RIP Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, 95, whose colorful characters entertained millions. Here's a pic of his legacy:
RIP actor Douglas Rain, 90, the voice behind the rebellious Hal 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). That's not all the Canadian native did, of course. He has 35 titles listed under his name at IMDb, and not all are voice-overs. He was highly successful on the stage. He made his Broadway debut in Tamburlaine the Great in 1956. In 1972 he was nominated for a Tony as Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a dramatic role for Vivat! Vivat Regina! He performed in a host of Shakespearean plays at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, of which he was a co-founder. Well done, sir. Here's what the voice of Hal looked like in real life:
Another bonus of cutting the chord seems to be a lower electric bill. I read recently that a cable box consumes a lot of energy. The reporter suggested it be turned off when not in use. My bill has certainly gone down.
The forecast was on the money, the rain stopping in the afternoon, allowing a full session of the floating book shop. My thanks to Angelo, who overcompensated me for two works of non-fiction, one of them How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes; and to the two ladies who combined to donate three books in Russian.
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