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The Skwib's Top 10 Top … What-Ever … List (Edition #1)

Top whatever listfor Tuesday, October 18, 2005:

Yay! Lists! We love lists! They make life so easy. So ordered. But wait, we can hear you saying, how do we know which lists we should read, and which lists we should ignore? What are the best lists of the day? Look no farther, for we have simplified your list lust.

Here they are, the top 10 lists of today:

10. Weblog Usability: Top Ten Design Mistakes. Yes, design advice from an expert who doesn’t understand the rule of thirds! (Look at his home page, and you’ll see what we mean.)

9. The Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years. Why 40 years? Cause 50 years seems kind of lame, and 100 years is too much work.

8. The Top 50 Sci-Fi Movies in the Science Fiction Film Canon. Hosted by Whatever. Seriously.

7. In this spot, we have a tie: the Top Ten Conservative Idiots, No. 218 and the Hot 100 DIY & Tools, and only because the number one item is a chain saw. Two questions: Why would so many people want a chainsaw in Britain. It’s not like the island is still covered with forests. And, who the hell buys a chainsaw online?

6. 20 Best License-Free Official Fonts. Hmmm, this is actually kind of useful. We’re declaring this list a sarcasm-free zone.

5. Top 117 Cromulent Made-Up Words in the Simpsons. While not officially promulgated as a Top What-Ever List, this is nevertheless, heavily linked today and dare we say, unblowupable.

4. TNR Top 10 of 2005. How does one come up with a top ten list for a whole year in October? You have to be subversive and think for yourself. That said, there is some interesting stuff here.

3. Top 50 Most Unwired College Campuses. Wow, it sucks to be on this list. It’s the web equivalent of being on the Top 50 Guys Most Likely to End Up Living In His Parents’ Basement, or the Top 50 Dudes Who Will Remain Virgins Until They Pay for It lists.

2. Top 250 movies as voted by our users, from the Internet Movie Database, which is having its 15th year anniversary this week. Apparently, the formula they use for producing this list gives a true Bayesian estimate, which sounds very scientific, and somewhat naughty, and it is exactly how The Skwib produced this list.

1. The 100 Best English Language Novels from 1923 to the Present. Who thought such a list was even possible to compile? Hey, it’s easy if only two people have to agree.