Favorite posts of 2008
For the 2008 recap I thought I’d pair my own narrative of narcissism with some cold hard server metrics to see if people liked reading what I enjoyed writing most last year.
First, here are the posts that I’m most fond of.
Zombiefest – What happens when you have a free weekend, a lot of alcohol, 17 movies spawned from the Night of the Living Dead, and a brother to consume it all with (oh, and a bar that wants you to DJ). Here’s the first part of the results.
Iraqi on the corner – A local tale of hatred with a global context.
Evolving my music genome – What the iTunes Genius music recommendation algorithm to really says about me. (Hint: it says I don’t know what the hell I am talking about.)
The biophony of Trout Lake – Nature’s interweb.
Are you smarter than a student in 1924? – Also, did you know that the South lost the war?
Recursion – Art’s long tradition of picture-in-picture.
Love of Country – An explanation of a big reason I went to Ghana. Still makes me well up a bit.
The Gigglesnort Hotel – The next in a series of posts trying to explain to myself why I am so messed up.
10 Days in Ghana – How I came across a man butchered to death with a machete and other initial thoughts.
An economy of enslavement – Visiting the last places Africans saw before entering New World bondage.
Ghanaian handicraft series – A six-part series on traditional crafts in West Africa and the amazing people who practice them.
Sally Struthers go home – My take on the West’s wrong-headed approach to aid in Africa.
Call of the wild – Why trembling in your tent while a lion roars in the night is not so much different than that one musical passage that gives you the chills.
Rocks and hard places – Of cashew schnapps, faraway families, tribal chiefs and spirits in the material world.
Africa is a way of thinking – Probably my favorite post of the year, if not the most important. To paraphrase a related post, the things I saw in Africa will be with me forever, ineradicable viruses of the imagination.
Tom bo li de say de moi ya, yeah Jambo Jumbo! – How I almost died on safari in Kenya.
Slave to the cliché – If you love Powerpoint, don’t read this. No wait, definitely read this!
But most of all, I missed YOU – It’s a list! On a blog! Has to be good.
The mashability index – Visualizing why certain artists get mixed together more frequently than others. This was fun.
At the end of the world. – Looked forward to this all year and it did not disappoint.
And here’s the top ten most read posts (that were written in 2008) according to the server logs. Clearly I have no sense of my audience. I guess I only like 30% of you.
- How big is the Forbidden City?
- Forbidden City: Revealed on the History Channel
- A happening in China
- Favorite links of 2007 (see, people love lists!)
- Soar with turkeys
- Danger! Animated GIF from the early web! (What the hell?)
- At the end of the world.
- Testing 1-2-3
Thanks for reading, folks.