Bello Reusable Ice Energon Cubes

Pink cubes you use to cool drinks.

Reusable Ice Cubes!

Bello reusable ice cubes are available in packs of 18 for a small sum from various places: I got these from Amazon, but various web-shops and large out-of-town giant-box shops stock them.

These are basically soft plastic cubes partially filled with water. To use them, you put them in the freezer, and the water freezes, filling the cube and giving you a piece of ice sealed in a thin plastic layer.

Now, you might reasonably inquire why I would be excited about such a thing. They’re a reasonably practical way of cooling a drink, and have an advantage over simply using ice in that they don’t dilute your drink with water as they melt. If left out by mistake they’re easier to clean up than ice, meaning that clumsy people will be less likely to have to deal with a puddle (unless they are damaged, and therefore leak). I’m certainly going to make use of these for keeping drinks and food cool, given how insanely hot it is in South West England this summer.

My reason for being excited by these cubes is far nerdier, however — they allow me to set-up photos like this:

Hey, 3rd-party guy, do you think Soundwave'll mind if we have a taste, taste, taste?

In a secret location hidden in the depths of Kaon, the Insecticons prepare a secret store of Energon cubes, under Soundwave’s careful supervision.

Cubes're a bit bright here. Meh, what can you do?

Kickback would rather drink from these cubes now than store them for later. Planning’s not his forté.

Wreck and Rule! The Wreckers lay claim to a shipment of Energon cubes, for the Autobots, and for a free Cybertron.

Wreck and Rule! The Wreckers lay claim to this shipment of Energon cubes, for the Autobots, and for a free Cybertron!

Unicron’s Faster-Than-Light Travel Method

What kind of thoughts keep the strange minds at chez AddAltMode up at night? Well, we have relatively few skeletons in our closet, and no strong phobias, so it’s mostly the eccentric stuff; by which we mean musings on 30-year-old movies about robots.

In The Transformers: The Movie, the planet-eating monster Unicron appears to be able to traverse interstellar distances very quickly and with great ease. It is clear that Unicron possesses some sort of faster-than-light (FTL forthwith, due to laziness) engine.

Unicron devours the planet Lithone. © 1986 Sunbow Productions, Marvel Productions, and Hasbro.

Unicron devours the planet Lithone. Presumably, he got to where Lithone was from where we was previously at faster-than-light speeds, or else they’d’ve seen him coming and evacuated earlier.

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