Cool Videos I Just Found
Neverland by Absinthe Films. This was the last Snowboard Video I saw live in Denver at the Starz Film Center. Pretty rad.
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins… If you haven’t seen this please do so. 80′s b-movie action plus Wilford Brimley is in it!
My Kid Could Paint That I liked this documentary. What is art? I liked the conversation this one started with me and Natalie after we saw it.
A List of My Favorite/Sentimental Rancid Songs
Young Al Capone
Rats In The Hallway
Radio (Probably my favorite Rancid song. Last time I saw Rancid In Salt Lake City this was the opening song)
Hoover Street (I have an entire detective noir movie trailer in my head when I listen to this song)
Ben Zanatto ( Can’t find on iTunes)
Old Friend (Fond memory: I snuck out on a school night to see Rancid play in Denver in high school and during the slow part Tim threw the mic attached to the mic stand into the crowd and every body sang that part “…the city at night, we were far from home, but you know, its gonna be alright…”.)
Who Would’ve Thought (this song reminds me of riding in my friend Denny’s car)
Cocktails (The second best song on Life Won’t Wait)
Liberty And Freedom (Probably the best of their newest album)
Axiom (My buddy Matt made me appreciate this album more)
Sick Sick World (This one and Poison should be listen to together)
Journey to the End of the East Bay
Roots Radicals (I memorized the words to this song by what they sounded like not what he was really saying so at some parts the words I have memorized are gibberish)
Up To No Good
Best of 2009
Here are my favorite books, music and movies from this year
Always more books to read than I have time to. Really enjoyed Moneyball. How statistics and numbers were overlooked in baseball for so long is fascinating. Made me think of all the other facets of life that go unmeasured. If only they were measured, so many insights to improvement could be made.
Really liked What Would Google Do. I’ve been reading Jeff Jarvis’s blog Buzzmachine for a while now. I would recommend it to anyone as a base for best practices online.
Being a new dad, Punished by Rewards made me think deeply about how I want to raise my daughter. The “do this and I’ll give you that” form of motivation is not only not effective but counter productive. Will probably end up reading this one again someday.
There are a lot of behavioral economics books out there. I think Predictably Irrational is the funnest and most real-world-applicable to read.
Best New Music I listened to in 2009
All four 5 of these CDs are fantastic. I saw Teenage Bottlerocket twice this year in Denver. Saw Cobra Skulls once. Off With Their Heads brings out the nihilist in me. Rancid’s CD is good as they all are. Dillinger Four’s song,”Ode To The North American Snake Oil Distributor” rocks as hard as they get.
Best Movies I saw in 2009
Hard a hard time compiling these four. I have a much longer list of movies that sucked including, but not limited to, Knowing (utterly ridiculous, Nicholas Cage you suck), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Sam going to Transformer heaven at the end was only one of dozens of retarded parts), Synecdoche New York ( which is a shame because Charlie Kaufman’s movies Adaptation and Endless Sunshine were brilliantly awesome).
Taken is sweet. I loved the part in 500 Days of Summer when they split the screen and show reality and his expectations compared to each other. Star Trek was also sweet. Drag Me To Hell reminded me of Evil Dead which made me happy.