On September 2nd, 2014 you and I embarked on a journey together. The journey of a weekly blog where I wrote about whatever popped into my head in whatever style I felt was appropriate. Over the course of the past 378 days, on every single Tuesday I was here for you, whether you liked it or not. Like a nagging cough or an annoying neighbour who you see on the bus and have to make polite conversation with. That’s me. Your nagging annoying, coughing neihbour.

Anyways, it may not matter to you a whole lot, but I feel pretty good about having maintained a steady output of blogs for an entire year. When I officially “launched” as the Perspicacious Geek, I had 10 articles written as a buffer to make sure I could keep going weekly at least for a month and a half. That little buffer finally got completely used up a couple weeks ago, and 10 articles has become over 50. To celebrate, I am going to share with you my favorite entries of the past year. I don’t even know if these are the best ones or not, these are just the ones I had the most fun writing. These are in chronological order by the way, not in any other order.

Fuck that website

Fuck that website

Fighting On The Internet Is Stupider Than You Think

Why it’s on the list: This was one of the rare articles that I actually too some time to research. I read some articles, checked some research papers, read up on mental illness and everything. This was pretty early on in the run but I enjoyed writing it because it helped validate something that deep down, I always knew. That something? That people arguing on the internet are actually mentally unstable and it’s a pretty dangerous behavior. Fo’ real.

How to make sure your kid has problems in one easy step: get this book.

How to make sure your kid has problems in one easy step: get this book.

Mr. Babadook’s Neighbourhood

Why it’s on the list: I don’t always do reviews of movies and video games, and honestly, I think that there are websites that tend to do it a lot better than I do. I save my reviews (mostly) for when I really feel like I have something to say about the film that is more thoughtful and drawn out than whatever passes for us reviewing movies over on 9ES. Mr. Babadook was one such movie that not only did I think more people should have seen, but also that I found myself thinking about for quite some time afterwards. I think this one came out pretty good, don’t you?

Like, if you didn't know better, these could be three different characters

Like, if you didn’t know better, these could be three different characters

Why Do Character Redesigns Piss People Off?

Why it’s on the list: This article is almost exactly what I had in mind when I started the blog. Taking something geeky (character redesigns and the general hatred of them on the internet) and then poking fun at the subject in a way that I think is slightly more entertaining than the average blog. If I could come up with articles and write them like this every week, I might be able to quit my day job. The surprise ending of this article still cracks me up.FURY ROAD

The Incredible World Building of Mad Max: Fury Road

Why it’s on the list: I told you that I would jam Mad Max back down your throats eventually, well, that time is now! Much like the Babadook review, Fury Road really stuck with me after I watched it. Being an avid roleplayer of both the pen and paper and video game variety I’m a huge fan of “worlds”. Not just locations, but places that don’t exist in reality but have their own vast expansive set of rules and customs. Mad Max did this so well, by saying so little, that I just had to draw attention to it. Still one of my favorite articles.BUSROOM

Head to the Back of the Bus, There’s Room There

Why it’s on the list: This is a type of article that I have always thought was funny, but sadly is a little worn out on the internet. This was my try on a “fake” public interest piece that asked the question “why don’t people know how to ride the bus”. The answer may shock you. This article cracks me up, if you haven’t read it, you should. In terms of sheer hilarity (in my opinion) this one of the funniest things I’ve written. And I’m humble.

So there you have it everyone, my five favorite articles of the last year. I would say an honourable mention would go out to all of my Loot Crate unboxing articles since they’re a lot of fun for me since I am basically opening a box full of presents for myself each month.

So what’s next? I dunno. More of the same? I’m going to try hard to get some more board game suggestions up, and I might start talking about the Discworld books since I’ve just started reading them for the first time.

Here’s to year #2 everyone. Thanks for reading and your support and all that.

Bizous.

Keith does all sorts of things here on 9to5.cc, he works with the other founders on 9to5 (illustrated), co-hosts our two podcasts: The 9to5 Entertainment System and Go Plug Yourself and blogs here as The Perspicacious Geek.

 

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