Movies: I like movies that are gut wrenching or thought-provoking -- preferably both. A good movie haunts me for the rest of the day or longer. Some examples: The Lives of Others, Requiem for a Dream, Memento, Looper, The Matrix, The Prestige, and I Heart Huckabees. However, I also like entertaining eye candy, such as Batman (those directed by Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan), Speed Racer, The Watchmen, and Men in Black. Fiascos can be great movies too, such as Death to Smoochy and Burn After Reading.
Shows: If we're talking about TV, I have always loved Star Trek. What tends to get me hooked to a TV show are good writing and characters (aside: Although it's true that the original series of Star Trek did not consistently have the best writing, I have other reasons for liking it, which I could tell you about sometime). I thoroughly enjoyed Battlestar Galactica. I have enjoyed Sex and the City and still intend to finish the series. I fully expect to get hooked on Mad Men whenever I decide to start it. When it comes to live shows, I enjoy theater (whether classics like Shakespeare or something more modern), have enjoyed musicals (Avenue Q was great), dance performances, and am always up for something different (e.g. contemporary vaudeville a la the late Circus Contraption).
Music: I have a broad musical palette (classical, big band, swing, rap, pop, dance) and can appreciate most pieces with nice structure. I often enjoy live music but sometimes prefer recordings of music with vocals. When it comes to popular music, most often I listen to electronic music, especially downtempo (Bonobo, Royksopp), trip hop (Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation, Telepopmusik, Emiliana Torrini), and progressive house (deadmau5, Daft Punk).
Food: I'm vegetarian. I like to try foods and dishes that I have not had before, and I'm fascinated by molecular gastronomy.
Reflection ("The unexamined life is not worth living." -Socrates)
Google Calendar (the curse of being busy)
- You don't mind making plans well in advance
- You're not expecting a response right away