2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 22 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 68 posts. There were 46 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 31mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 22nd with 38 views. The most popular post that day was The CoCo and Leno Show.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, plugintodan.com, twitter.com, en.wordpress.com, and current.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for amazon mp3 logo, amazonmp3 logo, mata leon, couples retreat, and rx bandits wallpaper.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The CoCo and Leno Show January 2010


Mirthless “Couples Retreat”, heartfelt “Wild Things” October 2009


Pomona’s big changes July 2009


Bay Area band Mata Leon emerges with fresh focus February 2010


First Listen: Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” floats on March 2010

Plug in to Vanguard

screenshot from iambrandx.com

screenshot from iambrandx.com


In two weeks and less than five hours from the time of this blog post, the fourth season of Current TV‘s “Vanguard” returns.

Interestingly enough, I have been interning with the team of about 14 for about two weeks as well. The duties have ranged from transcribing to researching and assisting the correspondents, and should hopefully flourish into something more participatory where I can really dig my nails in and get into these amazing international stories that the team covers.

Last season, they covered the recession in a three-part series, guns in America, robots in Japan, and war in Iran. This season, more breathtaking documentary episodes to come.

And in the next two weeks we will hopefully be amping up Vanguard’s online presence through social media. While plenty have written off Twitter and Facebook as wastes of time, they still prove their worth  interesting new ways — it’s all about connecting. And man that online world is crazy these days. I could spend a whole day on the Internet just exploring what’s out there, and I’d still be missing tons of awesome stuff. 

Gotta be careful not to become obsessed though. Too much digitalia can rot your brain! Or reduce your sperm count! Or was that Mountain Dew…

Either way, the first episode of the new season, premiering Oct. 14, is called OxyContin Express. It’s about prescription drug abuse and how Florida plays a vital role in supplying pills.


  • The Oxycontin Express : 10/14/09
  • Cuba: Waiting for a Revolution : 10/21/09
  • Forest of Ecstasy : 10/28/09
  • Sri Lanka: Notes from a War on Terror : 11/04/09
  • Porn 2.0 : 11/11/09
  • Prison Contraband : 11/16/09
  • Remote Control War : 12/02/09
  • Cocaine Mafia : 12/09/09
  • Current has also been picking up some steam and notoriety here and there, which is really cool to see. While the Gore/Clinton Korea rescue propelled Current into public eyes, others have been noticing too (see above from iambrandx) — Rolling Stone even made mention of a brand new [mini]series Current is launching called “Embedded.”

    Now that looks sweet: exclusive shows on Mos Def, Common, Ben Harper, Silversun Pickups, Thievery Corporation, and The Decemberists. Cannot wait for this. And it debuts right after Vanguard on the 14th.

    Rolling Stone says this about EMBEDDED in reason #47 to watch TV this season (more on that later! cable looks like its pulling up it’s pants)

    “If Animal Planet had a show that captured musicians in their natural habitats, it would look like this refreshingly raw documentary series. Ben harper gives a tour of his instrument shop in California; Mos Def roams the streets of Osaka, Japan. It’s artists in their everyday lives, free of the crowds.”

    Check out some cool videos from today in the Current SF office (Vanguard’s in LA). See Adam Yamaguchi, Mariana Van Zeller and Christof Putzel give a presentation on the new season.

    Oh yeah, and Vanguard’s blog tells us that Mariana made her way onto Dr. Phil for an episode about drug abuse airing, yep you guessed it, Oct. 14.

    That’s all for now. More to come from inside the Vanguard office, and reviews from a slew of shows I saw in the past week: Portugal. The Man @ The Glasshouse, !!! @ The Troubadour, and Wallpaper @ Cinespace. Phew.

    YouTube puts the shameless in self-promotion

    YouTube Live sucked. There is no better word for throwing so many wannabes into such a disgusting display of low-brow, low quality crap. Thank you for making the funny unfunny.

    YouTube Live sucked. There is no better word for throwing so many wannabes into such a disgusting display of low-brow, low quality crap. Thank you for making the funny unfunny.

    Saturday’s first annual “YouTube Live,” a two-hour livestream variety show, made me want to puke.

    At times, I wanted to shoot myself.

    Now I am not suicidal by any means, but this online, first time crapfest was worse than any MTV awards show.

    At least MTV has real stars. I mean Katy Perry and will.i.am are still big names, but most of the acts were inbred via YouTube and seemed like they were thrown together to create one big flop.

    While YouTube promoted this first of its kind event, which was filmed live in San Francisco, as a “part concert, part variety show and part party,” all I’ve got to say is it sucks.

    Not part suck, but full-fledged suck.

    Sitting there in the office, watching this “entertainment” crapisode and commenting on its horrifying nature at every corner, my opinions editor and I could not believe what we were watching.

    While the largest video sharing Web site was attempting to showcase the “talent” behind some of its most viewed videos, YouTube single-handedly managed to remove all funniness from every video on the site I ever enjoyed.

    Not even the abnormally low voice of Tay Zonday, the star of “Chocolate Rain” “Cherry Chocolate Rain” could save the show. While his YouTube video was one of my favorites, I now hate him.

    It was sad seeing a guy play Guitar Hero on stage, but even more disheartening when genuine guitar legend Joe Satriani lent the spotlight to another YouTube “star,” JerryC of “Canon Rock.”

    While YouTube is a very important site in today’s wide world of media and politics, I would call “Live” a few things.

    One of them would be a joke. Another: sell-out. I don’t know how you can sell yourself out on your own network, but YouTube has done it.

    Stick to CNN debates and letting YouTubers get big one their own. When you start banking on that is when things get shi… er, sticky.

    Saturday’s broadcast was plain and simple proof that the stuff made on webcams is meant for the Internet, not real life.

    From live, gay videobloggers to unfunny “comedians” and even altered animated shorts, every gimmick was taxed and every contributor lost what little credibility they had gained through YouTube.

    To watch the viral effects of the “Soulja Boy” dance-rap video phenomenon be dissected on the big screen, and follow up with terrible parodies of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin weeks after the election was just plain pathetic.

    When OK Go performed their treadmill music video live on at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006, it was an impressive feat and culminated what had just been turning into a cultural phenomenon.

    For YouTube to do its own awards show (yes, there was an award given out) with almost purely YouTube-bred stars, was practically sacrilegious.

    Even the “Charlie bit my finger” video, where a cute little baby bites his brother’s finger and says an adorable line was ruined, when a trendy Asian hipster DJ mixed and remixed the sound bites with the video playing on screen.

    The only two worthwhile acts, a performance by the fairly decent Spinto Band and a 30-second HappyTreeFriends animated short, seemed out of place.

    MTV was established enough when it started hosting its own awards shows, and at least A-list stars and acts made it watchable in the beginning.

    YouTube needs to stop sucking its own dick and get real.

    Let the “stars” survive on their own!

    Let the record labels and movie studios recruit from your site on their own. We don’t need a special little display of untalented “artists” to tell us we should stop tuning in.

    We have been subdued by the Internet culture, and there is no depth to anything we see or hear anymore.

    It’s all a big ratings ploy and advertisement deal. This stuff is so bad, it sells.

    Watching “YouTube Live” was potentially more harmful to my soul than watching “The Hills.”