Thursday, May 8, 2014
8 May 2014
Elyes Gabel b. 1983 (World War Z, Game of Thrones)
Stephen Amell b. 1981 (Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, ReGenesis)
Josie Moran b. 1978 (Van Helsing)
Matthew Davis b. 1978 (The Vampire Diaries, S. Darko, Wasting Away, BloodRayne)
Melissa Gilbert b. 1964 (Babylon 5, Faerie Tale Theatre)
Michael Gondry b. 1963 (director, The Green Hornet, The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
David Winning b. 1961 (director, Lost Girl, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Dinosapien, Andromeda, Stargate: Atlantis, Dinotopia, Earth: Final Conflict, NightMan, Merlin [TV], Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie)
Stephen Furst b. 1955 (Basilisk: The Serpent King, Babylon 5, The Day After)
Betsy Baker b. 1985 (Oz the Great and Powerful, 2084, The Evil Dead)
David Keith b. 1954 (Locusts: The 8th Plague, Daredevil, Epoch, Carrie [TV], Anthrax, The Indian in the Cupboard, Firestarter)
Ron Miller b. 1947 (artist)
Abdul Salaam El Razzac b. 1944 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Peter Benchley b. 1940 died 11 February 2006 (writer, The Beast, Creature)
Moebius [Jean Henri Giraud] b. 1938 died 10 March 2012 (artist)
Thomas Pynchon b. 1937 (author, Gravity’s Rainbow, Vineland)
Salome Jens b. 1935 (The Event, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Superboy, The Outer Limits, Terror from the Year 5000)
John Bennett b. 1928 died 11 April 2005 (Minority Report, The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells, Jason and the Argonauts [TV], Bridge of Dragons, The Fifth Element, Alien Nation: Millennium, Merlin of the Crystal Cave [TV], Blakes 7, 1990, Doctor Who)
Don Rickles b. 1926 (Innocent Blood, I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, The Addams Family, X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Twilight Zone, Pajama Party)
John Archer b. 1915 died 3 December 1999 (Batman, Twilight Zone, Men Into Space, Destination Moon)
While Game of Thrones is airing, actors from the show are trump in the Game of Picture Slot, so we see Elyes Gabel as Rahkaro, one of the Dothraki who remains true to Danerys after the death of Khal Drogo. If it wasn't him, I'd likely go with Stephen Furst as Vir Cotto or one of the artists, Moebius or Ron Miller. A piece of information I wasn't aware of until I was doing research this morning is that Pajama Party counts as science fiction, since Tommy Kirk and Don Rickles play Martians.
You learn something new every day if you are not careful, as my father is fond of saying.
Many happy returns to the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Star Trek (reboot) released, 2009
Predictor: Lee de Forest, "The Father of Radio", predicting the world of 2000 in the 17 January 1960 edition of the Sunday supplement American Weekly.
Prediction: Electroluminescence, or "cold light," will revolutionize the appearance of homes, industries, and entire cities. With no heat, shadow, or glare, this lovely "glow" will usher in a new era of comfort and safety in individual rooms, at airports, and on highways. A touch of a button will permit changes of color nuances for entire wall panels.
Reality: We got something like this from Isaac Asimov when he made his predictions for 2014. As for producing light but no heat, LED bulbs fill that bill, but they are still bulbs and not panels and light from a single source produces shadows. Moreover, LED bulbs are crazy expensive, so they aren't exactly an everyday thing even now, and not even close in 2000.
No points for de Forest today.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
At least de Forest got some stuff right. Dr Paul Ehrlich shows up again tomorrow with more pure nonsense from the almost never right book The Population Bomb.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!