Monday, September 29, 2014
29 September 2014
Shay Astar b. 1981 (3rd Rock from the Sun, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Zachary Levi b. 1980 (Thor: The Dark World, Video Game High School, The Guild, Team Unicorn)
Alexis Cruz b. 1974 (Stargate)
Mackenzie Crook b. 1971 (Pirates of the Caribbean, Almost Human, Game of Thrones, Solomon Kane, Demons, The Brothers Grimm)
Natasha Gregson Wagner b. 1970 (The 4400, Vampires: Los Muertos, Buffy)
Russell Peters b. 1970 (Source Code)
Emily Lloyd b. 1970 (Riverworld)
Erika Eleniak b. 1969 (Absolute Zero, Dracula 3000, Bordello of Blood, The Blob , E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)
Luke Goss b. 1968 (Lost Time, Witchville, The Dead Undead, Tekken, Annihilation Earth, Fringe, Hellboy II, Frankenstein [TV 2004], Blade II)
Roger Bart b. 1962 (Grimm, The Event, The Stepford Wives)
Nicholas Briggs b. 1961 (Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Torchwood)
Ken Weatherwax b. 1955 (The Addams Family)
Cindy Morgan b. 1954 (Amanda and the Alien, Galaxis, Harry and the Hendersons [TV], Amazing Stories, Tron)
Martin Ferrero b. 1947 (The X Files, Jurassic Park, High Spirits, Mork & Mindy, The Incredible Shrinking Woman)
Donovan Scott b. 1946 (Babylon 5, Homeboys in Outer Space, Back to the Future Part III, Freddy’s Nightmares, Meet the Hollowheads, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Splash, Too, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Lost Satellite, The Incredible Shrinking Woman)
Patricia Hodge b. 1946 (The Cloning of Joanna May, Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang)
Roger Bannister b. 1945 (Phantasm, Zombie Family, Wishmaster)
Isla Blair b. 1944 (The Quatermass Experiment, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Doctor Who, Blakes 7, Alien Attack, Space: 1999, Taste the Blood of Dracula, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors)
Ian McShane b. 1942 (Hercules, Jack the Giant Slayer, American Horror Story, Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, Babylon 5: The River of Souls, The Fantastic Journey [1977 TV], Space: 1999)
Madeline Kahn b. 1942 died 3 December 1999 (Slapstick [of Another Kind}, Simon, Young Frankenstein)
Larry Linville b. 1939 died 19 April 2000 (Lois & Clark, C.H.U.D.II- Bud the Chud, Earth Girls Are Easy, Misfits of Science, The Girl, The Gold Watch & Dynamite, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Sixth Sense)
Anita Ekberg b. 1931 (The Temptation of Doctor Antonio, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars)
Notes on the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. Last year, it was Cindy Morgan from TRON, iconic and pretty. This year it's Mackenzie Crook as the wildling warg, iconic and not so pretty. Next year, I'd the say the competitors are Ken Weatherwax from The Addams Family, the late Madeline Kahn from Young Frankenstein and Anita Ekberg from The Temptation of Doctor Antonio, the third possibility because... reasons.
2. The dead yet again. I remember that Madeline Kahn died and it was a sad day. On the other hand, I completely blanked about Larry Linville, who died from complications after surgery. Most people will remember him from M*A*S*H, but he did a lot work before and after, including being a regular on Mannix, a show I never watched.
Many happy returns to teh living on the list and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: Biofeedback-controlled games will become the most popular electronic games of the 21st Century. While player success with pinball machines was related to manual dexterity, this biofeedback machine will require the player to generate alpha and delta brainwaves on demand. As you hold this electronic pocket game in your hand, its sensors will constantly monitor your galvanic skin response and pulse rate. As the new games become more exciting, the machines will play harder. Great self-control will be demanded.
Reality: Biofeedback! Alpha and delta brainwaves! Galvanic skin response! I'm getting such a 1980s nostalgia rush, I might have to find my Walkman and Rubik's Cube.
No, wait. Deep breaths... okay, it's passed.
While it can't claim to be one of "the most popular electronic games of the 21st Century", the horror/adventure game Nevermind was released a few years back with a device that was strapped to your chest to check heart rate. If your heart rate went up, the game became more difficult. One problem designers saw during testing was that many players' heart rates increased as they reached the end of a level, not out of fear but out of happiness at completing a task. You can read more through this link.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
The regular baseball season is over, so let's see how well the "experts" did at prediction the post season teams.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!