Its only make believe?

One thing I not so secretly enjoy, that Eric loves are the driver view train journeys of numerous long distance trips. Tonight, I was so enjoying the journey from Brussels to St Pancras that I got him to leave it on when he went upstairs to his room. There is a lot more on the reasons for that on the other blog, for those who know about it, lol.

But thinking things through, wouldnt it be fun for someone more into lines sadly no longer with us, wouldnt it be interesting if it was possibly to make a virtual video of some of the more scenic lines that are no longer with us? I mean, seriously, if someone offered me a video of a journey of the Princetown branch, I’d probably bite their hand off! As for the Shropshire and Montgomery line, or the Bishops Castle one, name your price, seriously! But fine, given the last 2 closed in the 1930’s, not going to happen!

The best I can do, is next week, see the site now of Fenay Bridge and Lepton station, which closed to passengers in 1930, and is now known as Station Court, yes, a housing area. Looking forward to it, but a virtual journey on the Kirkburton branch, wouldnt that be fascinating?

Yes, I know, no health issues, mainly because I will know a lot more about future plans for me after tomorrow, when I have the end of treatment meeting, so keep your eyes open for that information.

OK, video time. Huge hint in the title of the blog, lol. This is the Glen Campbell version, though there are numerous famous ones to choose from

Just your imagination?

I have to be fair, and show my gratitude to someone at the MC Garden for tonight’s blog, thanks to a pertinent question he asked.

One of those things that I’ve seen that I’ve always fancied experiencing, but never have up to now, is Virtual Reality stuff. I know, those visors look a bit weird, and sadly, the full VR body suits never really seem to have caught on (cost, I’m sure), as they have been around for a couple of decades now, but I’ve never been in the right place, at the right time, so I’m still waiting, and not patiently for love. No, that song isnt the video, lol.

So forgive me if my knowledge of the field is a bit limited, but I gather you put the visor on, and what you see, isnt the real world. But like most of the modern movies, with a green screen, but anyway…

Anyway, the pertinent question asked was, if you could see yourself, in a Virtual Reality world, how would you like to see yourself, and what would you be doing? Oh fine, seeing myself as a silver robot might be fun, but unless it has the creative look of Maria, as opposed to the pure lines of Gort, its not the most exciting look, lets face it. I might enjoy it for a while, but…? Whats the point being a robot with free will, and sentient thought, lol? šŸ˜‰ Maybe in the future VR will work on the mind, as well as the eyes, but not in my lifetime, I suspect.

On the other hand, seeing myself in a speakeasy bar, as a cute, young, reasonably pretty flapper, with an alcoholic drink in my hand, now wouldnt that be fun? I know, wouldnt be the real me, but even so…

Or I guess, an alien, stood by her space craft, of whatever design, just maybe?

So how would you, readers, like to see yourself? I’ll make it easy, as I gather the effort needed to post comments on here can be complex. So, if you want to post on the Facebook, or Twitter threads mentioning this blog instead, please do! But please, at least a few of you, post somewhere, pretty please!

Video time. A song that is pretty old, but not quite as old as me. But fine, finding a live version was still fun!


Is this the real life, is it just fantasy?

OK, we’ve had far too much of me, and my job hunting, and apartment hunting of late, so lets do something different tonight?

I don’t generally game a lot, other than the odd silly game of 8, and 9 ball pool, on Miniclip, and thats about it. In the dim, distant past, early this century, I did do a little more, but even then, I dont think Tiger Woods Golf, or World Snooker games ever came close to the edge of cutting gaming. Maybe they do nowadays, I’ve no idea. If I say that the last Tiger Woods game I bought was 2005, much the same for any games in fact, and you get my drift.

But yes, as someone with great attraction to all things technical, and virtual, there has always been one thing of interest to me, that I’ve never tried, and thats those virtual reality gadgets. Me, I’m old enough to remember when it first came out, had all the hype going, even in a movie, but saw it pretty much die a death. Why? Possibly because of the cost, possibly because for ‘ordinary folk’, it wasnt available in many places, and where it was, it was horribly expensive, and as a ‘Good Yorkshire Lass’, I’ve never been one for spending money wildly. Oh, alright, in that sense at least! Anyway, the hype died down, VR pretty much disappeared, and I thought that was that.

However in the last few years, it seems to have been revived in a big way, and seemingly, in the near future, people will be able to enjoy a virtual world at home. Gaming lovers, celebrate, I’m sure it will be an amazing experience! No, I have no plans to get hooked on gaming in that sense, most of the games created for it, are pretty much not my thing. And besides, even if I was, its still probably an expense I couldnt justify for myself.

But at the same time, would I love to put on those goggles, put on a VR suit, and find out what life is like in the virtual world, you bet I would! Well, if they want to create an experience where a mad scientist transforms you into a robot, then that would be heaven, but anyway…not likely to happen, and besides, you might struggle to convince me to come back to the real world if that was on offer lol!

Yes, this is tactical planning. The likelihood of me getting the chance to enjoy the VR experience in Huddersfield, unless I buy it for myself, must be virtually nil. But why do I think that some designer, testing company or something similar would be in the LA area (there, pretty much all of October), and in the rash chance that they want to make my dream come true, then let me know, and let me discover what the virtual world is like, even if its only for a short time, please! In terms of what I get to enjoy, I dont care. If its a game situation, I probably wouldnt last long, but I guess it can always be reset, for a little longer?

Personally, if someone wants to devise a situation where I’m in a mad scientists lab, for whatever reason, then yes, would be heaven. Even more so, if something interesting virtually happened to my mind and body! But in all honesty, before I get too old, I just want to see what its like. So, if someone reading this can arrange it, or know someone that can, then please let me know. Only want it once, unless you want to offer more, in which case, I wont say no!

Right, the video. As can be gathered, there is a clue in the blog title. Its not the video though, its a live version, though the intricate middle section isnt performed live, as such. Oh, and another good reason for it, its Freddie Mercury’s birthday, he would have been 69 today, if alive. He was never going to make it this far though, lets face it.

Virtual Reality

It was reading a story on the EMCSA today that made me think about this. Though that was purely a visor, and the effects, well, maybe they were pure fiction lol! But what it of course reminded me of, was something that long ago was going to not only change gaming, but the world as we knew it, virtual reality.

Yes, I’m old enough to remember when itĀ first came out as a concept, with its special visor, and all over body suit, and a pair of very large gloves. To be honest, all the talk back then was how all this gadgetry would be out in arcades in less thanĀ 2 years, and that everyone would get to experience it. Thing is, over here at least, it never happened. There was someone, waiting to get all dressed up in all this VR gadgetry, and she never got the chance!

Alright, as far as I know, no game ever came out that transformed the wearer into a robot, and I certainly know of no visor/headset that gave you the thought processes (and controlled mental state)Ā of a robot, but anyway…I never got to discover, because it never really left the science labs. Now, I’m not a gamer, so dont quote me on this, but have some of the more recent/current consoles actually gone some degree towards this or not? Visor wise maybe, though as far as I know, nothing that requires you to wear a body suit to get totally immersed in the game has ever came along. As I say, I’m not a gamer, but if I got the chance to try something like that, you bet I would!

Seemingly in the science lab at least, things have moved on, though I note this one only seems to need a visor, maybe sight and soundĀ are the only virtual senses you need nowadays? But if anyone out there is developing a virtual robot suit, and need a guinea pig to try it on, as Blondie would say, call me!