Sunday, June 29, 2014

Weekly Discoveries

// Favorite Song -

// Favorite Song/Music Video - Thanks to Michial for this one.

// Thank you, Science -

// Favorite Music Video You've Already Seen -

// Favorite Re-Trailering -

// Favorite Short -

Friday, June 13, 2014

Weekly Discoveries

// Something to Think About: World Cup Edition -

// Favorite Tribute to Dads -

// Something to Think About: NFL Edition -

// Favorite Wedding Highlight Reel - My brother's wedding!

// Favorite Song -

// Favorite Teaser -

Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekly Discoveries

// Favorite Late-Night Bit - Finally, the Chad Smith/Will Ferrell drum-off.

// Favorite Video Essay -

// Favorite Short -

// Favorite Idea -

// Favorite Music Video -

Friday, May 9, 2014

Weekly Discoveries

// Favorite How it Should Have Ended -

// Favorite Pop Song Creation -

// Favorite History Lesson -

// Favorite Song -

// Important Information

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Weekly Discoveries

// Favorite Time Lapse -

// Favorite Prank -

// Favorite Single -

// Favorite Mix -

Friday, March 21, 2014

Weekly Discoveries

// Favorite Advice -

// Favorite Reaction -

// Favorite Slow-Mo -

// Favorite Song -

// Favorite Coincidence -

// Favorite History Lesson -

// Favorite Supercut -

Friday, February 14, 2014

Weekly Discoveries

// Knowledge! -

// Favorite Short -

// Favorite Lesson

// Another Favorite Short -

// Favorite Music Video -

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Favorites of 2013: Albums

Another list! This time it's favorite albums of the year. 

Let me know what I missed!

16. Breathing Kansas - Retrograde EP

15. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

14. Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy - A Tell All

13. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe

12. Champion Leader - 1987

11. Haim - Days are Gone

10. Deerhunter - Monomania

9. Local Natives - Hummingbird

8. Shad - Flying Colours

7. Phosphorescent - Muchacho

6. Frightened Rabbit - Pedestrian Verse

5. Momcat - Momcast

4. Dr. Dog - B-Room

3. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

2. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Monday, December 30, 2013

Favorites of 2013: Books

In the year 2013, I managed to knock back over 60 books, and not all were Dr. Seuss and Goosebumps.

Here's a small list of some of my favorites of the year:

10. Tradecraft by Larry McCrary, Caleb Crider, Wade Stephens, and Rodney Calfee

An excellent primer on living missionally regardless of where you are in life.

9. A Small Corner of Hell by Anna Politkovskaya

Unrelenting, fearless, heartbreaking. 

This is something that we absolutely should be aware of. But the book pointed out something very interesting - that it's very difficult to know exactly how bad things are precisely because things are so awful. It's just too dangerous. Which makes what Politkovskaya did all the more courageous and impactful.

6. Desiring the Kingdom by James K. A. Smith

Incredible book from one of my favorite philosophers - the first of three books revisioning the way we educate and worship.

7. What Are People For? by Wendell Berry

Education without being preachy, and passionate without only emotion. Tremendous essays that don't try to talk down to the reader.

6. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

This is one, among most of this list probably, that I couldn't believe I hadn't read yet. Profoundly vivid examination of soldiers at war and every aspect of emotions that combat touches.

5. Magic Hours by Tom Bissell

Brillant essays on creators and the creation process (that might actually the tagline).

4. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Part mad-cap adventure, part history and science of running. Brilliantly fleshed out -- I'm not sure anyone could NOT start running after reading this.

3. Vintage Lopez by Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez is an author, essayist, philosopher, biologist, historian, etc. -- and it shows in all that he writes.

2. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner

Wonderful and poetic novel traversing the lifetime of a friendship between two couples. With a threadbare plot and very little narrative conflict, the brilliance of this work comes out in the characters and the quiet lives they lead.

1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

There's not much more to say about this work that hasn't already been said. The world that Wallace creates is unlike anything I've read, and seemingly unlike anything that's ever been written. It's difficult to believe a single person could flesh out a narrative as large, specific, and encompassing as this one.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Favorites of 2013: TV Shows

It's that time of the year again where I chime in on some of my favorite art of the year.  Starting out, here's some of my favorite TV shows of 2013.

(For the record, I hate those little blurbs after each ranking, but I felt weird not doing it.)

10. The Walking Dead

Still inching closer and closer in zombie-like fashion to the show it needs to be, The Walking Dead is gradually getting to the point where the character drama is as good as the action. It's got a ways to go, but it's getting there.

9. Girls

I might get the most flak for this one, and it's hard to explain. I just really appreciate the honesty of this show.

8. Community

Gradually getting better as season 4 played out, Community is still among my favorite television comedies.

7. Parks and Recreation

Not quite the brilliance of previous seasons -- but it's still got the charm and the laughs. I'm just worried it might have peaked a season or two ago.

6. The Americans

One of the best new shows of the year. Fascinating look at life and espionage during the Cold War.

5. Mad Men

This season of Mad Men might be one of my favorites. With Don finally starting to own up to his faults, hopefully he'll become less fragmented as well.

4. Arrested Development

It took a few episodes, but when it got back into the groove, it could do no wrong. Although the new season had some of the worst episodes in Arrested Development history it also had some of the best.

3. Hannibal

Gruesome, but gorgeous. I never thought I'd say this, but Mads Mikkelsen gives Anthony Hopkins a run for his money. Much creepier, less tongue-in-cheek. And the broader philosophical look at life and death is astounding.

2. Southland

Southland ended as it began: not with a whimper, but a bang. Right to the heart. The only way it could have ended.

1. Breaking Bad