Tag: transformers

Optimus Time

This is perhaps the coolest fancy dress costume since the last Transformers costume I posted

Shirt of the day: Mathematically correct

One of my favourite geeky shirts is this one from snorgtees

I wear it with the sense of pride that comes from understanding slightly less than rudimentary mathematical concepts…

I don’t understand any of these ones – but they’re funny nonetheless…


Get it here.
Smarter than the average bear

Get it here.
Money is the root of all evil

Get it here.

Shirt of the Day: Robots in bad disguise

I would possibly buy this. If I was allowed to buy novelty T-shirts.


Minifigs are great. Especially knitted ones. But if you don’t want to order a customised minifig from brickarms for your A-Team Lego movie you may have to build Mr T piece by piece…

Like this…

There are heaps of these on Flickr.

Including ninja turtles…

Comic book characters…

And transformers…

Fox Trot

There are lots of PR lessons we can learn from celebrities today. Firstly. Megan Fox has lived up to her name, biting the hand that feeds her. Or at least the hand that raised her from obscurity.

Director Michael Bay cast Fox in Transformers, and the starlet had some rather unkind words to say about him in a magazine.

In her interview with a British magazine, Fox had said of Bay:

“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation.

“He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.

“He has no social skills at all.”

Ouch. That isn’t very nice. Some of the crew responded with a letter via Michael Bay’s blog – which he contributes to, but clearly doesn’t run, because he pulled it a couple of days later and posted his apology.

I subscribe to Michael Bay’s blog with google reader – so it’s not completely lost to you. And the SMH has a story on the letter today. Here’s an excerpt.

He granted her the starring role in Transformers, a franchise that forever changed her life; she became one of the most googled and oogled women on earth.

… Wait a minute, two of us worked with Angelina – second thought – she’s no Angelina.

…We know this quite intimately because we’ve had the tedious experience of working with the dumb-as-a-rock Megan Fox on both Transformers movies. We’ve spent a total of 12 months on set making these two movies.

We are in different departments; we can’t give our names because sadly doing so in Hollywood could lead to being banished from future Paramount work.

We actually don’t think she knows who Hitler is by the way. But we wondered how she doesn’t realize what a disgusting, fully uneducated comment this was?

Hopefully Michael will have Megatron squish her character in the first ten minutes of Transformers 3. We can tell you that will make the crew happy! …

Nice. Firstly, let me say, Godwin’s law needs to be more widely broadcast – comparing anybody – particularly a movie director – to Hitler is just plain silly.

Secondly, if you’re working in a close knit industry like Hollywood – or a regional area, or a city, or the Christian community – don’t bag out people who you’ve worked with. It’ll no doubt hurt you more than it hurts them.

Bumbling Awesomeness

This is quite literally the best fancy dress outfit ever. I say that with confidence because like Warren the word over use watchdog – I hate it when the word literally is abused.

Check it out.

Car Fu

If you thought the best bit about Transformers 2 was the kung fu robots then you just have to check out this trailer for a Chinese movie that’s coming out this year. It looks awesome.

Gulf War: Critics v Consumers

Transformers 2 is killing it at the box office and being killed by the critics.

“After just five days, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” is halfway to $400 million domestically, a box-office milestone only eight other movies have reached. If it climbs that high, the “Transformers” sequel will be by far the worst-reviewed movie ever to make the $400 million club.

Critics and mainstream crowds often disagree, but “Revenge of the Fallen” sets a new standard for the gulf between what reviewers and mass audiences like. “

Yeah, cop that critics… you suck.

Shirt of the Day: Robots in Disguise

In the spirit of Transformers comes this awesome shirt.

Transforming the movie industry

I’m pretty excited about Transformers 2. If you’re a guy you probably understand why already.

If you’re not excited – then you should be. Director Michael Bay has given some reasons why on his blog.

I will not reproduce his post in full. Here are some highlights…


  • 14 robots last time, 46 robots this time (ILM only)
  • If you had all the gold ever mined in the history of man, you could build a little more than half of Devastator.
  • Optimus Prime will be life size on IMAX screens in many forest fight shots.
  • Devastator’s hand is traveling 390 miles per hour when he punches the pyramid.
  • The pyramid destruction simulation was 8 times bigger than the old rigid simulation all-time record holder at ILM.
  • All robot parts laid out end to end would stretch from one side of California to the other, about 180 miles
  • Devastator’s parts stacked tip to tip would be as tall as 58 empire state buildings.
  • If all the texture maps on the show were printed on 1 square yard sheets, they would cover 13 football fields.

Disk space

  • TF1 took 20 Terabytes of disk space. Trans2 took 145 Terabytes. Seven times bigger!
  • 145 terabytes would fill 35,000 DVDs. Stacked one on top of the other without storage cases, they would be 145 feet tall.

Rendering times

  • If you rendered the entire movie on a modern home PC, you would have had to start the renders 16,000 years ago (when cave paintings like the Hall of Bulls were being made) to finish for this year’s premiere!
  • A single imax shot in the movie (df250) would have taken almost 3 years to render on a top of the line home PC running nonstop.
  • IMAX frame render times: As high as 72 hours per frame!


  • Optimus Prime will be life size on IMAX screens in many forest fight shots.
  • Imax frames take about 6 times longer than anamorphic to render.
  • IMAX frame render times: As high as 72 hours per frame!

Peripheral vision

Turns out when it comes to Transformers peripherals there’s more than initially meets the eye. Not only can you get the awesome transformers thumb drive I put up the other day – you can get a matching USB hub – or a mouse… from here.

The Hub goes from this:

… to this

Then there are two mice to choose from:

This one

And this one:

More than meets the eye

This is a nice USB drive/Transformers tie in. I would like one, but they’re $42 – which works out at $21 a GB.


We’ve had Optima Prime, and the Obamicon, but now fusion. Bringing two cool things together. Obama and Optimus Prime. I give you “Obamaprime – Change Into A Robot” a poster by Tim Doyle. It has sold out. But it’s awesome.

Youtube Tuesday: More than meets the eye

This HD Transformers 2 trailer was “leaked” online this week. Awesome. So very, very, awesome.

Optima Prime

The words “Cool” and “Transformers T-Shirt” and “ASCII Art” were never destined to be included in the same sentence. Until now. This is the second time I’ve made an Optimus Prime pun inspired post. You can buy this shirt for $14US. I know I want one.