Do you want tea with your baseball?

Major League Baseball has happened in more than a few countries beyond the obvious pair, of USA and Canada. Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan, and Australia to name just a few. But tonight (I’m actually watching it as I talk), we can add a new one to that list, the United Kingdom, in London to be exact. No, I’m not there, even if I had a body, and brain that worked (and currently I don’t), its the opposite end of the country to me, its a sell out, and ticket prices were crazy. I did try entering a contest for seats tonight, but no shock, I didnt win! It included a hotel stay, so could have been done.

I have actually seen baseball live in 2 countries (Yes, Toronto is on my ‘done’ list), and have been to games at 10 of the 30 teams, though 1 stadium I went to (Minneapolis) has been replaced since then. When I get to add to that list, who knows? I have done the 3 senior stadiums (Boston, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers) which is something at least, and indeed 6 of the 7 oldest (LA Angels missing, its Anaheim, so hard to get to for a non driver, even when in LA) ones.

But did I ever imagine seeing baseball in the UK, and 2 sell outs at that, not in my dreams. But yes, its happening tonight, and again tomorrow. The fact that its those bitter rivals, the New York Yankees, and the Boston Red Sox amuses me more, especially the latter, given its Kate’s team! I dont know if its the shape of the stadium or something, but we’re only in the top of the 3rd innings (after nearly 90 minutes), and the score is currently 8-6!

OK, the video. I saw this live during the week, that crazy moment when Sesame Street hit Wrigley Field (home of Cubs, 105 years old, 2nd oldest stadium),and Cookie Monster sang ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’, seriously.

Its only CGI make believe

Is there anything that isnt fake nowadays? And no, Donnie, I dont mean most of the news, either, before you get any thoughts that I might have a gram of support for you, because I dont.

I know these ‘promoted’ items on Twitter probably help to keep it free for those like myself, and to be fair, some of them are worthy, some of them I can even stand, but then you get the ones that are good for nothing but a good laugh. Some company called Vice UK yesterday posted a promotion involving someone called Natasha Demetrio walking through a forest, as they claimed.

Thing is, she wasnt! For an actress like myself (even though I’ve never worked in front of a green screen), it was easy to tell she wasnt actually walking through a forest. For starters, however clear a path you find in a forest, its unlikely to be perfectly flat. So there would be movement on the camera as it moved, and there was none.

Then, in terms of realism, it went downhill fast. Firstly, at about 11 seconds, the forest jumped back to where it was at the start of the film. Then at 18 seconds, the word ‘Rewind’ appeared in the top right corner of the screen, which wouldnt happen in a real forest, lets face it. But then briefly, at about 28 seconds in (fine, I was looking for errors by then), it happened. The forest vanished from sight, and all you could see was Ms Demetrio walking on a roller, in front of a blank green screen. Quickly after, it returned to the forest, so if you’d blinked, you might have missed it.

As someone else pointed out, the pixels were wrong too, but I’m not enough of a green screen expert (stage/studios only, darlings) to really spot that. The thing is, any sane person promoting this, would at this point put their hands up, and admit what they’d done, but oh no, they tried to say that it was real, and they couldnt see anything. Anyway at this point, because I’d point out what, and where to look for these things, others saw the same things, and commented in support of me. At this point, they strangely went very quiet!

I’ll be quite honest, I dont mind people using a Green Screen/CGI forest for an advert in the slightest. Its easy in terms of space, movement of equipment, and tons of other things, but when they claim its a real forest, when it clearly isnt, why do so? And why do you ever release an advert without checking for continuity? Without the ‘green screen’ moment, many might have believed it could be real, but that blows it wide open!

In the old days, it wouldnt have been difficult to switch from theatre, to film, or vice versa, because both methods had so much in common. Nowadays, in films, its not about acting to other people, or working with a location, its the ability to act in front of a green screen. Whereas theatre acting is still the real thing! I suppose its the way of the world, but I suspect I could still easily do real acting, as I’ve proved at various festival work, playing a part. But acting in front of a green screen, and nothing else, no idea! And those people, interacting with other people on stage, well…?

