Authors - Iain M Banks (The Culture
is the closest to the
ideal (pan-)human civilisation that I've yet seen described in
detail - a long term goal to work towards perhaps...), Eliezer
Yudkowsky (Friendly AI: arguably the biggest problem facing
Earth-originating sentient life - I used to think climate change
was, motiving me to study Earth System Science for my PhD. If done
right, I guess a FAI would resemble a Culture Mind. Also Harry Potter
Methods of Rationality is much better than JK Rowling), George
Monbiot (more immediate "real-world" issues, complete with
solutions that are sadly overlooked).
Movies - Anything that makes you think, sci-fi, some comedy.
Recently I've enjoyed Limitless, Inception, and The Hangover.
TV - don't really watch it, but recently I've enjoyed Inbetweeners
and Phone Shop. The Revolution Will Be Televised was well done
Music - breakbeats, hip-hop, '60s/'70s rock/psychadelia, anything
sort of John Peel/6 Music-ish. Anything good to dance to that's not
too cheesy (ok, maybe an occasional bit of cheese if I'm drunk
enough). Love a good festival. Festival No. 6 in Portmerion was
awesome - amazing scenery (the village, beach, woodland raves) and
not too crowded.
On my to do list is to read the best rated 100 novels and watch the
best rated 250 films as compiled from a number of sources. I feel I
haven't absorbed anywhere near enough culture. Perhaps throw in a
few TV series and a few albums as well (although I've got a huge
music library already). Anyway, this is all dependent on having
more free time...
Food - vegan
food - American (burger and chips), Chinese (Fried Tofu, soy and
chilli sauce, rice noodle stir-fry), Indian (samosa, sag aloo,
curries), Thai (coconut/lime curry), Italian (pizza, pasta with
vegan cheese). Desserts - Alpro chocolate pudding, Sweedish Glace