The Year in Lists

Top Five Albums of 2008

1. The Sea and Cake – Car Alarm
2. The Constantines – Kensington Heights
3. The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
4. Sigur Ros – Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
5. Deerhunter – Microcastle

Top Five Films of 2008 (note: I have yet to see any of the December films like “The Wrestler”, “Gran Torino”, “Doubt’, etc).

1. The Dark Knight
3. Iron Man
4. Horton Hears a Who
5. Tropic Thunder

Top Five Books/Graphic Novels, I Read, of 2008

1. Richard K. Morgan – Altered Carbon
2. Brian Vaughn – Y: The Last Man
3. Greg Rucka – Queen and Country
4. Theo Schlossnagle – Scalable Internet Architectures
5. Brian Azarello – 100 Bullets

Top Five Am I Really Old Now Moments

1. Making a Kurt Cobain reference and realizing that 1/3 of the audience was in grade school when he died.
2. Doing two days of heavy fall yardwork and hurting the following Monday.
3. Any time, I went to bed @ 9:00 PM because I said in my mind, “Man, it’s late.”
4. Realizing that 2009.01.20 will mark the end of 8 long years of GOP tyranny.
5. Reminiscing with people about the Mac 7.6.1 OS.

Top Five Work Related Moments

1. Getting my good friend, mentor and bandmate as my boss.
2. Seeing my ENTIRE team get accepted to the Google Test Automation Conference.
3. Finally finishing a functional testing framework that my team has ran with.
4. Still enjoying all the Python that I get to program, even if it’s only a little Python.
5. Getting two PyCon 2009 talks accepted AND a tutorial

Top Five Mr. I Moments

1. Seeing him rapidly adapt from an infant to a toddler and now a fiesty 2 year old.
2. Marvel at how he uses full sentences and has been for months, “No Daddy, I. wants a cookie!”
3. Finally getting him to sleep by himself at night.
4. Enjoying all the reading that we do with him, though I’m glad “Harry the Dirty Dog” has been retired for now.
5. Seeing his passion for the Chicago White Sox.

Top Five Family Moments

1. Any time that I got to spend with L. and as little as that is, it’s always special.
2. Spending lots of time with my parents and L.’s parents.
3. That one October afternoon where L., Mr. I. and I all raked leaves.
4. Mr. I’s second birthday, appropriately themed for his Blues Clues obsession.
5. Singing! All the singing that we do in the house!

Top Five Things That Made Me Happy

1. Having a job that challenges me.
2. Having a African American president who happens to be a Democrat and a die-hard White Sox fan.
3. Seeing the White Sox steal the AL Central from the “chosen ones” / Detroit Tigers.
4. Getting this new 1080p TV that is just brilliant.
5. My friends, extended family and immediate family.

Comments 5

  1. tpep wrote:

    i question a man that makes a top 5 list that does not have ONE single hip-hop album on it…

    tsk tsk tsk

    Happy New Year everyone. (:

    Posted 04 Jan 2009 at 11:32 pm
  2. terryp wrote:

    Yeah, ya know I just didn’t really buy any this year and no one pushed any on me.

    If it’s any consolation, that Portishead record has grown on me….granted that’s trip hop.

    Posted 04 Jan 2009 at 11:42 pm
  3. theffer wrote:

    Didn’t really feel Tropic Thunder. Maybe that’s because I had unrealistic expectations. Tom Cruise though, his character was something funny.

    Posted 05 Jan 2009 at 9:32 am
  4. von wrote:

    4. Horton Hears a Who

    Gotta dissent from this one. Whoever decided to end a story about genocide with a standard-issue Shrek sing-a-long should be shot. (Figuratively.)

    The best thing about Horton is that it’s a kid’s book that explores very adult themes without dumbing those themes down. (Suess’ other “message” books — The Lorax, The Butter Battle Book, etc. — are dumbed-down to greater or lesser extents.) The movie took this unique aspect of the book and destroyed it.

    Consider, for instance, the example of the little kangaroo in the pouch. In the movie, he’s secretly on Horton’s side and he’s the one who saves the Whos from destruction. (The other kids in the book are equally pro-Who.)

    In the book, however, the little kangaroo in the pouch is decidedly against Horton, echoing every one of his mother’s dictates with a “Me too!” and arguably* calling Horton “the biggest blame fool in the jungle of Nool” for trying to protect the dust speck with the Whos. The little kangaroo isn’t a hero; he’s the ultimate yes-man. He’s a little Goebbels, competing to outdo his mother.

    I’m sure they changed it so that kids would have “good guys” to identify with – but it was one of a series of terrible ideas. The great thing about the book is that no one is on Horton’s side. There are no good guys: Only ignorance, blind following, and the violence of the rope and cage. It was this bleakness, this utter contempt for human nature (child and adult), that made the book great.


    *The book is a little unclear whether these words are spoken by Big or Little Kangaroo.

    Posted 05 Jan 2009 at 11:30 am
  5. Vince wrote:

    Fav book – The Brief Wondorous Life of Oscar Wao.

    Fav record – We Brave Bee Stings And All by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

    Fav movie – Slumdog Millionnaire

    Fav moment – Italy trip

    Fav food – Cuban sammich at Cafecito

    Fav food I cooked – Dubois-inspired prime rib at Christmas dinner.

    Posted 05 Jan 2009 at 12:52 pm