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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Fred Rogers, Oct 5, 2017.
I never heard of such a hobby. Very cool. Everyone gotta like that.
Wild mushroom foraging, gardening, kayaking, hiking, cooking and eating.
I have a compulsive personality, and will not start anything unless I can carry it through beyond its intended purpose, I loved scuba diving so I studied oceanography biology and became a professional diver ( at one point) I always loved the technical stuff electronics etc, so I became a touring sound guy , that led to me building my first studio, I love to repurpose things that were not intnded for a specific function and make them work, I'm always thinking and schemeing how to solve a technical problem , and sometimes the results are not what I expected, and others i surprize myself, I always loved airbrushing and often thought about airbrushing guitars , I used to paint 3-d models , and illustrations this is how I relax, right now I'm repairing a 27" Imac with a bad graphics card , I had it on all last night and it still is working fine I'll give it one more day then returnit to the owner.
here's a few of my airbrushings I did , I may have posted some earlier
As you can tell from my LOGO Picture i fish a little. Some would say more than a little but not as much this year as in prior years. I tool up this new thing that takes my time playing guitar.
Finding oddball old vinyl albums. Listening to old vinyl on our big stereo with the wife.
Making custom graphics for this guitar
Also, making custom album art/graphics for each of the over 20thousand songs in my archive of other artists' music I've bought. Then playing it on my big tablet while it bluetooth streams to the car audio.
Thats probably the very definition of nerd-dom.
No, I'm not anywhere NEAR finished making a separate image for each song.
Playing Borderlands and Diablo 3 with my daughter.
Avoiding yard work.
There are other hobbies? Unbelievable.
quit golf and hunting years ago and started flying cessnas. Got my ticket in 1997. That got way to expensive after 911 .
built an offset smoker on a trailer and started competing in BBQ cook offs with the wife. Goes well with the drinking hobby also. The wife is a winning pit master in her own right now. we both enjoy it so we are always together (shes really my best friend) and we have met so many great people and made lots of friends. We have won money but we have spent WAY WAY more that we have won. We'll be competing at a county fair in Seguin this weekend.
Heres a article about my wife from last years cook off.
I used to play a ton of racquetball ran a few 10ks. I like to write and have a book on Amazon. Also investing.
Well, Gaming is my longest hobby, starting when I was a kid with Rack-O and moving forward from there.
Now (the shelves are in order now which left four of the squares open, which are now full and I have a couple more squares of games on the table):
My next longest hobby would be motorcycles. Back in the 70's I started off with a 250cc and have advanced to two main bikes. Touring on the bikes didn't start until I got back on in 2001.
Hayabusa and Bryce Canyon Utah:
Concours and the Redwoods in California:
Next longest would be computers. Been hacking code, assembling computers, and learning new stuff since 1980 or so. Current rig:
I enjoy woodworking and have been doing stuff with wood for years. Over the last few years, I've been getting better with my projects.
And of course the gaming table in the first pictures.
The last few years I've gone hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing but I'm not sure I'd consider that a hobby.
At one point we had bees but that didn't end well (technically they were sold when my ex walked away but it's a good picture )
I'm not sure I'd consider reading a hobby but if so, I've been reading since I was a kid and have read voraciously since then. I'm in the middle of a series of books about St Mary's and Time Machines which is pretty good if a bit light.
And I like taking pictures
I like Astronomy and looking up to the stars on a dark night.
The moon is very striking on the right night (not quite full so you get the shadows across the lunar mountains giving a sense of depth), but for me, going as far in as I can, just connecting the dots that are the different star constellations, with my sky map, realising that the star next to that star is actually 30.000 Light years further out, and it's just a trick of parallax - that's my thing.
On a good night you can see the Andromeda Galaxy which is 2.5 Million Light Years away. You can't see our own Galaxy (we are too close on an outer spiral arm), but you can see that Big Daddy Galaxy that is crashing towards us, soon to merge with us, around the time our own Sun runs out of fuel in a few billion years time.
It's just a faint blur. But a very definite faint blur, as opposed to looking like another star (when viewed with the naked eye), when you view it with a basic (but decent) Telescope such as I have.
To think that we have about 4 hundred thousand million (400,000,000,000) stars in our Galaxy, but Andromeda has about 10 hundred thousand million stars.
Once you have a half-decent Telescope (few hundred bucks) and some decent star/sky software (free or only a few bucks for full versions), you are ready to go out and gaze at the wonder of our local universe. Realise how small we are. Before going back inside because it's cold out there, firing up TDPRI, and arguing about whether the 3-way barrel design really does offer much improvement over a 6-way.
The photography in this thread and those of you that have said that photography is an interest of yours, has inspired me to start a new thread on the subject. I think you're going to like this one. Back in a bit.
Running and astrophotography.
I hit people with sticks. And make stuff. The making stuff stuff takes up a bunch of room in the house. I am not, however, into robotic glue guns. More like hydraulic presses and industrial process stuff. Lots of metal, some wood.
Currently, I seem involved in coaching youth soccer. Because they needed coaches and I'd at least played the game before.
And I'm contemplating some electronics manufacture.
I write software for money, but since my job is currently satisfying, I do rather little of it at home at present. It's good that I do it for money, otherwise, my free time would be taken up with it.
I also read a lot.
My other hobby is model railways. I used to be mad on trains when I was a kid but never had the money or room to build a decent layout. I'm building an N scale layout depicting the latter days of steam in Britain, loosely based on the East Midlands. I'm trying to build as much of the scenery and buildings from scratch rather than kits. It's a very relaxing and rewarding hobby.
• Computer programming
• Calligraphic lettering
• Home weather station
• Numerical analysis & data mining
• ET & MPH drag race equations
• Chordal jazz
• Beam tube & pentode analyses
I practice Aikido. I am a second-degree black belt (nidan) and have been practicing for 17 years. However, I've been playing guitar for 47!