2013 Wavegraph

2013: My Year In Music

I have been scrobbling my listening habits to last.fm for almost seven years now. Below I have listed the bands that I listened to most during 2013. Two of the bands in my top ten this year were also on last years list.

  1. Ratatat
  2. Ween
  3. Songs: Ohia
  4. Against Me!
  5. Make Up
  6. Built To Spill
  7. Kanye West
  8. 10 Ft. Ganja Plant (6th last year)
  9. Beastie Boys (4th last year)
  10. Cloud Cult

Below is a wave graph of the top artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year.
2013 Wavegraph

Additionally, here is a list of my most listened to songs of 2013:

  1. Ratatat – Wildcat
  2. Ratatat – Tacobel Canon
  3. Ratatat – Tropicana
  4. Brassy – Who Stole the Show
  5. Ratatat – Swisha
  6. African Bush Doctor – Not for Sale
  7. Ratatat – Nostrand
  8. Cat Power – Good Woman
  9. Ratatat – Loud Pipes
  10. Junior Toots – This is Fire

Some of the best live shows I’ve seen this year included:
Dinosaur Jr.
Vampire Weekend
Of Monsters And Men

You can also see similar lists put together for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

2013: My Year In Cities & Towns

My travel was light again this year. Below is a list of cities and towns I’ve visited in 2013. I spent one or more nights in each place listed and those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days.

Edwards, CO*
Niwot, CO*
Vail, CO*
Winter Park, CO
Salt Lake City, UT
Nassau, Bahamas
Alice Town, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Dumore Town, Harbour Island, Bahamas

I also have city and town lists for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

Top 10 Most Banned Books: 2012

Another year has gone by and it is Banned Books Week once more. I have been listing the top 10 most challenged books annually on my blog since 2009. I’d be remiss not to do it again. 2012 saw an increase in challenged books. Last year there were 464 challenges reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom (compared to 326 in 2011 and 348 in 2010). You can see the top 10 list below.

2012

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
    Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
    Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

Click these links if you are looking for the top 10 lists for previous years with easy links to Amazon: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.

Additionally, in 2010, I put together a list of the 100 Most Banned & Challenged Books Of The Decade by aggregating several lists from the American Library Association.

2012 Wave Graph

2012: My Year In Music

According to last.fm these are the bands that I listened to most during 2012. Only one band in my top ten this year were also on last years list.

  1. Aden
  2. John Lennon
  3. Twothirtyeight
  4. Beastie Boys
  5. Rainer Maria
  6. 10 Foot Ganja Plant (4th last year)
  7. Fishbone
  8. Metallica
  9. Push Kings
  10. Rod Stewart

Below is a wave graph of the top artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year.
2012 Wave Graph

Additionally, here is a list of my most listened to songs of 2012:

  1. Wilco – I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
  2. Wilco – I’m the Man Who Loves You
  3. John Lennon – Jealous Guy
  4. John Lennon – God
  5. Aden – Would You Have Stayed?
  6. John Lennon – Working Class Hero
  7. Twothirtyeight – Indian in Your Eyes
  8. Fishbone – Everybody Is a Star
  9. Twothirtyeight – You Made a Way For Moses
  10. Aden – Scooby Doo

You can also see similar lists put together for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. Last.fm is the service I use to track my listening habits. I’m always trying to discover new music so please go ahead and friend me over at last.fm.

2012: The Year In Blogging

It was a another great year for readership on Artifacting with 1,506,431 absolute unique readers coming to the blog over the year. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers throughout 2012.

Absolute Unique Visitors 2012

The spike on March 17th was caused by Buzzfeed linking to my Sloth Name Generator. The spike on April 27th was caused by Metafilter linking to my Perfect Face Post. And the spikes in June were caused by Stumbleupon finding my Alternative Default Facebook Profiles (almost two years after posting them).

The top ten most visited posts published in 2012 are:

Find The Name Of Your Inner Sloth
Miss NASA Beauty Pageant
The Perfect Face
The Women Of Denver Don’t Really Look Like This
Rain Room
Hunger Games: The Most Accurate Maps Of Panem
Teahupo’o
Names And Types Of Full Moons
Top 100 Best Children’s Books
Brooke Shields And Punk Rock

Referring sites sent a smaller percentage of the total visits to Artifacting this year. In 2012 there were 261,471 referred visitors arriving from 2,097 different sources. Below is a chart of referrals to Artifacting throughout 2011.

Unique Visitors From Referring Sites 2012

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2012 were:

Stumbleupon
Yahoo Answers
Facebook
Metafilter
Reddit
Buzzfeed
Dark Roasted Blend
Squidoo
Twitter
Dirty

This is the first year since I’ve been tracking that Boing Boing didn’t make my top 10 referral list and the first year that Buzzfeed actually did make the list. I also think it’s interesting that Yahoo Answers has been in the top three referrers for the last four years.

