Friday night topic: Random interests

TR is my job, but tinkering with computers is also my hobby. I spend a lotta hours, all told, on tech-related things. I’m also interested in politics, religion, sports, family life, and a number of other things, but those interests are pretty widely shared. One of the more out-there things I like to do, though, is read geeky wildlife biology sites like Tet Zoo and watch nature documentaries from NatGeo and others. Shark week? I’m on it.

Do you have any random, uncommon interests that don’t entirely fit with your usual, everyday occupation and background? If so, what are they, and what draws you to them? What resources do you use to explore those interests? Discuss.

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    • aces170
    • 10 years ago

    I am in the financial services industry. My hobby is computers :), besides tinkering with computer hardware, I like photography. Infact in the past year, my spending on camera and lenses have been higher then computer related hardware.

    • TaBoVilla
    • 10 years ago

    making music, pre-flood civilizations and traveling. does self-gratification qualify as a hobbie?

      • bthylafh
      • 10 years ago

      There are many wankers on the Internet.

    • Thrashdog
    • 10 years ago

    I’m an architecture grad, working in IT, whose major hobbies are motorsports and watching anime. I defy you to categorize me! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      A geek. Was that a serious question? :p

        • khands
        • 10 years ago

        I don’t think so, it’s pretty clear cut.

    • sokudo
    • 10 years ago

    Manage a team of developers, but am an avid martial artist.

    I’ve taken a liking to all manner of things in my life, but this has been the one constant.

    I believe that all martial arts are part of a whole and that no one art is better than another – that they all supplement one another.

    • Dirge
    • 10 years ago

    This seems like a great thread for anyone looking for a hobby. Personally I have a small coin collection, mostly European, with some over a hundred and fifty years old. I don’t have any high value coins and only add to the collection now an again.. but they can be an interesting piece of history. Right now am interested in collecting coins struck in silver.

    I am just getting into electronics and would like to some day refurbish or even build my own tube amp for hifi listening.

    • puppetworx
    • 10 years ago

    We’re all a bunch of nerds.

    I like finding the things which are taken to be true by society but which are really falsehoods. I also like trying to understand the roots of power in society. When I’ve got enough data I plan to sling up an informational graphics website to house them.

    Currently I’m trying to wrap my head around money. I want to work out if those issuing the money are really providing a one way exchange of value. (Instead of swapping ‘value for value’ if the originators of money are swapping ‘notes for value’. Of course since these notes can be exchanged for value they may be considered valuable. The suppliers of these notes do not create any value themselves however merely the means for others to trade it, providing the notes they print garner enough trust.) Any insights more then welcome.

    • PainIs4ThaWeak
    • 10 years ago

    Stand-up Poetry. Whether listening, reading, or writing. (Don’t hate!)

    • normalicy
    • 10 years ago

    Jeez, what am I not interested in?

    -Avid follower of Project Runway (clothing design), which means that I also do a lot of sewing & upholstery.
    -Love to cook
    -Recently got into guns. Built a mean sniper rifle (that I’ll be shooting on Monday by the way).
    -I’ve been installing car audio for years before I even had a computer.
    -There’s a reason I love car audio, it’s because I love to listen to good music, I spend much of my life listening to music.
    -Really big into recent history…. In particular the “2nd” industrial revolution (1880-1950ish)
    -Love my Jeep which I’ve owned since I started driving… 14 years ago & because it’s had every issue under the sun (mostly because of abuse), I’ve become quite the adept mechanic.
    -Without trying, I’ve become quite the costume maker. What started out as just making fun costumes for Halloween some 10 years ago has ended up with me making stuff worthy of ComicCon.
    -There’s more, but I don’t want to get piddly.

    • NeelyCam
    • 10 years ago

    I’ve started becoming more and more a treehugger.. Local foods, energy efficiency etc. Although I mostly take an engineering point of view on all this… Nuclear is the way to go; getting discouraged because of nuclear waste is just a waste of time. Can’t we just expend a bit of energy into fusion of some sort to deal with the waste?

    Solar panels will save the world. F**k oil. Oil should be taxed to kingdom come.

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      Oh, and budget home theater. I really like large screens (100in and up), but it pisses me off if I notice that the sound is coming from below/above the screen.

      Acoustically transparent screens FTW!

    • jackbomb
    • 10 years ago

    Butane and butane accessories.

