Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: (there are plenty more of these, of course, but the
following selection holds 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 by OSC (but fuck Card; he's a loon)
-Dune by Frank Herbert
-Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and others who created
socially/intellectually conscious work
-V for Vendetta
-Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
-Love's Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom
-much of the nonfiction I teach, like the US' Declaration,
satirical essays, The Prince, etc.
-Older: John Donne is my favorite poet (brilliant conceits,
-Newer: Terrance Hayes (hell yeah!), Martin Espada, Natasha
Trethewey, 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, The Wire, Game of Thrones, ST: DS9, Buffy!
Plenty of other stuff tickles my fancy as well: Sense8, Daredevil,
Black Sails, 12 Monkeys, Sherlock, Newsroom, Supernatural, ST:TNG,
Stargate SG-1/A/U, Castle, Orphan Black, Spartacus, Avatar:TLA,
Legend of Korra, Suits, Helix, OITNB, misc. things on NatGeo,
Travel channel, Science, etc.
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, District 9, Indiana Jones (Last
Crusade (best) and Lost Ark), Blade Runner, The Count of Monte
Cristo, 10 Things I Hate About You, Contact, 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 and a 6 week
western US road trip.
There are plenty of hopeful destinations on the list as well,
including China, the Mediterranean/Middle East/Northern Africa,
Two black cats -- Azazel (my friends call Dopey) and Silverhammer
(my friends call Freaky).
Baldur's Gate series
Dragon Age: Origins
Pillars of Eternity
Total War series
Far Cry 4
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!), RISK:
Legacy, Settlers of Catan, Hackmaster (pnp), Heroquest
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)
I'm super interested in HEMA -- Historical European Martial Arts --
where people look at fencing treatises and learn to fight with
longsword and rapier and so on... but there's really nothing around
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.
Hmm... spicy Thai, things with olive oil, did I mention
- 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 former 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)