The Greatest Sevens Costume Ever: Optimus Primes


optimus prime sevens cosplay

So the best rugby sevens costume ever has been found. Finally, after searching from Cybertron to Earth and back, The Optimus Prime Experiment has obtained footage of the ultimate sevens costume. What's better than one Prime? four!

If for some reason, a team of Optimus Primes doesn't spin your wheels, check out some sevens pictures and sevens costumes!

Awesome Card Board Optimus Prime


Awesome Card Board Optimus Prime

I had to post this awesome home made Optimus Prime cosplay costume. It's faithful to the original version of Prime and just smacks of fan boy love. I think that's Starscream to the left....

A great Bumblebee costume



Botcon 2011 saw lots of Transformer cosplay, I think this version of Bumblebee is pretty epic! Who's ready for Dark of the Moon?

How to restore your Dad's old desk to former glories


Used and Abused: Before the first sanding
I got my hand's on my father's old desk with the intention of restoring it to former glories. My Dad had used it for years as a study desk both when studying an university and then as a teacher, then when my brother went to University, he took it so he could have somewhere to store his beer and comics on. As a result it was rooted and needed some love.

Here's the steps I took to renovate the desk and give it a new life in my home!

Note: I'm no expert when it comings to DIY renovations, I just made this shit up as I went remembering things from woodwork class back in the day. Key things to remember (and learned from past experiences elsewhere)  - do not cheap out on sand paper, paint brushes or satin. Use quality products!

Step 1.

Clean the desk. Wipe away the spider webs, coachroach shit, beer stains and god knows what else has built up over the years. Take your kick ass sander and sand the shit out of every piece of wood you see - use a low grit sandpaper. I used 60 grit and make sure its some quality paper. Don't cheap out like Don Brash on a dinner date.

Step 2.

Done sanding? No you are not. Get a hearth brush and clean the sand residue off. Then wet a rag with water and wash the desk off from top to bottom.

Step 3.

If your desk is a bit warped and the panels creaky, this is the time I decided to reglue them back together. I possibly should have done this as Step 1. Whatever, learning is part of life.

Get some PVA wood glue and a T-bar clamp or 2 and glue the panels you want back together. Leave overnight to make sure the glue has worked it's magic. If the wood is warped, you may be in for a battle to keep things straight.

Note to self: Glue before sanding!
Step 4.

Yip, I know you made a mess during step 3 so sand any PVA glue remains off. Now here come's a suck-ass part. You now have to resand the entire desk again to get rid of the 'roughage' that the intial sand left. Time to use a finer grit sandpaper - give your desk some love with at least a 120 grit - I did a round with some 150 and then did another sanding round with 180 grit. Again clean with a broom etc, wash down with water.

A well sanded desk. 
Step 5.

You are now ready for the last, and most fun part - the staining of the desk. The stain makes the desk looks nice and also gives it a protection from the 'elements' like beer being spilt on it. For this desk, I chose a nice kauri satin, my reasoning being the wood was light in colour and would suit whatever wood the desk actually is made from.

In a dust free area, apply the stain evenly with a quality brush. And by quality, I mean one that will not start to lose bristles half way through the job. Look for any areas of excess and even out. Depending on the product you are using they may suggest to wipe off with a cloth. I say directions are for pussies. Just do what feels right..... leave to dry overnight in a dust free area. Actually, follow the instructions and leave to dry overnight.

Nice satin Kauri finish
Step 6.

Find some  matching handles for the drawers. Put them in place and you're done:

Step 7.

Put some beer and comics on the desk. Done. Congratulations. You now have a really nicely restored old desk. You've earned yourself some Man Points. Go bake a bacon and egg pie to celebrate.

old desk restored

When Ellen checked out Katy in front of Portia


Ellen staring at Katy Perry's breasts.

When Ellen checked out Katy's cleavage


This must count as one of those sign posts to show how far the world has come in terms of peace, love and understanding - Ellen gets an eyeful of Katy Perry's cleavage and it goes all around the world via the internet.

Portia doesn't seem to mind so nice one Ellen as it used to be that only Steven Tyler got away with such blatant pervy acts of harassment.....

Handy equipment list for homebrewing




Good beer equipment to use for brewing 

While a good workman should never blame his tools - a similar principle applies that if you you want to make good beer. A few handy tools can help to take those B- beers to an A grade drinking experience.

Looking after your brewing equipment is just as important!

Here's a mix of some of the equipment and product you need to make a good homebrew beer and some tips and tricks to look after it!

Gear to use with brewing



Tips to looking after brewing equipment

5 awesome moments that happened in The Last Jedi


SE8 WAITER DROID from Star Wars

A summary post where we cover what were 5 great things about The Last Jedi and wee gripe at the end about some plot points...

