I love reading. I don't go anywhere without a book, generally a work of fiction, and will steal any minute I can to read it. I also love to read news- politics, economics, social policy, education. I'll read anything, but my most trusted resources are probably The Guardian, The New York Times and Nate Silver's wonderful fivethirtyeight.com. I loved Nate when he was at Baseball Prospectus as well.
In general I'm just an information junkie. I'm the guy that likes to have conversations near computers because if there is hard data that might be pertinent to the conversation that is not known to me or the one that I am conversing with, I want to find it now. Too much in this world is open for interpretation, or extrapolated from a data set in one way or another and therefore subject to the biases and reasoning processes of the interpreter. And debating complex issues is a worthwhile- not to mention entertaining- endeavor. So, I feel, it is a waste to spend time arguing the few things that can be roughly considered fact. Look it up and know, then debate what it means.
I love music. Love it. All kinds. I grin when people talk about the 3000 songs on their Ipod. I've got more than 100,000 songs on my hard drive. And feel that it is not nearly enough. And no I probably haven't listened to them all. But I've listened to enough of them that I have a hard time knowing what I haven't listened to. I probably have working knowledge of at least 20,000 of them. [Translation: I know 20,000 of them well enough that they may pop up on a mix cd that I make for someone, or I may play them when I am acting dj at a get together.]
I love to write. I go though periods when it's all I do. Unfortunately, I also go through periods when I don't seem to do it at all. I wish I could find the discipline to do it daily, and the creativity to make that daily writing worth reading. Someday. Soon.
I am quiet, outspoken, and thoughtful