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Aerospace Engineer Named Lego Czar

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the lord-of-lincoln-logs dept.

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24-year-old Cal Walsh has put his aerospace engineering degree to good use by becoming the Lego Czar at The Legoland Discovery Center in Texas. Walsh beat out over 100 other Lego lovers for the $37,500 starting salary, and the chance to play with blocks for a living. From the article: "The 15 finalists were given an hour to design something that defined them and their interests. Walsh applied his engineering skills to build a spaceship, a unicycle and a running shoe that spelled out his first name. He gave credit to the children spectators at the event, who offered suggestions on what pieces to add to make the designs more interesting."

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For building that? (1)

jdastrup (1075795) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012678)

Seen his winning entry? Maybe that's why he can't get a job in his field.

Re:For building that? (1)

jdastrup (1075795) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012688)

OK, maybe I was too harsh. He only had an hour.

Re:For building that? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013106)

OK, maybe I was too harsh. He only had an hour.

The article notes that it wasn't so much about what he built as how he did it; by interacting with the kids and incorporating their suggestions into his design.

Re:For building that? (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013060)

My first thought was 'if that's the winner, how pathetic must the losing designs have been...'

Pathetic (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012680)

$37,500 starting salary... (Stupid new Slashdot layout breaks italics.)

With an engineering degree and experience. Pathetic.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35012722)

That doesn't sound like very much money and messing with legos every day would get boring quick.

Re:Pathetic (1)

mawe (1247174) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012856)

That doesn't sound like very much money and messing with legos every day would get boring quick.

Guess that pretty much says everything about your childhood. ;-P

Re:Pathetic (1)

rbollinger (1922546) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014234)

I wouldn't call it pathetic without first seeing his contract. For all we know he could be getting $37,500 to work minimal hours from home.

Re:Pathetic (3, Insightful)

hbean (144582) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012744)

37,500 is pretty decent to have fun and play with legos for a few years, rather than work at some soul crushing corporate job.

Re:Pathetic (2)

Tynin (634655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012818)

Still, it is going to take him forever to pay off his likely expensive tuition on that salary. However it would make a great 2nd job to have on the side.

Re:Pathetic (2)

BluBrick (1924) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013100)

37,500 is pretty decent to have fun and play with legos for a few years, rather than work at some soul crushing corporate job.

True, but there's a fair chance he won't get his $37,500 if he refers to them as legos.

Re:Pathetic (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013134)

Lol..

You probably still think that coders and testers in the video game field get to 'have fun and play video games' all day!

Or that janitors at Disney world get to 'have fun and hang out with Mickey mouse' all day!

It's a shit job, shit pay, and at any given time there's 100 more naive college grads willing to yank the rug from under you.

Pro tip: nonsense titles like 'czar' and 'cast member' are a hint they're hiding something.

Re:Pathetic (1)

mawe (1247174) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012778)

Not so much considering he gets to play with Lego bricks all day long. It may be a waste of his talent, but hell, who cares if he enjoys it.

How much do you earn and is your job as entertaining as his will be?

I'd quit my (better payed) job not thinking twice if I get offered that position.

Re:Pathetic (3, Insightful)

Jahava (946858) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012854)

Not so much considering he gets to play with Lego bricks all day long. It may be a waste of his talent, but hell, who cares if he enjoys it.

How much do you earn and is your job as entertaining as his will be?

I'd quit my (better payed) job not thinking twice if I get offered that position.

Here's a thought: get an engineering job, make three times that much in one year, and then take the next two years off to play with Legos.

Re:Pathetic (4, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013196)

Interesting. except doing that gets you exactly the same amount of money and only 2 years of lego play instead of 3. It also does not account for the fact that you would have to buy your own lego's.

Re:Pathetic (2)

Albatrosses (1712146) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013408)

It also does not account for the fact that you would have to buy your own lego's.

And the fact that you now have a two-year gap in your resume when you apply to get a job again.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013836)

Minor problem: Ever heard of taxes?

