Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: Great Expectations, The Conscious Mind, The Rebel, anything
about math, physics, rendering or space travel. The last book I
read was Consciousness and the Brain and I am currently reading
Frontiers of Propulsion Science. Yes, I have trouble making small
talk with people.
Movies: Wes Anderson and Werner Herzog films, Brick, Deep Water
(the frenchman is my only mentor), Primer, There will be Blood,
Pan's Labyrinth (visual feast), Fight Club (hilarious) understated
thrillers, the occasional hard sci-fi, things with Donnie Yen (just
for fun) or Tom Hardy (good acting) and cumbersome classics like
Apocalypse Now and 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Shows: Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, Peaky
Blinders, the British version of Top Gear, Sherlock, Leonard
Susskind lectures (youtube), anything educational.
Music: Thursday, From Autumn to Ashes, Every Time I Die, older
stuff from mewithoutyou, selective things from Placebo, Arcade
Fire, Far (before that idiotic "riding my pony" song), Modest
Mouse, Joy Division, The Faint, and most other bands that are
slightly abrasive with nuanced lyrics (post hardcore indie blends).
It's the only kind of sound that's ever made sense to me. I must
admit I haven't listened to any music in a long time; music and
memories go hand in hand and I have a lot of bad memories.
Food: Chocolate Chip Cookies