Favorite bands :
In no particular order (I have some varied tastes): Murder By Death, Alice in Chains, Pink Floyd, Clint Mansell (Composer), Van Morrison, Amanda Palmer, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Incubus, Eddie Vedder, The Smashing Pumpkins, Danzig, Neil Young, The Dresden Dolls, TOOL, Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, Bad Religion, Primus, The Cure, Dax Riggs, Morcheeba, Joy Division, Ludovico Einaudi, Fiona Apple, Serj Tankian, Mazzy Star, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Joe Satriani, Bob Dylan, Green Jellя, Franz Schubert, Bob Marley, Tom Waits, Murder City Devils, Nerf Herder, Explosions in the Sky, The Cranberries, Massive Attack, Leonard Cohen, The Ramones, Trespassers William, Nirvana, Flogging Molly, Roky Erickson, Pinback, Midnight Syndicate, Rancid, Ween, Ben Harper, Van Morrison, The Doors, Laura Veirs, Enya, Daft Punk, Silversun Pickups, The Album Leaf, Jack Johnson, NOFX, Reverend Horton Heat, Dream Theater, AC/DC, System of a Down, Steve Miller Band, Bloodhound Gang, The Rolling Stones, The Civil Wars, Feist, Dropkick Murphys, Stone Temple Pilots, The Distillers, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, In Strict Confidence, Deftones, Dead Kennedys, The Cars, The Crystal Method, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Monster Magnet, Rammstein, etc...
Favorite guitarists :
Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan, (but way too many others to mention)
Favorite bassists :
Les Claypool, Flea, (and lots of others)
Favorite books :
The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, The Gunslinger, The Disappearing Spoon, and tons of arachnology books...
Favorite tv :
Family Guy, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, History Channel, X-Files, Ren & Stimpy, Big Bang Theory
Favorite movies :
Lets see how many I can list: Delicatessen, Brazil, Fahrenheit 451, Waking Ned Devine, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Willow, Dark City, Run Lola Run, The Neverending Story, Beetlejuice, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Borat, Empire Records, The Terminator, Kingpin, Indiana Jones, Donnie Darko, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Edward Scissorhands, Into the Wild, Blade Runner, Eagle vs Shark, Pan's Labyrinth, 28 Days Later, Finding Neverland, Equilibrium, Encino Man, Almost Famous, Star Wars, Trainspotting, Shaun of the Dead, Children of Men, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Girl Interrupted, Sleepy Hollow, Raising Arizona, Rosemary's Baby, Mad Max (all of them), Enemy Mine, The Green Mile, Gangs of New York, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dances with Wolves, A Clockwork Orange, Platoon, Animal House, 12 Monkeys, Army of Darkness, Legend, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Dazed and Confused, Men In Black, Ghostbusters, Snatch, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Money Pit, The Hangover, Avatar, Prometheus, The Exorcist, etc...
Self-taught guitarist, amateur pianist, and classically trained clarinetist. I study spiders (arachnology) most of the time but, in the free moments, I like to pick up the guitar or do something crafty. And sometimes I juggle.