The date for Back to the Future part 2

The date for Back to the Future part 2
The date for Back to the Future part 2

Friday, October 31, 2014

31 October 2014

Birthdays
Willow Smith b. 2000 (I am Legend)
Jordan-Claire Green b. 1991 (Forgotten Pills, Wizards of Waverly Place, Power Rangers Time Force)
Justin Chatwin b. 1982 (Dragonball: Evolution, The Invisible, Lost, War of the Worlds, Taken, Mysterious Ways, Smallville)
Samaire Armstrong b. 1980 (Resurrection, Rise: Blood Hunter, The X-Files)
Eddie Kaye Thomas b. 1980 (Wonderfalls, The X-Files, The Rage: Carrie 2)
Erica Cerra b. 1979 (Eureka, Mega Cyclone, Rise of the Damned, Supernatural, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Blade:Trinity, Smallville, Warehouse 13, Reaper, Battlestar Galactica, The 4400, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Jake 2.0, Dead Like Me)
Brian Hallisay b. 1978 (Awakening, Eastwick, Bionic Woman)
Piper Perabo b. 1976 (Looper, Carriers, The Prestige, George and the Dragon)
Johnny Whitworth b. 1975 (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Limitless, Gamer)
Keith Jardine b. 1975 (Gamer)
Nolan North b. 1970 (Star Trek Into Darkness, Haven)
Dermot Mulroney b. 1963 (Space Warriors)
Rob Schneider b. 1963 (Bedtime Stories, Click, The Animal, Little Nicky, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Judge Dredd, Demolition Man, Martians Go Home)
Peter Jackson b. 1961 (director, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, The Frighteners)
Neal Stephenson b. 1959 (won the 1996 Hugo for The Diamond Age)
Michael J. Anderson b. 1953 (Charmed, Carnivale, Black Scorpion, This is How the World Ends, The Phantom Eye, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, The X-Files, Deep Space Nine, Mannequin: On the Move, The Great Land of Small)
John Candy b.1950 died 4 March 1994 (The Rocket Boy, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, Splash, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins)
Stephen Rea b. 1946 (Ruby Strangelove Young Witch, V for Vendetta, Underworld: Awakening, In Dreams, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Company of Wolves, Cry of the Banshee)
Norman Lovett b. 1946 (Evil Aliens, Red Dwarf)
Brian Doyle-Murray b.1945 (Supernatural, Bedazzled [2000], Multiplicity, Lois & Clark, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters II, Scrooged)
David Ogden Stiers b. 1942 (Stargate: Atlantis, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Poltergeist: The Legacy, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, ALF)
Sally Kirkland b. 1941 (The Visitor from Planet Omicron, The Hunger [TV], The Incredible Shrinking Woman, The Incredible Hulk)
Ron Rifkin b. 1939 (Touch, Dragonfly, Wolf, Faerie Tale Theatre, Salvage 1, Silent Running)
Michael Landon b. 1936 died 1 July 1991 (I was a Teenage Werewolf)
Charles Cioffi b. 1935 (The X Files, Lois & Clark, Tucker’s Witch, Time After Time, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman, Return to Earth)
Richard Gauthier b. 1931 (The Munsters Today, Freddy’s Nightmares, Knight Rider, Man from Atlantis, Wonder Woman, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Mr. Terrific, Bewitched)
Michael Collins b. 1930 (astronaut, orbited moon in Apollo 11)
Lee Grant b. 1925 (Defending Your Life, The Swarm, Damien: Omen II, Marooned)

Notes on the Birthday List.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, I went with Erica Serra because she's pretty, not because she has a particularly iconic role, though some might count Eureka. This year, it's Michael Collins, the guy who was in orbiter when Armstrong and Aldrin were on the moon. As for next year, the early front runner is John Candy from Spaceballs.

2. Spot the Canadians! There are three today and I think it's possible to get them all with a little knowledge and spotting the correct tell-tale show.

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

And to my readers, Happy Halloween! 
 
Predictor: The baseball experts at ESPN

Predictions: At the beginning of the playoffs, only 1 of 70 experts had the Giants as World Series champs.

