Food -- Full disclosure: I am a vegan
, for all the reasons people think
are crazy. It is the one thing I am completely inflexible about.
Now, most people see the word "vegan," and immediately think of
what they can't eat. But, my experience was the opposite; when I
went vegan, I discovered thousands of tasty things I could eat,
that I'd been missing out on because I'd been wasting my time
eating meat at every meal! It would be nice if you felt the same
way about eating animals as I do, as I don't plan to spend my life
with someone fundamentally opposed to my beliefs. But, you can take
baby steps if you're not there yet. :)P
Music -- Recently discovered "gothic country/dark roots/cemetery
& western" music, and I'm loving the genre. It reminds me of
the old days, when I was the Goth-punk kid with the secret stash of
classic country albums under the bed... except now the world has
caught up with me! Some artists from the genre include: 16
Horsepower, Woven Hand, Hank Ray, Munly, Graveyard Train, Ninth
House, Ghoultown, Those Poor Bastards, Strawfoot, Sons Of
Perdition, and Legendary Shack Shakers (just to name a few). I also
dig Voltaire, classic country & western, a smattering of
hip-hop and quite a lot of the standard L.A. hipster music.
Movies -- OK, I admit it; I like mainstream movies. But unlike you,
I'm willing to admit it. ;P I don't particularly have a favorite
director, or actor/actress, or screenwriter. I don't care if a
movie was made by a big studio, or by an underfunded one-legged
Trotskyist lesbian dwarf film student. I don't think indie
automatically equals good, and big budget automatically equals bad.
That's not to say I don't have preferences: I'm a nerd, so if it
has monsters, ghosts, or creepy-crawly things going bump in the
night, or steely-eyed gunslingers seeking justice against even
badder men than themselves, or spaceships and robots, then I'm
game. I'm more impressed by movies that win Saturns than Oscars.
And I have a new and pretty intense crush on Bollywood
Television -- I don't have cable, so I get all my TV from Hulu,
iTunes, and Netflix. I am a Doctor Who
fanatic; as Trekkies are
to Star Trek, I am to the Doctor. I watch a lot of 90s shows,
cancelled series I never caught the first time, and Law & Order
SVU, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report. Also, see "Movies,"
Books -- I read a lot of non-fiction about science and nature, and
a lot of sci-fi and horror fiction. And I'm usually in the middle
of more than one book at a time. Currently on a steampunk
kick. Just finished
K.W. Jeter's "Morlock Night," and started "The Difference Engine"
by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling. In the queue: "Doktor
Glass" by Thomas Brennan, "The Peshawar Lancers" by S.M. Stirling,
"Lord Kelvin's Machine" by James P. Blaylock, "Infernal Devices" by
K.W. Jeter, " and "Warlord Of The Air" and "The Land Leviathan" by
Michael Moorcock. Several others after that, too.