Everyone has a movie that shaped their lives. Mine's Ghostbusters
. It's a
film that says that the unknown is out there, but it's not
unknowable. It proves that there are good ideas that are very
blatantly dumb, but no one will be complaining when they work. Most
of all, it shows four doughy smartasses standing up against
something way out of their league, and winning, because they were
the ones willing to actually do what needs to be done.
If I had a book that had as much influence, it'd probably be the
hint book to Day of the Tentacle. Extreme lateral thinking: It's
not just using the Calculus 4 textbook on a horse, it's a way of
life. Mind, it's not like I sit around studying the koans of
Bernard Bernouli. I save that privilege for Terry Pratchett
and Neil Gaiman
Music-wise, I've been listening to a lot of Canadian rock lately.
Who knew that was even a genre? Well, Paul Krugman, I suppose, but
he is as wise as he is shrill.
I'm a very specific kind of gourmet. I specialize in no food, but
try and find the best of every kind of food, to enjoy it for its
own terms. If you wanted, I could point you to the best pizza, best
pho, best burgers, and even the best Taco Bell in the area, then
explain exactly what wine goes best with your Cheezy Volcano
Chalupa. I'll admit that it sounds snobby, but there is food in our
culture beyond whatever chef is the current darling of the gourmet
world. If someone doesn't pay attention to it, how will anyone ever
learn from it?
Since I seem to be breaking with OKCupid tradition here by having
this be the wordiest entry in my profile, I will now randomly list
things that I probably like.
Movies: Amelie, The Secretary, Hellboy 2, Versus, Wall-E, Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, The Red Violin, The Cat
Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Books: Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, anything Terry Pratchett,
McSweeney short story anthologies, Bagombo Snuff Box, The Gonzo
Papers, A Confederacy of Dunces, Sandman Mystery Theater, Snow
Crash, Dave Barry Does Japan, How to Play Piano in Spite of Years
of Lessons, Iron Wok Jan
TV: I haven't had time to watch TV in a long while, but I used to
watch House, M.D. the way my little cousins would watch Dora the
Explorer, shouting answers at the screen. "Team, the biopsy came
back negative, and she's crashing fast. Does anyone have any
ideas?" "TRY CHELATION THERAPY!" "At this rate, how can we treat
her without killing her?" "TRY CHELATION THERAPY!" "Say, what the
hell kind of insurance do our patients have to let us do this week
Food: Everything but natto. Button mushrooms are also to be viewed
with extreme suspicion.