Bus of the future, circa mid 20th Century

Bus of the future, circa mid 20th Century
Bus of the future, circa mid 20th Century

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

22 April 2014

Amber Heard b. 1986 (Zombieland)
Michelle Ryan b. 1984 (Metal Hurlant Chronicles, Cockneys vs Zombies, Doctor Who, Merlin, Bionic Woman, Jekyll, The Worst Witch)
Francis Capra b. 1983 (The Strain, Touch, Clear Skies 3, Heroes)
Gemma Whelan b. 1981 (Game of Thrones, The Day They Came to Suck Out Our Brains!, Gulliver’s Travels, The Wolfman)
Eric Mabius b. 1971 (Outcasts, Resident Evil, The Crow: Salvation, Millennium)
Sheryl Lee b. 1967 (Vampires)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan b. 1966 (Watchmen, Jonah Hex, Supernatural, Star Trek: Enterprise, Angel, The Burning Zone, Sliders)
Brooke McCarter b. 1963 (The Lost Boys, The Twilight Zone [1987])
Catherine Mary Stewart b. 1959 (The Witches of Eastwick [TV], Night of the Comet, The Last Starfighter, Mr. Merlin)
Ken Olandt b. 1958 (Total Reality, Digital Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Leprechaun, Super Force, V)
Joseph Bottoms b. 1954 (Wishman, The Black Hole)
Steve Englehart b. 1947 (author, Marvel, DC, Max August)
Jason Miller b. 1939 died 13 May 2001 (The Henderson Monster, Vampire (1979), The Exorcist)
Richard Marquand b. 1938 died 4 September1987 (director, Return of the Jedi)
Jack Nicholson b. 1937 (Mars Attacks!, Wolf, Batman, The Witches of Eastwick, The Shining, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Terror, The Raven, Little Shop of Horrors)
Eddie Albert b. 1906 died 26 May 2005 (Time Trax, The Girl from Mars, The Twilight Zone [1986], Dreamscape, Beyond Witch Mountain, The Devil’s Rain, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Borrowers, The Outer Limits [1964], Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Byron Haskin b. 1899 died 16 April 1984 (director, The Outer Limits[1964], Robinson Crusoe on Mars, From the Earth to the Moon, Conquest of Space, The War of the Worlds [1953])

Okay, I'll say it. There is one person here much more famous than the rest of the list: Jack Nicholson. More than that, while he has had a long career, he has done genre roles all throughout it, from his early days working for Roger Corman to playing The Joker in the first big budget Batman. I would also like to point out that regardless of the ways he has abused his body, he is still alive while Jason Miller and Richard Marquard, born just two years and one year after him, are already dead. Jack has some crazy wicked luck working for him.

And yet, the Picture Slot goes to Michelle Ryan from the reboot of Bionic Woman because... pretty.

Also iconic.

Many happy returns to all the living on our list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Geoffrey Hoyle in the 1972 book 2010: Living in the Future, illustrations by Alasdair Anderson

Prediction: The alarm clock wakes you up to music. No chairs, no tables, no beds. The bedroom is an office, the kitchen is a living room. With so many people in the world, there can be no wasted space.

Reality: Say hello to our new Tuesday regular, Geoffrey Hoyle, son of the physicist Sir Fred Hoyle, not to be confused with the British actor Geoff Hoyle who was in The Lion King on Broadway. Hoyle co-wrote a lot of the science fiction his dad worked on and in 1972 made this children's book. If you want to see the whole thing at a single go - just 31 pages with nice big illustrations and text re-written at the bottom for readability - you can click on this link to a website created by Daniel Sinker. Thanks, Daniel!