OK, video time. The song is the obvious one, numerous version to choose from, so I’ve chosen a Glen Campbell version

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Would you believe, despite the title, this is a sports related blog? All three parts are from various news sources, so if you want to know more, you should be able to do so, through search engine of your choice.

Firstly, the good, and suitably the first one I saw of these. When it comes to Wimbledon Tennis, which we will very soon, its fair to say that a number of wildcard places are handed out to British players, to allow them to get their 15 minutes of fame, before returning to the lower grade tournaments. But one I read this morning touched this jaded soul sufficiently to write about her

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/23/british-tennis-player-six-fingers-wins-wimbledon-wildcard/

Fran Jones has just about worked her way into the Top 300 female players in the world. What makes this amazing, as the link gives away, is that she has done this with just 6 fingers, 2 thumbs, and 7 toes due to the condition mentioned in the article, making gripping the racket complex, to put it mildly. I’m sure she wont go far at Wimbledon, but to have got where she has, all things considered, quite amazing, and yes I wish her well, both for this, and her career in future.

For the bad, lets cross the Atlantic, and the world of baseball. Its fair to say that the New York Mets are no longer the team that reached the world series 4 years ago. They’re better than Kansas City Royals, the team that beat them, but thats not saying much. So they lost again last night, yet again conjuring up defeat from the jaws of victory. So after these games, there is the press conference. So one of their local press followers asked a question, and then politely said that he would see the team manager the next day. For some reason, the team manager, and no one else took exception to this, turned on the guy, and demanded he was thrown out of the room, using a few swear words in doing so. Apparently, to keep the peace, he eventually walked out, to be greeted by one of their pitchers with numerous strong expletives, and a suggestion that he would be killing him very soon. Of course, at this point the news got out, the team issued a token apology, and its just taken off from there. As has been said, what do the Mets do now? If they dont discipline the people concerned, what image does it suggest, clearly that they support these actions. If they do, the team is still in a bad light, but at least seems to be doing something about such awful behaviour. But its the manager, and an important pitcher, so dont hold your breath!

Lastly, the ugly. This refers to a sport I cant even stand, football, or soccer, depending on which side of the pond you are? Last night, England played Cameroon in some ladies tournament going on. Nowadays I gather they use some form of video replay for close decisions. Anyway, England were given a goal by the use of this, and the Cameroon players just went crazy. They abused the ref, they abused their coach, and virtually refused to play at one point. Sadly, they continued in the end, and with the ref having lost any control, the Cameroon players now seemed to think they were in a WWE contest, quite literally pushing England players over at will, with no discipline from anyone. Thankfully they’re out of the tournament, but regret for their actions, none whatsoever.

I’m glad I’m not competitive, lol!

Oh fine, the video is the obvious one, under the circumstances

Shocking stuff, and no electricity involved!

As always, when the inspiration for a blog comes from another, I give credit to the inspirer, in this case Gillie, from Facebook. One of 3 in my life from Oklahoma, though as far as I know, at the time of writing, the only one actually there. I’m assuming Kate is in New England, and I assume Clara Johnson was buried in Los Angeles, but cant be positive on either. But the ‘vibe’ I’ve had when there suggests to me that Clara is resting at Forest Lawn, Glendale, but thats only a feeling. Could be Miss Harlow sending me signs, who knows?

He runs a Nostalgia board there, and yesterday one of the challenges was to name the actress. The second was a British actress, that no one seems to know, until I arrived there. I had my feeling, and when the clue was given, yes, I knew it was Jane Birkin.

