n. a thing or person regarded as upholding or defending an attitude, principle, etc.

I have good news for those of you who are on the lookout for fresh Lego related blogging content.  Yes indeed, a new banner has been unfurled over the digital battlefield, raised by constant reader and veteran builder Ron L. Mitchell.  If nothing else it will help pass the unpredictable and often lengthy interval between articles here at the Manifesto.

The name of the place is Ron’s Brick Bastion and it currently feature’s two posts that should give you a good idea of what to expect in days to come.  Although there isn’t an “About” link like I have here or a mission statement of any kind, the artist formerly known as Archon Caledonia provides a thumbnail sketch in the first article entitled “Genesis”.

This is about Lego. This is about Adults and plastic bricks. It is regarding the hobby of brick building, conventions, user groups and communities online. It may showcase some of my stuff from time-to-time or techniques I have found helpful along the way. I will likely showcase other builds I find inspirational and definitely discuss trends and the hobby in general.

Although he doesn’t make a point to bludgeon you over the head with it, the blog has a distinctly Christian perspective to it that will no doubt be appealing to a large swath of Lego fandom that is most visible on MOCPages, but reaches far beyond.  It’s certainly a unique approach, at least I have not come across a blog like it that I can remember, but don’t hesitate to link me to some examples in the comments if you have.  If you know Ron at all, this shouldn’t be surprising, I have committed several quotes to memory from his greeting statement on MOCpages and “I put the fun in fundamentalist” has always been a favorite.  I’m a connoisseur of these greetings, as you may know, and Ron’s got a few gems: “I am the designated driver for the AFOL’s of MOCpages.” and “…even goldfish for a time.”  Like so many of us, Mr. Mitchell is also an aspiring author with a passion for Sci-Fi, so who knows what we might see as the blog develops over time.

Admittedly, I find it very difficult to endorse Ron’s incorporation of the word Brick in the title. I’m of the belief that there should be a minimum 5 year, world-wide moratorium on the use of that word as it relates to the hobby.  BrickFest, Brickarmz, Brickheadz, Brick Plumber, Brick Nerd, Brother’s Brick, Brick Time, Bright Bricks, Bricklink, Brick Bash, Brick Con, Bricks and Beers, Bricks, Brick Fiesta, Bricks to Bothans, Brick-Buttocks, Brick Boilerplate, Brick Boner…it’s altogether too many bricks, it’s too easy!  I know we can’t use the word LEGO without incurring the wrath of our corporate overlords, but is it too much to ask that we employ some of that boundless creativity we’re always gas-bagging about?  If I seem a salty about the topic it’s because I’m a little annoyed that Ron chose to walk his own road instead of grabbing his own recurring column here, when this blog-of-blogs is so obviously desperate need for more voices than my own and the occasional offerings from Ted and Wolff.  Of course I’m being hypocritical because I myself chafed considerably when I had to blog for other people and adhere to their often Byzantine structure. In his defense, Ron assured me that he’s got some projects in the works for the Manifesto and I hope he makes good on those threats.  If not, it could be time for the touch of death!

So bon chance, Ron, everyone at the Manifesto wishes you well as you embark on your trip across the blogging cosmos.  May the solar winds fill your sails, oh Captain my Captain.

Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!

Genesis 27:29