Tuesday, August 27, 2013
27 August 2013
Alexa Vega b. 1988 (Spy Kids)
Peter Stormare b. 1953 (Armageddon, Minority Report)
Paul Rubens b. 1952 (Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie)
Barbara Bach b. 1947 (Caveman)
Besides being one of the Cute Girls on the list, Ms. Vega earns the Picture Slot over the other actors on the list because Spy Kids is a defining role for her, while the other actors are better known for non-genre work, Stormare in Fargo, Rubens as Pee-Wee Herman and Bach as a Bond girl.
Many happy returns to all.
In the year 2000!
Prediction: A major objective of applied physics will be to control gravity
Predictor: Robert A. Heinlein in his 1950 set of predictions for the future
Reality: Some of Einstein's ideas kinda sorta became part of popular culture, but his view of gravity and the conclusions that should be drawn from it haven't quite sunk into consciousness of the general public. (Objects warp spacetime locally, the more massive the object, the greater the warp.)
Getting into outer space and colonizing it are major concepts in science fiction and even actual scientists like Stephen Hawking and Neil DeGrasse Tyson have bought into the idea that outer space is our future. If we do achieve it, it won't be by "taming" gravity. Gravity is a core concept of the universe and a hell of a lot bigger than we are.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Because progress hadn't quite reached the dizzying speeds of the mid 20th Century, futurists from the early 20th Century tend to be more sensible and get more stuff right that their later counterparts. We will see a fine example of this in another prediction about the 21st Century from 1905 by T. Baron Russell.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!