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The Best of the Zen Garden in 2010: The Winter Solstice Edition

Looking back on the archives of the past 5 years, I noticed I never wrote a “Best of…” post to showcase the most popular posts at year-end for any given year.

I thought I’d start a new tradition…

That said, today is Winter Solstice 2010 and we are also quickly heading toward the end of the year. I thought I might wish to review the best and most popular posts written in 2010.

Below you’ll find the most popular posts of 2010, in order of popularity, compiled with the help of Google Analytics. An even dozen. An interesting collection of posts.

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The Best of the Best in 2010

1. Spotlight on Angelina Jolie: Just What Does She Eat, Anyway? (January 17, 2010) – I’ve already mentioned a few times that this turned out to be the most popular post of 2010. I’m not really an Angelina Jolie fanatic (well, maybe I am by now), but I DID write a post that covered her training and eating habits to prepare for action movies. Stars ARE required to train and do whatever it takes to look good in front of the camera. So, I always thought it was interesting to see how these movie stars do it. Since this post was written in January of 2010, I’ve written several posts about Angelina Jolie.

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2. Keith Jarrett – Solo Piano: Tour Dates in 2010!! (January 07, 2010) – Now I am a big fan of Keith Jarrett and I’m on a mission to collect everything he’s ever recorded (which is an amazingly large and diverse collection of music, ranging from solo piano to jazz trios to classical music). Ever since seeing him perform a solo concert in San Francisco a few years ago, I had been interested in noting his concert performances. So, as always, in 2010 I listened to a LOT of music performed by Keith Jarrett.

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3. Banshee Media Player in Ubuntu Linux 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” (April 08, 2010) – I’m kicking it with Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”, since it was released on 10/10/10 (a great day to release a Linux distribution). And, basically, I’ve been 100% Ubuntu all-the-way in 2010 and will continue to do so in 2011. Be gone Windows and Mac OS. However, I no longer kick it with the Banshee Media Player. It was a good ride, but I quickly found Amarok Music Player to be the better app for music, and I’ve been very happy with it ever since.

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4. Preview: Ubuntu Linux 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” (March 16, 2010) – There was a lot of excitement in the Linux world and Open Source movement about this newest incarnation (at the time) of Ubuntu Linux. It made Linux THAT much more accessible to the general public. Still, if you are a total newbie to operating systems and the way computer hardware and software work, then you are probably best to stick with Mac OS (and Windows, perhaps). But, if you are committed to making the jump to the Linux world, Ubuntu is the way to go and the effort will be worth it. It is 100% FREE, open source (as opposed to proprietary software) and upgrades will always be 100% FREE!

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5. CD Review: World Is India (March 31, 2010) – It’s no small wonder that this CD of Indian pop, rap, trance and underground music became a fairly popular album. Every time I went into a Starbucks I always heard this CD (when it first came out) and I had to inquire about it. Some interesting music from popular Indian culture and you get a Ravi Shankar track too.

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6. Review: Organic Wheatgrass Powder by Amazing Grass (April 13, 2010) – 2010 was the year I started exploring wheatgrass. I DID buy a manual wheatgrass juicer (which I use for almost anything that CAN be juiced) and read about the health benefits of wheatgrass. So, why not buy pure 100% raw organic wheatgrass powder and add it to your smoothies? Well, that’s what I did.

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7. Review: Netgear RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router (March 28, 2010) – I had to make the jump to a Dual Band Wireless-N gigabit router. This one was on sale and had decent reviews online. The web-based interface was easy to comprehend and use, and so far I’ve been extremely happy with the performance of this wireless router. Haven’t had any problems at all.

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8. Review: Amazing Meal Original Blend! (April 07, 2010) – 2010 was also the year I started using Amazing Meal products, which offers raw vegan 100% organic powders of wheatgrass and other mixtures that you can add to meals, smoothies and shakes.

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9. Chocolate Infusion and Starbucks 16oz Insulated Acrylic Tumblers (May 11, 2010) – When Starbucks started offering the insulated acrylic tumblers I had to get one for my smoothies. This was a cool idea, I thought. Before, I was regularly using the old style milkshake glasses. The acrylic tumblers hold quite a bit more… twice as much as the milkshake glasses.

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10. How to Make a Raw Cacao Wheatgrass Smoothie! (April 22, 2010) – The previous 3 posts are actually related to this post, so nothing new here. But this popular post includes a good recipe for making a 100% raw cacao wheatgrass smoothie.

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11. CD Review: Tony Scott – Music for Zen Meditation (April 29, 2010) – Probably my all-time favorite New Age CD (and this is probably the very first New Age CD). Released originally in 1964, Jazz clarinetist Tony Scott collaborated with two reknown Japanese musicians. The result being a sublime and subtle flow of improvised music using clarinet, shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and koto (the classic Japanese stringed instrument). This is, in my humble opinion, the best Zen meditation music ever.

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12. Dexter Gate: “Enter To Grow In Wisdom” (May 18, 2010) – It was this year in May 2010, that one of my nieces graduated from Harvard University (magna cum laude, with honors), and I wrote a post about it. And, my wife and I traveled to Boston/Cambridge for the first time to attend the graduation ceremony, then traveled throughout New England on an adventure. In this post, I included the photo (created by her older sister) of my niece when she was 10 years old and as an incoming Freshman, superimposed to look like the younger and older niece were together in the same picture, in front of Dexter Gate in Harvard.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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    1. Randomguru

      Season’s Greetings to you and your family, Sinta. And wishing you a joyous New Year in 2011!~

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