Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell illustration

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell illustration
Poster from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, starring Bertie Carvel & Eddie Marsan

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5 February 2013

 Movie releases
Spy Kid 3-D: Game Over released 2003

Tom Wilkinson b. 1948

Mr. Wilkinson's long career with many fine films in it has very few forays into the genre, but he was in Batman Begins, so the blog wishes him a happy birthday.

Prediction: “Here lie the bare bones of the United States of America, conceived in freedom, died in bondage. 1776-1986. Death came mercifully, in one stroke, during senility. “Rest in Peace!”

Year of Prediction: 1947 in the essay The Last Days of the United States by Robert A. Heinlein, 1947

Reality: Heinlein read "Hap" Arnold's report and freaked the fuck out. As he often did, he wrote his view that Arnold was a visionary and everyone else was an idiot in forceful prose, starting with the quote above, the number pulled out of... a hat.

A hat being worn by his ass.

To be fair, grumpy old Bob calmed down within a few years, and his prediction in 1950 for the year 2000 is much more optimistic. We'll read that when he gets his turn again next Tuesday.

Looking ahead one day... INTO THE FUTURE! Wednesday is John Elfreth Watkins Day here on the blog, and from his vantage point in 1900, he sees nothing but good things for the horseless carriage... in the year 2000!

Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. Old Bob wasn't that far off. There's a whole bunch of people over at Red State who are convinced America died in 2008....

  2. Grumpy old Bob was a proto-Tea Party type with a book about "taking the country back". He died in 1988 so the victory of the truly crazy was something he didn't get to see.


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