Cecy and I have just now relocated to Sheffield and have successfully transitioned from fen-edge to fell-edge people. We live on top of a hill now.
Before moving we put some films on the hard drive because we wouldn’t have the internet for some days. Yesterday we watched the old western High Noon, which was jolly good. Before that, over a period of three days, we watched the 1985 film Witness.
Witness is a romantic crime thriller starring Harrison Ford. His name in the film is John Book. During the film I had assumed that it was something like Buch but the end credits said it is Book. As in a book.
Harrison Ford plays a detective policeman but the story does not begin with him. It begins with some people on a farm who are living in the olden days who are actually Amish people living right now (1985).
In prison Ian has formed a friendship with an insane inmate called Corporal Capeman, who believes he is a superhero that can fly.
Greta is now head of M.A.D. She fertilised one of her own hyperintelligent eggs with a sperm cell donated by Dr. Klorr to produce a female heir called MADeline.
A confusing mixture of guilt, misery and evil has left Dr. Klorr in a delusional state regarding his identity. He has forgotten he was ever David.
The Spectre Initiative has been mothballed and without a sense of purpose Klorr has become morose and ineffectual at being evil. He is running the Unnecessary Biocybernetic and Mechanical Animal Development (U.B.M.A.D.) facility.
MADeline, essentially abandoned because she does not exhibit enough evil to be of interest to her parents, leads a feral existence within M.A.D.’s research laboratories. She has inherited half of her mother’s hyperintelligence but none of her parent’s diabolical tendencies.
She has teamed up with a fully hyperintelligent experimental dog that was rejected for also not being evil, which she names Brain.
A few years ago Beve Kelso and I came up with a rough plot synopsis for a dark Inspector Gadget origins comic book. There is no apparent rhyme or reason behind the odd character set up in the Inspector Gadget cartoon and that makes it a tantalising imagination sandpit. So tantalising that the mere idea of it was enough to generate pre-emptive tribute art from Michael Cunliffe :
What we came up with is a pretty classic comic book gritty sci-fi crime silly thriller type job. One for Christopher Nolan to direct. The most amazing thing is that it manages to manoeuvre all of the characters into exactly the place they need to be in order to make the cartoon completely logical.
Work on it ground to a halt after a while but it is still deserving of a wider audience. I’ll post it in two sections:
Once again it is real hot in my real life and so my thoughts turn to my virtual self, who has finally reached the City of Surprise Arizona, where it is currently cooler than where I really am.
That is because it is eight in the morning in Surprise. It is due to get much hotter during today though, which will make it too hot, so it is important to find somewhere to hold up out of the sun as quickly as possible. Whilst I mosey into town, why not acquaint your face with the unique qualities of Surprise Arizona.
The little dot to the right of the sun in the picture above is Alpha Centauri, the closest star to the sun. It is a long way away. The middle stars of the big dipper were all made together and are travelling through space in the same direction. They are the closest “cluster” of stars to Earth. Dubhe and Alkaid (at either end of the dipper) are out on their lonesome, which is not true as there is another star (invisible to our eyes) that orbits Dubhe. Mizar and Alcor look to us like they’re close enough to go around each other but they’re not. Mizar is (however, actually) a system of four stars and Alcor, like Dubhe, is a two star system. Space is therefore a giant merciless collection of optical illusions and silly names.