How Poe Dameron's "I know" changed Rey's character forever in The Last Jedi


When Poe told Rey, he already knew her with the classic "I know" line, he thus framed her as being someone, rather than the nobody that Kylo Ren tried to define her by. In do so, he gave her back her identify.

It also means we no longer need to worry about who Rey's parents REALLY are?


There was a lot of trivia as a result of the production

  1. Director Rian Johnson came up with the episode's title during his first draft and had to keep it secret for several years.
  2. Rian has confirmed that to his mind, The Last Jedi title refers to Luke.
  3. Rogue One's director Gareth Edwards has a small cameo (as he did in Rogue One)
  4. It's almost a forgone conclusion these days, but Warwick Davis has yet another cameo as well, making it his tenth appearance in a Star Wars film. Here's a list of the cameo parts of The Last Jedi.
  5. Rian Johnson asked JJ Abrams for a Force Awakens script change to allow R2D2 to accompany Rey to Ach-to Island instead of BB8. This was so R2 could feature more and also echo the fact that he was on Degobah with Luke during his training with Yoda, much the same as Rey does with Luke.


There where many subtle moments that Rain added to his script

Subtly, both in terms of detail and theme, had a big effect of what many viewers actually take from the movie. Here's some key quiet little moments, some with fair consequence:

  1. The Falthier boy jockey at the end used the Force to pick up the broom... he was the result of the Spark after all. 
  2. Rey stole the Jedi books and hid them in the Millennium Falcon. You can see them in the draw in the end of the movie
  3. As the Force Tree burns, its flames appear to make the Rebel Alliance symbol. This could be interpreted as the Jedi movement and the Rebels rising 'from the ashes' 
  4. When Luke is projecting himself to Crait from the Island there are two clues for the viewer to understand this is happening. The first is his beard is brown and he appears younger - this is the same look as when he last saw Kylo Ren at the 'Jedi Academy' flashback. The second clue is while Kylo's feet where disturbing the red salt during the confrontation, when Luke walked over the same ground, no red salt was disturbed. 
  5. Luke Skywalker's mechanical hand features a damaged area where his hand was shot by a laser blast during the rescue of Han Solo in Return of the Jedi. It's symbolic of the legacy of issues Luke has been carrying around with him.

Luke was tricked by Yoda in The Last Jedi and it was great


The Little Green guy once again taught Luke a thing or two about classroom management when he visited him on the Island by playing a wee word play trick on him.

We first meet Yoda again as he watches Luke walk the up the Island steps with the intention of burning the Force tree and the Jedi 'bibles'. Luke changes his mind so Yoda (as a Force ghost!) zapps some lightning down and does the job himself.

While Luke tried to rescue the books that had been safely looked after on the Island since the Jedi began, Yoda intoned gravely:

“Wisdom they held, but that library contained nothing that the girl Rey does not already possess.”

It was a line designed to say to Luke, at face value, that the books no longer mattered with the implication being that the time of Jedi was over.

And Luke appeared to accept that. Well, he had no choice as the tree exploded.

But cut to the last scene on the Millennium Falcon after our heroes are rescued by Chewbacca and Rey. As Finn opens the drawer to get a blanket for Rose, what was in there?

Yes, the Jedi books.

Rey had ALREADY stolen them from Luke before he wanted to burn the tree down. Nice trick Yoda!

Snoke shared the same over confidence problem as Palpatine


If you thought Yoda's trick on Luke was clever, Kylo Ren pulled off a doozey of trick on Snoke.

While he is urging on Kylo to kill Rey, Snoke misreads the intention of Kylo's mind. Due to his arrogance and hubris, he misread the enemy that Kylo was thinking of.

Kylo wanted to kill Snoke and take the First Order for himself. He was not intending to kill Rey as Snoke presumed. Perhaps Snoke should not have insulted Kylo in front of his would be lover eh?

So, Kylo slowly turned his saber and also Rey's at the same time. Rey's of course was conveniently at Snoke's side.

And then the trap set, Kylo committed fully to his plan and ignited Rey's saber through Snoke's body and severed him in half.

Kylo had wholly and totally tricked Snoke.

You could call it a severance package...

We did have a few questions about a few odd plot points

  1. Why has no one ever driven a hyperspace device into any ships before like Admiral Holdo?
  2. Why was Rose so stupid in letting Finn live which meant certain death for the others? Shurrrre, she fell in love with him with but it all felt wrong and entirely selfish, despite her claim about saving those we love as the reason.
  3. Why did General Hux not send Star Destroyers AHEAD of the Rebel Fleet to flank them? They could have easily zipped into hyperspace with a strong gist of where they would be. 
  4. Why did Luke want to kill Kylo back when Luke was training him? It's simply out of character for ROTJ Luke. Have a damn chat about it first with his mother at least? 
  5. What was Luke's third lesson for Rey? Was it a deleted scene?
  6. How can Kylo Ren stop laser blasts in mid air with the Force but struggle so much with Snoke's Praetorian Guards?