      • Kharnellius
      • 10 years ago

      You wouldn’t be related to Firebat at all, would you?

    • Jambe
    • 10 years ago

    I tried watching Shark Week. I quit after about the twentieth overly-macho “yeeeeeah!” Absolutely hated it.

    The shark attack stories are all the same. Swimmer felt something, maybe a bit of struggle, swam or was carried to shore and recovered after stitches or died. Lots of demonizing of sharks (INFESTED WATERS) and maybe the token survivor saying “but they’re a necessary part of the ecosystem and should be protected.”

    Then there’s “the most dangerous sharks” bullcrap followed by some reality-TV behind-the-scenes filler. And then more Air Jaws “woooooah” and “aawwwwwwwww” and “yeeeeeah”. For crap’s sake.

    No thanks, Discovery. Is anybody else fed up with how lowbrow and moronic most “science” shows are? It’s like Discovery’s audience is 6th graders (and the History Channel, TLC, Science Chanel, Nat Geo, etc). Nat Geo does seem a bit less patronizing, I suppose.

    I liked past years’ shows which featured Mike DeGruy. I didn’t see him at all this year, but the guy’s genuinely interested in sea life and tells you interesting tidbits in a straightforward, enthusiastic manner without coming off as a drunken sports-fan pandering to the lowest common denominator.

    Anyway, I’m a freelance artist and farmhand. I like discussing and promoting secularism and secular ethics. I also regularly partake of amateur astronomy, ten-ball and straight pool. I enjoy home restoration as well (old farmhouse is a tough mistress). But somebody already pointed out that your job doesn’t have to define you. It certainly CAN define you if obsess over it, but most people have a few hobbies.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      What do you expect. Americans are for the most part morons who want dumbed-down non-intellectual action-tainment not actual science and information.

    • Thresher
    • 10 years ago

    I am a sucker for good design, so I enjoy reading and surfing for good industrial design. Basically, anything by Dieter Rams is going to make the list for me. Jonathon Ive, as talented as he is, owes a helluva lot to Herr Rams.

    I also enjoy reading about languages. Yeah, kind of weird, but primarily the origin and history of languages. Primarily European, specifically the Indo-European (and by extension, Proto Indo European languages). I find it very fascinating to see how language evolved over time and how events shape languages. For instance, it’s very possible that the break up of Proto Indo European was a result of the Black Sea becoming connected to the Mediterranean. There is a lot of debate about that, but I find it fascinating.

    I also enjoy pre-History. Anthropology to me is just amazing, to dig up the origins of societies. To find out about cultures you never knew existed and how they integrated into what became modern society.

      • bthylafh
      • 10 years ago

      q[< it's very possible that the break up of Proto Indo European was a result of the Black Sea becoming connected to the Mediterranean. There is a lot of debate about that, but I find it fascinating.<]q That /is/ fascinating. History and anthropology are also interests that I dabble in.

    • crabjokeman
    • 10 years ago

    Drugs. Linux. Music.

    • burntham77
    • 10 years ago

    Model trains. Although Legos will do.

    • Jon
    • 10 years ago

    Your job does not define you.
    So yes, I have plenty of interests outside of IT.

      • Xylker
      • 10 years ago

      Like what?r[< <]r

      • indeego
      • 10 years ago

      Doesn’t everything you do define you? Your job is a good 15-25% of your life, (even more of your waking life,) So I would hope that your job is a good validation of who you areg{<.<}g

        • paulWTAMU
        • 10 years ago

        For some people maybe. Probably not for most.

    • ApockofFork
    • 10 years ago

    In my spare time I fence. As in the sport not the barrier. I do it rather competitively but I haven’t had much time this last year to devote to it.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 10 years ago

    Actually I am the leader of a progressive raiding guild in World of Warcraft.

      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      Need a lev 80 tankadin? LOL

        • DeadOfKnight
        • 10 years ago

        We could actually use one, lol

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      Your mother must be proud.

        • bthylafh
        • 10 years ago

        Yours would be justly appalled.

          • 5150
          • 10 years ago

          +999,999 Thread over. Meadows got told.

            • dmjifn
            • 10 years ago

            Dude, it only goes over nine thousand if there’s an actual dance fight!

            (Which is my other hobby.)

          • Meadows
          • 10 years ago

          Appalled, she would be not.

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      What makes you “progressive”?

