I love writing stories and making up people and worlds. I love coming up with weird concepts and trying to make a narrative around it. I love looking at events through various lenses and I envy authors who can write multiple characters and viewpoints just like that. I love high-concept fantasy, science fiction, alternate history, or just something so mundane that we don't think about much seen through a very different lens. That stuff fires up my imagination. That stuff is exciting. One day I too want to create something that can fire other people's thoughts and imaginations. I want to get them excited. I want them to think about ideas and characters that will stay with them even after they finish reading the afterword.
That's honestly what I base a good chunk of my whole life about. I get excited easily. If I eat something that tastes amazing, I'm going to want to make it myself and learn how to do it. If I play a really good game with some cool gameplay ideas, it makes me want to learn programming so I can make something on my own. If I hear a really good song, I get excited and want to learn how to play another musical instrument. Other people make things that get me fired up. So I want to make stuff of my own.
Why else do I own my harmonicas anyway?
Other than the pursuit of my doctorate? I'm also working towards competence in programming and DIY electronics in my spare time, on my quest to understand better the mystical workings of circuitry and robotics. Just in case robots take over the world. I've been trying to take up archery to release tension and stress. It's a good way to lose yourself for a bit when you think about nothing except how to shoot your target. Music-wise, I like playing the harmonica. I once had dreams of being an awesome blues/rock-and-roll musician with nothing but a guitar and a harmonica. I like to write a lot because I can't keep myself from daydreaming and getting distracted, so sometimes I put my daydreams into paper. I like archery. I like the feeling of the bow when it releases the arrow. Sometimes I hit the target.
Mentioning obscure facts and trivia I read in books or podcasts or random internet articles. I can cite some of them.
I'm also good at self-control. I won't embarrass anyone when I'm drunk (that's a good deal!).
Fiction: Dresden Files, Temeraire, Benjamin Weaver series. Great worldbuilding and characters for the first two, and as for Ben Weaver, mind-bendingly exciting 18th century detective series, what's not to love?
Nonfiction: A crapload of history books about too many subjects.
I have a strong weakness for Kung Fu movies and Hong Kong action and comedy flicks like Shaolin Soccer. Otherwise, my most recent favorite movie is Mad Max: Fury Road. What can I say? I'm a sucker for great visuals and a strong narrative without much dialogue.
Shows: I watch too much anime for my own good. I also watch Breaking bad, Sherlock, Foyle's War, Luther... I'm considering watching The Wire soon since it's apparent that I like crime dramas.
Music: Depending on my mood, I can spend a month or two listening to nothing but classic rock, metal, jazz, hip-hop, or any genre that I'm currently in love with. Mostly classic rock, though. If I have a favorite band, it would be Queen. Current favorites: Elbow, Foxy Shazam, Jizue, Ben Folds, The Protomen, Classic DIO and Black Sabbath/Ozzy.
Food: My diet consists of rice, beans, potatoes, chicken, and eggs mixed up in different ways. I'm generally not picky, though I have a weakness for the food from the motherland.
Favorite video games: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, Dark Souls, Crusader Kings 2, because they're fun and gives me a good challenge, enough for me to sink hours and hours to think up a good strategy to beat the things the games throw at me.
2. Privacy. I need a lot of time alone.
3. The internet. Being connected to the whole world with a device on the palm of my hand. It's an awesome feeling.
4. Peace and quiet
5. Sunlight. I can't stand windowless rooms, man. They suck.
6. Sleep. I love sleep. I cherish the chance to actually get a good 8-hour sleep.
Also common: plant biology, fictional fantasy universes, relating the whole world to a philosophical system based on cell biology.