Help your potential matches find common interests.
Books: It's physically impossible to ever read all
the books I would like to read, even if I'd quit my job and spend
all time reading, not even taking into account obvious eyesight
degradation issues. I expect a good book to leave a trace in the
way I think afterward, yielding some new perspective. There's a
number of books that had a big impact on where I am today, but
making a list would trivialize them. Let me just list latest good
- "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality" is pure and
wickedly smart fun.
- I'm waiting eagerly for Jacek Dukaj to write yet another book, I
will suck it whole.
- You should read "You Are Not So Smart" or equivalent. Everybody
should. Your brain does amazing things to fool you.
- "Blindsight" finally has some interesting aliens. How can anyone
not be fascinated by aliens (as in: not some funny-shaped
creatures, but beings completely unlike us)?
Movies: "Brazil", "V for Vendetta", "Black Snake
Moan", Trier's "Kingdom", "Black Cat, White Cat", "Constantine",
"Genghis Blues", Herzog movies and "Cave of forgotten dreams" in
particular, TV series: "Firefly", "Carnivale", "Breaking Bad", "The
Wire" and recently oh so much "Black Mirror". On the humorous side,
Monty Python and "Who's line is it anyway" are absolute
Music: Depends on the mood, the range is quite
wide: jazz, blues, indie rock, world music, still some metal,
sometimes something electronic.. this list can't ever be complete.
And, of course, Tom Waits. I do, however, struggle with arranging
the playlists myself - they fail to surprise me. ;)
Three things that stuck in my head for a while already: Pentaphobe
"Kitten Pig", Laibach "Whistleblowers" and Royksopp "What else is
Food: Seafood, omnomnomnom. And American IPAs.