        • Thresher
        • 10 years ago

        They’re all socialists.

        • DeadOfKnight
        • 10 years ago

        We make progress, getting further and further in the content each night.

    • cygnus1
    • 10 years ago

    guns and booze?

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      Constructive combination…?

    • indeego
    • 10 years ago

    Manipulating my kids’ psycheg{<.<}g

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      Any hints?

    • Synchromesh
    • 10 years ago

    1. Cars. Have been a car nut since very young age. Love all sorts of them, mostly after-WWII models. Currently own 2 of my own and it would’ve been 3 or more if I had the storage space to pull it off. Alas I live in a condo so maybe some day

    2. Although I have a full-time job as a software QA engineer I like to fix PC/Mac laptops in my spare time

    • paulWTAMU
    • 10 years ago

    animals.
    35 snakes, a pet lizard, 2 turtles. I also spend lots of time out hiking and road cruising for animals.
    This week I’ve seen:
    4 western diamondbacks
    1 texas long nose snake
    1 desert king snake
    1 night snake
    1 great plains rat snake
    2 red spotted toads
    TMTC woodhouse’s toads

    TMTC fence lizards of all ages
    1 baby collared lizard
    1 baby great plains skink

    TMTC mule deer
    1 bobcat
    6 coyotes
    1 skunk
    1 porcupine
    TMTCcottontails
    birds out the wazoo (sadly, I’m no good at ID’ing them yet)
    as well as lots of scenery.

    I also read a bit. Both fiction and non-fiction…non fiction is mostly historical or zoological works.

      • dmjifn
      • 10 years ago

      “I also spend lots of time out … cruising for animals.”

      I spend all my time making Matthew Broderick fanfic, so I’m not gonna judge!

      • kvndoom
      • 10 years ago

      I’m a total reptile lover, though I haven’t had any for long term pets. I just like to catch them, annoy them for a bit then let ’em go.

      Fence Swifts are my favorite lizards. They’re just so friendly and cuddly. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • paulWTAMU
        • 10 years ago

        if by cuddly you mean “hanging from your finger by their teeth”…although I’ve always wondered why north american lizards aren’t more popular in the pet trade. Whiptails, leopard lizards, chuckwallas, glass lizards, banded geckos….interesting animals.

          • dmjifn
          • 10 years ago

          You know, that is an interesting question. I know when I got my first aquarium, I was told keeping native species was difficult due to DNR and wildlife protection agencies. I really have no idea if that’s true, and my Google mojo is weak right now. But maybe it’s related.

            • just brew it!
            • 10 years ago

            Pretty sure I recall reading that you need to be a licensed wildlife refuge (or somesuch) to legally keep native species in captivity. It probably varies from state to state.

    • sweatshopking
    • 10 years ago

    TROLLING!!!!!

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      Seconded.

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 years ago

        thanks neely. you know i love you.

    • xtremevarun
    • 10 years ago

    2nd year MSEE in Clemson University. Working on haptics and virtual environments.

    An avid watcher of movies. Like to delve in economics, play cricket and take long walks near any available lake.

    • dashbarron
    • 10 years ago

    Motorcycling, love it. I just put a few mods on my bike and I just got back from a 4,000 mile trip to Yellowstone – it was a blast. My group is already starting to plan another trip next year, this might finally become an annual event.

      • dpaus
      • 10 years ago

      I missed this whole thread because I was away on a two-week, 3,500 mile motorcycle tour of the U.S. northeast (Skyline Parkway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Tail ‘o The Dragon, Mile-High Skyway, Route 441….)

    • Fighterpilot
    • 10 years ago

    It’s gonna be hard to top the toenails guy…

    • blastdoor
    • 10 years ago

    Economist by day, cyclist by early morning, and Mythbusters fan by night.

    • lycium
    • 10 years ago

    fractals. i write a lot of fractal rendering software, both 3d and 2d.

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      • Dirge
      • 10 years ago

      Those look pretty cool and I see you are a fellow Kiwi. How did you get started making fractal art?

        • lycium
        • 10 years ago

        it’s extremely simple to write simple fractal renderers, and as someone who’s not very good at 2d or 3d art it’s a way to produce visually striking images without having to use a pencil or paintbrush ๐Ÿ™‚

    • conjurer
    • 10 years ago

    I work as admin in small isp.
    Also i have my own company that works with IT projects, and laptop repairs.

