Albert Reed Cut from “Dancing”: Quickstep Routine Turned into a “Skipping Prance”

Albert, They Said to Dance, Not Prance!!

It hasn’t been a season for “models” on Dancing with the Stars this year. The hit ABC show gave Albert Reed his walking papers Tuesday, making him the second contestant to be burned by the ominous red spotlight. The Abercrombie & Fitch cover boy’s Dancing downfall seemed to come as a shock to both the judges, who had awarded his quickstep a cumulative 21 and dubbed him the dark horse of the competition, and the audience members, who were obviously sorry to see the fresh-faced 22-year-old go.

I’m a little stunned, but we did the best we could,” Reed, who dedicated his Monday performance to his late grandfather, said after hearing the news. “That’s all you can ask for.”

So, unlike last week, when viewers gave the low-scoring Josie Maran the boot, the at-home votes didn’t coincide with the judges’ critiques this time around. Reed was joined in the bottom two, however, by Wayne Newton, whose score of 15 was the lowest of Monday night.

Albert Reed Doing the Quickstep: Week 2 of Dancing with the Stars

Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Model Albert Reed after Losing

Albert Reed: A Video Photo-Gallery

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At Death’s Door: Randy Pausch Gives His Final Lecture on The Process of Dying

At Death’s Door: Living in the Process of Dying

Randy Pausch didn’t want his last lecture to be about dying. But he is, sadly, dying of pancreatic cancer, and he knows that it’s a painful way to die. Nevertheless, when he walked up to the podium last month to address more than 450 colleagues, students, and friends at Carnegie Mellon University, he intended to demonstrate that his focus remains, as it always has been, on living. So he did a couple of one-handed push-ups, sprinkled his remarks with jokes, donned props including a Mad Hatter hat, and generally showed that one way to cheat death is to laugh in its face.

Mr. Pausch is a 46-year-old professor of computer science and the co-founder of Carnegie-Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. He agreed to give the talk in part so that his three young children, ages 5, 2, and 1, could one day hear his message, on “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. Sure, he could have just delivered the advice in front of a video camera at home, and he thought about taking that route, but he felt that an audience would lend his message greater weight. “A couple of hundred people in a room, looking and listening and laughing and applauding, hopefully at the appropriate times, that gives a lot of validation to my kids that a lot of people believe in this, and a lot of people who knew me believe that I did my best to try to live this way,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.

Professor Pausch said that it was the most difficult talk he ever wrote, and he’s known to be a creative speaker. The lecture, or drama, is told in three acts. Act I: Mr. Pausch’s childhood dreams, and how he managed to achieve a number of big ones, like designing rides for Disney World and taking a trip in zero gravity. Act II: How to enable the dreams of others, a section peppered with self-deprecating stories of how his mentors steered him from arrogance to becoming a mentor himself. Act III: How to achieve your dreams and help others, in which he entreats parents everywhere to loosen up and let their children paint their bedrooms, as Mr. Pausch was allowed to do as a kid (he painted quadratic equations).

Randy Pausch’s Final Lecture: Living in the Process of Dying

A Professor’s Lifetime Lessons: One Man’s Dignity and Courage

Interested readers will find a more detailed article in The Wall Street Journal, which can be accessed here.

Another wonderful article appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which readers can access here.

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Photo of the Day: Quebec Cirque Eloize

Articles from Tuesday, October 02, 2007

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“Bruce Springsteen: The Streets of Philadelphia.” Lest We Forget: Will We Leave Each Other Alone Like This?

This posting includes classic photographs of Bruce Springsteen by Annie Leibovitz, as well as the official Springsteen music video of “The Streets of Philadelphia.”

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Nancy Pelosi Appears on The View: And Things Get Just a Bit Sexxy!

Politicians always like to receive a warm welcome when they appear on daytime TV talk shows, but the welcome that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got today on ABC’s “The View” was more than warm, it was downright steamy.  Even before Pelosi walked on stage to take her seat at the table, the show’s moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, and its co-hosts, with former news anchor Barbara Walters leading the charge, started flirting with the speaker’s husband, Paul, who was seated in the front row.

You wanna take a look at Nancy Pelosi’s handsome husband?” Walters asked the audience.  Yes, came the answer in the form of whooping and hollering. The poor fellow was actually blushing.  Then the show’s hosts asked him how long he and Madame Speaker have been married.

Whoopi got the pleasure of introducing Speaker Pelosi, whom she noted is the first woman speaker of the House who, somewhere along the way, managed to raise five children.  But Walters was still stuck on Mr. Pelosi, unfortunately for Mr. Pelosi.  And this is where a little blushing turned to a Code Red alert, four-alarm fire.

Trying to shout over Whoopi and her other gabbing co-hosts and excited audience members, Barbara turned to Nancy Pelosi and said that she has heard Whoopi say before that she’d “do Paul Newman.”  “And I think she’d like to do your husband as well,” Walters deadpanned in that quintessential accent that has made her the subject of late-night lampooning over the decades.

Of course, Whoopi being Whoopi, she couldn’t let that one go, which is where the speaker begins blushing.  Yes, Whoopi implicitly acknowledged, she’d like to do Mr. Pelosi, but she might take his wife while she’s at it.  “I would do her as well. But we should wait on that because you’re still in office, I don’t want to cause a problem.

As you might expect, Speaker Pelosi remained silent underneath her signature permanent smile, and her press office later remained predictably mum on the specter of Whoopi-on-Speaker action.

Whoopi Goldberg: And We Could Have Fun!!

Things Get Hot and Steamy on The View

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