Saturday, January 29, 2011

Double Puggle Time

Double Puggle Time
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Puggles, Texas Ranger & Puggle Preston observing in the kitchen on a Saturday afternoon.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ragin Cajun

Ragin Cajun
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Excellent Cajun food not too far away from my office. Kudos to my buddy Brian for introducing me to this place.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tulane Shield

Tulane Shield
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Had to get a replacement magnet for my car after the previous emblem fell victim to an over zealous car wash.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Indian Treats

Indian Treats
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

A snack our company's CEO brought back to the office from his trip to India. Surprisingly tasty!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Auburn University iPhone App

Auburn University iPhone App
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Between this app & the ESPN BCS Champs Auburn Tigers iPad app, it's been a notable few weeks of software releases for Auburn fans on the iPhone & iPad platforms.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Puggles Pouts

Puggles Pouts
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

The little guy's demeanor is distinctly melancholy when Ashley is out of town.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Anniversary Dinner

Anniversary Dinner
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Ashley smiling as our dessert is delivered to the table.

Play On Words

Play On Words
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Ashley requested we have the bottle of Chalone Pinot Noir at GW Fins since it looked like my employer's name of Cha1one.

Anniversary Champagne

Anniversary Champagne
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

A bottle of bubbly on ice for our 6th anniversary celebration.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

BCS Display at Gallery Furniture

BCS Display at Gallery Furniture
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

All the employees were wearing Cam Newton or Darron Thomas jerseys, too. Definitely made our buying experience fun. So stoked for Monday night, and now have some awesome office furniture to boot!

My $2,500 Bet On Auburn With Mattress Mack

My $2,500 Bet On Auburn With Mattress Mack
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

As if I needed even more of a reason to be invested (both emotionally & financially) in Monday night's BCS National Championship Game with Auburn, Gallery Furniture is running a sale to get 50% off your purchase of $5,000 or more if you correctly pick the winner. Looks like it's time to pull the trigger on that new office furniture, & then sport my Cam Newton jersey come Monday!

Friday, January 07, 2011

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sugar Bowl at Home

Sugar Bowl at Home
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Watching the Sugar Bowl, and hoping for another SEC West victory this bowl season. Two more to go after tonight!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Club Chai

Club Chai
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

When the sun goes down, the wine bottle mood lighting comes on in the office.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Texans Time

Texans Time
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

After rocking my Saints attire earlier in the day, I donned the Texans garb later in the afternoon & was pleased to see the home team finish the season with a W.

New Geek Shirt

New Geek Shirt
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Ashley gave me this fun one for Christmas. It'll definitely have to be in the suitcase for SXSWi later this Spring.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Year's Day Dinner

New Year's Day Dinner
Originally uploaded by Juston Western

Peas for health & cabbage for wealth. Oh, and about 125 pounds of ham.

JW's Favorite Essential Mixes of 2010

2010 was another excellent year for DJ mixes on Radio 1.  As I did in 2009, I've compiled my top 10 mixes from the approximately 50 that were aired in 2010.

Below you'll find my rankings, as well as download links for each two hour mix set.  Start 2011 off with the best in electronic music from last year.

1 - John Digweed - Essential Mix 2010-05-29
Genre:  Progressive House

1.Digital Dirty Doering — Loco (Vince Watson Ambient)
2.Digital Dirty Doering — Loco (D- Func Remix)
3.Darko Esser — Bofkont (King Roc Remix)
4.Kev Obrien — Valentines & 909`S (Manik Remix)
5.Triangle — 5 / We Found It (Feat. Mark Ridout) (King Unique Remix)
6.Juspio — Frozen Light (Chris Fortier 40% Remix)
7.Chaim — Love Rehab (Dub)
8.Loco Dice — Definition (Nic Fanciulli)
9.Flavio Diaz & Kaiserdisco — Jaune
10.Gmj — First There Was Sound (Jamie Stevens Remix)
11.TDR — Squelch (Koen Groeneveld Remix)
12.Danilo Vigorito — Primal Scream
13.Pryda — Tumble
14.Ian O`Donovan — Aurora
15.Pryda — Untitled
16.Slam — Room 2 (Pan Pot Rave Tool)
17.Humanio — Life
18.John Digweed & Nick Muir — Meteor
19.Abe Duque — Hypocrisy (John Digweed & Nick Muir Remix)
20.Secret Cinema — Glad Chord (Psycatron Remix)
21.Marco Bailey & Tom Hades — Brabant
22.Luis Junior — Bg

