Canadian SWAT bust Toronto man with a Lego BrickGun

Click the image to see details on the BrickGun site.

Jeremy Bell of Teehan+Lax (a design firm in Toronto) got quite a surprise last Tuesday when Toronto Police Emergency Task Force crashed into his office and handcuffed him based on a report that he had a handgun. Turns out that the handgun was a life-like Lego model of a semi-automatic pistol (with a removable clip) made by BrickGun. A ‘neighbor’ saw him assemble the gun in his office, reported it to the police, and the Toronto Police took him quite seriously!

I read the story on The Brothers Brick, where they have a short interview with Jeremy. Jeremy also blogs about the experience. The story pops up at the GlobalToronto and the Torontoist.


I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. I’ve succumbed to temptation. I could not help myself.

It’s become a kind of MEME to morph some picture of yourself into a ‘poster’ in the style of Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster.

I did it with

For those who don’t know, the Greek word above (pronounced elpis) is the word for “hope.”

Of course this post does not endorse the views of any particular political party, candidate, or elected official. After all,  “. . .  we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us” (Romans 5:2-5)

The Cash Cow Lurks!

“Who loves you baby? Who gives you good credit? Who says you’ll regret it?”

Ok, so here’s an experimental post . . .For it to make any sense, you first need to watch the embedded video below. Seriously, don’t read past the YouTube stuff below until you’ve watched it!

Now, that you’ve listened to this great little video, “The Cash Cow” by Steve Taylor, read the following posts:

Now, I’m sure that the folks who participated in this bovine gathering sincerely believed they were bringing their needs and the needs of the nation to God. If there is a time we should be praying, it is now. Still, the symbolism is too uncanny. Uncanny enough that even the secular world can pick up the biblical parallels. It’s too bad that the folks who organized this gathering did not pick up on them.

Are we now drinking water made heavy with ground gold dust?

From the Valley of the Shadow of the Outlet Mall
To the customized pet-wear boutique
From the trailer of the fry chef
To the palace of the sheik
The Cash Cow lurks
The Cash Cow lurks
The Cash Cow lurks

un-stinking-believable “academic” salaries

The comic strip, “Piled Higher & Deeper” (aka PhD) recently highlighted the comparative average salaries of folks in the “academic” profession. It’s un-stinking-believable that university presidents make $320,616/year! My goodness. What do University Presidents do anyway? I mean, it’s the deans and faculty that do all the work (not to mention the librarians). 😉

Addendum: In case you were wondering, here’s where the librarians stack up in the academic world.