nik wallenda crosses niagara falls on tightrope
nphoto: frank gunn/ap

This has been QUITE a year and we’re taking this week to reflect and look back (while we look forward). We start with this image of Nik Wallenda walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls from The Big Picture’s The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2012; we often feel like that, in our own small way.

We love Google’s Year in Review 2012 Zeitgeist video (and bless them for including Pussy Riot). (Video link here.) 

And have been poking around Manhattan User’s Guide’s unbelievable List of Lists, which features 45 or so (we lost count) lists. Our favorites:

Top 10 Discoveries of 2012
National Geographic

2012’s Best Viral Video
New York Magazine

The Top Global Stories of 2012
The Atlantic

The 10 Weirdest New Species of 2012
The Week

The 7 Greatest Engineering Innovations Of 2012
Popular Science

20 Overlooked Books from 2012

The 10 Best Books of 2012
The New York Times

Top 100 Movies of 2012
Rotten Tomatoes

The Best Small Ideas of 2012
Foreign Policy

50 Favorite Albums Of 2012
NPR Music

The Most Underrated Albums of 2012
Album of the Year

The 10 Best Films of 2012
The Guardian


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