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Heres a few things I couldn't live without...
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Stuff I love
Food
I love food. Especially Indian and Asian food.

Noodles. Soup. Noodles. Could live off them. Perhaps I do. Close to it, at least. I am particularly partial to Singapore Noodles, Tom Yum Soup and Laksa.

For Singapore noodles in Adelaide I can highly recommend going to Wok's Happenning (in Hutt St). Tom Yum soup is rarely bad, however the best I have had is in the Mandarin House (on Gouger St). Eat there. Eat everything there (except the Singapore Noodles). It rocks. This is a place that has chilli ratings next to each dish. Xing Jiang Fried Noodles or Shanghai noodles are the best. These guys make their own egg noodles by hand. Awesome!

I have many favourite Thai restaurants. But definitely try Nu's on Gouger Street. The Crispy fried barramundi. Yum! Also, the red duck curry is delicious.

I started a Tumblr for collecting pretty pics and recipes of food I drool over.

Coffee, Tea and Other Drinks
I got over my coffee addiction. I suppose I am therefore a coffee snob now. I order my "latté and a glass of water" wherever I know the coffee isn't good enough for me to get an espresso. Technically it's a flat white in a cup, but I swear they *do* put more milk in it than they do in flat whites. Hell you need the extra milk so you can stomach the ultra over roasted beans that most cafés uncerimoniously shove your way. They think their coffee is great because it is strong tasting but that doesn't make it a good taste. It's simply vile, over roasted beans. Hmph!

I'm also partial to a good tea. Particularly Earl Grey with lemon. Mmm..

I love a good martini. Love a good gin: No 10 is my favourite followed by Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire. There are still a lot of very good gins I haven't had the pleasure of trying. If the gin is less good then I'm all in for a gin and tonic.

I am partial to funky cocktails.. particularly of the lychee "martini" variety. But then again I also like bitter stuff. I like a lot of stuff.

This is one of the best cocktails ever invented:

Flaming Fairy
1/2 cup Apple Juice
30ml Apple Schnapps
Put a large circular slice of apple on top
Slowly pour 30ml Pernod (Absinthe) over the top so it sits mainly above the apple
Set on fire
While on fire, liberally shake a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over the top (and watch pretty, burning stuff)
Blow it out
Turn the apple over a few times and stir it lghtly so it looks cloudy

Much as I love cocktails and all.. I am also a very big wine drinker. I love both reds and whites, but since my teeth change colour easily you'll normally find me only drinking white in company. Unless it's dark :)

Beer = Coopers, Mountain Goat, Blue Tongue, James Squire & Belgium stuff. And when I'm less fussy it's whatever's going. :P
Live Performances
I absolutely love going out to live shows of all types. I try to keep hold of all the tickets for keepsakes, too. Most of the recent ones are here on flickr.

Movies and TV Shows
I like heaps of movies.. but here are some of my favourites:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Blade Runner, Fight Club, Garden State, Monty Python, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Moulin Rouge, Secretary, Serenity, Office Space, Clerks, Equilibrium, Lord of the Rings, Tank Girl, Mirrormask, Love Actually, Brazil, 12 monkeys, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice, Election, Legally Blonde (1 & 2), The Lost Boys, Back to the Future, American Beauty, Once Were Warriors, The Cube, Go, Big Fish, Snatch, Withnail & I, Requiem for a Dream, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, He Died With a Felafel in his Hand, Clue, Vidiot From UHF, K-Pax, 1984, Kill Bill (1 & 2), The Matrix, The Castle of Cagliostro, The Cook the Thief His Wife and Her Lover, Red Beard, Spirited Away, Dancer in the Dark, Three Colours, The Virgin Suicides, Empire Records, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, Sunday in the Park With George, Rocky Horror, Galaxy Quest, Labyrinth, Run Lola Run, Lost in Translation, Ghost World, Koyaanisqatsi, Blues Brothers, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Castle, Once, Into the wild,

I even have a copy of the Rocky Horror Picture Show script with callouts as doctored by me.






As for the TV list.. my viewing pretty much ends after these shows. And I rarely watch TV on the actual TV. I get copies of the shows and watch them on DVD or my computer when it suits me. This is what I like:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel: The Series, Dexter, Heroes, Dead Like Me, Doctor Who, Black Books, Firefly, Six Feet Under, Iron Chef, Red Dwarf, Battlestar Galactica, Blackadder, Muppets, Goodies, DAAS, Daria, The Simpsons, The Young Ones, Futurama, Alias, At the Movies, Rage, Coupling, Dilbert, H2G2, House, Degrassi Junior High, Sex & the City, South Park, Invader Zim, Twin Peaks, Music Jamboree, Jamie Oliver, True Blood, How I met your mother

I just love seeing girls kick butt. I have been seriously contemplating making a dvd of the best girl-kicking-arse scenes.. I think it would be great. :) In the meantime I guess I'll just keep myself entertained by watching said kick arse movies and series:

Buffy (Willow & Faith too!), Firefly - (I love River!), Resident Evil (Milla Jovovich!), Kill Bill (Especially Gogo!), Harry Potter (Hermione Rocks!), Bend it like Beckham (okay, so more like girls kicking balls, not butts), Charlie's Angels, Sin City, Matrix (Trinity!), Alias, Alien, Heroes (Claire!)

