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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Things That Are Awesome II

Or: This is what the Internet was invented for.*

So yesterday's video got me in the mood for hearing/watching a bit of Toto, and this is what the Internet yielded:

OH MY GOODNESS. I had never seen this before, and I find it hard to believe that my life had been so incomplete. I dig nothing quite like a good 80s music video (Talking Heads and Michael Jackson are among my favorite pick-me-ups), and this one is amazing.

And thanks to YouTube, and its "Related Videos" links of genius, I also discovered this gem, another favorite song whose video I'd never seen, which is even better:

I laughed so hard that I missed parts of the video. The raw exuberance here is priceless. It's definitely a new favorite.

YouTube also linked me to this Dead or Alive video, which is fairly awesome in its own right, but does pale somewhat in comparison to the two embedded here.

A final awesome thing? Black beans and rice. Ellen makes this all the time, but for some reason I really don't. Tonight I didn't have plain yogurt and cilantro, as she usually does, but I did cook my brown rice with chopped onion, and I added the beans to sauteed garlic, cumin, and other seasonings. I topped it with asiago cheese and it was DIVINE. I realize that this may not sound like much to most people, and that I may appear to be in a rather superlative mood (as perhaps I am) but tonight, maybe because my neighbor and I survived an invigorating six mile run through temperatures in the teens and because I was really hungry, things are awesome. I ate most of a can of olives along with my beans and rice, as well as really delicious Green Mountain Gringo Tortilla Strips. I got two pounds of organic avocados at the co-op yesterday for $4.99, and I wanted to eat those, but they weren't ripe yet.

That's what's called future awesomeness.

*I was going to say "...why Al Gore invented the Internet," but I like Al Gore and the claim that he invented the Internet is a malicious lie (even though it sounds kind of clever).


Joel said...

Unbelievable! That dude dancing in the sand was amazing, best dance I've seen this year without a doubt. Good post!

Curly Sue said...

The beauty of a simple meal of black beans and rice is one of life's great pleasures. It makes me want to have that for dinner tonight.

I Hope So said...


1. 80's music videos were so... literal.

2. i LOVED the land down under video. i used to watch it over and over and over as a kid.

3. i like your superlative mood ("that's what i call *future* awesomeness" hahahaha)

4. i loved this post.

David said...

Land Down Under is one of my favorite songs of all time and I had never seen that video. It's fantastic.

So you're putting your chopped onions in the rice cooker? Interesting. I'll have to try it.

CëRïSë said...

Joel, that's my favorite part, too. I can dance like that at your CD release party, if you want.

Curly Sue, you are so right.

I Hope So, I'm so impressed that you watched this as a kid; I'd never seen it!

David, I'm glad I'm not the only fan who was completely unaware of the video! Oh, and I don't have a rice cooker; I just cook mine (almost always whole-grain brown) on the stove. I learned the onion thing from Ellen.

Larissa said...

Loved the 80's videos! I have heard those songs millions of times and somehow imagined them performed by sedate people my mom's age. I forget that they had rock stars then too! :]

I love how in the second video, that guy has a koala tied to his waist and is dragging it everywhere with him. Ha!