Sunday, January 21, 2018

Comprehensive list of post-apocalyptic TV shows

Five years ago, I compiled a list of post-apocalyptic themed television series. Since then the list has doubled in size. So I figured it was time to revisit the topic with a fresh list.

List of post-apocalyptic TV shows

Planet of the Apes (CBS, 1974)
Survivors (BBC, U.K.; 1975-77)
Ark II (CBS, 1976)
Logan’s Run (CBS, 1977-78)
The Tripods (BBC, U.K.; 1984-85)
War of the Worlds (Syndicated, Canada; 1988-1990)
Woops! (Fox; 1992)
The Last Train (ITV, U.K.; 1999)
Thunderstone (Network Ten, Australia; 1999-2000)
The Tribe (Channel 5, U.K.; 1999-2003)
Dark Angel (Fox; 2000-02)
Jeremiah (Showtime; 2002-04)
Jericho (CBS; 2006-08)
Maddigan’s Quest (TV2, New Zealand; 2006)
Survivors (BBC, U.K.; 2008-10)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox; 2008-09)
Dollhouse (Fox; 2009-10)
The Walking Dead (AMC; 2010-present)
Falling Skies (TNT; 2011-2015)
Revolution (NBC; 2012-2014)
Defiance (Syfy; 2013-2015)
The 100 (The CW; 2014-present)
Dominion (Syfy; 2014-2015)
The Last Ship (TNT; 2014-present)
The Leftovers (HBO; 2014-2017)
The Lottery (Lifetime; 2014)
Z Nation (Syfy; 2014-present)
The Strain (FX, 2014-2017. Turned apocalyptic in season 3.)
12 Monkeys (Syfy; 2015-present)
The Last Man on Earth (Fox; 2015-present)
Wayward Pines (Fox; 2015-2016)
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC; 2015-present)
Zoo (CBS; 2015-2017. Turned apocalyptic at end of season 1.)
Into the Badlands (AMC; 2015-present)
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV; 2016-present)
Colony (USA; 2016-present)
Van Helsing (Syfy; 2016-present)
Aftermath (Syfy, 2016)
Extinct (BYUtv, 2017)
Agents of SHIELD (ABC, 2017-2018. Turned post-apocalyptic for season 5)

Photos: Promotional art for “The 100” and “Van Helsing.” 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Blockchain: Is there a porn app for that?

Name any new technology and there’s bound to be application for it in pornography.
It’s been a running gag since the introduction of the video cassette recorder: a new technology comes along and consumer electronics reporters jokingly ask “What’s the porn app for that?”
Most recently porn websites were early adopters of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, which gained a reputation for funding illicit purchases online such as drugs and gambling. Cryptocurrencies offer the benefit of anonymity and users don’t have to use their credit cards, which can be a security risk. (See the article “The Online Porn Industry Continues to Adopt Bitcoin for Payments” and the Vice article “How Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin Could Save the Indie Porn Industry.”)
Blockchain, the technology behind securing and recording Bitcoin transactions, has started to take the business and tech worlds by storm. Companies see the technology being used to secure a host of financial and other record-keeping applications.
So what’s the porn app for blockchain?
The other day I spotted a press release for SpankChain, a blockchain-based economic and technological infrastructure for the adult entertainment industry.
SpankChain is based on Ethereum cryptocurrency and provides privacy and security for payment processing with much lower transaction fees. (See articles by the Huffington Post, International Business Times and Forbes.)
So there you have it, there is a porn app for blockchain.

