I'm from San Francisco, lived in the Philippines for 5 years, and lived for the past 15 years in Houston. I'm on Oslo working on a master's in history at UiO.
Writing papers. I can pound out 5-page papers in my sleep. Super useful skill in college. Not really sure how much value it has outside of that.
Fiction: Anything by Kurt Vonnegut. I'm also a sucker for Russian novels - Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, etc. A Dostoevsky novel is actually where my online name comes from (points to you if you can name it without the help of Google).
Non-fiction: mostly history books, and then mostly relating to Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia. Sideshow, A Bright and Shining Lie, Masters of War, etc.
Movies: It's easier to just say that if it's made by Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Richie, Stanley Kubrick, Dreamworks, or Pixar, I like it. There are other movies I like, but I don't like making long lists and having to remember "oh, yeah, that movie that had I think Tom Hanks in it that I saw maybe 10-12 years ago was good..."
TV: Doctor Who, Top Gear, and QI. BBC programming in general, really. Archer (and, by extension, Frisky Dingo and Sealab 2021), Last Week Tonight, and most documentary-style shows (Planet Earth, etc).
Music: Pretty much anything except gangster rap. I don't generally like artists so much as songs. Most artists have some good songs and some shit ones, so I don't make blanket statements about liking specific artists generally. The only band I can point to right now as one I really like across the board is The Family Crest. Everything they've ever put out has been spectacular. I also have a soft spot for small local indie bands. With the exception of The Who and Springsteen, all of the best concerts I've ever been to have been with <300 people in the audience.
Podcasts: The World Next Week, 99% Invisible, The Memory Palace, Song Exploder, and a few others here and there. Those are the four that I'm actually subscribed to and listen to every episode.
Food: I love it. All of it. Anything edible I'll eat and probably enjoy. Except nuts. I just can't stand nuts. No idea why. Vietnamese food I like especially. It's cheap, delicious, healthy, and really readily available throughout the city.
Sports: Hockey above all else. If you're a Sharks fan, you are instantly one of my favorite people.
Modern plumbing (shower, toilet, etc.)