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September 1, 2014 3:33 PM   Subscribe

LEGO Academics experience the trials and tribulations of their taller, less-plasticy peers (previously 1, 2).
posted by ChuraChura (14 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
 
When does the Lego Administrators set come out?
posted by TheProudAardvark at 3:42 PM on September 1, 2014 [7 favorites]


I'll consider this site for tenure say, seven years from now....
posted by CrowGoat at 3:48 PM on September 1, 2014


Oh, so cute! Their tiny plastic grant budget problems!!!

When the lego adminstrators set comes out, they can have one where the Lego administrators eyeball the lecture nibbles and consider the number of attendees at the start of of the lecture to determine whether enough will be left over for the Lego administrators' lunch. And they can have the lego administrators go to a meeting where they try to convince the lego academics that they really do have to fill out the relevant IRB documentation or the nice people from health and safety will come and shut the lab down, no we are not kidding, we have seen it before.
posted by Frowner at 3:50 PM on September 1, 2014 [6 favorites]


The Lego Administrators set will cost ten times as much and when you unpack the box you'll discover that two of your Lego Academics have disappeared and been replaced with Lego Adjuncts.
posted by ardgedee at 3:52 PM on September 1, 2014 [35 favorites]


The Lego Administrators set will cost ten times as much

Plus overhead.
posted by zamboni at 4:01 PM on September 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


"Dear IT, Thanks for the swift reply, but Dr Black has a PhD in Computing: she's tried a restart already. Regards."

I'd probably explain, slowly, how to restart the computer, in that case.
posted by thelonius at 4:20 PM on September 1, 2014 [6 favorites]


Perhaps we need to two lego administrators sets - one contains secretaries, accountants and the person who makes sure that your equipment line is backed out of the indirect costs (there aren't quite enough of those sets to go round, which is why the lego academics have to make their own copies) and the other comes individually boxed and costs as much as several tiny plastic flow cytometers.
posted by Frowner at 4:20 PM on September 1, 2014 [8 favorites]


Too cute. Love how the Dino is one of the characters.
posted by bleep at 4:21 PM on September 1, 2014


I can't believe that I've sunk to the point of writing fanfic for a lego twitter series, but here you go: Caption reads "Dr. Black discovers a new form of matter" and is shown with a piece of K'nex under the microscope.
Now make it happen, internet.
posted by 445supermag at 4:29 PM on September 1, 2014 [8 favorites]


Related: preciousacademicmoments.tumblr.com
posted by rockindata at 9:58 PM on September 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


Sadly, the best thing lego's done in decades may be gone for good.
posted by eotvos at 10:43 PM on September 1, 2014


To cap it all off, you can save up for the Lego Vice Chancellor figure, who will cost more than the Lego Prime Minister. The Lego VC will come with his or her own YouTube channel and a regular column in the Times Higher Educational Supplement, but you'll wake up one morning to find it has left to join an entirely different Lego set and none of your other figures will say why.
posted by Sonny Jim at 1:32 AM on September 2, 2014 [2 favorites]


Sadly, the best thing lego's done in decades may be gone for good.

It's still unclear at this point. The following quote is from the article but it's not correct -- you can buy both of those other sets right now on lego.com, even though they sold out initially.
The sets, priced at $19.99, sold out on Lego's website and in toy stores in a matter of days, and a Lego spokesman told The New York Times that's it: Like other fan-sourced Lego sets ("Back to the Future" and "Ghostbusters" sets, for example), the Research Institute was a limited-edition item.
posted by smackfu at 5:47 AM on September 2, 2014


While footnoting a footnoted footnote in her paper on recursion, Dr Red caught sight of the abyss.

Hee hee!

Making this a limited edition set was a bad move on Lego's part.
posted by JHarris at 12:19 PM on September 2, 2014


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