Reality: In fairness, you had to go out on a limb to pick a wild card team to win the whole thing. The Giants were without Angel Pagan, and his replacements in left field were good on defense but not Pagan's equal in the batter's box. The experts were fairly convinced the National League was superior this year, but they were in love with the Nationals, who got smacked around by the Giants, and the Dodgers, who lost to the Cards.

Long story short: Sports prediction is hard, but the final record of the experts of 18.1% correct is really awful.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to 1893 once again, this time with modest facial hair but bold prediction.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

30 October 2014

 Birthdays
Janel Parrish b. 1988 (Heroes)
Eva Marcille b. 1984 (Smallville)
Clémence Poésy b. 1982 (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Jon Foo b. 1982 (Tekken, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Batman Begins)
Jeremy Raymond b. 1982 (Psych, Arrow, Star Trek Into Darkness, Alice [2009 TV])
Fiona Dourif b. 1981 (Curse of Chucky, True Blood)
Shaun Sipos b. 1981 (The Vampire Diaries, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Grudge 2, Smallville)
Sarah Carter b. 1980 (Falling Skies, Skinwalkers, Smallville, Haven, Dark Angel, Mindstorm, The Immortal)
Paul Telfer b. 1979 (The Vampire Diaries, Co-op of the Damned, Hercules [TV], Stargate SG-1)
James A. Woods b. 1979 (Being Human, Source Code, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Big Wolf on Campus)
Matthew Morrison b. 1978 (Space Station 76)
Maria Thayer b. 1975 (Night of the Living Deb)
Adam Copeland b. 1973 (Haven)
Peter New b. 1971 (Delete, Fringe, Smallville, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Stargate SG-1, Dead Like Me, Kingdom Hospital, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Dark Angel, Seven Days, Level 9)
Michael Broderick b. 1968 (Extant, Touch, Universal Dead, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Jericho, Invasion, Threshold)
Jack Plotnick b. 1968 (The Vortex, Supernatural, Wizards of Waverly Place, Dead Last, Mystery Men, Buffy)
Gavin Rossdale b. 1965 (Constantine [2005])
Russell Yuen b. 1965 (Warehouse 13, The Incredible Hulk [2008], Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 10.5: Apocalypse, Left Behind: World at War, The Day After Tomorrow, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Big Wolf on Campus, Relic Hunter, Battlefield Earth, The Lost World)
Mark Steven Johnson b. 1964 (director, Ghost Rider, Daredevil)
Michael Beach b. 1963 (500 MPH Storm, Stargate: Atlantis, Knight Rider 2010, Quantum Leap, The Abyss)
David Yates b. 1963 (director, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
Kristina Wagner b. 1962 (Double Dragon)
Jayne Heitmeyer b. 1960 (Upside Down, Black Swarm, Voodoo Moon, Snakeman, Andromeda, Earth: Final Conflict, Total Recall 2070, NightMan, The Lost World, The Hunger [TV])
Kevin Pollak b. 1957 (Vamped Out, The Lost Room, From the Earth to the Moon, Perversions of Science, Willow)Juliet Stevenson b. 1956 (The Enfield Haunting, Atlantis [TV 2013], The Secret of Moonacre, The Snow Queen, If…, Truly Madly Deeply, Living with Dinosaurs)
Charles Martin Smith b.1953 (Fringe, Left Behind: World at War, Kingdom Hospital, Deep Impact, The X-Files, Roswell, Tales from the Crypt, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, The Twilight Zone [1985], Starman)
Harry Hamlin b. 1951 (Deadly Nightmares, Space, Clash of the Titans)
Rusty Goffe b. 1948 (Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Mirrormask, U.F.O., Through the Dragon’s Eye, Willow, Flash Gordon, Star Wars, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
Leon Rippy b. 1947 (Under the Dome, Eight Legged Freaks, The Thirteenth Floor, The Visitor, The Arrival, Stargate, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Universal Soldier, Moon 44, Quantum Leap, Werewolf, King Kong Lives, Maximum Overdrive, Firestarter, Tales of the Third Dimension)
Tim Kirk b. 1947 (artist)
Henry Winkler b. 1945 (Little Nicky)
Ed Lauter b. 1938 died 16 October 2013 (The Prometheus Project, Charmed, Highlander [TV], The X Files, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Rocketeer, Automan, Manimal, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, The Clonemaster, King Kong [1976])
Hamilton Camp b. 1934 died 2 October 2005 (Wishcraft, Star Trek: Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Lois & Clark, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman [1993], Megaville, The Twilight Zone, Mork & Mindy, Evilspeak, Bewitched, The Son of Dr. Jekyll)
William Campbell b. 1923 died 28 April 2011 (The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, Shazam!, Star Trek)
Norman Bird b. 1920 died 22 April 2005 (Omen III: The Final Conflict, First Men in the Moon, My Partner the Ghost, Burn, Witch, Burn)
Jane Randolph b. 1915 died 4 May 2009 (Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Curse of the Cat People, Cat People)
Ruth Gordon b. 1896 died 28 August 1985 (Voyage of the Rock Aliens, Rosemary’s Baby)

