Monday, February 24, 2014
24 February 2014
Ungela Brockman b. 1970 (Mystery Men, Starship Troopers, Babylon 5, From Dusk Till Dawn)
Billy Zane b. 1966 (Leprechaun’s Revenge, Scorpion King 3, Journey to Promethea, Evil in the Time of Heroes, BloodRayne, Charmed, The Phantom, Back to the Future I and II)
Beth Broderick b. 1959 (Under the Dome, Lost, Bionic Woman, Supernatural, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Psycho Beach Party)
Mark Moses b. 1958 (Race to Space, Star Trek: Voyager)
Helen Shaver b. 1951 (The 4400, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The Craft, Tremors II, Starship Invasions)
Edward James Olmos b. 1947 (Battlestar Galactica, Wolfen, Blade Runner)
Barry Bostwick b. 1945 (2010: Moby Dick, Lexx, Project: Metalbeast, Aladdin, The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Richard Powers b. 1921 died 9 March 1996 (illustrator)
August Derleth b. 1909 died 4 July 1971 (author, The Trail of Cthulhu, the Solar Pons series)
Last year, Edward James Olmos had the Picture Slot, and for iconic genre work by an actor, only Barry Bostwick in Rocky Horror is close to competing. But instead, I went with a representative illustration from Richard Powers, whose paintings adorned a jillion sci-fi paperbacks back in the day.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, and to the dead, thanks for the memories.
Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, publish in 1982
Prediction: Some scientists cite 2000 as the approximate year when the carbon dioxide "greenhouse" effect will be recognized as having raised global temperatures significantly. Some environmentalists predict that CO2 pollution will create a canopy over the earth that will prevent heat from radiating into space. Most experts doubt this occur. Instead, many scientists are worried about a widespread gradual cooling trend that could take hold by this year. If earth is indeed cooling, the climate change could signal the eventual onset of a new Ice Age that would slowly freeze much of the populated world by the year 12,000.
Reality: See how stupid "some environmentalists" really are? They don't even agree with "most experts" and "many scientists". This is why I trust serious folks like Senator James Inhofe and rich guy Donald Trump.
All kidding aside, the increase in CO2 was already well underway in the early eighties, having been measured at Mauna Loa since 1958. The greenhouse gas effect was a conjecture of Joseph Fourier in 1824 and was confirmed by experiments, becoming an accepted scientific theory by 1860. There is certainly a chance that we will have another Ice Age by the year 12,000, especially if humans aren't here anymore or we have finally sucked every last fossil fuel out of the earth by then.
In the short run, by which I mean decades instead of millennia, bet on the planet getting warmer overall.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
More Ray Kurzweil, overestimating the speed of technological advancement.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!