I went to Harvey Mudd College, which was a totally amazingly awesome school, but it sort of ate my soul. I loved being there, but I'm also happy I made it out. Now I'm out in the real world, doing the code-monkey thing, and actually making money, instead of spending it in large quantities, which is sort of a nice feeling.
I also like to think of myself as a vocalist. Not professionally, of course, but I'd been singing in a cappella groups and various choirs since 10th grade, and took a couple years of voice lessons in college. When I moved to Long Beach, I looked around for a choir to join, and by some miracle, actually found one, the Long Beach Camarata. They're actually quite good - way better than any group I sang with in school. I also love musicals, though the chance of being in any more of those is somewhat smaller now that I've graduated. So I mostly just have to watch them, which is still fun, if not as much as performing. And, heck, I'll sing with just about anything that'll have me (I always end up singing random places with my dad's obscure neofolky band when I'm back visiting, for instance.)
I'm definitely your average geek-type, and for the most part proud of it. I like having intellectual conversations about just about anything, from the academic/philosophical to the absurd (often both at once). I love reading, love all sorts of geeky music, obsess over various tv shows and/or movies, play various time-sucking games... the usual.
I also obsessively play a silly web game called Kingdom of Loathing, and try to addict all my friends, as well. And yes, like everyone else, World of Warcraft too, but I'm not that guy who plays it 24/7 and loses his job. In fact, there've been entire weeks where I didn't log in once! KoL, I'm pretty obsessive about, but it's the sort of game you can't play 24/7, or I wouldn't love it as much.
I might go back and get a Masters sometime... but it's sort of looking unlikely at this point (ed. yeah, unlikelier all the time, even if it would be sort of fun). If I did, though, it'd probably be in UIs (and would give me an excuse to take more linguistics classes). I love learning, and love the college environment, but started to get a little burned out on the near-constant work. I have absolutely no interest in a PhD, though. PhDs in cs, I gather, are for becoming a professor, and I'd make a terrible one.
*Programming, if you compare me to the world population rather than the population of cs majors at Mudd.
* Fiddling with computers/programs until they work the way I want them to.
*Certain games (for instance, there was this kid at Mudd who gave everyone nicknames my frosh year, and mine was "Mario Pro" for a while). And yet I suck at others horribly, no matter how I try. Starcraft is one of my favorite games, for instance, but total newbies are always beating me at it.
Random sampling of movies I particularly appreciate: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Matrix (but not the other two), Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney version), Dr. Strangelove, Office Space, The Princess Bride, Shrek, the original Star Wars trilogy.
Music: I can really appreciate almost anything. And what I can't appreciate for its goodness, I can generally at least appreciate for its badness (see: most country, most mainstream rap, etc.)
But I'm particularly a huge collector of musical wit of various sorts - mashups, cutups, remixes, covers, arrangements, parodies, filk, "one song to the tune of another" bits, etc. I also love artists who combine multiple genres seamlessly, as well as pretty much anything with tight vocal harmony, regardless of genre. I also love all the usual (and a few obscurer) orchestral soundtrack composers, and I'll always have a soft spot for the music of old video games (and those who arrange them).
I also feel compelled to link Queen. I'm not entirely sure why.
Food: pizza, the more toppings the better; Mexican food; Indian food; Thai food; sushi-that-doesn't-have-fish-in-it (yes, I know, I'm weird)... I'm pretty open to trying things. As long as they don't involve raw fish (to be fair, I did try that once, too. It was as terrible as it sounded. So nyah.)
Nonsarcastic answer: 1. A computer
2. Internet access (thing I miss most about college: always functional, super-high-speed internet. Thanks, verizon, for sucking so much, and thanks, every better ISP for not providing service here because verizon probably kicked you all out.)
3. Sleep. Not sarcastic - some people seem to survive on much less. I don't understand those people. 8 hours a day or I'm a sad codemonkey.
4. A ready supply of good books (I'll reread books multiple times if necessary)
5. Friends of a similarly geekish variety (ok, I lied, *that* is what I'll miss most about being in college)
6. Money. As sad as this is, it's rather difficult to do much without it.
Also, The Game. Which I just lost, and now you will, too. Hope you don't mind.
(This is not at all untrue, but there are occasional exceptions. If you recognized that it was a quote, and especially if you know who said it and why, there's a decent chance you might be one of them. That said, the response... might also be true, in general.)
Relatedly: I sort of speak in pop culture references sometimes.