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Lists for 2000

In the spirit of High Fidelity, one of my favourite movies of 2000, here's a random assortment of cobbled-together insights into my soul.

Top Ten Movies I Saw This Year

Not all of them actually released this year.

  1. Fight Club
  2. Being John Malkovich
  3. High Fidelity
  4. American Beauty
  5. Three Kings
  6. Nurse Betty
  7. American History X
  8. Snow Falling on Cedars
  9. Snatch
  10. Unbreakable

Top Ten Books I Read This Year

I haven't really been reading enough books lately.

  1. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  2. Madagascar, 6th edition, by Hilary Bradt
  3. Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud
  4. The Marriage of Sticks by Jonathan Carroll
  5. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
  6. Monty Python Speaks! by David Morgan
  7. Eat the Rich by P.J. O'Rourke
  8. French Lessons in Africa by Peter Biddlecombe
  9. Feeding Frenzy by Stuart Stevens
  10. Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Top Ten CDs I Bought This Year

Don't you dare laugh about number three. I'll forever associate it with taxi-brousse rides in Madagascar.

  1. Travis, The Man Who (Independiente)
  2. Radiohead, Kid A (Capitol)
  3. Vengaboys, The Party Album! (Virgin)
  4. Matthew Sweet, In Reverse (Volcano)
  5. The Dandy Warhols, 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia (Capitol)
  6. James, Millionaires (Mercury)
  7. Crowded House, Afterglow (Capitol)
  8. Various, Big Dance (RS Promotion, Thailand)
  9. Various, Compilation Gasy (featuring 'Bouli Bouli') (Malagasy bootleg)
  10. Mint Royale with Lauren Laverne, Don't Falter single (Shock)

Ten Websites I Visited the Most This Year

I wrote this list, but it was pretty ordinary stuff—Blogger, Google, Slashdot, Metafilter, and a handful of weblogs and job-search sites—so I scrapped it. One of these days I'll get around to building a links page...

Top Five Countries I Visited This Year

Also the only five, not counting Australia.

  1. Madagascar
  2. Thailand
  3. USA
  4. UK
  5. South Africa

Top Five Cities and Towns I Visited This Year

  1. Ayutthaya, Thailand
  2. Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
  3. San Francisco, USA
  4. London, UK
  5. Melbourne, Australia

Top Five Lists I Could Have Written This Year

  1. Top Ten Reasons to Visit Madagascar
  2. Top Ten Reasons to Leave Canberra and Look for Work Overseas
  3. Top Five Reasons to Take Doxycycline Instead of Mefloquine
  4. Top Five Reasons to Get Rabies Shots After Being Bitten by a Lemur
  5. Top Five Reasons Not to Start Writing Lists in Your Weblog

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