Well, everyone else is at it

Ah, yes, it’s that time of the year again – list time. The shopping list, the Christmas card list, the Amazon Wish List, the walking unsteadily home from yet another Christmas party list, and of course the sundry and various lists that, year after year, never fail to pad out almost every publication you care to think of (online or otherwise) until the end of January.

The first list that caught my eye this year was the Guardian’s Top 100 Websites. Instantly, I thought, “Aha! There’s an easy blogpost – a Top 10 of the websites/web-apps I use/visit most often. Brilliant.” Unluckily for me, they were all included. Sigh.

Still, a few didn’t feature, so all is not lost 🙂

In no particular order (well, after the first one anyway)…

– Number 1 on my list of favourite sites this year has to be Spotify. I wrote about it on here not long ago, and I’ve had my gripes with it (albums becoming unavailable for no given reason), but one or two missing albums have returned, it still works smoothly, and despite the aforementioned disappearances the catalogue of available music has definitely and noticeably grown even over the last couple of months. What might make it of particular interest to music geeks, as well, and which I didn’t mention in my review, will be the number of singles – and therefore B-sides and obscure tracks – available on there. Of other interest might be that I have two spare invites, again – anyone?

Miro made the world of YouTube a whole lot more navigable for me, and made saving anything worth (offline) repeat viewing a doddle (if a sometimes slightly glitchy doddle). More of a browser than something online itself, of course, but still, it’s pretty handy.

– Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s movie reviews podcast is unmissable. Never mind whether you’re a movie buff (I’m not), or even whether you share Kermode’s unlikely fondness for both The Exorcist and High School Musical 3 (I don’t), the bickering and ranting is always a joy to listen to. For the more book inclined, the Book Panel podcast from Simon Mayo’s Thursday show is excellent too.

– I can’t say that Kayak will get you the cheapest plane fares available, because I have no idea whether that’s remotely true; but whenever I’ve had to fly it’s certainly got me cheaper ones than I’ve been able to find for myself.

Garfield Minus Garfield. An unexpected formula for bleak hilarity.

– Another blog: Bent Objects. In which wire limbs and other things are inventively added to everyday objects. Sometimes funny, sometimes artistic, and sometimes just a bit baffling (occasionally there’s an American reference that I just don’t get, I think); but definitely worth a look.

– Should you have an interest in all things publishing Book Trade News is an excellent source of, erm, what it says really. There’s a daily e-mail to subscribe to, too.

These are some of the most alarmingly beautiful photos you’ll see this year. There was an exhibition in this blog’s home town for a few days this summer – it really should go national.

Anyway, those are some of my suggestions. For more online exploring check out the comments here – you’ll find any number of funny/interesting/useful/publicity-seeking sites that the Guardian missed from its 100.

NEXT TIME: A list of online lists, probably.


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