I am mellow, easily amused, and confident.
Movies: I'll just break this down by category:
* Aliens: the quintessential SF action movie
* Any John Carpenter flick: B-movies that don't try to be anything more. Thoroughly enjoyable, albeit often due to unintentional comedy as much as action.
* Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hours: Eddie Murphy when he still had his best fastball. Wow.
* The Sixth Sense: have you ever seen Bruce Willis not bring something to the table in a movie?
* The Matrix: pretend the sequels didn't happen, they just left a soundtrack in stores. I do, I'm happier this way. High-quality wire-fu, good soundtrack, things go boom, Keanu's "range" is turned into an asset. What more do you want for your $6?
Music: The correct answer to Beatles or Stones? is, of course, The Who. The bulk of my collection could be described as "80s hair bands" but then, really, weren't all 80s bands hair bands after a fashion? I own a disturbing amount of U2 and listen to disturbingly little of it, I've been through my Nine Inch Nails phase, and the playlists that get me through the day rotate through classic rock, metal, and rap. If it has a beat, isn't just an excuse to wank with the distortion pedal, and has more than six words, I'll probably give it a listen.
Foods: I am a magnet for the unhealthy things in life. My definition of "civilization" is "delivery pizza, chinese, and mexican are all available at a reasonable price and with reasonable quality/selection". I grill a decent steak, make chili that will kick your ass, and know bratwurst like nobody's business. Anything that requires too much effort I regard as a sign that you're starting from insufficient quality ingredients. Vegetables should be fresh, meat should need minimal treatment, liquor should be drinkable straight unless it exists solely to be mixed.
* Why are people lazy/stupid about security? Why does one apply just enough security measures to inconvenience the users they want, without doing anything to so much as slow down the users they don't?
* What should the Cubs do this off-season to fix their team?
* Why is it that each time I've moved to LA (3 times now) I move farther west?
* How do we keep deluding ourselves into working hard (or not-so-hard) on providing niche luxury goods and services? Is our standard of living still slanted towards stuff, rather than time, as the thing of most value? For that matter, has it ever been?