Here’s Your Chance to Buy the Real Optimus Prime and Bumblebee

It’s the start of a new year and for many people that means it’s time to buy a new car. There are lots of options, but have you considered the benefits of owning the real Optimus Prime or the real Bumblebee? We’re not talking scale models, but functional vehicles you could drive to work or to the next apocalypse.

Both iconic vehicles are going up for sale through Barrett-Jackson auctions this month so you don’t have much time to save your pennies. Time to clean out that piggy bank.

Image: Barrett-Jackson
Image: Barrett-Jackson

First up is Optimus Prime, which is a 1992 Peterbilt 379 that Michael Bay thought was the perfect vehicle for the role. It is one of the trucks that was used in filming and has those blue and red flames that every fan will immediately recognize.

There are special details like dark tinted windows, rows of glowing lights, and a custom grille with a silver and red Autobots emblem. Imagine how quickly people will get out of your way when they see that in their rear view mirrors.

It was used for pictures and for stunts so it’s being sold as is. Expect some dings, dents, and scrapes, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to save Earth from certain doom. It’s not street legal and may not be emissions compliant in every state, but who cares? You could park Optimus Prime in your driveway and be the envy of the whole neighborhood.

Bumblebee Engine

If he’s a little too much Transformer for you to handle, then you can always place your bid on Bumblebee instead. He was built for the fourth film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and is currently owned by Michael Bay. He’s a 1967 Camaro SS autographed by Bay and has yellow and black accetns with plenty of Transformers logos thrown about for good measure.

You can’t go wrong if you’re a Transformers fan looking to own the ultimate fan vehicle. There are no reserves so how much these things will fetch is anyone’s guess. It should be noted that no transforming occurs with either vehicle, but that won’t stop you from yelling, “Transform and roll out!” every time you get behind the wheel.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour Review and Interview With Tour Manager Elliot Saltzman

Trigger Warning: Some of the videos below contain strobe effects.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is currently touring their brand new show, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, featuring the best of the past and the latest of the present. I’ve seen a couple of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s shows in the past and this year, I was thrilled to share my love of TSO’s amazing theatrics with my husband and son for the first time. Continue reading Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour Review and Interview With Tour Manager Elliot Saltzman

Open Letter: Sony, You Can and Should Do Better

Cropped image of <em>The Interview</em> movie poster. Image by Sony Pictures
Cropped image of “The Interview” movie poster. Image by Sony Pictures

Dear Sony,

I’m really not a fan right now. In fact, I’m really disappointed with your recent decision to completely stuff The Interview into a drawer.

I can no longer support a company that completely cancels a movie’s release because of threats and hackers.

I have many reasons. One of these reasons is: If the various places for which I do contract work let me go because they’ve been attacked for hiring me, I’d have much less work. Instead, these places—one of which includes this website–have increased support and circled their wagons around me.

And now, only hours after the announcement was made that you are pulling The Interview from both theaters and video-on-demand release, there are many reputable sources who are pulling apart the claims that North Korea is behind all of this hullaballoo.

To quote Vice President Biden, “What a bunch of stuff.”

Individual GeekMom writers are split on how they feel and what they think about your decision, Sony. Some understand this decision because they worry that some lone wolf, not from North Korea, would use this heightened sense of danger as an opportunity to pull another Newtown massacre. While others think threats, like the Newtown massacre, were already present and almost anything could set a lone wolf off. Individual GeekMom writers are also split on whether or not they believe it was North Korea, and believe unnamed sources in the CIA quoted in the media may not be trustworthy.

However, it is the opinion of this writer that we cannot give into threats. And big companies, like you, Sony, have huge resources that can pay for the best internet security and firewalls, and can properly rally around those who have signed contracts with you. Instead, we get—to paraphrase: we [Sony] are all about free speech and freedom of expression for our writers and directors, but we have chosen to stifle what we believe.

This sets a very bad precedent, and opens the door to bigger threats and more entertainment companies pulling out of existing contracts because they think the subject matter is too risqué.

Over the last few years, several Canadian government buildings have been the subject of terrorist attacks, including a lone wolf gunning down a guard at our federal Parliament building, and a thwarted Canada Day bombing a la Boston Marathon, on the B.C. Legislature building. Instead of giving in to the terror, we chose not to give in and continue our lives as normal. Obviously, this colors my opinion.

And if GeekMom as an entity, who has little resources compared to you, Sony, can rally around me when I’m doxed, and are willing to endure horrible attacks because I write for them, then, Sony, it is my unapologetic opinion that you and other big corporations can—and must—do better.

To completely pull out of any type of release of The Interview is… gobsmacking. There are more options than video-on-demand from which to choose. Why not release it on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and many more online release options? Do you not understand how much revenue that would bring in?

Sony, you’ve let the supposed terrorists* win. I can see a future where no films that challenge certain ways of thinking will be made in Hollywood. You’ve basically said, “Sure, we believe in free speech and all that jazz, but we are completely opened to selling out to the highest bidder.”

If you can swallow the cost of producing The Interview, then you can definitely swallow the cost of setting up better internet security.  Sticking your middle finger up to other corporations and not just supposed terrorists by releasing the movie by other means instead of letting them  stifle your freedom of expression—something you claim to be all for—will benefit you and  take away profits from those other corporations’ that refuse to show the movie.

As one GeekMom said, “If [Sony] decided to make the movie, they have no need to cancel it. Of course, North Korea was going to be pissed off. Of course “something” was going to happen. With the [North Korean  leaders’s] ego, they weren’t going to sit idly by. But if [Sony] decided to make it, [Sony] already decided.”

In short: Sony, you made your bed, now lay in it. Don’t punish audiences and Seth Rogen because you’ve decided to create a complicated bed.

Sony, you can and should do better! You’ve lost me, and many others, as a customer.

Signed with much disappointment and sadness, but without regret,

Jules Sherred

*It is my personal opinion that these supposed terrorists are home-grown hackers who finds it quite entertaining when groups within a country becomes frenzied over any supposed threat.