2012: My Year In Photos

2012 was the year of the camera-phone for me. I experimented with Instagram, and Flickr as well as some non-social camera apps. I didn’t take as many photographs as usual this year. I definitely didn’t upload as many images to the web as in previous years.

Despite not having posted many photos this year, I did manage to get a credited photo in this Norwegian documentary about the 911 site and a credited video in NYMagazine during 2012.

Anyway, below are the most popular photos I posted to Flickr over the past year.

Nothing but bacon and sriracha

Broken dinosaur

Home is where the heat is

Rooftops & Telephone Wires

Eclipse Shadows

Despite not having posted many photos this year, I did manage to get a credited photo in this Norwegian documentary about the 911 site and a credited video in NYMagazine during 2012.

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.

2011: The Year In Blogging

It was another great year for readership here at Artifacting. 2001 brought 1,016,006 absolute unique readers to the blog. I’ve been writing this blog for seven years so it feels great to have finally hit the 1M mark. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers throughout 2011. The peak in late August came from the blog entry about the art of stealing. The dip in mid December was a result of the site getting hacked.

Absolute Unique Visitors 2011

The top ten most visited posts published in 2011:

  1. Get A Cute Nickname For Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend
  2. Rainbow Dash Attack
  3. 5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte
  4. Colorized Version Of Burning Monk Thích Quảng Đức
  5. 24 Hours Of American Hardcore Punk Songs
  6. Grantland (And ESPN Page2) RSS Feed
  7. The Gävlebocken (Gävle Goat) Has Once Again Gone Up In Flames
  8. Hewlett-Packard (Still) Knows Nothing About Personal Computers
  9. Disneyland Entry Whistle/Sound Ringtones
  10. Colfax Avenue, 1972

Referring sites sent 94,092 unique visitors to Artifacting in 2011 via 2,613 sources. That is actually a slight from 2010. Below is a chart of referrals to Artifacting throughout 2011:
Unique Visitors From Referring Sites

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2010 were:

  1. Facebook
  2. Stumbleupon
  3. Yahoo Answers
  4. Reddit
  5. Wikihow
  6. Metafilter
  7. The Blaze
  8. Fishing Buddy
  9. Boing Boing
  10. Twitter

Once again, not a single personal blog has made the list (this hasn’t happened since 2008). I beginning to believe personal blogs are going the way of the ghost.

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:
Posts 1,278
Categories 78
Comments 7,530

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

2011: My Year In Music

According to last.fm these are the bands that I listened to most during 2011. Five bands in my top ten this year were also on last years list.

1. Ween (2nd last year)
2. Toots And The Maytals
3. The Beatles
4. 10 Foot Ganja Plant
5. Modest Mouse (4th last year)
6. The Weakerthans
7. Descendents (1st last year)
8. Against Me! (6th last year)
9. The Cure (5th 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.
2011 Wave Graph

Additionally, here is a list of my most listened to songs of 2011:

1. Professor Longhair – Big Chief
2. The Beach Boys – Sloop John B
3. The Beatles – In My Life
4. Mary J. Blige – Family Affair
5. Jane’s Addiction – Summertime Rolls
6. Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
7. Elvis Presley – Burning Love
8. The Police – Bring On The Night
9. Porno for Pyros – Kimberly Austin
10. Modest Mouse – Never Ending Math Equation

Some of the best live shows I’ve seen this year include:
New Pornographers
The Itchy-O Marching Band

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.

2011: My Year In Movies

I didn’t track my movie watching again during 2011. The fact is I didn’t really even watch that many movies over the last year (Much of my TV time was spent watching all of the Mad Men episodes). However, here are the five great movies I have seen over the past 365 days:

1. Herb & Dorothy (10/10)
2. Wrist Cutters: A Love Story (9/10)
3. Exit Through the Gift Shop (8/10)
4. Blue Valentine (8/10)
5. Young Adult (8/10)

I have done a few posts over the past year that have to do with movies. Go explore them under the movies tag.