Books: (these are the pieces that really shaped my
-A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
-The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
-The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
-Ender's Game (but nothing else by the douchebag author)
-socially/intellectually conscious work like Philip K. Dick or
Robert A. Heinlein
-Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
-Love's Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom
-Older: John Donne is my favorite poet (brilliant conceits,
-Newer: Terrance Hayes, Martin Espada, and Matthea Harvey have been
pretty impressive in the last couple of years or so.
-Renaissance tragedies (Shakespeare, Marlowe, Kyd, and Middleton,
-Arthur Miller's work
BSG/Battlestar Galactica, Farscape, Rome, Deadwood, Dead Like Me,
Firefly, Game of Thrones, Buffy!
I watch plenty of other stuff as well, though I don't necessarily
consider these shows in my "top" list: Walking Dead, Sherlock,
Newsroom, Supernatural, ST:TNG, ST:DS9, Stargate SG-1/A/U, Castle,
Defiance, Spartacus, Suits, misc. things on NatGeo, Travel channel,
Music: (just a taste)
-metal -- Kamelot, Nightwish, Katatonia
-rock -- Eve 6, Dave Matthews, Jethro Tull, Puscifer/APC
-celtic/neo-folk -- L. McKennitt, Faun, Omnia, Dead Can Dance
-trance -- Armin van Buuren, Oakenfold
-scores/trailer music -- Bear McCreary, Two Steps from Hell
-indie -- Imogen Heap, Rob Dougan, Azam Ali
The Fifth Element, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars (III-VI), V for
Vendetta, Jurassic Park, Alien, Indiana Jones (Last Crusade (best)
and Lost Ark), The Count of Monte Cristo, 10 Things I Hate About
You, Shakespeare in Love, Dune and Children of Dune miniseries,
wuxia films like Hero or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
UK, Germany (lived for a month), Hungary (lived for a month),
Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Mexico,
Canada, and multiple US states including Alaska.
There are plenty of hopeful destinations on the list as well,
including China, the Mediterranean/Middle East/Northern Africa,
Two black cats -- Azazel and Silverhammer.
Baldur's Gate series
Dragon Age: Origins
Total War series
Other Video Games:
I'm not a console gamer. Never had one, don't want one.
Chess, Game of Thrones (the boardgame... it's awesome!), LOTR Risk,
Settlers of Catan, Catch Phrase
Kuk Sool Won (9 years); Americanized Kung Fu, Wushu, Capoeria, Judo
(dabbled in each, total time about 3 years); fencing (1 semester);
archery (4 years)
A 6” Newtonian reflector in rough shape.
Drinks of choice:
Milk, flavorful and unique beers, water.
Food of choice:
Mostly anything, though I have a preference for virtually any meat,
hardy cheeses, dark spinach and kale, and whole grain breads.
Pizza? All meat. Plus mushrooms and green onion sometimes.
Candy? Skittles or Reeses.
Spice? Garlic goes on everything, and saffron is heavenly.
Herbs? Basil is the best.
Condiment? Mustard and mayo combined with some Tabasco sauce (or
Frank's Red Hot). Ketchup's way overrated.
- As a rule, *not* into anime/manga/cosplay/Japanese culture, nor
am I a fan of Dr. Who (both of which are huge in the general geek
population), though there can be exceptions.
- I'll admit to getting annoyed when I see that people enjoy
reading Bill Bryson (especially *A Short History of Nearly
Everything*). While his work is quite readable, he gets a lot of
things scientifically/factually/logically wrong, and he therefore
misinforms the public with his "layperson's account" of things.
There are plenty of better introductions to science than
- I spent some time hanging out with David Peterson -- the
ConLanger who made the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for Game
of Thrones, and Castathan and Irathient for Defiance. I also hung
out with Natasha Trethewey -- our poet laureate. Back when I lived
in Houston, I met some astronauts... It's interesting to look at
who our heroes are.
- Random people to look up: Tim Minchin (comedy, music, atheism),
Neil deGrasse Tyson (science activism), Felicia Day (geek activism)