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Since I've had interesting suggestions from this before, I am once again appealing to my friendslist: Tell me what you think my New Year's Resolutions should be.

While I am thinking of new years, here are my favorite retrospective things -twitter's year in review and DJ Earworm's 'World Go Boom' remix of the 25 top songs of 2011, which is even more brilliant then usual.

I also liked this this interview where he talks about his process and the themes he's seen in this year's songs.

'. . pride and perseverance with songs like Firework and Born This Way that say, 'You're amazing,'" he says. And "the theme of sort of being screwed over and the various reactions to that," like when Ne-Yo sings "Give me everything tonight" and Adele croons about lost love. "I think about it as people's feelings of change and collective devastation."

Which is interesting because I'd been thinking that outside of country, we seem to not have many popular songs lately that are specifically reacting to current events and problems - I can find more from the 80s about factories closing and unemployment then I could looking through recent hits. I'd also noticed the popularity of what I think of as 'Heck yeah, I'm awesome' songs, and how even the 'go out and party' music seems more defiant then lighthearted. But it hadn't occurred to me that this might be coming from the same place.


( 7 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )
Jan. 4th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
--Go to three places you have never been before. By places I mean cities, states, regions, countries-- not donut shops.
--Finish going to every ice cream parlor in CT.
--Go on three job interviews for jobs you actually want. (Unless you go on one and get the job!)
--Go on one job interview in a state you have never lived and/or spent significant time in. (The job, not the interview. The interview can be in New York or CT, for example, as long as the job is in Nebraska or Tennessee)
--Wear "dressy" clothes at least once every two weeks as your regular clothing for the day.
--Learn to cook something you haven't cooked before to the point where you feel you are expert at it. (Making a food that doesn't require cooking counts, if it is something that requires cooking skill, like, say, mayonnaise or ice cream, as opposed to salad)
--Write one page of fiction a week.

Edited at 2012-01-04 03:53 pm (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
I protest your limited definition of 'places.' Does it count if the donut shops are in different cities, states, regions, or countries?

I've been trying to dress up once a week, but it ended up more business-casual then actually dressy.
Jan. 4th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
I think business casual is fine. It's really just one of those things where I know I carry myself differently when I am dressed for work and I always felt really awkward when I started this job and was dressed in grown up clothes. So doing it regularly would just make you feel not awkward if and when it becomes a requirement.
Jan. 4th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)
I like these.
Jan. 4th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
Do 1 big thing each month that you find personally challenging/scary but cool.

Read 50 books, each having to do with the history of a different state.
Jan. 4th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
-If you go work clothes shopping, try on 2 things that you usually wouldn't wear/may not think are your style.
Jan. 5th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Do something you've always wanted to do but never even talked about wanting to do because you thought it would be impossible.
( 7 said to the lesser floods, "Be dry." — say to mountains, "Be ye removed." )