Pancakes, Sugababes & the Illuminati – A Midnight Journey Through YouTube

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YouTube is a time wasting hole.  It captures your attention and entices you to keep watching another video clip.  And another.  Then just one more.  And one more after that.  When you’re able to finally break free, it’s been a good chunk of time later, and most likely, you don’t remember how you wound up watching the last video, which was a completely different topic from the first one!

Case in point:  I was watching television and came across a commercial for IHOP, (International House of Pancakes).  Oh, yummy delicious tv food, how tempting you are!  Too lazy to get up and make myself a snack, and mindful of the midnight hour it was, my mind started thinking about how to make those delectable thick pancakes.  YouTube search!  After checking out a clip of regular pancakes, I looked at blueberry and then banana pancakes.  It was suggested to see a banana Nutella crepe being made.  How am I gonna pass that one up!  I LOVE Nutella!  After making mental notes, background music to one of the videos caught my attention.  I Shazamed it but my poor little amazing app couldn’t read the song, and I knew it was going to drive me crazy so the search was on.  I wrote a line from the song into Google; “About A Girl” by some band called the Sugababes.  A successful British girl band with a totally changed line-up from the original members, the Sugababes have worked with Girls Aloud, another top UK girl group.  One of the Sugababes was from a band called the Atomic Kittens, and naturally, I had to listen to music from all three bands on YouTube.  Most of their music isn’t available on iTunes in America!  I continued listening to their fun pop tracks.  Girls Aloud covered “Jump” by the Pointer Sisters.  That reminded me of “We Are the World”, sung by the gold standard of musicians, and written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson.  I don’t know how it happened, but I soon was immersed in all these conspiracy videos concerning Jackson’s death and the Illuminati, a group who seek to rule the world through manipulation and big name figures.  Some believe they still exist today and were responsible for his, and other celebrites’ deaths.

This all came from a pancake video.

Exhausted, two hours destroyed, and more informed, for better or worse, than before, I finally went to sleep.

Long story short, this morning I tried making banana pancakes, and added yet another masterful recipe to my collection!


Justin Bieber: Unstoppable Force

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Justin Bieber is set to embark on a massive tour in support of his album, “Believe”, dropping June 19, 2012. Last night, fans finally got a chance to see his highly anticipated video to the first single from the album, “Boyfriend”, on MTV. After airing on the channel, an interview with Sway followed on The Biebs had leaked teaser upon teaser to his supporters, as well as funny little snippets through his Twitter account. Justin started out the video with one of those fake intros, where he was snapping in an iconic backlit pose in the moonlight and nuzzling a women’s neck in a very grown up, this-may-be-too-steamy-for-my-preteen-to-watch video clip, only to restart the song to its true footage: a more age appropriate, mature Bieber driving through the streets, ending up in a block party type of situation, playing guitar, singing to a pretty girl and showcasing slick dance moves with metallic kicks. He admitted he switched up the video from the teasers for his fans, (as millions of parents breathed a sigh of relief), and went on to say his next single will be more radio-friendly; a mid-tempo track entitled, “As Long As You Love Me”.

Fielding questions from the girls in the immediate audience and online, we learned a lot about the maturing Justin Bieber. His favorite soup is broccoli cheddar, he enjoys frosted mini wheats cereal and would like to collaborate with Rihanna and Beyonce. He’d also love to start growing facial hair, but it’s slow coming, except for his mustache. (No worries, Biebie, the scruff will come soon enough, not that it matters much too his millions of fans.) Sway asked him about the comparisons to Justin Timberlake of N’SYNC; Bieber was flattered but didn’t think his music is going the same direction as Timberlake. Like the former N’SYNC member, Justin is continuing his acting chops. He is slated to star in an upcoming movie with Mark Wahlberg, where he plays a basketball player, but all concentration is focused on his Believe tour, with tickets to go on sale soon. As a parting statement, he told his fans to buy tickets, guaranteeing special guests.

On the upcoming album, he’ll be collaborating with fellow Canadian Drake, Usher and Kanye West. Bieber will be releasing a song written for his mother for Mother’s Day, and also wrote a song about the Mariah Yeater scandal, referencing it as his “Billie Jean” song. “Billie Jean” was Michael Jackson’s 1983 hit, which had a similar theme of being falsely accused of fathering a baby.

Much like one of his biggest influences, Michael Jackson, Justin is always gracious to his fans and provides a high energy show full of skilled dancing and entertainment. Unlike the late King of Pop, Justin has the advantage of social media to help promote himself, something he has used brilliantly. With over 21 million Twitter followers, and with smartphones bringing the world to one’s fingertips, he is able to connect to his fans personally through Twitter. His video already has over 4 million views on YouTube, and “Boyfriend” has been projected back to the top 5 on iTunes. Charming and charismatic personality along with a personal outreach to fans has helped propel Justin Bieber and many others into super stardom. Of course, the kid has talent, too.