Continuation of my catalog of favorite albums

Each year around my birthday, I select my favorite album from the last year. This is the third installment of that tradition, taken from April 2009 when I was still using LiveJournal as my main blogging platform.

More than 5 years ago, in March 2004, I came upon the idea of cataloging a favorite album from each year. I started as far back as I could remember listening to music and listed an album for each year.

Last year I updated the list with favorite albums from 2005-07. Now I’d like to add my album for 2008. I plan on updating this every year around my birthday, so I’ve set a to-do list reminder for a year from now.

coldplay / viva la vida
2008 - third year in chicago, second year at depaul - 25 years old

A note on the completely subject selection criteria: The album listed as my favorite of that year is the one that I feel I spent the most time listening to during that year. It’s the album that when I think of, it takes me back to that time.

2016 Update: I find it tremendously funny that even at 25 years old, the year I made this pick, I knew this was a terrible one. So bad that I had to add that caveat at the end. Eight years later, I still listen to a lot of my annual favorite album picks, but not this one.

Set It and Forget It

Update 2016: I'm flabbergasted at how long-winded my writing was just 8 years ago...

Lately, I've been using a few web service-based tools to automate my life. This has been done out of pure necessity due to the sheer volume of everything going on in my life at the moment. Between my day job as a technical analyst, being a grad student, getting enough work under my belt to establish myself as a professional web developer, and meanwhile working on developing a side project, quite frankly, I have little spare time. In order to maximize what time I do have, I need to keep everything else in lock-step order.

While these are tools that I use to organize my personal and professional lives, it makes me wonder why more tools similar to these are not available for medical professionals. I suspect the problem is the usual culprit: the traditional enterprise software business model. I live for the day when we see the demise of the model of selling software to corporate IT departments and charging absorbent implementation and maintenance fees. Such sales require manipulation of all levels of an organization from almost all departments within that organization. Why not sell the software straight to the user?

Smart Devices: Science Fiction or Reality

I've always been baffled at the level of integration found between medical devices and healthcare information systems when concerning the way humans interact with the two. Exceptional integration exists to connect medical devices to healthcare information systems, especially in the critical care arena. Likewise, equally exceptional analysis tools exist to analyze data collected into systems. However, the very existence of these solutions seems to only the scrape the surface. I tend to believe many would agree that further integration is paramount, and even expected on a much larger scale. 

In practice the execution of such integration often leaves much to be desired when 21st century technology is considered. Interfaces between devices and systems are typically designed only to take value X from system A and place it in field Y of system B. Beyond that, little else occurs from an integration perspective unless expressly required for the solution to complete a specific clinical task. What could be done to further integrate a solution?

Google Health: Succeeding Where Traditional HCIT Systems Have Not

Google will present its healthcare platform, Google Health, to the public during a webinar to be held this coming Wednesday, December 10. The webinar will begin at 10am PST and is open to the public (register here).

Google Health offers a fully-featured web-based solution for organizing your healthcare information. Having spent some time using Microsoft's competing HealthVault service a few months ago, I can say without blinking that Google, to be frank, has nailed it.

Favorite Albums, Part Deux

Each year around my birthday, I select my favorite album from the last year. This is the third installment of that tradition, taken from February 2008 when I was still using LiveJournal as my main blogging platform.

A few years ago, I made an entry titled “Favorite Albums”. I happened to stumble upon this list just now and decided to update it for the three years since it was created. Scroll to the bottom for the new additions.

  • aerosmith / big ones 1994 - 5th grade - 11 years old
  • smashing pumpkins / mellon collie and the infinite saddness 1995 - 6th grade - 12 years old
  • foo fighters / the colour and the shape 1996 - 7th grade - 13 years old 
  • weezer / pinkerton 1997 - high school freshman - 14 years old (…I skipped 8th grade…)
  • unwritten law / self-titled black album 1998 - high school sophomore - 15 years old
  • deftones / around the fur 1999 - high school junior - 16 years old
  • a perfect circle / mer de noms 2000 - high school senior - 17 years old
  • black eyed peas / bridging the gap 2001 - college freshman - 18 years old
  • our lady peace / gravity 2002 - college sophomore - 19 years old
  • foo fighters / one by one 2003 - college junior - 20 years old
  • thrice / the artist in the ambulance 2004 - college senior - 21 years old
  • yellow card / ocean avenue 2005 - post-college year in saginaw - 22 years old
  • our lady peace / healthy in paranoid times 2006 - first year in chicago - 23 years old
  • third eye blind / out of the vein 2007 - second year in chicago, first at depaul - 24 years old

One of my favorite parts of having a LiveJournal for nearly 5 years now is this ability to look back, learn, and then add new things. I’m glad that my opinion of good music really hasn’t changed all that much.

P.S. Yes, the original post did have pictures. However, I’ve since let www.evasic.net lapse and never renewed it, since we now own www.evasic.com again. If I find the time, I’ll re-download the album artwork and post it back up on here.

Update 2016: I never did get around to downloading and re-posting those pictures...

Favorite Albums - The original post

Each year around my birthday, I select my favorite album from the last year. This is the original installment of what became a tradition. I did not explicitly select a favorite album each year between 2004 and 2008, but I did think about what it would be from time to time. It wasn’t until 2008 that I decided to formalize this as an annual tradition. 

This is that first installment of this tradition, taken from March 2004. 

Below are the albums that I listened to the most frequently each year for every year since I started listening to music.

  • aerosmith / big ones 1994 - 5th grade - 11 years old
  • smashing pumpkins / mellon collie and the infinite saddness 1995 - 6th grade - 12 years old
  • foo fighters / the colour and the shape 1996 - 7th grade - 13 years old
  • I skipped 8th grade, it’s a long story, you probably know that :-)
  • weezer / pinkerton 1997 - high school freshman - 14 years old
  • unwritten law / self-titled black album 1998 - high school sophomore - 15 years old
  • deftones / around the fur 1999 - high school junior - 16 years old
  • a perfect circle / mer de noms 2000 - high school senior - 17 years old
  • black eyed peas / bridging the gap 2001 - college freshman - 18 years old
  • our lady peace / gravity 2002 - college sophomore - 19 years old
  • foo fighters / one by one 2003 - college junior - 20 years old

(FYI, the years and progress in school refer to the year that that school year started.)

In other news, I got Logitech MX-700 wireless mouse and keyboard package today. :-) Let me tell you they rule! I can’t imagine living without a wireless mouse anymore now.

Update 2016: I still can't imagine life without a wireless mouse.