Saturday, December 30, 2006

Favorites of 2006

Here are some of my favorite things from 2006.

On-line laughs:
  1. The most-viewed YouTube video of 2006: The Evolution of Dance by Judson Laipply
  2. Possibly the worst recording of O Holy Night, ever
  3. David Brent's Microsoft training video
  4. The Iraq Report with subtitles
  5. Two sons try to take a Mother’s Day photo (these guys must know my brother and me)

TV commercials:
  1. Liberty Mutual "pay-it-forward" commercial
  2. LA County Fair - "Duh, Ashley, all wool comes from a cow..."
  3. “That should kill him…” Ameriquest doctor commercial
  4. Peyton Manning supporting his team

Movies I saw:
  1. The Prestige - It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time
  2. X-Men: The Last Stand - I hope this won’t be the last of the series
  3. Facing the Giants - Created by a church with no professional actors, it's a very moving and inspirational film
  4. Invincible - Almost makes me want to be a Phily fan
  5. Casino Royale - A little on the violent side, but probably the best Bond yet
  6. Flags of Our Fathers - War is tragic

Books I read:
  1. The Language of God by Francis Collins - Collins does a great job of distilling the myth that evolution = atheism
  2. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - Some interesting things to think about
  3. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas - Rather than make us "happy", marriage is designed by God to make us more holy
  4. Finding God at Harvard by Kelly Monroe - A series of encouraging stories from various Harvard alums about their path to faith

Websites I love to visit:
  1. – Sometimes you have to sort through a lot of “truthiness”, but it’s an extremely useful tool for answering the question “What is X?”
  2. – It feeds my addiction for funny commercials
  3. Google Scholar – OK, I don’t love to visit this site, but it's probably the #1 reason why getting my Ph.D. will take less than 4 years. It’s much larger and faster than Citeseer and far easier to use than Windows Live Academic