Movies - The Matrix, Boondock Saints, The Star Wars Series (Especially the original three), Hackers, Dune (The Sci-Fi version, as it follows the book better), Green Street Hooligans, The Fifth Element, The Princess Bride, Tomorrow When the War Began, Office Space, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Dylan Dog, Titan A.E., Serenity, Avengers, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and on and on... Oh, and we're going to put Doctor Horrible's Sing-along Blog in this section, even though it's technically a miniseries/webisode type thing.
T.V. - The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Smallville, Jericho, Scrubs, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Heroes, Buffy, Castle, Terra Nova, Star Trek, Futurama, Grimm, Revolution, Arrow, Merlin, New Girl, Psych, and, of course, last but not by any means the least, The Walking Dead and Firefly
Music - Dropkick Murphys, Maroon 5, Journey, Various movie soundtracks (I'm not too manly to admit that I've rocked out to Hakuna Matata more than once), Lindsey Stirling, Linkin Park, Skylar Grey, Alicia Keys, The Eagles, Metallica, most (especially instrumental) Jazz, some Rap, a lot of Classic Rock, and so forth.
Games - Because I do play them, so why not admit it.
Assassin's Creed, the Zeldas, when I can get my hands on them, L.A. Noire, Fallout, Mass Effect, KOTOR, many of the Wii games, when I can get ahold of a console, the Halos
Food - Eh, anything new and fun.
Food - Well, Number 1, food is a necessity. I prefer not to starve, and so I eat. But even more so, food can be fun. I actually enjoy cooking (though I have to admit I'm better on a campfire or a propane camp stove, or even a grill, than I am on an indoor stove as of right now), and it's fun to be able to experiment with new tastes and such.
Water - When I stopped drinking Coke, I thought for a little while that that was the end of the world. Now granted, I think that was the massive caffeine withdrawal talking, but still... Over time, though, I remembered that there really isn't much else near as refreshing as an ice cold glass of water.
Music - Music often makes my world go round. It makes tedious tasks less tedious. It makes awkward social situations bearable, which is indeed a blessing. It just generally makes the day better. It doesn't really matter what type of music; I've spent days walking around with anything from "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to "New Divide" to even "Soft Kitty" from the Big Bang Theory bouncing around in my head. I'll be the first to admit that country isn't my first choice, but even still, I'll listen to it. Just as long as there is music to get me through the day. On top of that, give me a saxophone, and I'll figure out how the song goes and soon enough be playing right along with it. Not that you should do that, of course. It's been years since I've regularly played my saxophone, and I wouldn't want to subject anyone to the travails of me getting reacquainted with it. Still, playing a musical instrument is an experience that not much else can compare to, and I wouldn't trade my years in band for anything.
Friends/Family - As Earthly things go, my family is the most important thing to me, closely followed by my friends, some of whom are essentially family anyway. For my friends, I'd gladly wake up in the middle of the night and drive miles to rescue them from a busted car, or to provide a safe way home if they've been drinking too much to drive. My friends, in turn, try very hard not to take advantage of this instinct of mine, and thus far, with a few exceptions, it's worked out pretty well.
Rain - So, as weather goes, rain is tied for my favorite spot with snow. I decided to go with rain as opposed to snow on here because it has more qualities I can put into better words than my feelings for snow, which is pretty much, "I grew up in Baton Rouge, and didn't hardly see snow until I moved up here ten years ago or so. So I've always kind of had this sense of awe for the snow." Rain, on the other hand, is the most friendly weather to me. I'm always more energized when it's raining, except, inexplicably, when I decide to go to bed, at which point my mind apparently accepts the sound of rain hitting a roof as evidence that it's time for sleep. About eight years ago, my family and I had made a trip to Louisiana to see some family, and on the way back, we ran into a storm. Everyone else was sleeping, and it was raining so hard you could barely see the road except for when there was lightning. My mom woke up, and looked over just as lightning flashed to see me with this huge smile on my face, despite the fact that I could barely make out the lines from the rest of the road. There's something so exhilarating about the power of a thunderstorm, the amazing world we've been given. There's not a whole lot on this Earth that can match it.
I also tend to think about God and religion quite a bit. My relationship with God is very important to me, and I often find religious questions fascinating. Which drives my logical side nuts, because there really is no observable, quantifiable answer. It's all about faith. The trick was realizing that there is really no reason science and faith have to be exclusive. Science is the study of observable natural phenomena, while faith is all about trust and belief in something you can't measure or study. Anyway, point is, I'm both a scientist and a Christian, and perfectly happy with that.
Also, to get this out of the way, I'm kind of a large guy. As in, overweight. It's a problem I'm working on and making strides with, but it also isn't an overnight fix. Especially if I want to keep the weight off, it's all about getting into the right cooking and exercise habits, as opposed to a crash diet. What that means for me, at least, is that my weight is a long term work in progress that is improving, but is unlikely to do so at a rapidly accelerated rate. Just a friendly advisory, as I thought it was important to be honest.