Rotwang, someone still loves you

Its fair to say that outside of Metropolis, and a certain Queen video (yes, its coming), its fair to say that Rotwang’s moment of fame is probably quite limited. I’m probably one of few who have used him in more than one story in their career, and in a positive way, I’m possibly the only one! But yes, fine, he made the perfect foil for Belinda Nicholson/ Frazier, along with Maria in a way that never happened in the film for sure. Some might say I made him a far more entertaining character than he ever was in the film, for sure. To be fair, I did the same for Maria, but anyway…

Sadly (even if it was truly practical), I’d have to now pass on visiting him in September anyway, let alone be turned into a robot, but for a positive reason. Yes I’ve already got the new date for my MRI, 7th September. I will have to use a modern day taxi (probably) to get to and from the appointment, as the others are away at that point (Linda will be working), and I was never really going to get to see Rotwang anyway, but such is life.

I’ve also got a lovely lady trying to set up the medical to confirm I’m unable to work again too. I know, formality, but it has to be done all the same.

Still, hopefully get all this out of the way, then get turned into a robot, yes, I only wish! Could jokingly get turned into a Stepford Wife, I guess, again I only wish!

So anyway, fingers crossed I can get on with the rest of my retired life after 7th September at least.

OK, yes, the video, as suggested, is the obvious one, so just enjoy, and imagine me in Miss Helm’s place, oh please! And if you want to read about Belinda, and Rotwang, and help a poor author

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/406177

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An expensive birthday gift?

On one of my trips to Hollywood (makes me sound like a star actress, I only wish!), I came across a situation where I wished I could have swapped places with someone. Along the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Chinese Theatre, various people do ‘cosplay’ efforts at famous movie people. This involves dressing up as real people (Monroe, unsurprisingly is popular), or cartoon characters (seen a few Snow Whites in my time), and very occasionally a full body costume one, and yes, it was one of those I wanted to switch with, someone dressed as Iron Man. And yes, to my inexpert eye, a pretty good outfit it was too. I remember it fondly, because it was the same trip that some tourist stopped me to have their photo taken with me, an absolute first. I have no idea who they thought I was, or was looking like, to this day.

But yes, something like Iron Man would appeal to me no end. Yes, its pretty much a robot look, and I suspect inside it, it feels like being in a robot suit too. I have ‘suggested’ for the Wizard of Oz showing in Blackpool next month, that dressing up as the ‘Tin Lady’ would appeal to me, but we will see if it happens?

So when a friend posted this earlier today, on one of the forums I go on

Lets just say that I wish they’d asked me to be the model wearing that suit! Fine, in truth, I’d rather wear a classy Metropolis robot suit (and more apt for a woman), but if offered the chance to wear that, I definitely wouldnt say no. So if anyone has a spare $3000 laying around, that they just want to throw away as a treat, for a disabled old lady…? No, I dont expect to get crushed in the rush!

OK, for those with expectations of an actual music video, here it is. Guess this is what I’d love to do with said ‘Iron Lady’ suit, lol?

Beware the Devil Woman?

Apologies, running late tonight, so something hopefully, short, but delicious for you? Yes, story moment time! This one..,

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

This author seems to provide an eclectic mix of the sort of stories I love, and ones I’m most definitely not a fan of. This, I have to say, is one of the former. Let me say I have no idea if Lady Devil is a real character in the comic world, or not, I’m really not up on such matters? Must say that would make an interesting transformation for me! But yes, fine, if that guy happens to have a statue of the robot, from Metropolis, maybe I should go and buy it, lol? 😉 Mind, an Austin Power fembot might be more sexy fun?

So fine, if it was leading to a transformation of yourself, which fictional character would it be? Not expecting a rush of answers, but a few might be fun, just saying…?

Video time. Well, what did you expect but a Devil woman?

