So my current work is supported by all that teaching experience and my past life in product design and I'm driven by the larger social issue, which is that teachers are so important to society, and they need help to use all the new tools that are available to them.
I discovered I need reading glasses when I was 20 and since then I've been reading like crazy, mostly academic stuff. I love fast-paced fiction (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The DaVinci Code), graphic novels (Watchmen, V for Vendetta), but mostly I read essays, journals, websites and books pertaining to design or I guess anything in the realm of non-fiction.
I like different music depending on my mood. Much of the time I'm in a singer-songwriter mood (She & Him, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe), but I find myself listening to instrumental music while I read (RJD2, Chopin, Album Leaf), but I also listen to all kinds of rock (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Black Keys), hip-hop (The Weeknd, J-Dilla, Lauryn Hill), soul (Marvin Gaye, Raphael Saadiq, Stevie Wonder), and Indie-folk (Phoenix, Flaming Lips, Simon and Garfunkel).
Oh and food. Most of the meals I buy are sandwiches or Asian food, but I eat a lot at home. And I make a mean spaghetti and meat sauce, all kinds of chicken, pancakes, eggs... I don't eat dairy, and I try to eat healthy substantial food so that affects my food choices a lot, but food's my thing. I eat every day.
At a higher level, I need things to inspire me, things to learn from, and things that serve as creative outlets. That, and someone who cares about me nearby.
If you are going to message me please just don't be like fucking insane or anything because that sucks and I don't like that very much at all.
Here's an awesome list of conversation triggers I came up with if you're the type to overthink it (in order of heaviness):
TV, books, movies, music
Cities and countries
Work and play
Family and friends
Sex, drugs, rock and roll
Schools, jails, hospitals
Politics and religion
Life and death