Wednesday, September 25, 2013
25 September 2013
Joel David Moore b. 1977 (Avatar)
Clea DuVall b. 1977 (Buffy, The Faculty, American Horror Story)
Will Smith b. 1968 (Men in Black, I,Robot, I am Legend)
Christopher Reeve b, 1952 died 10 October 2004 (Superman)
Colin Friels b. 1952 (Dark City, Darkman)
Marc Hamill b. 1951 (Star Wars)
Today's birthday list is strong on star power. Putting either Reeve, Smith or Hamill in the Picture Slot is completely defensible, but I chose Reeve for three reasons.
1. He was so damn pretty.
2. Respect for the dead.
3. His first two Superman movies are the last two movies made about characters from the DC Universe that really felt optimistic.
Many happy returns to the living.
Predictor: T.Baron Russell in A Hundred Years Hence, published in 1905
Prediction: That impatient age will certainly not tolerate the inconvenience of having to send out to post its letters and parcels, or the tardiness of having these articles sorted and passed on for delivery only at intervals of half an hour or so. We may take it for granted that every well-equipped business office will be in direct communication, by means of large-calibred pneumatic tubes, with the nearest post-office.
Reality: As we know, our impatient age is not run on the convenience of pneumatic tubes, but I still remember the first time I saw one as a kid and thought, "Wow, that's the future!" We've opted instead for the Internet, which the late Senator Ted Stevens explained to us back in 2006 was "not a truck, but a series of tubes". So, kinda the same thing.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Thursday is H.G. Wells' day, most of his predictions taken from him glum 1933 book The Shape of Things to Come. Last week his prediction was about a particularly grim use of poison gas, but tomorrow he gives us a ray of hope about the end of the use of such weapons, though even that is wrapped in a glum package.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!