Notes on the birthday list
1. The Picture Slot. Last year it was William Campbell from Star Trek, this year Harry Hamlin from Clash of the Titans. Next year, the field is wide open.

2. Canadians spotted! This is a tough set. Usually, Smallville is a tell-tale sign, but we have non-Canadians who showed up and Canadians who didn't. Here's the list. Jeremy Raymond, Shaun Sipos, Sarah Carter, James A. Woods, Adam Copeland, Peter New,  Russell Nguyen and Jayne Heitmeyer.

3. Wait... he's dead? Ed Lauter died last year, but I don't recall hearing about it. A great Oh That Guy actor, I thought about putting him in the Picture Slot in his role from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but decided against it.

4. The Guy at the Door. Morbid bastid that I am, I take note that everyone younger than Henry Winkler is alive and everyone older is dead. Winkler is not even 70. That's way too young to be The Guy at the Door.

5. Too soon at the party. Pity poor Mark Steven Johnson. He made two movies based on Marvel comic books and they both tanked. These days, they can make a movie about a minor book like Guardians of the Galaxy and make three quarters of a billion dollars worldwide. To be fair, Guardians is a lot of fun and I do not begrudge the filmmakers one penny of their success. Heck, I saw it twice and I'm too old to do that anymore.

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


In the year 2000!

Predictor: Lee de Forest, "The Father of Radio", predicting the world of 2000 in the 17 January 1960 edition of the Sunday supplement American Weekly.

Prediction: There will be almost no housekeeping problems. Temperature, humidity, and velocity of air in each part of the home will be kept automatically at comfortable levels, day and night. Smoke, dust, and harmful bacteria will be purged from the air before it enters. The reversible heat pump, based on the principle of a refrigeration unit, will cool homes in summer and heat them in winter.

Reality: Sounds like a clean room, not a home. Reversible heat pumps exist, but warming homes when the temperature gets below freezing is a difficult task that sucks up a lot of energy.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

A final report on the ESPN experts' picks for the World Series.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

