Manhattan, NY, USA
Possibly the ideal 'vanilla' linux distro. Rolling release, with bleeding edge binaries for everything you need available from its comprehensive package manager. If you know what you're doing (or want to get there like I did), you get the flexibility of Gentoo with the convenience of binary package distribution.
This is well-researched historical fiction which also makes a compelling read. However, I recommend that readers resist the temptation to read the epilogue (part 4 and particularly part 5), as it is not at all up to the standard of the rest of the book; you will come away thinking the book is much better if you steer clear.
This underrated webapp does a great job streaming your music from the cloud, to your phone or a web browser. Load times are minimal, I pity those who still plug their phones into their computers to sync music. For my needs, it undercuts Amazon Cloudplayer by charging $4/month for 40GB, but that would probably be another interesting service to check out.