The book is this amalgam of capitalist progress, socialistic living situations and a feeling of a pleasant post-apocalyptic hellhole. If somebody is serious about taking away my chairs and tables, I would consider it time to exercise my Second Amendment options, if you know what I mean. As for my bed, I sleep in a La-Z-Boy lounger, which has been great for my back. Still, space is nowhere near at the premium Hoyle considers early on.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We travel backward in time to 1905 to another British version of the brave new world that awaits us.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Monday, April 21, 2014

21 April 2014

Frank Dillane b. 1991 (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
Robbie Amell b. 1988 (The Tomorrow People, Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins [TV])
James McAvoy b. 1979 (X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Wanted, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Children of Dune)
Dominic Zamprogna b. 1979 (2012, Smallville, Flash Gordon, Bionic Woman, Battlestar Galactica, Blade: The Series, Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis, Odyssey 5, MythQuest, Tales from the Cryptkeeper)
Brian White b. 1975 (Beauty and the Beast [2013], Cabin in the Woods, Moonlight)
Charlie O’Connell b. 1975 (Zombie Family, DateaHuman.com, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, Dude, Where’s My Car, Sliders, The Magician)
Jennifer Blanc b. 1974 (Malignant, Zombie Family, My Apocalypse, Dark Angel)
Sandy Jobin-Bevans b. 1972 (Run Robot Run, ReGenesis, Dawn of the Dead, PSI Factor: Tales of the Paranormal)
Joel de la Fuente b. 1969 (Hemlock Grove, The Adjustment Bureau, From Other Worlds, Space: Above and Beyond)
Kate Vernon b. 1961 (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Voyager, Kindred: The Embraced)
Andie MacDowell b. 1958 (Muppets from Space, Multiplicity, Groundhog Day)
James Morrison b. 1954 (The X-Files, Seven Days, Prey, Millennium, Space: Above and Beyond, White Dwarf, Quantum Leap, Monsters, Werewolf, Automan)
George DiCenzo b. 1940 died 9 August 2010 (M.A.N.T.I.S., The Exorcist III, Back to the Future, Starflight: The Plane That Couldn’t Land, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Space Academy, Dark Shadows [1970])
Reni Santoni b. 1939 (Quantum Leap, Manimal)
Charles Grodin b. 1935 (The Incredible Shrinking Woman, King Kong [1976], Rosemary’s Baby)
Silvana Mangano b. 1930 died 16 December 1989 (Dune, The Flying Saucer)
Gilbert Taylor b. 1914 died 23 August 2013 (cinematographer, Flash Gordon, Dracula, Star Wars, The Omen)

If I wanted to go with an Oh That Guy actor, I have several choices, but if we restrict to movie stars with iconic genre roles, James McAvoy is the logical choice. Frank Dillane played the young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and the next most iconic actor in genre would likely be Kate Vernon from Battlestar Galactica, who had the Picture Slot last year. I was also considering a shot from a Gilbert Taylor film, but I used one in his obituary piece last August

Many happy returns to all the living on our list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.


Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

In the year 2000!

Prediction: (reality in parentheses, according to Wikipedia) The ten most populous countries in 2000

1. China 1,189,600 (1,242,6000)
2. India 1,036,700 (1,040,000,000)
3. USSR 311,800,000 (Russia ranks 6th at 147,000,000)
4. United States 260,400,000 (3rd at 281,400,000)
5. Indonesia 221,600,000 (4th at 206,300,000)
6. Brazil 212,500,000 (5th at 170,000,000)
7. Bangladesh 153,300,000 (8th at 130,000,000)
8. Nigeria 148,900,000 (10th at 110,000,000)
9. Pakistan 145,000,000 (7th at 140,000,000)
10. Mexico 132,300,000 (11th at 97,000,000)

Comment: All in all, not such a bad list. They missed Japan in 9th place, but they were put in 11th instead, not so far off. They also couldn't predict the fall of the Soviet Union, so we will give them a pass on that one. They undershot the U.S. population by 21 million (8% under) and overshoot a lot of the developing world, most notably Brazil (25% over), Nigeria (35% over) and Mexico (36% over).

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The blog has put Ray Kurzweil to bed, so we'll meet our new Tuesday regular tomorrow. Exciting!

