Help your potential matches find common interests.
Taste What You're Missing, a passionate eater's guide to why good
food tastes good. Maccaciavellian Intelligence (a great book on how
maccaque monkeys, who are closely related to humans, conduct their
social interactions based on evolutionary theory. It turns out
they're little bastards. And yes, that title is spelled correctly,)
Super Freakonomics, A Brief History of Time, The Selfish Gene,
anything by Dave Barry, the Myth series, Heinlein, Asimov, H.P.
Lovecraft, and Sun Tzu's "The Art of Dating." I recently discovered
the shining joy that is iBooks on my phone, so I'm currently
cutting a merciless swath through the sci-fi section of their
catalog while huffing and puffing at the gym.
Anything James Bond in particular, and explosion porn generally,
although it's nice if the plot isn't TOO mindless. My favorite
saying regarding movies is that men prefer movies about many people
dying quickly, while women prefer movies about *one* person dying
slllooooowly. The original Total Recall The Princess Bride,
Groundhog Day, Real Genius, Religulous, Idiocracy, the Avengers,
Futurama, Family Guy, The Oblongs, South Park, The Daily Show,
Moral Orel, Big Bang Theory, Lucy Daughter of the Devil, Invader
Zim, and TED talks on Netflix.
Music-wise, electro-swing is my latest all-time favorite genre, and
after a long period of frustration over being unable to find enough
albums of it to buy, I'm thrilled to discover it's because there
are dozens of hours of it available on free podcasts, thus
viciously undercutting the commercial demand. Next problem, I now
need more storage on my phone. #firstworldproblems. Chap-hop.
Seriously, look it up, you'll be glad you did. The Wet Spots.
Again, I recommend a web search. Brian Setzer, The Offspring,
Boingo, Pink, Barenaked Ladies, Dave Mathews Band, Eve-6, Garbage,
Nine inch Nails, Thomas Dolby, ZZ Top, Eminem, Tom Lehrer, and
Frank Sinatra. (Unrelated side note: I think the spell checker
should allow for British spellings. I will never de-program my
brain from typing favourite instead of favorite.)
Sushi, Vietnamese noodle soup, Pad Thai, Dim-sum, Vindaloo,
Spaghetti (I make a killer homemade sauce from scratch), Tacos,
Coq-au-vin, Peruvian seafood soups, pupusas, cheesecake, apple
fritters. Anything decadent. I love things spicy, crave variety,
and am a card-carrying carnivore, although I've had to learn to
temper this tendency and cultivate a relationship with salad in
hopes of reducing my volumetric displacement. The list of things I
don't like is actually considerably shorter, i.e. Haggis, German
food, organ meats, overcooked vegetables and boiled meat. I also
like to offend as many dietary sensibilities as I can, preferably
in one sitting. Can I get the GMO bacon cheese vealburger with a
side of foie gras and a poached bald eagle egg please?