Friday, 03 June 2005

Generally mysteries and science fiction. Specific authors would be Caleb Carr, Robert Frost, Tony Hillerman, Ngaio Marsh, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling and John Case.

Other than Stephenson and Sterling, I don’t care for most science fiction authors. So many of them get caught up in trying to write the next Neuromancer or the next Snow Crash that they forget to include a story. Tom Clancy bores me for the same reason.

When it comes to movies, my favorites are 12 Angry Men, Mediteraneo, The Professional, La Femme Nikita (not the TV show) and Fail Safe (1964) to name a few.

Overall, my taste in movies is somewhat eclectic, but it favors the classics, independent and foreign films over current Hollywood fare. In spite of that, I’m a sucker for Jackie Chan action movies, John Wayne Westerns and the Clint Eastwood spaghetti Westerns. Also, I can never pass up the 80’s teen-angst stuff like Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.

Michael Armstrong
1996, Minneapolis, MN
Brooklyn Park, MN
5′ 11″
Dishwater blonde, long

Music is an important part of my life. I’ve nearly always got something playing, and I’m always on the lookout for new music. Everything is fair game, although I’m not much for country, opera or hard rock. Favorites include Laurie Anderson, Adrian Belew, Bjork, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, John Hiatt and King Crimson. Bob Marley was a god. Ani DiFranco is a goddess.

My latest music fascination seems to be 50’s styled rock-and-roll, especially the Duane Eddy/Dick Dale surf-rock sound. The Ventures and Los Straitjackets are at the top of that list for me right now.

I also have a penchant for swing covering the full range from classics like Goodman and Miller to newer bands such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Brian Setzer. Jangly guitar pop such as Jellyfish or The Replacements will almost always make me happy.

I have a short recommendation list on my database site. Five artists, one title each.

I have many interests, perhaps too many since I never have time for them all. The most prevalent are model trains, sport/stunt kites, writing, painting, reading, matchbook collecting, Web design and database programming. I really wish I had more time (and talent) to paint. The computer drawing tablet gets used more for photo editing and CAD work than it does for painting. I recently took up Geocaching.

As for TV, there just isn’t anything worthwhile these days. There are only two shows I watch regularly: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and 24.

In the past it’s been Millennium (first season), Brimstone (short lived, no ratings), Babylon 5, X-Files (2nd and 3rd season). Now the dial is usually tuned to CNN Headline News or Fox News Channel.