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2001 - Banshee's LJ recap

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.


Entertainment and Recreation:
  • 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."

Moments in History:
  • 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

    Falling Toward Golgotha

  • 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.


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Jan. 3rd, 2002 11:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for the nod, Banshee, but I'm afraid I swiped the format from Tangles and Happy.

BTW, I like your take on it. Interesting trip though your LJ year. Also BTW, you can now say you've met your first N "fundie."
Jan. 3rd, 2002 11:22 am (UTC)
Well, don't tell the NT group yet, but actually, that's part of the theory. See, all of the INTs that I know personally, both INTP and INTJ, hmm, ISTJs that I know of, for that matter . . . anyway, all of them, my husband included, tend to lean toward conservativism. What's interesting is that in my peer group, there has been a significant correlation between introversion + T and conservatism. Since I don't know enough IST to even think about analyzing, I'll stick with my INTs and ENTs, but the more E the NT gets, the more liberal they seem to be. Low Es and lower Is seem to hover around centrism/libertarianism, and moderate to high Is seem to definitely show a preference for conservatism in my peer group. *grin* Now, I could joke that this has to do inherently with how much they like people, ;) but it's been fascinating to see. I'm pleased and delighted to have friends of all different backgrounds - I learn so much more that way. :) I checked out your interests, and you actually have quite a bit in common with a real life friend of mine, who also happens to be an INTJ female.

Thanks for the kind words, and I'll have to go check out the LJ user links there. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2002 11:33 am (UTC)
Well, my father is INT, and is also very conservative. My brother is an NFP, not very strong on his E/I preference, and is, indeed, more "liberal" than we, though that's only in comparison (i'm sure most would not consider him liberal).
Jan. 3rd, 2002 12:26 pm (UTC)
That F does seem to make a difference - empathy for one's fellow creature, perhaps? ;) Still, I know two IFs who are both conservatives.

I should probably post this in the NT group, but I just went through my real life address book, only pulling those of known type from it:

Without fail, the extraverts tended to be liberal, in varying degrees, and those degrees were almost directly correlative to their degree of extraversion -- eight people counted for known type, here. Half were ES, half were EN.

Borderlines, those close to the edge of E or I - I counted three, all of whom voted libertarian in the last election. All Ts: two Ns; one low S.

Introverts, with only one exception, were conservative among my peers, though again in varying degrees. The exception case was an ISFJ if I'm remembering type correctly, here. Data pool consists of seven people: four IS, three IN.

Additionally, I wonder about the whole aging aspect: we know that as people age, they tend to use their auxiliary trait more. Now, go with me for a sec: the majority of the population is extraverted. There's a general acknowledgement that people tend to become more conservative as they age. Since the majority of them are Es, they'd be using their I more as they age, and as Is (from my anecdotal evidence) tend towards conservatism, could this tendency be a manifestation of type in addition to general life experience?

*grin* Is your father a tortilla chip fan? I wonder what we'd come up with if we combined the snacky data with the MBTI . . . ;) BTW, checked out the LJ links - that post in one of them about the waxing was funny. :)
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