Best friends with Optimus Prime. Sucks to be you, Starscream fan....

Lest we think


lest we think

'Lest We Think' - some tagging found in Aro Park, Aro Valley, Wellington 2010

What would Optimus Prime do?


If you’re ever having a few issues in life and need to think about how to respond to someone or what decision should be made, it’s time to forget about ‘What would Jesus do?’ and more correctly ask yourself, what would Optimus Prime do?

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And if the answer was shoot your enemy in the face, you’d probably be right, as long as you were of course protecting the freedom of all sentient life.

If I'm wrong about this, the obvious answer is probably that Optimus Prime would change into a truck.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy Review


Here's my fawning review of The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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Despite this book being fawned over by Oprah Winfrey and her book club, I must say this is one of the most entertaining reads I've had in a while.

It's horrific, it's hungry, it's human.

It's also on Amazon.

The story is set in an unknown time of an unexplained post-apocalyptic event. A great fire has scorched the earth along the road on which a tired father and his son travel seeking warmer climes.

Forget the story for a moment and read the writing - it is pure literary porn. This line is from the first page of The Road and just by itself it conjures up a bleakness that no winter frost could ever predict:

"Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world"

This sentence just sets the tone of the novel perfectly.

Note the glaucoma line should probably have a comma. Cormac McCarthy only uses full stops, question marks and the odd apostrophe for punctuation. This lacking only serves to highlight the bareness of the travellers' path.

At its heart, The Road is a story of an endearingly protective father who guards his son's life with his own. This is not Finding Nemo but is a broken road through hell where the sharks are men who think nothing of eating human flesh, in fact in McCarthy's world these men harvest the arms and legs of their captives, while the captives are still alive.

It is literally day to day living.

The story is savage enough but this book didn't with the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007 for nothing (The Color Purple or To Kill A Mocking Bird are past winners) .

It would not be wrong to imagine that this is what's left of the earth after the monsters found in The Book of Revelations have passed through.

Frankly, after reading this novel Jesus would have wept more than the time Judas betrayed him.

Not that Jesus could read English, mind you.

Unsurprisingly The Road was being made into a film by John Hill Coat and starred Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron (as the mother in quite depressing flashbacks). 


When I was 13 I read Z for Zacharia, a children's book about a young female teenager trapped in a valley safe from a nuclear wasteland but who was being tormented by Mr Loomis.

That story has always remained in my memory with its near rape and always pending doom - The Road replaces that for me and I doubt I'll be able to eat meat from a spit roast in a while.

Buy The Road from Amazon now. Don't watch the movie instead. Read the book!

It's Optimus Time !


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Check out this wicked 'Optimus Time', a sweet T-shirt design by The Atomic Rocket that I bought.   For those that are like WTF? it's a mix of Back to the Future and the Leader of the Autobots........

Who was the original MP3 player?


Let's face it, Soundwave was always the coolest Decepticon. If he had have been an Autobot, he would have been as popular as Optimus himself.

You can see in the picture below (taken from an early cut of the end of the Revenge of the Fallen) that Soundwave has rejected his evil ways and being the original MP3 player, has taken the music to the masses:


soundwave transformers as a dj