B) "Pi", "Shadow of the Vampire", "Casablanca", Akira Kurosawa, Kim Ki Duk, Kevin Smith, Ingmar Bergman, "Hero", Sergio Leone, Kirk Douglas, Mel Brooks, "Primer", "Princess Bride", Monty Python, "CQ", Jackie Chan, "Quills", Christopher Guest, Bogey, Johnny Depp, John Candy, "BadAss", "History Boys", "Army of Darkness", "Hero", I just haven't watched movies lately. I seem to read or do other things of late.
TV - Well, I have cable these days. I can't say for sure the last time it wasn't tuned to the Tiger Games.
C) Carl Craig, Derrick May, Ectomorph, Miles Davis, Gustav Mahler, Beta Band, Wilco, Belle and Sebastian, John Tejada, Ectomorph, Jeff Mills, Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Roxy Music, UR, Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Prince, KMFDM. I've been recently into early industrial and goth and synth pop stuff a lot too. This list never ends the folks on the list are nearly always in rotation, see me on any given week for more details. Really loving some great Detroit music like Revoir and Phantasmagoria lately.
D) Love to cook and love to eat, but my favorite things are probably pizza, Lebanese, and classic french in no particular order.
E) Comedians, Lewis Black (well, until that abysmal thing several years ago where he became a parody of all that he mocks w/o any kind of denouement), Sarah Silverman, Robin Williams, Bill Hicks, Dennis Leary (yes that's right for you comedy snobs, I like them both),
F) Artists and Art: Mark Rothko, Diego Rivera, "Guernica", Andy Warhol, Michael Basquiat, I absolutely hate and despise Kincaid. Other than that I realize that this isn't the most educated list, but hey we can't be experts at everything, I make an effort ;). Bolotowsky and Mondrian
Music I've heard or played. See music tastes above to get some idea there, but music seems to run in my head constantly anymore. Lately I've been working on learning to better play the tunes of Irish harpist Turlough O'Carolan and his contemporaries, as well as old traditional Irish dance songs on my wonderful Andelucia classical guitar, that I absolutely adore. Also, I've been working on a bit of a fusion (no, not Spyro Gyro and Weather Report) of a number of my musical influences into a live improv performance including electronic sequences. Sooner or later I'll have some samples up, writing and practice way over recording I'm afraid.
Things I'm writing. Well, that's a bit off track, more like things I'm thinking of writing, I do write sometimes, and I used to write a lot more, but I still have various ideas and right now I've got it in my head to work on one act plays for short films.
The state of the world. This ties back into the reading thing. Yes, I'm a liberal (it's not a dirty word) and probably even a socialist. I believe that America was generally founded on solid principles (slavery being a very big exception), but much like any other principles they have been manipulated since the very beginning by the weak to make them believe they are stronger. I believe that the idea of globalisation is inherently good, but that the current method is almost entirely wrong. Global warming has no easy solutions, but the right solutions could lead to a stronger global economy from which both G8 and developing countries could reap the benefits. I believe that while religion is not my solution it is not inherently evil. The initial reasons for religion were to create sense of community and establish social rules for interaction between tribes or cities. Somewhere this was lost to the same kind of people and thinking that has lead many countries and empires founded on noble principles and ideas to ultimately fail at fulfilling them over the long run. Obviously there's more, but that's a taste.
What I'm having for dinner. Seriously, I love to cook and I love good food, a high point of every day I cook is the simple creation that is taking raw ingredients and making something cohesive (and hopefully delicious ;).
Once I see someone as beautiful it's an image burned into me. Any terrible thing that happens after that feels like graffiti on a masterpiece.
Maybe this isn't private, but if you don't have a single picture of yourself alone I tend to judge you as someone who isn't just an extrovert, but someone who fears to be left with her own thoughts
You like to try to be crafty or artsy. Want to play some guitar music or sequence some tunes on my over-sized collection of synthesizers. You want to ruin a good walk with clubs or discs. You like to have lunch. See above about working from home. Lunch out is a great improvement in my day. Or a visitor to enjoy a sandwich and a cup of lung ching. You want to talk about the Tigers (or watch them is awesome). You know something about the age of sail, the napoleonic wars or the 30 years wars. (those are my newest obsessions in history). I
Also I'm come to these conclusions over the massive fetishization that has developed among the most common spelling/grammar errors e.g. your, you're, two, too, to etc
"honestly, I understand the value of having these down in formal writing, and if you do have the benefit of education, but I've come to the conclusion that the fetish with these in particular is just the brittle edge of actual intellectual elitism and the fact is that having these down doesn't mean you understand the difference between affect and effect, especially when effect can be a verb, or manage to fail to understand that in general there's a huge difference in the meanings of exacerbate and provoke and I could go on, But it smacks of intellectual elitism (which I've been guilty of for a very long time and in many ways continue to be), but the fact is that once you're at one or two sigma, well, it's fine and well to consider these markers by which you can identify persons who are more likely to be able to follow your train of thought and save those conversations for those people. Otoh, there are more types of intelligence than just linguistics and I've met people through the years are probably easily past three sigma in EQ, or creative, very narrow fields etc who either don't have the grasp or suffer from common speech/reading disorders.
So, I do my best to be aware of these biases not use them as a general identifier of intellectual fitness.
After all let's face it, english grammar rules are about as arbitrary as going around judging people based on their memory of who were divisional championships in baseball through the years. Great method if you're looking for somebody to discuss baseball history, not so great if you want to have a comfortable conversation about the literary value of various Hugo award winners and how the values of the committee have seemed to change through the years."