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Monday, March 10, 2014

10 March 2014

Birthdays
Olivia Wilde b. 1984 (Her, TRON: Legacy, In Time, Cowboys & Aliens)
Rafe Spall b. 1983 (The World’s End, Life of Pi, Earthbound, Prometheus, Grindhouse, Dracula [TV], Shaun of the Dead)
Edi Gathegi b. 1979 (X-Men: First Class, Twilight)
Jon Hamm b. 1971 (Sucker Punch, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Charmed)
Paget Brewster b. 1969 (The Venture Brothers, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Cyxork 7)
Jasmine Guy b. 1962 (Dead Like Me,The Vampire Diaries, Lois & Clark)
Scott Frank b. 1960 (writer, The Wolverine, Minority Report)
Sharon Stone b. 1958 (Sphere, Total Recall, Badlands 2005)
Robert Llewellyn b. 1956 (Red Dwarf, MirrorMask)
Bruce Joel Rubin b. 1943 (writer, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Last Mimzy, Deep Impact, Jacob’s Ladder, Ghost, Deadly Friend, Brainstorm)
Warner Anderson b. 1911 died 26 August 1976 (Destination Moon)
Sam Jaffe b. 1891 died 24 March 1984 (Battle Beyond the Stars, The Bionic Woman, Batman, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Lost Horizon)

Last year, Olivia Wilde was in the Picture Slot because... purdy. We have many other purdy choices, but for iconic in sci-fi, I would argue on this list the top three are Ms. Wilde in the new TRON, Warner Anderson in Destination Moon and the guy you are looking at, Robert Llewellyn as the mechanoid Kryten from Red Dwarf. Some might argue for Sharon Stone, but I really don't care for her. I do like Jon Hamm, but he was in the not very memorable version of The Day the Earth Stood Still. I would be more likely to use Sam Jaffe from the classic version in a future picture slot.

In any case, many happy returns to all the living on the list, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.


Predictor: Mission to Mars, released 10 March 2000

Prediction: A manned mission to Mars lands on the red planet in the year 2020. From there, things do not go well

Reality: People are still talking about this, but as of today it is still all talk. Several proposals discuss the option of sending people on a one-way trip. The facts are it's a long way to go, very expensive and risky and almost no way to make a profit. Maybe some years from now I will be forced to recant, but a manned mission to Mars is not likely in my lifetime.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Ray Kurzweil returns to predict the world of 2009, with his usual spotty results.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

3 comments:

  1. Leave it to Hollywood to pick the worst possible year -- 2020 -- for a mission to Mars. Everybody there must have learned their Solar System science from old Twilight Zone episodes.

    The best time to have undertaken that mission was right now. The laws of orbital mechanics tell us that, to save fuel, you can only go to Mars once every 15 years or so. One of those energy troughs is passing even as I type this in 2014. The earliest reasonable date for Mars shot is now sometime in 2027.

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    1. NERD!!!!!! NERD!!!!1!!!1!

      Oh, wait, we're all nerds here.

      Carry on.

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  2. Yes...A Red Dwarf fan! Now THAT was a series! As sparse a set as Doctor Who with ten times the laughs. I put that right up there with Blackadder as top notch British television comedy. Well done PH!

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