2 - James Zabiela - Essential Mix 2010-04-03
Genre:  Progressive House

Danjel Esperanza – Walking In Dirt [Backdoor Beauty]
Alex Smoke – Harmonious [Lux]
Altair – Collateral [Covert Operatons]
Modeselektor – My Anthem [B Pitch]
Nosaj Thing – Light #1 [Alpha Pup]
Ned Coleman – Uncovered [Flying Flowers]
James Zabiela – Burnt Bridges [Renaissance]
Clint Mansell – 117 [Black Records]
Steve Bug – Like It Should Be’ [Poker Flat]
Star You Star Me – A Place In My Heart (feat. Erland Oye) (Jori Hulkkonen 2004 Remix) [Soundz]
Christian Smith – Beluga [Tronic]
Carl Craig – At-Les’ (Christian Smith Remix) [Planet E]
Dusty Kid – Moto Perpetuo (Extended Version) [Boxer]
Lusine – Near Sight [Ghostly International]
Extrawelt – Leaf 43 [Damage Music Berlin]
Mondkopf – Bones Club [Asphalt Duchess]
Clark – Growls Garden [Warp]
Ellen Allien & Apparat – Rotary [B Pitch]
Headhunter – Prototypes (Modeselktor’s Broken Handbrake Remix) [Ammunition]
Clint Mansell – Welcome To Lunar Industries [Three Year Stretch]
ASC – Floating Point [Vampire Records]
Tycho – Send and Receive [Merck]
Ruxpin – Oceanus And Tethys [MIkrolux]
Clint Mansell – Two Weeks and Counting [Black Records]
Plaid – Two Rooms [Warp]

3 - Faithless Sound System - Essential Mix 2010-02-27
Genre:  Electronica

1. Faithless — Sun To Me (Original Club Mix)
2. Simian Mobile Disco — Cruel Intentions (DJ Pierre Mix)
3. Goldfrapp — Rocket
4. Faithless — Feel Me Now
5. Fenech-Soler — Lies (Alex Metric Mix)
6. Michael Cleisz — The Beginning (Spencer Parker Remix)
7. Black Box — Ride On Time (Zombie Disco Squad Mashup)
8. Beltek — Running Backwards
9. Imogen Heap — Hide & Seek (Joy Kitikonti Remix)
10. Faithless — Insomnia (Rene Amez Vs Sister Bliss Vs Tommy Trash Mashup)
11. Graeme Lloyd — New World Translation
12. The Temper Trap — Love Lost (Rollo& Sister Bliss Remix)
13. La Roux — Quicksand (Alex Metric Mix)
14. Ptm — Techno Trip – Starlight
15. Juan Kidd vs Bobby T — We Come (Faithless Soundsystem Mashup)
16. Charles Ramirez — Working Hard
17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Heads Will Roll (A -Trak Mix)
18. Hot Chip — One Night Stand (Jooris Voorn Mix)
19. deadmau5 — Strobe (Michael Woods Mix)
20. Gabe & Adam K — The Mask
21. Slacker — I Have No Memory (Final Tweak DJ’s Mix)
22. Funkagenda — Flauta Magica
23. Monaque — Id – Vapour
24. Bent — As U Fall (Kyau &Albert Mix)
25. Dirty Vegas — Tonight (Above&Beyond Mix)
26. Gat Décor — Passion (Original Mix)
27. Faithless Faithless — Not Going Home (Rollo & Sister Bliss Monster Acid Mix) – Nate’s Tunes

