Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Favorite Discoveries of 2008

Here's a list of things I discovered in 2008 that brought some joy.
Some of these have been around for awhile, but I became a fan in the last year.

Tap Defense for iPhone
I've spent days playing this excellent Tower Defense game.
It's fun. It's free. Get it already!
Read my Strategy Guide

"Shiny, Happy, Tech News."
I discovered this early in 2008, and I love it.
5 minutes a day will keep your geek cred up.

Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog
Joss Whedon and the gang put together a musical and put it on the web. One of Time's Best Inventions of 2008.
Way too much of this blog is dedicated to Dr. Horrible...

Capsule & Perfume
Yasutaka Nakata cranks out the grooves!
Thanks to guys at ZAM Minnesota to turning me on to this.
Capsule's albums are available on iTunes.
Yasutaka also produces the all-girl pop group Perfume, which is only available in hard-to-find imports.

A wonderful puzzle/toy.
216 rare-earth spherical magnets. What more could any nerd want?

Read my review, and see some of my designs.

Amazon's Universal Wish List
The Amazon Wish List is a terrific thing, and most of my family and friends use it. But it doesn't help when you need to put something on a gift registry or wish list that Amazon doesn't sell.
The Universal Wish List lets you pick any product on the web.

Many people don't use decent passwords for their online accounts.
SuperGenPass is a JavaScript "bookmarklet" that lets them have good passwords unique to each site while needing to remember only one password.
I recommend SuperGenPass to friends and family that aren't going to go through the effort to create and memorize a set of difficult passwords.

Another excellent novel by Neal Stephenson
Read my review.

Arby's Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sourdough breakfast sandwich
A tasty fast-food product! Will wonders never cease?

Tweezerman Point ® Tweezers
Tweezers? Really?
Yes, Tweezers!

Precision ground, stainless steel tweezers with a point sharp enough to pluck the tiniest sliver.

Veronica Mars
Another great, but canceled, TV show.
All three seasons are available on DVD.

Sure, it's a "teen sleuth" show, but it's really just an excellent mystery/thriller.
Dark, clever, intelligent.
Not for the kids. Murder, kidnapping, and rape are recurring themes.
Not your usual TV.

Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

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