Note: these will (highly) likely change over time, and they don’t constitute any kind of endorsement! Just my opinion. 🙂


Left Hand Milk Stout Nitrowhile I’ve been a Guinness fan for a long time, it only took 1 pint of this to claim the throne!

Runner-ups: Real Ale Lost Gold IPA, Guinness


And Then There Were Noneno contest; I’ve re-read this so many times and am always drawn in. Without the added ending, it is the perfect mystery!

Runner-ups: Burnt Offerings, Snow Crash


Courier Primeso much easier to read than Courier New!

Runner-up: Linux Biolinum


Gibson Les Paul Studio – while I got my Strat first, it was when I first played the LP Studio that it just felt right. I’m not sure if it’s the shorter scale, the angled neck, or the anchored bridge. I also like the Studio’s thinner body over a LP Standard.

Runner-ups: Fender Stratocaster American Standard, Yamaha acoustic


This is going to be really hard to pick! Not only are there long-time favorites such as Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. there’s also newer ones such as Ex Machina.


Linux Minta consistent and easy-to-use Linux distro, gets out of the way, and doesn’t feel dictated by a large corporation.

Runner-up: Ubuntu


D&D Basic SetTom Moldvay wrote the cleanest & leanest set of rules for playing D&D! And while I love gaming in any genres, fantasy is still the king.

Runner-ups: Mythras, Delta Green


Chuck Taylor All-Starsyes they have no arch support, but these shoes have stood the test of time and I’ve rarely not owned a pair!

Runner-up: OluKai Akahai

Text Editor

Visual Studio Coderuns on all 3 OS’s, constant updates, Fountain mode highlights better than Highland

Runner-ups: Notepad++

TV Show

Murder, She Wrote – it’s a mystery with a vast amount of content, interesting recurring characters, and just something I can watch no matter the time, mood, weather, etc.

Runner-ups: MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Firefly


Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandelit’s just a fantastic wine I love to slowly sip, swirl, and smell!

Runner-ups: Becker Cabernet Sauvignon, Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir