Favorite bands :
Symphony X, Epica, Rush, Ayreon, DT/LTE, Circus Maximus, Queensryche, Pain of Salvation, Sonata Arctica, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Stevie Wonder, EWF, Battleheart, Blue Man Group, Dethklok, After Forever, Nightwish, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, GNR, TSO, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Holst, Orff, Grieg, Mussorgsky, Beethoven, Martin O'Donnell
Favorite guitarists :
Michael Romeo, Randy Rhoads, Buckethead, Bumblefoot, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Al Di Meola, Gary Hoey
Favorite bassists :
Thomas Miller, Mike Lepond, Geddy Lee, John Myung, Steve Harris, Chris Squire, John Entwhistle
Favorite books :
Jennifer Government, Harry Potter, 1984, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Foundation, I, Robot, The Princess Bride, Frankenstein, Player Piano, Slaughterhouse 5, Harrison Bergeron, Catch 22, Fahrenheit 451, The Color of Magic, A Wizard Abroad, A Time to Kill, Sphere
Favorite tv :
The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Monk, Psych, Futurama, Jeopardy, Metalocalypse, ATHF, Death Note, Rurouni Kenshin, Bleach, Ghost in the Shell, Mythbusters (and most of the Discovery Channel's line-up), Animal Planet's Most Extreme, Transformers, Animaniacs
Favorite movies :
The Matrix Trilogy, Star Wars I-VI, The Silence of the Lambs, Hero, Juno, The Princess Bride, V for Vendetta, Spider-Man 2, Iron Man, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mr. Holland's Opus, Sweeney Todd, Braveheart, Gladiator, Snakes on a Plane, Equilibrium, Pi, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Citizen Kane, the Monty Python movies
In addition to the guitar, I play the piano and clarinet. Music is my favorite thing in the world and my primary hobby. I also spend a lot of time with computers, reading, and watching TV. I like to stay informed and try to keep up with current events reasonably well.
I am an introvert and self-proclaimed nerd, and I don't get involved with many activities outside of quiz bowl, drama, and whatever musical opportunities come my way. In western Kansas, however, these are almost lost arts. I don't spend much time "hanging out," favoring solitude at home most evenings.