I'm Joe. I live in Northwest Indiana, about 40 minutes out of downtown Chicago. It's not too bad out here...I mean, it's hardly fast paced excitement every minute, but there's room for a garden. I consider that a plus.
I love science. I'm an engineering student, and I enjoy science documentaries and just plain ol' science videos on Youtube. I also love math. Does that make me a nerd? Probably. That's okay, nerds are cool.
I love music. I've been playing guitar since age 12, and have built my own guitar amps and effects pedals. I actually work with a couple of small builders to make their stuff better. It's kind of fun.
I'm not the religious sort. It's okay if you are, just realize that I won't ever be.
Other than that, it depends on the day. I'm not afraid to dive into anything that looks interesting. Electronics projects, books, Netflix, mildly annoying my cats, checking out new restaurants in the greater Chicagoland area, driving around looking for dark sky, taking long road trips, meeting people, and otherwise just trying to amuse myself.
Books: Well, as far as actual reading goes, besides the electronics and mathematics texts I'm REQUIRED to read, I've been working on "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes. Other than that, I've discovered the wonders of the Audiobook, and have been absorbing books on Oppenheimer, Feynman, the X15, etc...I've been bouncing back and forth between nuclear history and the space program quite a bit lately.
So, I guess I could shorten that to "Primarily non-fiction with a emphasis on science, engineering, or history. I do have a soft spot for Kurt Vonnegut, Phillip K Dick, and the Harry Potter books."
I could probably further shorten that to "I'm a geek. I read what geeks read."
TV: Archer is hilarious. I tend to quote the Simpsons quite a bit.
Music: I'm a gigantic Bowie fan. I tend to consume just about anything as far as music goes, with my tastes probably trending a bit closer to Punk, Post Punk, and flat out noise.
Food: I love, love, love Indian food. Devon Ave is probably one of my favorite places on earth. So much good Indian food. I also have a soft spot for Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Mexican. I like good food in general. I am not a picky eater.
As for what really matters, incredible people, both friends and family, and time to spend with them.
I got rid of that freeloading appendix, those troublesome tonsils, and the just in the way uvula.