Must See: The Jetsons

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Must-see TV shows are futuristic classics that shouldn't be missed. Of course, not every must-see is perfect. That's why we've rated them 1-5 on the patented "crunchy goodness" scale.

Title: The Jetsons
Date: 1962-1987

Vitals: The Jetson family lives in a somewhat utopian (and groovy-looking) future, in which robots do all the scut-work. In spite of all these advances, George Jetson is constantly in danger of losing his crappy job.

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Famous names: George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton, Janet Waldo, Daws Butler, Mel Blanc, Don Messick

Crunchy goodness: 2

Spinoffs/Sequels/Copycats: The show's first season aired in 1962-1963, and its second and third seasons were made in 1985-1987. There were also three animated TV shows, including The Jetsons Meet The Flintstones and Jetsons: The Movie. Robert "Spy Kids" Rodriguez is reportedly in talks to direct a live-action Jetsons.

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Stunt casting: Don Messick, who played Astro the dog, also played Scooby Doo and Muttley with a similar "ruh-roh" vocalization.

Design breakthrough: The Jetsons' future city has come to exemplify a kind of retro-futurist architecture, with pin-cushion shaped houses high up on stilts and space-needle-esque buildings. When design critics want to refer in passing to a super-stylized flying-car vision of future urban life, they use The Jetsons as shorthand for a whole style.

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Living in the Jetsons era? How about living in Polar Cities?

January 26, 2008 · 15 Comments

Interesting things happen when you start blogging…

One post landed me in the New York Times (Dot Earth) comments section with some random guy from Taiwan quoting another blog post of mine (the "I don't care about global warming" one).

Anyways, that 'random guy' is Dan Bloom and he actually has some interesting thoughts on the matter.

He wants to build polar cities to prepare us for climate change.

In the event of catastrophic global warming events in the far distant future, humankind might have to find refuge in a group of polar cities lying within the Arctic Circle in such countries as Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia Greenland, Iceland, Sweden and the USA (Alaska). Under such circumstances, the founders of the Polar Cities Research Institute, led by visionary futurist Dan Bloom, 59, have announced that they will build a model polar city in Longyearbyen, Norway, with construction set to begin in 2012 and "volunteer testing occupancy" in 2015. (More pics and Press Release here and Dan's website here.)

He wanted to know my opinion on his big project… so here goes it.

I hope to god that the world's survival doesn't depend on people living in what is essentially biodomes (Oryx and Crake anyone?) but the fact that we have some people planning for it shouldn't be a surprise. Climate change is a big issue and everyone is going to (and is) handling it differently - and there's room for it all. So, although I'm not really a futurist, I'm not going to call this guy crazy.

The worst that could happen is that it does come true and then we'll all be thanking our lucky stars that at least someone thought of a backup plan. (Not to mention that for every great inventor/thinker - they were usually thought of as crazy at the time) And, so what if it doesn't happen? Oh heaven forbid…we now have a discussion on it? The good thing is that we're at least talking.

And, if you do a quick google search, his idea seems to be gaining ground. Investors are talking, and the bloggers are writing. Whether good or bad comments, it's the same as business - publicity is always a good thing;)