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#1 Chris_in_UT

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:00 PM

So, we're a pretty diverse group, living in diverse locations. Odds are, a lot of us will never have the chance to meet in person. We all can figure out each other's stands on hockey, politics, etc ... but those really don't define us as individuals. Right now, we seem to fall into two categories as Sabres' fans--love to hate, or hate to love. Politics is pretty two-dimensional as well, with varying shades of gray in between. And the potential for vitriolic posts in political threads is ... well, it's almost a guaranteed tinderbox.

With that in mind, and knowing that many of us will never get to meet one another, I propose this thread: posting your hobbies. Your crafts. Your skills. Your interests. What makes you YOU?

Before I post mine, I will say this: you are welcome to self-promote and brag. That's the point of this thread: show us your talents! Your interests! YOU! (Well, maybe not *all* of you, lest we have to switch the domain to a .xxx extension).

And now ...

I like photography. I'm getting better at it, and I have a lot of fun stuff planned for this summer as far as pics go. For any interested parties, I maintain a flickr account here. Feel free to peruse.

So feel free to share as much or as little of your hobbies, projects (completed or not), interests ... whatever!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:14 PM

I would have to say, not a bad idea of a thread.  :beer:

During the winter I like to ski, and during the summer I like to play slow pitch softball (1 competitive league and one beer league).  I go on two major ski trips a year (outside of skiing locally).  This year is Killington and Stratton.  Never been to either.  usually I go to Tremblant once, and then another mountain (last year was Smuggler's Notch, and before that Whiteface), but this year my group of friends really wanted to switch it up.  Fine by me!

I actually just picked up photography my self too.  I bought my mom a nice Canon (I don't remember the model) with different lenses and what not (a whole snazzy deal from Best Buy last year for xmas), and she has used it once.  I've used it for photographing my sister's soccer games, and testing out the different lenses there, and also on around my town (specifically Dryden Lake (although there's not a whole lot worth photographing there)).  I do not have a flickr acct, but I may set one up after a while.  I never understood the whole "getting better at photography" concept, until I started taking more and more pictures, and then you realize there is so much more that you can do to make the picture better or to capture more of the natural-ness.  Amazes me.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:16 PM

Waiting to see how many of u guys say 'porn'.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:18 PM

I brew beer.  Have 3 taps running in my house.  I'm good for about 50 gallons per year.  Not a large amount by many homebrewer standards but it is enough to keep me from staying thirsty for very long. :beer:

I hunt deer and small game.  I taught the DEC hunter education class mandated for all 1st time license buyers for a number of years.

I used to be an active competitive pistol shooter.  Shot a game called IHMSA (google it up).  Was good enough to get my range fees paid back in prize money pretty consistantly.  Stopped that when my son was born.  There aren't any metallic sillouette matches around here anymore (that I am aware of) but I want to get back into competitive shooting this Spring.  I am looking for a club that holds outdoor bullseye matches.

Play golf about once a week.  On a good day I can break 90.  On a typical day I hover closer to 100.  I don't wanna talk about bad days.....

I do a good bit of community fundraising.  I've organized a beer festival fundraiser for about 5 years.  The local Rotary club is asking me to start it back up again this year.  It's hard for me to turn a worthy charitable group down....

My wife and I are foodies in a pretty big way.  Weekend cooking isn't a chore, it's a hobby.  We are all over the map with the styles, techniques, and ingredients we'll try.  And that means we like to host parties with friends.  Weekends in Summer usually find us out back on the deck with drinks, food, and friends/neighbors.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:20 PM

It wouldn't happen to be the T3 or T3i, would it? I have the previous model in the T2i. I love it. I've used 300mm lenses, 10mm fisheyed lenses, and a bunch in between. The problem I'm running into is that L-series lenses from Canon will run anywhere from $800 to over $15000. That's right--$15000+. I wouldn't use that expensive of a lens on my little camera, but I know people that have them, and ... yah. Of course, they also paid upwards of $3000 for the camera body alone, so it's not surprising that they get the expensive pro lenses.

Photography is addicting man. I picked up a little intervalometer that I plan on bringing with me on the x-country trip. Hoping to get some sick shots of the summer night sky while down in Moab, but that'll depend on moon phase.with my luck, it'll be a full moon the two days we're down there. :)

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:28 PM

View PostChris_in_UT, on 16 February 2012 - 02:20 PM, said:

It wouldn't happen to be the T3 or T3i, would it? I have the previous model in the T2i. I love it. I've used 300mm lenses, 10mm fisheyed lenses, and a bunch in between. The problem I'm running into is that L-series lenses from Canon will run anywhere from $800 to over $15000. That's right--$15000+. I wouldn't use that expensive of a lens on my little camera, but I know people that have them, and ... yah. Of course, they also paid upwards of $3000 for the camera body alone, so it's not surprising that they get the expensive pro lenses.