4 - Christian Smith - Essential Mix 2010-01-16
Genre:  Progressive House

Vangelis — Blade Runner Main Titles [Polydor]
Christian Smith — Pressure Point [Tronic]
Greg Gow — The Bridge [Transmat]
Taras Va De Voorde — Skylime (feat. Jelle Kuipers) (The Youngsters Remix) [Wolfskull]
Dirk Diggler — Diggler Ranch 2 [Level Non Zero Recordings]
Martinez — My Anthem [Area]
Gary Beck — Sholto [Variance Recordings]
Christian Smith — Almaviva [Tronic]
Reset Robot — Nw1 [Roomba Music]
Coyu & Edu Imbernón — La Coincidencia [Tronic]
Wehbba — Sweet Spot (Sweeter Mix) [Tronic]
Egbert — Vreugdevuur [Cocoon]
Christian Smith & E.B.E. — Fidelidade [Tronic]
Andreas Kowalski — Puesta Del Sol [Facor City]
Theo Parrish — Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix) [Third Ear Recordings]
Christian Smith & Reset Robot — Air Miles (2000 and 1 & DJ Madskillz Remix) [100% Pure]
Marco Bailey — Watergate [Bedrock]
Green Velvet — Flash (Timo Maas Remix) [Music Man]
Wehbba — Brother [Tronic]
Wink — When A Banana Was Just A Banana (Radio Slave Remix) [Ovum]
Christian Smith — Flyertalk (Wehbba Remix) [Bedrock]
Sharam — Don’t Say A Word (Christian Smith Dub) [DCI]
Psycatron — Celestial Symphony [Unreleased]

5 - Nero - Essential Mix 2010-11-13
Genre:  Dubstep

Justice — Stress (Nero Version) – Unreleased
Freestylers — Cracks (Flux Pavilion Remix)
The Streets — Blinded by the lights (Nero Remix) – 679 Recordings
The Streets — In the middle (Nero Remix) – 679 Recordings
Cassius — I Love You So – Ed Banger
Plan B — The Recluse (Nero Remix) – Atlantic
Calvin Harris — You Used To Hold Me (Nero Remix)
Claire Maguire — Ain’t Nobody (Breakage Remix)
Flux Pavilion — I Can’t Stop – Circus
MJ Cole — Sincere (Nero Remix) – Prolific
Doctor P — Big Boss – Circus
The Jets — Crush On You (Nero Remix)
Downlink — Factory
Chase & Status — Let You Go (Nero Remix) – Mercury
Nero — Welcome Reality – MTA
Nero — Me and You – MTA
Alan Braxe — Arena
N.E.R.D and Daft Punk — Hypnotize U (Nero Remix)
Kavinsky — Pacific Coast Highway
Danger — 4h30
Justice — Let There Be Light – Ed Banger
The Kills — Cheap And Cheerful (Sebastian Remix)
Muse — Knights of Cydonia (Feed Me Edit)
Skrillex — Rock n Roll – Mau5trap
Deadmau5 and Wolfgang Gartner — Animal Rights – Mau5trap
Daft Punk — Around The World – Virgin
Gigi Barocco — Puah – Cheaper Thrills
Nero — Innocence (Feed Me Remix) – MTA
Justice — D.A.N.C.E (Live version) – Ed Banger
deadmau5 — Fml – Mau5trap
Uffie — Difficult (Sebastian Remix)
Sebastian — Threnody (Nero Edit)
Thomas Bangalter — Rectum
Thomas Bangalter — The End
Gustav Mahler — Symphony No.9 (Adagio)
Muse — Exogenesis Pt 2
Narcosis — Dark Age Of Reason
Adam Freeland — Mancry (Nero Edit)
The Who — Baba O Riley
The Who — Baba O Riley (Sebastian Remix)
Beastie Boys — Sabotage (Alex Metric Re-Edit)
Sleigh Bells — Tell ‘em
Wolfgang Gartner — Ill America
Swedish House Mafia — One
Swedish House Mafia — One (Netsky Remix)
Sigma — Paint It Black
Chase & Status — Streetlife – Ram
SpectraSoul — The Four Points
DC Breaks — Babyon – Viper
Metrik — T 1000 – Viper
Nero — Do You Wanna – Viper
Sub Focus — Timewarp VIP – Ram
Sub Focus — Let the Story Begin – Ram
Chase & Status — No Problem
The Beatles — A Day In The Life – Parlophone
Magnetic Man — I Need Air – Sony
Chase & Status — Eastern Jam – Ram
Doctor P feat RSK — Black Books – Circus
Brookes Brothers — In Your Eyes (feat Johnny Osbourne) – Breakbeat Kaos
Funtcase — Taking the piss – Circus
Skrillex — Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – Mau5trap
Nero — This Way – Z Audio
Nero — Innocence – MTA
Nero — Me And You – MTA
Prince — Let’s Go Crazy – Warner Bros

