The Hive Mind scenario

You know how you read in fiction stories about the hive mind, where many people all think the same controlled thoughts? Or indeed, for those who love their Star Trek, you have the beloved Borg, who like to assimilate people to all think just as they do? Well yes, up to now, its pure fiction, but we may be taking the first steps towards making it a reality!

Mind, of course, at the moment the Mind Meld being planned is more to see if many minds can work together, to see if they can get things done, but how long before its the minds being controlled? Or those powerful linked minds, controlling the minds of others? Not going to happen, well read this!

http://www.livescience.com/51496-animal-brains-linked-into-networks.html

Agreed, this is at a very basic stage, and has only been tested on animals so far, but give it time…human tests must happen at some point! And yes, you’re right, I’d love to be part of that. And yes, is it so far fetched that in the future, a group of powerful minds might just be used to control the thoughts of others?

Mind, once you’re part of the all encompassing mind, will you know, or care?

OK, the other amusing piece of mind controlling amusement I had today, was in an email. I’ve got an assessment thing on Tuesday for a job, and I got an email from ‘System Integration’ telling me I had to report to them on arrival! Could I really be that lucky, getting my mind integrated into their system? Oh please, but I’m sure that sadly, its not going to happen. But a girl can dream.

Right the video. I remember this song still, though it must be nearly 50 years ago that I heard it for the first time, if not more. Amazingly, for a song that old, I found a live show performance

OK, lastly, 2 more things. On Thursday night, I went to a charity fashion show, and the wonderful photographer took a picture of me, after my hair had been styled, and here it is

Me in lacy dress

And very lastly, and I promise, the last request until just before it closes, the fund raiser to help me pay for my name change. Just imagine being able to read the blogs of Stephanie Harlean Carpenter, and give, however small.

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/e10ypc/ab/c2hJdb

Advertisements

The most beautiful girl in the world?

No, not me. Seriously, I wish lol.

But as these 3 pictures from my recent photo shoot show, when someone does my hair, and my make up for me, and I put myself in the hands of a master photographer, I can look pretty good all the same!

2nd Photoshoot picture 3

2nd Photoshoot picture 5

2nd Photoshoot picture 11

See what I mean? 😉

There are many more, about a dozen in fact, so if you want to see more, send me an email address, and I’ll send them off to you. But as far as on here goes, thats all you get!

Wonderful, arent they? I’ll wait for the romance proposals to pour in lol!

The video, an oldie, from my teens, the clue is in the blog title

Oh, and as those of you on the Garden, or the MC Forum might have noticed, I’ve changed my photo on there, and indeed, my ‘name’ on the Garden too. Yes, I look far more like Jean, so I might as well play that way too. There is no way I could look like Louise Brooks, if I tried! Changing my name on the Forum is harder, so I will stay as Merry Brooks in name, if not in picture on there.

So, my new look

Blue eyed babe

Just look into my big blue eyes, and… 😉

Who is that girl?

Might be a question I’m asking myself at some point tomorrow, during the photo shoot. Is it me, being Jean Harlow, or is it Jean Harlow, being me, being Jean Harlow, or…are we one and the same? As I havent yet had my past life regression done, I cant answer the latter, but I doubt it, much though it would be amazing if true!

A while back, I had a photo shoot done, with Karen and Dave, and though at the time I was just looking for a vintage style look, one answer came out a lot, after I finally was able to post the photos, and that was that I looked just like Jean Harlow. A couple of examples, to make your own call…

photoshoot 9

photoshoot 12

But yes, once I could accept being compared to such a glamorous woman, I could see their point!

The difference this time around, is that we arent messing about, we’re aiming for the Harlow look, right from the start. So yes, the dresses might be a bit more stunning lol! The ones I’m taking along, include one that is above the knees, and a couple of midi length ones, so if you’re lucky, you might in time get to see pictures of my legs! Not sure that’s a good thing, but anyway…?

