History, Classics, Science, and Science Fiction figure heavily on
my shelf- Dawkins and Sagan, Vonnegut and Asimov, Herbert and
Tolkien. I've read Hitchhiker's and Dirk Gently
and found the Electric Monk frustratingly undeveloped. I grew up on
the cynicism and misanthropy of Calvin and Hobbes; more than two
decades later, my sense of wonder is as strong as ever and my faith
in humanity has yet to recover.
Musical standbys include American Analog Set, Nick Drake, Lou
Barlow, Neil Young, El Ten Eleven, Pinback and GY!BE; throw on The
Stooges, The Flaming Lips, or Built to Spill any time. Unabashedly
love Explosions in the Sky and Make Me Armored by The
Scourge of the Sea. Kinda glad that New Wave and Glam are coming
back, but only so that Grunge can come back too and kick their
asses again. Auto-Tuning hurts me in my heart-place.
Mythbusters, The Daily Show, Top Gear, Kids in the Hall, Battlestar
Galactica, Venture Bros., and Robot Chicken come into my life via
the magic of the Internet. I gotta add Archer and Rick & Morty
to the list too now. I kept putting off getting a digital converter
until one day I realised I didn't miss daily TV. I follow Formula 1
pretty seriously, but I won't inflict it on you beyond highly
recommending that you see the Senna documentary.
Kevin Smith movies are always good for a laugh and toe-dabbling
intellectualism. So-bad-they're-good B-movies are LOTS of fun. Any
documentary gets a chance, but most summer blockbusters do not.
Thrillers are okay, but with the notable exception of zombie
flicks, gore is a non-starter. Obviously, Thriller itself
I love cooking, and usually cook for an army that never shows up,
leaving me with a week's worth of lunch. It's happened that I
usually only eat meat when I'm out and about. But I make passable
chili, acceptable deep dish pizza, and decent Indian and Mexican
food. I am willing to go to some lengths for good
coffee, cheeses and chorizo.