One More List – What I’m Actually Listening To

I decided to do one more music list. This one is a list of the music I am actively listening to currently. The next 20 songs are the next 20 songs from my iPod on shuffle.

1, Back To Being Friends – People on Vacation
2. Pretty Vegas – INXS
3. The Girl I Used to Love – People on Vacation
4. Journey to the End – People on Vacation
5. Cheer Up Emo Kid – Patent Pending
6. Without Me – Eminem
7. There Was a Time – Patent Pending
8. Demons – Imgaine Dragons
9. Stupidy in Love – The Dollyrots
10. Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
11. One Foot – fun
12. Hey Devil – TobyMac
13. Don’t Know What You Got – Cinderella
14. Spin Me Around – Patent Pending
15. Sittin at a Bar – Rehab
16. Creep – Radiohead
17. I Am Waking Up Today – Bowling for Soup
18. Douchebag – Patent Pending
19. Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
20. And I Think You Like Me Too – Bowling for Soup

There is a bit of a lack of variety because I recently had to start over with my music on the iPod due to a laptop crash and have yet to reload a good portion of what I have on iTunes.

My Non-Definitive List of Stereotypical Facebook Users

I use Facebook a lot. I know it’s no longer cool to use Facebook, but no one has ever accused me of being cool. I’ve noticed several types of Facebook users. I’ve decided to list them here. If you think I am talking about you, I probably am.

 

1. The Serial Liker – This person likes everything you post. It doesn’t matter what the post says or what’s in the picture. They will like it. They might not even read it before they like it. I’m not sure why. Maybe they want you to feel good about the fact that someone liked your post. Maybe they want to make sure you know at least one person is reading your feed. Personally, I want to want to earn the like. If my post is boring or stupid, don’t like it. It will make me a better Facebooker.

 

2. The Sharer Only - This persons feed is full of shared stuff. Pictures, political statements, comics, etc but no original thought or posts. This includes the “share this if you love X” posts. II would prefer to hear what you think, what is going on in your life, see your pictures not just a collection of things you saw in the internet that day. Most of them aren’t that funny or interesting.

 

3. The Picture Tagger – This person tags pictures with people who aren’t in the picture as a way to share the picture with those people. I prefer my pictures to be tagged with only the people in the actual picture. I don’t like to be tagged in random pictures that don’t include me. My legions of fans are disappointed when they click and don’t get to see a picture of me. If you want me to see the picture and think I might have missed it, send me a message.

 

4. The Wanna Be Comedian – This one is probably me. Posting things that I think are funny, but probably aren’t. Most likely because of self esteem issues and the use of humor to try to hide a multitude of personal insecurities. Or maybe I am really funny. I don’t know.

 

5. The Politician - Every post is about their political opinion or a shared article that pushes their political agenda. At the same time, they will get angry if someone posts a political opinion that goes against theirs. They don’t want to hear anything from the other side, They only want to read things that tell them they are right. There is no room for reasonable discussion here.

 

6. The Evangelist – This is the person who only posts things to convert others to their religion. I also include the atheist evangelist in this category. They want everyone to believe or disbelieve exactly as they do. Many on both sides do so with the best of intentions and with love, but others do so more to condemn those who don’t agree than to actually reach other people.

 

7. The Marketer – They are only on Facebook to sell you something. They don’t care about your posts, your pictures, your life. They only want your eyes on their ads. Every post is about what they are selling and the entire reason they joined Facebook is to expand their marketing base.

 

8. The Over Sharer - You will always know where this person is because they check in everywhere they go. They tell you what they are having for dinner(sometimes with photos), what they are watching on TV and I’ve read about people who have posted pictures of their poop. Your life is not that interesting. We don’t need to know.

I should probably think of two more to make it a nice round 10, but that’s all I’ve got.

