Building fun toys, robots, pieces of art, or useful tools in my workshop. I like to work with found materials and recycled parts, sometimes spending hours at surplus shops and junkyards looking for interestingly shaped pieces of metal or useful mechanical bits. My most recent major project was to build a 3D printer of my own design from scratch, which in addition to being a fun project has given me a new tool to make things with.
I go to few conventions each year. GenCon and MakerFaire NYC are the main ones, but I also go to most of the local Jeff Mach events like Wicked Faire and GKE. When the weather cooperates, I like to go to local pick-you-own farms for berries, apples, or other produce.
Related to the above skill, putting things together. Visualizing the parts of a machine and how to arrange them to make it work. Looking at a machine and seeing how the pieces fit together, and repairing what is broken.
Cooking! Cookies are my specialty, but I’m also good with dinners, especially those requiring a lot of prep work and setup, like brining a turkey or roasting an entire leg of lamb. I learned this skill out of necessity, when my wife was bed-ridden for months, but then realized that I love to cook. I’m not very good at working without a recipe, I like to research recipes and document everything I’m doing and how well it turned out. I treat cooking like a scientific endeavor, experimenting with recipes and recording what works.
Most recent book read was The Martian by Andy Weir.
I don’t go to see very many movies in the theater anymore. The few I do see are mostly escapist science fiction or fantasy movies. Wreck-it Ralph was the last movie I saw that I really enjoyed. I also really loved The Avengers.
I also don’t watch much TV anymore. I haven’t even switched our TV set on in months, nearly anything I want to watch I can watch online. I used to watch Mythbusters every week, until they ran out of ideas for myths to test. I do watch some educational shows, national geographic shows like Frozen Planet especially. I really loved the series Inside Nature’s Giants, though I admit it’s not a show for the squeamish.
I've recently become hooked on Welcome to Night Vale. Other podcasts I listen to are Polyamory Weekly, This week in Virology, Skeptoid, and Critical Hit.
I don’t have very well-defined tastes in music, I usually just listen to whatever is on. I do like progressive rock, especially Rush, and I don’t like jazz at all.
I have a real taste for spicy Asian food. Thai, Indian, Polynesian, Korean BBQ, and Chinese especially when it’s authentic and spicy. I love sushi, especially when the wasabi is really sharp. There are also some really good fusion restaurants that my I like. I also like good authentic Mexican food, but it’s hard to find that around here.
I like good Hawaiian coffee, dark with no sugar or cream. I like dark chocolate, especially flavored with something interesting like chili, salt, toffee, or bacon.
I am not vegetarian, but I have enough vegetarian friends now that I've been learning to cook vegetarian and vegan meals.
A warm home with electricity and internet connection.
A good mechanical pencil, and a pad for sketching ideas.
My laptop, I do so many things with it.
Stuff I use on my laptop- Python for scripting projects, useful or just fun, and Autocad for designing things I’m going to build.
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or OkCupid. These are how I keep in touch with most of my friends these days.
Cooking I’m going to do, ambitious recipes I want to try to tackle. Planning dinners, and figuring out if I can or need to invite a friend over to try a recipe I’m really proud of.
Whether or not I could make a better profile by just taking all the profiles from other people with similar interests and running them through a Markov chain random text generator.
Sometimes there will be a group outing to see a new movie with friends. I’m getting to old to do the midnight on Thursday viewings of newly opening movies now, seeing weekend opening movies on Friday night instead. I really like the new Cinema Suites theaters, with the cushioned recliner seats and the menu of overpriced food,
My wife has a chronic pain which among other symptoms causes her muscles to lock up painfully. Every Friday (and Tuesday) is massage night, when I spend an hour massaging her and helping her stretch so she can move again.
You have an idea for an interesting project you want to collaborate on.
Or if you just want to try some pretty good home-baked cookies.