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35012820)

It is more money than most salaries in the States. So I'm not sure if that particular salary for playing with bricks with a certain degree and experience is underpaid or if too many people are underpaid by your argument. Or you saying he is overpaid?

Sometimes it beats no salary or unemployment...

Re:Pathetic (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013092)

More money then most with an _engineering degree_ and probably some serious student debt? Although if he's been unemployed for a year then maybe he wasn't very good/not employable.. or the job market for engineers has taken an even bigger nose dive then I thought.

Re:Pathetic (2)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013214)

My little sister has a degree in architecture, mechanical engineering and drafting. after she graduated 3 years ago she has had 2 part time barely above minimum wage jobs, but has been mostly unemployed. So yes, things are really bad in the field.

Re:Pathetic (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013454)

But haven't you heard? The nation desperately needs more scientists and engineers to stay competitive in the future!

Preferably ones willing to work for $37.5K.

Re:Pathetic (1)

the_hellspawn (908071) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013534)

Why would a business or firm hire an American at the cost of the average American salary when you can get four Indians, Chinese, or Middle Eastern people for that cost? Very sad, but very true.

Re:Pathetic (2)

denobug (753200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013430)

More money then most with an _engineering degree_ and probably some serious student debt? Although if he's been unemployed for a year then maybe he wasn't very good/not employable.. or the job market for engineers has taken an even bigger nose dive then I thought.

Sometimes it really takes someone to give you a chance to get your foot in the door in any particular industry. I have heard of people graduated from good schools and takes them more than a year to find decent paying jobs that is related to his field in the lean years (that was 2003, which was lean in engineering field, especially electrical).

I hope this job will give him the leg up to another better paying job. A job that will actually use some of what he has learned. Knowing how lean the aerospace industries are right now I hope he found another engineering position outside of aerospace industry.

Re:Pathetic (5, Insightful)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012830)

He graduated a year ago, so his experience was looking for a job for a year, unsuccessfully I might add. You might have noticed that the economy is blowing steaming stinky glowing green monkey chunks at the moment.

He might have garnered his degree into something with a starting wage somewhat higher, or he could have languished in the job market for another year or two and decided to give up and step out in front of a bus some day.

Instead, he found something that he thought he'd love doing that covers his expenses and went for it.

It's not all about the money for all of us, you know.

don't be an idiot (3, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013226)

It's not all about the money for all of us, you know.

How else are we to measure how favored one is by God ?

Re:don't be an idiot (2)

AuMatar (183847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013276)

By how many of your enemies he smites, of course.

Re:don't be an idiot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014616)

By the quantity of your offspring?

Re:don't be an idiot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35015120)

It's not all about the money for all of us, you know.

By the amount of gadgets you have when you die of course. Get with the program!

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013390)

Also, you must remember that $37,500 in Texas is MUCH more than $37,500 in Silicon Valley (or even California in general). When I was interviewing in Texas back in 2007, a brand new house about 30 minutes south could be had for under $100k, while a similar house in eastern Washington State (aka the middle of nowhere) was easily $175-$250k.

So yeah, the salary isn't exorbitant, but if he enjoys the job it's not terrible. Plus, I can see the problem-solving skills of working the Lego for a couple of years being not un-valuable experience in a future engineering job search; especially when compared to working retail or being unemployed for the same period.

Re:Pathetic (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013612)

Agreed, here in Maine ~$40K would probably get you ostracized as "that rich guy" by most of your neighbors.

Re:Pathetic (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013414)

You don't think part of the unsuccessfully bit might have been:

Walsh said he had been searching for a job since he graduated a year ago. He narrowed his search to companies that he thought would satisfy his passion for creating and building things and his interest in working with people.

"I focused my search on companies like Disney World and the Lego company," he said.

Because Disney World and the Lego Company don't spring to the top of my list of companies with which to find empoyment based upon a freshly minted aerospace engineering degreee. And if that's not the start, then narrowing the search in response to not finding something also doesn't seem like the logical step.

