Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell illustration

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell illustration
Poster from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, starring Bertie Carvel & Eddie Marsan

Sunday, April 28, 2013

28 April 2013

Jessica Alba, b. 1981
Penélope Cruz b. 1974
Elisabeth Röhm b. 1973
Jorge Garcia b. 1973
Bridget Moynahan b. 1971
Mary McDonnell b. 1952
Mike Newell b. 1942

Wow, there's a whole lot of pretty to choose from on this list. This year, I'm giving the picture slot to Ms. Alba, not for being the youngest (definitely) or the prettiest (many strong candidates here), but for have the career filled with the most roles in genre TV and movies, including Sin City, Fantastic Four, Spy Kids and Dark Angel, her first big starring role on TV back at the beginning of this century.

As for Mr. Garcia, best known for his role on Lost, and Mr. Newell, who directed a Harry Potter film... No matter how long I run this blog, you aren't getting a picture on your birthday. Sorry, guys.

Predictor: L.A. 2013, published April 3, 1988 in the Los Angeles Times Magazine

Predictions (and reality): Transportation and commuting

Los Angeles County has a mandatory staggered work plan. One third of the workforce from Granada Hills is already on the road at 5:45 AM. Even so, the commute takes three times as long.
(No and no. According to statistics, the average commute time is the most congested parts of Los Angeles is around 37 minutes. No staggered work plan has been forced on the residents.)

Telecommuting is common. (More common than it was back in the late 1980s to be sure, but according to statistics, stuck at about 2.5% of the workforce.)

Special lane for electric cars. (Full marks for this one.)

Supersonic jets. (Still a luxury and not often used.)

Some "predictions" are really just for entertainment purposes only, but this article really wanted to get stuff right and it's very hit and miss and was only looking ahead twenty five years. For me, it makes me admire the people aiming fifty to one hundred years in the future and being accurate even more, though of course they have their strikeouts as well.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Tomorrow, we check in with the OMNI Future Almanac, another source of predictions from the 1980s (1982 to be exact) that may not always be accurate but is certainly bold. 

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

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