It’s the end of the year, a time for reflecting and summation. It is a totally arbitrary time, probably adopted from some pagans, just like most of the holidays on the Gregorian calendar. But the year had to end sometime, and that time is now1. Time for the quality of weather to plummet, and for the amount of listicles published to soar. I now have a blog, and so by the transitive property I must now make listicles, like so2:
BEST PICTURES I TOOK THIS YEAR, AS JUDGED BY ME
Two of them are screencaps. I don’t take a lot of pictures.
AWESOME SONGS THAT MAY NOT HAVE COME OUT THIS YEAR BUT I LISTENED TO A LOT ANYWAY
COOL ARTICLES I READ, PROBABLY THIS YEAR
What is smarm, exactly? Smarm is a kind of performance—an assumption of the forms of seriousness, of virtue, of constructiveness, without the substance. Smarm is concerned with appropriateness and with tone. Smarm disapproves.
Smarm would rather talk about anything other than smarm. Why, smarm asks, can’t everyone just be nicer?
The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and online chats, where people use the period not simply to conclude a sentence, but to announce “I am not happy about the sentence I just concluded.”
You’ve gone and done it. You’ve expressed a preference for a bourbon within earshot of another person. Little did you realize that arguing about bourbon is now our sixth most popular sport, behind arguing about “grape vs. grain” vodkas, parenting strategies, craft beers, workout regimens, and college football.
Kurzweil claims that whenever technology hits a limit, “a paradigm shift (i.e., a fundamental change in the approach) occurs, which enables exponential growth to continue.” That’s not much more than a convenient article of faith. As Peter Thiel points out, “technological progress has fallen short in many domains. Consider the most literal instance of non-acceleration: We are no longer moving faster. The centuries-long acceleration of travel speeds … reversed with the decommissioning of the Concorde in 2003.”
This post expounds the theory that all Pixar movies (from Toy Story to Monsters University) exist in the same timeline and are all connected, which is simultaneously crazy and awesome (crawesome).
(There is a phrase repeated through several answers that I will not include here. Rated PG-13)
2013 LIST OF BEST BEST-OF LISTS … 2013
- Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Lists of 2013
- McSweeney’s Suggested Buzzfeed Articles, followed by Buzzfeed actually doing them
- A list of all the movies that came out in 2013, from Gravity to Texas Chainsaw 3D to A Madea Christmas. No bests – make of that what you will
- Metacritic’s top albums of the 2013, followed by a list of all the top 10 lists
BEST CONDIMENTS TO PUT ON SANDWICHES OR WHAT HAVE YOU
- BARBECUE SAUCE
BEST AMOUNT OF ITEMS TO PUT IN A LIST
PLACES I VISITED THIS YEAR THAT ARE ALSO BEST I GUESS
- San Francisco
- Long Island (the good parts)
All in all, a good year. See you for the next one.