I'm working toward a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of South Florida, doing research into data mining to help catch lung cancer early enough to treat it.
When I'm not studying or doing research (or sleeping), I usually have a camera in my hand. Photography keeps me sane. I'm not the best photographer in the world, but I'm not Raymond Babbitt, either; I've gotten some praise from other photographers. I prefer to shoot fireworks and small wildlife (mostly squirrels and ducks), but I'll shoot anything that holds still in front of my lens long enough.
Mr. Dunderbak's is definitely at the top of the list. I didn't even like beer when I started going there. Now I'm turning into a beer snob.
Salem's Gyros deserves to get much bigger than it is. So does bd's.
For starters, my favorite author is Terry Pratchett, hands down.
I tore through The Hunger Games and both of its sequels in two sittings; I know it's intended for teenagers, but it's a great story and wonderful political and social commentary. Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World are other works of political/social commentary I particularly enjoy.
Movies and TV:
My preferences lean toward comedies (Arrested Development, for instance) and animated movies (Tangled was sublime). I'm too empathetic to watch much drama, generally; there's enough drama in life without sitting down and suffering through more.
Good Eats is always good. So is M*A*S*H. Lately I've been watching Steven Universe, after everyone and their dog and their dog's squeaky toy has recommended it to me.
When in doubt, I pop in a stand-up comedy DVD. I have everything released by Gabriel Iglesias.
I tend to dislike some of the harsher rap, and some of the more jingoistic country—think Toby Keith—but I can enjoy the rest; my tastes run the gamut, from classical to electronic. Lately I've been listening to what Google refers to as "sunshine pop": happy, upbeat stuff, probably targeted to kids but I don't care.
I listen to the Savage Love Podcast every single week without fail; Dan Savage is made of awesome.
Welcome To Night Vale is addicting. I've listened to every episode, including the recorded live shows.
My daily reading list includes Dumbing of Age, Questionable Content, xkcd, ErfWorld, Order of the Stick, Something Positive, PvP, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, Selkie, Dilbert (yes, it counts as a webcomic), and many more.
Good, dark beer.
A smartphone (preferably a Nexus phone).
A friend or three.
A freezer stocked with burritos.
The ability to count.
I'm one of those freaks who is willing to sing karaoke while sober, so I do that sometimes.
* I actually enjoy teen-pop music.
* A while ago, I read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy... and sorta enjoyed it, despite its numerous and glaring flaws. The trilogy could've been reduced to a single book in the hands of a competent editor. (Also, everyone was focused on the BDSM portions, but those are the portions I found *least* creepy.)
* I argue on the Internet for fun. It's relaxing when you don't take anything personally; it's like rhetorical jiujitsu.