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!

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We can still come through

You know how, in peoples eyes, that librarians are a dull bunch of people, who never do anything exciting in their lives, or anything? Well, maybe in this modern world, that is the way they carry on, though I doubt it. But in fictional stories set in the past, librarians can be pretty crazy people. Well, one can at least, some crazy lady named Lemma.

http://192.155.80.152/LemmaTheLibrarian/index.html

I will point out this isnt my normal short, one chapter story that I’m posting about here, this has just completed after Chapter 20, and some of those chapters are quite lengthy, so be warned before digging in, but Lemma, and her cohorts make for an entertaining crowd. Dull librarian, no, she isnt!

In truth, this story isnt just about Lemma, and the books she has to collect, for good reason, its about the sidekicks that surround her, especially one, a guy named Iason. Put it this way, he’s the one that ends up getting Lemma out of most of the scrapes, and holes she drops herself into, and without him, she would have been a mind controlled slave, or supper for a dragon a long time ago!

So why write about it now? Well, as far as the EMCSA is concerned at least, she’s come to the end of her tasks, and the end of the road. Strictly she has to get safely home yet, but seemingly thats only in ebook branding, and I barely have enough money to live life, and time for reading anything else, so not going to happen. Great shame, but such is life. Again, maybe another reason for not getting too involved? So what I would suggest, maybe pick a chapter, or 2 at random, hope you pick a good one (wont be hard), and have a good laugh at her misadventures.

So what can I say, Lemma, and the author, Midori Konton (not her real name, but anyway), other than thanks for the incredible, and sometimes insane journey, I’m going to miss you.

Video time, what Iason did so many times for Lemma, though at the end, maybe the roles were reversed? Oh for the guys, the relatively modern day chorines.

Two (hundred) hearts, beating with just 1 mind

One of the fascinating tropes of Mind Control stories is the one known as the Hive Mind. Basically its comes down to everyone in the unit thinking as one, usually the thoughts of one controlling person, though there have been ones where literally everyone is computer (or AI) controlled, which is a pretty fascinating thought! The story tonight that brought up this subject matter is one of the former though, a supposedly evil woman controlling the thoughts of all her slaves, as one glorious hive mind, under her control.

http://192.155.80.152/Yew/index.html

Warning, it is long, just saying before you decide to leap into it, this section is over 11,000 words, and seemingly more to come, just saying… And fine, her methods suggest she is pretty determined to be in control of all, given the chance! So for those thinking of going to Mars, just be warned, lol!

In reality, I’m not sure if its truly possible to create a hive mind? Oh fine, so Mind Control as a whole is fictional, so obviously, no it isnt. But even if it was, for example, would it really be possible to control so many minds, to do so many roles, all at the same time? Seems impossible to me, but if anyone wants to prove otherwise to me?…

I know, strictly, in this case, the ‘slaves’ dont think, they just obey. But I wonder what it would be like, to be one of many all being sent the same commands Fine, part of me thinks it would be interesting to find out, but at the same time, its just one of those tropes that I think would be so weird to be part of?

I know, no one will tell me, but what do you think about that? Fancy being part of a hive mind, being in control of said hive (given the challenge that level of control would take), or just remaining yourself? Anyone brave enough to answer? No, I’m not seeking power, just the opposite in fact! 😉

OK, video time. This came to mind (pardon the pun), as close as I could get, a good old Phil Collins multi appearance video.

Just For One Day?

As long term readers know, from time to time, I take a story I’ve really enjoyed from the latest update from the EMCSA and publicize it on here. Though in some elements this blog has been a bit tamed down from the early days, I still like to go back to the Mind Control stuff roots once in a while, and tonight is one of those.

Only thing is, this bit of publicity is a bit different to the norm. Its not so brilliant a story that its worth lots of hype, its just that, according to the author, this is his last one. To say I know little of Dictionary Rainbow beyond the odd contact on forums, or after reviewing one of his stories would be telling the truth. I know enough to know that he had a child a few years back, and I suspect that is probably one of the main reasons why he is quite literally getting out of the scene. So, if you click the link after the end of May, you probably wont get anything, just warning you!

http://192.155.80.152/CoffeehouseQuintetFive/index.html

I know, its long, but I found it worth the read. For those who havent got the time, without giving the outcome away, its about 2 twin sisters who now have nothing in common (including body shape), and a mysterious stranger who tries out something magical to bring them back together again. I will say it works, and leave it at that, because it doesnt work in a gooey, saccharin way, just warning any potential readers!

As someone with no sisters, indeed no family at all, I think I’m safe, lol! At the same time, allowing for the age difference between now, and her, but it would be fun, as a twenty, or thirty something, to be able to swap places, quite literally with my past life self, just for one day. Well, ideally a bit longer (about a week?), so I could get the feel of life working in the movies in the late 20’s, and during the 30’s before coming back to the real world. Thankfully in this story, you get the host bodies talents, so I would get her dancing skills, which might be a blessing! I wonder what Clara would make of a modern office lol? Oh my, that would be fun, and the amusement at actually asking Jean Harlow for her autograph, in real life… 😉

So anyway, Dictionary Rainbow (whatever your real name is), all my best wishes for the future, and thanks for all the memories. Oh, and thanks for one last story, and for letting us know you’re going, so we dont worry about you.

