My idea of a fun time involves good food, interesting conversation, and laughter. I'm not much of a drinker and dislike any party where I need to yell to have a conversation. I'm mostly an introvert, but I like getting to know and understand people.
Before this, I worked in quant trading for a while, but it became taxing on my soul. I didn't want my lifetime contribution to humanity to be making equity markets marginally more efficient. Finance will always be a backup, but I don't plan to go back to it. My current goal is to become a professor.
Like any good PhD student, I love learning about the world. I like that my work allows me to ponder (and maybe one day answer!) how the human mind works, what "intelligence" really is, and whether machines can ever truly have it. When I started college I planned to study humanities and social sciences, but eventually ended up in math and computer science. I still have a passion for topics like history and psychology though. I take my work seriously, but believe in work-life balance.
I have a pretty mainstream sense of humor -- Simpsons (from the 90's, not the later episodes), Arrested Development, 30 Rock, etc. As for movies, I really liked Airplane! but hated The Life Aquatic. Groundhog Day was fantastic, though I liked it more for its concept rather than its comedy.
I love almost all food. I'm particularly a fan of Thai, Japanese and (good) Indian food. I don't like most desserts or junk food.
Second levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Third levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Fourth levels of Maslow's hierarchy of needs
A Chipotle barbacoa burrito bowl with guacamole (aka, self-actualization)
Hot showers <-- most important
You don't seriously believe in astrology.
You're perfectly happy spending a Friday night in.
You would have said No in the Milgram Experiment. (Although I admit probably everyone thinks they would say No.)
Most importantly: you are a kind, giving person that views relationships as cooperative, not competitive.