    I like cycling. Now I have “Stinger” ATB but next year i plan to get a sport bike. But i am not ready for it, because my weight is about 100 Kg.

    Also i like rock and metal music, sometimes i go to fests. Last time it was slayer, metallica, anthrax, megadeth in poland.

    I am interested in camcoders. Few years ago i made video clip for my friends band. One day i’ll have some 1080p camcoder, but for now its only cheap camera from ebay with bicycle mount.

    And i want to have my own indie game studio. I have one good idea, and for now i am searching for artist. I think if i make i right, it myght be as good as world of goo.

    • continuum
    • 10 years ago

    l[

    • marvelous
    • 10 years ago

    From time to time it changes. Currently I’m interested in gardening. There’s nothing like growing your own and harvesting.

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      Sounds awesome. Got a bunch of currants, rhubarb etc. Tomatoes should ripen in a month or so.

      It’s a lot of work, though…

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 years ago

        I love it. my corn is huge, i’ve been eating rapini, zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli, beans, peas, peppers, and i’m expecting a 70kg plus pumpkin this year! it’s huge already!

        neely, besides your love of all things blue, we’re pretty similar guys.

    • End User
    • 10 years ago

    IT support tech at a small design firm during the day.

    Hobbies:

    Architecture – I had no interest in architecture in my youth. One day I picked up a book on Art Nouveau architecture and a door opened in my mind. I’ve traveled to see buildings by Mies, Wright, Neutra, Le Corbusier, Mackintosh, Horta and Calatrava.

    Motorsports – F1 and ALMS primarily but I enjoy any form of racing that turns both left and right. I travel to Mosport ever year and I’ve seen F1 races at Spa and Montreal.

    Aircraft – primarily WW II to the present. My interest started at a young age. I’m totally gaga over the Spitfire. I’d love to go on a trip that takes in a number of US aviation museums. Slightly related, I have a desire to visit all Iowa-class battleships in one trip. I’m waiting for the USS Iowa to (hopefully) become a museum ship.

    Photography – this hobby formed out of my interest in architecture and automobile racing.

    • bigwilley
    • 10 years ago

    Instrumentation/Integration Engineering for the day job. I work on the control and data systems of power station, sub stations and wind generation. Degree is in Electrical Engineering from Boise State.

    Hobbies include Music (when I say eclectic and varied I mean it) from Nu Metal, Techno, Happy Hardcore, Industrial all the way to Singer/Song writer, current pop, hip/hop to classical and lounge. Computers of course, mainly fixing stuff but what ever floats my boat. Martial Arts for about 18 years, Tae kwon do is my main art but I am learning Hapkido (its freaking hard). Reading Hard Science Fiction, (John Ringo, Travis S. Taylor, and David Weber), Hacking my HD2 and embedded systems. Used to be into dancing and car audio but that went by the by around 25 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Current main hobby (works well with the new martial art) is losing 100 lbs. I am down 50 lbs after a year and enjoy my more svelte self.

    • BoBzeBuilder
    • 10 years ago

    I’m into music with great sound. Cowon S9 + Ha-Info NG98 AMP/DAC + Denon AH-D2000 Headphones = pure bliss.

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      I envy you.

      I was so sad to realize that I can’t hear anything beyond 16kHz. I started encoding all my MP3’s at 32kHz sample rate since I couldn’t hear the difference between that and 44kHz.

      I’m very proud of my low-budget HT speaker set; seven Klipsch Quintets ($40/pair from Ebay a few years ago) and a TrueSubwoofer Junior hidden under a chair, driven by a refurbished Onkyo receiver with MultEQ-XT.

        • just brew it!
        • 10 years ago

        I used to be able to hear nearly out to 20kHz; now my hearing starts to roll off quite a bit somewhere in the vicinity of 16kHz. I can still hear the difference between 32kHz and 44kHz sampling rate, so I’ve still got *something* on the high end; but my hearing definitely ain’t what it used to be.

        I blame a combination of old age and too many rock concerts when I was younger. Well, and one really loud rock concert just last month: Iron Maiden was really frikkin’ loud… holy crap! Forget 11, their amps go to 12 or 13. My ears were ringing for 3 days.

          • BoBzeBuilder
          • 10 years ago

          Hell yea man, I was at an Iron Maiden concert myself here in Toronto. They were touring with Dream Theater. Amazing bands.
          I do keep a couple of earplugs handy however, it helps lessen the pain.

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 10 years ago

    I gently tear off my toe nails when they’re long enough and extend my hand out to people and they reach out not knowing whats in my hand. I drop my nail in their hands and their reaction times are priceless when they find out what it really is.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 10 years ago

    I collect mold spores and fungus.

      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      That’s fascinating.

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      For what purpose?

      • dpaus
      • 10 years ago

      Intentionally?

      • A_Pickle
      • 9 years ago

      Hahahahaha!

    • ShadowTiger
    • 10 years ago

    My main side interest are watching Anime and making maps for Starcraft 2 (I have a starcraft channel ยง[<http://www.youtube.com/starcraftscientist)<]ยง What I would like to dowould be blogging about social topics. However, I realized quickly that a blog with no readers is not worth the time it takes to formulate my words into a palatable presentation. So instead I just open up notepad and type up 1000 word rants about society, the economy, politics... basically all the stupid stuff in our society that is caused by the weakness in human nature. I point out the flaws and point out how our society should behave in those areas.

      • dashbarron
      • 10 years ago

      Let me know if you get that blog up.

    • duanes1967
    • 10 years ago

    I previously owned an ISP then started a phone company and then a fitness club. The phone company went bust a few years ago and all else was sold to pay the debt. Now I work for the man as an IT manager.

    But my real hobby and interests cover just about anything technical. My family is nearing our goal of Homesteading and farming. I have a keen interest in solar and wind power having started building my own off-the-grid power system. Currently, I am working on a fancy, automatic power usage and monitoring system for the house. I am also very interested in doing an electric conversion on a Honda car. I have a complete A/C variable drive system designed and can’t wait to see the result.

    There are tons of resources, but I love the Ciarcia’s Circuit Cellar, Homestead.org, and a number of individual blogs by hobbyist electronics designers. Having lived in the days B.I (Before Internet), I can sincerely say that Google is your friend and know that I have learned so much more than would have ever been possible without it. Of course, I am preaching to the choir here – But, you get the point.

    BTW: I diligently read TR and appreciate your work….
    Thanks!

    • just brew it!
    • 10 years ago

    My day job is developing software. These days I’m mostly doing embedded stuff for the military/aerospace sector, but over the years I’ve done everything from embedded to massive SQL databases (and a lot of stuff in between), in a number of different industries.

    Hobby #1 is tinkering with PCs and (more recently) Linux. And posting on the TR forums about those topics!

    Hobby #2 is brewing beer. I’m also a member of the BJCP (I’ve taken the beer judge certification exam).

    Hobby #3 (which has somewhat gone by the wayside the past few years) is collecting obscure fusion music. I’m still the moderator of one of the fusion music forums on YahooGroups (FuseNet).

    Hobby #4 (which is very recent, and sort of relates to my day job) is getting myself up to speed on microcontroller development (both the hardware and software aspects of it). But whereas my day job involves mostly higher-level embedded code (e.g. driving video displays using embedded OpenGL), my intent with the microcontroller stuff is to take it all the way down to the bare metal. Wiring up chips, designing my own PCBs, that sort of thing.

    I would like to learn to play guitar. Guess I’m getting old enough now that it counts as the first entry on my “bucket list”.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 years ago

    Nothing really out of the ordinary that doesn’t fit my background – I went to school for music ed originally and then IT later on, so my job in tech support is natural and my music hobby is natural, and the combination of the two into a little home studio is totally natural, too. I’m not strange at all. ๐Ÿ™

    • Krogoth
    • 10 years ago

    I love to do long-distance and biking. I typically do like to 3-8 mile runs depending on what route I chose. I like to do some amateur astronomy. This month has been rather special at dusk (Saturn, Mars, Venus) are near conjunction.

      • anotherengineer
      • 10 years ago

      And the Perseid meteor shower also.

      I used to have my hands in everything, but now everything has taken a back seat to being a father.

