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.
I really hope Dexter ends in this upcoming season. The last one
started well, but it feels like the season was premised on casting
Sarah Walker now that she was free, but not knowing what to do with
her. They really seem to have problems with playing the long game
with story threads.
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!