Wednesday, July 16, 2014
16 July 2014
Michelle Morgan b. 1981 (Stargate: Atlantis, Diary of the Dead, Fire Serpent)
Jayma Mays b. 1979 (Heroes)
Corey Feldman b. 1971 (Zombex, The Zombie King, Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, Dark Realm, The Toxic Avenger IV, Sliders, The Lost Boys, Friday the 13th, Gremlins, Time After Time)
Will Ferrell b. 1967 (Land of the Lost , Bewitched )
Daryl Mitchell b. 1965 (Wizards of Waverly Place, Galaxy Quest)
Phoebe Cates b. 1963 (Drop Dead Fred, Gremlins 1 and 2)
Faye Grant b. 1957 (The Omen IV: The Awakening, V, Voyager from the Unknown, Voyagers!, The Incredible Hulk, The Greatest American Hero)
Jerry Doyle b. 1956 (Storm Watch, Sliders, Babylon 5)
Ann Turkel b. 1946 (The Hunger [TV], RoboCop [TV], Highlander [TV], Deep Space, Worlds Beyond, Knight Rider, Death Ray 2000, Humanoids from the Deep)
Richard LeParmentier b. 1946 died 15 April 2013 (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Superman II, Space: 1999, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Rollerball , The People That Time Forgot)
Barnard Hughes b. 1916 died 11 July 2006 (The Lost Boys, TRON, Mr. Merlin, The UFO Incident, The Borrowers, Dark Shadows [TV], ‘Way Out)
Sonny Tufts b. 1911 died 4 June 1970 (Cat-Women of the Moon)
Mary Philbin b. 1902 died 7 May 1993 (The Phantom of the Opera )
An abbreviated birthday list today and three of the performers have only one genre credit each. Last year I had Jerry Doyle in the Picture Slot, mainly because I'm still a fan of Babylon 5, but I decided to switch things up this year and go with Phoebe Cates. Of course the Fabulous Babe factor is part of the reason, but this is also my first opportunity to have a garish Japanese magazine cover featured on the blog.
Tell me how I can resist that one-two combination?
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Inception released, 2010
I, Robot released 16 July 2004
Predictor: Herman Kahn in the 1972 book Things to Come, published by the Hudson Institute
Prediction: Population growth is not accelerating, but slowing down and may even be topping out, although probably not before 1985.
Reality: Kahn was right about the growth rate slowing by 1972, but we still haven't come down to zero population growth, which would be necessary for the population itself to "top out". It's still a little hard for me to wrap my head around it, but the world population has doubled since I was in grade school back in the 1960s, from 3.5 billion to 7 billion.
According to the Wikipedia page which gives the world population in five year increments from 1950 to 2010, The biggest percentage jump was from 1960 to 1965, when the world population went up 11.84%. The good news is the five year growth rates have been falling fairly consistently. The bad news is the rate from 2005 to 2010 jumped up to 8.03%, a lot more than the 6.33% growth from 2000 to 2005.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
An exact date for a nuclear attack interrupts the regular schedule.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!