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Ryeberg Playlist: Cups Of Kindness

1) YouTube’s Top Ten In 2010

YouTube has posted a year-in-review-timeline with the most watched videos of 2010, as well as this cheesy trailer featuring the top ten.


YouTube Trends, “YouTube Rewind 2010: Year in Review” (2010)

At number one, the Antoine Dodson “Bed Intruder” song, as discussed in our Double Rainbow Playlist. Since then Antoine’s been everywhere, on talk shows, at music award shows, and part of tomorrow’s “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly.” Go Antoine?

2) At Least She’s Got Flawless Skin

Gawker recently dug up Katie Couric‘s 2008 interview with top hand model Ellen Sirot, who has since been known in cyberspace as “The Worst Person In The World.” She’s certainly a candidate.


CBS, Ellen Sirot on “Eye to Eye with Katie Couric” (2008)

Let’s settle for “Worst Person Of The Year.” That’s fair.

3) This Is How Michael Caine Speaks

Ever since Peter Sellers did his there’s-not-many-people-know-that bit on “Parkinson” in 1970, the Michael Caine impersonation has become pretty much mandatory for any English actor worth his name. Michael Caine even impersonated himself this month, though not quite as well as Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.


Michael Winterbottom, “The Trip” (BBC Two, 2010)

4) Raccoon Thief


cuteoverload, “Raccoon Steals Carpet” (2007)

5) Suck It Keyboard Cat

Raccoons show up everywhere. Of course they steal your carpet. You half expect them to build a house in your backyard. But cats and dogs are not quite that clever…


Holy Fuck, “Red Lights” (from the album “Latin,” 2010) — thx Sina Queyras

Oh, ok. Respect.

6) One False Move, No More Japan

New Year’s is a global event. Astronauts and aliens will see sparks above our cities. Ever wondered how Planet Earth came into being? Listen to the friendly, patronizing voice (best to ignore the friendly, patronizing music).


ChicagoHistoryMuseum, “How Globes Are Made” (2007) — thx Stephane Monnet

7) Happy New Year!

Bring your drunken, sorrowful selves over here. It’s time! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…


Akira Kurosawa, “Scandal” (1950)

8) We’ll Take A Cup Of Kindness Yet

Wait. What are the words again?


Auld Lang Syne” (scenes from “Waterloo Bridge,” 1940)

9) Nothing Changes On New Year’s Day

Forget about your resolutions… Plunge your hands in water, plunge them up to the wrist; stare, stare in the basin, and wonder what you’ve missed.


U2, “New Year’s Day” (Paris, 1987)

10) Start Again At Your Beginnings

As proof that nothing changes, Ryeberg is going to wrap up 2010 with Rudyard Kipling‘s all-too familiar poem, recited by 34 year-old Dennis Hopper on the “Johnny Cash Show.” Dennis Hopper died this year of cancer.


Dennis Hopper reciting “If” (“Johnny Cash Show,” 1970) — thx James Grainger

Bonne Année! Gott Nytt År! Ryeberg wishes you much happiness in 2011!

  • henryhiggins

    I love how Dennis Hopper makes that poem his own. He’s clearly chosen it. It’s personal to him. He’s made himself vulnerable. There’s no big production backing him; No editing, no music. Just an actor sharing a story. We see less of that these days. Only in the theatre.

  • Lisa
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