Re:Pathetic (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013684)

That's quite possible. Maybe his dad is in aerospace and pushed really hard for him to get a degree in it. Maybe he just changed his mind. Maybe he was gunning for NASA then decided that all the cool projects were dead and wanted to see how he could leverage engineering into something that didn't end him up as a suicidal pencil-pusher by middle age.

The number of people who have gone to the trouble of earning a degree then deciding that their chosen degree isn't really what they wanted to do with their life is legion. The number who actually accept that the degree might have been a mistake and go after something that they might actually enjoy doing is much, much smaller.

And that's sad.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013450)

Not to mention he now has a great talking point for his resume when entry level jobs that utilize his degree do become available.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013940)

And maybe it is good money? Sure, it's low for the industry, but I've got a recently graduated, very intelligent, masters degreed physics and education in-law living with me right now. He's very handy, has some experience in a chemistry research lab...and the only job that has come through since August is a random posting he answered to be a prison guard for 25k. 37.5k might be low for an engineer in the industry, but for a recent college grad with no real experience but plenty of education - 37.5k is a lot!

It doesn't matter what the industry standard is until you actually break into the industry!

Re:Pathetic (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014216)

There's nothing wrong with Lego paying somebody only this amount for this job.

There's nothing wrong with the winner for taking the job if he couldn't find anything better, or if it's his dream so he doesn't care about money.

What does worry me is that the situation exists at all - somebody graduates with an engineering degree and failed to find a job in his field, despite trying to do so. On the one hand, we are hearing every day how China will crush us because they are graduating technically skilled people in far greater numbers than we are. On the other hand, we have people obtaining years of expensive, specialized training in engineering, trying to find jobs in the field, and cannot. Is this just temporary, or has our ship sailed?

Re:Pathetic (1)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012832)

For that price I hope he at least gets a crown and a scepter to go along with the wicked-ass title

Re:Pathetic (1)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013048)

For that price I hope he at least gets a crown and a scepter to go along with the wicked-ass title

Well, yes, if he builds them out of Lego. (:-)

Re:Pathetic (1)

Vomster (1816032) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013468)

I'm sure he'll be able to make those items if he so chooses.

Re:Pathetic (1)

SimonTS (1984074) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012838)

As a fully qualified and educated Network Consultant in the UK who is now unemployed due to the economy, that sounds like a very good salary. Hell, I'd be willing to do that job an stay on the benefits I'm on - sounds like fun.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35012880)

Isn't the point of getting a job supposed to get you off of the government's assistance?

Re:Pathetic (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013220)

That's US Dollars, not Great Brittan Pounds. Starting salaries for engineers in the US are in the $50k-$70k range, and my understanding is that things are similar in the UK.

In most cities, one could make $37k without any education or degree simply by waiting tables full-time.

Re:Pathetic (1)

Nethemas the Great (909900) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013648)

I think that's a bit "optimistic" for waitress. It'd best be an upscale joint, and you'd best be highly competent and very hot.

Re:Pathetic (1)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013964)

Say the average table has four people, the average meal lasts an hour, the average bill is $15/person, and the average tip is 15%, and you serve 4 tables, on average, at a time. That's $36/hour in tips. If you work eight hour days five days a week you're earning $75k right there! If anything, $37k is an underestimate for a waitress position.

Re:Pathetic (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014812)

4 decent tables all the time for 8 hours?

And the waiter/waitress usually doesn't keep all the tips, they tip out the rest of the people in the restaurant (the busboys, the kitchen, the bar, etc...).

Re:Pathetic (1)

suutar (1860506) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014838)

I'd think 2, maybe 2.5 (kids meals are cheaper) is a more likely number of people at a table, and I hear more people undertip than overtip, so 10% is probably a better average. I don't know about how many tables one person serves at a time, but that's probably a reasonable figure given that lunch and dinner will be busier than the period between. Still, that's 46758/year, plus whatever fraction of minimum wage they get as their hourly pay... but not nearly as much fun as playing with Lego brand bricks :)

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013898)

Bullshit

Re:Pathetic (1)

spxero (782496) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014626)

In most cities, one could make $37k without any education or degree simply by waiting tables full-time.

