"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!

Friday, August 7, 2015

7 August 2015

Liam James b. 1996 (Fringe, 2012, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem)
Francesca Eastwood b. 1993 (Kids vs Monsters, Heroes Reborn)
Katherine Press b. 1988 (Captain America: The First Avenger)
Abbie Cornish b. 1982 (RoboCop, Sucker Punch, Limitless)
Brit Marling b. 1982 (I Origins, Another Earth)
Cirroc Lofton b. 1978 (Invasion, Deep Space Nine)
Alexandre Aja b. 1978 (director, Horns, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes [2006])
Charlize Theron b. 1975 (Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, The Road, Hancock, Aeon Flux, The Astronaut’s Wife, The Devil’s Advocate, Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest)
Hans Matheson b. 1975 (Clash of the Titans, The Mists of Avalon)
Michael Shannon b. 1974 (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Jonah Hex, Bug, Vanilla Sky, Early Edition, Chain Reaction, Groundhog Day)
Greg Serano b. 1972 (Agent Carter, LA Apocalypse, Doomed Planet, Terminator Salvation, Stephen King’s Dead Zone, The Postman)
Sydney Penny b. 1971 (Hyper Sapiens: People from Another Star, Twilight Zone [1986])
Paula Jean Hixson b. 1968 (Being Human, Source Code)
Charlotte Lewis b. 1967 (Highlander: The Raven, Embrace of the Vampire, The Golden Child)
Harold Perrineau b. 1963 (Constantine, Lost, Demons, 28 Weeks Later, The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded)
Ramon Estevez b. 1963 (Alligator II: The Mutation, The Dead Zone)
Brian Conley b. 1961 (Equilibrium, Cinderella: The Shoe Must Go On)
David Duchovny b. 1960 (The X Files, Evolution, Space: Above and Beyond)
Shannon Cochran b. 1958 (Fringe, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Ring, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Paul Dini b. 1957 (writer, a whole lot of TV cartoon shows)
Wayne Knight b. 1955 (Torchwood, Punisher: War Zone, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Space Jam, Jurassic Park, The Day After)
Caroline Aaron b. 1952 (What Planet Are You From?, Edward Scissorhands, The Brother from Another Planet)
Alexei Sayle b. 1952 (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Solarbabies, Doctor Who, Whoops Apocalypse)
Graeme Blundell b. 1945 (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith)
David Rasche b. 1944 (Men in Black 3, Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter, Wicked Stepmother)
John Glover b. 1944 (Agent Carter, Smallville, Heroes, Brimstone, Batman & Robin, Deep Space Nine, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, RoboCop 2, Scrooged, Twilight Zone [1986], The Incredible Shrinking Woman)
Tobin Bell b. 1942 (Saw, Revelations, Charmed, The X Files, Strange World, Stargate SG-1, Mann & Machine, Alien Nation)
Sue Lloyd b. 1939 died 20 October 2011 (U.F.O., Super Gran)
Steve Ihnat b. 1934 died 12 May 1972 (Star Trek, Countdown, I Dream of Jeannie, The Outer Limits, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)
Jerry Pournelle b. 1933 (author, The Mote in God’s Eye, The Man-Kzin Wars, Lucifer’s Hammer)
Edward Hardwicke b. 1932 died 16 May 2011 (She [2001], Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend, Venom, Supernatural [1977 TV mini-series], H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man)
Michael Masters b. 1929 died 2 December 2003 (Knight Rider, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Sixth Sense [1972], The Immortal)
Adrian Ricard b. 1924 (I, Robot, Lois & Clark, The Man with Two Brains, Gemini Man)
Jane Adams b. 1918 died 21 May 2014 (Adventures of Superman, Batman and Robin [1949], The Brute Man, House of Dracula)
Billie Burke b. 1884 died 14 May 1970 (The Wizard of Oz, Topper [1937])

Notes from the birthday list.
1. The Picture Slot. In previous years, I went fabulous with Charlize Theron and Billie Burke. We have some good Oh That Guy actors and some regulars from genre TV as well as important guest stars, but I decided to go with David Duchovny, who was actually a star of a show I think is important enough to have its own label, The X Files.

2. Spot the Canadian! The youngest person on the list - Liam James - was born north of the border. Hard to tell that just looking at his credits.

3. Nepotism FTW. I will not hem and haw about Francesca Eastwood or Ramon Estevez. Classic nepotism careers.

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

Movie released
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra released, 2009

Predictor: H.G. Wells in his 1901 book Anticipations

Prediction: And for the rest, those swarms of black, and brown, and dirty-white, and yellow people, who do not come into the new needs of efficiency? Well, the world is a world, not a charitable institution, and I take it they will have to go. The whole tenor and meaning of the world, as I see it, is that they have to go. So far as they fail to develop sane, vigorous, and distinctive personalities for the great world of the future, it is their portion to die out and disappear.

Reality: Well obviously, if the people in those lands the British rape and pillage can't learn to steal everything not nailed down and act like it's God's plan, there is no place for them in the shiny new future.

Many commenters including myself have a soft spot for Time After Time, the 1979 movie where Malcolm McDowell plays young H.G.Wells as an adorable nerd with a time machine who falls in love with the equally adorable Mary Steenburgen. Reading Anticipations has put a damper on my love for that movie not unlike the steady stream of news over the past few months has made it hard to enjoy The Cosby Show.

Would I rather go back to happy ignorance or be stuck with the messy, ugly truth? What I'd rather do is live in a world when H.G. Wells and Bill Cosby aren't scumbags, but since that's not an option, I'd rather know the truth because I'm a grown-up.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Up on the soapbox on Saturday, feeling bad about part of the future we didn't get, or rather, we had for a while but let it slip away.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!


  1. "swarms" Screw you, HGW.

    "dirty-white" Twice.

    "do not come into the new needs of efficiency" Is this a lead-in to genocide? Yup.

    "the world...(is) not a charitable institution" No, but civilization is. Civilization was invented because life isn't fair. So that we can work towards MAKING life fair. To embrace the opposite is savagery and barbarism, plan and simple.

  2. Thank you for that commentary on HG Asshole.

    The Cosby comments are also pertinent. a while back, I downloaded a couple of Cosby's older albums to my digital library, as I like them much, back before we got into Carlin. Now, when the random cycle puts a bit of Cosby into the mix, I am as likely to skip it as not, even if there's no misogyny in the bit.

    The biggest thing that pisses me off (on a personal level, because of course I am also pissed on behalf of all his many , many victims) is that he managed to make me not be able to enjoy his work anymore. I expect it won't be long before I just delete the damn files, and fuck you Bill Cosby for that...

  3. Made more poignant: channel-flashed into a Raising Hope episode today where Martha Plimpton describes the family (during a time when her husband is away, and therefore things are functional) as "poor white Cosbys."


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