Books (technical manuals - see the next paragraph; Game of Thrones;
several of Zelazny's short stories; Weaveworld by Clive Barker) and
music (Tom Waits; Decemberists, Devotchka, and DMB because
apparently I like bands whose names start with "D"; Pink Floyd; all
sorts of classical; Guster) are the first things that pop into my
head. The last four (yes, they're sharing last place) are going to
take a minute...
For #2 I'm going to have to go with "a computer". Yeah, I'm a geek.
What can I say? I've been programming since I was in second grade.
It's just part of my identity now. I can amuse myself for hours
with nothing but a text editor and a compiler.
Conversation partners. I don't just mean "friends" generically; I
mean people with whom I can have long, engaging discussions on any
of several topics.
That's four. It'll have to do for now.