Less philosophically...I've done a few things, professionally-speaking, since finishing graduate school, including a stint in the public sector and a few years on the classic consulting tour, in Brazil and New York. Over the past few years I've migrated more toward the software space, which, as you might guess, is part of what brings me to the Bay Area. I like solving problems, which is the unifying theme underlying my various endeavors.
The parrot riding on my shoulder?
The Sufi poetry tattooed on my forehead?
I really haven't the foggiest...do feel free to educate me.
I just read A Bright Shining Lie on a trip to Vietnam with a college buddy, and that's one I'll be thinking about for a while. More broadly, the favorites are almost all non-fiction: The Blue Nile / The White Nile, The Zanzibar Chest, Lenin's Tomb, The Fate of Africa, An Unexpected Light, The River of Doubt, etc. I do happen to think Wallace Stegner is about the best pure writer I've ever read, but I'm just not a fiction guy. And of course Hemingway, but that's sort of like saying you enjoy sex and chocolate - really, who doesn't?
Good Will Hunting, The Big Lebowski, The Departed, Swingers, Lost in Translation, Traffic (I was tempted to include Band of Brothers as an homage to the always entertaining OKTrends, but that would cheat the system. Oh wait...)
Lately, I've been listening to The National, Eddie Vedder and Arcade Fire quite a bit. My music tastes, though, are pretty variable.... I did just spend a few days in Nashville and saw Charlie Daniels fiddlin' on the Grand Ole Opry and a guy named Will Hoge sing a few songs about women dyin'. Turns out they don't allow Gs in Nashville.
Basketball on a regular basis
Long bike rides
Giant stacks of books about everything under the sun
That's not true. I drink top shelf.
Beyond that, I'll demur. I'm pretty sure this here is the Internet. Its like a system of tubes.