A couple of years ago, I was drawn to the eerie fluid grace of contact juggling, and now I've added that skill to my long-standing repertoire of "traditional" juggling.
I'm a casual distance runner and cyclist. I like to commute by bike, and leisure rides on calm summer nights can be exquisite. I'm proud to finally say that I ran my first marathon in October of last year. Running keeps me grounded and aware of my body and surroundings, but it also allows me to push my limits and transcend them, when I am fortunate enough.
I have a B.A in philosophy. Philosophy is a source of creative inspiration for me as much as it is an intellectual mind game. I like discovering and turning over new ideas. I'm a pluralist, and I believe in the adage 'live and let live', but I also think this is best achieved when we come to understand, if not respect, the views of others as well as our own.
I've been a book lover as far back as I can remember. I read a large amount and a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, but I've always had a soft-spot for sci-fi, fantasy, and coming-of-age stories. My library keeps expanding, despite having bought a Kobo e-reader in a well-intentioned attempt to keep it in check.
I have an eclectic taste in music. A few months ago I sold my 13-year-old keyboard and bought a new full-length one with weighted keys. It's been a thrill to get back into making music after so many years without a piano.
Nature is awe inspiring. I enjoy short camping trips, day-long hikes and beach fires, preferably in summery weather. As for pets, I'm a cat-person at heart, but I like dogs too, and I grew up surrounded by rabbits, turtles, hamsters and fish (not to mention the wild racoons, squirrels, deer, and killer whales).
Logic puzzles, board games, and puns are underrated sources of amusement. I appreciate art in its many forms, including the peculiar and the offbeat. I'm always seeking harmony between the logical and the intuitive sides of my personality. All that being said, I like kicking back with good friends and a few beers, hanging at the beach, going for a bike ride, or watching a brainless movie.
In the non-fiction department, I'll read any decent philosophy I can lay my hands on. I've also enjoyed the writing of Clifford Geertz, Ray Kurzweil, Ayan Hirsi Ali, Samuel Hayakawa, Northrop Frye, Allan Watts, Jane Goodall, and Christopher Hitchens, and Michael Polan.
Movies I especially dig: All of Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpieces (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbour Totoro etc.), Charlie Kaufman's scripts for Adaptation & Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, Brazil, and Monty Python series, as well as About A Boy, Hero, Shaun of the Dead, Batman, Almost Famous, Amadeus, Gattaca, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Princess Bride, The Matrix, Jurassic Park, Serenity, The Lord of the Rings, anything by Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, the Cohen brothers, or Wes Andersen.
TV Shows: Community, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Breaking Bad, Louie C.K.
Music: Metric, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Sam Roberts, The New Pornographers, The Shins, Old Man Luedecke, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Cochran, Amy Winehouse, Green Day, The Slackers, The Bare Naked Ladies, Ben Folds, various K-Pop groups, Beethoven, Handel, Tchaikovsky.
Food: I enjoy almost everything indiscriminately, and I love most Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean dishes. I was vegetarian for a couple years out of principle but lost my resolve, and now I just try to keep my red meat consumption to a minimum.
My new time-killer is philosophically informed web-comics.