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Favorite posts of 2008

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 02, 2009

As an appetizer before my annual best links of the year post (coming Monday, I hope), I put together a list of kottke.org posts from 2008 that I liked the most and that may be worth a look if you missed them the first time around.

In January, I liveblogged the Mythbusters episode about the airplane on the conveyor belt. I still get email telling me that the plane won’t take off.

Time merge media is a collection of video and photographic works which display multiple time periods at once.

A collection of single serving sites, single-page sites like Barack Obama Is My New Bicycle, Khaaan!, and Is Lost A Repeat?

A liveblog of the Oscars written without actually watching them.

A post about the end of The Wire.

In March, kottke.org turned 10 years old and I collected a bunch of the previous designs together.

One of my all-time favorite threads on kottke.org: saying words wrong on purpose.

My favorite graph which doubles as a picture of my son.

Stanley Kubrick, Pablo Ferro, and Arthur Lipsett.

A photo of Ollie attempting to walk in Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern.

A collection of early movie reviews, including one by Maxim Gorky from 1896.

Survival tips for the Middle Ages, another great thread about how a contemporary person might fend for themselves in 1000 AD.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is a book printed in 1499 but which looks quite contemporary.

The most beautiful suicide, a photo of Evelyn Hale taken by Robert Wiles a few minutes after she jumped from the Empire State Building

A pair of posts about the Metropolitan Life Tower: the tower’s past and future and an unusual death that occurred in the building shortly after it opened.

A collection of election maps from the 2008 US Presidential election.

Timeline twins.

And finally, the opening space scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey with chickens from The Muppet Show clucking the Blue Danube waltz.