Wednesday, June 17, 2015
17 June 2015
Manish Dayall b. 1983 (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice)
Arthur Darvill b. 1982 (Legends of Tomorrow, Doctor Who)
Scott Adkins b. 1976 (Metal Hurlant Chronicles, The Legend of Hercules, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Mutant X)
Heather Mazur b. 1976 (Journeyman, Night of the Living Dead )
Joshua Leonard b. 1975 (Touch, Shark Night 3D, Dead in Love, The Shaggy Dog, The Blair Witch Project)
Joe Camareno b. 1974 (director, Revenge of the Bimbot Zombie Killers)
Matthew Senreich b. 1974 (writer, Robot Chicken)
Louis Leterrier b. 1973 (director, Clash of the Titans , The Incredible Hulk)
Michael Showalter b. 1970 (Signs)
Will Forte b. 1970 (The Last Man on Earth)
Jason Patric b. 1966 (Powers, Frankenstein Unbound, The Lost Boys, Solarbabies)
Erin and Diane Murphy b. 1964 (Bewitched)
Greg Kinnear b. 1963 (What Planet Are You From?, Mystery Men, Blankman)
Thomas Haden Church b. 1960 (John Carter, Spider-Man 3, Zombie Roadkill, Idiocracy, Monkeybone, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight)
Jon Gries b. 1957 (Skinwalker Ranch, Supernatural, Lost, The Astronaut Farmer, Carnivale, Men in Black, The X-Files, Quantum Leap, The Twilight Zone, The Powers of Matthew Star)
Mark Linn-Baker b. 1954 (Alice at the Palace)
Joe Piscopo b. 1951 (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Peter Lupus b. 1932 (Giant of the Evil Island, Challenge of the Gladiator, Hercules and the Tyrants of Babylon, The Brass Bottle, Muscle Beach Party, Goliath and the Conquest of Damascus)
James Shigeta b. 1929 died 28 July 2014 (Space Marines, Babylon 5, SeaQuest 2032, Deadly Nightmares, Tomorrow’s Child, The Greatest American Hero, The Questor Tapes, The Outer Limits )
Wally Wood b. 1927 died 2 November 1981 (artist)
Beryl Reid b. 1919 died 13 October 1996 (Doctor Who, Dr. Phibes Rises Again)
Ralph Bellamy b. 1904 died 29 November 1991 (Amazon Women on the Moon, Twilight Zone, Space, Search for the Gods, Rosemary’s Baby, The Invaders)
M.C. Escher b. 1898 died 27 March 1972 (artist)
Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, the Picture Slot went to Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams from Doctor Who and Thomas Haden Church as the Sandman from Spider-Man 3. While there are some well-known names on the list from TV like Peter Lupus, Joe Piscopo and Mark Linn-Baker, there best known work wasn't in genre, so the Picture Slot goes to Erin Murphy (or perhaps her twin Diane) as Tabitha on Bewitched.
2. Living Canadian free. Nobody born north of the border today.
3. The Guy at the Door. When I first found James Shigeta's credits, his birth year was listed as 1934, but his obituary last year said he was born in 1929 and he was 85 at the time of his death. This means he was older than the oldest living person on today's list, Peter Lupus from Mission: Impossible and a whole lot of gladiator movies. As always when this demographic fluke happens on a list, special birthday wishes for The Guy at the Door.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list, especially Peter Lupus, and to the dead, thanks for all the memories.
Prediction: Drawings will also be dispatched by telegraph. For such purposes as the transmission of sketches from the scene of any stirring event, the first really practical application of drawing by telegraph will probably depend upon the use of a large number of code words divided into two groups, each of which, on the principles of co-ordinate geometry, will indicate a different degree of distance from the base line and from the side line respectively, so that from any sketch a correct message in code may be made up and the drawing may be reconstructed at the receiving end. Illustrated newspapers will in this way obtain drawings exactly at the same time as their other messages, and distant occurrences will be brought before the public eye much more vividly and more correctly than has ever hitherto been practicable. For special objects, also, photographs can be sent by telegraph through the use of the photo-relief in plaster of Paris, or other suitable material, which travels backwards and forwards underneath a pointer, the rising and falling of which is accurately represented by thick and thin lines--or by the darker and lighter photographic printing of a beam of light of varying intensity--at the other end, so that a shaded reproduction of the photograph is produced. Relief at the sending end is in this way translated into darkness of shade at the receiving end.
Reality: Sutherland comes up with a couple of clever ideas for picture transmission, but the winning technology was the grid of dots that go from light to dark known as halftone, which was already in use as of 1880.
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