I'll keep adding more heroines as they come to me. :)
Music
Music means so much to me. I like to always have something on.. but I am somewhat discerning in my taste. Once I find something I like I love to listen to it over and over until I know it really well. Not so much to get to know it better.. but more because the music fits my mood at the time so well. This way music can identify with eras of my life.. or moods or whatever. For instance, Philip Glass is my working music. I love to relax to Glass too, but if I want to work I find it very hard to do without Glass. I love music that fills me with emotions and drains me. I love the journey.

I tend to mainly listen to alternative music or chillout but I'm also a classical fan (particularly choral music). Triple J, Fresh FM and ABC Classic FM are my favourite radio stations and I also love watching Rage. I'm a huge fan of live gigs and festivals.

Favourite Genres:
80's music, Electronica, Indie, World, Folk, Classical

Favourite Artists:
Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Final Fantasy, The Ditty Bops, Shpongle, The Shins, Pink Floyd, Crooked Fiddle Band, Roisin Murphy, Laleh, The Postal Service, The Beta Band, Air, The Cat Empire, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Architecture in Helsinki, Cat Power, The Dresden Dolls, Ben Folds, Jeff Buckley, OK Go, Eels, U2, Nouvelle Vague, La Bottine Souriante, The Cure, Sia, Zero 7, Iron & Wine, Sarah Blasko, The Flaming Lips, Massive Attack, Moby, Boards of Canada, The Smiths, Nick Drake, Sigur Rós, Art of Noise, Kaiser Chiefs, B(if)tek, Coldplay, Muse, Peter Gabriel, Psapp, Emiliana Torrini, Yann Tiersen, Simon & Garfunkel, Pink Floyd, Baterz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nicholas Lens, Tim Minchin, The Mountain Goats, Mal Webb, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Propellerheads, The Beatles, The Might Be Giants, Led Zeppelin, George, Clare Bowditch, DAAS, Queen, Regurgitator, K's Choice, Goldfrapp, Islands, Brian Eno, Kronos Quartet, Regina Spektor, Radio Spectacular!!!, Bloc Party, Emilie Simon, A Perfect Circle, The Whitlams, Jamiroquai, Marillion, Arctic Monkeys, D.O.C.H.!, Chroma Key, Röyksopp, Josh Pyke, Radical Face, Endorphin, Jonathan Coulton, Radical Face, Oh No! Oh My!, Mika, Modest Mouse, Rilo Kiley, Gotan Project, Frou Frou, Dhol Foundation, The Polyphonic Spree, Spiderbait, Mike Oldfield, Thievery Corporation, Franz Ferdinand, Gogol Bordello, FourPlay, Tom Waits, Dead Can Dance, The Arcade Fire, Emilie Simon

I also like Classical/Choral/Composers/musical/soundtrack things such as:

Philip Glass, Taverner, Orff, Leonard Bernstein, Sondheim, King's Singers, John Williamson, Michael Nyman, Pärt, Knut Knystedt, Fanshawe, Bob Chilcott, Bruce Stewart, Durufle, Lauridsen, Nicholas Lens, Rachmaninov, Tallis, Messiaen, Verdi, Vivaldi, Samuel Barber, keith jarrett, Zephyr, Thomas Newman, Wim Mertens etc etc.

All Consuming will give you an idea what music, books and movies or whatever I'm into right now. Last.fm will show you exactly what I'm listening to:




Cats
I had the cutest little cat. I have lots of pics of Schroe on Flickr.





Books
I don't seriously know how I find time to read, but when I get hooked on a series/author I tend to attempt to read them all before I give it a rest.

Favourite Authors:
Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, Terry Pratchett, Nick Hornby, Michael Marshall-Smith, J K Rowling, Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, John Birmingham, Jeff Noon, Iain Banks, Ben Elton, Nick Earls, Kim Stanley Robinson, Spider Robinson, Tolkien, Clive Hamilton

I also get into a few comics:
Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert, The Sandman, xkcd, OOTS etc etc

I also have piles of text books on:
Physics, maths, computing, law, event management, music (including choral scores and band songbooks) etc etc

And I seem to be collecting touring guides for all sorts of places I'd like to travel to.

All Consuming will show you what music, books and movies or whatever I'm into right now.

The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.
~ Andrew Ross


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Games
I am a game nut. Usually in cycles. Cycles that are fairly dependant on other players. Will play most games, but am always trying to get groups together to play Monopoly (the link is to the official rules cause everyone always argues about them), Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Mankala (but I don't have my own board so I always need reminding of the rules), 500, Canasta/samba (i've never had the chance to play samba as there's never enough people round who know it), Fluxx, Bridge, cribbage and Cripple Mr Onion (although I need to get a spanish deck of cards - and not that I've ever made it all the way through the rules myself). There's also lots of games I have forgotten.

I get very excited about being able to play real games online. My favourites are Sudoku Slam, Web Boggle and Internet Scrabble Club.

I also love Spaced Penguin, which is purely an online game but it's cool, okay?
Random stuff I link and a tag cloud of interests




Del.icio.us will show you what I'm bookmarking.