When I can find the time, I love reading science fiction. Amongst my
favourite authors are Isaac Asimov (The Foundation series), Arthur
C. Clarke (Songs of distant Earth) and Larry Niven. When I'm not
reading SF, I usually read Terry Pratchett, although one of the best
trilogies (of five, though) I've read was the Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Apart from reading, I also enjoy playing games. Usually, I prefer 'quests' (Sierra's Space Quest series) and 'action-puzzle' (Eidos' Tomb Raider) games. My pet hate has to be strategy games like Red Alert, because the computer always cheats (also, these games are for people with poor reflexes ;).
I have relatively varied taste when it comes to music, but I do prefer bands like Depeche Mode, Nine-Inch Nails, Rammstein, Rob Zombie, Alphaville, Yazoo, and A-ha. Generally I prefer '80s music. Lately I've taken up listening to Cyndi Lauper and Madonna (especially her ballads). I also enjoy Sprinkbok Nude Girls, Battery-9, U2, Metallica, Cranberries and Souxies and the Banshees. The best place in town to hear good music these days is Zeplin's.
I totally despise Rap, Jazz, Blues, Country, Techno, and most Afrikaans music (e.g. Karen Zoid).
True to my reading habits, I prefer a good Sci-Fi movie (they are extremely
rare), but I appreciate almost any good movie (Update: Lately, though, I've
had to become a bit more picky. There's really a flood of terrible
movies this year). The movies that I rate the
best of all time include: The Crow, The Professional, The fifth
element, Dark City, The Matrix, American Beauty, Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon and Contact. I also like
animated movies, my current personal favourite being Ghost in the
Shell. Other anime favourites include Neon Genesis Evangelion
Worst movies of all time: Independance day, Mission Impossible II,
Spiderman, Lord of the Rings (let the flame wars begin), Pearl Harbour, and any
other movie laden with American patriotism, which are far too numerous to name here.
I can not improve on the following definition of patriotism:
Last but not least, I have an undying devotion to computer graphics. I casually hack at some 3D code that I've written over the years, but it's not something anyone else would be impressed with. I also like playing with POV-ray (an excellent free ray-tracer, for the uninitiated) and various other graphics packages. Other hobbies include ice-skating and ballroom dancing.