75 Things That Suck About Being Unemployed

Today marks ten months since I was laid off from my last job. In that time, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and the conclusion I’ve reached is not having a job sucks. I never imagined it would take me this long to find a job. At first, you enjoy the free time and the ability to spend time doing things you would be too busy to do otherwise. As the months roll on, it begins to wear on you. I’ve been unemployed before but I was younger then and more optimistic. Being unemployed in your 30s, it feels like time is running out.

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25 Favorite Albums for 2010

Definitely not the best albums of the year but these were the ones that got heavy rotation in my iPod/iPhone this year.

From top left to right:

  1. The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens
  2. The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe
  3. Authenticity by The Foreign Exchange
  4. Barbara by We Are Scientists
  5. Broken Bells by Broken Bells
  6. Cloak and Cipher by Land of Talk
  7. Crazy For You by Best Coast
  8. Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) by Mates of State
  9. The Five Ghosts by Stars
  10. Forgiveness Rock Record by Broken Social Scene
  11. Go by Jónsi
  12. High Violet by The National
  13. How I Got Over by The Roots
  14. I’m Having Fun Now by Jenny and Johnny
  15. Interpreting The Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates by The Bird and The Bee
  16. LeftBack by Little Brother
  17. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
  18. New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) by Erykah Badu
  19. Romance Is Boring by Los Campesinos!
  20. The Sea by Corinne Bailey Rae
  21. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
  22. Thank Me Later by Drake
  23. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
  24. We Are Born by Sia
  25. The Winter of Mixed Drinks by Frightened Rabbit

2009: 15 Favorite Movies

Now that I’ve seen Avatar, I can make this list. It didn’t feel right making a favorite movies list not having seen what appears to be the future highest grossing movie of all-time.

From least most favorite to most most favorite (movies link to my original poorly-written review):

15. Drag Me To Hell

14. (500) Days of Summer

13. Paranormal Activity

12. Away We Go

11. Star Trek

10. In The Loop

9. The Hangover

8. District 9

7. Where The Wild Things Are

6. Inglourious Basterds

5. Up

4. Fantastic Mr. Fox

3. Up In The Air

2. Avatar

1. The Hurt Locker

My 100 Favorite Moments on Lost…So Far

Well, in less than month, it’s the beginning of the end for us Losties. No more theories. No more speculation. Either our questions will be answered or we’ll be forever disappointed.

Actually, no matter what happens, I’ll be happy and thankful that Lost existed (unless the screen goes black like The Sopranos). As is clear from my many posts and lists, I’ve always enjoyed television but Lost made me love television in a way no other show has. After Lost, I found it hard to watch procedural, one-and-done shows like CSI.  I needed every episode to matter.  I wanted to be rewarded for my patience, loyalty and vigilance. I took more notes on Lost than I did for any class in college (which explains a lot about my station in life).

That said, I’m kinda glad Lost is over.  I don’t know how much longer I could be obsessed with a TV show. After it’s over, I’ll feel like I’m getting a part of my life (and brain) back.

So in honor of the final season, here is a list of my favorite 100 moments on Lost so far. I tried to find a picture for each one (via Lost Media and Lostpedia). Obviously, spoilers galore.

  1. The opening chaos of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 (“Pilot”)
  2. The first time they hear the monster in the trees (“Pilot”)
  3. The monster snags the pilot out of the plane (“Pilot”)
  4. Kate hiding in the trees counting to five (recalling Jack’s surgery story) to steel herself to go look for Jack (“Pilot”)
  5. Seeing the pilot’s bloody body in the trees (“Pilot”)
  6. After Shannon and Sayid translate Danielle’s 16-year-old message, Charlie asks “Guys…where are we?” (“Pilot”)
  7. When everyone is arguing about how to get food on the island, Locke throws a knife five inches or so away from Sawyer’s head and says, “We hunt” (“Walkabout”)
  8. In his flashback, when Locke rolls away from counter revealing his paraplegia and yells “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” (“Walkabout”)
  9. In Jin and Sun’s flashback, at the airport when Sun, preparing to leave Jin once and for all, looks at Jin while he’s waiting in line and he pulls out a white flower like the one he gave to her when he promised he’d give her a diamond one day (“House of the Rising Sun”)
  10. When Ethan corners Charlie and Claire in the woods right as Hurley is telling Jack, Kate and Sayid that he wasn’t on the manifest (“Raised By Another”)
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2009: 15 Favorite Albums

I had a tough time with the order of the top three.  At any given moment, any of them could be number one.  Again, I emphasize that these are in the order of my favorite albums of the year not the best.

15. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

14. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati

13. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3

12. The Swell Season – Strict Joy

11. St. Vincent – Actor

10. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx PT II

9. The Gossip – Music for Men

8. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

7. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

6. The Temper Trap – Conditions

5. Me’Shell Ndegéocello – Devil’s Halo

4. Tegan and Sara – Sainthood

3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

1. Metric – Fantasies

2009: 15 Favorite Televsion Shows

It’s that time of year.  Here are my 15 favorite television shows of 2009.  Please don’t confuse “favorite” with “best”

15. Party Down

14. 24

13. Glee

12. Modern Family

11. Curb Your Enthusiasm

10. Breaking Bad

9. Damages

8. Burn Notice

7. Torchwood: Children of Earth

6. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

5. Battlestar Galactica

4. Friday Night Lights

3. Sons of Anarchy

2. Lost

1. Mad Men

My 50 Favorite Movies of the 00s

This list wasn’t as hard to compile as I thought it would be.  When I go to the movies, after I’m sitting there watching the credit, I decide then and there whether I’m going to buy it when it comes out on DVD. I don’t know if anyone shares the same sensation but after I see a movie I absolutely love, I look forward to owning.  Not necessarily to watch again (although that’s part of it) but to be able to share the movie with friends who haven’t seen it so they can love the movie too and we’ll have that in common (or they can hate it and it will always be a blemish on their permanent friendship record). So I looked at all the movies that came out in the 2000s and looked for the ones I owned and that made it easy*.  I also tried to put them in order of best to least best.  Honestly, the only numbers that matter is 1-15. After that it gets pretty interchangeable.

If I ever wrote anything on my blog about the movie, there’s a link to it.

50. The Fountain
49. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
48. Away From Her
47. Casino Royale
46. Up
45. Tropic Thunder
44. The Hangover
43. Little Miss Sunshine
42. The Way of the Gun
41. The Prestige
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