October 19, 2009
My name is Paul Kmiec and my nickname is 'Sariel' for the general community and 'searme' for YouTube. I was fortunate enough to be one of the three lucky guys who got invited by LEGO to write here. I'm very happy about it and I hope it will be as much fun for you as it already is for me.
I'm 26 and I have been working as a webdesigner for a couple of years, which means that I have been doing a bit of graphic design and programming to produce complete websites from a scratch (at first I was a freelancer, now I work for a media company). When I'm not at work and not building something, I keep myself occupied with some photography (a handy hobby when it comes to publishing my constructions), skiing, ice-skating and computer games (a good source of inspirations).
I got my first LEGO set when I was 8 and I have been fascinated with LEGO bricks until I was about 16 (a dangerous age, it seems :)). I remember spending hours browsing through LEGO catalogues and dreaming - something you are probably familiar with. I tried out a number of LEGO themes - Pirates, Castle, Space, Town - until I got my first LEGO Technic set and fell in love with it immediately. It was my favorite theme ever since, even though I was limited to a few small sets (which was very good for creativity, I suppose).
Roughly three years ago I have taken out again all the LEGO sets from my childhood and started to buy new ones. The world of LEGO Technic has changed in a wonderful way since I was a kid, and it was the first time I came across studless beams or pneumatics. Soon after that I stumbled upon LUGPol (LEGO User Group of Poland) and joined the other adult LEGO fans. Later I became one of LUGPol's moderators, creator of LUGPol Wiki (our knowledge database), and co-editor of Klocki, the major bricks-oriented blog in my country. Finally at the end of 2008 I have launched my own blog dedicated to documenting everything I build - and there is a lot of it.
I'm a practitioner builder, releasing another construction every couple of weeks. My main area of interest are models of vehicles - cars, trucks, bikes, a whole variety of construction equipment (cranes, dozers etc.), but from time to time I also build things like a gantry or a pallet jack. I participate in the off-road races with custom-built LEGO trucks, a competition called Truck Trial, although recently I have been more into documenting than driving. The thing that keeps me going is my future projects list that rarely has less than twenty items on it - so it doesn't look like I'm going to be done with it anytime soon :)
Until we meet again,