Almost got a method for predicting human action over time. That means four steps from global domination. . .
Finding a joke where none was intended.
Making a computer sit up and beg. It only takes a sledge-hammer. "Electrons are timid little things, but notional. You've got to show them who's boss" -- Robert Heinlein
Probably a few other things, but as you can see, I'm far too modest to mention ALL of the ways that i'm so much better than everyone else :=j
But a more honest answer, and purely speculation, might be that they notice I'm usually busy with something. Sometimes I get kinda single-minded about what I'm working on.
My favorite ice-breaker is derivative of a friend of mine's theory: women like assholes.
Movies: Not really a big fan. Generally I prefer ones that mess with your head. Clockwork Orange and 1984 are great examples. Come to think of it, there haven't been any really good movies out in the last 30 or 40 years. The first Matrix was close the first time, but not much else. . .
Music: Anything with a good bass line in it. Not too much drums. Dubstep, some techno and house, most metal, some of the old rock bands when they weren't playing the same lick for an hour and a half. Precious little indie. Otherwise I guarantee I'm not really listening to it.
Something to write with/on
A nearby ocean
A point of view outside myself, so that I don't get caught in a self-perpetuating loop
and because someone has to say it: World Peace
What do you know. . .