Friday, January 17, 2014
17 January 2014
Ray J b. 1981 (Mars Attacks!, Steel)
Zooey Deschanel b. 1980 (The Happening, Tin Man, Bridge to Terabithia, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Keith Robinson b. 1976 (Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue)
Freddy Rodriguez b. 1975 (Planet Terror, Lady in the Water)
Genndy Tartakovsky b. 1970 (Artist, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory)
Naveen Andrews b. 1969 (Lost, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Sinbad, Planet Terror, Rollerball , Mighty Joe Young )
Joshua Malina b. 1966 (The Big Bang Theory, American Horror Story, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Stargate SG-1, From the Earth to the Moon)
D.J. Caruso b. 1965 (director, I Am Number Four, Smallville, Dark Angel)
Jim Carrey b. 1962 (Kick-Ass 2, A Christmas Carol, The Number 23, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bruce Almighty, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Batman Forever, Earth Girls are Easy, Once Bitten)
Denis O'Hare b. 1962 (True Blood, American Horror Story)
Tom Lowell b. 1941 (Escape from the Planet of the Apes, The Invaders, The Addams Family, The Twilight Zone)
Andy Kaufman b. 1949 died 16 May 1984 (Heartbeeps)
James Earl Jones b. 1931 (Star Wars, Stargate SG-1, Lois & Clark, The Meteor Man, Conan the Barbarian, The UFO Incident)
Eartha Kitt b. 1927 (Holes, Erik the Viking, Batman )
Betty White b. 1922 (Lake Placid)
My first "Geez, I'm old!" moment of the morning came by realizing Andy Kaufman has been dead for 30 years. Lots of choices for the Picture Slot today. Last year it was James Earl Jones, but even with his name removed, there's a heck of a lot of star power here. I was this close to putting Betty White in, because All Sentient Beings Love Betty White, and Eartha Kitt, Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel are all worthy candidates as well, but I went with Naveen Andrews because I would argue that Lost is the defining genre show this century so far, no matter how bad it sucked at the end.
Many happy returns to all the living on this list, and to Andy Kaufman, thanks for all the weird memories.
Predictor: Gregory Stock in 2003
Prediction: We will alter ourselves as much as we have altered the world in the next five to ten years. We will have modified aging, modified emotions. We will have perfected human cloning and the selective implanting of children.
Reality: Did you know that the people who give TED talks are only paid travel expenses and hotel costs? Well, I hope they gave Dr. Stock a ticket on Greyhound and one night at the Travel Lodge, because this steaming pile certainly wasn't worth any more than that. There may come a day when cloning is acceptable and we can "modify" aging, but it's eleven years out from his brave new world and he got nothing right.
Okay, let me amend that slightly. We can "modify" emotion. Watching a TED Talk can almost always piss me off, so that has to count for something.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Saturday is our weekly scheduled trip back to 1893, a time of bold predictions and bolder facial hair.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!