As a hobby, I have fun making art. I like trees. I enjoy playing Scrabble, Settlers of Catan, and poker (Texas hold'em). I also like to boulder (rock climbing, but without ropes and only 14 or so feet high). I loved Arrested Development. I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
Why I love graphs: Graphs can show so much! Node and line sizes, colors, shapes, and placements (over time!) can all tell the stories of distinct variables. It's pretty hard to see trends that live in these multiple dimensions while staring at spreadsheets. So - especially when you can't understand the data you're working with in one gulp - don't just stare at spreadsheets: make pretty pictures, too! Infographics rock. (Why do our government's fiscal budgets contain only text?! Hundreds of pages of pure pdf text is painful to digest - I've tried). Anyways.