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Saturday, December 31st, 2005

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1:02a
Nothing's gonna stand in our way

It is the year 2005. The treacherous Decepticons have conquered the Autobot's home planet Cybertron. Now from secret staging grounds on two of Cybertron's moons the Autobots plan to take back their homeworld. And as the best-laid plans of mice and androids will do, their plans went quite agley in the 1986 extended movie product Transformers: The Movie. At the risk of sending lexomatic wild I offer some thoughts of mine on recently seeing the movie for the first time since whatever the last Genericon I attended was.

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Harry Mudd was Cyclonus?!

One last notable thing is I had my first young breaking of faith with Starlog when they explained to a reader's query that the reason they didn't cover Transformers: The Movie at all was that they'd earlier covered the Go-Bots movie, and gotten no response. I mean, yeah, ordinary people can't tell the difference between Leader-One and Cosmos, but a fanboy-market publication ought to notice that everyone who was a boy in 1985 had several Transformer toys that they played with while making all sorts of ``tch-tch-tch-tch-tch'' noises until the toy broke or Mom said to knock off that irritating noise, while the only Go-Bots anyone had were given as birthday presents by grandparents who didn't understand why these vastly cheaper toys weren't just as good, and which were played with only under duress, or as targets.

Trivia: Had a mean solar second based on the length of the year 1958 (rather than 1900) been chosen, then between 1972 and 1999 only eight leap seconds would have been needed, rather than the 22 actually taken. Source: Splitting the Second: The Story of Atomic Time, Tony Jones.

Currently Reading: The First American Army, Bruce Chadwick.

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