Tuesday, February 4, 2014
4 February 2014
Brandy Ledford b. 1969 (Stargate, Andromeda, Smallville, The Invisible Man, Demolition Man)
Jenette Goldstein b. 1960 (Star Trek: Generations, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Max Headroom, Aliens)
Mitchell Kosterman b. 1958 (Stargate SG-1, Smallville, Dark Angel, The X-Files, Sliders)
John Schuck b. 1940 (Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager, Babylon 5, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek VI, Star Trek IV, Holmes and Yoyo)
George A. Romero b, 1940 (director, Survival of the Dead, Diary of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead)
Gary Conway b. 1936 (Land of the Giants, I was a Teenage Frankenstein, The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent)
Russell Hoban b. 1925 died 13 December 2011 (author, Riddley Walker)
William Phipps b. 1922 (Twilight Zone, Cat-Women of the Moon, War of the Worlds, Invaders from Mars)
George A. Romero likely counts as The Big Name on today's birthday list, though I do have a soft spot for Russell Hoban as a writer. I could have gone with Gary Conway from Land of the Giants in the Picture Slot, but instead it's Jenette Goldstein in her first role on film in Aliens as the tough and buff Private Vasquez.
Many happy returns of the day to all the living on the list, and to Russell Hoban, thanks for all the memories.
Predictor: Ray Kurzweil in the 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines
Prediction: By 2009, people can talk to their computer to give commands.
Reality: This one was fairly accurate, though I would say it depends on what people define as "their computer". Voice commands to a music list existed in 2009, but I'm not sure most people would think of a music database as "their computer". On the other hand, everyone would count Siri as "talking to a computer" and that app was released in 2011.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Tomorrow, our weekly schedule is interrupted by the exact date of a virus coming to Earth from outer space.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!