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

20 April 2014

Matt Sadowski-Austin b. 1978 (Dawn of the Dead, Power Rangers)
Viv Leacock b. 1974 (Almost Human, Continuum, Eureka, Smallville, Fringe, Hot Tub Time Machine, 2012, Supernatural)
William deVry b. 1968 (Hemlock Grove, Beauty and the Beast [2013], Stargate SG-1, Earth: Final Conflict, The Lost World [TV], Poltergeist: The Legacy, SeaQuest 2032)
Andy Serkis b. 1964 (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla [2014], The Hobbit, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Inkheart, Lord of the Rings, The Prestige, King Kong [2005])
Crispin Glover b. 1964 (Hot Tub Time Machine, Alice in Wonderland, Freezer Burn: The Invasion of Laxdale, Beowulf, The Wizard of Gore, Back to the Future)
Paris Vaughan b. 1961 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer [movie])
Mike Pniewski b, 1961 (Resurrection, Coma, From the Earth to the Moon, Superboy, Beauty and the Beast [1989], Spaceballs, The Twilight Zone [1986])
Clint Howard b. 1959 (Life with Zombies, Blood Reign: The Third Reich, Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian, Halloween, Star Trek: Enterprise, Total Recall 2070, From the Earth to the Moon, Apollo 13, Deep Space Nine, Leprechaun 2, Space Rangers, Carnosaur, The Rocketeer, Cocoon, Splash, Star Trek)
Geraint Wyn Davies b. 1957 (ReGenesis, Cube2: Hypercube, RoboCop: Prime Directives, Forever, Knight, Highlander, Dracula: The Series, Bionic Showdown)
Jessica Lange b. 1949 (American Horror Story, Neverwas, King Kong [1976])
Veronica Cartwright b. 1949 (Resurrection, Eastwick, The Invasion, Invasion [TV], The X-Files, Sliders, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, The Witches of Eastwick, Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978], Twilight Zone)
Michael Brandon b. 1945 (Captain America: The First Avenger, Doctor Who, Dinotopia)
Judith O’Dea b. 1945 (Night of the Living Dead)
Ian Watson b. 1943 (writer and editor)
George Takei b. 1937 (Star Trek, Lost Girl, The Big Bang Theory, Heroes, The Chronicle, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Oblivion 1 and 2, Beyond Westworld, The Six Million Dollar Man, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Twilight Zone, Rodan, Godzilla Raids Again)
Gary Raymond b. 1935 (UFO, Jason and the Argonauts, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man)
Robert DoQui b. 1934 died 9 February 2008 (Deep Space Nine, RoboCop 1, 2, and 3, Starman [TV], My Science Project, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kolchack: The Night Stalker, I Dream of Jeannie, The Outer Limits)
Nina Foch b. 1924 died 5 December 2008 (Alien Nation: Dark Horizon, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Outer Limits)
Leslie Phillips b. 1924 (Harry Potter, H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man [TV], The Gamma People)
Terry Maloney b. 1917 died 16 March 2008 (artist, New Worlds)
Bruce Cabot b. 1904 died 3 May 1972 (King Kong [1933])

Nice long list today. Here are some of my thoughts while compiling.

Jeez, I'm old moments: The lovely Jessica Lange is 65 and the goofball Crispin Glover is 50.

The list is kind of old, too: So much sci-fi is being done these days, there's usually several actors under 30 celebrating birthdays, but today the youngest person is turning 36.

Who should get the Picture Slot: Last year it was George Takei and I could have given him a repeat. I was thinking about Clint Howard, but sometimes I worry about over-using original Star Trek actors. I thought about Bruce Cabot from the original King Kong and Judith O'Dea from Night of the Living Dead, but as you can see, it's Jessica Lange for the 1970s King Kong.

Whole lotta big monkeys!  Bruce Cabot was the hero/adventurer from the original King Kong, Jessica Lange was the damsel in distress in the big budget 1970s remake and Andy Serkis did some motion capture and voice work as Kong in Peter Jackson's version.

Many happy returns of the day to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Predictor: The AT&T ad campaign from 1993 known as "You Will".