The thing is, when I was young, the thing she was most ‘famous’ for wasnt acting, it was a certain naughty song. It was also the first ever British number 1 sang in a foreign language! Thing is, hardly anyone heard it, as the BBC immediately banned it from the Radio airwaves, Top of the Pops, and just about everywhere else, on release. Of course, that ironically was why it sold like hot cakes, and got to number 1. Yes, I will be letting you listen, of course. The thing is of course, 50 years on it might still rang as naughty, but if you imagine it, in the minds of the staid people around in 1969, it was shocking! Yes, it was somewhere in the mid 70’s before I heard it for the first time, and probably helped to set this poor, innocent young girl on her road to perversity. No, it wasnt, but if you want to think that, lol…

Hell, I’d been in numerous school acting productions, and one outside group by then, so my days of innocence (if not my virginity by then) were long gone! But no, I’ve never recorded an orgasm to my knowledge, lol. Birkin is still with us, in her 70’s, Gainsbourg passed in 1991, at the age of 62. of a heart attack. Age difference, heaven forbid!

Oh, and for those thinking I’m serious on that, I’m not. My only long term partner (female, oh gosh for some, lol) was 19 years older than me, and like this couple, we were together for 12 years. I assume she’s dead, but have no idea, having not had contact with her since 2002, having split 3 years earlier.

This is a real video find on You Tube, hope you’re not too shocked, lol!

We just need to scan her brain, pre robotisation

OK, if you want the entirely serious, and more informative details of how today went at the hospital, you’ll need to go find the other blog. You’ll get most of the critical details here, with a little bit of tongue in cheek, but other than that… oh, and this has the more amusing video.

Firstly, before we get to the ‘me’ news, I have to post pictures of a couple of outfits related to my dear friend, Angie. The first was one she was wearing at Manchester Airport for a job, the second is from a previous role, which she currently has for sale, and I love

I think I’d rather do the rabbit, but both would be fun.

Right, to the more serious stuff, hospital visit. My epilepsy medications have been doubled, in an attempt to stop the seizures. I was on the lowest level, so probably not a bad move. One week of transition at an intermediate level, then double level from there on. I’ve also been put on appointment lists for both EEG, and MRI scans in near future, so my brain will be ‘tampered with’ a bit at least. Hopefully just to see if my brain is suitable for full robot upgrade, but I suspect that is just wishful thinking? So it will be about 4 weeks or so before I know exactly what it is, and whether I can get approval to fly to US, and stuff. But if its ‘just’ epilepsy, that would be fine.

As for fitting for the fully interfacing, tight fitting robot bodysuit, I guess I might have to wait a while, but a woman can only hope! Mind, if anyone has one, for which they need wearer research? 😉 But fine, I cant wait too have my brain scanned, even if it isnt for anything robotic. But yes, its something pretty serious, so…

OK, the video. All this talk of robots screams Kraftwerk, right? Well, its sort of… No, seriously, its a British comic genius named Bill Bailey, along with a few friends, and an amusing tribute to said band

You can’t hide, in prepurbia

I have a wonderful friend, who I’ve never actually met, and given she likes her privacy, I probably never will, even if I make a request on my death bed, which hopefully I wont be doing after the neurologist visit on Tuesday. Regardless of what the news is, in truth, I’ll just be glad to know, and get on with whatever fate holds.

I know her real name, but to you, she’s Heather. No, as you can guess, thats not her real name, or first name, anyway. And no, she doesnt write enough stories in truth, because she’s brilliant when she gets around to it. This is one of them,

https://mcstories.com/RiseOfPrepsalon/index.html

Yes, I know its long, but it pushes all my buttons, so I have to promote it. Fine, I’d prefer to be prepared as a Stepford Wife, in all those lovely dresses, instead of Prep style, but other than that…

Oh fine, its not hard to assume that Sabrina (Brie) is going to succumb in the end, but its quite a process to get there, and one I’d love used on me. I could do with a makeover at present in truth, my hair needs cutting, and colouring, my perm makeup being done has gone by the window this year (should have been renewed in spring) as I cant travel that far at present, nor have I got the money to pay for it, given it means travelling from Yorkshire, to Berkshire.

