Favorite bands :
Tool, Slayer, Mastodon, SOAD, Tenacious D, Radiohead, Trivium, Pantera, Zeppelin, The Who, Pink Floyd, Supergrass, Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Protest the Hero, Chili Peppers, STP, the Darkness, the Strokes, and many, many more...
Favorite guitarists :
John Frusciante, Hanneman and King, Buckethead, Josh Homme, Brett Hinds these days, Adam Jones, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (when he can keep the song under 15 minutes), and a few others.
Favorite bassists :
Justin Chancellor, Flea, Robert Deleo- these are probably the most influential three as far as my playing. Also Claypool, Arif Mirabdolbaghi, Jaco, John Entwhistle, Tim Bob Commerford,
Favorite books :
LOTR, Fourth Realm trilogy
Favorite tv :
History channel, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Eastbound and Down (perhaps the single greatest show ever...), anything on Food Network featuring Alton Brown, Futurama, South Park, the State