Disclaimer: I did this list last year, and you can find the full list and the video through this link. The amount of stuff they got right is pretty remarkable and I want to make a correction to my "reality" statements. Last year, I said "made a phone call from your wrist" was Close But No Cigar, and this year I would move it up to the Right On The Money category.

We live with technology constantly making small changes, so sometimes it's hard to see how much has happened in the last twenty years. No jetpacks or flying cars, but technology has made some amazing changes nevertheless.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

OMNI Future Almanac, always something to look forward to on Mondays.

Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

19 April 2014

Jai Courtney b. 1986 (Divergent, I, Frankenstein)
Hayden Christensen b. 1981 (Star Wars, Jumper, Harrison Bergeron)
James Franco b. 1978 (This is the End, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Green Hornet, Spider-Man, The X-Files)
Alexis Thorpe b. 1980 (Nightmare City 2035, The Man from Earth)
Ashley Judd b. 1968 (Divergent, Tooth Fairy, Bug, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Patricia Charbonneau b. 1959 (Strange World, SeaQuest 2032, RoboCop 2, Brain Dead)
Moira Sinise b. 1954 (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)
Dennis Dun b. 1952 (Charmed, Prince of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China, Beauty and the Beast)
Tim Curry b. 1946 (Alice [2009], The Secret of Moonacre, Wolf Girl, Addams Family Reunion, Doom Runners, Lexx, Congo, Earth 2, The Shadow, It, The Worst Witch, Legend, The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Rhodes Reason b. 1930 (Star Trek, King Kong Escapes, The Time Tunnel)
Dick Sargent b. 1930 died 8 July 1994 (Harry and the Hendersons, Teen Witch, The Six Million Dollar Man, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Beast with a Million Eyes)
Hugh O’Brian b. 1925 (Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, Rocketship X-M)

Last year I went with Hayden Christensen in the Picture Slot because he has the most iconic role in the biggest budget film. This year I went with Tim Curry because I love Tim Curry, as do all sentient beings. There are certainly other excellent choices, but you can be pretty sure I'm not going to use James Franco any time in the future. I've just never warmed up to the guy.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Predictor: Congressman Michael D. Harter (1846-1896) in honor of the Columbian Exposition of 1893

Prediction: The doctrine that the government which governs least governs best will, much earlier than 1993, be the unwritten but fundamental law.

Reality: Nice try, congressman. This guy might as well be an ancestor of Ron and Rand Paul. He is sold on the entire modern libertarian bill of goods, including the gold standard. But what really happened in the 20th Century was the growth of government, for good and for ill, a lot for good. It is still in doubt whether the idea of "promoting the general welfare" remains part of focus of government in this country, or if the preamble of the Constitution will be revised to "Fuck you, I've got mine."

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The weekly schedule is interrupted for a repeat consideration of list of predictions from the early 1990s that is pretty strong.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Friday, April 18, 2014

18 April 2014

Britt Robertson b. 1990 (Tomorrowland, Under the Dome, Power Rangers Time Force)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley b. 1987 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road [2015])
Laura Mennell b. 1980 (Alphas, Smallville, Supernatural, Fringe, Eureka, Watchmen, Flash Gordon [TV], Fallen, The 4400, Stargate: Atlantis, Andromeda, Millennium)
Ethan Cohn b. 1979 (Intelligence, The Amazing Spider-Man, Alice in Wonderland [2010], Heroes, Lady in the Water)
Melissa Joan Hart b. 1976 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch)
Martin Papazian b. 1976 (The Amazing Spider-Man, Supernatural, The Island, Charmed)
Edgar Wright b. 1974 (director, Ant-Man, Shaun of the Dead)
David Tennant b. 1971 (Doctor Who, Fright Night, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Quatermass Experiment [2005])
David Hewlett b. 1968 (Time Machine: Rise of the Morlocks, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Stargate, Splice, Mutant X, Cube, Scanners II)
Maria Bello b. 1967 (Touch, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)
Eric McCormack b. 1963 (Alien Trespass, The Andromeda Strain, Free Enterprise, Highlander, The Lost World)
Benedict Taylor b. 1960 (Star Wars: Episode I)
Eric Roberts b. 1956 (Sharktopus, Heroes, Pandemic, Witchblade, The Dark Knight, Doctor Who, so much low budget crap I can’t even count it all... and I counted Sharktopus, for pity's sake)
Rick Moranis b. 1953 (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors)
James Woods b. 1947 (Coma [TV], Vampires [1998], Contact, Cat’s Eye, Videodrome)
Robert Hooks b. 1937 (M.A.N.T.I.S., The Flash, V [1985], Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Time Express)
James Drury b. 1934 (Men Into Space, Forbidden Planet)
Clive Revill b. 1930 (Lois & Clark, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, C.H.U.D. II, Rumplestiltskin, Twilight Zone [1986], Wizards and Warriors, Death Ray 2000, The Empire Strikes Back, One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, The Little Prince, The Legend of Hell House)
Gunter Meisner b. 1926 died 5 December 1994 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Boys from Brazil)
Nigel Kneale b. 1922 died 29 October 2006 (author, Quatermass)
Frank R. Paul b. 1884 died 29 June 1963 (artist)

