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@  TM2-Megatron : (18 April 2019 - 05:03 PM)

Switching shifts constantly is never good for one's health. There was a time when I worked overnights steady for about 2 years; did wonders for my health, as well

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:36 PM)

Don't miss early shift (and especially switching back and forth every two weeks) a bit.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:36 PM)

Man, permanent late shift really has done wonders for my overal well-being. Never having to get up early for work, staying up late, weekends off... a ot of my coworkers think I'm crazy, but late shift is really my preferred shift.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

(My total lack of sleep on that day might have contributed, though.)

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

At noon, it was warm.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:33 PM)

On Monday, we went on strike early in the morning, I was also wearing to jackets and gloves and my toes and fingers were freezing.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 April 2019 - 04:31 PM)

Nope, right now my days are doing that. Frigid at night (Well, just below zero, but still.) and warm enough to be always be ill prepared during the day.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:28 PM)

Today it's so warm I had to take a shower to wash off the sweat after a lengthy bike trip.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:27 PM)

This past Friday I was wearing two jackets and winter gloves outside and took a hot bath when I returned home.

@  Nevermore : (18 April 2019 - 04:27 PM)

Is "April weather" an issue in other countries as well, or is that specifically a German phenomenon?

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Well, when you understand the history of the area it make sense. It's basically a series of countries buying the place, moving in, saying "we rule you people now", and the locals shrugging and responding, "okay, you have fun with that".

@  Sabrblade : (16 April 2019 - 07:58 AM)

When did we all turn into Henry Higgins?

@  unluckiness : (16 April 2019 - 03:16 AM)

To be fair, most Americans can't get the hang of English, so I can understand why.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:15 AM)

(And yeah, Calliope is a Greek muse, not French, but the street was named BY the French when they took over.)

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 April 2019 - 03:10 AM)

In New Orleans there's a bunch of streets with French names that are pronounced by locals with a more English emphasis, for example "Calliope Street" is pronounced "CAL-lee-ope".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 11:56 PM)

I figured as much for Canadians.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 11:37 PM)

hm; whenever I've heard people talk about the school they said it the same way as the cathedral...but I guess that's in Canada, so they're probably more familiar with the cathedral than the school

@  Dracula : (15 April 2019 - 11:11 PM)

There's plenty of place names in the US like that. Around here we have an "el doh-RAY-doh," and up north there's a Cairo that's pronounced "kay-roh"

@  RichardT1977 : (15 April 2019 - 09:56 PM)

Yeah, the common pronunciation of the University is probably the reason most Americans don't pronounce the Cathedral name correctly.

@  Arazyr : (15 April 2019 - 08:03 PM)

That's my understanding of how the two are supposed to be pronounced as well.

@  Echowarrior : (15 April 2019 - 07:42 PM)

When I'm talking about the cathedral, I say "noh-treh dahme". When I talk about the university, I say "noh-ter dayme". I don't see a problem with that.

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 06:26 PM)

guessing "Hunchback" just got bumped WAY down the list for Disney's live-action remakes...

@  Patch : (15 April 2019 - 05:56 PM)

We all pronounce it wrong, so no one knows enough to care.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 April 2019 - 05:40 PM)

It'd be odd for most Americans not to know how to pronounce Notre Dame, considering they have a University with the same name that's the subject of a relatively popular film based around a sport most Americans love

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Three or four more hours will be needed to contain the fire.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 04:22 PM)

Update from France 24: the Paris Fire Brigade says two towers and the main structure of the cathedral have been saved from complete destruction.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:57 PM)

One does not have to speak French to know that rhyming with "voter name" is off the mark.

@  Locoman : (15 April 2019 - 03:51 PM)

Really? It's an international tragedy and you're zeroing in on the people who maybe don't speak French?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:44 PM)

@Tm_Silverclaw I just read on BBC News that the cause is not yet clear, but officials suspect the fire could be linked to renovation work.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (15 April 2019 - 03:42 PM)

Oh boy, here we go with the U.S.-American newscasters who can't pronounce "Notre Dame" correctly.

@  TheMightyMol... : (15 April 2019 - 03:38 PM)

Too soon to say.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (15 April 2019 - 03:20 PM)

Do we know if it was an attack? Arson? Or just bad wiring?

@  Nevermore : (15 April 2019 - 02:10 PM)

Religion is dead?

@  Paladin : (15 April 2019 - 02:01 PM)

major cathedral burning down on Holy Week is some kind of metaphor.

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:54 PM)

Hard to believe a wonder of the world could just be wiped out so easily. Hopefully they can still save it

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 12:51 PM)

Well, Notre Dame is burning down

@  Benbot : (15 April 2019 - 10:05 AM)

yikes I thought the site was going to be down for a while

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:07 PM)

So, time for another strike. No sleep for me tonight. Oh well.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:04 PM)

Think Game of Thrones "light" meets Cabaret and you get the idea.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 09:03 PM)

Kinda sorta, just with more intrigue, conspiracy, depravity, crime and violence.

