"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

6 August 2014

 Birthdays
Romola Garai b. 1982 (The Last Days on Mars)
Karl Davies b. 1982 (Game of Thrones)
Marisa Miller b. 1978 (R.I.P.D.)
Melissa George b. 1976 (30 Days of Night, The Amityville Horror, Charmed, Dark City)
Soleil Moon Frye b. 1976 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Piranhas)
Vera Farmiga b. 1973 (Source Code, Neverwas, Snow White: The Fairest of Them All)
Paolo Bacigalupi b. 1972 (won 2010 Hugo and Nebula for The Windup Girl)
Jason O’Mara b. 1972 (Terra Nova, Resident Evil: Extinction, Eastwick, Space Truckers)
Merrin Dungey b. 1971 (Beyond, Good vs Evil, Deep Impact, Babylon 5)
M Night Shyamalan b. 1970 (director, After Earth, The Last Airbender, The Happening, The Lady in the Water, The Village, Signs, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense)
Michelle Yeoh b. 1962 (Babylon A.D., The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor)
Ian R. MacLeod b. 1956 (author, The Great Wheel, The Summer Isles)
Kevin Jarre b. 1954 died 3 April 2001 (writer, The Mummy)
Catherine Hicks b. 1951 (Child’s Play, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Tucker’s Witch)
Dorian Harewood b. 1950 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Kyle XY, Stargate SG-1, Earth: Final Conflict, Time Trax, Solar Crisis, Amerika, Desire, the Vampire, Looker)
Michael Anderson Jr. b. 1943 (Highlander [TV], The Martian Chronicles, Logan’s Run, Land of the Giants)
Louise Sorel b. 1940 (Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Incredible Hulk, The Curse of Dracula, Star Trek)
Paul Bartel b. 1938 died 13 May 2000 (Good vs Evil, Escape from L.A., Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Amazing Stories, Munchies, Heartbeeps, Death Race 2000)
Barbara Windsor b. 1937 (Alice in Wonderland [2010], Doctor Who, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
Piers Anthony b. 1934 (author, Xanth)
Norman Barthold b. 1928 died 28 May 1994 (Capricorn One, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Westworld, My Favorite Martian)
Frank Finlay b. 1926 (Merlin [2008], The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns, Lifeforce, The Thief of Baghdad [1978 TV], Target Luna)
Charles Crichton b. 1910 died 14 September 1999 (director, Alien Attack, Space: 1999, The Day After Tomorrow [1976 TV movie])

The Picture Slot today uses the tried and true sci-fi gimmick of "Put a pretty girl in aluminum foil, that way we'll know it's the future!" In this case, the pretty girl is Louise Sorel and the show is the original Star Trek, which used this ploy more than once. Today's list is not loaded down with star power, but it does raise the question "Exactly how many artistically and financially disappointing movies does a writer-director get to make before no one will hire him anymore?" In the case of M. Night Shyamalan, the answer is "some number greater than six".

Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.


Predictor: Herman Kahn in the 1972 book Things to Come, published by the Hudson Institute.

Prediction: By 1985, Japan, West Germany and Italy will have nuclear weapons of their own. Other possibilities are India, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Reality: This is a very odd list indeed. He gets one hit with India, but the rest are strikeouts, most notably the famously neutral Sweden and Switzerland and the completely isolated and unthreatened Australia. I have literally no idea how a group of people in a room decided those three countries should be on this list.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Lee De Forest is back. Will he get back to his early streak of correct prediction or will he strike out again?

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

2 comments:

  1. I have literally no idea how a group of people in a room decided those three countries should be on this list.


    My guess is that since the accepted wisdom at the time was that nuclear weapons made us safer, they figured that peaceful countries would jump on the money-pit bandwagon.

    Wow, I'm cynical.

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    1. When dealing with Herman Kahn, the question is "Am I cynical enough?"

      "Nukes Good!" was certainly Kahn's view, and I guess his hope was that a nuclear Swtizerland and Sweden would give the hippies and peaceniks a nice little umpa lumpa shove it up the jumper.

      Whatever that means.

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