Help your potential matches find common interests.
Ai) Fiction- Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson (though
I found the Baroque Cycle a trifle... Baroque), George R.R. Martin,
Timothy Zahn, some of David Weber and SM Stirling. I've recently
discovered Charlie Stross, and I'm really digging him. I'm not as
much into the singularity projections, but his spy/cthulu mythos
mashup is brilliant.
ii) Non-Fiction- The Long Emergency; The Pragmatic Programmer
(almost anything from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, actually); The
Humane Interface; Nickle and Dimed; Guns, Germs, and Steel; Salt;
The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat (which is terrifying in its
B) Every good thing people have said about the Wire is true. I
don't have the DVDs, because I don't feel a burning need to ever
re-watch it. I do have the DVDs of Arrested Development. I could
pretty much watch that on a loop.
C) Lately I've been listening to a lot of Blues. I tend to wander
around genres a lot - there's something to appreciate in just about
everything. Sometimes ironically.
I was at the 3/9 Red Molly concert and was just blown away. They're
absolutely amazing together and individually.
D) Thai food, definitely. Mexican is also delightful, but that's
been far easier to find so it's not as much of a treat. Or,
anything I cook with friends. Friends make anything taste better.