Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand; Sunshine, Robin McKinley; The Lion King;
Memento; Pushing Daisies; Wonderfalls; Coldplay; Azure Ray; and
anything I cook.
Less favorite but still favored?
For books, Wheel of Time series (haven't read the stuff since
Jordan died, intend to), Dresden series (anything by Jim Butcher,
really), Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and Robin McKinley. Harry
Potter. Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (fanfic written
by Eliezer Yudkowsky - whether or not you like Harry Potter, you
must read this, it's hilarious, intelligent, and really fucking
long). The Hollows series (kind of, mostly) by Kim Harrison. Lots
of other stuff. My bookshelf grows annually, although most of what
I read anymore is digital. Not a fan of the classics; I don't tend
to relate to them very well.
Movies... The Matrix Trilogy. I actually liked the second and third
more than the first, though, I'm weird like that. Inception. Few
others. Not actually all that big a fan of movies. I'm one of the
rare people who actually really liked the new Wizard of Oz movie
whose actual name eludes me for the moment; it leaned a bit heavy
on the 3D aspect, but this -could- have been made awesome, if only
the creators had started it -after- arriving at Oz. Oh well.
Shows? Ruby Gloom (WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW. Gothic children's show.
Insanely awesome). Dead Like Me (really, anything Bryan Fuller does
is golden, even if it always gets cancelled). My Little Pony:
Friendship is Magic. Yeah, I like a children's show, get over it.
Chuck was pretty good, although I never finished the fifth season,
which seemed desperate for ratings. Oh, Firefly. I like Archer, but
find it hopelessly post-modern (I'm pretty sure the show is a
deconstruction of modern gender stereotypes and roles); fortunately
it's funny frequently enough for me to overlook the nonsense.
Currently I'm watching A Bit of Fry and Laurie, which is good when
it's not being political, at least once you realize it's supposed
to be viewed as improv. (If you don't realize it's supposed to be
improv, it comes across as ridiculous, not funny. Context is -key-
to enjoying the show.)
Music... Queens of the Stone Age, Silent Stream of Godless Elegy.
Splashdown, and Universal Hall Pass by extension. The Decembrists.
A Cuckoo. The Cardigans. A lot of pop stuff from the 80's and 90's.
Uriah Heep. My favored Pandora station uses The Smiths, The Cure,
Voltaire, and Tom Petty as its primary seeds. I tend to like
bittersweet music; The Verve, appropriately enough, was a long-time
And for food... just about anything that isn't raw. I like my foods
How about blogs?
I frequent View From the Porch, Borepatch, Captain Capitalism,
Judgy Bitch (probably NSFW), Quizzical Pussy (definitely NSFW),
Coyote Blog, Popehat, Aretae, and Volokh Conspiracy.
What about other websites?
LessWrong, Fukung, Bash, DeviantArt (mostly to argue politics, but
I used to be a very active poet there). I'm considering visiting
Reddit more frequently, but don't really get what the big deal is.
(My reaction to 4chan was something the same.) Also, if I figure
out what the big deal is, I'll probably waste many thousands of
hours of my life there. Maybe I shouldn't get into it after
And what about games? Where's the love for the games?
Dungeon Keeper, Final Fantasy 3/6, Chrono Trigger, Skyrim,
Terraria. Dungeon Defenders -was- a favorite of mine until the
developers messed it up. Team Fortress 2, likewise, was a favorite
of mine until the developers messed it up (although I probably
would have lost interest just because of the evolving playerbase -
that's one problem with multiplayer games, the gameplay changes
over time even if nothing else changes). Kingdom of Loathing. I
kind of like Farcry 3 even if it is horribly misandrist and rapey.
Dwarf Fortress! How could I miss Dwarf Fortress? What other game
permits you to farm mermaids in horrible conditions to butcher for
their fatty tissues?
Webcomics! Hell yeahs. Well, comics, but I only read the ones
Dilbert, Frazz, Day By Day (NSFW), Oglaf (NSFW), Schlock Mercenary,
SMBC, XKCD, Vexxar, Freefall, The Book of Biff (and Maximumble and