I’ve struggled to come up with a good 2007 post that’s reasonably concise and has some brevity (the number one thing Twitter has taught me in my month or so of using it). A ton happened this year — most of it was good, but there were always speedbumps along the way. I’m really proud of my continued progress in getting on my own two feet this year, and am really looking forward to taking off like a rocket in 2008.
A couple months ago, when I began doing some renovations on jaredwsmith.com (which continue, in a big way, in case you haven’t noticed), I created a “Best Of” category with the intent that I would start tagging posts that really stood out to me or others to keep tabs on what people liked best for a compilation later on. The category laid dormant for months.
Then, earlier today, I caught a post at Patrick’s Place, where he ran down his best posts of 2007 by month…and bam. Inspiration. While I don’t think I can locate a post for every month of the year that stands out (my blogging comes and goes in cycles — some months, particularly high-impact school months, are almost dead with very pithy posts while others have a cornucopia of novels to choose from), I have located quite a few that I thought were special in some way, whether for comedy, historical impact, or other judgement calls that come with the power of having your name on a Web site.
And so, the category finally got some love, and The Best of JaredWSmith.com, Volume I was born, complete with Van Halen ripoff artwork. In the future, the category will receive posts before and beyond 2007’s postings — and I’ll try and do a better job of categorizing them by date as well — but in the meantime, enjoy. And Happy New Year. :)
A couple days after realigning the room, I’m really a big fan. Why didn’t I do it this way the first time?
I tried to watch Abrams & Bettes on The Weather Channel last night. Couldn’t do it. I like both their personalities, but I can’t watch the show. Something about it seems really forced, like they’re trying to crowbar a newscast into a lineup full of…newscasts. So, they make it extra newscasty, which, in my mind, just doesn’t seem to work. Watching A&B made me long for the days of the early-to-mid ’90s again.
I remember the last time a pitcher went to an NL West team for over $100 million. What are the odds of Barry Zito turning out like Kevin Brown in San Francisco? Zito’s magic avoidance of injury thus far in his career has been impressive, but any guy with a hook like he has is asking for arm problems down the road. The Giants paid a lot of money and once again took this offseason to ridiculously new heights, as if that was even possible. A pitcher the likes of Johan Santana should easily command $20-$25 million a year now on the free agent market. Look for small market teams to be much more guarded with their farm systems as the years roll on.
Nothing says Christmas like marshmallow-stuffed snowmen. Nothing.
Vacations that take a lot of work and are over-planned totally defeat the purpose, IMO. I’ve been talking to a friend for a few days who has been absolutely exhausted from her vacation in Florida, which was planned out point by point. What’s the point of a vacation where one MUST be up at 9:30 every morning? That’s low value. This friend is now taking a vacation from vacations.
Brian Goode’s calling it: Rain on New Year’s Eve. It’s looking pretty solid for that, too. The more I think about it, the more likely I am to stay in at this point, though wandering to a random bar to be selected is not totally out of the question (unless someone wishes to kindly save me from this kind of low value fate).
I signed into Classmates for the first time in about a year and a half this weekend, and was reminded why I stayed away in the first place: Errors, ads, and then not being able to do anything without paying a fee…in other words, it’s totally incompatible with Web 2.0. Facebook and MySpace effectively render sites like Classmates pretty much obsolete thanks to their unbridled FREE accessibility and more expressive profile options.
I’m looking forward to the new semester, real bad. I’m in several media courses and am really looking forward to getting into the meat of the major.
If you have LiveJournal, I’ve got The Blogcrossposting to mine now. Add me to your friends list if you like. :)
Finally…I have a lot of work to do in Flight Simulator 2004. I’ve been struggling badly with my landings…
It’s bedtime for real now, before the sun comes up. :) Later folks.