Year In Review: Everything Else

1) American Electorate

Finally we do something right (for the most part, I’m looking at you California) in a national election.

2) Tim Spalding

My new idol, both due to the amazing creation that is LibraryThing and the critical eye he has turned on the library profession.  Now if only more people will listen.

3) Valve

The makers of Portal, Half Life, Team Fortress and my latest addiction, Left 4 Dead are doing more for good for video games than anyone at the moment.  In terms of writing, design, gameplay, and just plain fun there is no one better.  Just a shame that their Meet the Sandvich video didn’t quite live up to their hopes.

4) DC’s Collected Editions Program

DC may have stumbled recently with their modern publishing plans, but they still have the best reprint program in comics.  This last year saw the beautifully recollored Absolute Sandman, deluxe editions of all of Jack Kirby’s 70’s work, new hardcovers for Ex Machina, Y the Last Man, and the Grant Morrison JLA.  The highlight though is still their amazing showcase presents line, which along with volumes of their mainstays, has featured many of  DC’s more obscure comics that couldn’t support a volume in a pricier format.

5) Nick Cave

Dig!Lazarus!Dig! was yet another great album from one of the most unique voices in modern rock.  During this year at least he’s the one person whose music was never missing from my playlists.

6) John Oliver

The Daily Show/Colbert Report are still the best shows on tv (after maybe Doctor Who).  But the strongest element of them have been John Oliver’s regular reports.  The British triumph over us Americans yet again.

7) Rickrolling

The meme of the year, not much else to say really.

8) Rock Band 2

The winner of the music platform war this year to my mind.  Guitar Hero was about the challenge, but Rock Band was all about the music and the fun, making for an easy win.

9) XKCD

Still the best webcomic.

10) Mario

Nintendo keeps the hits coming with Super Smash Brothers and Super Mario Kart.  On top of Super Mario Galaxy last year Nintendo is still doing right by their biggest franchise.

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