"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

11 February 2014

Taylor Lautner b. 1992 (Twilight, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D)
Natalie Dormer b. 1982 (The Hunger Games – Mockingjay, Game of Thrones, Captain America)
Dru Viergever b. 1981 (The Colony, Survival of the Dead)
Jennifer Aniston b. 1969 (Quantum Leap, The Iron Giant, Bruce Almighty)
Wesley Strick b. 1954 (writer, Arachnophobia, Wolf, Doom, A Nightmare on Elm Street[2010])
Paul Norell b. 1952 (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena, Power Rangers, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Sonny Landham b. 1941 (2090, Predator)
Tina Louise b. 1934 (The Stepford Wives, Look What’s Happened to Rosemary’s Baby)
Conrad Janis b. 1928 (Bad Blood, V, Mork & Mindy, Quark, My Favorite Martian)
Leslie Nielsen b. 1926 died 28 November 2010 (Superhero Movie, 2001:A Space Travesty, Dracula: Dead and Loving It, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Tales of Tomorrow, Forbidden Planet)
Sidney Sheldon b. 1917 died 30 January 2007 (writer, The Twilight Zone [1986], I Dream of Jeannie)

 Last's year the Picture Slot was Taylor Lautner from Twilight, this year it's Natalie Dormer from Game of Thrones. I was in the mood for a fabulous babe picture and the other two candidates, Jennifer Aniston and Tina Loiuse, are much better known for their work outside the genre. It I decide to go with somebody else next year, Leslie Neilsen from Forbidden Planet is the only other actor with an iconic genre role on the list.

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

Predictor: Ray Kurzweil in the 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines

Prediction: By 2009, people will use personal computers the size of rings, pins, credit cards and books.

Reality: The largest size here, the size of a book, was definitely true when the tablet computers came out, but the other sizes are too small even today. There are objects this small with some very fancy electronics inside them, but the average person wouldn't think of them as "computers". It's no longer the chips that limit the size of the computer, but the input and output devices, most notably a keyboard big enough for typing or texting and a screen big enough to see. While cell phones aren't exactly personal computers, they are getting pretty damn close these days. It still remains to be seen if the wrist worn phones will be a success or not. We are now five years beyond the date of Kurzweil's predictions, with many yet to come true.

Looking one day... INTO THE FUTURE!

An exact date from Dale Brown that isn't all that exact.

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  1. I would disagree about cell phones, though. If I add a Bluetooth keyboard, I can do anything on my iPhone that I did on my old Mac Plus. Except write to a floppy disc.

    Or, maybe, SEE whatever the hell I'm working on. Stupid OEM eyeballs.

    1. Yes, it's clearly people that are the wrong size to use the gadgets we make now.

      That, of course, is why I'm working on my shrink ray. No other reason. What other reason would I have?

    2. I imagine your shrink ray will have a reverse function also. Making things bigger. No particular reason, I am sure.

    3. All inventions of mad scientists have antidotes. It's in the user's guide.

      I was actually hoping to use the shrink ray on myself, especially if I had a young, attractive and open minded assistant.

      But already, I have said too much.

    4. Odd that I presumed you would be making the assistant bigger, rather than the scientist smaller. hmmm.

  2. Today is also Caribou Barbie's birthday. I think the fact she's even on our radar semi-qualifies as science fiction...

    1. Radio conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is 40. He qualifies more than she does and I still didn't mention him.


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