Thursday, February 23, 2006

Goodbye, Andreas :(

Today I found out that the great actor Andreas Katsulas passed away on February 13th of lung cancer, unfortunately brought on by his lifelong smoking habit. I didn't see everything he acted in, but I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as the Narn G'Kar on Babylon 5. I am really glad I was able to see him at a Baltimore convention a couple of years ago. He was very nice, autographing my picture and allowing me to have a picture taken with him. He will be greatly missed.

Friday, February 17, 2006

A Real American Idol

I came across this video of an American Idol audition that was quite different than most in an unexpected way. She dealt with Simon's trademark-edly cruel comments, which actually focused on her weight, in a way that "humbled" him. Kudos to Mandisa Hundley!

Click here to watch the interaction between this auditioner and Simon Cowell.

Aside from her moving speech that made an impression on Simon and the others, her performing abilities have evidently impressed as well. She remains among the finalists, and a glowing review says this about her:

Mandisa was in a class of her own, singing “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan. Simon described it as the only performance he would rewind on TiVo, and it was the best combination of vocals and performing among the women in the competition thus far.

The 29-year-old is the oldest woman in the competition, and surrounded by rivals much younger than she is. If Kinnik Sky is voted off this week, the next-oldest woman in the field will be 21. One benefit to that is that Mandisa tends to stand out; she’s not the teenager trying to be young and hip, she’s the veteran with the musical chops to take over a stage. She did that to perfection on Tuesday (3/7/06).

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A Prodigious Performer

Here is a great clip of a little 3-year-old girl playing the marimba skillfully with a bright face to go with it! View below:

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Price of an Obsession

This man created a really cool home by designing it like the Starship Voyager from Star Trek. However, having your wife leave you and going bankrupt doesn't make it as worth it as it probably seemed when he started. Rather than using it solely as a marketing tool for his interior design skills, perhaps he can rent out his pad to Trekkies and recoup his costs, and try to get his wife back in the process. Check out his website here.