Related article:

Is there a porn app for that? (Jan. 30, 2016)

Friday, January 19, 2018

President Trump depicted as crying baby, nutjob, Neanderthal on latest magazine covers

Magazine publishers this month have gone into attack mode on President Donald Trump.
After giving him relatively benign depictions on magazine covers at the end of 2017, they took the gloves off at the start of the year.
The change of heart was sparked by an expose on the White House by Michael Wolff and Trump tweet storms and comments that had people questioning the president’s mental health.
Cuban artist Edel Rodriguez has been the go-to illustrator for critical coverage of Trump. He scored four magazine covers in one week this month: Time, New Statesman, Epoca and Der Spiegel. (See articles by Fast Company’s Co.Design and the Daily Beast.)
New York magazine illustrated its Jan. 8-21 cover story (an adaptation of Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”) with artwork of Trump screaming into a phone while eating a burger and fries.
The New Yorker magazine illustrated Trump in a literal hole after his inflammatory comments about the U.S. taking in immigrants from “shithole” countries such as Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. (See articles by the Huffington Post and the Washington Post.)
What follows are those covers and more featuring Trump from the last few weeks. They include issues of the Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East, Japanese financial magazine Weekly Toyo Keizai, German news weekly Stern, the New European and the Week.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Celebrities as honorary tech executives making a comeback

Several years ago, there was a short-lived trend toward tech companies giving celebrity spokespeople executive titles. It was derided as a marketing ploy and eventually died off. But now it’s back.
At CES 2018, Chinese electronics firm Huawei (pronounced wow-way) announced that actress Gal Gadot is its “chief experience officer.”
“In this new role, Ms. Gadot will help shape the company’s brand experiences and play an active role in listening to and providing ongoing ideas to inform how Huawei will bring the best experiences to its consumers,” Huawei said in a press release. What a bunch of mumbo jumbo.
TechCrunch summed it up well in its coverage of the announcement.
“These sorts of titles are often little more than ceremonial, of course, and Gadot’s involvement with the company could ultimately amount to simply appearing in ads and posting her Huawei-related experiences on social media,” TechCrunch writer Brian Heater said.
Gadot earlier this month was also named global ambassador for Revlon’s Live Boldly campaign.
Her appointment at Huawei follows several other celebrities getting roles at tech companies in recent months.
In October, British music tech startup Roli named producer, songwriter and performer Pharrell Williams as its chief creative officer. Williams also will invest and become a co-owner of Roli, Business Insider reported.
In November, Verizon’s Oath, the company formed from AOL and Yahoo, announced a board of advisers filled with famous athletes and models.
Professional tennis player Serena Williams is chairing the board. Other board members include Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, singer Ciara, rapper Chuck D and supermodel Karlie Kloss, according to Fierce Cable.
Last year, Wired published an article on the last wave of celebrities as tech executives. (See “The Brief, Bumbling Tech Careers of Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, and Gwen Stefani.”)
In 2013, mobile phone maker BlackBerry named singer Alicia Keys its global creative officer.
“The move was part of a short-lived trend in which legacy tech businesses struggling for reputational bling named celebrities as creative directors,” Wired writer Jessi Hempel noted. “In 2005, HP brought Gwen Stefani on as a creative director. In 2010, Lady Gaga landed the job of creative director at Polaroid. In 2011, was the director of creative innovation at Intel. In 2012, Microsoft brought on Jessica Alba as creative director to promote its Windows Phone 8. These roles were all touted as far more involved than the mere celebrity pitchman. The artists promised, to varying degrees, to dive into the business.”
None of those business arrangements amounted to more than advertising and marketing deals.
The same is likely true for the current bunch of celebrity tech executives.

Photos: Actress Gal Gadot pitching Huawei smartphones.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CES 2018 buzzword of the show: AI

The biggest buzzword at the CES 2018 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas last week was AI, or artificial intelligence. Hands down. No question.
Every year after CES, I choose the buzzword or marketing term most bandied about by companies exhibiting at the show. This year that word was AI, or artificial intelligence.
All of the major consumer electronics vendors, including LG, Samsung and Sony, talked about adding AI to their products to make them smarter, more predictive and more useful. AI also played into such CES topics as autonomous vehicles and smart cities. Chipmakers Intel and Nvidia hyped AI as well.

