Saturday, October 31, 2009

Guest list by Ben Gruber: Top 20 Board Games of All-Time

20. Topple
19. Pictionary
18. Connect Four
17. Bermuda Triangle
16. Twister
15. Backgammon
14. Hungry Hungry Hippos
13. Cranium
12. Yahtzee
11. Trouble
10. Battleship
9. Chess
8. Operation
7. Clue
6. Jenga
5. Checkers
4. Monopoly
3. Risk
2. Guess Who?
1. Scrabble

Monday, October 26, 2009

Guest list by Liam Condon: Top 10 Lamest Things

1 - People that don't think Seinfeld is funny
2 - When people think that their party is comparable to an S Club party.
3 - Glare on TVs
4 - Multiple choice questions with more than four options
5 - Men who wear V-necks
6 - When people say "I heart" instead of "I love"
7 - Sandals
8 - The Holocaust
9 - Wind
10 - When you sit down at a desk and it's covered in eraser bits.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Album of the Year Shortlist

• Thursday – Common Existence
• Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive
• Black Lips – 200 Million Thousand
• Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
• Mastodon – Crack the Skye
• Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
• Gallows – Grey Britain
• The Horrors – Primary Colours
• Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
• Brand New – Daisy
• Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic
• Suicide Silence – No Time to Bleed
• Converge – Axe to Fall

Friday, October 16, 2009

Top 10 dead people I'd like to sit down and have a chat with

10. Mark Twain
9. Friedrich Nietzsche
8. Malcolm X
7. Humphrey Bogart
6. Cecil Rhodes
5. Winston Churchill
4. Erwin Rommel
3. Leon Trotsky
2. Dean Martin
1. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The coolest people in the world, by year, since 1903 (5 of 5)

1987: Sean Connery – Stars in the Untouchables, for which he receives an Academy Award
1988: N.W.A. – Release their infamous album, Straight Outta Compton
1989: Tank Man – Stands in front of four oncoming tanks during the Tiananmen Square Massacre
1990: Joe Pesci, Robert DeNiro and Ray Liotta – Star in the crime drama Goodfellas
1991: Nirvana – Release their breakthrough album, Nevermind
1992: Michael Jordan – Wins his second consecutive NBA championship, as well as an Olympic gold medal as part of the “Dream Team”
1993: Snoop Doggy Dogg – Releases his debut album, Doggystyle
1994: Michael Schumacher – Wins his first Formula One World Championship
1995: Tom Hanks – Wins his second Academy Award for Best Actor in as many years for Forrest Gump, stars in Apollo 13 and voices the character Woody in Toy Story
1996: Tupac Shakur – Releases his biggest selling album, All Eyez on Me, and is murdered
1997: Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – Star in Titanic
1998: John Glenn – Returns to space at 77 years old
1999: Kevin Spacey – Stars in his Academy Award winning role in American Beauty
2000: Radiohead – Release their highly experimental album, Kid A
2001: The Strokes – Release their highly touted debut album, Is This It
2002: Tom Brady – Wins his first Super Bowl
2003: The cast of Lord of the Rings – Appear in the final movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy
2004: The Boston Red Sox – Win their first World Series since 1918
2005: Bloc Party – Release their debut album, Silent Alarm
2006: Daniel Craig – Appears in Casino Royale playing the role of James Bond
2007: Boise State Broncos – Upset the Oklahoma Sooners in overtime to win the Fiesta Bowl
2008: Barack Obama – Is elected President of the United States
2009: Silvio Berlusconi - Makes a never-ending stream of awesome quotes, and seems to be in the news more than anyone, ever

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The coolest people in the world, by year, since 1903 (4 of 5)

1966: Clint Eastwood – Stars as the Man with No Name in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
1967: The Beatles – Release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
1968: Jimi Hendrix – Releases his final album with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland
1969: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin – Become the first men to walk on the moon
1970: Miles Davis – Releases Bitches Brew, a groundbreaking jazz release
1971: Steve McQueen – Stars in Le Mans, as a forced alternative to actually racing the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1972: The Rolling Stones – Release Exile on Main Street and embark on their notoriously wild American tour
1973: Elton John – Releases Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
1974: Robert DeNiro – Appears in the Godfather, part II, a role which he wins an Academy Award for
1975: Bruce Springsteen – Releases his breakthrough album Born to Run
1976: The Ramones – Release their debut self-titled album
1977: Harrison Ford – Appears as Han Solo in Star Wars
1978: John Belushi and Dan Akroyd – Make their debut as the Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live
1979: The Clash – Release their double album, London Calling
1980: Larry Hagman – His character, J.R. Ewing, is shot on TV’s Dallas
1981: Ronald Reagan – Survives an assassination attempt
1982: Wayne Gretzky – Scores 92 goals with 120 assists in a single NHL season
1983: Michael Jackson – Releases Billie Jean and Beat It as singles, and was so cool the ground lit up when he walked on it
1984: Prince – Releases the soundtrack to his film Purple Rain
1985: Madonna – Embarks on her first tour, the Virgin Tour
1986: Matthew Broderick – Stars in the title role of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The coolest people in the world, by year, since 1903 (3 of 5)

1945: George Orwell – Animal Farm is first published
1946: James Stewart – Stars in It’s a Wonderful Life
1947: Harry Truman and George Marshall – Begin the policy of containment
1948: Jackson Pollock – Paints No. 5, 1948, currently the most expensive painting in the world
1949: The Poe Toaster – Begins his annual salute to Edgar Allen Poe
1950: C.S. Lewis – Writes and publishes The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
1951: Marlon Brando – Stars in A Streetcar Named Desire
1952: John Wayne – Stars in the Quiet Man, a film he later describes as the favorite of his career
1953: Ian Fleming – Publishes Casino Royale, the first novel featuring James Bond
1954: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio – The pair elope
1955: Chuck Berry – Records and releases “Maybellene,” one of the first rock and roll songs
1956: Elvis Presley – Appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time
1957: Jack Kerouac – Publishes On the Road
1958: Charles de Gaulle – Is elected the President of France with an overwhelming majority
1959: Buddy Holly – Dies in an airplane crash
1960: The Rat Pack – Appear in Ocean’s Eleven
1961: John F. Kennedy – Is inaugurated as President
1962: Peter O’Toole – Stars in Lawrence of Arabia
1963: Martin Luther King – Writes his Letter from Birmingham Jail and gives his “I Have a Dream” speech
1964: Malcolm X – Leaves the Nation of Islam with the intent to form a black nationalist party
1965: Bob Dylan – Goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival and releases Highway ’61 Revisited