@  RichardT1977 : (14 April 2019 - 06:37 PM)

So it's like a prequel to Cabaret?

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 04:02 PM)

And man, characters are smoking literally EVERYWHERE.

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:27 PM)

Also, full frontal male nudity. (There's been quite a bit of female nudity since episode 1.)

@  Nevermore : (14 April 2019 - 03:26 PM)

Episode 6, and Hitler is randomly name-checked.

@  Xellos : (14 April 2019 - 12:22 PM)

Runa runa!

@  Sabrblade : (14 April 2019 - 09:10 AM)

Wocka wocka!

@  The Doctor Who : (14 April 2019 - 06:59 AM)


@  Paladin : (14 April 2019 - 06:57 AM)


@  MEDdMI : (14 April 2019 - 06:34 AM)

With a trout.

@  Xellos : (14 April 2019 - 05:44 AM)

With a stick?


Phil's review of Energon Landquake

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 06:24 AM

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Prelude: Once upon a time there were three brothers, all of them named after the land. The eldest was called Landmine of the Energon line and he came into the possession of this humble reviewer in the distant past of 2004. The youngest was called Landshark and he emerged from the elite lineage of Botcon, appearing in 2009. The middle brother, however, though nearly of the same age as the eldest, remained hidden for long, only rumored to appear in the accounts of the Dreamwave. It was not until the waning of the year 2018 that this brother, called Landquake, finally appeared. And as it has been a near-decade since I last gazed upon this mold in a review manner, we shall now deign to do so again.

Robot Mode: Landquake consists of two separate modules, one being the actual robot, the other a trailer that becomes a power-up for his so-called “Brute Mode”. The normal robot mode is about Voyager-sized by today’s standard and looks pretty cool. I love his big, stompy feet and those triple exhaust pipes on his shoulders. Landquake is very nicely articulated for a figure from 2004. No twisting wrists or hip, but everything else moves and he can pull of some cool poses, including kicking other robots in the face with those huge feet of his. Landquake doesn’t carry any hand weapons, but if you want you can swivel those triple exhaust pipes forward to basically give him guns.

Side note: Something that has only occurred to me once Landquake got here, this robot would have made a very good Prime. The normal robot is the pre-Matrix version, the Brute Mode is the powered-up one. I think this figure would have made an awesome Rodimus Prime or Nova Prime.

Landquake’s Brute Mode applies the two tank tracks and claws to his arms and the platform with the crane and missile launcher from his vehicle mode to his back. Wings flip up behind his head and his head is framed by two weapons (or one weapon and a crane). The results looks extremely cool and powerful. Landquake retains his full poseability, hampered only slightly by the bulky arms. Sure, his head is pretty much encased and he’s got zero side vision, but I’m sure a robot can compensate that somehow.

The only very, very slight downside of this awesome robot mode are the heels, which aren’t the most stable in the world and can easily flip in. He’s got a solid stance if the heels are in the right position, though. So bottom line: an awesome robot, with or without the Brute Mode.

Alternate Mode: Landquake’s robot mode transforms into a truck with a big snow plow up front and links up with his trailer, which gives him a towing crane and a missile launcher. The combined vehicle mode looks like something from a Mad Max movie (if it were dirtier and rustier, mind you) and I really, really like it. You can turn the platform on the rear bring the crane arm and missile launcher into different positions, too. The towing hook from the crane is on a string and can be pulled out a good bit, retracting when you push the button on top. So bottom line: a superb vehicle mode.

Landquake’s trailer can also become a sort-of battle station. It basically rises up, using the tracks and wings as legs, allowing robot mode Landquake (or a similar-sized robot) to stand behind it as a gunner. Not the most intricate base mode ever, but pretty good.

Remarks: Like in most toy lines the Energon line, too, saw many of its toys repainted in order to reuse the molds. Interestingly enough many of those repaints actually did appear in the cartoon, usually as powered-up versions of the same character, even when the toy got a different name and profile. Landquake was one such case, the toy being described as a separate character, but appearing in the cartoon as a powered-up version of Landmine. Landquake did appear as himself only in the pages of the Dreamwave Energon comics (though with an entirely different head mold), where he was part of the Autobot force defending Earth from a massive Terrorcon attack.

Having already owned Landmine and currently owning Landshark, I didn’t really plan on getting Landquake, too, but when I saw him for a steal on ebay, I couldn’t resist. The Landmine mold is, to me, one of the best molds from Energon, probably the best Autobot mold, and simply a great figure. I’m not sure which paintjob I like best, but Landquake definitely looks very good. So bottom line: a great figure. I recommend having at least one version of it in your Transformers collection.

Rating: A

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 01:41 PM

This era, despite many issues, did manage to pump out some exceptional looking figures from time to time and this is one of them.  He looks great and plays great, two hallmarks of TF at it's finest.

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