As far as I know, the only things they are planning to do to me, are my hair, and my make up, so I’m assuming that the Harlow mindset is down to me. Hopefully I can pull it off, in style! Of course, they may have some device (or hypnotist), that will make me think I actually am Jean, temporarily or otherwise, but I doubt it! To be honest, how much difference you’d notice lol…?

Anyway, I, or Jean, will let you know how it went in tomorrow nights edition, I’m sure, really looking forward to it!

The video, not A Flock of Seagulls finest moment, by any stretch, but it seemed apt, given I wont be certain if its me, or Jean doing the photo shoot tomorrow. To be honest, if I just let the inner Harlow flow, they will probably look better. To be honest, Dave, the photographer is so good, I will almost certainly be unable to be anyone else!

Isnt she lovely?

Given the problems of storing photos to post at the Garden, and the Forum, and the fact I get a few visitors from elsewhere anyway, this is a good way of doing this. So Miss ‘Merry Brooks’ is happy to show off a few pictures of herself, and await the marriage proposals! Yes, I’m joking about the latter, in case anyone gets any crazy ideas!

So what you ask, is the big fuss about? Well hopefully you might remember why. Back in the summer, I had a photo shoot done at Rawdon, near Leeds, with 3 wonderful people named Karen, Dave and Hayley, shortly before my September holiday in fact. It was an amazing day, and when I saw the photos, I really couldnt believe how good I could look, quite attractive in fact, if I say so myself!

I got the album soon after I got back from Richmond, and happily showed it off to friends, and at work. Loved it, felt great. But…one of the reasons I got it done, was to use 1 picture as an author profile picture, for my ebook stuff. Initially I wasnt greedy, given I wasnt paying for the whole CD of the shoot, and just asked for 3 pictures. As some might know, they took a while to get here, Boxing Day in fact. But, I got the whole shoot sent to me, a wonderful consolation. Today, being a day off, I finally got chance to sort them out, and save some, and post a few. So yes, anyone coming here from Facebook, you should have seen these amongst the collection there, already! Those who get here by other means, well, here’s a treat for you!

Firstly, the picture of the stunning looking author,

photoshoot 9

A really nice shot of me, I must say

Next, a pair of more styled shots

photoshoot 6

photoshoot 8

Seriously, if interested, I could get plenty of dates with looks like that, I should think! Might need Hayley to do my make up first, I havent bothered much in recent times, but…

For anyone in the Yorkshire area, looking for a really good, and well handled photo shoot, this trio come very highly recommended. Their website is http://www.cocoture.co.uk and you can make contact through there, or for those coming through Facebook, like Cocoture, you wont regret it. Would I do another with them, you bet I would, and probably will, in good time. Just say Stevie Lou sent you… 😉

The video, well, maybe this is stretching claims for me a bit, but looking at these, not much!

Come to look, and admire

I’ve seen a few acts live in my time, though with the one exception, all when I was much younger. I am glad I saw OMD again this year though, that was quite special, even if my body didnt think so on the night. All that standing, at my age, with my knees,…aargh!

But there is one act I always wanted to see live, and never got the chance to do so. No, not my close namesake, and a few will know who I mean, but in this case, I mean Simon and Garfunkel.

Generally I had a fair reason for not seeing them live, the first, and major split was when I was still a small child, and far too young to go to pop concerts. They have had one or two reunions (see the video for an example), but apart from one, very expensive possibility in London some time ago, I’ve never had the opportunity, even if I could have done.

I suppose because my first major influence by music came at such a young age (6, or 7), I grew up on their music, and that of the flower power era, as my first chance at becoming a fan. By the time I was old enough to go to concerts, they were gone from the scene. But yes, I still hanker back to that music, even now. Its funny, you would think that this many years on, that they might have lost the edge, but clearly they havent

Probably my favourite song of theirs, but it would be a close run thing. But given that in less than 7 weeks, I’ll be looking for America, so…

Other things, I’ve seen the pictures, they are quite amazing, and in a few weeks time, when they arrive, I’ll post a couple here. I will also post one on the author profiles, so if you go hunting the books down then, you might find it. Though seriously, I wouldnt mind one or two going to the book site, and buying now, all the same. Lets just say the new story isnt flying up the internet sales listings at present!

