Things That Made Me Smile This Year

Everyone has their best of lists, favorites lists, etc, and frankly I haven’t played enough games or seen enough movies to make a 10 best list; instead this is a buffet (since no one says smorgrasbord anymore) of things that made me smile.

13th Star – Fish

This got a deluxe early release in September of last year, but didn’t have its US release until February of this year, so I’m putting it in. A remerkable album, filled with passion, soul and some cowbell on a couple of tracks. At a lean 55 minutes over 10 tracks, Fish creates some of his best music and insightful lyrics ever. Pretty damn impressive given his solo work and time with Marillion. In light of recent events he blogged about with his throat problems, it’s only all the more impressive.

The Dark Knight

One of the few movies I saw this year-at an IMAX theater no less, it lost none of its excitement or thrills for me as I watched it again on DVD. With such strong performances from Heath Ledger and Gary Oldman, Batman as played by Christian Bale, is overshadowed. The action is nonstop, the music is some of the best I’ve heard in a long time, and well, it had me on the edge of my seat for the whole movie.


Yes, I know this is a summer movie from ’07 but I only saw it this year. Its go for broke raunchiness is tempered by an ending that had me a bit choked up. Michael Cera, a favorite from Arrested Development, Cera has the comedic acting chops to be around for a long, long time.

Secret Millionaire

This one is a bit of a guilty pleasure. Fox’s new reality show, allows a millionaire to pose as someone poor in order to look for people to help. It’s about as shallow and contrived as one can get, but I swear, when they break the checks out at the end, the look on people’s faces is worth the 50 minutes of cringe inducing moments.

World of Warcraft/Wrath of the Lich King

Anyone who’s read my blog,  by now knows my love (indeed obsession, perhaps), for the game. It’s brought me hours of joy, diversion and excitement in ways I could have never imagined. Oh, I know it’s only a video game, but there’s something that happens once you log in…you lose yourself in it the way you do in a great novel or movie. And as much as I loved WoW when I first started playing in April, I have come to adore it even more with the expansion. Brilliant game.

Rusty, Cussedness, ETT

And most everyone else who details the exploits of the nitwits. If I listed everyone I’d have a list as long as Nikita’s problems, so don’t feel excluded.

Death in Common

I still have a smile from this one. The first published appearance of my work as a writer. What’s not to smile about?


And finally no list of things which make me smile would be complete without my cat Odetta. She keeps me going, and is the only anchor I sometimes feel I’ve got to this life. For almost 5 years now, this furry little friend has been my constant companion, and life wouldn’t be the same without her.


So, now you know what made me smile this year,  what about you? What made you smile this year?

Nikita’s two kitchens

Yup, turns out La femme Nikita not only doesn’t live in a basement he actually has, not one BUT two kitchens! That would explain his pudgy squirrel like look. As we all know, Nikita loves to store nuts in his cheeks. anyway, with ETT back (YAY!) Nikita has posted yet another blog and vlog here: He starts his mercifully brief ode to all with a very accurate self assessment:

You assholes thought I was a vile human being before, I guess I am willing to say that the Goons of does quarters with EncyclopediaDramatica with shots of their own piss with a bowl of shit as a chaser for breakfast. (I am talking about them drinking piss.)

well La Femme Nikita, Vile is merely one word. Here are some more: illitirate, racist, homophobe, douchebag, talentless, liar, thief, plagiarizer. 

I understand that if you eat shit and drink piss it tasted just like one of Nikita’s stories.

And for some good info (and far more accrurate than Nikita could ever be) about his pop, check out ETT’s newest blog entry. Glad to have you back ETT!

The Talented Mr. Dagstine

Over at TRN, Rusty pointed out a post that ExposetheTard has picked up the scent of Larry and his pysychotic behaviour. Given Larry’s comments here, I had to add my two cents on this one. In this lengthy post, ETT points out the many talents of Sir Lawrence. None of them involve writing, however. Check out ETT’s post here,

So let’s make a list of Daggy’s talents: Threats, lies, pirating, bullying, extortion, threatened to spam 10,000 plus people with Nikita’s book, stalking, threats of physical violence, promises of e-lawyer lawsuits, threats to family members of various people, use of altss on message boards to threaten and many others but I think you get the idea.

Yet he has the nerve, the unmitigated gall, to accuse others of the things he is guilty of perpetrating. Larry, Larry, Larry, and you wonder why we have have nothing but disdain and contempt for you? You wonder why no one takes your writing or trumped up “credits” seriously? It’s simple really, you’re a raving lunatic. If you even spent 10% of that time you took to perform acts of assholism to actually learn how to write, you wouldn’t have to resort to the behaviour of a child.

I retract that, even a child would know not to behave like that.