29 October 2014

Birthdays
India Eisley b. 1993 (Underworld: Awakening)
Carlson Young b. 1990 (True Blood, Heroes)
Cherlilyn Wilson b. 1988 (True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, I (heart) Vampires, Supernatural)
Janet Montgomery b. 1985 (Salem, Gothica [TV], Merlin)
Johnny Lewis b. 1983 died 26 Sept. 2012 (Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, Smallville)
Chelan Simmons b. 1982 (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Kyle XY, Ogre, Stargate: Atlantis, Supernatural, The Collector, Zix:Level Two, Smallville, Wonderfalls, Snakehead Terror, Monster Island, Carrie [2002 TV movie], It [1990])
Ben Foster b. 1980 (30 Days of Night, X-Men: The Last Stand, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Punisher, FlashForward)
Andrew Lee Potts b. 1979 (Dracula [2013 TV], Primeval, True Bloodthrist, Alice [2009 TV], Strange)
Brendan Fehr b. 1977 (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: First Class, Roswell, NightMan, The New Addams Family)
Aksel Hennie b. 1975 (Hercules)
Gabrielle Union b. 1972 (FlashForward, Meet Dave, The Others, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Winona Ryder b. 1971 (Star Trek, S1m0ne, Alien: Resurrection, Dracula, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice)
Michael Daingerfield b. 1970 (Arrow, Smallville, Tooth Fairy, The 4400, Dark Storm, The Time Tunnel [2006], Clash of the Titans [2006 TV], Supernatural, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Catwoman, Kingdom Hospital, Dreamcatcher, Stargate SG-1, Earth: Final Conflict, Highlander: The Raven)
Grayson McCouch b. 1968 (Gotham, Forbidden Island, Armageddon)
Rufus Sewell b. 1967 (Hercules, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Mermaid Chronicles Part 1: She Creature, Arabian Nights, Dark City)
Joely Fisher b. 1967 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Inspector Gadget, The Mask, Something is Out There)
Tim Minear b. 1963 (writer/producer, American Horror Story, Dollhouse, Angel, Firefly, Wonderfalls, The X-Files, Lois and Clark, Strange World)
Finola Hughes b. 1959 (Charmed, Generation X)
Dan Castellaneta b. 1957 (Futurama, Super 8, Stargate: SG-1, Space Jam, Highlander [TV], ALF)
Deborah Reed b. 1950 (Troll 2)
Kate Jackson b. 1948 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Topper [TV movie], Dark Shadows)
Richard Dreyfuss b.1947 (Coma [2012 TV], Piranha 3D, Tin Man, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Bewitched)
Margaret Nolan b. 1943 (Mystery and Imagination, Witchfinder General)
Jack Shepherd b. 1940 (The Golden Compass)
Ralph Bakshi b. 1938 (Cool World, Lord of the Rings, Wizards, Fire and Ice, Spider-Man)
Michael Jayston b. 1935 (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1997 TV], Highlander: The Final Dimension, Doctor Who, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [1972], UFO)
Margaret Sheridan b. 1926 died 1 May 1982 (The Thing from Another World)
Robert Hardy b. 1925 (Harry Potter, The 10th Kingdom, Gulliver’s Travels [TV], Frankenstein [1994], Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Supernatural [1977 TV mini-series], Gawain and the Green Knight)
Eddie Constantine b. 1913 died 25 February 1993 (Frankenstein’s Aunt, Alphaville)

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. I will admit my willfulness with my Picture Slot selections for this date. Last year I went with Margaret Sheridan from the poster of The Thing from Another World and this year it's Rufus Sewell, star of Dark City, a film I loved. The thing is, there are two honest to Odin movie stars on this list with iconic roles, Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters and several roles for Winona Ryder. One of them will get the Picture slot in 2015. As for my choices in 2013 and 2014, I will invoke The First Rule of Blogging, coined by myself, which is "You're not the boss of me."

So there.


2. Spot the Canadians! Very tough today to get all three. I'll give two small hints. They are all born after 1968 and there is one actor whose resume looks Canadian but isn't, while a true Canadian has only a smattering of parts in Canadian genre productions.

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
 
 
 Predictor: Anonymous writer in the New York World, writing in March 1911 about the first of February, 2011

Prediction: John Smith generally employs his afternoons in perfecting his education. He often goes to the Museum, wherein are preserved specimens of extinct animals such as horses, dogs, cats, sheep and chickens. He loves to study the day in which such beings were the companions of men.

For now, such progress have chemistry and mechanics made that man has no more need of animals. He has killed off some and neglected to foster the multiplication of others, so they disappeared. The whistle of machinery and the hum of motors have taken the place of the song of birds. The forests are deserted and the fields without moos, whinnies or larks.

Reality: This is not the only prediction of mass extinction we have had. John Elfreth Watkins and H.G. Wells wrote things like this, but not quite as complete a massacre. His idea that horses were becoming obsolete was an obvious trend by 1911, but thinking that animal lovers would allow dogs,  cats and horses to become extinct is a very strange misread of human nature.