Reminder, they are at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/merrybrooks

Right, I’ll try and post something more thought provoking over the next couple of days, but no promises made, depends on time, and things.

A picture of me!

Yes, feel free to run away now, if you’re so inclined lol.

The funny thing is, I thought I’d posted this on here, but seemingly I only posted it on my main blog, not this one. So as to be totally unbiased in scaring my readers, here is a ‘photo’ taken while I was in Seattle in April

 

Yes, you’re right, its not a genuine pic, I have no idea if its even possible to get to a point at that angle from the Space Needle, to be honest. Though that is genuinely me! What happens is, when you first enter the Space Needle at ground level, they take your picture in front of one of those screens. And no, I didnt break  the camera lol.

When you reach the top, and have done your trip around the viewing platform, there are a series of machines where you can view the picture taken, and have an option to having various views behind you, all strangely enough including the Space Needle in them. All quite nice, but this is the one I chose. The surprising bit was, you could have it emailed to you, for free! Now that was a nice surprise, believe me. You could buy a nicely framed one, but as I wouldnt do much with it, I settled for this.

To be honest, I like it, I dont often seem to get decent pictures of myself, but this one… No, I’m not going to win Miss World, not even the over 50’s version lol, and even if I desired them, I wouldnt wait for the rush of marriage proposals either. But short of a professional makeover shoot, this is probably as good as I get.

Yes, you’re right, no make up was involved in this picture, I’m just that way inclined, and besides which, I would rarely find the time, even if I could nowadays, which I probably couldnt, its been too long for that. And hey, I could hardly hold up the queue, even if I’d had any with me.

The song, well, its nearly as old as me! I dont know if I bought the record, or whether it was bought for me, but I once owned the original Piccadilly label 45, featured in this video. As I would have been 4 when this came out, I cant be sure which it was. I do remember playing it on record players for a few years after that though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA02iPuHmY0

Against all odds.

For some strange reason, a good number on both MC Forums seem to want to see pictures of other members, while at the same time not posting pictures of themselves. And even more strangely, I seem to be one of the popular attractions on this front, something I really cant work out.

Its not like I’m young, pretty, or indeed as some would probably hope for, I dont have silver skin either, and its certainly not made of metal lol! I’m just a plain, fairly boring looking fifty something who seems to attract a lot of attention for my looks all the same. Alright, there are pictures of me on here, and on the Garden and Forum, but all the looks are hidden under a silver zentai suit, quite handy I would say, and quite a relief I would have said for others, but anyway… Well, of course there is a faceshot here, a small one on my avatar,  I would have said about the right size. It is a few years old now, but still a reasonable match, as something else will prove very soon.

And alright, I’ve seen pics of a few, I’ve even met 2 members, so I certainly know what they look like! There are 1 or 2 others that I’d love to know what they look like (or a better image in one case), but I respect privacy all the same. The funny thing is, some people are just so linked to their avvies, its well known that most have an image of Jo related to what is probably her most famous one, I’m sure many know which I’m talking about. And does Heather look anything like Louise Brooks lol, I’d love to think so, because of her avvies, but somehow I suspect not.

The one I really regret never seeing a picture of, and wont do now, is the one many know as Sara C, or Castle depending on where you knew her from. Though I suspect she too looked nothing like the image I had of her, so maybe it was for the best?

Anyway, alright, what some seem to have been waiting for, no idea why? I’m not a model, my boobs arent that big, and indeed I would say I’m probably a bit butch looking too, just with long hair! This was taken soon after I got home from having the hair extensions put in last week, so if I look a bit frazzled, you know why!

Hope no one is screaming in horror at this moment lol! 😛 And dont expect any more either!

Right, the video tonight, if anyone is still here after seeing that. I suspect the blog title is a total giveaway, and yes, its the Phil Collins version, I certainly was a fan of his. I know nothing about the film to be honest, just loved the song, and rather apt here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=PW71En5Pa5s

Why do I suspect the site visit numbers might jump up over the next couple of days lol?