I have seen fit to add and modify the categories as I don’t think
the ones provided are fully representative of my “favourites”. I
have added graphic novels as it deserves to be separate from books,
added anime for the same reasons, and changed music to audio to
allow for spoken word and podcasts. Also adding games to the list
as they really should be included.
My reading tends to fall into two main categories, science books
(text books and popular science books) and science fiction/fantasy
books. The science books features Brief history of time, a Short
history of nearly everything, Operating manual for space ship
earth. The science fiction/fantasy tends towards the dystopian
future sub-genre with things like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Hunger
games. These were heavily supplemented with classics like HHGTTG,
the Hobbit, Discworld novels (need to read more of these).
I have a fairly wide range, mostly dominated by books published by
the big two, Marvel and DC. Working through the key stories from
both universes with the odd long runs for some favourite tiles like
X-men or Teen titans. From the smaller publishing houses I have
stuff that ranges from Neil Gaiman’s wonderful Sandman series, the
brooding Spawn, the colourful Invincible, all the way to the mind
warping JTHM. Oh and there’s some manga mixed in there as
A list of my favourite movies might be so long as to render it
useless for the purpose it was meant to have. It would simply be
too long and divergent to give any real sense of my movie tastes.
In terms of genre I tend to favour Sci-fi and horror. For the most
part I try to watch films that contain something unique, either it
has an unusual plot or hook, or it might try and tell a familiar
story in an interesting way. This has led to me getting stuck in
little niches of films, either works buy a particular director,
like Kevin Smith, or in sub (often subsub) genres like Japanese
monster/horror movies, or found footage. I can and will watch
almost anything, I keep a boxset filled with old sci-fi b movies
like the man with atomic brain and Santa Claus conquers Martians
just in case there is called for bad movie night.
Like the films I tends to lean heavily towards Sci-Fi, a small
example of just the sci-fi shows, Star Trek (ST:TOS, ST:TNG,
ST:DS9, ST:VOY, ST:ENT), Doctor Who, Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis),
Andromeda, Babylon 5, Farscape, X-files, Alien Nation, and Firefly.
Also some cult/fantasy shows like Buffy and Angel (big fan of Joss
Whedon). Outside of the Sci-fi and fantasy genre I watch comedy
shows like Scrubs, Frasier, Rosanne, and Seinfeld. Oh and there are
a fair few western cartoons in there as well, I particularly like
the DC animated universe, Avatar: The last airbender, and the
Marvel animated shows.
Aside from western animation I’m also a big fan of Japanese
animation. I tend to gravitate towards the darker shows such as
Elfen Lied, Full Metal Alchemist, Princess Tutu, or Puella Magi
Madoka Magica. The last two are amazingly dark for magical girl
I like and do often listen to music but I tend to spend more time
listening to podcasts or spoken word audio. This often feature
highlight from Radio 4, Kevin Smith Smodcasts or things like the
Feynman Lectures on Physics or the Atheist Experience. I tend to
listen to a lot of one thing and after I’ve either gotten bored or
exhausted my supply will move on to something new, so what I’m
listening to tends to change frequently. When I do listen to music
I have a habit of listening to the same few song over and over
until I get the urge to find new songs or have new songs thrust
upon me, though I always seem to go back to favourites like
Symphony of Science.
I tend to gravitate towards the FPS genre, though I don’t like war
simulators. I tend to play games that either have some form of
puzzle mechanic like portal or half-life. Or I play game with have
a strong story telling element like Bioshock or the Darkness. Apart
from video games I also play a wide variety of card and board
games, these tend to change regularly, though there firm favourites
like settlers of catan that get played fairly regularly.
I like strong bold flavours, essentially any food that wasn’t born
out of a protestant necessity; like curries, Chinese, and sushi.
When it comes to drink I consume a large amount of tea, currently
mostly jasmine though I may go back to gun powder green tea at some
point. Also big on coffee, though with that I don’t care about
variety. For alcoholic drinks I favour red wine and real ales.