When I'm not trying to unburden myself of liberal guilt over sexism, colonialism or general lack of purpose and Good Works, I'm probably talking to someone, trying to inject crude humor or nerdy references into the conversation. Occasionally and sometimes intentionally raising profound questions. Sometimes I'm obsessed with a story, fictional or not, holed up in my room: filling in the blanks and geeking out, losing my cool over prejudice, or plot holes.
Books: His Dark Materials, Discworld, Harry Potter, Watchmen, American Gods, Orientalism, Brave New World, 1984, Philosophical Investigations, Alleen Maar Nette Mensen, Het zijn Net Mensen
Movies: American Beauty, Fight Club, Ghost in the Shell, Serenity, Aliens, District 9, Superbad, Judd Apatow, the Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino, Disney/Pixar, Grave of the Fireflies
Shows: Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, The Big Bang Theory, Glee, Modern Family, Dexter, Criminal Minds, Doctor Who, Torchwood, House M.D.
Music: Lady Gaga, the Beatles, Queen, Leonard Cohen Fiona Apple, Sufjan Stevens, Peter Fox, 16 Horsepower, Wallis Bird, Brown Feather Sparrow, My family.
Food: I'm not very adventurous when it comes to food. I like a good pasta, couscous or curry. So Asian and Mediterranean cooking covers it, although that's not saying much. Risotto is probably my favorite.
A temperature between -50 and 50 centigrade
A carbon-based ecosystem
A society of people sharing common interests
Studying, reading, playing videogames, watching tv or hanging out with friends, usually.