My main passion is debates, usually philosophical ones (politics, religion, etc. get kind of personal). The feasibility of super powers, the future of humanity, whether or not A.I will ever be able to simulate human cognition, that sort of stuff. I'm also fine with completely non-sensical debates, so long as they have an internal logical consistency (I delight in finding holes in peoples non-sense so I can declare myself the victor of something that doesn't even make sense).
That being said, usually there has to be something to talk ABOUT, or to at least start the conversation. I read books, though not as much as I used to, and I play video games. More details in the appropriate section!
Hrrm...what else about me? Well, I graduated from Georgia Tech (degree in computer science), got a job (riiiight as the recession really hit, thank god), and am busily learning about finances, investing, planning for a future, and doting over my new kitten (who isn't so little anymore).
I like animals a lot (grew up with three tiny dogs and always wanted cats, and chinchillas), but no matter how cute something is, I understand that there isn't much point to a pet that is at rodent intelligence or less... (sorry, my coveted chinchilla). I had a rabbit as a kid. She didn't care about me, or anything really. It kind of soured me to anything less than a cat...
I enjoy cooking as well, though in order to cook, I either have to feel creative, or hungry. And for some reason I'm only really hungry if I have a CRAVING, and cravings can last for months. So. Um. I'll cook the same thing, slightly different for months. I'll be happy, and fed, but others around me might not be the same ^_^;; I like experimenting in the absense of a craving, so the food is sort of hit or miss then (though I document my experiments, like a good scientist, to keep a record of what does and doesn't work).
I REALLY don't like going out places. No bars. No clubs. I like going to look at things or eat new things, in places that are fairly empty and quiet (though I'm fine with busy restaurants, etc.) My ideal weekend is spent at home in the evenings, and looking at stores/restaurants, etc for interesting things (Even places like Kroger are hilarious. I mean, who would buy "Old Yeller" brand dog food? Do you WANT to think about shooting your dog every time you feed him?) during the day.
Lately it's been hard to figure out what sort of game I wanna play. Proffesor Layton was more intersting than I thought it would be (a lot of those puzzles were really fun), and I physically can't stop myself from playing Desktop Tower Defender, but non-portable games have me sort of 'blah' lately. Saints Row 2 is entertaining, but I keep forgetting I haven't beaten it (I agree with Zero Punctuations assesment that it is a Batman villain simulator...You can make some pretty amazing characters in that game). Games interest me when they do something new and interesting... (Watching Mass Effect (1 and 2) and Dragon Age were simply FASCINATING, and actually playing Fable 2 was an experience (screw being a hero, My personal goal in that game was to have one child for every STD my character got, and to break the AI as much as I could)).
Oh, and my main computer programming type passion is AI, specifically human level inteligence simulators. I started out young, seeing a chat bot, and ever since the idea of having a human-language conversation with a computer has fascinated me. Yeah, it's basically impossible at current levels of technology, but it's still a fun thing to think about (and occasionally test hare-brained schemes thinking that I have finally done it, and SHOWED THEM ALL! ) I spent a portion of my free time after college working on an AI idea based (loosely) on semantic networks (crossed with long term/working memory models) , but while it's a neat way to map wikipedia, it brings me no closer to actually having a conversation with my digital offspring ^_^;;
I guess that's enough outta me for now ^_^;;
I am happy, cute, and friendly