The Entertainment Shack

May 15 '10

Favorites - 2010 Edition

This is an update to my previous favorites post. And this time I'm not limiting myself to 15 items!



I have around 500 artists with songs I've flagged 5 stars in iTunes, but these are the artists/groups that show up several times in my playlist:

Aceyalone, AIR, The Bad Plus, Beastie Boys, Beck, Benny Benassi, the bird and the bee, BitterSweet, Black Eyed Peas, Blue Man Group, Bonobo, Bright Eyes, Britney Spears, Broken Bells, Cake, Chumbawamba, Cinematic Orchestra, Claude Debussy, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Danger Mouse, DANGERDOOM, Dj Paul V, Eminem, EVE 6, Everclear, Eyedea & Abilities, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand, Geto Boys, Girl Talk, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Gustav Holst, I Voted for Kodos, Incubus, Iron & Wine, Jamiroquai, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Kasabian, Korn, Layo & Bushwacka!, Ldm101, Limp Bizkit, Lobsterdust, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, Matchbox Twenty, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliott, Moby, Mr. Scruff, Nine Inch Nails, Party Ben, Peace Orchestra, The Pharcyde, Pogo, Propellerheads, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Radiohead, Rafael Casal, Rage Against Machine, Richard Cheese, The Roots, Royksopp, Semisonic, The Shins, Smash Mouth, SoNos, St Germaine, Staind, Sufjan Stevens, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Tenacious D, Third Eye Blind, Underworld, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Zero 7


I unfortunately don't have as much time to read as I'd like, but these are some authors I've read a few books from that I've really enjoyed:

Bill Bryson, Anne Fadiman, Brian Greene, Dan Savage, Tom Clancy, Lewis Carroll, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton


These always have interesting, unique articles:

Newsweek, The Economist, Gq Magazine, Details Magazine, Wired Magazine, Esquire Magazine


Rated 5 stars in my Netflix profile. Out of about 400 movies I can remember seeing.

300, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Airplane!, American Beauty, The Animatrix, Apocalypto, Babel, Bang Bang You're Dead, Battle Royale, A Beautiful Mind, Behind Enemy Lines, Black Hawk Down, Bourne Trilogy, Boy A, Burn After Reading, Suicide Club, Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Cell 211, City of God, Crash, The curious case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, District 9, The District!, Donnie Darko, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Elf, Everything Is Illuminated, Fight Club, Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump, The Game, The Garden, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Good Will Hunting, Hero, The History Boys, Hot Fuzz, The Incredibles, Innocence, Jurassic Park, Kill Bill, The Linguists, Little Miss Sunshine, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, Manufactured Landscapes, The Matrix, Memento, Minority Report, Mission Impossible Three, Mr and Ms Smith, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ocean's Trilogy, Office Space, Oldboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Paris, je t'aime, The Prestige, The Rage in Placid Lake, Saved!, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Shawshank Redemption, Shortbus, Silence Of The Lambs, Sin City, Smokin' Aces, Stranger than Fiction, Sunshine, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thank You for Smoking, There Will Be Blood, Titanic, Tokyo Sonata, V for Vendetta, Were the World Mine, Zombieland

TV Shows

30 Rock, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Chelsea Lately, The Colbert Report, Community, The Daily Show, Dexter, Doug, Fairly Odd Parents, Glee, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (BBC), Hell's Kitchen, House, Junkyard wars, Lost, Man vs. Wild, Mercy, Modern Family, Muppets Tonight, MythBusters, Nip/Tuck, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Party Down, Planet Earth, Queer as Folk, Rick and Steve, Rugrats, Skins, South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, This American Life, Trauma, Weeds, The West Wing


Lewis Black, Jeremy Hotz, Demetri Martin, Hal Sparks, Ellen Degeneres, Daniel Tosh, Jeff Dunham, Maria Bamford, Stephen Lynch, Mike Birbiglia, Ron White

Comic Strips

Bizarro, Dilbert, FoxTrot, Non Sequitur, User Friendly, Everybody Drunk But Me, Yourmometer

People I'd Like to Meet

Bill Gates, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Madonna, Ira Glass, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Shigeru Miyamoto, J.J. Abrams

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Jul 20 '08


Jan 27 '07

My Favorites (2006)

I have sat down and finally compiled some lists I have been trying to for a long time: Favorite books, TV shows, movies, and musical artists. Not necessarily things from 2006, but just what I like at this point in life. The items in the lists are in no particular order (that would have been too hard). I hope to reevaluate these in a year and see how my tastes have changed.


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Dec 10 '06


Oct 26 '06

Getting Real by 37Signals


I just finished reading this short e-book by 37signals, the makers of Basecamp, a very popular project collaboration tool.

I feel if everybody read this book and followed the suggestions in it, software online would be significantly better.


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Jun 24 '06

The Code Book by Simon Singh

The Code Book by Simon Singh


From the history of hiding messages to the future of encryption using quantum physics, this book covers it all. For anyone interested in secret writing this is a must read. As the book steps though all the different ciphers and encryption methods, several examples are demonstrated in conjunction with real-life analogies making even quantum mechanics easy enough for a 12 year old to understand. The back of the book features coded messages so you can test your ability to decipher using the methods the book clearly demonstrates.

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Jun 20 '06

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown


Practically everyone has already read this book, so by now you've heard of hundreds of opinions from everyone else. I'll have to concur with the majority-- it was a well-written book full of suspense, mystery, and history. It's definitely not the "best book in the world", but still a really good read. Pick it up if you haven't already.

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Jun 10 '06

The Kid by Dan Savage

The Kid by Dan Savage


This book by Dan Savage, the author of the famous "Savage Love" sex column, is a hilarious look at adopting a child as a gay couple. Dan and his boyfriend Terry decided to adopt using an option-adoption process, where the child knows their mother, and the mother plays a part in the child's life as they grow up. Their adoptive mother turns out to be a girl by the name of a Melissa... a "gutter punk"... homeless by choice. Dan Savage is not at all modest as he doesn't hold back anything while explaining every part of his voyage through the adoption process. It's not in the least sugar-coated, and an honest must-read autobiography.

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