It's always fun to think back over the year, and this time even a decade, to see what was up. As always there are umpteen hundreds of lists out there, the most proliferate being music and the "Best albums of 2010.." Landscape and memory, nostalgia and nuance, we want to remember and we want to share. Well, the social web sure let's us do that. If I take this year alone there have been a lot of ups and not so many downs (at least not personally anyway,) so in no particular order, other than how they come to mind, here are some of the things that happened to me, around me, or I heard, saw and witnessed, in 2010.
Album of the year, if not the damned decade - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
The three best books I've read this year - This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace. Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership by Lewis Hyde and Player One: What Is to Become of Us (CBC Massey Lecture) by Douglas Coupland.
A new Portland burger joint that made me smile - Little Big Burger.
A music website I visit the most - 900bats thank you Aesop Rock and co..
My new favorite Portland band might well be - Wild Ones
I've been hired as an adjunct professor by the University of Oregon, to teach a class at the School of Journalism & Communication, working under Deborah K Morrison the Chambers Distinguished Professor of Advertising. The class will consider the disruptive force of the Internet in society and how it has affected all industries. Brands need a new way of looking at markets now. Digital slumming in other words..looking forward to what I can learn from bright young, hopefully non-cynical, minds. Starts in January..
I enjoyed debunking some Facebook myths - Facebook Likes are not Engaging
I spent most of November being interviewed by Rick Moody, author of The Ice Storm: A Novel The interview took place entirely online and the resulting 9000 word discourse on Gang of Four, Shriekback and my work as a Digital Strategist will appear in January in Blip, formerly Mississippi Review Online.
I really enjoyed Khoi Vinh and Russell Davies' musings about iPad and Monitors..
Really glad that I started a new web container for all my online scribblings.
I have had a great time, 9 months now, working at NORTH.
Paul Krugman kept me sane as Obama folded to the Republicans and showed us his real woolly centrist side.
Twitter continued to feed me all the news that's fit to tweet from all the bright minds of the folks I follow.
Uncertainty department: I have no idea when the social media bubble will pop, but it will.
I'm glad I moved all my banking to ING Direct.
A thought: Where's Bono when Ireland needs him? Or is he and U2 part of the problem?
One thing that became clear during 2010..our politicians are powerless to enact change.
Ok, I'll keep updating this throughout the end of the year.