The linguistic appropriateness of a name like “Tondelayo” for a young woman from a bumiputera group somewhere on Borneo can certainly be questioned (although we should note that she tells us that it is not her real name). But I wanted a tribute to a particular steamy namesake, the character played by Hedy Lamarr in White Cargo (1942).
but she also created what might well have been the first depiction of female orgasm in a “mainstream” movie.
But were it just for those things alone Hedy might not deserve the multiple tributes. What really puts her over the top is that in 1942 she, together with bad-boy composer George Antheil, took out one of the first patents for spread-spectrum radio communications — the technology your mobile phone uses. (They were supporting the war effort by trying to create a torpedo that could be guided by wireless transmissions.) The government took the patent and sat on it, but at least in 1997 the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Hedy a special award in recognition of her pioneering effort.
I mean, can you think of any Hollywood sex symbol working today who you could see as an engineer? Talk about deserving tribute from Erotic Mad Science!
And never forget — the sexiest organ a woman has…is her brain.