I'm glad to be shed of 2001, but that doesn't mean it was totally lacking in good things. One of the good bits was that I started my LiveJournal. I'm sorta swiping this idea from marm, and retooling it in my own way. If you read, feel free to pilfer from me . . . share the collective LJ meme and whatnot. :)
Below is a "best of" list culled from posts in this LJ.
- Best Poll I Made: What Flavor is Your Personality?
- Favorite Personality Test Taken: The Affliction Test
- Best Rant that Generated Discussion: Strollers at the Aquarium Runner-up: Microsoft Outlook
- Best Rant that Generated the Sound of Crickets Chirping (well, almost): Assessment of Preparedness for Bioterrorism
- Best Musing that only Ferret Paid Attention to: Cybertotems
- Best Example of Compulsive Outlining: Too much of a good thing . . .
- Best Community I Started: NTPersonality. It has definitely produced the most interesting discussions so far.
- Most Dependable LJ Friend: FreakyFerret. Thanks for being there, my friend, and for introducing me to LiveJournal to begin with.
- Best Film: Hard to say. Memento was skillfully crafted and thought-provoking, but I don't think it's one I'll watch again and again. Mulholland Drive I liked, but there are other Lynch works that I prefer. For long-lasting enjoyment, despite the flaws and cringe aspects, I may have to say Lord of the Rings.
- Best Director: David Lynch, Mulholland Drive
- Best Song: Three Way Tie: "Wig in a Box" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch/"Llorando" from Mulholland Drive/"Hallelujah" by Rufus Wainwright, featured in Shrek. Runner-up: "The Breaking of the Fellowship" from Lord of the Rings
- Best Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Runner-up: Buffy: The Musical)
- Best Video Game: I was rather disappointed with my gaming options this year, to be honest. I liked Startopia, but it's sort of one that wins because there wasn't anything better to choose from; for expansions, I guess The Sims: Hot Date, though it's buggy.
- Best Dining Experience: You'll get to hear about it a post or two from now, but I'll go ahead and link the runner-up.
- Worst Dining Experience: Chops
- Best Four Days of Geeky Fun: Report on DragonCon 2001
- Biggest Disappointment in My Personal Entertainment Options: No Deleted Scenes for Twin Peaks: FWWM
- Best Article I Wrote: I don't know. There are several that I worked particularly hard on: my review of Baldur's Gate II: Collector's Edition, my E3 report, and my Lord of the Rings review. I am rather proud of the fact that I've had not one, but several people write in to say that the latter was the best review they've ever read anywhere, ever. I don't believe it for a minute (I'm no Ebert), but it was very kind of them, and I did work hard on it.
- Best Article from Elsewhere: The Spirit of America: Bowed, but Unbroken, by Richard Roeper. This might be supplanted by John Bloom's UPI series, particularly his piece on the memorial pictures of WTC victims, but I can't find it anywhere. I should have saved it.
- Some of My Fave Quotes from 2001: Both of these are from satirist Joe Bob Briggs, aka John Bloom. I'm sure there are others that I'm forgetting.
"Since we're in this for 'the long haul' and everything, shouldn't someone tell President Bush that the word 'terrorism' has four syllables? A fight against 'terrism' could be mistaken for an assault on a turtle sanctuary."
"Bombing the Taliban back to the Stone Age has been ruled out because they currently live in the Jurassic Age and it would therefore be classified as a Third World development program."
- Most Historic Entry: 9/11
- Most Personally Poignant Moment: All of our candles, all of our little lights
- Best Example of Me Predicting the Future: Falling Toward Golgotha, my article about 9/11/2001
- Most Heroic Moment: The firefighters of 9/11. I am still moved to tears by their courage.
- Most "You Don't Know What You've Got 'til it's Gone" entry
- Saddest Celebrity Passing: Douglas Adams (though I was also sorry to hear of John Knowles and George Harrison)
- Saddest Personal Passing: The first death of a parent for one of my friends. I turned 31 in 2001, and am keenly aware of the fact that this number will only increase in the future. If 9/11 did anything, I hope it reminded all of us on a personal level to be a part of one another's lives. We cannot count the hour of our final parting, so best to act as if each time was the last.