When I was working on automating remote control helicopters I learned how to fly them. It was pretty useful at the time for what we were doing to have someone close at hand who knew how to fly these things. Buggy, hastily written programs are terrible at safely recovering a helicopter from mistakes that it just made so it was useful to have me take control before it crashed into a wall. Proud to say that I have a perfect record of not crashing expensive helicopters into walls. It wasn't all puppies and rainbows in helicopter land though. One time I was flying a decently sized helicopter (big and loud enough that it is scary to fly inside) out in a windy field in Richmond. The wind was strong enough to make the helicopter blades hit its own body. It flopped to the ground and the battery caught fire, then we ran away. The following day, I graduated from college.
These days I'm principally using my piloting skills to hover small plastic helicopters above the heads of coworkers. No fatalities so far.
I swim about 4 miles per week, and I go on longish bike rides and hikes when I can. When I have the opportunity I like to ski really fast down steep hills.
I'm kind of a beast at strategy games. Don't be intimidated, I like to teach. I'm trying to get better at go (aka baduk / weiqi) and teach more people how to play. It's a very elegant and satisfying game.
Movies: "The men who stare at goats" was a great film. Other superb films that I can't recommend strongly enough include "Black Dynamite" and "Pooty Tang."
I've given up trying to maintain a proper music collection, sorry. I've relegated myself to the ghetto of automatic internet radio services to listen to while I work/drive/work out/hang out. I even paid for that google music thing. Generally though, I like various electronic music and hip hop.
Delicious restaurants that I know of include Homeroom, Saysetha, Phat Matt's, Addis, Cafe Colucci, Ramen Underground, Kingdom of Dumpling, and Manpuku.
Making things; it would be fun to make things that are tangible. I spend most of my time making ephemeral products. I've got rough plans in my head for a cat wheel (like a hamster wheel, but for my cats). I think I'll need some time with a welder.
How meritocracy is bullshit. It's pretty neat that I find myself with a combination of skills and knowledge that are highly valued by the current whims of the market. But I think I and most others would be way happier if everyone was valued equally as human beings.
Opening up my new restaurant chain "Uncle Nimbus's Chicken Village"
You've got things to tell me that I haven't heard before.
This leaves you mesmerized: http://i.imgur.com/oRlackS.gif
You've got a brilliant idea and you just need a technical co-founder to knock out v1 over the weekend. (please no)