Friday, December 12, 2008

First Wandering Through Contest

I'm always talking to you about my book of the month or meal of the month or whatever but this isn't a one way street you know... it's time to hear what's going on in your lives too. Soooo in preparation for my mega 'Best of 2008/Reflections' entry, I'm going do the ultimate blogging thing and start a little contest for my readers. Aggressive blog promotion to follow so please bear with me.

Here's what I'm thinking: Send me an email or use the comment box to answer the following things:

Best Book you read this year:

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery:

Best Blog: (apart from the obvious one of course)

Best Movie:

Most memorable Meal/Party:

News Story of the year:

Buzz word/quote of the year:


Ok, that should do it. You don't have to fill every category... (for people like my mom who might not have a best album of the year).

That should give me a good snap shot of what 2008 was about for my readers (who by default are my beloved friends)- I'll post about any interesting trends that emerge. It'll be like a little electronic capsule.

Send your entries in by Dec 30th 2008!

The Prize: I can't offer you tickets to concerts or vacations, the prize will be more modest: there will be a random drawing to select a winner who will receive his/her choice of either MY fav book/music of the year! 2 other lucky winners will win home-made 'best of 2008' music mixes by me- which as Heather will testify make up in earnestness and funk what they lack in quality and eclecticness...There will be a strict limit on John Mayer songs, I promise.

Now for the tough part- should this be a drawing? Or should it be a proper contest where I pick a winner? Opinion on this has been divided but I'll think about it and let you know. I promise to be fair.

Can't wait to see your submissions! Now is the time to prove a) that you read this b) your friendship (a little emotional blackmail to end this post)...

16 comments:

Heather said...

hmmm I wonder where you got the idea of having a contest on your blog from???

also, it is extremely exciting to me that I got mentioned IN YOUR BLOG!!! (and your mixes lack in NOTHING!)

now to think about my entry...

Lightlight said...

Well, yes that might have been somewhat of an inspiration but I really did want to do it before!!

You are my most loyal reader, one of the coolest people I know and a friend beyond compare so basically....you should be on this blog all the time!

Can't wait to see your entry :)

itinerant said...

Best Book you read this year: Sea of Poppies

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: Kailash Kher-Saiyaan (I know Deepa, I know.)

Best Blog: (apart from the obvious one of course)Mine???

Best Movie:Edge of Heaven (German-Turkish)

Most memorable Meal/Party:???

And how cool am I Deepa?

News Story of the year:

Buzz word/quote of the year:

itinerant said...

News Story of the year: I am so out of news.

Buzz word/quote of the year: Dynamic (I hate it)

Tulip said...

Best Book you read this year: Dewey the library cat book.

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: Rediscovering my favorite soundtrack, Dil Se, and using Chaiya Chaiya to get my baby to sleep.

Best Blog: Umm, this one has to be it, since I read/check it every day!

Best Movie: New movie? Umm, don't think I've seen any!

Most memorable Meal/Party: A certain someone's 30th birthday party - 90s theme!

News Story of the year: Obama winning, YAY!

Buzz word/quote of the year: "Main Street" (from Wall Street to Main Street, etc.)

Mike said...

Best Book you read this year: Spike Peterson's "A Critical Rewriting of the Global Political Economy." Just kidding, I don't think I read any non-academic books

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: for me it's rediscovering oldies but goodies...old school alice in chains

Best Blog: (apart from the obvious one of course)

Best Movie: this is easy...what white people like

Most memorable Meal/Party: haha choosing a favorite meal is always hard for me, but for a bunch of reasons I'll say this year's PSC holiday party. Followed closely by each Grube U. victory smorgasbord

News Story of the year: Everyone's going to say Barack Obama, so I'm going to send some love in Eliot Spitzer's direction. wait...he's already had enough of that...

Buzz word/quote of the year: yes we can

Mike said...

by the way...my "best movie" is actually my "best blog"

Anonymous said...

Best Book you read this year: Shadow and Claw (fic); Recovered Roots(academic)
Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: John Dowland Complete Lute Music
Best Blog: http://photomans.livejournal.com/
Best Movie: Body of Lies
Most memorable Meal: jasmine rice
News Story of the year: war in georgia
Buzz word/quote of the year: none
(this was Vlad)

pinotageman said...

Best Book you read this year: Shadow and Claw (fic); Recovered Roots(academic)
Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: John Dowland Complete Lute Music
Best Blog: http://photomans.livejournal.com/
Best Movie: Body of Lies
Most memorable Meal: jasmine rice
News Story of the year: war in georgia
Buzz word/quote of the year: none
(this was Vlad)

Asli said...