Never to be Forgotten: Elizabeth Norment 1953-2014

Another sad obituary of someone dead much too young. Elizabeth Norment, best known for her role on the Netflix series House of Cards as Nancy Kaufberger, the executive assistant to Kevin Spacey's Francis Underwood, has died at the age of 61 from cancer. She is remembered here for her roles in Runaway, the 1984 sci-fi movie written and directed by Michael Crichton, and the Twilight Zone story Examination Day, from which the still on the left is taken. The episode is based on a short story by Henry Slesar and is still one of the creepiest pieces of sci-fi I have ever read.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Elizabeth Norment, from a fan. She is never to be forgotten.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Thursday means Lee de Forest, who will be describing the home of the future for the next few weeks.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

28 October 2014

 Birthdays
Sierra McCormick b. 1997 (Land of the Lost, Supernatural)
Devon Murray b.1988 (Harry Potter)
Matt Smith b. 1982 (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Terminator: Genisys, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Clone)
Michael Stahl-David b. 1982 (In Your Eyes, The Congress, Cloverfield)
Dwayne Cameron b. 1981 (Legend of the Seeker, Power Rangers, Dark Knight, Amazon High)
Joaquin Phoenix b. 1974 (Her, The Village, Signs, Superboy, SpaceCamp)
Michael Dougherty b. 1974 (writer, Superman Returns, X2)
Greg Eagles b. 1970 (Teeth and Blood, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Black Scorpion, The Burning Zone)
Julia Roberts b. 1967 (Mirror Mirror, Mart Reilly, Hook, Flatliners)
Stephen Hunter b. 1968 (The Hobbit)
Chris Bauer b. 1966 (Tomorrowland, True Blood, Fringe, The Lost Room, Devil’s Advocate, Snow White: A Tale of Terror)
Jami Gertz b. 1965 (The Neighbors, The Lost Boys, Solarbabies)
Lauren Holly b. 1963 (Alphas, Lost Girl, Living with the Dead)
Daphne Zuniga (Spaceballs, The Fly II)
Jonathan Mostow b. 1961 (director, Terminator 3)
Annie Potts b. 1952 (Ghostbusters I & II, The Man Who Fell to Earth [TV movie], Amazing Stories, Twilight Zone [1985])
Joe R. Lansdale b. 1951 (writer, Bubba Ho-Tep, Batman, Jonah Hex)
Ian Marter b. 1944 died 28 October 1986 (Doctor Who, The Abominable Dr. Phibes)
Dennis Franz b. 1944 (City of Angels, The Fury)
George ‘Buck’ Flower b. 1937 died 18 June 2004 (Power Rangers, Wishmaster, Village of the Damned, Plughead Rewired: Circuitry Man II, Warlock: The Armageddon, Mirror Images, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Dragonflight, They Came from Outer Space [TV], Back to the Future Parts I & II, They Live, Mac and Me, Pumpkinhead, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, Berserker, The Night Stalker, Starman, Escape from New York, The Fog, The Time Machine [TV movie], The Invisible Man [1975 TV])
Jane Alexander b. 1939 (Terminator Salvation, The Ring, Testament)
Suzy Parker b. 1932 died 3 May 2003 (Twilight Zone)
Joan Plowright b. 1929 (The Spiderwick Chronicles, George and the Dragon, Last Action Hero)
Elsa Lanchester b. 1902 died 26 December 1986 (Off to See the Wizard, Mary Poppins, Bell Book and Candle, Alice in Wonderland [1955 TV], Bride of Frankenstein)
John Boles b. 1985 died 27 February 1969 (Frankenstein [1931])

Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Matt Smith as the Doctor. This year, I went with the biggest movie star and her poster picture from Mirror Mirror. Next year, there are lots of possibilities, including Elsa Lanchester from The Bride of Frankenstein, Suzy Parker from the original Twilight Zone series (a model/actress, in her day possibly prettier than Julia Roberts), Annie Potts from Ghostbusters or Daphne Zuniga from Spaceballs. The only male who is even in the running is Joaquin Phoenix from Her.

2. We got plenty of nothing! Not only is today's birthday list Star Trek free, we are also devoid of Canadians. I expect this is going to be rare.

3. Oh That Bum. The busiest beaver among our birthday boys and girls today is George 'Buck' Flower, who started his career in 1970s soft porn but later became a character actor specializing in beggars, bums, winos and homeless men. Seriously, over 10% of his 158 roles are nameless, credited only as Drunk, Homeless Man, Wino, etc. You might think I am mocking him, but I always show respect to guys who make a living one role at a time. The only thing he had that was close to a regular paycheck was playing a character named Roy on the short-lived TV sitcom Flo. That's a hard way to keep food on the table and may he be blessed by Odin, Vishnu and the little Baby Jebus.

