Favorite Things

Daniel Pecoraro, Writer of Random Musings and Trivia, trying (and failing) to take a picture of himself.

Here, in no particular order, are a few of the “Stuff I Like.” Note that this is a dynamic list, and I will change it infrequently:

Favorite TV Shows: Shows still active –  Jeopardy!, House, Sherlock, Portlandia, Cash Cab, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Office, Conan, Phineas and Ferb, 30 Rock, The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Family Guy, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, CSI:, Mets Yearbook, Nova ScienceNOW
Shows that have ended – Animaniacs, The Odd Couple, Law & Order, I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, Star Trek series (except DS9), Boy Meets World, The Amanda Show, The West Wing, Mister Sterling, New Amsterdam, Sliders, Rubicon, Wishbone, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Pushing Daisies, Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Pretender, Even Stevens, Monk, The Twilight Zone, Grand Slam, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Favorite Films: It’s A Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz, Star Trek, Field of Dreams, Good Night, And Good Luck., The Dark Knight, Remember the Titans, The Social Network, Batman Begins, Rookie of the Year, The Sandlot, Singing in the Rain, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Casablanca, Carousel, Oklahoma!, Back To the Future trilogy, Thank You For Smoking, The Truman Show, Major League, Groundhog Day, Mister Smith Goes to Washington, Toy Story trilogy (most of the Pixar films for that matter), Ghostbusters, A League of their Own, Happy Gilmore, Beverly Hills Cop, Trading Places, A Day at the Races, Mean Girls, On the Waterfront, Twelve Angry Men, A Night at the Opera

Favorite Museums: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York Hall of Science, Museum of the City of New York, Museum of Arts and Design, Rubin Museum of Art, Historic House Trust of New York, Smithsonian Institution, Morgan Library and Museum, Franklin Institute, Rosenbach Library and Museum, Shelburne Museum, New York Transit Museum

Favorite Albums : Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head; The Killers, Sam’s Town; Tom Lehrer, An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer; The Beatles, 1’s; Michael Jackson, Thriller; Coldplay, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends; Jamie Cullum, The Pursuit; Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend; Chris Botti, Italia; John Mayer, Continuum; The Shins, Wincing the Night Away; Chris Botti, December; Boston Pops Orchestra, A Splash of Pops; Wilco, Wilco (The Album); Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, Mozart TV; ADELE, 19; Jason Mraz, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.; Glasvegas, Glasvegas; M. Ward, Post-War; They Might Be Giants, Here Comes Science; Andrew Bird, Armchair Apocrypha; They Might Be Giants, Mink Car; Lady Gaga, The Fame; Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company; Wilco, A Ghost is Born; Jamie Cullum, Twentysomething; Paul McCartney, Good Evening New York City; Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More; Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin; ADELE, 21; Gavin DeGraw, Chariot; Diane Birch, Bible Belt; Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More; Mika, The Boy Who Knew Too Much; Brian Wilson, That Lucky Old Sun; Bill Conti, Rocky soundtrack; Arcade Fire, The Suburbs; Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l; M. Ward, Transfiguration of Vincent; Mayer Hawthorne, A Strange Arrangement; Fitz and the Tantrums, Pickin’ Up the Pieces; Andrew Bird, Noble Beast; Outasight, Never Say Never

Favorite Podcasts and Radio Programs: This American Life, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, StartalkJudge John Hodgman, Freakonomics Radio, Nerdist, Atomic Trivia War 9000, PodQuiz, Studio 360, Tiny Desk Concerts

Sports Teams I’m a Fan of: New York Mets, New York Rangers, New York Jets, Brooklyn Cyclones, the US Men’s National Soccer Team, Everton Football Club

Other Sports Teams I Follow: Detroit Red Wings, New York Giants, Washington Capitals, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays

Favorite Books: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird; William Shakespeare, Macbeth; John Locke, Two Treatises on Government; Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose; Harry Shearer, Not Enough Indians; Campbell McGrath, Road Atlas; John Green, Looking for Alaska; Jon Stewart, America (The Book); Ben Schott, Schott’s Original Miscellany; Campbell McGrath, Florida Poems; Voltaire, Candide; Machiavelli, The Prince; Aeschylus, The Oresteia; Denis Leary, Why We Suck; Jon Stewart, Naked Pictures of Famous People, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night; John Hodgman, The Areas of My Expertise

Favorite Websites and Blogs: mental_floss, Gizmodo, io9, Lifehacker, Metsblog, TedQuarters, Amazin’ Avenue, FanGraphs, Faith and Fear in Flushing, Icethetics, MetroFanatic, Grub Street, Midtown Lunch, NewYorkology, Pat’s Papers, Gothamist

Favorite Artists: Georgia O’Keeffe, Rembrandt van Rijn, Claude Monet, Roy Liechtenstein, Caravaggio, Jan Vermeer, Edward Hopper, Bronzino

Favorite Food Trucks: Schnitzel and Things, Wafels and Dinges, Treats Truck, Dessert Truck, Bistro Truck, Sweetery NYC, Kelvin Natural Slush Company

Favorite Scientists: Linus Pauling, Marie Curie, Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, Carl Sagan, Robert Oppenheimer, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku

Favorite Magazines and Periodicals: mental_floss, National Geographic, Discover, National Geographic Traveler, MAD, Consumer Reports, WIRED, Costco Connection, Sports Illustrated, and the dearly-departed Star Trek: The Magazine.


2 thoughts on “Favorite Things

  1. Nice list. I would add Wernher von Braun to my list of Favorite Scientists, and my Books List would be a bit different, but all around, I have similar tastes.
    (I saw the link for this in Your Pants. *sigh* Oh, Nerdfighteria, you and your obsession with pants…)

    • First of all, thanks for visiting – and second, it’s not terribly surprising, Nerdfighteria seems to have a similar spectrum of things people like.

      Oh, and here’s for Wernher von Braun –

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