My 20 Favorite Artists and My Favorite Songs By Them

This was the hardest one yet. There are so many that could be on the list and I’m sure if you asked me next year the list would change. I could easily have gone more modern and added more of my current favorites(Patent Pending, Dollyrots and People on Vacation) to the list and in 5 years they might actually make the list. I could probably add a few more 80′s hair bands, but decided Bon Jovi would represent them all. So, no more babbling. Here is the list in the format my bossy cousin April suggested:

1. Elvis – Burning Love

2. Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day

3. Beatles – While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

4. Michael Jackson – Beat It

5. Prince – Little Red Corvette

6. Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice

7. Garth Brooks – Papa Loved Mama

8. Kinks – Superman

9. Ramones – Teenage Lobotomy

10. Eagles – Peaceful Easy Feeling

11. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues

12. White Stripes – Hotel Yorba

13. Bon Jovi – You Give Love a Bad Name

14. Bowling For Soup – Ohio(Come back to Texas)

15. Billy Joel – You May Be Right

16. The Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love

17. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic

18. Elton John – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

19. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

20. The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me

20 Favorite TV Shows of All Time

The last in my series prompted by a request for my 20 favorite books. This time I’m pretty sure there are actually 20 and no number was used twice. This time I will accept arguments because I probably could list several more and likely forgot some. Here are the ones I could remember(with a little help from some other online lists).

In no particular order:

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2. Angel

3. Gilmore Girls

4. ER

5. Hill Street Blues

6. Cheers

7. Friends

8. Night Court

9. Quantum Leap

10. House

11. Justified

12. MASH

13. Survivor

14. Amazing Race

15. St. Elsewhere

16. Homicide

17. Family Ties

18. Freaks and Geeks

19. Moonlighting

20. Colbert & The Daily Show(can never decide which I like best)

 

20 Movies I Will Watch Over and Over

I decided to follow up my 20 favorite book post with a movie post. I won’t say these are my favorite movies. These are not the best movies ever. These are the movies that I will always watch if they are on TV. Some of these are movies that I have on DVD. You will see that I am a sucker for sports movies. As with the books, I don’t care if you don’t like these movies. Move along. In no particular order and off the top of my head(there’s no hair there holding them in)

1. Better Off Dead
2. Heathers
3. Office Space
4. Remember the Titans
5. We Are Marshall
6. Glory Road
7. The Replacements
8. Waterboy
9. Breakfast Club
10. Armageddon
11. Con Air
12. Tombstone
13. Shaun of the Dead
14. Zombieland
15. Die Hard
15. Pulp Fiction
16. Liar Liar
17. Grosse Point Blank
18. Tucker and Dale VS Evil(never on TV, but would watch over and over)
19. Grease
20. Top Gun

EDIT: Forgot Dodgeball. Make it 21.

My 20 Favorite Books of All Time

I was asked by an inmate at the jail to put this together since I won’t be at the jail to recommend books after next week. Things to keep in mind before reading my list:

1. I put this together in a couple of minutes using reminders from my ratings on Shelfari.

2. When I say favorite I don’t necessarily mean well written, classic, etc. Just books I enjoyed and have stuck with me.

3. I cheated and put three series in a spot instead of individual books.

4. I welcome comments, but don’t really care if you didn’t like these books, They are my favorites, not yours.

So, here is my list:

Twenty Favorite Books All Time:

 

1. The Stand by Stephen KIng

2. Swan Song Robert McCammon

3. Neverwhere Neil Gaiman

4. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

5. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor

6. Practical Demonkeeping Christopher Moore

7. The Vampire Lestat Anne Rice

8. The Sicilian Mario Puzo

9. Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson

10. Green River Rising Tim Willocks

11. The Shotgun Rule Charlie Huston

12. This is Where I Leave You Jonathan Tropper

13. Stranger in a Strange Land Robert Heinlein

14. Lord of the Rings series JRR Tolkien

15. Song of Ice and Fire Series George RR Martin

16. Dark Tower series Stephen King

17. A Time to Kill John Grisham

18. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

19. The Winter of Frankie Machine Don Winlsow

20. Hooligans William Diehl

Becoming a Better Me?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a pessimist. I am a complainer. I am impatient. I anger easily. People annoy me. I’m probably not the easiest person to be around a lot of times.  I know these things about myself, but I’ve never really made any sort of effort to change. I just decided that is who I am and people can deal with it. Probably not the best of attitudes, but it is a heck a lot easier than actually trying to change, right?  I have, however, noticed an odd thing recently. There have been several times recently when I have been the calm one. I have been the one looking on the bright side of the situation. I’ve been the least angry person in the group wondering why everyone else is so worked up over such a little thing. So, what does this mean? Am I just surrounded by terrible people and I look good in comparison? Is the world as a whole an angrier place and once again I’m just normal? Have I somehow become a less angry, more optimistic, more patient person by accident? Perhaps it is a combination of the three, but I will say that it feels good to look on the bright side of things. It’s probably healthier to be less angry and more optimistic. Perhaps it is time to resurrect Happy Alan.