I started high school in 2000 and my obsession with Pokemon really took off.


Rank Album Artist Title Label Impression
1 Dashboard Confessional The Swiss Army Romance Fiddler

I made fun of Dashboard Confessional in high school, but this album has become on of my most listened to albums in the years since its release.

2 New Found Glory New Found Glory Drive-Thru

I grouped blink-182 together with blink-182 when this album first came out, but this album is easier to revisit. No misses, all hits.

3 The Aquabats Myths, Legends and Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 Fearless Records

A compilation album of b-sides that somehow contains some of their best songs like Pool Party and Pizza Day.

4 Modest Mouse The Moon and Antarctica Epic Records

This is the best Modest Mouse album.

5 Less Than Jake Borders and Boundaries Fat Wreck Chords

The theme song for Less Than Jake: Gainesville Rock City.

6 The Anniversary Designing a Nervous Breakdown Vagrant

It's the D in Detroit which scares me to no end.

7 The Juliana Theory Emotion is Dead Tooth & Nail Records

We're at the top of the world Sha la la la.

8 Catch 22 Alone in a Crowd Victory Records

Catch 22 still managed to put out some good albums after the departure of Tomas Kalnoky.

9 At the Drive-In Relationship of Command Fearless Records

I never got too big into this kind of music, but this album is great.

10 Alkaline Trio Maybe Ill Catch Fire Asian Man Records

If Columbus was wrong I'll drive straight of the edge.



Rank Book Title Author Impression
1 Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo s

Before there was the Florida Project there was Winn-Dixie, but less depressing since it's a children's book.



Rank Movie Title Impression
1 Cast Away

I'm a total sucker for these deserted island stories, probably my favorite genre.

2 Road Trip

This is a terrible movie, that hasn't aged well at all, but teenage me watched it multiple times quoting all the Tom Green scenes.

3 Memento

I don't think I understood this movie that well when it came out, but it was before Christopher Nolan was allowed too much artistic liberty.

4 Amores Perros

The first film from the Birdman director. I think it was during high school that I started branching out into watching non-English language films.

5 Almost Famous

Hold me closer tiny dancer.


Video Games

Rank Game Title Developer Impression
1 The Longest Journey Funcom

One of the last "big budget" point and click adventure games before the genre hit a severe decline in prominence for the remainder of the decade, but what a way to go out. I was obsessed with the lore and story of this game, until the thrid game deflated my enthusiam, but not enough to ruin my love of the first entry.

2 Pokemon Gold / Silver Game Freak

I think I spent the whole summer reading up about this game and downloading the Japanese ROM and applying an English patch just to play through the first few towns. In retrospect there's a lot of design flaws in this game, but it's hard to look past my nostalgia.

3 Pokemon Stadium Nintendo

Mostly worth it just for the Clefairy mini-game and the ability to play the gameboy game on the TV.

4 Escape From Monkey Island LucasArts

The transition to 3D was not kind to Monkey Island, but it's not as bad of a game as people make it out to be.

5 Perfect Dark Rare

It needed an Expansion Pak just to play the single player campaign, but it was worth it. It's not as good as Goldeneye, but it was one of the last first person shooters I enjoyed.