Alright, the two blogs have got 1 thing in common for a reason

And fine, the reason for that relates to someone who was born 114 years ago today, in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, before it was even a state, just, hence the obvious song. Though by the time this became a Musical she had long retired from dancing, and given she died somewhere in the first half (or so) of the 1950’s, she might even have been dead. Yes, Clara Johnson’s birthday today.

The amusing, and wonderful thing is that tomorrow morning marks, finally the MRI to try and see what is the matter with my brain. Well, I’d take the robot body, and an AI mind, but not sure they are available! But yes, Rotwang, if you see this, please…

What a couple  of friends are trying to arrange (given how slow the NHS is here) is to get me over to the US, and get my brain sorted out, as well as something else, long overdue to be dealt with too. One of the things that has been mentioned is getting me over there (quite possibly Oklahoma as Clara’s birth state, as I cant afford LA (can anyone?), and if I do, no prizes for working out my name if I  do, wouldnt that be fun. But yes, I always said I’d get the MRI done here first, so we knew the issue, but finally that happens tomorrow, and after that, I said I’d put my brain, and body in Kiefer’s hands, so…

Yes, at some point next year, Clara Elaine Johnson the second might be writing this in Oklahoma, maybe? Or somewhere else, though the only way it will be Hollywood is if I find someone to buy for me, lol

OK, video. OK, in more senses than one, lol! Well, unless Rotwang has done something to the MRI tube, lol?

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

The first female robot?

Yes, we are talking Maria in Metropolis, some are probably only surprised its taken me this long to get here! In a sense, so am I lol!

One thing is for certain, she wasnt the first to be described as a robot, Capek certainly mentions them several years beforehand in R.U.R (Czech play), though I suspect as they were factory workers, they were all male back then. Plus, thats used more as a derogatory term for workers, not strictly anyone turned into a robot per se.

But then again, when you think about it, Maria as such wasnt really turned into a robot either! To be strictly correct, Rotwang has created a metal robot (though the body was actually some form of wood), and its more a case of he mentally downloads Maria’s mind into the robot body, and it somehow transforms into a mirror image of her. Of course, as any film buff knows, it doesnt all go to plan from there as the robot ends up only causing more chaos amongst the lowly workers of Metropolis. But all the same, its generally regarded as a transformation, even though later in the film the real Maria appears intact, both mentally and physically, and helps to save the day, even confronting her robot self at one point.

So it could be said, that mentally Maria was the first robot, though it was more strictly replicant in all honesty than a true robot. But all the same, whether you call it robotisation, transformation, or just mental download, its an amazing scene, especially with the rings of electricity, given there was no CGI or anything back in those days! I suspect it wasnt real electricity, but I wouldnt put anything past Fritz Lang in all honesty.

As a concept, of transformation, mental download or whatever, I find it all very hot, and would love to replicate it sometime from within that magical box, tube or whatever that Maria is placed into. Its all the more incredible when you think this film was made about 85 years ago!

I’ve managed to find what is literally just the transformation scene on You Tube, which will cut down on the viewing time for some. To paraphrase a Bonnie Tyler song, ‘I’m holding out for a Rotwang’ lol! Would love to fond his ancestor! 😉

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcReykfvqi4&feature=related