I grew up overseas and have traveled all over the world. I intend to make it to all 7 continents at some point in my life (5 down, 2 to go). I've learned snippets of a handful of languages and often secretly worry that the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis might be true, which motivates learning more languages.
I've lectured on artificial intelligence systems at a major international conference (twice!) and am a soon-to-be-published author on the same subject. I find the idea of the technological singularity fascinating and often secretly worry that it won't happen in my lifetime, which motivates doing more AI research.
Also, if ever I find myself in a venue where I can actually use my bass amp (grrr apartment complex anti-noise rules) I will totally blast your face off.
After having encountered so many different cultures, settings, and people in my life, it's extremely hard to make me feel out of place. I'm often selected to act as impromptu ambassador between people of highly differing backgrounds or viewpoints.
Movies: anything cerebral and challenging; or anything with a really good director of photography. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The Fifth Element. Ip Man, Shaolin Soccer, and The Veteran. Following, The Boondock Saints, and Pi. Primer, A Scanner Darkly, and Ong-Bak. Ghost in the Shell has a special place in my heart since I'm bizarrely fascinated by the idea of uploading my brain into the internet.
Shows: Firefly, Dollhouse, Futurama, Six Feet Under, Weeds, The IT Crowd, and the occasional bit of Battlestar Galactica.
Music: Astral Projection, Shpongle, Entheogenic, Vibrasphere, Kick Bong, Hallucinogen, Brian Transeau, Marco Torrance, Metallica (older stuff mostly), Skindred, 10 Years, As I Lay Dying, RHCP, anything with Victor Wooten or Jaco Pastorius, anything by Bach, and of course you can't go wrong with Antonin Dvorak.
Food: Thai (but only fairly authentic stuff. I'm biased against "fusion" and Americanized Asian food), anything involving cheese or bacon, pasta of any form, pizza, and New Mexican (bonus points if you know the difference between that and Tex/Mex).
2. A working compiler (language is basically unimportant; I can adapt). Being able to write code goes a long way towards contributing towards point #1.
3. Red basil. Fortunately, this is one of the few places in the country where that's easy to acquire in a decent state of freshness.
4. My bass guitar. Few things are as simultaneously relaxing and invigorating as busting out a really hardcore riff.
5. Psychopharmaceuticals. Long story.
6. Gas stoves. It makes me terrifically sad that I don't actually have one at the moment, because it makes properly frying things much more difficult.
I also like to ponder what it would take to realistically colonize space within my lifetime.