I just changed the header on our blog to be more representative of the season. I realized that the last time I posted – back on March 24th – there was still snow on the ground so the picture of our house covered in snow was appropriate. No longer! I’ve picked something a little more spring-like. It’s a pic of the big tree in front of our house which overhangs our porch. Eventually we are going to have to trim it back – but we’re putting it off for another year.
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Yes, it’s been very quiet here at Dogtown Blogs. I started a new job this week and my schedule has been a little crazy. Things should settle down soon however and I can get back to posting here – I’ve missed it and feel completely out of the loop this week.
We did manage to pick up tickets to Florence & The Machine who are playing at the Phoenix in Toronto on April 10th. We also purchased my tickets to David Gray who is playing Centre in the Square in Kitchener on May 25th. Florence is a relatively new find for me whereas I have been a David Gray fan for a long time – I’m looking forward to seeing both!
Other things on my mind that I haven’t had any time to write about include the Oscar nominations, the Olympics and the big trade the Leafs made bringing Dion Phanuf to Toronto. Sadly Brian Burke, GM of the Leafs, is in the news for a different reason today – his youngest son Brendan died in a car accident yesterday. Very, very sad.
I’m still catching up so that’s all the link-love for today.
This might be the last of the “best of 2009” posts…or it might not. It’s been fun looking back over the year!
The first video is DJ Earworm’s mashup of the Top 25 Billboard Hits from 2009. I first saw this via Toronto Mike’s post last year of the 2008 mashup. Can you name all the tunes from the 2009 mashup? I’ll put the list after the video.
- The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
- Lady Gaga – Poker Face
- Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis – Just Dance
- The Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
- Taylor Swift – Love Story
- Flo Rida – Right Round
- Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
- Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
- Kanye West – Heartless
- The All-American Rejects – Gives You Hell
- Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
- T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake – Dead And Gone
- The Fray – You Found Me
- Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
- Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo – Knock You Down
- Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain – Blame It
- Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
- T.I. Featuring Rihanna – Live Your Life
- Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie – Kiss Me Thru The Phone
- Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne – Down
- Miley Cyrus – The Climb
- Drake – Best I Ever Had
- Kelly Clarkson – My Life Would Suck Without You
- Beyonce – Halo
- Katy Perry – Hot N Cold
Macleans has posted an alphabetical list of 50 things that changed our lives this past decade here: http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=e226673935.
Ironic that I’m blogging about a list that includes blogging as one of the significant things that changed our lives this past decade.
So apparently I jumped the gun complaining about the lack of “best of” lists from the Noughties. Now the lists are coming out fast and furious – both of the decade-ending and the traditional year-in-review types.
Here is one I stumbled across at Time.com titled “Top 10 Buzzwords” for 2009:
4. Wise Latina
5. Death Panel
9. Beer Summit
10. Green Shoots
Although familiar with most (I stress the word most only because I was not aware that President Obama had been accused of being a birther – and yes, I can almost write that with a straight face…almost) of the news stories associated with these words, I didn’t realise that they had been turned into “buzzwords”. For those of you equally uninformed, I’ve linked to the meaning of each as defined/explained by Time.
And no, I don’t know why I am so fascinated with “best of” lists…I just am.
It is amazing to me that another decade is ending in 24 days. As horrified as I am to admit it, I have seen the end of five decades. Granted, I was only 5 years old when the 60’s ended but still, I was there. Now, half way through my life, I will welcome in my sixth decade thinking of my neices and nephews who are saying goodbye to their first.
It seems like a moment that should be marked, not just for me personally but in general. It is the end of a decade and yet, I haven’t seen many “best of the decade” type lists. Was there nothing in the last 10 years that rates being on a “best of” list? Maybe there are just a rash of “worst of” lists? Or, in these days of having access to so much of everything, can we simply not makeup our minds?
Well, I decided I would head out into the internets to see what I could find so here is my list of lists…the best and worst of the last decade.
If you find any others of interest, let me know.