I love to take things apart, put them back together, and see if it all works again when I'm done. I'm a member of the local hackerspace, the MidsouthMakers ( www.midsouthmakers.org ), whose members span a broad spectrum of makin' and craftin' and hackin' types--crocheting to coding, sculptures to servos. I enjoy tinkering and discovering how things work; my analytical mind rewards me with crazy amounts of endorphins if I let it stare at mechanisms and machinations until it groks their secrets. If you've seen Heroes, I'm pretty much Sylar. Without the skull-splitting, at least. For now.
What are some of my super-cool projects, you ask? How about a machine that eats plastic filament and poops physical models of stuff? Not your speed, want something a little more domestic? What about a glass of sweet strawberry wine, created by yours truly and about a billion little yeasty friends?
I don't just enjoy games, I love to dissect them and also make my own. I'll play a bit with a new MMO just to check out their take on particular mechanics (Eve has crazy ideas about character progression). I'll geek out over something that completely redefines a genre (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time) or has a great new way of thinking about input (Katamari Damacy blew me away on the PS2). I expect I'll pump out a Minecraft aaaannnny day now... yup.. aaannny day.
I'm a pseudo-engineer, so I revel in electronics and solder. I haven't finished my long-procrastinated undergrad, but I build electronic bits and gubbins anyway. Haven't blown up anyone yet, so that's like implicit approval to continue, right? Microcontrollers? Motion sensors? RFID readers? My parts bin runneth over.