2015 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

2014 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

2014 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2013.  For previous years see 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book I’ve Ever Read cataloged in Library Thing. In…

2013 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

2013 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2013.  For previous years see 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book I’ve Ever Read cataloged in Library Thing. In…

2012 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

2012 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2012 (books published this year are bolded in the complete list below).  For previous years see 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books…

Pitchfork People’s List


Pitchfork is running a poll called the People’s List where anyone can login and vote for at least 20 and as many as 100 of their favorite albums from 1996-2011.  I made my list mostly based upon albums from my own 2009 ranking of my 100 favorite albums of all time.  Numbers 1-52 retain the…

2011 Year in Review: Memorable Events


I started a tradition back in 1996 of making a list of the most memorable events of the year.  My definition of memorable can include both the positive and the negative, but generally it’s the good things that make the list.  That first list in 1996 had exactly twenty items, so I’ve made the list…

2011 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2011.  For previous years see 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book I’ve Ever Read cataloged in Library Thing. In…

2010 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2010.  For previous years see 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every…

12 Books in 12 Months Challenge


I discovered a book reading challenge via Gypsy Librarian about reading 12 books from one’s own collection within the next twelve months.  Since I almost always read books from the library and procrastinate reading the books I own (no deadline, I suppose), I figured this would be worth trying. Here are the rules: Pick 12…

Words that are fun to say


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2009 Year in Review: Movies


Listed below are all the movies I’ve watched in the past year.  Just like 2007 & 2008, I’ve rated all the movies on a five star scale. Five stars is an all-time classic, three stars is the baseline for an enjoyable film end-to-end, one star is a bad movie with perhaps one good sequence or…

2009 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2009.  For previous years see 2008, 2007 and 2006. You may also want to check out My Favorite Books of All Time or see Every Book…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 10-1


Yikes! I’ve reached the top ten.  It should be noted that I actually considered 12 albums as being good enough to be number one, but only one could qualify.  Or you could look at as a 12-way tie. Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 90-81. 100 Favorite Albums of…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 20-11


Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 90-81. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 80-71. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 70-61. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 60-51. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 50-41. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 40-31. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 30-21. 20. Graceland by Paul Simon (1986)…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time (30-21)


Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 90-81. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 80-71. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 70-61. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 60-51. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 50-41. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 40-31. 30. Mermaid Avenue by Billy Bragg & Wilco (1998) An English singer/songwriter/radical…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time (70-61)


Part four of my top 100 albums of all time. Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 90-81. 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 80-71. 70. Hot by Squirrel Nut Zippers (1996) The swing revival was a fun addition to the Nineties’ music scene, and SNZ stand out as a band…

100 Favorite Albums of All-Time (90-81)


Part two of my top 100 albums of all time. Previously: 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time 100-91. 90. An Droichead Beag — Mighty Session (1998) I picked up this cassette on my travels to Dingle in 1998.  This is a great collection of Irish traditional and contemporary music from one of the nation’s top music…