As the year comes to a close this evening, one tends to reflect on where they’ve been, keeping an eye on the past while facing forward, looking to the future.
2008 was a hell of a year. Nerds will call it the year of The Dark Knight, hipsters will call it the year of Obama. I’ll always look back to 2008 and fondly call it “the year CNN had holograms”.
2008 was pretty boring, from a personal standpoint. Not much happened in my personal bubble; no traveling, no fortunes amassed, no moving, very little shaking. But that’s not to say that ’08 was an unhappy year. We have our health (sort of), a roof over our heads (granted, it leaks, but still), and we rarely go hungry. As I like to say, we’re exiting the year with the same number of limbs and organs as we entered it with, so there are very few complaints.
People have been asking me all day what my New Year Resolutions are, so here they are:
1: Read more. (books, magazines, comics, etc.)
2: Take more naps.
3: Drink more alcohol.
4: Eat more meat. (steak, hamburgers, chicken, etc.)
5: Play more video games.
6: Be happier.
That’s about it. I could resolve to lose weight, or do more work on the house, or earn more money, or other big important goals, but let’s not fool ourselves; once I resolve to do anything of that sort, it’s a nail in the coffin for it actually getting done. So I’m not resolving to do anything important this year. Thus, if/when I do anything important, it will be that much more of a “Hey, look what I did!” situation.
So to recap, 2008 was pretty cool because:
Cool movies were seen:
Iron Man was wicked, The Dark Knight was a celluloid orgasm, The Incredible Hulk was grossly underrated, War Inc. was hilarious and thought provoking. There was a lot more, of course. Many I saw and loved, a few I saw I didn’t love, and many more that I have yet to see.
Fantastic music was heard:
This year I learned that Fleet Foxes are almost as cool as The Shins. They’re soft and melodic and great to listen to after a hard day’s work.
I also learned that The Dresden Dolls are officially one of my favorite bands ever. So imagine my non-surprise at how much I loved “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?”, the solo debut album of the Dolls’ lead singer. According to Palmer’s blog, the record didn’t do so well, money-wise, a fact she attributes to her record company not promoting it properly.
It’s really a damn shame, because WKAP is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a very long time. It very quickly took its place as one of my favorite albums, and it’s definitely my favorite album of ’08.
Granted, I haven’t heard many albums this year, but something tells me that wouldn’t matter.
Great anime was bought:
Ergo Proxy, Bleach: Season Two, Fate/Stay Night, Ghost Hunt, s-CRY-ed, Witchblade, and Witch Hunter Robin; All boxsets purchased this year, and all series we thoroughly enjoyed. Not to mention this year marked the first time Danielle had ever seen Rurouni Kenshin (which she, of course, loves).
History was made:
I started this here blog back in April and it’s been downhill ever since. Yes, it’s self-serving to put this under the “history was made” section. No, I don’t care.
Also, I know I already mentioned it, but CNN had fucking holograms, man. That dude from the Black Eyed Peas was talking to Anderson Cooper in 3D blinking glory. Those adorably annoying internet kids would call that an “epic win”, but they’re only “doing it for the lulz”.
Hmm? Oh. Yeah, Obama was elected president too.
2009 has some big shoes to fill. I’m sure it’ll do just fine.
Since my last update, I have:
Been sick (still coughing as I type this)
Saved the world (prove I didn’t)
Purchased quite a bit of anime.
In fact, we’ve been watching quite a bit of anime lately. We finished up the Devil May Cry series, which is definitely reccomended, especially if you’re a fan of the games. You’ll never think of strawberry sundaes the same again.
We also watched the complete box sets of Ergo Proxy, Black Cat and the first box set of Ghost Hunt. Ergo Proxy got a bit heavy at times, in much the same way that Neon Genesis Evangelion gets heavy, in the sort of way that there are times when you have to sit back and say “Wait, what?”, but overall it was very good. Black Cat was more light hearted and fun (it’s from Shonen Jump, what would you expect?) and Ghost Hunt was very good and I’m looking forward to picking up the second set.
Tonight we started Tactics, and by started I mean we finished the first disc and plan to finish the other four tomorrow. So far so good, but it’s still too early to judge it.
Also amongst the list of sets recently purchased that we plan to watch, the complete first season box set of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, both box sets (49 episodes, yowza) of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, plus Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz (both the series and the film are among my favorites), and the first season box set of Rurouni Kenshin.
We’ll be busy for quite some time. Which is fine, since we’re really just killing time until the third season box set of Bleach hits.
Contracted a head cold, which turned into a head/chest cold, which turned into something much worse and painful and just generally icky. Even had to call in sick on a Tuesday (truck day), which was unfortunate. My next paycheck is going to take a pretty sharp hit because of that.
Japan has decided we need REAL Gundams. No, really.
In an attempt to inject “the most inventive possible thinking” into Japan, representatives of many of its most august universities are to become a “virtual faculty” of the Gundam Academy — the first academic institution based on a cartoon.
Next year dozens of engineers, astrophysicists, doctors, anthropologists, linguists — even town planners — will begin discussing how to convert the science-fiction series Gundam, created by Yoshiyuki Tomino, 66, into reality.
First thought upon reading it: I want one.
Here’s the bit from that article I like best:
“I want to start on Krypton, a thousand years ago, and end with Superman alone on Planet Earth, the last being left on the planet, as the yellow sun turns red and starts to supernova, and he loses his powers.”
That could be the perfect Superman film. He wants it to be eight hours, cut across three films, each released a year apart (a la Lord of the Rings). I say we desperately need this. Bryan Singer’s take on Superman was one I really enjoyed (an opinion I sometimes get flack for), but it’s mostly just a nostalgiac look back. We need someone to take over who will look forward. Someone who will show us sides to Superman we’ve never seen outside of the comic pages before.
I think Mark Millar can do it and I hope Warner Bros. agrees with me.
As of 2010, David Tennant will no longer be Doctor Who.
I cannot express in words how depressing this news is. Words cannot properly cover it, only the anguished screams and grunts of a Who-Fan scorned are appropriate. You can’t hear me, but trust me, I’m howling in geeky agony.
“I have loved every day of it…I fear that if I don’t take a deep breath and make the decision to move on now, then I simply never will,” he added. “You would be prying the TARDIS key out of my cold, dead hand.”
That’s one of the many reasons he makes such a fantastic Doctor, though. His very obvious love of all things Who. I honestly can’t think of anyone who would make a better Doctor.
Unless they somehow bring back Tom Baker.
Tom, are you out there?
This ended up being quite the geek-fest.
I’m going to leave you with one of the single greatest television moments I have ever seen. John Cleese on Countdown with Keith Olbermann.