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The Obligatory Year End Post: 2008 Edition

December 31, 2008 Leave a comment

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.

The One Where I Talk About Jonathan Coulton

April 10, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m not sure how I first found the music of Jonathan Coulton. It may have been Wil Wheaton’s blog, it may have been Twitter, it may have been The Fabulist, I just don’t know. But I’m certainly glad I did.

Here’s hoping I’m your first introduction to Jonathon Coulton’s music.

Start here. I reccomend Code Monkey, Ikea and his cover of Baby Got Back. Go ahead, listen to a few of the songs there. I’ll wait.

Good, right?

Here’s a video:

I enjoy supporting geek music. I enjoy listening to geek music and thrusting geek music on others, whether they want me to or not. I mean JoCo, as he’s known on the streets, started out as a software engineer, for Chrissake. Can’t get much geekier than that.

Since I’m in a sharing mood, I’ll share with you a few other cool things to check out.

How about The Fabulist? Without the Fabulist, I certainly wouldn’t know what was cool and hip. And for that, I owe them a great debt.

And The Spout. Great little website that’s still in it’s early stages of development. It will someday be a grand presence on the intrawebs, one to which we will all bow and worship ( and I’m not just biased due to their showcasing my work. ).

Are you on Twitter? No? Why the hell not? It’s a great little social tool. Plus, if you follow Warren Ellis, you get messages like this every morning. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy?

Right. I’ll be checking in on my unfinished piece and I’ll see if there’s any progress I can make before bed.