Any good animation, particularly the humorous Japanese stuff like Ranma 1/2 and Oh, My Goddess! but some of the more serious works like Fist of the North Star and even some American stuff as well. I also watch Batman, Superman, The X-Men, parts of The Marvel Action Hour, and The Tick on Saturday mornings. This has long been a passion of mine: when I was young, my father would take me down to the local TV dealer so I could sit in front of one of the color demonstration models and watch the original run of Jonny Quest.
The Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I have a copy of the shooting script for "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", which is one of my prized possessions of this collection.
I am a member of the Association of Science-fiction and Fantasy Artists, as a collector and art show and auction runner. (I have little artistic talent.) I have a considerable collection of originals, prints, and portfolios, from when I could afford them and had space on my walls to hang them. Some of my favorite artists are Jim FitzPatrick, Todd Cameron Hamilton, Victoria Poyser, Heather Bruton, Diana Harlan Stein, Kelly Freas (just from looking around at my walls: there are many others.)
Favorites include everything Neil Gaiman writes or influences, including The Books of Magic, Elfquest, The Legion of SuperHeroes, Nexus, and some hard-to-find or rare B&W stuff like Buck Godot: Zap Gun for Hire!, Ashley Dust, Kabuki, Beck & Caul, Investigations, and Oz Squad. I'm also a Modesty Blaise fan and an avid reader of Larry Gonnick's Cartoon History of the ... series. I also collect the manga reprints of some Japanese animation series.
I am an old-style hacker: take something apart to discover how it works, then put it back together better than it was before. Computer software is much easier for this than mechanical devices because backups are easier to maintain. I don't like the way the term has been mutated to mean destructive behavior. I am fluent in the C, Pascal, FORTRAN, and BASIC languages, among others.
As Robert Heinlein put it.
I like to observe the strange occurrences that are heralding the end of the millenia, partly out of a sort of loathing fascination and partly because it tends to impinge on a lot my interests, mostly negatively. This includes the rise in political power of conservative Christian organizations, the growing anti-government paranoia, the power of secret money in politics, the anti-occult censorship and "witchhunts", and the lessening of any voices of reason and hope.
This ties in with my membership in the SCA (see below.) I have had a long admiration for heraldry, particularly the craft that goes into the creation of a coat of arms. I guess I like the precision that goes into a properly designed heraldic device; I also appreciate their historical significance and their relevance to today's world. (If you don't believe they have relevance, consider that almost all traffic signs are in proper heraldic colors: white on red, black on gold, etc. This emphasizes visibility, a concern dating from the early days of heraldry when you needed to know your opponent's arms at a far enough distance away to be able to defend yourself if necessary. Many governmental, military, or commercial symbols are simple heraldic devices, too.)
A case in point. Above is the arms of the O'Brien family: note that I do not have the right to use them for myself; they are the property of the O'Brien of the O'Briens, the clan chieftain. If I wanted my own arms I would have to go to one of the Colleges of Arms, most likely the one in Ireland, and request one.
I must confess a certain fascination regarding this subject. I approach it the same way I approach most everything else, from an engineering standpoint. I often regard hypnosis as a means of accessing the operating system of the mind, and look upon it as a means of increased self-knowledge and understanding. I also maintain a listing concerning media references to hypnosis and how it is popularly portrayed.
I have been a member of the SCA for several years, serving as the herald for the local (Fort Wayne, Indiana) shire (the Shire of Shadowed Stars). The herald is the guy who makes the announcements, works out heraldic devices, etc. Heraldry is also one of my interests (see above.)