*The City of Lost Wages is an odd destination for a guy who doesn't gamble very much, hardly drinks at all, and isn't all that interested in the kind of stage entertainment for which that town is known, either -- but my best friend from college lives there.
I also seem to be pretty good at remaining friends with women I've dated and/or married; both my ex-wife and my other former long-term girlfriend remain among my best friends, and I'd have no hesitation in asking either of them for a character reference to a prospective employer or a court of law.
*By "good at polyamory," I mean I have very little tendency to jealousy, and strive to avoid causing tension in my SO's relationship with her OSO, especially when I'm the secondary partner.
When I last updated this profile, I was reading The Wheel of Time. I stopped most of the way through the fifth book, when the slow pacing, the eye-rolling gender essentialism of Jordan's magic system, and the fact that ta'veren is so obviously Old Tongue for "protagonist" got to be too much to take. I think it might have been more interesting if the prophesied hero had been an agendered or intersexed character uniquely capable of channeling both saidar and saidin. I did like the elements in the series more characteristic of science fiction, such as the existence of parallel timelines (as suggested by the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics) and the occasional glimpses the characters got of the magic-powered industrial civilization of the Age of Legends, but in the end it didn't hold my interest.
The story for which I abandoned it, on the other hand, was one of the most amazing things I have ever read: the web serial Worm, by Wildbow. It's an ingenious deconstruction of the superhero genre, in a setting where powers are acquired via "trigger events," usually in adolescence or early adulthood, and almost always severely traumatic. The narrator, Taylor Hebert, is an introverted high school girl who gains the weak-at-first-glance power to perceive and control all insects and similar invertebrates in a radius of several hundred feet during a particularly vicious incident of bullying by some of her classmates. Like many other "capes" before her, Taylor sets out to become a masked crimefighter opposing her city's several supervillain-led criminal gangs... which doesn't go quite as planned.
Movies and Shows: Lord of the Rings, Sin City, Princess Mononoke, The Abyss, The Milagro Beanfield War, Watership Down, The Usual Suspects, many others equally eclectic. I'm partial to anime, possibly because there's more good sf and fantasy produced in that medium than in Hollywood. I don't watch much TV, but I love Firefly, Red Dwarf, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (the reimagined series, that is, not the cheesy seventies Star-Wars-meets-the-Book-of-Mormon version), The Wire, Game of Thrones, and The Newsroom (ACN NewsNight with Will McAvoy would also be one of my favorite shows if only it actually existed).
Music: folk and filk (especially Dar Williams and Echo's Children), classical, movie scores, some rock and pop, notably Billy Joel, Great Big Sea, and Blind Guardian.
Foods: I make excellent London broil, grilled salmon, and Caesar salad with lemon chicken. (Note that a true Caesar salad does not involve a bottle or, worse yet, a pouch of something inaccurately labeled "Caesar dressing" -- the real thing has all the wet and dry ingredients placed on the salad separately, then tossed together.) When dining out I like a wide range of ethnic cuisines, as long as I can avoid extremely hot dishes (no vindaloo, Thai green curry, or habaneros for me, and keep the berbere at a safe distance). I'm fond of Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Greek, Middle Eastern, Italian, and Indian food, and I love trying out more unusual cuisines such as Afghani, Cuban, Brazilian, Ethiopian, and Swedish. My least favorite foods, aside from anything high in capsaicin, are broccoli, melons, and some kinds of cheese, although I do like feta, mozzarella and parmesan (especially Kraft grated parmesan, which in my opinion tastes almost -- but not quite! -- entirely unlike cheese). I'm also not fond of fish sauce, nor of savory dishes made with coconut milk, which means that while I can usually find something I'll like at a Thai restaurant, most of the menu won't interest me.
Games: I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons. (Or Pathfinder RPG -- being based on the 3.5 ruleset, Pathfinder feels more like D&D to me than what the Wizards of the Coast call "D&D 4th Edition." If I wanted to play World of Warcraft, I would play World of freakin' Warcraft; I don't need it repackaged as a tabletop game and mislabeled "Dungeons and Dragons.") However, it's been a while since I had a group to play with. I'm thinking of forming my own and GM'ing the "Rise of the Runelords" campaign one of these days. I also like Settlers of Catan, Carcasonne, Chrononauts, and Cards Against Humanity, and am not averse to learning and playing other board and card games -- even ones that don't begin with "C."
Per Atropa777's suggestion, I'll also mention that my favorite insects are the mantids. The European praying mantis, introduced into North America in 1899, is probably the most familiar to most people, but my favorites are some of the showy tropical species that are adapted to mimic the orchids on which they lurk.
* I actually like Eliezer Yudkowsky's Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR) better than the original novels; delightful as Rowling's books are, they have some gaping plot holes and failures of logic that always bothered me when I stopped to think about them. Yudkowsky (a.k.a. Less Wrong) fixes most of those, and takes the story in some very interesting directions indeed, while teaching the reader a great deal about analytical thinking and the scientific method. Highly recommended.