It depends on your city and state. In Texas minimum wage is ~$7.25, but minimum wage for wait staff is $2.13. Tips are considered part of your compensation, so if you report honestly to the restaurant and government, you get hosed. To pull $37.5k working 40 hours/week as a waiter in Texas would require $33k in tips. The same job in California is minimum wage regardless, and would require only $20k in tips. Source: http://www.paywizard.org/main/Minimumwageandovertime/MinimumWageTIPRecevers [paywizard.org]

Re:Pathetic (1)

new death barbie (240326) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012876)

You think it's pathetic now, wait till you see his resume when he decides to move on.

"So... your last position, what exactly did you do at... Lego Land, was it?"

"I, uh, Built things. Out of little bricks. Every day."

"so, how do you think that qualifies you for a job in the aerospace industry?"

"Ummm.. well, some of the things were shaped like rockets? and airplanes?"

"I see... fortunately you're willing to work for a pathetic salary. Welcome to the space program!"

Re:Pathetic (2)

lennier (44736) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013326)

"I, uh, Built things. Out of little bricks. Every day."

"Ah, so a Shuttle thermal tile engineer, then? Welcome to the team."

Re:Pathetic (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012904)

Salary means nothing without knowing what cost of living is wherever he will be living. Where I live (northeastern Wisconsin), I make $37,000, but that is a pretty good salary given the low cost of living. TFS says "Texas", which doesn't narrow it down much. I'd assume the job is in a major city (which means higher cost of living), but he may choose to live where cost of living is low and commute in. We don't know.

Re:Pathetic (1)

csatlosi (1891262) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013052)

the may choose to live where cost of living is low and commute in. We don't know.

I think a Lego Czar should live in the middle of Legoland in a castle made of Lego bricks....

Re:Pathetic (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013104)

I like your ideas, and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Re:Pathetic (1)

jockeys (753885) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013120)

I'd assume the job is in a major city (which means higher cost of living), but he may choose to live where cost of living is low and commute in.

Sort of. Grapevine is a suburb of Dallas and Ft. Worth, right next to DFW Int'l Airport, and the standard of living is a bit higher than many of the surrounding suburbs. According to Wikipedia, median income is around 76k. I've lived in the area and a decent apartment is going to set you back the better part of 1k/month, if not more.

however, there are other places in DFW within commuting range that have a much, MUCH lower standard of living.

Re:Pathetic (1)

Aldanga (1757414) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013192)

The article says Grapevine, Texas is where the new Legoland Discovery Center will be. Grapevine is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. CNN [cnn.com] has some details on the city's cost of living, median income, etc.

Re:Pathetic (4, Interesting)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013442)

Salary means nothing without knowing what cost of living is wherever he will be living. Where I live (northeastern Wisconsin), I make $37,000, but that is a pretty good salary given the low cost of living.

Hi neighbor. I went to a Cisco router BGP class about a decade ago in Chicago. I live in suburban WI, lab partner lives in downtown Chicago. Compared salaries and he makes twice as much as I made. Later on, compared lifestyles and he was a small step above a homeless person and I lived like a king:

WI: $60K yr, wife and two kids in a medium size house on an acre of land in a very good area (low crime/great schools/great location), two brand new cars, no significant loans except the (small pre housing bubble) mortgage.

IL: $120K yr, tiny one bedroom apartment with wife and kid "want to get a two bedroom but can't afford it", he drove me around town in his princely 15 year old rusty pickup truck, commented about still having hefty student loans and maybe after they're paid off he could afford the rent on a two bdrm apt.

Now of course job opportunities being what they are, ten years later he's probably making $240K, and I'm still making, you guessed it, $60K, but...

