Time to review the year, what have we been up, what do we like, what might you have missed? I invented the adverb Douchebaggely
I made a party playlist so you can listen to that if you need something in your ears... http://grooveshark.com/#!/playlist/PARTAYB/80469422
2012 was the year Culture Badger went semi-freelance as a film maker, which means half of the time things are manic, and half the time I'm doing some epic PROcrastination so here is what I've found that's made my life better this year...
CLASSIC TOP OF THE POPS - This is just dynamite
My soul melted a bit listening to this album of songs and stories, detailing heartbreak, tall tales, and moving on. Daniel Kitson and Gavin Osborn - Ballad of Roger and Grace, MORE STUFF LIKE THIS PLEASE MRS INTERNET. That can be yours for £2.50 on Bandcamp
THIS SUMS UP 2012 / ALL OF HUMAN HISTORY
One of the Best things I saw this year - Chat Roulette Carly Rae Jepsen, man in bikini and weird faces
Closely followed by Sexy Sax Man...
This really stopped me in my tracks. John Hockenberry on disability, attitudes, confidence, ownership and getting involved.
the cure for anything is salt water. sweat, tears, or the ocean. -isak dinesen
I bloody love cycling, but I CRASHED MY BIKE IN 2012, I cycled into the back of a taxi, so I guess I have to take some responsibility I was fine, but the bike died... I later discovered this http://bicycletaxidermy.com/ Get your bike handlebars mounted like a Moose's Head
CHECK OUT THIS MAN's CV http://www.informationisbeautifulawards.com/gallery/paulo-estriga-infographic-cv/
Going for a Summer Swim in Hampstead Heath Ponds
DOING DUNWICH DYNAMO / ST CRISPIN's DAY/NIGHT RIDE
Graham Linehan and Armando Ianucci on comedy writing - http://www.comedy.co.uk/podcasts/richard_herring_lst_podcast/episode_9_iannucci_linehan/ …
Solid Tumblr which proves that Dads really are the original hipsters - http://dadsaretheoriginalhipster.tumblr.com/
YouTube comments of the year
'I just started my own colony of Dermestid beatles. I have about 100 they are working their way through a pigeon skeleton at the moment x)'
'I'm all about King of Spain. it reminds me of a dude riding the fuck out of his horse as fast as he can to go stop a marriage or something'
Also used http://airbnb.co.uk/ for the first time and it was wicked. £25 for my own converted stable apartment. And they let me use their hammock... Definitely worth checking out if you want somewhere to stay, about 1000% better than a hotel
I wrote a letter to the Leveson Inquiry
SOCIAL MEDIA - Follow my ramblings here http://twitter.com/thomhoffman
@thomhoffman: WEBSITE IDEA: Trombolar - dating website for people who have played the trombone
@thomhoffman: 'I took the map less printed out, and that has made all the difference'
@thomhoffman: Lady on the bus reading 50 Shades of Grey. Myself & other members of the travel sickness community, find this an abuse of power
@thomhoffman: Hipster cows should be scene and not herd
@thomhoffman: DOUCHEBAG just autocorrected to SPICEBUSH, so I'll probably just use that now instead
@thomhoffman: I'd be a pretty liberal parent, but I wouldn't let my kid eat that ham that's also a bear's face.
@thomhoffman: How bad would a war have to get before they called up the people who do British Military Fitness?
FACEBOOK PLEASE GIVE ME ONE CAKE PER PHOTOGRAPH YOU USE, TWO CAKES FOR A FILM. A CUSTARD CREAM FOR A PHOTO BY SOMEONE ELSE BUT OF ME
PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS STATUS OR MASH YOU FACE AGAINST YOUR KEYBOARD NOW TO STOP FACEBOOK OWNING YOUR FIRST BORN CHILD FOR NO CAKES IN RETURN.
I don't know if it's a good or bad sign, but the neighbours did not seem surprised AT ALL to see me skateboarding down the road in my dressing gown whilst juggling three alarm clocks
@thomhoffman: Magic FM is the least ambitious magic possible. If magic was a thing, it wouldn't be doing this
@thomhoffman: working from home today. Door rings = saleswoman/Jehovahs' witness or something. 'Are your mum and dad home?' - 'Err not right now'. Me = 27
@thomhoffman: Best/Worst lyric = 'you know I feel so dirty when they start talking cute. I wanna tell her that I love her but the point is probably moot'
FILMS OF THE YEAR
The Artist / Argo / Searching for Sugarman / Moonrise Kingdom
GIGS OF THE YEAR
Darwin Deez / Friendly Fires / Ben Gibbard / Tallest Man on Earth
BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt / Fermat's Last Theorem - Simon Singh / Everything Matters - Ron Currie JR / Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon / In the Blink of an Eye - Walter Murch / Boxer Beetle Ned Beaumann
BAND OF THE YEAR
Tough one, I'm not as 'down with the kids' as I used to be. I'm about as 'down with the kids', as a person who says 'down with the kids'. The album I've listened to the most this year came from like 2004, but I really got into 'Explosions in the Sky' This year. Such a cool band, who make everything sound EPIC.
This song is a beaut and a nice video
I've had an awesome year, hope you've had one too, thanks for spending some of it here. If you've got any highlights to spread please drop a comment.