Plenty of actors and actresses deserve their chance in The Picture Slot today, including last year's choice David Tennant, but instead we have the artwork of Frank R. Paul, whose illustrations in the early years of the magazine Amazing Stories sets the stage for so much of the artistic style of sci-fi for decades after.

Many happy returns of the day to the living and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Predictor: Tom de Haven in Freaks' Amour, published 1979

Prediction: This story concerns the interrelationships of a group of wretched freaks created by a small-scale atomic accident on "Caliban night," April 18, 1988, and forced to earn their living doing "rape shows" in nightclubs.

Reality: This is another story with a date in it - this time an exact date - from the nuclear holocaust fiction database of Paul Brians. While alien invasion and science gone wrong are two major themes of strife in sci-fi, the two "realistic" fears most exploited in the genre were/are nuclear war and overpopulation. We haven't had a nuclear war since Nagasaki and knock wood it stays that way. As for overpopulation... a lot of people feel we are already there.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

We return to 1893, where white guys with facial hair looked boldly into the century just ahead of them and predicted things would go their way.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

17 April 2014

Paulie Litt b. 1995 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Speed Racer, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
Rooney Mara b. 1985 (Her, A Nightmare on Elm Street)
Nicholas D’Agosto b. 1980 (Heroes, Supernatural, Psycho Beach Party)
Jennifer Garner b. 1972 (Elektra, Daredevil, Dude, Where’s My Car)
Henry Ian Cusick b. 1967 (The 100, Fringe, Lost)
William Mapother b. 1965 (American Horror Story, Another Earth, Lost, Threshold, I <3 Vampires, Minority Report, Vanilla Sky)
Sean Bean b. 1959 (Percy Jackson, Game of Thrones, The Island, Lord of the Rings)
Kristine Sutherland b. 1955 (Buffy, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids)
Roddy Piper b. 1954 (They Live, RoboCop [TV], Highlander, Superboy, Hell Comes to Frogtown)
David Bradley b. 1942 (Harry Potter, The World’s End, Game of Thrones, The Strain, An Adventure in Space and Time, Doctor Who, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Sarah Jane Chronicles)
Ron Miller b. 1933 (producer, TRON, The Watcher in the Woods, The Black Hole, The Cat from Outer Space, Escape to Witch Mountain, Son of Flubber)
Michael Forest b. 1929 (Seven Days, King Kong Lives, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Viking Women and the Sea Serpent, The Deadly Mantis)
William Holden b. 1918 died 16 November 1981 (Damien: Omen II)
Paul Langton b. 1913 Died 15 April 1980 (Twilight Zone, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Invisible Invaders, The Cosmic Man)

A lot of tempting choices for the Picture Slot today. Michael Forest was Apollo on the original Star Trek, Kristine Sutherland was Buffy's mom and easily pretty enough for Pretty Girl = Picture Slot, as are Rooney Mara and Jennifer Garner, but I was in a Games of Thrones mood, so we get a picture of Ned Stark on the Iron Throne. David Bradley plays Walder Frey on the show, host of the infamous Red Wedding. It's hardly a spoiler to say that in the books and on the TV series, anyone can die at any time.