6 - Justin Martin - Essential Mix 2010-07-03
Genre:  House

Justin Martin – Jungle Chords [CDR]
I:Cube – Metamorphic [Versatile Records]
Cobblestone Jazz – Chance (Dub) [K7]
The Big Crunch Theory – What To Say (Roman Fluegel Remix) [Versatile Records]
Nikola Gala – Keep Walking [Freerange]
Jackname Trouble – Light Again (Kink Remix) [Pets Recordings]
Ramadanman And Midland – Your Words Matter [Aus Music]
Green Velvet – It’s Time 2 Jak [Cajual Records]
Luna City Express – Mr. Jack (Robags Edna Mompf Remix) [Moon Harbour Records]
The Vegetable Orchestra – Pumpkin Feat. Mc Veggie (Martini Bros Jam Mix) [Karmarouge Records]
Uppfade – Say Something [Frequenza]
Matthew Dear – Dog Days [Spectral Sound]
Cajmere – Say U Will Feat. Dajae (Green Velvet Instrumental Mix) [Cajual Records]
Justin Martin – Robot Romance [Dirtybird Records]
Green Velvet And Kid Sister – Everybody Wants (Instrumental) [Relief Records]
DJ Deeon – Headhunters (Street Original) [Dance Mania]
DJ Deeon – Bang! [Dance Mania]
The Martin Brothers – Duckface [Dirtybird Records]
Ark – Sucubz (Herbert’s Goddam Remix Justin Martin Edit) [Brif Records]
Marcel Knopf – Rec-Chord (Jeff Samuel Remix) [Mo's Ferry]
Len Faki – My Black Sheep (Radioslave Remix) [Figure]
DJ Blaqstarr – Shake It To The Ground (Feat. Rye Rye) (Claude Vonstroke Remix) [Mad Decent]
Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Mike Monday’s Hse Mngo Remix Justin Martin Special Edit) [CDR]
Bibio – Lovers Carvings (Catz N Dogz Re-Edit) [CDR]
Tony Rohr & Tim Xavier – Awesome Button [Sleaze Records]
Galen & Justin Martin – Dust Devil [Dirtybird Records]
Rachel Barton – Goose Step (Justin Martin’s Wild Goose Chase Mix) [More Music]
Galen & Justin Martin – Tumbleweed [Dirtybird Records]
The Martin Brothers – Steal Drums [Dirtybird Records]
Midnight Express – Hallelujah (Feat. Sabrina Jonston) (Solid Groove Dub) [Slip N Slide]
Global Communication – The Way (Secret Ingredients Mix) [Dedicated]
Justin Martin – The Sad Piano [Buzzin' Fly Records]
Ardalan & Justin Martin – Mr. Spock [CDR]
K.L.A.M. – Funky 4 (The Martin Brothers Donkey Punk Remix) [Fools Gold]
Cajmere – Percolator (Claude Vonstroke Remix) [CDR]
Justin Martin – Get Low [Dirtybird Records]
Nav Tha Shah – Chicken Tetrazzini (*Produced By Justin Martin) [CDR]
[unknown] – Unknown [CDR]

7 - Four Tet - Essential Mix 2010-01-23
Genre:  Electronica

Four Tet – Angel Echoes [Domino]
Floating Points – Vacuum [Eglo]
Robert Owens – Bring Down The Walls [Trax]
STL – Jungle Sometimes [Something Records]
Oni Ayhun – Oar003 B [Oni Ayhun Records]
Weather Report – Non-Stop Home [Cbs]
DJ Sprinkles – Grand Central Pt1 (Mcde Bassline Dub) [Mule Musiq]
Four Tet – Sing [Domino]
Benge – 1981 Yamaha Cs70m [Expanding Records]
Joy Orbison – So Derobe [Aus Music]
Melchior Productions – Different Places [Perlon]
Dem 2 – Luv’s Hard [New York Soundclash Records]
Seelenluft – Manila (Manitoba Remix) [Klein]
William Onyeabor – When The Going Is Smooth And Good [Wilfilms]
Pryda – Muranyi [Balaton]
Moodymann – Det.Riot [KDJ]
Zomby – Digital Fauna [Brainmath]
Joyce – Aldela De Ogum [Odeon]
Joe Goddard – Apple Bobbing (Four Tet Remix) [Greco Roman]
Cassy – Soul Saviour [Perlon]
One Little Plane – Lotus Flower (Avus She’s Singing Mix) [Text]
Hard House Banton – Reign [Spoilt Rotten Enterrtainment]
Four Tet – Sing (Floating Points Remix) [Domino]
Troy Pierce – Oxytocin [M_Nus]
Laurie Spiegel – Patchwork [Philo]
Eluvium – The Motion Makes Me Last (Four Tet Remix) [Temporary Residence]