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:

Year # Of Posts Avg. Length Of Posts Total Length Of All Posts Comments (Mine)
2012 88 2,093 184,142 273 (7)
2011 96 3,369 323,412 304 (13)
2010 172 1,900 326,775 326 (20)
2009 105 1,828 191,907 285 (19)
2008 135 956 129,117 363 (34)
2007 248 835 207,145 568 (124)
2006 221 927 204,804 536 (122)
2005 39 1,392 54,292 295 (0)
2004 117 1,673 195,757 955 (0)
2003 144 1,473 212,112 701 (0)

If you’re interested I also have the same stats for 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.

2012: My Year In Cities & Towns

My travel was light again this year. Below is a list of cities and towns I’ve visited in 2012. I spent one or more nights in each place listed and those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days.

Edwards, CO*
Niwot, CO*
Vail, CO*
Las Vegas, NV
Buford, CO
Rifle, CO*
Jacksonville, FL
Aspen/Snowmass, CO

I also have city and town lists for 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.

2012: My Year In Movies

I didn’t track my movie watching in 2012 but below is a list of movies that I watched and enjoyed over the past year.

Marley (10/10)
Being Elmo (9/10)
True Grit (8/10)
Toy Story 3 (8/10)
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi (8/10)
Adventureland (7/10)
The Descendants (7/10)
The Avengers (7/10)
Rango (6/10)
21 Grams (7/10)
The Joneses (6/10)

Here were my favorites from 2011, 2010, 2008, and 2007 I have done a handful of posts over the past year that have to do with movies. Go explore them under the movies tag.

Definitive List Of Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Part 2012

Greg Rutter does it again with his “Definitive List Of The Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet In 2012 Unless You’re A Loser Or Old Or Something” list. His other two previous lists can be found here and here. Always an entertaining way to burn an afternoon or two.

01) Best Marriage Proposal Ever
02) Bob Ross Remixed
03) Gangnum Style
04) Mr. Wizard’s A Dick
05) Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
06) Dog Shamin
07) Texts From Hillary
08) Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”
09) Shark Surprise
10) San Diego’s 15 Second Fireworks Spectacular
11) Game Of Thrones Light Saber Battle
12) Krispy Kreme
13) A Conversation With My 12-Year-Old Self
14) All 135 Space Shuttle Launches At Once
15) Ew! With Jimmy Fallon And Channing Tatum
16) Stumbling Subway Stairs
17) Soliders Perform Haka Dance For Fallen Comrade
18) Video for Briona
19) GloZell Attempts Cinnamon Challenge
20) Mckayla Is Not Impressed
21) Tupac Hologram At Cochella
22) Walk Off The Earth Covers Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”
23) Bestie Boys Sabatoge Tribute
24) Michelle Jenneke
25) Kony 2012
26) Celebrities Read Tweets About Themselves
27) Excited Train Guy
28) Ignore Hitler
29) Dollar Shave Club
30) Real Actors Read Yelp Reviews
31) NASA Lands Curiosity On Mars
32) New York Park
33) Hot Cheetos And Takis
34) Golden Eagle Snatches Kid
35) Bad Lip Reading Of Debate Highlights
36) Melodica Cover Of Jurassic Park Theme
37) Dumb Ways To Die
38) JB Fanvideo (Overly Attached Girlfriend)
39) Five Guys Burger Review
40) Auto-tuned Five Guys Burger Review
41) Tan Mom Arrested
42) Rich Kids Of Instagram
43) Pussy Riot
44) My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court
45) Pointer Pointer
46) John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s “I Think You Might Like It”
47) Dragon Baby
48) Binders Full Of Women
49) Bus Monitor Bullied
50) Sofia The Lion Tamer
51) Vennu Mallesh’s “It’s My Life”
52) Embarrassing Dad At Electric Music Festival
53) Botched Restoration Of Ecce Homo Fresco
54) Drunk Man Sings Kiss From A Rose To His Cat
55) Insane Dodge Ball Kill
56) Bottles Beware
57) The Greatest Event In Television History
58) Red Bull Stratos
59) Henry Thomas’s Audition For E.T.
60) Cannonball Into A Frozen Pool
61) DMX Sings “Rudolf The Red Nosed Raindeer”
62) Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots “All I Want For Christmas”
63) Modern Sienfeld
64) Ikea Monkey
65) Little Baby’s Ice Cream
66) Sweet Brown “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For Bronchitis”

Only 66 things this time and nothing hidden in the source code.