Photography is addicting man. I picked up a little intervalometer that I plan on bringing with me on the x-country trip. Hoping to get some sick shots of the summer night sky while down in Moab, but that'll depend on moon phase.with my luck, it'll be a full moon the two days we're down there. :)

I don't think it's a T3, but I could be wrong.  I paid about $900 for the camera, and two lenses (don't remember/know what sizes they are).  I just know one is for longer range/sports setting, and the other is for more close up, portrait kind of photos.  I really had a blast switching them out at soccer games and taking rapid succession shots of my sister making saves in goal.  Like I said, I've only just started experimenting with it, and I'm gettng used to all the settings and figuring out what a lot of them do.  I plan on taking mine with me to Stratton next weekend for my 3 day trip.  I might ski with a backpack so I can take out at different times on the mountain.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:29 PM

View Postweave, on 16 February 2012 - 02:18 PM, said:

I brew beer. Have 3 taps running in my house.  I'm good for about 50 gallons per year.  Not a large amount by many homebrewer standards but it is enough to keep me from staying thirsty for very long. :beer:

I hunt deer and small game.  I taught the DEC hunter education class mandated for all 1st time license buyers for a number of years.

I used to be an active competitive pistol shooter. Shot a game called IHMSA (google it up).  Was good enough to get my range fees paid back in prize money pretty consistantly.  Stopped that when my son was born.  There aren't any metallic sillouette matches around here anymore (that I am aware of) but I want to get back into competitive shooting this Spring.  I am looking for a club that holds outdoor bullseye matches.

Play golf about once a week.  On a good day I can break 90.  On a typical day I hover closer to 100.  I don't wanna talk about bad days.....

I do a good bit of community fundraising.  I've organized a beer festival fundraiser for about 5 years.  The local Rotary club is asking me to start it back up again this year.  It's hard for me to turn a worthy charitable group down....

My wife and I are foodies in a pretty big way.  Weekend cooking isn't a chore, it's a hobby.  We are all over the map with the styles, techniques, and ingredients we'll try.  And that means we like to host parties with friends.  Weekends in Summer usually find us out back on the deck with drinks, food, and friends/neighbors.

1. I have a buddy who pretty much runs a microbrewery out here. He actually turns a bit of a profit, as he sells a lot of what he concocts on the side. He keeps it pretty DL cuz the liquor laws out here are out of control (no lie--beer in Utah can be no more than 2%, except for what you can get on the air force base, which is typical 4%).

2. I pity your daughter's boyfriend. :)

3. That's really awesome. I've looked at trying to get more involved with our community out here, but I haven't done much beyond that. Holding a fundraiser would be pretty awesome.

4. My wife and I are getting to that point. We made some beef ribs for the super bowl. Unfortunately, our upstairs oven only goes as low as 170F. I prefer cooking a rack of beef ribs at 150 for 12 hours. the 20 degree difference makes them pretty ... well, not as fall-off-the-bone as I would like. I would try grilling them, but It's hell trying to get the grill to stay a consistent temp in the winter.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:32 PM

View Postspndnchz, on 16 February 2012 - 02:16 PM, said:

Waiting to see how many of u guys say 'porn'.
I'm into snuff porn and meth.















And guns.  And beer and whiskey.  And hockey.

And motorcycles, cooking and fine dining, wine, slaying bambi, partying like a rock star and living like the rich and famous.

Not necessarily in that order.

Edited by korab rules, 16 February 2012 - 03:24 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:36 PM

My longest standing hobby is probably paintball. I've been playing that since about 2000. I don't play as much as I'd like to anymore, but our team used to be pretty formidable back in the mid-2000s. Some of our crew plays on a team called Lightning Force out of the East Aurora area.

I also once built a Panzer tank out of a Ford Aerostar. So there's that.

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There's also this little documentary piece we did for the buildup to one of the big games we played at Skirmish USA in 2006.

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Someday I'll have the time and money to get back into it. Until then, my gear sits in a box waiting for me. :P I do occasionally get to NVP here in Rochester though.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:40 PM

Not porn!

Chris,

I took a look at your photos ... they look good.  I assume some of the young ones in them are yours ... cuties for sure.

Mine ...

For enjoyment ... cooking (I mean not just for the sake of eating), travel, reading, travel photography.

For torture ... golf.  Weave, if you want to feel like a pro we should play sometime.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:41 PM

View Postweave, on 16 February 2012 - 02:18 PM, said:

I brew beer.  Have 3 taps running in my house.  I'm good for about 50 gallons per year.  Not a large amount by many homebrewer standards but it is enough to keep me from staying thirsty for very long. :beer:

I hunt deer and small game.  I taught the DEC hunter education class mandated for all 1st time license buyers for a number of years.

