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: Coors Banquet (fight me), Real Ale Lost Gold IPA, Karbach Hopadillo, Guinness

Board Game

Ticket to Ride – it’s simple to learn, supports a wide number of players, and there’s a bit of strategy to learn along with luck involved. I consider it to be a near-perfect game!

Runner-ups: Chess, Clue


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 literally the perfect mystery!

Runner-ups: Burnt Offerings, Killing Mr. Griffin, Zodiac


Courier Primeso much easier to read than Courier New!

Runner-ups: Linux Biolinum, Sansation


Gibson Les Paul Studiowhile 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, Yamaha FG 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. I also have to certainly consider movies from John Carpenter and Stanly Kubrick.

Ex Machinathis is my current pick. It’s near-future, has a great plot, and is both a mystery and a thriller. Add in an amazing score and wonderful location shooting and it will be hard to top this!

Runner-ups: Prince of Darkness, The Shining, Wonder Boys


This will be another hard pick, as there’s so many genres to pick from. Final contenders will likely come from metal, outrun, soundtracks, etc.

PC Game

Alien Isolationamazing graphics, terrific story, and scary-ass aliens roaming around!

Runner-ups: Deus Ex, Doom, Left 4 Dead, SOMA


Call of Cthulhuthe long-running and rarely-changing game of cosmic horror and mystery just cannot be matched

Runner-ups: Fate Accelerated, Stars Without Number


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!


Text Editor

Visual Studio Coderuns on all 3 OS’s, constant updates, Better Fountain extension has most needed features

TV Show

Murder, She Wroteit’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: Black Mirror, Death in Paradise, MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Firefly

Video Game

Life is Strangestrong emotional story, gut-punching soundtrack

Runner-Ups: Firewatch, Silent Hill 2, Uncharted 4, Resident Evil 2


Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir

Runner-ups: Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel