Gravity Lens Archive April 30 - May 21 2005 Saturday, May 21 "Not a dream! Not an imaginary story!": The Law Offices of Mark E. Salamone have removed Robert Vaughn from their commercials and replaced him with William Shatner. If anyone sees online info for that please pass it on. Friday, May 20 Thursday, May 19 Wednesday, May 18 Tuesday, May 17 Monday, May 16 Friday, May 13 Thursday, May 12 Who Wants To Live Forever? Excluding such deathless entities as angels, vampires, gods, and other cosmic , metaphysical beings, there have been a lot of heroes and villains with no set lifespan. The assorted swordsmen of the Highlander franchise leap to mind, centered around Connor and Duncan MacLeod . Star Trek showed us the Platonians , Flint , and Kevin Uxbridge . Guinan could also fall into this category. In comics you've got such heavies as Vandal Savage and Ra's A Ghul , as well as the alien Guardians of the Universe . We've also seen Superman alive in the 853rd Century . Another group of alien immortals is Ikaris and the Eternals , not to be confused with the "Eternals" from the movie Zardoz . Warren Ellis' Planetary produced the "century babies" like Elijah Snow , Axel Brass , and Jenny Sparks (who died, but was immediately reborn ). Babylon 5 gave us Lorien (the first sentient being in the galaxy) and Sebastian (a Vorlan-enhanced Jack the Ripper), and these were both played by the same actor . Chinese mythology contains eight immortals . Roger Zelazny gave us Conrad Nomikos . Karl Edward Wagner gave us Kane . C. S. Friedman gave us Gerald Tarrant . Michael Moorcock gave us Jerry Cornelius . Douglas Adams gave us Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged (who has a computer program named after him ). On the other end of the spectrum is the very obscure Killraven villain the 24 Hour Man . Wednesday, May 11 That odd feeling you're detecting is the glee being experienced by millions of geeks at the prospect of a 45gb recordable DVD . Tuesday, May 10 Monday, May 9 Sunday, May 8 Friday, May 6 Thursday, May 5 Wednesday, May 4 Tuesday, May 3 Monday, May 2 Looking ahead: If you happen to be near these coordinates at MIT this coming Saturday night (or anywhere else in the space-time continuum for that matter), you may want to attend the Time Traveler Convention . This will be the only event of its kind as "technically, you would only need one..." Saturday, April 30 In a similar vein, here's Vincent Icke's spacelife site Sterrenzaad . It's in German, but the pictures are cool.