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Top 10

  1. Move in the Winter.
  2. Move in the Winter -- with you doing much of the work yourself along with your trusty hand-truck.
  3. Redesign the website at work while everyone's off on vacation -- and you ought to be schlepping boxes.
  4. Embark on a 2nd ambitious web project before the first one is complete (see above).
  5. Install that brand new copy of Adobe's 'Master Collection' (CS5) even though you know you could probably do without it for the next week or two.
  6. Assess your hardware and software needs for the coming year and try to order everything before the end of this year.
  7. Warning! Warning! Your health insurance plan is no longer any good since (1) your primary care physician (PCP) is retiring and besides (2) the medical group he worked for (Rush Medical) is no longer available through your crummy plan (BCBS IL HMO). Either you pick a new plan before the deadline or you'll automatically be enrolled in...
  8. Is there a smart phone out there that's caught your eye? Well, if not, you'd better start looking since your 2 year contract with AT&T is about to end and if you don't get a new phone now, AT&T will make you wish you had.
  9. Here's an idea: Why not just sit on your butt and try to think of 10 things you should be doing? That way, you'll avoid doing anything at all!
  10. And finally, just say 'What the hell', throw a party and invite everyone you know.
  1. The way of the world, our progress so far, the meaning of it all.
  2. Why the Cubs will make it to the World Series in 2010!
  3. Why I'll take 'Augmented' over 'Reality' any day of the week.
  4. Why 'Cloud' and 'Disruptive' will finally be put to rest, replaced by 'Heaven' and 'Topsy-turvy'.
  5. Why Daley ought to sell me Lincoln Park when he puts it up for sale next year.
  6. Why I've got time to do this if I'm supposedly working on that 'other project'.
  7. Why our only hope is a three-legged cow with 25% less carbon emissions.
  8. Why the Encyclopedia of Associations and the Occupational Outlook Handbook will never fade from my memory (ever again). (Don't Ask.)
  9. Why a knowledge of English Poetry is perfect preparation for anything related to web development. (And I've got the sheepskin to prove it!)
  10. Why if we have a chance to do this over again, we ought to proceed directly to 2010 and only pretend like it took us 10 long years to get here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Top 10 Reasons Not to Pay Attention to My Top 10 Reasons from Last Year

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/25/08 (11:44am)
  1. Everything has changed.
  2. If only I knew then what I know now...
  3. Forget 2007. It's 1937 all over again!
  4. Did I even have a 'Top 10' last year?
  5. After a conversation with myself, it turns out that I'm too carried away with the disruptive nature of cloud computing to actually move forward on anything meaningful.
  6. Sorry about No. 5 -- makes no sense to me either. I promise to do better with No. 7.
  7. I'll fight, I'll fight, I'll fight the notion that hindsight is 20/20.
  8. My carbon footprint has no shoes.
  9. While we're waiting around for No. 10, is there anyone alive who still doesn't know that friken TV is switching from analog to digital on Feb. 17, 2009? If they had taken as much time to warn us about the Telecommunications Act of 1996, we might still care.
  10. As Ernie Banks would say, 'All will be fine in 2000 and 9'.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Top 10 Reasons Not to Compile a Top 10 List

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/25/07 (12:12am)
  1. Everyone's doing it.
  2. What about 'Top 3' or 'Top 12'? What's with '10' all the time?
  3. I'd feel better about this if it didn't happen in December. Who's got the time? Better in August.
  4. Sorry, I'm not going to bring up the iPhone or the Kindle again under any circumstances.
  5. I'm still waiting for my Avatar to arrive from Second Life.
  6. I'm thinking of doing a 'Top 3,000' over the course of the next 10 years and don't want to commit myself to a measly 'Top 10' this early in the process.
  7. Got no time: My new book, Everything As Conversation, either goes to the publisher this month or my goose is cooked.
  8. In a year where Vladimir Putin and 'woot' are top picks, maybe the less said the better.
  9. It's not my problem if you're the last person on earth to hear about '2.0'.
  10. 2007? Wake me up when it's over.