Books - Accelerando, Diaspora, Diamond Age, any of the Culture
novels, Perdido Street Station, Nexus, The Name of the Wind, pretty
much anything that won a Hugo or Nebula.
Movies - Eternal Sunshine, Lost In Translation, Harold and Maude,
Brazil, Run Lola Run, Being John Malkovich, Jiro Dreams Of Sushi,
Rivers And Tides.
TV - Mythbusters, Junkyard Wars, How It's Made, Iron Chef.
Music - Cocteau Twins, Low, Dead Can Dance, Slowdive, Mum, Sufjan
Stevens, whatever happens to be streaming on Frisky Radio.
Food - Authentic-ish tex-mex, pho with lots of tendon and tripe,
mac and cheese made with actual cheese.