Monday, January 27, 2014

Report from Comic Con: William Shatner Says He Can't Guest on Big Bang Theory

Our family attended Wizard World's Portland Comic-Con this past weekend. On Sunday, we attended the William Shatner panel. I was very surprised that Mr. Shatner was doing a free panel. Tickets for an earlier meet-and-greet session had been sold for $500 (and had originally been announced as including both Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, but Nimoy cancelled).

Mr. Shatner was friendlier than I expected. He started out with a story about when he had been to Portland in the past, which was to see a doctor about his crippling tinnitus, and his subsequent work with the Tinnitus Association as their spokesman and fundraiser.

He then opened the floor up to questions. He was clearly having trouble hearing some of the questions. We weren't sure if it was because of his age, or because one of the microphones wasn't sending the sound correctly to the stage. He sometimes had a lot of trouble thinking of the right word. But really, he's not doing too bad for an 82-year-old man. And when he described his schedule for the past week, I got tired just hearing about all the places he'd been traveling to. We were fortunate that he was able to get here from the frozen East Coast.

One of the audience members asked a question about a possible appearance on Big Bang Theory. Mr. Shatner reminded the audience that this question had been asked of him at a September Comic-Con, and that he had promised that he would call and check into it. He then told us that he did call Chuck Lorre, and Chuck was thrilled with the idea.

But then the bottom dropped out of our hopes. Shatner said, that in the end he couldn't do it, because they "couldn't meet his price." Many audience members were shocked at this, and Shatner attempted a clarification, saying, "Look, you've gotta have a price, and your price is your price. If you come down for something, then that's your price." He also mentioned that he'd been in talks with J.J. Abrams about a cameo on the third new Star Trek movie, but that they also had been unable to meet his price, and that he'd had a hard time imagining what his part in the story would be.

At that point, Shatner lost some of his rapport with the audience. Once again he has shown that he is a bit of a diva, even at age 82. Or, that the new Star Trek franchise and The Big Bang Theory are incredibly cheap in what they want to pay. I can't figure out which. How is it that he could do a series, just a couple of years ago? How is it that Psych could afford to have him guest star in an episode, if he is so expensive that a blockbuster movie and the most popular tv show on television today, can't afford him?

I'm not sure which is the bigger issue, but I'm surprised that I can't find information about his inability to do BBT or the new Star Trek movie somewhere on the internet. Since I can't, I decided to report it here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Favorite Christmas Songs--Part 3

Finally here are my top 5 favorite Christmas songs to listen to on my MP3 player!

Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte
There are other versions of this song, one by Canadian group Boney M that our local soft-rock station plays at Christmas time, and one that I've heard by Little River Band, both in a faster tempo and more upbeat than this one, but Harry's version was the first I ever heard of this song, and still the best. Quiet and really gets you into the spirit of what Christmas is all about.

O Holy Night sung by Josh Groban.
Josh's voice is so rich and mellifluous I could listen to it all day. Lots and lots of others have sung this song, but his is my favorite. (And btw, my very least favorite version is by Aretha Franklin--I don't know who told her it would be a good idea to sing this song. She sounds like she's bleating and yelling. I had to listen to this version several times one day when it was playing on a looping CD in the Christmas aisle at our store and I was in the next aisle pulling outdates. I wished I had earplugs.)

A Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney
This simple song, while somewhat repetitive in the chorus, has a certain magic sound for me. Paul is taking joy in the simple things of Christmas, and it's like he's telling us all to relax and enjoy the season. I like seeing him and Linda in the video as well.

Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant
This song almost makes me cry every time I hear it. Beautiful, haunting, and really gets you thinking about how Mary must have felt about her situation and the events to come. Nobody does this song better than Amy.

Stille Nacht as performed by Mannheim Steamroller
This is another song that gets to me every time I hear it. Its quiet spirit epitomizes Christmas and the reverence we should feel at the thought of this tiny babe coming down to the earth to save us.

So there you have it. I like lots of other Christmas songs and have over 200 Christmas songs in my playlist on my MP3 player, but these are my favorites.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mississippi Mud Cake

A friend was looking for this recipe, and I couldn't find it at the time, but I found it yesterday while cleaning up my recipe box so I thought I'd post it here so she could have it. This is kind of a cake, kind of brownies. Very gooey and messy and delicious.

Mississippi Mud Cake

1 cups sugar
1 cup margarine
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1 1/2 cups flour
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups nuts (optional)
1 1/2 cups coconut (optional)
(I've never used either nuts or coconut when I've made this)

Mix together all ingredients. Spread into greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Marshmallow Topping:
1 pkg. small marshmallows or 1 jar marshmallow creme

While cake is hot, spread marshmallows or creme on top. If using marshmallows, return cake to oven until marshmallows are melted and lightly browned.

1 lb. (4 cups) powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix together until well blended. Spread over cooled cake.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Favorite Christmas Songs--Part 2

Well it's been over a week, but here is part 2 of my top 15 favorite Christmas songs.

Christmas Eve in Sarajevo (aka Carol of the Bells), by Trans Siberian Orchestra
Though I mostly enjoy my Christmas carols calm and relaxing, I do enjoy an occasional "rock" Christmas song. This one is a classic. Someone got a good video of it at this concert.

Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth duet with Bing Crosby and David Bowie
One of the stranger combos that Christmas ever produced, but the song is very nice.

Winter Wonderland as performed by the Eurythmics
I have always loved this version of this song--my new-wave roots showing through!

Christmas Time is Here from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special
I grew up watching this show every Christmas season and love this song.

The Christmas Waltz by Frank Sinatra
They play an instrumental version of this song on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, when you go to the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party event. So not only is this a nice song about the joys and pleasures of Christmas, but it reminds me of Disney which is always a good thing! I actually like the Harry Connick version better, but I couldn't find it on YouTube.

So there you have it, 1-5 coming soon!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Favorite Christmas Songs--Part 1

I'm really getting into the Christmas spirit, so I thought I'd try to make a small list of my very favorite Christmas songs of all time. I tried to make it a top ten, but couldn't narrow it down, so it's a top 15.

Tonight's offerings:
Sleigh Ride by the Boston Pops.
For all of my high school years, we played this song every single Christmas in band. This version is the most like the one we played, and brings back fond memories of band class and concerts.

On Christmas Eve, by Andrew Gold.
I found this song on a CD called "The Stars Come Out for Christmas" with the likes of Willie Nelson, The Spice Girls, etc. I don't know why I love this one, but I do.

Hey Santa by the Wilson Sisters

This is a catchy song with good harmonizing. I love singing along to it in the car. My mp3 player seems to like it too, it seems to choose it quite often.

Jingle Bell Rock by Hall and Oates

Hall and Oates is one of my all-time favorites. Their Christmas album was recorded in the early 80's at the height of their popularity. I love the video because it's so corny and they're obviously having fun.

Believe by Josh Groban

Josh has such a beautiful voice, and this is a beautiful song. His "O Holy Night" is one of my favorite versions of that song as well.

I'll try to post again tomorrow with the next 5!

Monday, March 30, 2009

A Need to Focus?

Today I don't have much time to blog, and haven't blogged in a few days. But I spent some time looking around on some of my favorite blogs and they seem to have something that mine doesn't: A solid focus. Whether it be family life, saving money, or crafts, they focus on one thing. Mine seems to go all over the place depending on what mood I'm in that week or day. I'll continue thinking about a focus...ooh what's that over there?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Beadie Pattern for the Day

Here's today's beadie pattern. A more traditional "beadie critter," but still thinking about spring.

Click here: Rainbow Beadie