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Top 5 Albums of the Year

1. Four Tet – There Is Love In You
2. Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts
3. Jonsi – Go
4. Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
5. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Albums of the Year Honorable Mentions

* Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
* The Black Keys – Brothers
* The Sword – Warp Riders
* The Tallest Man on Earth – Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird (EP)
* Gauge – Mints (EP)

Top 5 Albums from Long Ago

1. Hoover – The Lurid Transversal of Route 7
2. Rush – Power Windows / Signals / Permanent Waves / 2112 / Hemispheres
3. The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
4. Girls Against Boys – Venus Luxure No. 1
5. Rocket From the Crypt – Circa Now

Top 5 Films of the Year – The Kid Version

1. Toy Story 3
2. How To Train Your Dragon
3. Tangled
4. Shrek: Forever After
5. Anything That Will Keep Ian Still for 90 Minutes

Top 5 Family Memories

1. Seeing Ian jump into a pool all by himself
2. Potty training completed
3. Disney World
4. Flying kites on the beach with the Barrons
5. The tough ass day of surgery for Ian

Best Books I’ve Read This Year

* A Song of Ice and Fire Vol. 1 – 4 – George R.R. Martin
* The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
* The Farseer Trilogy – Robin Hobb
* The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman

Top 5 Things I’m Thankful For

1. A wonderful wife and an incredible son
2. The roof over our head, as small as it is
3. My steady as a rock family
4. The job I get to do every day
5. The team I get to work with

Top 5 Things for 2011

1. Keep the weight down and keep on working out
2. SERENTIY NOW! SERENTIY NOW! SERENTIY NOW!
3. Program more often
4. Read more
5. Figure out a tasty pizza dough recipe