8 - Simian Mobile Disco - Essential Mix 2010-01-09
Genre:  Electronica

Kraftwerk — Franz Schubert [EMI]
Subway — Xam [Soul Jazz Records]
Kikumoto Allstars — Dco [International Deejay Gigolos]
Levon Vincent — Late Night Jam [Ostgut Ton]
Simian Mobile Disco — Cruel Intentions (feat. Beth Ditto) (Space Cave Mix) [Wichita]
Unknown Artist — Get The Curse [White Label]
Oliver Huntemann — Shanghai Spinner (Joey Beltram Remix) [Ideal Audio]
Armando — Don’t Take It (feat. Sharvette) [Let's Pet Puppies Records]
Slam — Room 2 [Soma]
Denis Naidanow — Wonderland (feat. Tyree) [Sure Player]
Oliver Huntemann — Trummerfeld [Cocoon]
Simian Mobile Disco — Are You In The Picture? [Wichita]
On/Off — Cirez D [Mouseville]
Dusty Kid — Train # 1 [Boxer]
Raymond Scott — Cindy Electronium Pt. 1 [OHM]
Rogue Cat — Magic Journey (Todd Terje Remix) [Tiny Sticks]
Cassius — Youth Speed Trouble Cigarettes (Radio Slave Mix) [Cassius Records]
Dustin Zahn — Stranger To Stability (Len Faki Mix) [Rekids]
Blake Baxter & Abe Duque — Let’s Take It Back (Joey Beltram Remix) [Process Records]
SMD Delicatessen — Aspic [White Label]
Raymond Scott — Cindy Electronium Pt. 2 [OHM]
Ramadanman — Revenue (Untold Remix) [2nd Drop Music]
Paul Woolford — Pandemonium [Intamacy]
Psycatron — Deeper Shades Of Black [Planet E Communications]
Alex Costa — Evergreen [Dataworx]
Skream — 2 D [Tempa]
Dexter — Unknown Title [White Label]
Zomby — Strange Fruit [Ramp Recordings]
Deepgroove — Spike [Underwater Records]
Adam Beyer — Something Good To Die For [Mad Eye]
Caramel — Cluster [Brain]
L-Vis 1990 — The Bird
MJ Cole — Sincere (Mumdance Mix)
Crookers Feat Miike Snow — Remedy

