Music: I could go on and on about my musical tastes, but suffice to
say that they're eclectic. I like some bluegrass and a few random
classic country songs, but Top 40 Country is just terrible. I like
hip-hop, but not generic ring-tone rap or wanna-be gangsta rap. I
like The Roots, Blackalicious, A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys,
and guys like Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, and El-P. I really, really love
good funk and soul. James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic,
"Superstition" and "I Wish" style Stevie Wonder, The Poets of
Rhythm, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (anything on Dap-Tone
records, really), Galactic, Orgone, etc. I like a solid rhythm
section. I like a song with a groove to it. A "dance party"
playlist for me would include songs by artists anywhere from
Outkast to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Kaiser Chiefs to The Knife to
M.I.A. to Fishbone to Prince to DJ Krush and so on. There are a few
bands with whom I will go out and buy the new album without having
heard anything on it or about it: R.E.M., Tool, Radiohead, Thievery
Corporation, NIN, The Mars Volta, Mike Doughty/Soul Coughing, Beck,
The Poets of Rhythm, and Brad/Satchel/Shawn Smith. I also like the
glorious, victorious epicness that is Dragonforce. And 80's music,
various bands that could be dropped into the genre "indie," and
Simon and Garfunkel. Among others. I haven't been able to see much
live music since I've been back in school, but I have seen Man Man
(with Shilpa Ray and her Happy Hookers who were also awesome), The
Decemberists, Islands, Col. Bruce, Phish, Orgone, Antibalas, and
STS9 in the past few years.
To really put it all into perspective: I flew back into Charlotte
from a week of work in Phoenix last night (9/28/12). The flight got
in at 9:30 pm and I left the airport, went home, dropped off my
things, and headed out to meet some friends at the Visulite to see
Antibalas throw down some funky afrobeat. Live music is pretty much
the only thing that I would do that for of my own accord. On the
other hand, if you and I were dating and it was your birthday or
something, I would have rushed back out to meet up with you 'cause
I'm good like that.
See, I told you I could go on and on about that. Did I actually say
"suffice" and "eclectic" up there?
Books: Being in school, most of my reading has been for gaining
knowledge, but for entertainment I like to read things by authors
like Robert Heinlein, Neal Stephenson, Douglas Adams, Frank
Herbert, and Clive Barker. I like humor and certain elements of
sci-fi cyber-thriller type books. Speculative fiction, really.
Lately, though, I've been reading Karen Armstrong's "A History of
God" which is a very interesting tracing of the history of the
concept of god, mainly focusing on Islam and Judeo-Christian
beliefs. It's not a religious text, really, so much as a history of
the evolution of polytheism into monotheism and it points out some
very interesting ideas and facts. I'm an atheist, but religious
mythology still interests me. I've also read the Harry Potter
books, I just finished the Hunger Games books, and I have
absolutely no use for Twilight. Vampires burst into flames in
sunlight, they don't sparkle. Even mythology isn't just the
mythology you choose to believe, people.
TV: When I moved into my current place in August I decided not to
get cable. Instead, I've got a good internet connection and a Roku.
Pre-Roku favs were The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Robot
Chicken, Bones, House, CSI (just the original, really), How I Met
Your Mother, Better Off Ted, Criminal Minds, and Pushing Daisies.
Since August 2012, I've watched the past seasons of The League,
Portlandia, Breaking Bad, Fringe, and It's Always Sunny In
Philadelphia. Right now I'm watching Arrested Development again and
I'm planning to start on Lost.
Movies: I tend to like all kinds...from the mindless eye candy
summer blockbuster to something deep and meaningful to bizarre
flights of fancy to silly comedies. I like seeing movies in the
theater, but often just don't. Recent watches have been Dark Knight
Rises, God Bless America, Dredd, Iron Sky, The Watch, and John Dies
At The End (it hits theaters on 1/25/13, but Amazon has a "watch it
before it's in theaters" deal running. I highly recommend it. I
like John Cusack movies. I've got friends who've said I remind them
of a mix of certain characteristics of Rob Gordon, Lloyd Dobbler,
and Martin Blank. I'm hoping that last one is in regards to his
overall want to be good and maybe his sense of humor... I think
Grosse Pointe Blank was my favorite of those three movies, too. My
favorite Christmas movie is a tie between Christmas Vacation and
Scrooged. Bill Murray rules. I also like Sci-fi stuff and
Food: And I love food. I was recently diagnosed as having IBS,
though, which has prevented me from eating a lot of things that I
really like...red meat, dark meat poultry, dairy, coffee, alcohol,
solid chocolate, and the like. I'm getting used to it, though.