I used to be known for my relentless collection of new hobbies. Over the last few years I've settled down somewhat and have been focusing almost entirely on metalwork in the service of kinetic-sculpture-ish projects. Past adventures have included atlatls, filmmaking, copper smelting, freefall robotics and canoeing arctic rivers. Other than that I'm yet another introverted geek with an academic computer background.
I've been married for 11 years, poly for 12. I was originally reluctant to open up the relationship, but now I can't imagine it any other way.
(And I do test engineer work for a computer-vision metrology firm. It's pretty decent for a day job. If nothing else, I really enjoy working in an environment where 5 microns can be a very big error!)
Vernor Vinge, Charles Stross, Ken MacLeod, Greg Egan, Lois McMaster Bujold, Neal Stephenson, Diane Duane, Tamora Pierce, Robert Pirsig, Herman Hesse, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy
Lots of SF, obviously. I have a particular weakness for crazy post-human singularity fiction. Lots of non-fiction: linguistics, cartography, urban design/public transit, sailing, history of science, history of technology, history of anything, machining lore...
Sandbaggers, Time Team, Doctor Who, Scrapheap Challenge, Daria, Community
If...., Grosse Pointe Blank, Real Genius, Hackers, 2010, Pump Up the Volume, The Breakfast Club, Seven Samurai
Violent Femmes, Depeche Mode, The Decemberists, The Who, Dresden Dolls
Beyond those, I guess the mean of my musical distribution centers on 90s alternative. But the variance is very high, making for a fairly eclectic collection. And I'm kind of a sucker for catchy pop.
Thai -- always and forever Thai. But coming from a social group of very picky eaters, I'm a dedicated omnivore out of self-preservation. And I'll try anything once.
An internet connection.
A book to read.
A good hat.
...and one other thing left in reserve.
The effect of science and industry on society and morality since the Industrial Revolution, and where it is likely to go in the future. (AKA, applied science fiction.)
The history of technological development -- I have a long-term goal of completely bootstrapping a copper smelt starting with sticks and rocks. I've done some bits of it (flintknapping, atlatl practice, 3 practice copper smelts) but I still have a long way to go.