9 - Boy 8 Bit - Essential Mix 2010-05-15
Genre:  Electronica

01. Boy 8-Bit — The Blood Tide [White]
02. Aleem — Get Loose Dub [NIA]
03. Eli Escobar — Glass House [Plant Music]
04. Patrick Turner — Planets Align [Inversus Records]
05. DJ Sprinkles — Grandcentral Pt 1 (MCDE Remix Dub) [Endless Flight]
06. Ali Love — Love Harder (Jokers of The scene Unreleased Remix) [White]
07. Gui Boratto — The Glam [Kompakt]
08. Kolombo — Acai [Boxer Recordings]
09. Liz Cirelli — Ultraviolet [LouLou]
10. Kaiser Souzai — Altocumulus Floccus (Piemont Remix) [Yellow Tail]
11. Visti & Meyland — All Night Long (Trentemoller Remix) [Eskimo]
12. Justin Martin — Get Low [Dirty Bird]
13. Diamond K — Damn Track [White]
14. Boy 8-Bit — Tropical Heat [White]
15. Mele — Bombay (Nadastrom Remix) [Mixpak]
16. DJ Will Roc — Twilight Zone [Unruly]
17. Zombie Disco Squad — The Duke Sound [Made To Play]
18. Footsteps — Worker [White]
19. Detroit Grand Pubahs — Sandwedges (Unknown Mix) [White]
20. Ron Hardy — Sensation (Obi Blanche Remix) [White]
21. Carte Blanche — Black Billionaires [Ed Banger]
22. Alan Fitzpatrick — Green Light [Tokio]
23. Boy 8-Bit — Yard Birds [Turbo]
24. Boy 8-Bit — The Keep [This is Music]
25. Boy 8-Bit — Baltic Pine (Roy Apron Dub) [White]
26. Ink & Needle — Thirteen [Tattoo]
27. Bookashade Vs Mandy — Donut (Boy 8-Bit Remix) [Living the Dream]
28. Boy 8-Bit — An Impending Sense Of Doom [White]
29. MMM — Nous Sommes [MMM]
30. Pig & Dan — Terminate [Cocoon]
31. Leftfield — Phat Planet (Dave Clarke Remix) [Hard Hands]
32. Thomas Schumacher — Red Purple [Spiel-zeug Schallplatten]
33. Joe and Will Ask? — The Rusty Pig [Gulp]
34. Florence and The Machine — Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit remix) [White]
35. Yousef — Come Home [Cocoon]
36. Josh One — Contemplation (King Britt Remix — Mat Playford Edit) [Social Problem]
37. Rodriguez Jr. — Pandora [Leena Music]

10 - Sander Kleinenberg - Essential Mix 2010-12-04
Genre:  Progressive House

Sander Kleinenberg — Follow Me – This Is Recordings
Dana Bergquist & Peder G — Loveshine (Downtown Party Network Remix) – Global Underground
N.E.R.D. — Hypnotize U (Sharam Jey Edit) – Interscope
Groove Armada — Love Sweet Sound – Columbia
Kevlar — Weapons (KiNK Psyche Funk Mix) – White Label
Charlotte Gainsbourg — Irm – Elektra/Because
The Cataracs — Bass Down Low (feat Dev) – White Label
The 2 Bears — Be Strong – Southern Fried Records
Sanya Shelest — Get Back To Tech – Intension Records
Pleasurekraft & Hugo — Nosferatune (feat Renao) – Kraftek
Sander Kleinenberg — Remember When (feat Jamie Cullum) (Tapesh Remix) – This Is Recordings
Roger Martinez — Re-Move – Gem Records
Channel X — Snug Decent (Acapella) – Stil Vor Talent
Lifelike — Heatwave (Alan Braxe rmx) – Computer Science
Style of Eye & Magnus The Magnus — Antidote – Horehause
Sander Kleinenberg & Kraak & Smaak ft. Ursula Rucker — The Journey – This Is Recordings
Glenn Morrison vs Wink — Don’t Laugh Under A Pink Cherry Tree – White Label
Goldtrix vs Drumcomplex & Pascal Dior — It’s Ice Love (5K is Trippin mix) – White Label
Madskillz Presents Morning Glory Seeds — Tramadol – Remote Area
Ferreck Dawn — Satrinxa – White Label
Kink — Dame Mas (feat Milenita) – Argumento
Underworld — Rez (Long Mix) – Junior Boys Own
Pig & Dan — Detonate – White Label
Jamie Woon — Night Air – Candent Songs

Saturday, January 01, 2011

JW's Favorite iPhone & iPad Applications Of 2010

2010 saw an explosion of apps in the iOS ecosystem.  Just as I did in 2008 & 2009, I'm compiling my list of favorite apps for the platform, with lists for both iPhone & iPad.  Here are the ones that enriched my days over the past year.

iPhone Apps

Daily Apps

Google Voice
After a year in App Store approval purgatory, Google Voice has proven to be a nearly one stop shop for my on device communication needs.  It's completely replaced the Phone app & Messages app on my phone for calls & SMS messages.

A wonderful RSS reader app.  I live in this app every morning while I have my coffee to catch up on all of my Google Reader feeds.

The front end to all my banking needs.  Being able to deposit a check just by taking pictures of it with the iPhone's camera is fantastic.  And the funds are available immediately to boot!

My favorite of all the location based check-in apps.  I started using this just before SXSWi 2010, and have continued using it daily since.  The design aesthetic of this app blows Foursquare away, too.

