Beyond work, I'm explorig the south bay, going on hikes, watching movies, and going to a lot of stereotypical techie house parties with craft beer and board games.
Moneyball is my favorite non-fiction book. It rekindled my love of baseball, and I use it as an inspiration/benchmark for how to break past conventional wisdom.
As a kid, I loved The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum.
I have a bit of a soft spot for mindfucks and gimmicks, so Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, and Adaptation are three of my favorites.
I am a hack for anything Coen Brothers. A Serious Man perfectly captured the nihilist streak that runs through all the Jewish culture-stuff that I absorbed growing up.
When I'm feeling down there's nothing I like better than light-hearted action movies that don't take themselves terribly seriously. Examples are Serenity, Pirates of the Caribbean, Zombieland etc.
Music: A mix of classic rock, indie rock, occasionally r&b. I used to be more dogmatic/judgmental about top 40 but then I realized I was just being a snob.
Example favorites: The Beatles, Frank Ocean, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Of Monsters & Men, Jefferson Airplane
But yeah, the six things I could never live without are you know, friends, family, truth, beauty, love, Nintendo, blah blah blah...that sort of stuff, right?
-Hanging out with a big group for food and/or music and/or board games
-Drinking with co-workers
-Working away at the office, because the dream won't build itself.
You get along well with warm, earnest people (the dark, brooding type I am not).
Or, you just want to!