I'm working toward a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of South Florida, doing research into data mining to help catch lung cancer early enough to treat it.
When I'm not studying or doing research (or sleeping), I usually have a camera in my hand. Photography keeps me sane. I'm not the best photographer in the world, but I'm not Raymond Babbitt, either; I've gotten some praise from other photographers. I prefer to shoot fireworks and small wildlife (mostly squirrels and ducks), but I'll shoot anything that holds still in front of my lens long enough.
Mr. Dunderbak's is definitely at the top of the list. I didn't even like beer when I started going there. Now I'm turning into a beer snob.
Salem's Gyros deserves to get much bigger than it is. So does bd's.
For starters, my favorite author is Terry Pratchett, hands down.
I tore through The Hunger Games and both of its sequels in two sittings; I know it's intended for teenagers, but it's a great story and wonderful political and social commentary. Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World are other works of political/social commentary I particularly enjoy.
Movies and TV:
My preferences lean toward comedies (Arrested Development, for instance) and animated movies (Tangled was sublime). I'm too empathetic to watch much drama, generally; there's enough drama in life without sitting down and suffering through more. There are exceptions, though: I'm a huge fan of House, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Newsroom (and can't wait for next season).
When in doubt, I pop in a stand-up comedy DVD. I have everything released by Gabriel Iglesias.
I tend to dislike some of the harsher rap, and some of the more jingoistic country—think Toby Keith—but I can enjoy the rest; my tastes run the gamut, from classical to electronic.
I listen to the Savage Love Podcast every single week without fail; Dan Savage is made of awesome.
I've been listening to Penn's Sunday School (by Penn Jillette). Also, I watch Film Riot and listen to This Week in Photography.
Someone suggested that I listen to Welcome to Night Vale. I'm about halfway through, and have been thoroughly enjoying it.
My daily reading list includes Questionable Content, xkcd, ErfWorld, Order of the Stick, Something Positive, PvP, Girls With Slingshots, Punch an' Pie, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Real Life, Selkie, What the Duck, Shortpacked!, Dilbert (yes, it counts as a webcomic), and many more.
Good, dark beer.
A smartphone (preferably a Nexus phone).
A friend or three.
A freezer stocked with burritos.
The ability to count.
I'm one of those freaks who is willing to sing karaoke while sober, so I do that sometimes.