CES buzzwords through the years:

2010: Green
2011: Smart
2012: Ultra
2013: Super
2014: Curved
2015: Wearable
2016: HDR (high dynamic range)
2017: Voice
2018: AI (artificial intelligence)

Photos: CES 2018 booths for Intel (top) and Huawei. (Patrick Seitz)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Celebrities at CES 2018: Sheryl Crow, Norman Reedus, Iggy Azalea and more

CES 2018 attracted a host of celebrities from entertainment and sports.
Some spoke at the four-day conference, which ran Jan. 9-12, while others were invited by companies to meet visitors at their booths or to perform at private concerts.
Among the celebrities speaking at the show were actors Neil Patrick Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”), Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) and Kerry Washington (“Scandal”).
Celebrities making booth appearances this year included Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, retired NBA great Shaquille O’Neal and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.
Actress Nikki Reed (“The Twilight Saga”) spoke at a Dell press conference about her venture to turn gold recovered from computer motherboards into jewelry. (See press release.)

U.S. soccer greats Brandi Chastain and Brian McBride spoke at the Hisense press conference. TV maker Hisense announced a strategic partnership with Fox Sports to bring Hisense consumers an enhanced World Cup viewing experience, leading up to and during this summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup. (See press release.)
Many of the celebrity appearances at CES 2018 were reserved for private company events.
Sheryl Crow and Lenny Kravitz performed separate sets at a private show for JBL, a unit of Samsung-owned Harman, at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
(See posts by VegasNews and Harman.)

Rapper Iggy Azalea performed a private show for Monster Products at the Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace.
(See articles by the Daily Mail and USA Today.)

Singer John Legend performed at a private party for Made by Google at the Hyde night club in the Bellagio.
Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry performed at a concert for Monster at the Brooklyn Bowl.
Hip-hop group Run the Jewels, aka RTJ, performed a concert for Fusion Media Group at the Brooklyn Bowl.
HP sponsored an after-party concert at the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan featuring Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals along with Tove Lo and Louis the Child.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Top 20 celebrities predicted to die in 2018

A number of notable celebrities died in 2017, including Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Hugh Hefner, Adam West, David Cassidy, Glenn Campbell, Chuck Berry and Tom Petty.
But predicting who’s going to kick the bucket in any given year is tough.
Of the top 20 public figures marked for death in 2017 by, just three died: comedian Irwin Corey, billionaire banker David Rockefeller and singer-songwriter Glen Campbell.
Who will the Grim Reaper take this year?
What follows are the top 20 public figures (with their ages) predicted to die in 2017, according to
  1. Kirk Douglas, 101, actor 
  2. Olivia de Havilland, 101, actress 
  3. George H.W. Bush, 93, former U.S. president 
  4. Billy Graham, 99, Christian evangelist 
  5. John McCain, 81, U.S. senator 
  6. Herman Wouk, 102, author 
  7. Prince Philip, 96, husband of Queen Elizabeth II 
  8. Roberta McCain, 105, political matriarch 
  9. Vera Lynn, 100, singer 
  10. Jimmy Carter, 93, former U.S. president 
  11. Beverly Cleary, 101, children’s book writer 
  12. Bob Barker, 94, game show host 
  13. I.M. Pei, 100, architect 
  14. Carol Channing, 96, actress 
  15. Doris Day, 95, actress 
  16. Bob Dole, 94, retired U.S. senator 
  17. Valerie Harper, 78, actress 
  18. Betty White, 95, actress 
  19. Henry Kissinger, 94, former U.S. secretary of state 
  20. Stan Lee, 95, Marvel Comics creator 
Here are some notable younger public figures predicted to die this year by multiple dead-pool players:

33. Val Kilmer, 58, actor
71. Shannen Doherty, 46, actress
80. Artie Lange, 50, comedian
91. Charlie Sheen, 52, actor
141. Lamar Odom, 38, basketball player
142. Randy Travis, 58 , country music singer
160. Steven Morrissey, 58, singer
161. William “The Refrigerator” Perry, 55, football player
197. Lindsay Lohan, 31, actress
234. Lil Wayne, 35, rapper
236. Macaulay Culkin, 37, actor
252. Andy Dick, 52, actor
254. Avril Lavigne, 33, singer
288. Justin Bieber, 23, singer
289. Kim Kardashian, 37, reality TV star

Photo: Singer Avril Lavigne