      Used to fix vehicles, my own (family and friends), rebuilt a few V8s, some automatic transmissions etc. Played the piano when I was younger, quit around RCM gr.3
      Construction, helped and learned how to build a few houses from the ground up. Computers is just another little hobby.
      Welding, build quite a few things out of steel, designed and built a trail groomer for my snowmobile, however my trail is now like a sidewalk and everyone walks their dog on it in the winter, oh well, I get lots of compliments.
      Do some woodworking also, building a TV stand at the moment out of fir, man that wood splinters easy.
      I like astronomy, astrophysics and science in general.
      I used to hunt before I left for school and all my licensing expired lol so pretty much quit that altogether. Still go out to the bush to walk the dog, have to fire up the old stihl chainsaw and clear some trail, darned windfalls.
      Lots of schooling lol I guess learning is a hobby too- Millwright/Industrial Mechanic College
      Electrical Engineering Technologist College (Associates degree USA I assume)
      Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Mechanical) University
      So ya if I won the lotto and could quit my job I still wouldn’t have any time what so ever lol
      To all those with families wow I am now realizing how busy it is!!!!!

      • Meadows
      • 10 years ago

      You’ll never spell it right while Mercury’s retrograde.

        • Krogoth
        • 10 years ago

        I take it that your only hobby is trolling?

          • lycium
          • 10 years ago

          no, he (famously) does that professionally.

    • Spyrano
    • 10 years ago

    IT Manager/Technician by day, Swing/Blues dancer by night. And my degree is in Anthropology. Go figure.

    • bdwilcox
    • 10 years ago

    I like kittens, long walks on the beach, nice people and sunsets. I hate mean people, cruelty to animals, and people who talk with their mouth full.

    • Dissonance
    • 10 years ago

    Benchmarking monkey by day, endurance athlete by night. Race a double surf ski with my girlfriend nearly every tuesday, and have done countless triathlons, a couple of marathons, and several team and solo 24-hour mountain bike races. Primed to tackle Ironman #2 in a couple of weeks.

    Training keeps me sane after spending all day in front of a computer, and as a budding foodie, it’s nice to have a good excuse to consume a ridiculous number of calories.

    Speaking of which, my road bike calls…

    • SpotTheCat
    • 10 years ago

    I am addicted to audiobooks. I get them from the Hennepin County Library system, and go through 2-4 a week. My new Sansa player can play them using their DRM audiobook format, so whatever they have on there I can access from home.

    I just finished the first four books from Orson Scott Card’s Ender series. I’m on Ender’s Shadow now, it’s great. The 3rd and fourth were week.

    I’ve done Dune (Frank Herbert, did not listen to Brian’s books), The Dark Tower (Stephen King), and I’m on Ender’s. I’ve done about a dozen or so single titles too.

    • BiffStroganoffsky
    • 10 years ago

    I like cycling, motorbikes, boating, restoring old cars, fixing new(er) cars…and other oddities. Reality: don’t have time to do any of that after commuting, making grub, pooping and sleeping. Jack of many interests, completer of none.

    • xzelence
    • 10 years ago

    Job: IT student specialist at a research institute at my university. Also a full-time student.

    Serious interests/hobbies: Philosophy (particularly epistemology and ethics in light of evolution), evolutionary biology/psychology, cognitive science, psychology, astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology, classic film, cinematography, 20th century history, playing the drums, video games, and traveling.

    Resources used: university courses, books, textbooks, academic journals, movies, Wikipedia, and public broadcasting.

    Hobbies I used to be active in: dancing, drawing, skateboarding and piano/keyboard.

    • bthylafh
    • 10 years ago

    I am a serious classic-airplane geek. Foreign, domestic, military, civilian.

    Was just thinking about a Soviet Yak-3 fighter that I saw down in Muskogee a few years ago, and whether it was a reproduction (which IIRC are commercially available) or a real vintage aircraft.

    • notfred
    • 10 years ago

    Degree in Physics, software developer by day (and a bit of a hobby with my diskless folding stuff) but my main hobby is music. I play Euphonium with the Maple Leaf Brass Band and with the Centralaires Concert Band.

    In the past I’ve done sailing (was an RYA dinghy instructor plus did the Tall Ships race once) and scuba diving, but I no longer have time for those now that I have a family and a house to take care of. I also have a strong interest in aviation (was in the Air Training Corps and flew quite a few hours on the Chipmunk), I’m a big fan of the Vulcan and I lurk on PPRuNe.

    • ludi
    • 10 years ago

    Does cooking (not just outdoors with fire, but actually chopping, frying, boiling, baking, etc. in a kitchen) count?

    • codedivine
    • 10 years ago

    Neurobiology. Its fascinating how little we really know about neurobiology.

    • leor
    • 10 years ago

    I do in fact.

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