Thursday, January 06, 2011


It's been kind of quiet here recently, so I thought I'd add something. I realized today that when I mash my forehead wrinkles together it sort of looks like the Decepticon logo.


Blogger nate said...

Well, my forehead doesn't do that. But I discovered this week that if I mash the accelerator and brake on my car at the same time then its door stick out like wings and it flies around like a jet fighter, for whatever that's worth.

Yeah, quiet. Happy new year, everybody.

1/06/2011 7:22 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

It cracks me up, Nate, when you have childhood TV associations that I don't. How did that happen? Were you watching MASK episodes online in college or something?

Mike, I'm not sure you can be trusted if you have a Decepticon forehead.

1/06/2011 7:35 PM  
Blogger nate said...

No, never. I just remember MASK was on before Transformers sometimes and we caught the end credits now and then, or one of those dopey end-of-episode PSAs they used to mandate ("This robot's eye was easy enough to fix, but you should wear safety goggles when using tools!").

Guess it just stuck, probably because it seemed really lame to me even at a tender, credulous age at which little else did.

1/06/2011 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Don said...

Man, I really liked MASK - probably because they had pretty decent action figures (with helmets!), whereas any humans in the Transformers toys seemed to be there by accident (usually as a result of whatever Japanese market toy they happened to stick in a Transformers box - looking at you, Jetfire). What I'm saying is MASK stands for human dignity, Transformers for machine-age cruelty.

1/07/2011 10:07 AM  
Blogger nate said...

So I'm about to write the sentence "I suddenly feel ashamed of the flimsiness of my MASK criticism", which is a weird statement to formulate. In fairness, we never had the action figures, so my memory is based entirely on snippets of the animated show, which I don't think cast any of those toy lines in a good light.

Beyond that, the types of characters I wanted to engage with at the age of five were, in order of preference, (1) cars, (2) humanoid robots, and (3) Muppets, with a far distant (4) being humans, so a show or toy primarily about people didn't really appeal. The Transformers show at least eradicated a few of the characters' non-android origins, albeit at the expense of the TV characters actually resembling the action figures at all; I remember being a little perplexed that the toy version of Ironhide had a visible human driver and no head.

1/07/2011 11:31 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

Maybe I'm a little late in commenting on this. But, wow, Mike, wow.

1/11/2011 10:00 AM  

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