Help your potential matches find common interests.
Frank Herbert - Dune (Possibly the greatest Sci-Fi novel
ever written? Yes? I'm thinking yes.)
Andy Weir - The Martian (Read it before the Matt Damon
film comes out!)
Arthur C. Clarke - The Songs of Distant Earth
Terry Pratchett - The Truth, or any of the Guards
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife (Romantic
mild Sci-Fi featuring an arse-kicking, time-travelling librarian. I
cannot recommend this book enough. Wouldn't bother with the film
Ben Goldacre - Bad Science (Because UP YOURS
homoeopathists, pharmaceutical marketers, and antivaxers.)
Also, I tend to accumulate non-fiction books, the most frequently
referenced of which would be cook books.
Also again, webcomics. Most notably, xkcd, Saturday
Morning Breakfast Cereal and (the extremely NSFW)
Dogma, Snatch, Tropic Thunder, The Wrong Man, numerous Tarantino
films, Alien/Aliens, Mononoke-Hime, Moon, Juno. Many others have
probably slipped my mind, but that doesn't mean they weren't
memorable. Well, ok, perhaps it does if you want to take the
dictionary meaning of "memorable", rather than just using the wrong
word and then attempting to change its definition.
I don't really watch TV. I own one, but it just sits there, not
doing much. However, I did recently give in to the pressure to
watch Archer. I guess I'm in the... DANGER ZONE.
Cog, Pink Floyd, Tool, Dire Straits, Blue Oyster Cult, Sigur Ros,
Explosions in the Sky, to name a few. I highly recommend that you
check out the "PostRockIsAGenre" playlist on YouTube.
My response to most music made these days varies between
disinterest and contempt. (An attitude which I understand to be the
first of Olay’s 7 signs of ageing. The final sign is telling “damn
kids” to get off your lawn.) My opinion of Auto-Tune is that it’s
like a Nazi uniform - if you’re using it for anything other than
comedic purposes, there’s something wrong with you.
I've previously been vegetarian for several years, and still mostly
eat vegetarian when cooking for myself. I'm now somewhat fussy when
it comes to meat, but my diet is far from the common "Oh, I'm
completely vegetarian except for chicken" attitude. I don't even
like chicken, with the exception of my Indonesian coconut milk
braised chicken dish. But anyway, some examples: Blue-rare filet
mignon, yes. Ground meat, no. Braised pork ribs, yes. (Hell yes,
even.) Meatballs, no. Black pudding,
Breaking all of the above rules, probably. Confused? You should
Comedians: (Suck it, OKC, I'm adding an extra
category, and there's nothing you can do about it! :-P)
Rich Hall, Stewart Lee, Andrew O'Neill, Tim Minchin, Felicity Ward