Geoff Edwards’ Ecclectic Top 10 List

Geoff Edwards runs a tumblr blog dedicated to beautiful maps.  I’ve featured his stuff a few times, but he deserves far more re-blogs in this space.  Consider it a new year’s resolution.  On to the list.

Deerhunter, “He Would Have Laughed” (from Halcyon Digest). The transition to the last melodic section of this song—beginning at about the 5:20 mark—is my favorite musical moment of 2010.

Killer Mike & T.I.P, “(Grandhustle) Ready Set Go.” The best hip-hop production of 2010.

Nicki Minaj’s verse on Kanye’s “Monster.” The album itself is good but in no way essential or classic. “Power” may be the most boring song ever to generate so much hype. But Minaj nails everything on this verse: lyrics, timing, intonation, and—most importantly—menace.

Catfish. Don’t read anything about it, just find a way to watch it. (Guilty pleasure: Kick-Ass. Chloe Moretz kills it as Hit Girl.)

“The Rejected” (Mad Men season 4, episode 4). My favorite episode of last season is the first time we see 1960s counterculture begin to bubble-up through the slick, modernist facade. (“The Suitcase” is also very good.)

An Ask Metafilter thread from May — http://bit.ly/eRgvpk . One user of the service sought the help of his fellow MeFites in convincing two Russian friends not to fall victim to a human trafficking scam here in the United States. The massive outpouring of advice, support, and donations eventually resulted in a happy ending and at least one poignant interview on a Newsweek blog (here: http://bit.ly/hKDext ). 

2 Years in Prison—A Man’s Storyhttp://bit.ly/ekFbGL . You may think your impression of prison has been sufficiently ridded of naiveté. Prepare to have that impression reupholstered.

Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale. West Coast pale ales are my favorite genre of drink. This is tops.

[image via Brewed for Thought]

Jason Heyward’s first at-bat. My sports highlight of the year, ranking just above the Olympic hockey final and the group-winning US goal in the World Cup.

The ash cloud. The sub- and superterranean tangled in April when Eyjafjallajokull led to the biggest disruption of European air traffic since World War II. It also spawned some neat visualizations and Stranded, a MagCloud issue produced by a bunch of stuck travelers.

[image via the Big Picture @ the Boston Globe]

December 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Crowdsourcing. Leave a comment.

Caturday

Wanted:

Caturday Throne.

[via Julia Segal]

October 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Funny. 2 comments.

Solid Nutrition Advice

Don’t be like this guy.

[via Julia Segal]

October 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Funny. Leave a comment.

Sundog

Caturday, we hardly knew ye.

[via Julia Segal]

October 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Funny. 2 comments.

Helpful Warning

No srsly. Thnks.

[via the Internet According to Adrian]

October 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Funny. Leave a comment.

Damn it Reagan

[via I Love Charts]

Kevin Arnold approves of this cartoon.

[via Brent Abousko]

September 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Comics. Leave a comment.

Sundog

[via Fuck Nice Things]

September 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Funny. Leave a comment.

Caturday

[via Fuck Nice Things]

September 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

Sure

[via fumes]

September 24, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Art. Leave a comment.

Sundog

[via Fumes]

September 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Funny. Leave a comment.

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