I've been a vegetarian for more than a decade, and recently became a vegan. I am 100% certain that I am the largest (meaning most rotund) vegan you have ever met or will ever meet. I'm an answer in human form to the supposition that all vegans are waif-like twigs prone to blowing away in a strong breeze. I'm living proof that you can eat horribly and still be a vegan. French fries? Vegan. Potato Chips? Vegan. Now you know the cross I bear.
I've never read a better description of life as a normal, non-insane vegetarian than this article in Slate: Meatless Like Me. If you love your bacon and burgers, but want to understand where vegetarians are coming from, it's must reading. Unlike most other stuff out there, it's not a smug-athon.
The coolest car ever; the 2002 was the basic BMW sedan from the early seventies which helped put BMW on the map in North America. My favorite catch-all BMW 2002 site is the BMW 2002 FAQ, which is a compendium of all knowledge for this great yet maddening little car.
By some estimates, 8 million cats and dogs are euthanized in American shelters ever year. This is a shameful tragedy, which is entirely preventable were Americans to get their pets spayed and neutered. This site by the Humane Society of the United States is a great start to learn more about the importance of spaying and neutering
In no particular order: Mythbusters, Dixie Chicks, Werner Herzog, AC/DC, Jack White, Albert Camus, Dostoyevksy, James Ellroy, the Rolling Stones, the Wire,Siena, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Greg Fitzsimmons, Trader Joe's, Pete Townshend and the Who, the iPhone, Miss Loretta Lynn, Dylan, Oslo, LA Confidential, Kentucky, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Seven Samurai, the whole country of Germany (especially Munich, Berlin, and Dresden), the Criterion Collection, Annie Hall, the Office (UK), the Office, (US), Atom Egoyan, the Daily Show, Tosh.0, Marc Maron, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Salon.com, reddit.com.