The Best of 2010

A few of my favorites from 2010

  • New movies: Inception, Ghost Writer, 500 Days of Summer, Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Re-watched movies: About a Boy, Groundhog Day

  • Artist: Feist

  • Once in a lifetime event: Grandpa Ray's funeral

  • Favorite person: Becky (for the 15th consecutive year)

  • Coolest event: Jason winning an Emmy

  • Best personal finance decisions: switching from Dish to Netflix, from Qwest to Ooma, buying rental property

  • Favorite stocks: Netflix, Apple, Amazon

  • Favorite device: iPhone
  • Favorite new services: Netflix, Amazon Prime

  • Most visited websites: Wikipedia, Yahoo Finance, Mint, Pandora, Facebook, Google Reader, Gmail, Amazon, Bing Weather
  • Best vacation: Caribbean cruise

  • Most interesting overheard words: solipsism, consanguinity, automagically, vituperative, pickwickean
  • Best work decisions:

    1. Changing Outlook to open to my calendar instead of my inbox (starting my day with my agenda instead of other people's)
    2. Using automatic Rules in Outlook and Gmail to reduce email burden
    3. Signing out of MS Communicator (incoming interruptions outnumbered outgoing messages 10:1)
    4. Bringing in a mini fridge

  • Most thought provoking ideas: 
    1. Fowler's Stages of Faith
    2. Chapter 9 of The Happiness Hypothesis
    3. Guns, Germs, & Steel: the troubling lack of large herbivorous domesticated mammals in pre-Columbian North and South America

  • Most memorable TED Talks:
    1. Hans Rosling on Asia's rise (I changed my entire investment strategy based on this presentation)

    1. Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity

    1. Tim Ferris on swimming

    • Favorite new productivity tools:
      1. RescueTime
      2. MeetingTimer


      ashley in wonderland said...

      i like this post. i want to do one now!

      Sidney said...

      new blog to follow in 2011 "The Rich Life" I won't have to read all those books I can't understand I'll just get the quick version from you.

      Jason Bagley said...

      Best blog post of 2010: this one.

      Jason Bagley said...

      Questions about this post: Do you just like those stocks, or do you own those stocks, and if so, when did you buy?

      Who do you use for internet, and how much do you pay?

      Do you only get basic cable?

      Jill Bagley said...

      Rich--looks like you truly have a rich life!!
      im jealous just thinking about your life. so i know i have a good life, and now i need to write a post like this one to document it.
      hmmm---very provoking. i love it.
      really want to read the omnivores dilemma!!

      Becky said...

      I like this blog post; I like you.
      And, not surprisingly, you top my favorite person list this year as well. Maybe we should get married or something.

      Merissa said...

      Hail Hail King Richard! I'm going to have to agree with Omnivore's Dilemna (life changing book for those who haven't read it) and three cheers for Joel Salatin. I'm sad we didn't get to meet him when we were at Polyface Farms this summer, but his presence was still big. We just got his new book for Christmas...ya!

      K$ said...

      Love this. And I just downloaded rescue time to try it out.