Re:Pathetic (1)

Phibz (254992) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013620)

The article says Grapevine which is part of the Dallas metroplex. $37,500 isn't terrible for a single 24 year old out of college, but it's hardly good.

Re:Pathetic (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012906)

So I suggest you not take it.
For this guy it may be a dream come true. He maybe unemployed. Maybe he is married and his wife has a year or too left in college and he wants to stay in the area. Maybe he really wants to work for Lego.
I had a friend that had a degree in communications and worked at Disney World for a low salary. He is now a news director at NBC in New York. Sometimes you start at the bottom of what you love and keep at it.

Re:Pathetic (1)

SimonTS (1984074) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012986)

If you'd read the actual article, then you'd have seen that he has been unemployed for a year since graduating and that he "narrowed his search to companies that he thought would satisfy his passion for creating and building things and his interest in working with people". Sounds to me like he's landed on his feet with the perfect job.

Re:Pathetic (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013996)

I did but I wanted to show other reasons. I agree for him it may actually be a dream come true.

Re:Pathetic (5, Insightful)

squareroottwo (1915218) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013098)

It wasn't too long ago that I was hired for my first real job out of college for $37,500/yr with benefits. The video game studio position was lower salaried than other jobs I could have had. (I even turned down one.) I didn't make the wrong choice, despite holding multiple college level degrees. I had a blast, I learned skills I didn't expect, and I'm better for it. The only things pathetic in this story are reactions like yours revealing how money is the only thing to chase in so many peoples' eyes.

Re:Pathetic (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014564)

Ditto. I started a first salary job with fringe benefits with 30K per year during dotcom days. That was with a CS major. :)

Re:Pathetic (1)

Anonymous Psychopath (18031) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013172)

$37,500 starting salary...
(Stupid new Slashdot layout breaks italics.)

With an engineering degree and experience. Pathetic.

My first job straight out of school paid considerably less than that, and unemployment was nowhere near as high as today's level.

Re:Pathetic (2)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013202)

$37,500 starting salary...
(Stupid new Slashdot layout breaks italics.)

With an engineering degree and experience. Pathetic.

I was making considerably less than that at my last job... So it doesn't sound that bad to me.

Especially considering that he gets to play with LEGO all day long.

Re:Pathetic (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013250)

What do you suggest would be a reasonable starting salary for playing with lego?

Re:Pathetic (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013392)

No, YOU'RE pathetic. Happiness>expectations of society.

If he can rent out a apartment, eat full meals every day, buy gas for his car, pay his bills AND go to work happy every morning and come home without several layers of stress on top of his clothes... then he's someone to be looked up to.

But of course, by your logic, money>happiness. Right? ....so sad.

Re:Pathetic (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013664)

It may not sound like much, but think about it. This guy probably won't be doing this when he's 50 (heck, he probably won't do it much longer than 3-4 years). So he gets to have fun playing with Legos AND get paid a livable salary (based on Texas standards). Then, when he's looking for a real job, he gets to put "Lego Czar" on his resume! He'll quite easily stand out among all the 100s of other resumes submitted through the websites,. . . =)

Re:Pathetic (1)

Cathoderoytube (1088737) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013692)

You forget the Czar of all Legoland gets his own castle, and a legion of lego servants.. and lego harem.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013864)

You forget the Czar of all Legoland gets his own castle, and a legion of lego servants.. and lego harem.

Yeah, but all the girls in the lego harem are flat...

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014020)

and lego harem.

How does that work? On second thought, I don't want to know.

Re:Pathetic (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013802)

My first job out of University with an Engineering degree and with experience from co-op and working through school paid $38,500, and that was the only benefit. At the time, houses started at about 8.5x that. I graduated in 2004 and prospects were pretty good.

