I try to spend an hour or two (or three) each day in a coffee shop, sipping espresso, reading, and thinking the deep thoughts.
I go bouldering (indoors) three or four times per week. I like the way bouldering established a series of challenging but attainable goals, the convivial nature of working a problem with a group of people, and the convenience of a fifteen minute door-to-door trip.
Before moving to Vancouver, I rarely got in more than ten skiing days per year, but years of lessons have left me competent and enthusiastic. I enjoy tree skiing best of all. It's remarkable how constraining the set of viable choices focuses the mind. Groomed trails make Baby Jesus cry.
Also, reeling in my prepositions.
Also, my skin sparkles in direct sunlight. The result of an unfortunate glitter accident during my wayward youth.
(B) Movies: Donnie Darko.
(C) My favorite bands include: agalloch, ahab, the angelic process, ash borer, blut aus nord, boris, drudkh, earth, fleurety, the gault, in the woods..., krallice, liturgy, negura bunget, ocrilim, panopticon, red sparowes, skagos, sunn O))), ulver, weakling, and wolves in the throne room. I'm passionate about music, but I gave up on evangelism years ago. With regards to other people's music, I get along well with post-rock, electronica, and industrial. VNV Nation is my favorite dance music.
I prefer music without intelligible lyrics. It's been my experience that bands are rarely good at composing music, playing instruments, and writing poetry. Two out of three is good enough for me, but I don't want to be irritated by insipid lyrics.
(D) Foods: I eat an indecent amount of yogurt and muesli. And blueberries by the pound, when they're in season. I have soft spot for pickled and smoked fish. When dining out, I prefer spicy foods. I rarely cook meat.
(Q) Web Comics: SMBC and XKCD.
(Z) Things that other people seem to like but I've never really understood: travel, baseball, the hippity-hop, shopping, bus stops placed every two blocks.
Math (also sometimes in my dreams. But those are nightmares. Very unpleasant nightmares.)
The internets (Once upon a time, people lived in ignorance. They might wonder "where can I get the best cup of coffee in my neighborhood?" or "how do planes fly?" or "how much wood would a wood chuck chuck per hour if hopped up on a 0.6mg/kg dose of methamphetamine?" but, after a few moments of consternation, realize that neither they, nor anyone they know, had access to the answer. Today, an intricate series of tubes will deliver all the information in the world directly to your eyeballs. Instantaneously. For free. Just about anywhere. Welcome to the future.)
Sunlight (I spent two years locked in a basement laboratory. Well, the doors were locked, but to prevent others from entering, rather than to keep me from leaving. Regardless, I was obliged to spend most of my waking hours there. Few things are quite as depressing as descending into the bowels of the earth in the middle of the day and not emerging until the middle of the night. Going subterranean during daylight hours and working there until the sun has risen once again is one of those things.)
English (it's remarkable how essential total fluency is to having an interesting conversation. Good diction is totally hot.)
The impression (or illusion) of progress (doing science is like pulling teeth.)
I also enjoy contemplating my navel. However, I think I've plumbed most of its mysteries by now. I'm looking to diversify into other people's navels.
Recently, I've started delving into the quantum mysteries.
Words of the day: vastness, churlish
I developed an abiding dislike for the Swiss over the course of four years living in Zurich.
For reasons I have yet to fathom, I seem to be farcically inept at tying my shoes. They tend to spontaneously untie multiple times each day. The problem persists across different pairs of shoes with very dissimilar laces. I think I'm going to declare defeat and start double-knotting.