Hanging On The Telephone

I’m not sure how many of my readers will remember the good old pre-internet days, when if you wanted to purchase something, you either had to go into a shop, send a payment by mail order (no, I dont expect people to remember that!), or phone up! Nowadays, its possible to do nearly everything online, and fine, despite my love of all things 1920’s and 30’s, I’m as guilty of doing that as everyone else nowadays!

However, on Friday, I was trying to order things online, but couldnt get the credit card to work, was getting some strange error message, truth be told. Mind, they were railways sites, which are being bombarded by visitors at that time, because of the weather over here, so that might have had something to do with it. Card company said it wasnt them, anyway, havent needed to make any purchases since, so who knows?

So, I gave one of them a call, given I need my new Senior Railcard in a fortnight (yes, still 60 over here, unlike pension age), I rang up, and got them ordered that way. Now, I didnt need to book the rail tickets immediately, but while I was in the mood, and had the time, seeing I was indoors, hiding from the snow and ice, protecting my back, I did the same with them, having had the same issue online. Rare kudos to Trans Pennine Express, I ordered the tickets early Friday afternoon, they arrived Saturday morning! Now, if only their trains were as prompt lol…?

Oh fine, I’d rather get to Blackpool by flying saucer/space craft, or by a 1920’s suitable steam train, but modern diesel trains will have to do, I guess? Mind, knowing me, I’d want an alien costume/body suit to do that. Oh, if anyone wants to get me one, especially friendly aliens, I wouldnt say no! Mind, whether I would ever get back out of one provided by aliens…?

But yes, fine, I’ll happily get back to being a ‘Modern Millie’ and booking stuff online again, I must admit.

Fine, video time. Two songs for the price of one! One is the obvious one, the other is Blondie’s comeback hit of 1999! All live!

 

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I wonder how people see me?

As in the people I have had contact with, purely through word, over the internet? So alright, they might have a clue how I look, from the few pictures I’ve posted, but actually me, as a person, hmm?

2 people from the Garden definitely know, I’ve met them on a couple of occasions in the past, and not only have they survived the experience, they want to meet me again later this year, so hey, I must make a good impression on some at least. I’ve also, of course met Lex, for an entirely different purpose though. Any late comers, the video is still available for $7.99 btw. No harm mentioning that, as pay day beckons for most about now.

But agreed, the most interesting ones are the ones you ‘sort of’ know quite well, through word alone, or an odd picture, but have never met. As I say, these people have seen my image (at least one has seen the hypnosis video), but they only really know the ‘me’ who posts on the Forums. To be fair, what I post, is what I am, pretty much, but anyway… Equally I’ve seen pictures of a few others, but know no true depth about them, again other than what they say in their postings, or in emails.

And of course, I have no idea who reads the blogs, beyond a few, and given the number of hits they get, that might be quite a small percentage, especially with this blog, even more than my ‘personal’ one.

But yes, I wonder what some make of this fifty something asexual, some how?

I doubt anyone dreams of me (nightmares, more like), but its a great excuse to slip in an OMD video!

What did we do before the internet?

Mind, I suspect I might have a few readers here who dont remember that time lol! But equally, there are others who are nearly as mature as me who will remember such times. Or do we?

To be honest, I’m not sure I do anymore! Its about 11 years now that I’ve had a computer of some kind or another. And alright, about 12 years ago someone asked me about buying a computer, and I said, quote, what would I need one for? Oh, was I wrong! I actually started off buying some relatively cheap internet TV thing, simply to see what it was like, not expecting to go far with it, but I was quickly hooked, and within a few months had ordered my own new PC. By todays standards it was slow, basic, and my internet connection was dial up, thats another thing thats changed dramatically!

Over the years I’ve upgraded a few times (sadly still waiting for my cybernetic upgrade though) as computers have improved. In fact the last year or so, I havent had a PC, just a good class laptop, as sitting downstairs with it on my lap is far preferable to having to lurk in my bedroom! Not sure I’m more sociable at home because of that, but guess I must be?

The funny thing is, in real life I’ve never been a big one for friends. I have a few close ones, but that really is about it in real life. And yes, I keep pretty much to myself at work too in all honesty. The funny thing is, I have a good number of cyber friends who I’ve never met (well, possibly have met one, but we wouldnt have known it), and in most cases, are never likely to meet, but all the same I feel some sort of connection to. Its still sort of funny to think that in 2 weeks time…but no, its not the first time I’ve done this sort of thing.

After about 6 months on the net, and chatting to someone reasonably regularly on the net, she invited me across to meet her in Richmond. And after a few days thought, I said yes. Most people thought I was crazy, but I did it. And yes, it worked, we did get along, and the friendship actually lasted about 3 years before we drifted apart, so meeting people from the net can work, whatever people say. Its weird when you first meet, but after that, well hopefully all will be fine. Its funny, I’ve talked to James so often, in chat, roleplay and just on forum matters, that I feel fine about meeting him, and I guess it will be nice to have a voice to put to the wonderful words he writes. Kate I know far less well, but suspect it will be fun to do so.

If all goes well, one year from now I might be heading to Buffalo to meet…lets see how this goes first! Its been a while since I met anyone like this, so lets just take baby steps for now. And no, infantilism really isnt a fetish of mine, despite writing a story about it.  And no this isnt my main video posting blog, but this seemed sort of suitable?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCVgnma-s4c&ob=av3n

If things work out, I’m hoping in the next few days to do something unique, an identical posting on both blogs, hopefully the reason is obvious, if a sad one.

What does the future hold?

Yes, I’m going to relate this to human robotisation and the like, but lets start by looking back, and not that far either.

If, 30 years ago, someone had told you that in 2010 we would have had an internet service like we have, that most people in the first world at least would have access to powerful computers, and that you would chat by messenger and forum to people you’ll never know other than through this internet world, you’d have laughed your head off.

And going back a little further, remember those telecommunication devices in Star Trek, and how futuristic they looked, well compare them to modern day mobile phones lol! Basic, arent they? I’m also old enough to remember the introduction of colour TV, and there only being 2 channels to choose from on the TV! Whereas nowadays…

Oh, and go on, say it, cyborgs living on Earth with humans wont happen for years? Think about it, its all about human body enhancement, so what does that make anyone with a cochlear ear implant, heart pacemaker unit, or even replacement knee and hip joints? Laser eye surgery as well technically, but that is a bit more tenuous I guess?

Logical assumption is that human enhancement isnt going to stand still, its going to move even further in the next 30-50 years, thats a fact. The other fact is that at my age, I probably wont see much of it! Will humans actually be transformed into the mindless robots of MC fiction, probably not generally, but in the distant future (40 years or so minimum I guess?) I suspect that certain groups of prisoners may be ‘brainwashed’ into obedient service, even if robotising the body (especially internally) will prove a lot more complex. But I suspect ‘mental robots’ will certainly exist by 2050 or so.

One thing I am sure of, people will look back at our current computing capabilities, and wonder how we coped. Hey, I do that now thinking back to a computer I owned 10 years ago!