Anyay, here's the top ten posts for 2009. I have some posts from 2008 and even earlier that show up high on the logs. They're being linked to from other places and just keep generating hits - the all-time top post on this blog is the 2008 one about Stirling engines that's being linked to from some actual physics pages for some reason.
I don't list them here, as the idea is to highlight the top posts for 2009. However, the earlier in the year it's posted, the more hits it will generate. Stuff I post in December never really has a chance the same year so I've decided to start the year in December 2008 for this list.
- Pentax 67 (April)
Where I write about my new toy, the Pentax 67 film camera. Great piece of gear. I just wish I had the time to get out and use it more.
- Homemade Soba (December 2008)
An illustrated howto for making homemade soba noodles. Just knead it longer than I did and you'll be fine.
- Minolta SRT 101 (December 2008)
The Minolta SRT 101, one of the great classic 35mm cameras. A true pleasure to use. A camera like this can be a real eye-opener to people that've only used digital cameras and think they have good ergonomics.
- JLPT 1 Results (February)
Where I announce my failing score for the JLPT last year. Why did this generate so much traffic? I have no clue.
- Suma and Akashi (April)
I and Ritsuko went on a day trip along the inland sea coast west of Kobe. Pleasant and relaxing, and only an hour from downtown Osaka.
- All You Ever Wanted to Know About the Upcoming Japanese Election But Were Too Bored to Google on Your Own (July)
A Q and A on (of course) the Japanese lower house election held last August. I'm a bit surprised it appears on this list, considering how overly long both post and title is.
- Your Last Camera (February)
Where I argue that the camera as a standalone device is becoming a niche product, supplanted by the phonecam.
- Sweet Tools (February)
I show off the chocolate toolset I got from Ritsuko for Valentine's day. I had as much fun lighting and shooting them as I did eating them, I think.
- Umeshu (June)
How to make umeshu in the comfort of your home. It's not exactly difficult - just put liquor, fruit and sugar together and wait.
- Smoke Detector Stats (November)
A newspaper columnist tries to support a line of argument with some statistics, but manages to bring proof for the exact opposite viewpoint instead, without even realizing it. Innumeracy is a real problem, in the media and elsewhere.
Three posts on cameras and three food-related posts; one travel, one political and one sciency post and one, um, miscellaneous post (really, why was the JLPT score of any interest to anyone?).
#1 Not that anyone is waiting with bated breath; people's holiday snaps are about as interesting as drying paint, I know.