Many happy returns to the living on the list (which includes Sean Bean, an actor who is still alive even though most of the characters he plays get killed) and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.

Predictor: Byte Magazine, April 1980 issue

Prediction: wrist watch sized computers

Reality: Ha! This picture has been popping up several places on the Internet in the past week, usually with some "lookit how stoopid!" snark included. I'm certain the illustration was meant to be tongue in cheek, because you would need a tiny typist shrunk down to use the keyboard, unless... in the future we will be able to type using the POWER OF OUR MINDS!

In reality, this points out an important limitation of technology miniaturization, which is how to make input/output work. The texting generation have decided that two thumb typing is an acceptable method of input, but cell phones have stopped shrinking because the market wants a reasonably sized screen.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Our regular weekly schedule is interrupted once more for an exact date from a post-nuclear apocalypse... with nightclubs!

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

16 April 2014

Jordana Beatty b. 1998 (Superman Returns, Legend of the Seeker)
Rhiana Griffith b. 1985 (Pitch Black)
Gina Carano b. 1982 (Almost Human)
Lukas Haas b. 1976 (Touch, Inception, The Twilight Zone, Breakfast of Champions, Mars Attacks!, Solar Babies, Amazing Stories, Testament)
Sean Maher b. 1975 (Arrow, Warehouse 13. Serenity/Firefly)
Karl Yune b. 1975 (Real Steel, Speed Racer, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid)
Peter Billingsley b. 1971 (producer, Iron Man, Zathura)
Jon Cryer b. 1965 (The Outer Limits, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Amazing Stories)
Boyd Banks b. 1964 (Mr. Babysitter’s a Vampire, Lost Girl, Diary of the Dead, The Fountain, Land of the Dead, Phil the Alien, Wonderfalls, Dawn of the Dead)
Ricco Ross b. 1960 (Caper, Bite Me, Hydra, Babylon 5, Highlander, Timelock, Gulliver’s Travels [1996], The Tomorrow People [1992], Doctor Who, Aliens)
Ellen Barkin b. 1954 (Buckaroo Banzai)
Jay O. Sanders b. 1953 (Green Lantern, The Day After Tomorrow)
Billy West b. 1950 (Futurama, 2084, Invader ZIM, Samurai Jack, countless other voice work)
David Graf b. 1950 (Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Lois & Clark, Quantum Leap)
Barry Nelson b. 1919 died 7 April 2007 (The Shining, Battlestar Galactica, Twilight Zone)

If I included all voice work done by actors when making the lists of appearances, I could be typing all morning. But I do make the exception, and voice actor Billy West deserves it. While there have been many animated hit shows this century, I have my personal favorites and Invader ZIM is certainly one of them.

Many happy returns to the living on the list and to Barry Nelson, always glad to include an actor from the original Twilight Zone.

Movies released
Kick-Ass released, 2010

Predictor: T. Baron Russell in A Hundred Years Hence, published 1905

Prediction: Where improved facilities for travel enable men to live at a great distance from their work, the same facilities will enable their wives to do their shopping in the centres of commerce. Consequently, except for a few highly perishable commodities, such as milk, butter and the like, small shopkeepers in residential neighbourhoods will be driven out of business, as they are in fact already being driven out of it in the suburbs and dependencies of all large cities.

Reality: Russell could be docked a point or two for not realizing women would be a major part of the workforce in the 21st Century, but the idea of greater distances to get stuff in the suburbs explains California to a tee. I've only visited a few suburbs in other states and they didn't seem all that different. He also writes about large department stores killing smaller businesses, which of course sounds a lot like Walmart.

Nice job, Mr. Russell.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Breaking up the regular schedule for a prediction from a 1981 Byte magazine cover that is going viral right now.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!