2009: The Year in List Form

Before I jump onto the Goals and Themeword meme started by my buddy, Thomas LaRock (blog | twitter), I decided I’d spend a few minutes looking back on both the year 2009. (From a personal standpoint, the 00’s were my most difficult decade yet.  Major problems of every stripe beset me on all sides and with alarming frequency throughout the decade.  I was all “Good Riddance” and “Don’t let the door hit y’ass on the way out, 2009!” as the ball dropped in Times Square.)

Rather than spend a lot of time cooking up my own top 10 lists, I reckoned (that’s Southern for “thought”, btw) I’d recap a few others top X lists that are in the ballpark of my own personal opinion.  I couldn’t resist putting together my own list at the end, which I’d love to hear your thoughts on.  In addition, I want to hear about your Top 10 (or 5 or 3) for 2009!

Their Lists

Time Magazine’s list of Top 10 of Everything 2009 was a pretty good recap for the year on big ol’ cultural touch points like movies and music.  I found at least one thing to agree with in each of their pop culture lists:  movies – The Hurt Locker – check;  TV shows – my personal favorite for its brilliant cohesive multiyear storyline and excellent character studies, Lost – check; album – I and Love and You by the Avett Brothers – check; books (sigh – if only I had more time) included the wonderful The Age of Wonders by Richard Holmes.

Lifehacker’s Top 5 Hive Topics of 2009 is a very interesting list covering lots of topics and pointing out a lot of interesting tools that I hadn’t encountered before.  My personal favorite among them was the Top 5 Alternative File Copiers, since the Windows Explorer copy feature reminds me of hungrily awaiting my food in the microwave and just as the counter gets to the T-10 countdown, it goes back up to 30, then down to 8, then back up to 42, then down to 14.

I’m not sure if they meant to be funny but Digg’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2009 is hilarious, much in the same way that Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) and I were when we put on an unintentionally hilarious performance at the PASS 2009 Summit Quiz bowl.  Go ahead – ask Colin Stasiuk (blog | twitter) what he thought of our performance…

Impressed by Our Quiz Bowl Performance?

Impressed by Our Quiz Bowl Performance?

Speaking of unintentionally funny, have you seen Yahoo’s Top 10 Searches of 2009?  Evidently, the median Internet user (at least from their metrics) is hormone-laden, teenage redneck with a thing for fast cars (Nascar), Hollywood hotties (Megan Fox), and an unassailable but secret love for Mormon-influenced Vampires (Twilight).

My List

I usually try to blog at least once per week and, when I can, even more.  I still have this deep down urge to post lots of small blog posts of just a couple paragraphs.  But for some reason, I always seem to come out with these big ol’ epistles.  Despite my verbosity, y’all still read what I write and for that I’m very thankful.  Over the last year, these were my top ten blog posts according to your interest:

  1. Best of the [SQL Server] Blogs and its sister post Great Blogs from the Microsoft SQL Server Teams, also my number one spam generators.  Ever spammer on the planet seems to want their comment appended here.
  2. Microsoft Resources Too Good Not to Share, which I can’t honestly remember if they were any good or not.  But I bet they were.
  3. Are We There Yet, Mom? in which I flashback to my childhood road trip experiences when considering Microsoft’s overall product strategy.
  4. Does the Down Economy Have an Impact on Your Job, cuz it sure punched mine in the mouth.
  5. Why Do I Keep Seeing This Mistake, in which I learn that “Hello World” type applications can lead to massive misunderstandings.
  6. Microsoft [Corporate] Marketing Throws SQL Server Under the Bus.  We can’t get no respect, not even from corporate HQ.
  7. Looking for Good DMV Database Admin Queries, where you can find just about every good DMV query ever written except those other really good ones that are posted here in the comments.
  8. Old Performance Recommendations Die Hard, and when I saw “die hard” I don’t mean like Bruce Willis.
  9. Things You Know Now, a semi-successful meme I started where I asked participants to tells us about stuff they’d do differently if they knew it way back in the day.
  10. Understanding SQLIOSim Output, because no one seems to fully understand this tool, including me.

I excluded a few posts that were numerically in the top ten because, well, they’re my blog posts and I didn’t want them in the top ten.  So there!  But those that I excluded were things like reposting an interview done by another blogger or maybe a product or book that I plugged for some reason or an other.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my blogging and found it valuable.  Tomorrow, I’m jumping on the themeword and goals meme.  In fact, I’m crashin’ the party because none of my peeps called on me.  [pout]

Be well!


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  1. Hahaha, I think Colin’s expression was exactly the same as everybody in the audience too. I think they said, “Call us when you can get to half of Paul & Kimberly’s score.”

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