Martial arts: I've been intersted in martial arts for nearly as long as I remember. I'm not even really sure why it's always stuck with me. I've always felt some sort of intrinsic connection to it, at the very least. The movements, the honing of oneself, the utility, the strategic and analytical aspects... I feel like there's a lot to be gained from the training and I just find it so compelling. There are overarcing aspects that I find that appeal to me. As I said about Parkour, part of what I enjoy about all my physical activities is that understanding body mechanics is essential to all of them. What makes martial arts extra interesting in comparison to Parkour and rock climbing is that not only do you have to understand your own body, but that of other people's. I think the delving into things like strategy and reading an opponent tie into the same things I enjoy about playing board games. I'm sure the testing of reactions and perfecting skill tie into the same things I enjoy about fighting games (and many action video games in general, but none so much as those where you can compete w/ another person like a fighting game). I think a big part of it is just knowing what I've made myself capable of, and what I can continue to look forward to learning.
FOOD: I have been known as a "black hole" or "garbage disposal" in the past. What can I say, I like to eat XD I don't exactly fancy myself a deep food critic, but I like to think I can differentiate between bad food, ok food, good food and amazing food. My tastes often tend to run towards the rustic (especially when I think of home cooking and Filipino cooking), but I can appreciate a well put together dish. In the past I've prided myself on not being very picky, either, and having a relatively wide pallette, though I know there's probably a lot out there I've never considered (at least not until seeing it on Bizarre Foods or No Reservations). I'm not a big fan of paying a lot for food, even for something fancy; as I said, my tastes do often run to the rustic, so paying for fanciness is hard to convince me of.
The Answer: Oh, this one is a fun one. That came from a session of an old Wizards of the Coast trivia party game, What Were You Thinking. The object of the game isn't so much to get questions factually correct, but to match the answers of as many people playing the game as possible. At one point one of the players decided it would be funny to use "Chris" as one of the answers (I'm sure it was comedically appropriate for the question). After that, without direct communication that I could tell, more and more people started getting on the "Chris is The Answer" boat and thereafter "The Answer" became one of my nicknames, because, well... I'm apparently the answer.
Anime: I'll repeat what I put in my response to gamethyme's tag of this, but I'll go ahead and elaborate, since it was pretty short. -Really, I've just carried my love for animation through my whole life. Though I think my love of animation is just part of my love of sequential art in any form, whether it be comics (online or print) or cinema (live action or animated). Anime is just another medium to enjoy cinema in.- I've always loved cartoons ever since I was a kid. I spent a lot of time in front of the tv on Saturday mornings when I was a kid, and I was a child of the 80s, and I certainly followed all the cartoons everyone else did at the time; Transformers, GI Joe, Gobots, Thundercats, He-Man, even some She-Ra just because it was related to He-Man. I enjoyed a lot of animation that was played on Nickelodeon like Count Duckula, Danger Mouse, Spartacus, Belle and Sebastian, The Mysterious Cities of Gold and the like. I followed TMNT in the 90s. I honestly can't remember if I watched stuff like Robotech when I was a kid, but I know I picked up on it when I was a teenager, and I'm sure that led me to things like Akira and from there I just kept looking and looking until I finally found other people to enjoy it with, found the underground community, and have been with it to this day through all it's growing pains. I still love it now, though I'd like to think for slightly more refined reasons (not by much, just a bit more detailed than "cool shit from Japan" XD). Hell, for S&Gs, here's pictures of my DVD collection (yes, it's in a closet; that much easier to store) of which the majority of it is anime. http://pics.livejournal.com/theonlymegu
Science minded: I do like to think of myself as quite analytical, so I feel I'm science-minded in the sense that I try to look at things logically and use some scientific method to come to conclusions. Not to say that I think intensely about everything I do, one of my favorite mottos is "onetwothreego", especially when it comes to Parkour. But I try to apply my mind to problems that come my way and limit guessing as much as possible. Most of the time it's just because things have to make sense to me. I don't like just taking things at face value. Also, I think it helps me have less problem with being wrong about things, becuase to me mistakes help you get closer to the answer.