Best Book you read this year: Eat, Pray, Love! and my latest 'best book of the year':A most Wanted Man by John le Carre! (it just combines all my fav themes:ID, Germany, espionage, terrorism, immigration, security and Turkey of course:)

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: I actually have two (sounds familiar? :): Chop Me Up (JT) and the Blower's Daughter (Damien Rice)

Best Blog: (apart from the obvious one of course): I am gonna pick the 'obvious one'

Best Movie: Lives of Others (I watched it again this summer, so it is still my favorite:)

Most memorable Meal/Party: last ID group potluck!

News Story of the year: Newsweek, Ch 3: The Long Siege (This is a in-depth look behind the scenes of the campaign)

Buzz word/quote of the year: Word:'Change', Quote: “Come on! Words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up.” (Barack Obama, Indiana, September 6, 2008, quoted from NYT, September 7)

B. S. Prakash said...

Best book--A most wanted man by John Le Carre-- the old master can still tell a tale and relate it to the mood `just now`.

Best music--Beethoven`s symphonies, this and every year--sorry for the lack of imagination

Best blog--Sepia mutiny

Best movie--Rattatoutie --saw it late, but nevethless.

Best meal: At Lufthansa first class terminal at Frankfurt on December 25 Caviar on toast, thai soup, thai main dish with german wurst on the side, mix and match as i liked from a buffet spread, all alone in splendour on X mas day

News story of the year ( which made me happy rather than sad ): Bush being belted with shoes.

Buzz word/ quote: It could have happened only in America

Vivek said...

Best Book you read this year: The Great War for Civilization, Robert Fisk.

I was recently told that my paltry knowlege of sci-fi classics rendered me one-dimensional, and incapable of performing the simplest human tasks. So I embarked upon Robert Heinlein's Citizen of The Galaxy - the only seedy, poor galactic outpost was Jubbulpore. Go Figure.

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: Nujabes, Departure.

Best Blog: (apart from the obvious one of course): penny-whereimat, on blogspot.

Best Movie: A few -The Boss of it all, After the Wedding, Downfall, Tekkonkinkreet.

Most memorable Meal/Party: Chez Gladines, Paris - roast duck in a creamy sauce, salad, potatoes, cheese, and lots of wine.

Buzz word/quote of the year: What, no one said 'Maverick' yet?

News Story of the year: I have three --
1) Your smoothie's in big, big trouble. Contact me if require more information on the hapless Cavendish. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/18/opinion/18koeppel.html
2) I feel vindicated. http://www.dailyfreepress.com/news/1.582523 ( Does this apply to DTC Bus # 615? I dont think so)

Lightlight said...

Thanks all for your entries so far (also to those who have chosen the email/ facebook option).

Some great entries so far.

Vivster- Jubbelpore? lol

prpriya said...

Ok, here goes...

Best book - Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri

Best song - Warwick Avenue, Duffy

Best Blog - www.leadertalk.org and yours!

Best Movie - Ratatouille :)

Most memorable meal - Breakfast at the Taj, San Francisco, on my first day as Mrs. Toth. :)

News story - the blast at the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Buzz word - "Synergy"

[Sorry about the monosyllabic tone - this cyber cafe's keyboard keys hardly move!!!]

Sri Kamesh said...

Best Book you read this year: a 1918 book on symmetry. Also foundation series by Isaac Asimov

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: always late baroque and classical style of music

Best Blog: meow's

Best Movie: Sherlock Holmes films protrayed by Jeremy Brett

Most memorable Meal: Aloo poorie

News Story of the year: Sachin dedicating his 41st century and India dominating the cricket world.

Buzz word/quote of the year: "there is no cup"

Violet said...

Okay, okay, I hate trying to think back over an entire year to attempt to remember these things, but I will because I fear the wrath of the Prakash... :)

Best Book you read this year: Recently I enjoyed "Empire Falls"

Best Album/Song/Musical Discovery: Neko Case

Best Blog: (apart from the obvious one of course) I don't do blogs, so yours may literally be the only one I've read this year. Therefore, besides its obvious brillance, it wins by default!

Best Movie: Once - beautiful music!

Most memorable Meal/Party: Had to be my brother's wedding... 5 bands/musical acts and an entire room full of desserts... pretty sure that could go down as the best meal/party of my life.

News Story of the year: Is it lame to say the NPR story about Brent's dissertation project?

Buzz word/quote of the year: