Thursday, June 21, 2007
Best Of 2007, Part 1
By this time tomorrow, I will be on my way to China, so blogging will be infrequent at best for the next two weeks. If you see more than a couple of posts from me that means that I have been spending way too much time in internet cafes instead of seeing the sights and mingling with the people.
To tide you over, it is time for my semi-annual Best Of Post where I catalog the posts that are either the most popular, the ones I’m the proudest of, or just the ones I will need to find the link to most often.
So It Goes. The death of Kurt Vonnegut, the secular patron saint of this blog, was not entirely unexpected but it did come abruptly. KV was a personal inspiration and I said as much. The amazing outpouring of emotion across the internet and beyond stunned even me, so I collected links to all the various remembrances and created Listen: A Vonnegut Meta-Tribute.
Brandy Britton, RIP. 2007 also saw the passing of frequent Foma topic and former call girl Brandy Britton. In the year that I covered this home-grown scandal her life avalanched from farce to tragedy. I vowed never to blog about her again. This resolution was severely tested when it came to light that Brandy was an affiliate of DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, but I resisted the temptation to go to that well one more time.
National Coolest Comics Character Competition. On the lighter side, my multi-post tourney to crown the coolest comics character ran from the kick-off on March 15 until the Best of Show on April 22 when Bucky Katt from Get Fuzzy took the trophy and immediately hit Satchel over the head with it.
Michael and the Magic Foob Closet. In other comics events, the fire at Mike Patterson’s apartment forced him to run screaming out of his burning closet. As the end times of the Foobiverse continue to gather I will have come up with an update soon.
Birthday Love Story. Some of my sappiest posts elicit the best responses. My wife and I share a birthday and I dug out some old photos to really drive home how long we have been together.
You Tube Superstar. At the other end of the scale, there is clearly no limit to the self-degradation I will stoop to in order to come up with a blog post. I found that creating a YouTube worthy video only takes a digital camera, a desk lamp, some song lyrics, and a complete lack of talent. Watch again at your own risk.
Balticon. Now that I am on BloggerPlus, I can string together a group of posts on a similar topic and link them together. I managed to milk three days at a science fiction convention into no less than four full posts.
BlatantCommentWhoring™: As is the Best Of tradition, you are welcome to tell me which of my favorite posts I left off the list. I also welcome links to your favorite post from your blog or another one. It’s all good.