The 800 pound gorilla of the location based check-in apps.  I check-in with this app everywhere I go, too, if just because that's what most of my friends use.

This is what Tweetie morphed into in 2010.  I much prefer to post my social network updates with this app instead of the Facebook app.

A really cool journaling app that pulls in your activity from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Gowalla, Foursquare and other services.  It's fascinating to look at your activity across all services on a calendar layout.

Google Latitude
Ashley & I use this app on our iPhones to check on each other's location without having to send a SMS or make a phone call.  Now if I don't see her online after her morning commute, I can just pull up her location on Latitude to ensure she made it safely to work.

Wow Apps

LogMeIn Ignition
I can remotely control all of my computers directly from my phone with this app.  Start a download on my desktop PC while waiting at the dentist office?  No problem.  Troubleshoot my in-law's computer while standing in line at the grocery store?  Sure.  It's really slick.

An augmented reality app that corrects my color blindness in real time.  My feel good app of the year.

Find My iPhone
Allows me to locate my iPhone & iPad on a map in the event I misplace either device or they are stolen.

Since I save all of my work files at my new job to Dropbox, being able to access them across MacBooks, iPhones, & iPad has turned out to be very convenient.

Weekend Apps

Gas Cubby
Logs all of my automobile maintenance activities and tracks my gas mileage.  An indispensable tool if you're a commuting data geek.

This is the front end to my house stereo system.  I can choose which music to pipe from my desktop computer upstairs running iTunes to the two Apple TVs & two Airport Expresses connected to speakers throughout the house.

TuneIn Radio
This gets me access to the college radio stations at both Tulane & Auburn, and lets me tune in to sports talk radio in New Orleans to keep up with the Saints.  Also not bad for listening to the Ibiza radio stations during the summer.

Keeps me on track with the laundry schedule on weekends by allowing multiple timers with quick on/off switches.

This app is where I do all of my brainstorming/outlining for blog posts.

I prefer this app to most of the other news apps from a design standpoint.  The iReport feature is a nice touch, too.

ESPN Bowl Bound
For a college football junky, this app was a must have this bowl season for keeping track of bowl schedules and score updates.

CBS Sports
I had the chance to watch several SEC football games live on my iPhone while out & about thanks to this app during the fall.

Favorite Games

Angry Birds
I was late to the party with this game, but it certainly lives up to the hype.  Who knew estimating the trajectory of a slingshot could be so addictive?

Cut The Rope
Another game that renewed my appreciation for physics.

Words With Friends
The asynchronous nature of this Scrabble-esque game is what keeps me playing.  I can wait days between turns if need be.

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
As someone who cut his teeth on the fighting game genre with the original Mortal Kombat, this game is too much fun.

The Incident
A delightful game done in an 8 bit style.  Very addictive.

Fruit Ninja
This game became a giant time sink over the holidays, but I just couldn't put it down.  It looks great on the iPhone 4's Retina display, too.

Sonic 4 Episode 1
It's a little tough to control via the on-screen controls, but I'm able to look past this shortcoming to play Sonic on my phone.  So cool.

iPad Apps

Pinball HD
As close to owning an actual pinball machine that you can get without...owning an actual pinball machine.

Fruit Ninja HD
The multiplayer mode on this game is terrific.  Slicing fruit is therapeutic.

Still the best way to interact with Facebook on the iPad.

Air Video
Perfect for streaming video from my desktop PC upstairs to my iPad.

Having the entire TED talks catalog in portable form is great.  The ability to download talks for offline viewing is even better.

I prefer this app over iBooks for viewing and managing my collection of PDFs on the iPad.  The password protection feature is handy, too, for storing financial documents securely.

ESPN ScoreCenter XL
My constant companion on the couch throughout football season.  It's like having the entire ESPN sports ticker in your lap.

I actually tried out the iPad version of this app before the iPhone version.  In each case, it's my preferred way to interact with all my RSS feeds in Google Reader.

Turning your Twitter & Facebook feeds into futuristic eye candy has never been so much fun and functional.  This is how I casually peruse both services.

Paired with the Pogo Sketch stylus, this is how I take notes whenever I attend townhall meetings at work or lectures.  You can even export your notebooks and sketches as PDFs.


That does it for this year's installment.  Check back on the blog this time next year for my 2011 picks.