I used to be an active competitive pistol shooter.  Shot a game called IHMSA (google it up).  Was good enough to get my range fees paid back in prize money pretty consistantly.  Stopped that when my son was born.  There aren't any metallic sillouette matches around here anymore (that I am aware of) but I want to get back into competitive shooting this Spring.  I am looking for a club that holds outdoor bullseye matches.

Play golf about once a week.  On a good day I can break 90.  On a typical day I hover closer to 100.  I don't wanna talk about bad days.....

I do a good bit of community fundraising.  I've organized a beer festival fundraiser for about 5 years.  The local Rotary club is asking me to start it back up again this year.  It's hard for me to turn a worthy charitable group down....

My wife and I are foodies in a pretty big way.  Weekend cooking isn't a chore, it's a hobby.  We are all over the map with the styles, techniques, and ingredients we'll try.  And that means we like to host parties with friends.  Weekends in Summer usually find us out back on the deck with drinks, food, and friends/neighbors.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:41 PM

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:46 PM

I have a reading problem.  Also a crossword problem, although not lately.  I waver back and forth about getting back into music, which at one point was much more than a hobby.  Tough to say whether I would be happy with music as an avocation.  And then there's the gym, although I'm not sure that counts as a "hobby."

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:48 PM

View PostChris_in_UT, on 16 February 2012 - 02:29 PM, said:

1. I have a buddy who pretty much runs a microbrewery out here. He actually turns a bit of a profit, as he sells a lot of what he concocts on the side. He keeps it pretty DL cuz the liquor laws out here are out of control (no lie--beer in Utah can be no more than 2%, except for what you can get on the air force base, which is typical 4%).

2. I pity your daughter's boyfriend. :)

3. That's really awesome. I've looked at trying to get more involved with our community out here, but I haven't done much beyond that. Holding a fundraiser would be pretty awesome.

4. My wife and I are getting to that point. We made some beef ribs for the super bowl. Unfortunately, our upstairs oven only goes as low as 170F. I prefer cooking a rack of beef ribs at 150 for 12 hours. the 20 degree difference makes them pretty ... well, not as fall-off-the-bone as I would like. I would try grilling them, but It's hell trying to get the grill to stay a consistent temp in the winter.

We have one son.  I only have to worry about one boy, not all of them.  I've already warned him about what I would do to him if it were my daughter he's dating.  At least he's been warned about what a dad might do if he found out the intentions of the guy dating his daughter.

If you are serious about getting involved in your community all it takes is a phone call.  There are always local groups that are dying for an influx of new people and ideas.  Watch your local paper for groups holding fundraisers and activities.  Pick out one that you like what they are doing and give them a shout.

As for the foodie stuff, the downside to it is you become very judgemental about restaurant food, cost and quality.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:49 PM

I used to have hobbies, then I got kids instead. It was a pretty good upgrade, but as they get older, I imagine I'll get back into Rocketry (Estes rockets are for sissies), Street Hockey, and Video Games (I am rather nerdily excited about the upcoming release of Diablo III).

Also, now that I am back in NY, I'd like to be more involved in civics/local politics.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:51 PM

View PostEleven, on 16 February 2012 - 02:46 PM, said:

I have a reading problem.  Also a crossword problem, although not lately.  I waver back and forth about getting back into music, which at one point was much more than a hobby.  Tough to say whether I would be happy with music as an avocation.  And then there's the gym, although I'm not sure that counts as a "hobby."

I joined a gym in early January.  3 nights/week right now.  We are both really getting into it though.  I suppose when beer and food are pretty big hobbies a membership at the gym is vital if you don't want to break the 250lb barrier.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:51 PM

View Postspndnchz, on 16 February 2012 - 02:16 PM, said:

Waiting to see how many of u guys say 'porn'.
1) Porn (what I am single?)

2) Snowboarding and Snow Tubing... any excuse to go fast is awesome.

3) I am a huge Movie buff... I have enjoyed movies from Douglas Fairbanks in the "Thief of Baghdad" to classics like "Casablanca" and "Singin in the Rain" all the way up to "Sherlock Holmes" basically if it has a good plot and is entertaining I am in.

4) I am mildly into cars and my brother is restoring a 1969 Charger that I occasionally help with.  Other cars of note 1939 Desoto and 1959 Desotos

5) I have mad MW3 skills

6) I impersonate Tosh .0 because well I look kinda like him... its weird...

