Hiking, weight lifting, reading, completely impractical craft projects (eg: making a maille hauberk), econometric studies. When the weather is conducive, exploring & incredibly long walks (6+ miles) are common.
Outside work, the day to day is mostly reading and exercising. I'll be doing a Tough Mudder in June, and recently began serving as a personal trainer to two of my friends, at their request.
The "more political" line is something I find a bit funny. I quite dislike politics, and instead care about the /effects/ of enacted and proposed policies. For example, many people like the idea of drug testing welfare recipients as a condition of receiving state support. Often, the supporters of such policies claim that it will save money and prevent abuse. However, the state of Florida enacted such a policy a few years back, and found:
- Welfare recipients utilize drugs at about 1/3rd the rate of the overall state population
- The cost of randomized drug testing was greater than the amount of money saved by kicking off those who either tested positive for drug use, or refused to be tested.
Meaning that the policy, according to the reasoning used to support it, is both unnecessary and wasteful. Awesome.