Oooh, let's define ourselves with lists...
(But it's easy and fun!)
... oh, go on then:
The sadly late Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Philip K Dick,
Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials', Philip Reeve (I seem to like
a lot of author's called Philip - that isn't deliberate...), Neil
Gaiman, E E 'Doc' Smith, Cordwainer Smith, Kurt Vonnegut, William
Gibson, Herge's Adventures of Tintin, Scott Pilgrim...
Blade Runner, Pan's Labyrinth, Aliens, Run Lola Run, Resident Evil,
Bugsy Malone, Scott Pilgrim Vs the World, Fight Club, Inception,
The Matrix (only the first one, really), Any Shakespeare adaptation
(Shakespeare's best watched, not read.)
The West Wing (best writing for TV, bar none), Mad Men, Cowboy
Bebop, Azumanga Diaoh, Sharpe, Game of Thrones, True
Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh, 50ft Wave, Amanda Palmer, The
Dresden Dolls, Bitter Ruin, Pink Floyd, Queens of the Stone Age,
The Ravonettes, The Distillers, The Clash at Demonhead, Ladytron,
Tegan and Sara, Florence and the Machine, Cat Power, Pretty Girls
Make Graves, Crystal Castles, PJ Harvey, Mr B - The Gentleman
Rhymer, Leslie Feist, Heather Nova, Cypress Hill, Coco Rosie, The
Civil Wars (Trust me, if you don't know it already, you will hate
Anything with a good story really: Half Life, Portal, Fallout 3,
Mass Effect, Final Fantasy VII, Indiana Jones and the Fate of
Atlantis, Valkyria Chronicles, Bioshock.
Japanese food, and not just sushi: Yakitori, Teppanyaki, Teriaki
anything (no aubergines though) Chicken Katsu Curry (Wagamama's is
as good as anything I had in Tokyo!)
Steak: fillet, rare
Cakes: I often bake up a huge batch of chocolate chip cupcakes.
Quality control testing is critical - they're nice straight out of
My 'Ultimate Chocolate Cake' regularly gets 10 out of 10 and 5-star
reviews from my female work colleagues...