Books: anything by Douglas Hofstadter, anything by Douglas Adams,
anything by J.R.R. Tolkien, anything by James Gleick, most stuff by
Malcolm Gladwell, anything by Kim Stanley Robinson, The German
Genius, just about any decent biography of an interesting
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).