10 Good Differences Between 2000 and 2010

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Note: This was written by Richard Connelly and Craig Hlavaty

We take a look in the print edition this week at a decade most of us would just as soon forget, the period from 2000-2010.

But we have to admit not everything was bad. Cell phones, for instance, got a hell of a lot better.

So look at "Good Riddance" to remember the bad things. Here are ten good things from the decade. And feel free to add your own in the comments.

10) Hip way to listen to/steal music
2000: Napster

I can only download a few songs at a time because we only have dial-up.
2010: Torrents
Let's just download everything recorded ever while we go get a beer.

9) Hot Smut
2000: Porn On DVD

You mean, I don't have to fast forward anymore to the money shot?
2010: Porn On Your Phone
You mean I can watch the money shot while I am in line at the grocery store?

8) Hermann Park
2000: Slightly down on its heels

Due for a fix-up
2010: Spiffy, rejuvenated public space
From the zoo to the train to the waterplay area, it's all good

7) Local Politician We Can Point To To Indicate How Progressive We Are
2000: Joe Roach

Only a councilman
2010: Annise Parker
Only a worldwide celebrity

6) Hot Chat Client
2000: AIM

2010: Google Chat

5) Hip Transportation
2000: Skateboards

Kick, kick, push.
2010: Fixed Gear Bikes
Brakes are for the suburbs.

4) Hot Godfather Of Indie-Rock
2000: Kurt Cobain

Angst rules.
2010: Bruce Springsteen
Hopeful romanticism rules.

3) Astros
2000: Still never have been to a World Series

We'd settle for winning a damn playoff series
2010: Been to a World Series
Getting swept still counts, right?

2) Downtown YMCA
2000: Seedy looking junkie hotel with an indoor track

"Sorry, two dudes playing swords in the sauna: I'll come back later"
2101: Space-Age brothel from THX 1138
"You can watch Glee on the treadmill. That's cool, right?"

1) Box Office Champs
2000: The Grinch

Cyncial, badly made crap for kids
2010: Toy Story 3
Heartfelt, well-crafted entertainment for kids and adults

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