Books: I enjoy some of the classics of science
fiction from Heinlein, HG Wells, Asimov, Douglas Adams and anyone
in between but also the newer stuff like Neil Gaiman, GRR Martin
and others. I also really enjoyed Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" more
than I probably should. I appreciate the sense of work ethic and
personal responsibility presented in it, I think the world would be
a better place if more people aspired to those ideals. I'm also a
fan of the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, and like the
Dresden Files books. I wish I had more time to read, but I rarely
seem to have time to settle down with a book. I've read through all
the published "Game of Thrones" books and am looking forward to the
next season on TV!
Television: Doctor Who/Torchwood, Big Bang Theory,
Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, True Blood, Spartacus, South Park,
The Office, Stargate Atlantis, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly,
Supernatural, and oddly enough The Waltons. I think there is a
sense of honor and community presented in the last that has been
lost due to cynicism. I find "Regular Show" hilarious and there's
also something to be said for "Adventure Time" and it's weirdly
psychedelic world too.
Movies: Good action movies, horror, science
fiction, historical, and even a few of the 'chick flicks' as long
as they don't become too sappy or unbelievable. Lately, I thought
"Prometheus" to be a disaster of storytelling, with clear rewrites
and inconsistencies that made me almost ask for my money back.
"Brave" was a more competent film. It's not perfect, but the Celtic
songs written were ethereal and the film was a visual treat.
"Amazing Spiderman" is a good movie, even if it's another origin
movie. The movie is worth the admission to see Emma Stone's gams if
nothing else! "The Dark Knight Rises" is a fitting endcap to the
Nolan trilogy! It's not quite as good as "The Dark Knight" but it's
pretty good. The pacing is off at a couple points, but ends in a
fitting way. I didn't think I'd like Bane as a villain, especially
after the crap fest of when he last showed up in a movie, but his
presence was pretty intimidating! I really enjoyed "The Hobbit"
though I think Peter Jackson padded the movie too much. Knocking
off 30-45 minutes would have been easy and still make it a solid
movie. "Mama" is a hell of a scary movie and Del Toro crafted a
great scenario from start to finish!
Music: I listen to a lot, but recall names of few.
I enjoy the CruxShadows in particular and enjoy attending their
concerts at DragonCon every year. My Ipod is a bit eclectic, and
I'm always trying to add something new to it. There's little rhyme
or reason for what I like it seems, some songs just speak to me and
demand my attention. For instance, P!nk and Labiach has found its
way into my rotation.
Food: I like to go out and try new - and new to me
- places. Taste of Thai has a good selection of dishes. I also
enjoy the traditional American, Italian, Greek, and Japanese. The
Sitar in Knoxville is also pretty good, though the spices are a bit
heavier than I prefer.