Top Stuff of 2013

Live Concerts:
1. Vienna Teng (various venues across the country)
2. MS MR (The Independent four times, Outside Lands twice)
3. How to destroy angels_ (various venues on the west coast)
4. Lionel Richie (SAP Center, San Jose)
5. John Williams (w/Stephen Spielberg and the San Francisco Symphony)

Video Games:
1. Ingress
2. Spelunky
3. Super Mario 3D World
4. Charlie Murder
5. Ridiculous Fishing

Technology Purchases:
1. Mobius Actioncam
2. Blade 350QX quadcopter
3. Novation Launchpad
4. PS Vita
5. Gateway 3DS

Live Theater:
1. The Book of Mormon
2. No Man’s Land (featuring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan)
3. Sonic Kung Fu (Charming Hostess with Mike Lai)
4. The Fourth Messenger
5. Tristan and Yseult

Albums:
1. Vienna Teng “Aims”
2. MS MR “Secondhand Rapture”
3. Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
4. Deltron 3030 “Event II”
5. How to destroy angels_ “Welcome Oblivion”
Honorable Mention: David Bowie “The Next Day”

Movies:
1. Much Ado About Nothing
2. Now You See Me
3. Sharknado
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
5. Star Trek Into Darkness

Television:
1. American Pickers
2. Game of Thrones
3. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
4. Graceland
5. Shipping Wars

Fandom Events:
1. Grand Slam Summit (Burbank California, featuring Star Trek The Next Generation Cast)
2. Aims Tour Travel (San Diego, Kent, Livermore, Sacramento, San Francisco, Saratoga, Nashville, St Louis, Paducah, Lawrence, Tulsa, Cedar Rapids, Salt Lake City, Mill Valley, Berkeley)
3. Anything with Max Temkin at PAX
4. Playing Ingress against Brian Rose at USC for the first Ingress Campus Event (tie); Actually getting in the Niantic Project ARG with my Redwood City Verum Inveniri dead drop find (tie); 19 Days Events/farming with friends in Ingress (tie)
5. Meeting John Cho, Simon Pegg and Alice Eve at the Microsoft Store before a Star Trek Into Darkness screening

Disappointments:
1. New albums by nine inch nails, Pearl Jam, The Polyphonic Spree, Depeche Mode and Alessandro Cortini and I didn’t like any of them.
2. The 50th Anniversary/11th Doctor’s ending/Season 7 in general of Doctor Who
3. The Wonderful 101 (tie); The Wolf Among Us (tie)
4. PAX minus anything having to do with Max Temkin
5. Nothing new from either Danielewski sibling

Favorite Road Trip of 2013: Yosemite in the winter

Things to look forward to in 2014:
1. Mark Z Danielewski’s “The Familiar”
2. Emerald City Comic Con (featuring appearances by: Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham of Fables, Richard Dean Anderson, John De Lancie, Michael Dorn, Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Nichelle Nichols, J. August Richards, Dwight Schultz, Mark Sheppard, Alan Tudyk, Karl Urban, Nancy Cartwright, Andrea Libman)
3. Creation Star Trek San Francisco (featuring Scott Bakula)
4. New albums from U2, Tori Amos, Imogen Heap, Christina Perri, Garbage, Foo Fighters
5. The LEGO Movie, Transcendence, X-Men Days of Future Past, Maleficent, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, The Hobbit: There and Back Again

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