When I meet new people, I enjoy perusing their bookshelf to see what inspires their world. I'm big on intellectual diversity and getting new perspectives on things. Hoping this site will offer me a lot of opportunities to do that.
Singing. Musical theater has been a great outlet for me. On the other hand, it's pretty time consuming and graduate school *is* life.
Learning languages. I'm working on Portuguese right now. It's like Russian-sounding Spanish!
Also, once I become a regular at any convenience store, I become known as the "happy guy" (I'm pretty damn upbeat).
Books: The Great Courses audiobooks, A Game of Thrones (working on A Clash of Kings right now), the Harry Potter series, Slaughterhouse V, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Catcher in the Rye, the Wheel of Time series
Movies: Big Fish, Forrest Gump, Hayao Miyakzaki, Donnie Darko, Love Actually, The Emperor's New Groove, Hocus Pocus
Music: Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Black Eyed Peas, Don Omar, Whitney, Nobuo Uematsu, 80s music, John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Alan Menkin, Stephen Sondheim, Jason Robert Brown, Billie Holiday, Mel Tormé, Beyoncé, musical theatre in general
Food: hummus, chili, guacamole, coffee!, chicken parm, Subway subs, dark chocolate, sweet potato fries, wraps, spinach omelettes; my three favorite cuisines of the moment are Moroccan food, Indian food, and Mexican food
Famous People: Oprah, George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Milton Friedman, Pope Francis, Thomas Sowell, Michelle Obama, David Brooks, Elizabeth Warren, William F. Buckley, Jonathan Haidt, Patrick Allitt (I've tried to intersperse people from different ends of different spectrums. Like I said, I really value intellectual diversity.)