Top Things of 2008

And now that time of year where I put everything in retrospective. Here’s a brief list of stuff I liked and hated enough to include in 2008:

Top Albums (in no particular order):
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into
Modwheelmood – Pearls to Pigs Vol. 2 (and 3)
Oasis – Dig Out Your Soul
Pidgeon – Might As Well Go Eat Worms
Muse – HAARP (live)
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I-IV/The Slip

Honorable Mentions:
The Paper Raincoat – Safe in the Sound
The Sweet Revenge – Sleeping Cities

Top Concerts (in no particular order):
Vienna Teng (with Radiohead technically opening for her) at Outside Lands Festival
Eric McFadden’s Silent Ensemble at The Edwardian Ball at Great American Music Hall
Elvis Costello and The Police at Shoreline
The Paper Raincoat and Vienna Teng at Rockwood Music Hall
Saul Williams at Slim’s
Does It Offend You, Yeah? at Slim’s
Drifting Sand at The Octopus Lounge
Pidgeon at Thee Parkside
Donna De Lory at Santa Cruz Veteran’s Hall
Vienna Teng at Bazaar Cafe
Nine Inch Nails at Oracle Arena
Oasis at Oracle Arena

Top Fandom Events (this was a good year to be a fan of stuff):
Comic-Con International (San Diego)
Repo! The Genetic Opera Las Vegas Premiere
The Sarah Connor Chronicles Event (Golden Apple Comics)
WonderCon (San Francisco)
SuperCon (San Jose)
Repo! The Genetic Opera @ Lionsgate Screening Room by special arrangement from DLB

Top Fandom Moments:
Kind of helping with the Vienna Teng recording sessions in San Francisco
Bill Willingham sketching me Pinocchio at WonderCon
Darren Bousman getting his fiance Laura Bosserman to pull out the video camera and put the focus on me at Comic-Con
The random BBC America camera crew that interviewed me at Comic-Con
Meeting TV’s Wil Wheaton at SuperCon, and again at Comic-Con
Being amongst the Repo! fans all over California and Nevada
The Dr. Horrible Panel at Comic-Con
The Chuck Panel at Comic-Con

Top Television/Internet Series:
Chuck (NBC)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Mutant Enemy)
The Guild (Knights of Good)
Legend of Neil (EffinFunny)
Doctor Who (BBC Wales)

Weirdest Television Moment:
Hearing part of The Animators’ “Nice Guy” on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew

Worst Concert Moment:
The Smashing Pumpkins set at Bridge School Benefit (and Josh Groban too)

Top Movies:
Iron Man
Bolt
Wall-E
Cloverfield
Repo! The Genetic Opera

Top Video Games:
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Rock Band 2
Guitar Hero World Tour
Bejeweled Twist

Best Newly Discovered Classic Video Game:
Quake II

Top Electronic Device:
EeePC

Best Place We Visited:
New York (especially the food tours and hanging out with friends)

What I liked absolutely best about 2008 was spending the whole year with my wife. We had some rough spots. She had to have a major surgery and got through it and we’ve both had illness throughout the year. We had car troubles for the first time in four years and lots of bleak outlooks on things. But we soldiered through it and have come out on top. 2008 was not the best year of our lives but as long as we keep living we keep having memorable moments. This list is far from comprehensive and is mostly just off of the top of my head. There could be more later.

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