an abandoned warehouse on a military base.
Let’s blow some stuff up.
That’s the show. It’s like 5 minutes of science and then 10 minutes of me hurting myself.
My dignity and good television – they’ll never meet.
I wouldn’t say Jamie is an evil genius. I’m not sure he’s evil and I’m not sure he’s a genius.
In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a “failed experiment.” Any test that yields valid data is a valid test.
I am now standing in a mixture of cooling fluid, gasoline, and cola.
Gravity. It’s not just a good idea; it’s the law!
I’m not gonna shoot anyone with the pellet gun… Not unless I have to!
Failure is always an option.
The difference between screwing around and science is writing it down.
I began furiously making lists, and more lists, until I was making lists of lists . . .
Being a geek is all about learning the inventories of things.
I have some ideas on how to fix that. They’re not very good ideas, but at least they’re ideas!
Firemen have the coolest toys ever!
I believe that rules do not make us moral; loving each other makes us moral.
Sticks and stones can only break bones; but words can shatter the soul.
Bigger is always better.
I reject your reality and substitute my own.