(Stuff You May Have Missed) In the Year 2012
Some people hate New Year’s Resolutions, and end-of-year lists, but I am not one of them. Since losing the cyclical nature of the school year, I’ve let the calendar become by yardstick of time. I relish the opportunity to leave old things behind with passing of a year and use the new freedom to pick up newer, better things.
One of my resolutions for 2012 was to read more. 20+ books later, I feel I’ve more than succeed.
In addition to books, I’ve been much better at chewing through my Instapaper queue, thus reading more long-form articles online. There’s probably too many to list, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites:
Best Tech Reporting: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
Mat Honan deserves incredible praise for this.
Best Tech Writing: Paris and the Data Mind
By far the most beautiful and interesting take on “the quantified self” I’ve read.
Best Relationship Advice: Heaven Can Wait
Best Short Story: Samhey’s The Handicapped Stall Door Swings Out, of course.
Here are a few other Bests, things you may have missed that you definitely should not:
Best Album of 2012 That Actually Came Out In 2011 But I Didn’t Hear About It Until A Few Months Later: Neon Indian – Era Extraña
Okay Actually The Best Album of 2012: Beach House – Bloom
Best iPhone Tip: Turn vibration off in silent mode, and then use silent mode as often as possible. Enjoy your life more. (Thanks Brad)
Best Game: Journey
Find a PS3 and play this game. You can come over and use mine, if you want. It only takes a few hours to do the entire thing, and it’s completely worth the investment. It is beautiful, inspiring, eye-opening, and surprising.
Best Underrated Movie: Safety Not Guaranteed
Sweet, funny, weird, awesome.
Best Portrait: This stunning photo of an utterly depressed and exhausted Psy, taken by none other than John Mayer.
Best Video of Jack Dorsey Walking Into a Building Seven Times in a Row: This one, for sure.
Check that stuff out, it’s awesome. Have a great 2013.