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?

what would optimus prime do sign

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

the road cormac mccarthy novel picture book

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 !


optimus-time-tshirt-design


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

"I'll see you on the scrap pile first, Optimus Prime!"


megatron vs optimus prime

What does U2 really know about war?


bono look look a like soldiers
I've got soul but I'm not a soldier

Here's some songs which suggest U2 have some views about the effect of war...


GNR once asked in a song 'what's so civil about war anyway?'

U2 seem to write songs with lyrics about war in some form or another on just about every album they've released.

Except for Boy, that album was just full of stories....ahem.

U2's lyrical references to war heated up with the release of U2's first truly 'popular' album War. Marking Bono's ascent into a true lyrical monster, War's songs features thoughts on soldiers shooting protesting civilians in Sunday Bloody Sunday. 'Seconds' reflects on terrorist actions in trying to set off atomic bombs (a theme U2 often turn to) in a supposed attempt to cause nuclear war.
Maybe.

Maybe they just want us all to give peace a chance.


Winter



A song probably taken from the No Line on the Horizon album recording sessions, Winter was used in the soundtrack for the Wim Wenders film. Brothers (U2 have a long association with Wim - he directed their video for Stay and Until the End of the World was used for the film of the same name). Winter is about is a song about the experience of the armed forces in Afghanistan, where Winder's film is set.

The Unforgettable Fire


Inspired by paintings that were about the nuclear bombs that were dropped on the two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki to effectively end Japan's involvement in World War II, the Unforgettable Fire is a reflection not on war but the last effect of the atomic bombs had on the people of Japan.

Bullet the Blue Sky


Arguably the most political song U2 has ever written, at least it's probably the most popular one! The lyrics are a savage indictment on American foreign policy.

Miss Sarejevo from Original Soundtracks Vol 1.


Please don't let them kill us...
When Bono asks if there's a time for East 17 (a boy band that everyone has now forgotten) during the Bosnian war, you've gotta ask what he's talking about.

The song's lyrics actually praise the rebellious spirit of the Sarajevan people who refused to surrender their way of life during the conflict.

And what did they do? They staged a beauty contest.

This clearly inspired the chorus of the song, "Here she comes, heads turn around, here she comes, to take her crown".

Please


If you could consider that the IRA's disgraceful and disgusting campaign against the people of Ireland was a civil war of sorts then Please is U2 exhorting Ireland's Political leaders to stop the civil war they have been waging.

Mothers of the Disappeared 


Is a lyrical expression of the suffering experienced by the mothers and grandmothers of the thousands of children abducted during the conflict in Central America from the late 1970s through to the mid-1980s, particularly during Argentina's so-called "Dirty War" (1976-1983).

The Dirty war was a civil-style war that the American government covertly sanctioned in a bid to stop the 'communist threat' that was pervading at the time. Given this song was written in the mid-80s one can see how it's a cousin of sorts to Bullet the Blue Sky - indeed both songs appeared on the Joshua Tree album.

Cosplay, U2 and that's about it


optimus prime cosplay robot

So like it's time for a quick round up of what I've been up to internet-wise. First up I've been going a Lil crazy on the cosplay - here's some Barbarella featuring some cougar chick I've never heard of from Coronation Street doing her best Hanoi Jane impersonation. J

oker's evil girlfriend Harley Quinn made a costumed appearance and so did the Transformers.  

We also visited some of Halo Reach concept art from a range of artists.

U2 stopped being invisible for a moment and turned it up a notch and played a massive show in Mexico which featured a version of Zooropa.


More than meets the eye


mirage transformer