Could also genuinely add now that my brain could do with a makeover, and I’m sure Tiffany would love to set me up for one too, if she was real! And fine, I’d love it if she did!

So be a devil, go read the story. Just be careful to avoid the Prep makeover, unless you really want it? Oh, interesting fact, for all the stories that ‘Fembotheather’ has written, she’s never written a robot one!

The video, well you might have guess the play on words from the blog title, or maybe not?

Oh what a lady, what an act

To be fair, this was written as a tribute to me, so it was going to play on my love of acting, and of my love of robots, but to say this is an acting troupe I wouldnt mind being part of, would be a major understatement!

https://mcstories.com/PerformanceUpgrade/index.html

Its short (under 2000 words), so though I’m not going to say you have to go and read it, why not?

But yes, lets admit it, even if I was in a position to be able to leave this acting troupe, why would I want to do so? Yes, oh to sit in that chair, be turned into the perfect robot actress, oh heaven! Would never have the worry of forgetting my lines ever again too! And thats after that amazing transformation process too. And fine, if the Professor insisted on my showing my gratitude in that manner, why would I ever want to refuse? Oh fine, programmed robot and all that, but besides that…

Oh please, double dream in one! So, if anyone is looking for an actress, to turn into a robot, I’m most definitely free.

Sadly, that transformation didnt happen in December 1963 (I would only have been 5 at time), but December 2019, oh please, if not sooner.

A different (but profitable) way to clean up

Firstly, as always, when its not me that led me to the blog subject, let me give thanks to Miguel for sending me this article today, when I needed a good laugh.

https://www.comicsands.com/woman-starts-naked-cleaning-company-which-charges-based-on-level-of-nudity-2634459092.html?

I must admit, when I read how much you can charge to do this service, and have plenty of customers, then if I was healthy, 40 years younger, and pretty, then it would make for a hell of an interesting job! I know, you have to be the right type of person to do something like this (with suitable talents), but yes, a ‘shy, demure’ type like me, I think I could cope! But yes, no one would pay for this less than in shape, 60 something to do that, lets face it! Not that I could cope now, but anyway…

I think its fair to say that I’m less surprised she could find customers, than her ability to get staff, but I guess if you’re the type, and dont care what you have to do for a good salary, why not? I mean, seriously, I could learn to clean decently for £75 (appx $100) per hour, lol!

But ask yourself, readers, would you have the, err, courage to do this job, or would you have the, err, cheek to employ someone to do the cleaning for you. No, you dont have to drop yourself in it by answering this question, though I’m sure ‘someone’ will!

But would I, if I looked like her, or a young Clara Johnson, I suspect so!

Right, just about the most obvious video I could think of, in truth!

Cruel to be cloned?

I know, I’m easy going about such matters, and besides I need to do a suitable blog for her, and this is meant to be weird stuff, so…?

On the 24th May, I went to my Doctor’s surgery for a standard blood test, sort of 2 month follow up on the one done after my initial brain seizures. Of course, not very long before that, I’d had the next bout (not sure if its 2nd, or 3rd?) of seizures, an overnight stay in a hospital, and numerous blood tests done. But still, had to be done…

Last week, just over the standard week you leave these things for results, I rang, they hadnt got them back, but then again, there’d been a bank holiday, so maybe not a big shock? So I left it another week, and tried again today. Staff at surgery still cant find the results, so told to leave it with them.

This afternoon, the surgery rang back, they are nowhere to be found, hospital has no trace of them! As she said to me, they know they took my blood, they know the sample was collected, but after that…? Its probably just got lost, or mixed up with another sample at the hospital, but…was it?

Was my sample collected by aliens, dressed as medical people, and whisked off to the home planet that Eric reckons I come from? I should be so lucky, but anyway… Talking of which, someone recently put up the trailer video for ‘V’, so I played along with thats how I arrived on Earth.

Or was it a mad scientist with plans to screen my blood, so that he could clone Clara Johnson? Well…

Yes, I would say the chances of the latter 2 options is 0.01% or less, but wouldnt it be fun if they had?