I took that job for several reasons. One, it looked really interesting. Two, the commute was very short. Three, the atmosphere was really casual and friendly. Four, I'd have a serious impact on the company. Five, I could have held out for another 6-8 months and got a job for $55k, but then that wouldn't make a lot of sense now, would it? Six, I was already married with a kid (we had her in my last semester of my degree.) and my wife has an established career.

I now make considerably more, but I'd seriously consider this LEGO job and its linked pay cut if it was offered in my city. In fact, my final project for my degree was a autonomous robot made out of LEGO (with a Mindstorm core) that was Melexis-trophy compliant. I remember having to explain to the judges that we didn't just use the system that it came with, we programmed it in Java and built out own sensors -- one of the judges' kids had a set and he was less than impressed. Once we showed him that we made it LOOK like it was stock LEGO he said "ooooohh!" and we got 2nd place.

PS: You think the new layout is bad, try it on IE7. /. crashed IE four times today already... They've got some serious WOMM here, but I guess we'll get over it.

Re:Pathetic (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013874)

$37,500 starting salary

Monarchy is so under-appreciated these days!

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013948)

I'm a post-doc researcher with a 4 year physics degree, a PhD and 2 years post-doc experience - his wage is only slightly less than mine...

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013952)

For all those who think $37,500 isn't bad please be aware that the average starting salary for an graduate with a degree in Aerospace Engineering is $65,000.

Re:Pathetic (1)

moxley (895517) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014282)

There's more to a job than salary.

I am Director of Information Technology for a small biotech start up; I have had the job for 7 years. I get paid approximately half what most people in this position make and have only had a raise once - but I live above the office and have no commute - they buy me lunch every day, and I can come and go as I please, with no asshole boss watching my back and can pick my days off.

So - most people in this position with my experience are making $130k - $180k annually.

Could I get one of those jobs? Probably, but then I'd have to commute and would have to put up with all that corporate shit.

Re:Pathetic (0)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014540)

Please someone tell me how to turn off the new layout. Having all the articles on the same grey background with no clear demark is minor annoyance compared to the fixed navigation floating on the left upper corner that covers up the articles...

Re:Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014858)

You know what? Fuck you.

1) 3000 bucks a month isn't so bad, even if you still have to pay taxes with that. Lots of people make less than this and get by.
2) He's only 24. His salary will only go up as time goes by, either in this job or in another one.
3) Nobody forced him to take this job. Did you miss the part where he, y'know, applied for it? I'm pretty sure he was aware of the conditions and went for it anyway, because he wanted to.
4) It's not always just about money. He gets to play with fucking LEGO for a living, how cool is that? Maybe you'd rather have a job you hate that pays well than one that you love that doesn't pay quite as well. Nothing wrong with that, but if he's different, accept that. If you can't, again, fuck you.

Seriously, man.

For the children (1)

Venzor (1929328) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012784)

I have to imagine that a large part of his success in the event was due to his appeal to the spectating children, which is a huge part of what Legos is. FTFA:

He gave credit to the children spectators at the event, who offered suggestions on what pieces to add to make the designs more interesting.

Also, to those who scoff at the salary: If he's doing something he enjoys, and can afford to live on that, then so what?

Re:For the children (1)

Venzor (1929328) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012814)

Heh, apparently that's what I get for reading only the first half of the article. Quoted later on:

Iain Scouller, general manager of the Grapevine Legoland Discovery Center, said Walsh's skill with the Lego blocks impressed him and the other judges, but it was his positive interaction with the children who came to see the competition that gave him the winning edge. "The master builder has to be able to interact with the children in a friendly and approachable manner," Scouller said.

Re:For the children (1)

CraftyJack (1031736) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013112)

Yep. I think Cal Walsh just started a career in STEM outreach. Probably not a bad time for it, either.

Where are the lasers and guns? (2)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012920)

That doesn't look like a fort at all!

Re:Where are the lasers and guns? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014246)

I want frikkin' lasers, and sharks, for one million dollars! (US, not Zimbabwe)

Yay! (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#35012988)

And I've just been named Emperor of the Wazoo! Bring on the weird, pointless titles! King of Underarm Deodorants... Duke of Aged Cheeses... Chief Technical Adviser to Nails and Screws!

