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John Davis Other Interests

Other interests

Music

I often listen to music. Mostly 80's and 90's indie/alternative/pop/rock/goth. Like most people over the age of 30, I don't think much of current pop/ ambient/trance/dance/hip-hop/garage music that young people listen to :-)
In no particular order, I like: Sisters of Mercy, Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses, Pixies, Curve, Madder Rose, Voice of the Beehive, Cranes, Mazzy Star, P.J.Harvey, Heather Nova, Leonard Cohen, Cowboy Junkies, Drugstore, The Human League, R.E.M., Screaming Blue Messiahs, Barefoot Contessa, Heidi Berry, Isobell Campbell, Jewel, Janis Ian, Gary Numan, Medieval Baebes, U2.

I have a sophisticated music listening setup with most of my music stored in iTunes on my PC. I play music over wi-fi through a Logitech Squeezebox connected to a decent hi-fi.

Films

I am pretty undemanding in the quality of films I enjoy, but I avoid art films, disaster and feelgood movies and most Hollywood blockbusters. A few favourite films: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Dogma, Strange Days, Blade Runner, Seven Samurai, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Das Boot, Charade, Pulp Fiction, Usual Suspects, Unforgiven, Fierce Creatures, Seven, Grosse Point Blank, A Fish Called Wanda.

Reading

Mostly fantasy and science fiction.

Favourite authors: C. J. Cherryh, Ian Banks, Tanith Lee, Richard Dawkins, Scott Adams, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Mike Carey, Roger Zelazny,Ken Mcleod, Richard Morgan, Charles Stross, Neil Gainman, William Gibson, Robert Pirsig, Hunter S Thompson, Bill Bryson.

I also read various non-fiction, including military history and theory, philosophy and psychology (lightweight stuff only), some software development and business process books, photography.


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John Davis Last updated: 29 October 2011