Like others have said, I like more control and less "user-friendliness" too, whatever the distro may be. I currently mainly use the Fedora/RH/CentOS family (I find them very amenable to software development), but I like to keep my options open. I use a lot of Debian-based distros for the embedded stuff that I work on and I really like aspects of that, too - mainly the stability and simplicity.
I've heard a lot of good stuff about CrunchBang - always meant to try that one out.
Never heard of Sorcerer-based distros, now that sounds sexy - googling now...