Re:Yay! (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013114)

Chief Technical Adviser to Nails and Screws!

Well, to be fair, that one would actually be a pretty honorable position to hold, as well as being one with much responsibility. Think about it, nails and screws, quite literally, hold up our entire civilization. We wouldn't be anywhere if it weren't for those two simple machines. Being a chief adviser regarding all things involving nails and screws would, indeed, be one hell of a job.

Re:Yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014002)

Commander of the Taco?

Re:Yay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014376)

Lord of the Fries
Parish of Paradigms
Tasty Potato Sovereign
  of the Abstract
Lead Temp
Mr. Anonymous Coward

Who gives a fuck (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35013004)

Wow, some kid got a low paying job that he thinks is cool, but will take about 3 weeks to realize it's dead-end bullshit.

AolNews? (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013022)

What? There is actually such a thing? Never heard of it!

Lego Czar? (1)

Burning1 (204959) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013138)

Another Czar?

Huh... I must have missed this announcement in the State of the Union address...

Aerospace Engineer Named Lego Czar (1)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013174)

Yeah, I guess that's a pretty weird name for an aerospace engineer. It sounds more like a Star Wars bounty hunter name.

Re:Aerospace Engineer Named Lego Czar (1)

msauve (701917) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013600)

It's a family name. His grandfather was named Lego my Eggo [taquitos.net] .

Ha! Take That China! (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013186)

Your stealth fighter airplanes are no match for ours produced out of Lego by our aerospace engineering Lego Czar!

Lego Czar? (3, Funny)

lennier (44736) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013428)

And then came the Lego food riots, the Lego Revolution, the Lego Five Year Plans, the Great Lego Patriotic War... From Lego With Love... the fall of the Lego Wall... the rise of the Legoligarchs...

Re:Lego Czar? (1)

Ancantus (1926920) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013694)

And then came the Lego food riots, the Lego Revolution, the Lego Five Year Plans, the Great Lego Patriotic War... From Lego With Love... the fall of the Lego Wall... the rise of the Legoligarchs...

You mean the rise of the Legemon.

Another contestant... (1)

mriya3 (803189) | more than 3 years ago | (#35013516)

... named Christopher started off by building a shoe that spelled his name... He then runned out of Lego pieces...

No. Stop. (2)

Meditato (1613545) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014068)

Note to everybody: Please stop using the term "czar". This isn't Romanov-era Russia. I hate how people are using this word to be synonymous with "management".

Re:No. Stop. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014274)

You better tell all the media to rewrite their style guides. They are the major propagator of this usage.

Company new motto (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014420)

Where no Lego has gone before.

Re:Company new motto (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014910)

Where no Lego has gone before.

Walsh applied his engineering skills to build a spaceship.

Are we falling behind in Lego too.

Two ways to look at it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35014766)

Since the $37.5K salary and his engineering major will inevitably cause debate, there are two points to consider here.

On one hand, it's a bit weird that an engineer studying at UT would be willing to take a job that, compared to other engineering jobs, pays quite low. Starting salary for most engineering positions is between $45-55K, with many making way more than that (myself included). However, this really isn't a big deal if he use loans to pay for his education like many of us did. It doesn't cost as much to live in Texas as it does in, say, NYC, so that's a salary that's plenty fine after that's considered. The trouble will be if he did...

On the other hand, though, you get to actually do cool things with Lego blocks as your job. Lots of folks wish for jobs half as creative and fun as that.

That picture... (1)

masterwit (1800118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35014990)

...As many other have pointed out, the lego sculpture is quite lame.

But what I find hilarious are the children's faces staring at his creation: they look confused. I mean what the hell did he build? I am just pissed I cannot buy bulk lego bags of identical bricks for a reasonable price: hell I would still play with them as an adult!

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