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

Movies released
In Time released 2011  

Predictor: FM-2030 in Upwing Priorities, published 1981

Prediction: Teledemocracy: All forms of leadership are intrinsically authoritarian - the differences are in degrees. Voting for leaders and representatives (who then make unilateral decisions for the people) is not democracy. Let us stop deluding ourselves. In our times democracy means direct participation in all decision making. This means voting not for leaders - but voting directly on issues.

Accelerators: Every week every month - or as often as necessary - people deploy their tranceivers to vote directly on issues. All sides of every issue are regularly telecast. Computer flashforwards of probable consequences of each scenario are simultaneously aired. (Because there are no struggles for leadership issues are depoliticized. The focus is on the merits of each plan.) Temporary committees (picked at random every month) supervise the referendums and implementation of decisions. In the age of two-way interactive telespheres leaders and representatives are as superfluous as scribes. By the first decade of the new century government will exist mainly in name as power will shift to the people via direct consensing.


Reality: Time to bring The Big Ugly Stick out of its burlap bag and give old FM-2030 a few well placed and well deserved whacks. I'm pretty sure FM stands for Frozen Moron, but I'd have to look that up. Just in case I got it right, I'm going to start using the nickname FroMo for this goofball.

Yet again, I have typed his stuff verbatim. I continue to be amazed the lengths to which he went to avoid using commas. But let us not be blinded by his bad punctuation and pompous neologisms. The real problems here are his incredibly bad ideas. Let's start with the first sentence about all leadership being authoritarian. Can you imagine what it must have been like inside his cult? I imagine a fascist dictatorship, don't you?

I live in California and the proposition system, first instituted in the days when the oil and railroad trusts owned the legislature, was meant to allow direct participation. Now, it is often a way for moneyed interests to get their way using a method cheaper than the outright bribery used so often today. In FM-2030's scenario, the problems we have now would be even worse. The rich would do everything they could to make sure their interests were protected, most notably by monopolizing the airwaves so their view would always be available. The temporary committee idea is a good way to make sure nearly no project taking a year or more to complete would ever be completed. As for the computer "flashforwards", who programs the computers? If some programmer's work in prediction is consistently wrong, who is the person who decides if he or she is sacked or not? If decisions were made by consensus, we'd probably have Ebola quarantine zones in every state and not a penny being spent to combat climate change.

Old FroMo has been steadily wrong time after time, but these two paragraphs are like the distilled essence of his arrogant bullshit.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Like with FroMo, I type the predictions from the 1911 New York World article verbatim. Unlike FroMo, I rarely want to bring the anonymous writer back to life and beat him senseless.


Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Monday, October 27, 2014

27 October 2014

 Birthdays
Hunter Ansley Wryn b. 1994 (Snow White: A Deadly Summer, Serenity, Charmed)
Sebastian Gacki b. 1984 (Evil Feed, Supernatural, The Thaw, Flash Gordon [TV], Beyond Loch Ness, Smallville, Kyle XY)
Emilie Ullerup b. 1984 (Leprechaun: Origins, Almost Human, The Philadelphia Experiment [2012 TV], A Little Bit Zombie, Witchslayer Gretl, Supernatural, Sanctuary, Smallville, Battlestar Galactica)
Jamie Yeates b. 1983 (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Scott Fearn b. 1983 (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
Patrick Fugit b. 1982 (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Dead Birds, Legion of Fire: Killer Ants!)
Tom Nagel b. 1980 (Volcano Zombies, Man of Steel, Dracula’s Curse, The Beast of Bray Road)
Monica Louwerens b. 1983 (The Vampire Diaries, Heroes, Phil of the Future, Power Rangers Wild Force, The Chronicle, The Invisible Man)
James Logan b. 1970 (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, No Ordinary Family, The X Files)
Peter O’Meara b. 1969 (Resident Evil: Extinction, Haven)
Jeff East b. 1957 (Pumpkinhead, Otherworld, Superman, The Day After)
Robert Picardo b. 1953 (Age of Tomorrow, Time Machine: The Rise of the Morlocks, SGU Stargate Universe, No Ordinary Family, Supernatural, Monsterwolf, Smallville, Ben 10: Race Against Time, Universal Remote, The 4400, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Star Trek: Voyager, Seven Days, Small Soldiers, VR.5, Matinee, The Witches of Eastwick [TV], Innerspace, 976-EVIL, The Man Who Fell to Earth [1987 TV], Gremlins 2, Star Trek: First Contact, Stargate SG-1, Amazing Stories, Legend, The Howling)
Peter Firth b. 1953 (Total Recall 2070, Mighty Joe Young [1998], Highlander [TV], Lifeforce, The Picture of Dorian Gray [1976])
Ted Wass b. 1952 (director, Big Bang Theory, actor, The Canterville Ghost [1986])
Jayne Kennedy b. 1951 (Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Angus MacInness b. 1947 (Hellboy, Space Island One, Judge Dredd, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Outland, Superman II, Star Wars, Space:1999, Rollerball)
Ivan Reitman b. 1946 (director, Evolution, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Ghostbusters)
Carrie Snodgress b. 1945 died 1 April 2004 (The X Files, The Fury)
John Cleese b. 1939 (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Harry Potter, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Erik the Viking, Whoops Apocalypse, Time Bandits, Doctor Who)
Carolyn Craig b. 1934 died 12 December 1970 (House on Haunted Hill)
Ned Wertimer b. 1923 died 2 January 2013 (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Mork & Mindy, I Dream of Jeannie, Pinocchio [1968 TV], Santa Claus Conquers the Martians)
Ruby Dee b. 1922 died 12 June2014 (The Stand)
Leif Erickson b. 1911 died 29 January 1986 (Project U.F.O., Twilight’s Last Gleaming, The Evil Touch, The Six Million Dollar Man: Solid Gold Kidnapping, The Sixth Sense [1972 TV], Invaders from Mars [1953])

Notes from the Birthday List.
1. The Picture Slot.  Last year, I used a picture of Robert Picardo as The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager, and I argued with myself whether he should be used again. He is a very hard working Oh That Guy, especially in genre. I can't be sure if he's at the "Hey, it's Abe Vigoda" level of fame or the "Hey, it's that holographic doctor!" level. In any case, not wanting to repeat, I used a picture of John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick from the Harry Potter films.

2. Wait... she's dead? I have no recollection of reading that Carrie Snodgress died about ten years ago. Checking out her obits, I didn't know about her relationships with Neil Young or Jack Nitzsche. I did remember her name from Diary of a Mad Housewife.

3. Spot the Canadians! There are four Canadian residents on the list today, three born after 1964 and one born before. The oldest one is hard to spot. Answers in the comments.

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

Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982

Prediction: Several black hole anomalies have been mentioned in astronomical journals, but none have been verified. There will be verification before 2000.

Reality: Full marks here. In 1994, the Hubble telescope verified a black hole in galaxy M87. Here is a link with more information.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Back to the regular schedule, which means the comma free musings of FM-2030, enormous prat.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Never to be Forgotten:
Marcia Strassman 1946-2014

 Marcia Strassman, the actress who first came to prominence as Gabe Kablan's wife in Welcome Back Kotter, has died at the age of 66. She is remember here at a sci-fi blog for her roles in Tremors [TV], Earth Minus Zero, Highlander, And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird, Brave New World, Time Express and the role pictured here in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. While she is not younger than I am, I am just getting used to the fact that people from TV in the 1960s are dying, and I am in no way comfortable with people who became famous in the 1970s passing away.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Marcia Strassman, from an adoring fan. She is never to be forgotten.

