Books: I love reading, but don't get to do as much of it as I like.
I've been turning to audiobooks so that I can multitask at work. I
just finished Game of Thrones, and will be picking up the second
book next week. I do tend to enjoy fantasy and sci-fi with some
depth to it, but the other books I've loved range all over the
place, from Victor Hugo to Donald Barthelme. I'd say my favorite
author still alive is Neil Gaiman.
Movies: Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard, Almost Famous, Before
Sunrise, Boondock Saints, Citizen Kane, Snatch, anything made by
Charlie Kaufmann or Hayao Miyazaki. Is it mindless silly? I'll love
it. Is it artistically creative? I'll adore it. Does it have
superheroes making loud explosions. I'll enjoy the ride. I wind up
disliking very few movies not made by Michael Bay, and I'll wind up
hating it if Bay came anywhere near it. I love musicals. I've yet
to see a bad musical (exception: The Apple). I do draw the line at
attempts to "revive" my childhood by making live-action movies that
do little more than smear feces on franchises that deserved better.
Yes, Michael Bay, I'm looking RIGHT AT YOU.
Incidentally, I may have a chip on my shoulder about Michael Bay,
but the verdict's still out.
TV: I have a TV, but it doesn't pick up any channels. It's very
good at connecting to devices, and I watch more Netflix than is
probably healthy. I prefer to watch TV after a season had ended
where I can watch without interruption in marathon mode. Some
favorites: Doctor Who, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5,
Deep Space Nine, Buffy/Angel, Firefly, and anything Bryan Fuller
has done. I like most supernatural/horror themed shows, though I
hated Charmed. Plot-driven Sci-Fi/Fantasy also ranks very high. I'm
currently finishing up Fringe and watching the first season of
Music: Rush has been my favorite band since high school, but beyond
that, my tastes bounce all over the place. I'm not a rap fan, and
most country grates on my nerves. I also have a very powerful knee
jerk reaction towards excessively electronic music -- especially
tracks that replaced a real drummer with a computer. The bulk of my
music collection is split 50/50 between theater soundtracks and
70's progrock, with the remainder being filled out by humor-based
acts like Barenaked Ladies and Johnathan Coulton.
Food: Sushi, cheese, and wasabi. I put wasabi in everything.
Really. Wasabi queso is great. Chipotle burritos are like crack to
me, I'd eat there 3-4 times a week, if they didn't make me such a
fatass. Mexican and Italian are great. If it's spicy, I'll eat it.
But no beans. Beans make me violently ill. I couldn't be a
vegetarian if I wanted to.
Video games: I love RPGs, and most of my gaming time is spent on
these. I do play World of Warcraft, and dabble with other MMOs from
time to time. I've picked up Grand Theft Auto games out of cultural
curiosity, and they're enjoyable enough that I finish them, but I
haven't touched any of the knockoff franchises. I hate shooters,
unless they've got a fun gimmick. But all this said -- video games
are the entertainment of last resort, and I'm most interested in
reducing the time I spend on them.