Oh pleh. It's all too easy for this section to devolve into a
series of lists that say nothing about the given person. It feels
like before I click a profile, I can reasonably predict that this
person enjoys Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Dexter. This tells me
nothing about a person. Excellent taste maybe, but when someone
like Paul Ryan says he likes Rage Against the Machine, taste
doesn't get you terribly far.
I'm going to try something different. I'll note a few things that
may or may not be favorites, and say a few things about them. And
in the process, I'll TRY not to go on for pages.
TV: Breaking Bad it is! Although given my previous cynicism, I also
have a good excuse: I grew up in Albuquerque. So it does feel
almost mandatory to like, but I also get the added enjoyment of
playing Spot the Landmark in each episode. And no, Albuquerque
really isn't a big shithole. Don't imagine the Crossroads Motel.
You know all those shots of the beautiful desert landscape? Imagine
that. Relatedly, I feel for people from Baltimore over The Wire.
Probably the same thing.
Recently finished House of Cards. Solid, but I think mostly because
I can lose myself in a well-crafted political drama. It's not much
more than that, but I'll take it.
Movies: I don't watch many. They feel either too long (obvious
reasons) or, paradoxically, too short. For instance, I remember
after watching Tron: Legacy, I was left thinking "Man, that's a
really interesting world they set up there! But it felt like we
were rushing through it. Maybe if they made a TV series out of
The movies that spring to mind here are the recent Batman movies. I
think I liked that whole nod towards realism thing that Christopher
Nolan was aiming for. By way of comparison, while I think The
Avengers was good fun, it did feel a bit lightweight to me for much
the same reasons.
Last movie I saw in theaters was The Hobbit in 48 FPS. On the
framerate, I say the critics were mostly (but not entirely) full of
Music: I have what is evidently a strange ability to like most
anything I hear. Mostly this manifests in the way that I will not
be attempting to rip my ears off over having to hear [INSERT
POPULAR BAND HERE] and then forgetting it soon thereafter. But, to
pick a more concrete example, I genuinely enjoy Call Me Maybe. I
mean, if you can listen to her with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots and
not crack a smile, I say you have no joy in your heart:
But I got favorite bands. We'll say The Beatles, and because
they're a bit of a cheat, R.E.M. And because in a certain light
R.E.M. is a bit of a cheat, let's throw in Fountains of Wayne as
Books: I primarily read non-fiction, because I like learning
things. Right now, I'm working through a book called Liars &
Outliers, and it's by a computer security expert exploring the idea
of trust in society and how that compels us to do the things we do.
How he gets a whole book out of it, imagine the prisoner's dilemma
Video games: Not prompted, but I play them. If you've got a
familiarity with them, you might have even guessed one!