26 October 2014

Birthdays
Morgan Saylor b. 1994 (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant)
Hal Ozsan b. 1976 (True Blood, Beauty and the Beast [2012], Cybergeddon Zips, Supernatural, Kyle XY, Roswell, FreakyLinks)
Mahesh Jadu b. 1982 (I, Frankenstein)
Wendy Clarice Jordan b. 1977 (Jurassic World)
Rosemary DeWitt b. 1973 (The Watch)
Seth MacFarlane b. 1973 (Ted, FlashForward, Tooth Fairy, Star Trek:Enterprise)
Chris Burns b. 1973 (The Walking Dead, Zombieland, Return of the Jackalope) Rupert Wyatt b. 1972 (director, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
Lisa Ryder b. 1970 (Alphas, Andromeda, Jason X, Total Recall 2070, Earth: Final Conflict, Forever Knight)
Trevor White b. 1970 (World War Z, The Dark Knight Rises, Strange Frequency)
Robert Maillet b. 1969 (The Strain, Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds, Hercules [2014], Haven, Septic Man, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Pacific Rim, S.W.I.T.C.H., A Little Bit Zombie, Immortals, Merlin, Monster Brawl, Lexx)
David Eick b. 1968 (producer, Touch, Caprica, Battlestar Galactica, The Bionic Woman, Them [2007 TV movie], Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, M.A.N.T.I.S., The Incredible Hulk)
Steve Valentine b. 1966 (The Big Bang Theory, Beauty and the Beast [2014], Supernatural, Warehouse 13, Wizards of Wavertly Place: The Movie, Spider-Man 3, FreakyLinks, Charmed, Good vs. Evil, Don't Look Under the Bed, Mars Attacks!)
Kelly Rowan b. 1965 (Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Hook, War of the Worlds [TV])
Tom Cavanaugh b.1963 (The Flash, Snow 2: Brain Freeze, Beyond Reality)
Cary Elwes b. 1962 (Wonder Woman, The X Files, Shadow of the Vampire, From the Earth to the Moon, Ella Enchanted, Dracula [1992], The Princess Bride, The Bride)
Dylan McDermott b. 1961 (Automata, American Horror Story)
Patrick Breen b. 1960 (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, Angel, The Tick)
Ingrid Anderson b. 1960 (Hercules [1983])
Julie Dawn Cole b. 1957 (Galloping Galaxies!, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Rita Wilson b. 1956 (From the Earth to the Moon, Teen Witch, The Day It Came to Earth)
Roger Allam b. 1953 (V for Vendetta, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, Speed Racer)
Rondi Reed b. 1952 (The Astronaut's Wife)
Bob Hoskins b. 1942 died 29 April 2014 (Snow White and the Huntsman, Neverland, Doomsday, Wind in the Willows, Son of the Mask, The Lost World, Super Mario Bros., Hook, Brazil, Who Framed Roger Rabbit)
Kenneth Johnson b. 1942 (writer, V, Alien Nation, The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, Steel, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Tilo Pruckner b. 1940 (Iron Sky, The NeverEnding Story)
Mary Black b. 1935 (Leprechaun: Origins, Man of Steel, The Beast of Bottomless Lake, Supernatural, Slither, The Fog, Elf, Dead Like Me, Level 9)
Ivor Francis b. 1918 died 22 October 1896 (Alien Zone, Man From Atlantis, The Six Million Dollar Man, Dark Shadows, I Dream of Jeannie)
Jackie Coogan b. 1914 died 1 March 1984 (The Addams Family, I Dream of Jeannie, The Space Children)
Fred Graham b. 1908 died 10 October 1979 (The Giant Gila Monster)

The Picture Slot this year is Cary Elwes from The Princess Bride, one of the best dialogue movies made in my lifetime. Last year I used Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester and next year it's a toss-up between the late Bob Hoskins and Julie Dawn Cole as Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Spot the Canadian is way too tough today, as some non-Canadians show up in multiple Canuck productions and some Canadian show up in very few. The correct answers are Lisa Ryder, Trevor White, Robert Maillet, Kelly Rowan, Mary Black and Ivor Francis. Hal Ozan and Steve Valentine are not Canadian. As I wrote, this one was too tough.

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

Movies released
Cloud Atlas released, 2012
Predictor: Back to the Future, released 3 July 1985

Prediction: On 26 October 1985, Marty McFly takes Dr. Emmett Brown’s time machine back to 5 November 1955.

Reality: This movie was technically predicting the future, but only three months ahead. As you probably know, mankind has not ironed out all the bugs in the flux capacitor.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

The weekly schedule returns tomorrow, just in time for anther prediction from the OMNI Future Almanac.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!