Anyway, the blood test is now being done again on 26th, but it does mean I wont have the results when I see the neurologist next week. And does that mean that will be checks, or brainwashing, well…? Sadly, the former, I guess? But a girl can hope…? Not sure how much there is left to wash, anyway!

Video time. You might have worked out the song, but this is the ‘Behind the scenes’ version for added fun!

 

Heading out of, or is that into my era?

One thing that a few people have noticed is that we’re about 6 months away from the roaring twenties again? Yes, I only wish. Jazz making a coming back, girls loosing themselves from the restrictions of the time, and doing just what they want to do, ignoring the old fuddy duddies!

Sadly, there is little sign of a major jazz comeback, though it might be a blessing that we dont have to rely on bootleg gin, and as for smoking, heaven forbid! Also, even worse, in some areas of the US at least, some people seem to want to take things back to the 1820’s, with men ‘owning’ women’s bodies, even if they are no relation of them. Yes, somehow I dont think this wild flapper would be very welcome in the ‘Deep South’, giggle!

But no, seriously, I’ll leave those frivolities to nearer the time, and see how much those doctors will let me misbehave, because of my brain issues, and stuff. Now, those nasty brain issues…

One thing I soon noticed after the first bout of brain seizures, let alone the more recent ones, was that I had a few more issues to deal with in my life. No, not to smoke, and drink illicit gin, if anyone was hoping for that.

The thing that very quickly became obvious was that my already limited mobility, due to the damage to my back, was wrecked far more. I’m assuming that some connection between my brain, and the motor skills that allow me to walk have been wrecked. On a good day, I can do about 600 yards each way, on a bad one, the stairs are a challenge! Seriously, if anyone in the UK has a mobility powered wheelchair that they arent using, or have need for any more, I could really do with one. No, I wont wait for a positive answer!

The other obvious one, to me at least, is the quality of my writing, and the difficulty in putting words together, with the letters in the right order, or tense. Yes, if you knew how many edits I do on a blog nowadays… and these are only about 500 words!

So writing long stories, oh please, darlings, not going to happen! But I’m determined to get one thing done, that I promised to someone, before the brain went bang! There has been an annual anthology for pieces for a fictional city with tons of Superheroes, and heroines, called River City. Over the years I’ve created a couple of characters of my own.

One, Robbie, Roberta Bayport had the misfortune to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and had her body turned into that of a Robot, hence her name. Fortunately she was rescued before her brain was erased, and made a mindless robot slave, but her body was beyond repair. Hence, she became a robotic super-heroine.

The other, quite literally is from a different era, hence her name of Flapper Girl. Though how that still works in the 1930’s, ask her! Or her proper name, Billie, Belinda Nicholson. Yes, she lives totally up to the whole Flapper image, and lets leave it there.

So yes, I can officially confirm, short of a neurological miracle, I’m currently writing my last pieces of any length, and even there, its hard work! I’ve now completed their 2 solo pieces, and now just have one last piece to do, involving a little convenient time travel, where they get together, for their goodbye. Except…the dear fun putting this all together has already got a story put together for Roberta. Sounds like he’s going to put her through the wringer, but I’m sure she’ll survive. He has also used Billie before, may use her again, who knows? And as for what Betsy might do with either of them, heaven knows?

But for me at least, I’m about 2,000 words approximately away from done, as things stand. As I say, they are going to get together, one of them might be time travelling, but not the one who usually does it. Who knows, maybe a neurologist, or a mad scientist (that would be fun) can sort out my brain enough to write again, but I’m not holding out great hope. So maybe then, I can really put Robotunit8 to bed as a writing name, as I’ve only been using it on the Archive, and nowhere else for a while now.

The two of them, walking off into the sunset, for me at least, I’d put good money on it, but I’ll go with the flow, for sure.

OK, the video, a bit of Flapper craziness. It says this was all film from the 1920’s, but I’m not quite sure?