Books: Anything by Amir Aczel (science/math nonfiction); "Zero" by
Charles Seife; anything by Tolkien; the "Recluce" series by L.E.
Modesitt; Larry Niven's "Ringworld" series; pretty much anything by
Arthur C. Clarke or Robert L. Forward. And many others. Dr. Roger
Penrose's latest book is fascinating; I'm slowly reading it a page
or two at a time...
Movies: The Princess Bride, of course! Also: Wargames, and any
other movies that do a good job of dealing with aviation, space
travel, and/or science. No "the-aliens-are-coming-to-get-us"
movies, PLEASE! (I do own "Independence Day," mostly because it's a
great home-theater-test DVD.)
Music: New Age; John Denver; Jim Croce; Tom Paxton; and pretty much
anything Bach or earlier. I particularly like Rameau, Scarlatti,
Pachelbel, Handel, and some Telemann. Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy
etc are also good, depending on my mood.
Foods: SUSHI!! Everything else is just food. I plan on founding the
"Northern wind" school of Sushi: NO spices, NO soy sauce; basically
fish, rice, and nori.