Archive for January, 2008

Best of ’07

I’m a sucker for “Best of” lists, particularly if they come from my friends (hint, hint). Here’s mine:

Books

Exit WoundsExit Wounds by Rutu Modan
Big time comic releases seem to be more sporadic these days in comparison to a couple of years ago, but this one fits the bill. Israelis with identity issues makes for good reading.


I Am AmericaI Am America by Steven Colbert
Obvious one for me. I’m a sucker for anything that he does, as evidenced by viewing all 337 episodes of the Colbert Report (as of this writing).


Into Hot AirInto Hot Air by Chris Elliott
It’s not as good as his last, but it’s still quite good. A cast of Chris Elliott, Kristen Dunst, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, Tony Danza, and more set out to climb Everest.


Runners Up: Comedy By Numbers by Eric Hoffman and Gary Rudoren, Percy Gloom by Cathy Malkasian

Music

Armchair ApocryphaArmchair Apocrypha by Andrew Bird
I probably spent more time with this album than any other this year. Even better than his near perfect And the Mysterious Production of Eggs.


Please Clap Your HandsPlease Clap Your Hands by the Bird & the Bee
It’s just an EP with 5 songs, but each is pop perfect. The production is great.


Alright, StillAlright, Still by Lily Allen
My guilty pleasure. This is probably the popiest album that I’ve ever fallen for. I very much doubt a sophmore album that matches this.


Runners Up: Back to Black by Amy Winehouse, Snow Beast by Luke Temple, Version by Mark Ronson, Once by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová, the Reminder by Feist

Movies

No Country For Old MenNo Country for Old Men by the Coen Bros.
TENSE. It’s everything I liked about Terminator 2 but with more humans.


Hot FuzzHot Fuzz by Edgar Wright
I think this is a perfect comedy. Conceptual jokes, low brow jokes, high brow jokes. They all hit.


There Will Be BloodThere Will Be Blood by PT Anderson
Anybody who can make talking about milkshakes that dramatic deserves to be called the best actor in the world.


The TenThe Ten by David Wain
LOT’S of “A” jokes. Mostly “A-/B+” jokes.


Runners Up: King of Kong, This is England, Juno, Once, Michael Clayton

FriendFeed

Part of the reason for putting this blog together was to aggregate all the content on the various web services I’ve subscribed to. I’ve got accounts that I regularly use with Twitter, Last.fm, del.icio.us, and Flickr (which I promise to be a better steward). With all these, I have splintered friend groups that I have to manage individually through each service. The term “Web 2.0″ is (way too) often used to describe services like these that create their own internal networks. Some have said that “Web 3.0″ is the bridging of these networks.

OpenID and OpenSocial seem to be on the cusp of this concept. Another, FriendFeed, seems to be the “I-can’t-believe-that-I-didn’t-think-of-that” dead simple implementations of the concept. It is essentially the same as Facebook’s News Feed feature, but with the most popular web services instead of just Facebook’s features (They’ve got a Facebook app, too).Through this, you can create a feed of all your friend’s activities across the web without having to check a bajillion websites. So check out my feed. Now I can feel like I know you without having a real relationship! If they only had a desktop interface like Twitterific

FriendFeed is currently a closed beta. Let me know if you want an invite.