I suppose I should just come clean to start with, I am what some people would refer to as a "nerd" or "geek." With many of the stereotypes associated with such titles being accurate representations of me. I love reading. I like games of all types (video games, board games, card games, role playing games etc). I like science fiction, some fantasy, and I like it when a story explains why something is, instead of just expecting you to accept that it's just how things are. I'm very shy, and somewhat self conscious about it.
One thing that I kind of break the mold on though is that I very much like sports. I'm a huge hockey fan, I started playing when I was 5. My favorite teams (in order) are my hometown Detroit Redwings, and my adopted home Carolina Hurricanes. I also like football, both professional and college. I am proud to say I was a Detroit Lions fan through the good times and bad, and I'm a NC State Wolfpack fan on the NCAA side. I also particularly like volleyball, and other than that most anything they are willing to put in the Olympics is entertaining enough to be worth watching.
I think it's also only a fair disclaimer that I'm not super into anime, comic books, or manga. I know those things do typically go into the realm of nerd, and while I'm not opposed to them, I also never really got into them.
As far as the sort of place I'd choose for a date, I'm not too picky, but I do have certain criteria I desire. I prefer to go to places where it is light enough to reasonably see the person you are with, quiet enough that you can have a reasonable expectation of having a conversation that isn't primarily shouting "what?" at each other, and an adequate seating:patron ratio to ensure a reasonable possibility of finding a table vice standing in a mass of humanity all night. All of which I find to be extremely achievable goals without imposing too much in the way of restrictions.
Personality wise, I suspect that they notice my quiet and reserved exterior, but presumably one can also observe my witty insights and sense of humor.
Dorsai!, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Inherit the Stars, a ton of Star Wars books, Ender's Game, The Mote in God's Eye, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Starship Troopers, Time Enough for Love, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress... I feel silly even trying to list them all
Movies: Star Wars, The Matrix, Equilibrium, Mel Brooks films, Slapshot, Mystery Alaska, Gladiator, U-571, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Unforgiven, I, Robot, The Bourne ____, The Golden Compass, Stardust (laugh it up, fuzzball... it's actually surprisingly interesting storyline) The Princess Bride... Once again I'm getting a long list going (and using not-entirely-necessary ellipses)
Music: Country, Rock, Oldies, and anything that is either catchy or funny.
Food: Rice is pretty much my only exception to "If it grew up under water, I don't like it." But I like most everything else, with particular emphasis on Mexican, Italian, Chinese/Japanese and classic American foods.
My computers [I argue IG-88 (My phone, he's a droid, get it?) technically would qualify as a computer, thus doesn't require his own listing. I also really like personifying my inanimate objects.]
My car (Her name is Gabby)
Opposable thumbs? (Ask a silly question, you get a silly answer)
I'm trying to figure that out, but I suspect it probably has to do with developing practical interstellar space travel, and then convincing humanity that we need to expand beyond our home planet. Kind of a big thing, but then why blow your critical success on jumping over a puddle when you could jump the pacific ocean instead?
You have similar interests.
You have a brain the size of a planet, and know where that saying comes from.
You want to? Do you really need any other reason?
You like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain? Wait, I feel like that isn't very original...
You have some other compelling reason, divine intervention, etc