Gordon Swaby

Merry Christmas – The Best of 2008

christmas-treeYikes! I could go on and on and on about how fast the year went by, but there’s no need because before i could finish I’d be going on about how fast 2009 went. 2008 was a rather fruitful year for me in terms of personal development. I finished High School, I was featured in the gleaner, then i became  apart of the gleaner, i had my first radio interview, met a lot of cool people and i developed new relationships among other things. But enough about me.

Things haven’t been all peach and roses in 2008, there have been some rather depressing times here in JA, from the spate of kidnappings, hurricane Dean… no wait was it dean or? erhm.. no wait it was Ivan *calls a friend* Oh,oh,oh it was Gustav, oh my these hurricanes have become annual annoyances occurrences it’s so hard to keep up with the names. And then there was that Head Girl’s death, such a sad time.  But it hasn’t been all bad, i recall the countless euphoric moments we all had as Jamaicans at Olympics, not necessarily a Jamaican Milestone, but the world celebrated Obama’s leap to the first black president in American History, a great moment in time, to be talked about and cherished for years to come.

I’m not one to dwell though, let’s hope for the best in 2000 and Shine! Let me dive right into the best of 2008, I’m making it a tradition here at Gordonswaby.com; last year’s selection was rather awesome, but this year is even better. Last year was the mother load, so i guess this year is the father load right? heh:

N.B Like last year stuff listed here are not necessarily created in 2008; It is all based on what i liked in that specific year.

The Best Movies of 2008


#1: HARD CANDY: Definitely the BEST movie of the year, with all the kidnappings happening in Jamaica and elsewhere i would have loved to see a story like this make it to the front page of the paper, but that’s wishful thinking. A MUST watch.

Hard Candy is a 2006 independent psychological thriller film focusing on a confrontation between a sexual predator and a 14-year-old girl he attempts to ensnare. Source: Wikipedia

#2: DARK KNIGHT: Heath Ledger? Can you say best actor of ALL TIME, in all honesty his superb acting in Dark Knight is tempting me to go watch Broke Back Mountain, *sighs* yes, just to see his superb acting once more. Such a shame that he died. I still think the movie should have been called “The Joker” and not “Dark Knight” though.

The Dark Knight is a 2008 American superhero film directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is part of Nolan’s Batman film series and a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins. Christian Bale reprises the lead role. Source: Wikipedia

#3: IRONMAN: Ok I’ll admit it….I pirated it, as godly as this film was, i didn’t get around to watching it at the theaters, but alas with the poor quality, it was still enjoyable. narcissism and high tech gadgets all in one film? sweet.

Iron Man is a 2008 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and master engineer with a plethora of playboy vices who builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man. Source: Wikipedia

The Best Jamaican Blogs of 2008


#1: JAMAIPANESE.COM My fellow blogger and countryman has done it again, the most interesting Japanese/Jamaican blog with the most concise info ever. Wonderful combination if i say so myself (Jamaican/Japanese) culture. His blog is neat and well put together even with his transition to wordpress recently; continue rocking an awesome blog man you deserve it:)

Rss feed:http://feeds.feedburner.com/Jamaipanesecom-JamaicaJapan

#2: OWENSOFT.NET – The love i have for Owen’s blog is an acquired love, not that it’s not a well put together blog, but because i thought Owen was complicated…even for me, but i’ve grown to have a certain fundess for his blog and i never miss an entry posted on it ( thanks google reader)….I also always wondered why he has no ads on his blog, maybe he’s rich?

Rss feed: http://www.owensoft.net/v4/rss/

#3: KEYSTOMYKARMA.COM: If religion is your emotional solace then Keys to my karma is mine, a fairly new blog but i seem to get pulled in after each post, excellent writing and insightful posts, you say religion i say keystomykarma.com

Rss feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/KeysToMyKarma

#3:STUNNER101.blogspot.com: Stunning Much? Stunner is another favorite of mine, it’s one of the few pesonal blogs i don’t have a problem reading, he has the extraordinary ability  of turning a mundane task such as eating into an amazing adventure hahaha, that’s stunner for you. Awesome blog add it to your rss reader if you haven’t already

Rss feed:http://stunner101.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

The Best Web Applications of 2008


#1:Friendfeed.com: FriendFeed helps you discover and discuss interesting stuff that your friends and family find on the web. I’ve met tons of people through it, heck i even got some of my health problems partially diagnosed thanks friendfeeders you rocksorz

#2:getdropbox.com: I’m a mac user, i’m also a pc user, so usually i have my macbook right beside me. I like using both of them at once ( heck, you should see me multi-tasking) sometimes a file is on my pc that i need on my macbook, yes there’s networking, but sometimes i want my file online too, that’s where dropbox came in, saved my life, wonderful app, once you drop the file into say the dropbox folder on your macbook into automatically syncs with every other dropbox folder you have on your other computers, but enough talking CHECK IT OUT

The Best quotes of 2008

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.

We should get into the habit of reading inspirational books, looking at inspirational pictures, hearing inspirational music, associating with inspirational friends. -Alfred A. Montapert
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice

Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes.


P.S This is my longest post yearly


A cool video showing all the best songs of 2008, according to the billboard

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.

Lovingly made on Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 at 8:10 am. Filed under Interesting, Movies, Personal, Tech, Tv Shows, Uncategorized, Webology.

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com Jamaipanese

    thanks Gordon for noticing the effort I put into my blog and with me now rocking wordpress expect even more great posts and features in the coming year. I promise it will get crazy!

    I agree with your list all round, friendfeed is super cool and I need to see Hard Candy

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    No Problem man, i know how much sleepless nights you've had working on your blog, you always have posts such a wonderful blog, keep it top notch:)

  • http://www.owensoft.net owen

    I'm missing 2008 already 🙁

  • http://mythoughtsonstuff.com Leon

    Hard Candy? That was a movie? Glad 2008 was good for you too. Happy New Year Gordo.

  • http://gordonswaby.com Gordon Swaby

    Happy new year to you too leaon, shit i' md rikn drunk sorry

  • http://keystomykarma.com Aundra

    Wow I made it in Best Jamaican Blog Category?!?!?

    I don't know what to say…… I'd like to thank my manager Gordon Swaby please take all the credit I couldn't have done it without you, God for keeping me sane lol.

    Supberb Post Gordz!!

    Last year really went well for you. I'm extremely proud to be your friend. From your CXC”s to maturing to landing that successful job at The Gleaner.

    Happy New Year Gordz may those you love, love you more and may prosperity be perpetually at your door ( wow that wasn't meant to rhyme lol)

    Life is beautiful……….
    Like birds, let us, leave behind what we don’t need to carry…
    God deposited 365 days of love & happiness. May peace be with you and your loved ones.

    Happy 09

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com/ Stunner

    All the best for 09 star!

  • http://stunner101.blogspot.com/ Stunner

    All the best for 09 star!

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