Space Age Dream Look

You know these strange things you find on Social Media? And no, I dont mean supposedly genuine, respectful statements by Trump, as they would definitely be fake news! 😛

No, what I mean here are when you’re a member of these slightly crazy Sci Fi groups on Facebook, and someone posts an old picture that brings back memories, and makes you wish you could have that look, especially as she was a ‘machine’. Yes, in this case, Galaxina. Like so…

Galaxina

The film was generally pretty forgettable in truth, other than the fact that said lady, Dorothy Stratten, was murdered shortly afterwards by her estranged husband before he killed himself. But yes, if you’re asking me, if I was turned into a robot, that had to look human (discounting therefore, the Metropolis look), this would probably be at the top of my list! Even more so, given the space connection.

One wonderful friend has told me that yes, its possible, though I’m not sure how you get a plainish 60 year old to look like a 20 year old stunner, I have no idea? I do assume the turning me into a machine/robot might be a bit more complex, lol? To be honest, I wish I had the hair to have a fringe like that, as a start! Its not quite 20’s, but all the same…

Oh, and on the ‘being turned into a robot’ front, if anyone wants to pay my airfare to Denver, and back (maybe?), I might find out. Yes, unlike Galaxina, I might pass on this ‘be more human’ stuff, lol, and prefer the Stepford wife style! Mind, that would take some programming, lol…

OK, video time. A Flock of Seagulls have just got back together to record a new album, and there is actually a new video of this song doing the rounds. Yes, 3 of them have got a lot less hair than they have in this video now! If you put the song title on You Tube, not hard to find!

 

Help me to remember

One of those moments that I blame for my fascination in brainwashing, was as a young child (well, pre-teen at least), was actually a comedy movie, one of the Carry On series, that will possibly mean nothing to my US readers, as it was a very British thing, a film called ‘Carry On Spying’. In one scene at least, the joke was that a very busty, blonde secret agent would have been brainwashed, only they couldnt find a brain to wash. Said blonde was an actress named Barbara Windsor, the butt of numerous jokes, for obvious reasons, in said series of films.

Well, given the strange, messed up kid that I was when young, it left me with a fascination of what it would be liked to really be brainwashed, and I guess it never went away. Then when a few years later, I saw Metropolis, and I was ‘ruined’ for normal life after that lol! In truth, I suspect the Cybermen, and others had already gripped my imagination, but those 2 things had big effects on me.

Sadly, its now come out that Barbara Windsor is being ‘brainwashed’, and not in a nice way, diagnosed with Alzheimers. So far in my life, I’ve been fortunate that no one I have been close to has suffered from it, but it must be awful, both for the person suffering, and their surrounding friends, and family. Who knows, maybe if I live long enough (and given my health issues, I have my doubts I’ll get that far), I’ll suffer with it too?

Oh fine, I’d love to be brainwashed with a nice sparking helmet, or even a non sparking helmet, wiping my mind, making me blank, and obedient, but this is a whole different matter. But yes, it makes you feel old when people you grew up watching on TV, and this happens to them.

Video time. Yes, I knew what I wanted, had no idea of the artist though, so thank goodness for search engines. I think its fair to say that Men In Black found their theme tune through this, though the connection is apt!

How long would you like to dream?

One of the known issues with long distance space travel, is the length of time its going to take to get anywhere. Currently the ETA for a flight to Mars is about 6 months, and beyond the Moon, thats about as close as we can get in terms of space travel. So anything further than that is going to take considerably longer to get to, and people are going to need to be able to sleep comfortably en route. Lets face it, those poor Moon Astronauts couldnt have got that comfortable in sleep terms, given the size of their craft, but clearly those craft in the future, heading for Mars, and who knows where beyond (in decades to come) need to be able to get plenty of sleep en route.

The thing is, of course that a lot of those brave colonists probably wont have a lot to do on the actual flight there, aboard the craft, because their mission will be post arrival, not for the journey there. So, just suppose, instead of being bored of just seeing space passing by for 6 months, they could sleep throughout most of the journey, and be fine on arrival, and hopefully raring to go. Well…?

https://futurism.com/a-real-life-hibernation-chamber-is-being-made-deep-space-travel/

I gather the theory has been used medically for a few days, but for this purpose, for some, we’re talking months, let alone days, or even weeks. Would I get in one of those pods, and ‘hibernate’ for a while, you bet I would. Might actually do my back some good, as I assume the lack of daily stresses on it could only be beneficial to it? But no, I have no desire to go to Mars, or anywhere else, at my age! My time might not be quite that nigh, but I havent got that many years left, so I’ll leave the crazy stuff to the younger ones, thanks.

But equally, if they ever asked for volunteers, here on Earth, to test the system out, I would jump at the chance to do so. Hey, I say I’m suffering from a lack of sleep at the moment, that could certainly solve the problem, for a fortnight or so, or maybe more. Of course I’d hate the use of electrical stimulation to keep me physically fit, not! But yes, as long as they dont forget me, and I dont only wake up in 2070, or something, I’d love to do it, but doubt I’ll get the chance, ah well…

Oh, and one other amusing piece of more fictional science stuff, I saw this on MSN this morning

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/movies/downeys-original-iron-man-costume-is-stolen/ar-AAx2Vm9?li=BBoPWjQ&ocid=U352DHP

No, it wasnt me, though I would so love to wear something like that, I must say! That or the Metropolis robot would be my dream looks for a Convention, or something. But no, sorry, Robert, not me!

Fine, video time. A corny play on the whole hibernation thing. All I can say watching Andy McCluskey doing this, is think he’s about my age, and doing stuff like this, yes, I’m jealous. Amazingly fit, clearly!

Born too late, or is it too early?

One of the subject matters on one of the forums I visit this morning, was the matter of how AI is developing, and how it will lead in the next 50 years or so, to cybernetic/robot bodies for us to upgrade into, if we so wish, and lets face it, I would be one of those who would jump at the chance. And yes, thats what someone pointed out, saying that I had to be ready for that day to come around, and get downloaded into a lovely robot body

However, as I gently pointed out to him, unless it actually happens within, realistically, the next 10 years, its all going to be too late for me. I know, I might last a bit longer than that, though given all my physical issues now, I’m not sure I really want to, in this body at least! As for the best part of 50 years time, then yes, I’ll be long forgotten for sure, given I have no family to worry about me, once I go!

But yes, 20, or 30 years younger, and who knows, I might have got my wish? Of course, as this would have meant I didnt grow up with the likes of the early Star Trek, Dr Who, and the Carry On films (with their brainwashing, and wax work creation stuff), I might have felt differently about it all. Equally, Metropolis might have hooked me on the idea anyway, lol!

So fine, practically, if I have one last acting role in me, and I cant see any rush to provide it, then yes, I’d love to play a robot, or an alien, complete with really good outfit. Or fine, any decent outfit, but you get my drift! 😉 Equally, a chance to play a flapper, again, wouldnt say no!

Or was I just born too late? Yes, I know, I’d have missed out on all these modern delights of life, but fine, I would have loved to have been a flapper in the 1920’s. Or equally, around the movie scene in the 1930’s in some role, a lot like Clara Johnson, either in acting extra roles, or with luck (and some unknown dancing skills), a chorus line dancer, or maybe more?

Equally, there are some that would say I would have enjoyed life as a 50’s housewife, which lets face it, is where the whole Stepford Wife image was created from, they’d be right! Even better as a real Stepford Wife, lol!

Which of course brings us back to the point mentioned at the start of this blog, the dutiful robot wives of the future. Sadly, by that point, some 50 years on, I’ll be gone, in this life at least. But maybe, next time around…?

Right, tonight’s video. This is a very old song (originally released the year I was born, 1958), and sadly, no film of the Pony Tails performing it on You Tube could be found. But I found this instead. I know nothing of the group, but its live, its of decent quality, so…