I consider myself an anarchist politically, but a moderate strain, ala deliberative democracy, etc.
At some point in the future, I want to taste living in Spain, Berlin, California, maybe a South Eastern European city, and maybe Singapore. I plan on leaving academia for industry for at least a little while as well.
I'm quite selective about beer and wine. I love the Savagnin wines from the Jura region in France and extremely hoppy beer, like American or Belgian IPA. There aren't many British beer I like, but the Kernel Brewery is spectacular and BrewDog is nice.
I adore Lovecraft, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Herbert, Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, Tolkien, Stanisław Lem, and Asimov. I prefer Pieter Singer amongst the philosophers I've read, especially A Darwinian Left. I'm pushing myself towards reading more French fiction lately, but mostly I read non-fiction lately, especially mathematics. I read lots online too, ala news or whatever.
I love black comedies and weird movies, like Pan’s Labyrinth, Ink, Grosse Point Blank, Donnie Darko, and Let the Right One In. I like Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro. I don't watch television unless I know it's exceedingly good.
I've extremely broad but cyclic tastes in music, kinda depends upon what the good local clubs play, or maybe what they don't play. It's frequently been rock, progressive rock, metal, electronic, industrial, synthpop, darkwave, trance or electronic, jazz, etc.
I adore Informatik, Mind.In.A.Box, Deadmau5, Orbital, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Brian Eno, Bjork, Sigur Rós, Faithless, Massive Attack, Muse, Rome, VNV Nation, :Wumpscut:, Covenant, Seabound, Project Pitchfork, Skinny Puppy, Lacuna Coil, Ozzy Osbourne, Nightwish, Rush, Leonard Cohen, Tori Amos, R.E.M., and yes Lady Gaga.
Mathematics : I'm currently working on algorithms for geometric group theory, but my previous research topic could be described as infinite simple groups that resemble finite groups. I've extremely wide interests in mathematics generally, including topics in geometry, analysis, and applied mathematics. I've read lots about the stochastic differential equations arising in mathematical finance lately. Fun fact : the Black-Scholes equation is simply the Heat equation evolving backwards in time.
Programming : I'm using the functional language Haskell lots lately, mostly because I always found it extremely pretty, but also because it's Scottish. :) I'm most familiar with C, C++, and Perl though.
Cryptography : I'm extremely interested in applications of anonymized digital currencies to collaboration problems, and privacy issues in cloud storage and communications, i.e. kill facebook. ;)
Anarchism & Political Theory : I'm interested in transparency deliberative democracy, and voting theory, a topic in mathematics.