OK, video time. I think I might have given it away. But yes, this is a bit special. Not just Bowie, not just Queen as backing band either (its from the Freddie Mercury memorial concert), but the last (in this life at least) major live performance of Bowie, and Mick Ronson together. Ronson died a year later, at 46, from cancer, far too young.

If I believed it was the 1920’s?

Alright, I suspect there might be a few readers here who miss the more entertaining (aka weird) postings I used to make here, and dream of the old days. Certainly judging by the stats, they still seem pretty popular, so…?

Thinking forward to Blackpool next month, and the showing of Some Like It Hot, and those of us doing the 1920’s thing, as volunteers, I was just wondering what it would be like if some (or all) of the volunteers actually thought they had been whisked to modern day Blackpool, from those glorious days!

No, I’m not suggesting actual mind control devices as such, though I might not say no, but just say, for example, a hypnotist made those of us happy for it to be done to us (which obviously includes me!) think we were actually from the 1920’s? Might make any flappers even more fun to be around! No, I think my days of being a cute young flapper (without a rejuvenation machine) would be beyond me, but for some…? Not that I would say no to a full frisky young flapper makeover, mind!

I just think it might make it even more fun for the modern day public, if those ’20’s folk’ actually thought they were from the 1920’s! I know, probably the only one who would think this was fun, but you never know? Anyway, if by sheer luck, any hypnotist from Blackpool area, or someone that knows such a person reads this, then yes, I’d love it done, even if at 60, I wont be young, and not too cute! Mind, I suppose the issue of changing everyone (or just me) back again afterwards might make it all a bit complex? Ah well…?

Mind, if it didnt happen that I changed back, only after I slept, it wouldnt be the first time I’ve ‘travelled’ as a 20’s flapper! Mind, she was prepared for modern life, but I guess we would have to be this time, as allegedly at least, no one from the 20’s would know about things like cell phones lol!…angelic look…

PS If anyone in the area reading this, wants details of the evening, either comment to me, or go on Winter Gardens website, and check out Some Like It Hot night.

Video time. Old song, modern version, quite apt under the circumstances, just maybe?

That Same Old Feeling

Every so often, along comes a story at the Archive that amuses me more than most, and today has produced one of them! This one by the illustrious genius known as ‘Jukebox’.

http://192.155.80.152/ChooseToBeMe/index.html

Oh fine, why can I never get an offer like that? I’m sure by the sound of it, that even 60’s year old’s would come out with that stunning look, after a meet with Francesca lol! Oh agreed, I’d prefer a Clara Johnson, or second best, Jean Harlow version of that makeover, but given the description given of her, I’m sure I could just about cope with looking like that!

Even more so, given it would mean saying goodbye to damaged knees, damaged back, and everything else too! Yes, like Betty, I’m definitely nothing special to look at, at present, but after that transformation, oh wow! Fine, I was amused when Betty tried to resist at the end, but why am I not surprised that it was a futile gesture?

So yes, if Francesca is looking for a victim at present, it would make a heavenly 60th birthday present for me, in 6 weeks time, and counting! Well, from Friday at least!

Given that the video relates to this, I’ll slip it in now, rather than at the end. Depressing thing for me, this is all but 50 years old, and I remember it being released, and probably sang along to it, imagining I was the singer!

Thats not the only story that amused me in the wishful makeover sense today, there was this one as well

http://192.155.80.152/Admiration/index.html

Only thing is, I’d love to be everything that a certain Clara was, in this case! Be warned, this story is a little more adult than the first one, just warning… No, as far as I know, none of the pills I’m taking are having this effect on me…sadly!

Gang On The Run

OK, tonight is going to be one of that occasional series where I take a story I’ve read, and develop it into a blog. Given where its posted, its not hard to work out that things might not work out for the best for the group in the Escape Room, but read it, and find out

http://192.155.80.152/EntrancingEscapeRoom/index.html

Yes, I know I’m weird, but I have to say that this sounds a fun place to go! What a way to lose your mind lol!

OK, blog stuff. I’d never seen one of those Escape Room places until last May, when I saw one in Hollywood, on one of the corners of a street, along Hollywood Boulevard. I admit it, the details outside appealed to my fascination, so I tried looking up more about it online. Big snag was, its a group thing to do, and I was on my own. So no, it never happened! Besides which, I wasnt sure if I really had the money to try it on my own, even if it had been possible. But fine, there were a couple of concepts that appealed no end (I think one was a mental asylum type place), but wasnt to be.

Since then, one has opened up in Huddersfield, quite close to where I get off the bus in town in the morning. No, I havent even looked into it, given that I assume all these places are designed for small groups, and not for one person to do. In truth now, given the state of my back, its quite possible that the chance of me ever doing anything like this, is now probably gone. I know my readers are notorious for not ever commenting on my posts, but if anyone has done an escape room adventure, and knows what they’re like, please let me know. If you dont want to comment here, and I can fully understand, then just email me, at robotunit8@hotmail.com and let me know that way. Fine, no one will, but no harm in asking!

And yes, I know, compared to the one in the story, even if you lose, then I’m sure they are very tame in comparison lol! Who, me, want to submit my mind to control by a machine, oh surely not?

But yes, if anyone knows, and wants to quell my curiosity, then let me know here, or by email, pretty please.

The video, bit of a clue in the title, if not blindingly obvious!