You must have some amazing recipe for oven fries, because I've never seen a batch that wasn't a crime against potatoes.
That is heroic. I could never skin a garbanzo bean. I didn't know that they had skin. Can I just have one of yours? There are still about thirty in your freezer, right?
The part that's still leftover from my embarrassing Objectivist adolescence is the atheism. It was a disadvantage to be a libertarian who listened to Rachmaninov and read Victor Hugo at 16 (Jesus what was I even, argh) but it was nice to have all the big questions about God out of the way. And for all her nonsense Rand explains it in a way a that a kid can understand: the universe operates according to its own rules, those rules are knowable, there's no such thing as hobbits or Jesus, etc. Kids these days can just skip straight to Christopher Hitchens though.
@19centuryman How about 1984, and to a (much) lesser extent Brave New World?
@Bittersweet Rush sings about Ayn Rand:
Live for yourself -- there's no one else
More worth living for
Begging hands and bleeding hearts will
Only cry out for more
Well, I know they've always told you
Selfishness was wrong
Yet it was for me, not you, I
Came to write this song
@Reginal T. Squirge What of the Samples?! Are you trying to say that all Colorado culture is terrible jam bands? I grew up in Loveland, and I can confirm that it is true. However, if this doesn't move you then I fear for your soul: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-HJU4oF8jg
@Reginal T. Squirge What about Big Head Todd and the Monsters or Leftover Salmon?
@riotnrrd I'm no lightweight. Let's settle this at the pub.
The original Girl With Dragon Tattoo trilogy is up there.
El Bulli: Cooking in Progress is an absolutely gorgeous food documentary, and a lot more fun to watch that Jiro Dreams of Sushi. (I bet it was a lot more fun to eat there, too.)
Also, have you never seen Breaking Bad, you lucky so-and-so? This could be your best hurricane ever, at least until the power goes out.