For fun I'll check out punk rock flea markets, tattoo conventions, music shows, do blacksmithing, or try out whatever cool/weird stuff I come across with people who don't suck. Sometimes stuff catches on fire and that's cool. Sometimes I do work stuff, and that's less cool.
If nothing else, there's always eating food and having drinks that don't suck with people that similarly don't suck. That's something humans do, right?
And apparently now I play washboard in a folk-punk duet. You can ask, but I'm honestly about as confused as you are on this development.
Plan A used to be pastry chef before I started this science gig, so I guess I'm a decent cook, too. I've also gotten pretty good at fixing all kinds of stuff over the years. Or at least all kinds of stuff that doesn't have a heartbeat. Stupid heartbeats, ruining everything.
Or that I'm in the way, cuz I'm super great at that.
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, A Deepness in the Sky, Foundation series, Lord of Light, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Getting into some of Ursula le Guin's Hainish cycle now.
Y'know, nerd stuff.
Movies (generally need to see more)
Tropic Thunder, Anchorman, Lord of the Rings, Inception, Avengers, Pacific Rim, Mad Max: Fury Road, probably a bunch more I'm forgetting.
Also old kung fu movies because they're great.
Shows (Don't have a TV, so I'm probably missing out)
Star Trek, Archer, Arrested Development, Venture Bros, Trailer Park Boys, Rick and Morty, Bojack Horseman. Admittedly, I also really like Adventure Time.
Goddamn, seeing it written down makes me wonder if I watch more cartoons now than when I was a kid.
Most of the music I listen to are local rock or punk bands at shows, but I'll give most things a listen. Ipod-wise it's mostly some punk, rock, and a good chunk of metal kicking around (oddly enough that also describes my desk).
Also, anything great for belting out in the shower. Specifically The Darkness.
Good beer, [Vegetarian] chili, pizza, cilantro, spicy indian food, tacos, burritos, falafel, baba ganoush, vegetarian sushi, things I've never tried before, and inexplicable foods (vegan mac n' cheese pizza is... an experience.).
Really just about anything that isn't meat, particularly shitty beer, or wicked poisonous. Mildly poisonous I can usually work with.
Oh, and really tiny foods. Clementines, mini milano cookies, baby bananas, baby goldfish, etc. I get to feel like a giant, and it's great. Definitely recommend.
Six other things: Multi-tool, half-decent booze, woods, a decent chef's knife, the frozen north, and some kind of lab space.
Also dogs, but I don't have one of those. These are rough times.
Leveraging privilege as a force for good.
Or just how to escape princeton for a night or two.
If you were disappointed I didn't say "ruff times" earlier.
Or if you know a good excuse for me to get the hell out of princeton for a bit.