7) Porn :flirt:

8) Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Boogie Boarding

Edited by LGR4GM, 16 February 2012 - 05:19 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:51 PM

View PostLastPommerFan, on 16 February 2012 - 02:49 PM, said:

I used to have hobbies, then I got kids instead. It was a pretty good upgrade, but as they get older, I imagine I'll get back into Rocketry (Estes rockets are for sissies), Street Hockey, and Video Games (I am rather nerdily excited about the upcoming release of Diablo III).

Also, now that I am back in NY, I'd like to be more involved in civics/local politics.

Change your SS location man!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:53 PM

View PostSabres Fan In NS, on 16 February 2012 - 02:51 PM, said:

Change your SS location man!

Done. Thanks for lookin' out for me :)

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:08 PM

View PostEleven, on 16 February 2012 - 02:46 PM, said:

I have a reading problem.  Also a crossword problem, although not lately.  I waver back and forth about getting back into music, which at one point was much more than a hobby.  Tough to say whether I would be happy with music as an avocation.  And then there's the gym, although I'm not sure that counts as a "hobby."

oh yah. my other hobby is blogging, though i've lapsed pretty severely as of late. read all the crap i write here.

when you say "get back into music," do you mean as a musician? producer? both? neither? i have this long-term dream/goal to recompose ravel's "bolero" entirely on a keyboard--all 13 movements. i've been picking through sounds and samples, and have contemplated helping to fund this kickstarter project to hopefully generate a billion more sounds. :)

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:11 PM

Motorcycles. A smattering of the various niches, I'll ride distance, dirt roads, mini-motocross, track time, and just cruising around. I think it's a combination of two things: I'm a unitasker type, and motorcycles gift you a perfect excuse the put all of your focus on one activity. Plus, from a young age I've loved rollercoasters and flying. A motorcycle on the right road is a combination of both. Speed, hills, turns, and making the bike dance for me.

Skiing. I don't get out as often as I used to, but I love doing it. You won't generally find me in the moguls but bombing down the outer trails, preferably those that resemble a winding back road. See roller coasters. There's some crossover between the visceral feel of motorcycles and skiing. It's the same sense of naked speed, the same G-force as you carve a turn.

Beer and food. I'm not that big on cataloging and discussing tastes, but I love trying new beers and foods. I don't brew, although I've considered it. I do cook a fair bit at home, but it's tough to get motivated to cook for myself knowing that I'm going to have leftovers for days.

I read a fair bit. I've been tending towards the classics lately. I finished the Three Musketeers awhile back. I started War and Peace, but I don't think I'm going to finish that. It's OK, but just so daunting with the number or characters that each seem to have several names. I started reading a book about the efforts to devise a system to measure longitude in the 16-17th century the other night. It's not too long so it may just be a break form W-n-P.

Photography. My ex- and possibly future-girlfriend is a photographer, so I started doing more with it for the last two years. I would assist her with assignments. Some of them, like the bellows view camera, I enjoyed more than she did. That thing fascinates me. I don't have anything impressive to shoot with, I use her T1i or once in a great while my Dad's old Minolta 35mm.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:14 PM

View PostMattPie, on 16 February 2012 - 03:11 PM, said:

Motorcycles. A smattering of the various niches, I'll ride distance, dirt roads, mini-motocross, track time, and just cruising around. I think it's a combination of two things: I'm a unitasker type, and motorcycles gift you a perfect excuse the put all of your focus on one activity. Plus, from a young age I've loved rollercoasters and flying. A motorcycle on the right road is a combination of both. Speed, hills, turns, and making the bike dance for me.


I know myself and Chz are also bikers. Korab too, no?

Your post about books gave me an idea....

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:15 PM

View Postweave, on 16 February 2012 - 02:51 PM, said:

I joined a gym in early January. 3 nights/week right now. We are both really getting into it though. I suppose when beer and food are pretty big hobbies a membership at the gym is vital if you don't want to break the 250lb barrier.

I was really happy when I broke the 250lb barrier, but I was coming at it from the other direction.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:26 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 16 February 2012 - 03:14 PM, said:

I know myself and Chz are also bikers. Korab too, no?

Your post about books gave me an idea....
Yes.  Motorcycles aren't at the top of my mind in Febriuary.  I had to go back and edit my interests a touch.  The initial post was off the cuff rambling.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 03:58 PM

I homebrew as well.  It's fun and obviously a very social hobby.  I've made a couple of great friends through homebrewing since I moved here, and we've traveled together to the past three national homebrewers conferences and will make it four this June with a trip to Seattle.  Brewin with Bigfoot!

I used to golf a lot and would typically shoot mid to low 80's.  Now I maybe golf once or twice a year and with a blown out knee and monocular vision I'm happy to break 100.   It's also a bit discouraging when you gain a brother in law who is a pro golfer and you then come to realize what you've been doing all of these years can't really be called golfing at all.

As others have mentioned my hobby time is very limited with a 7 and 3 year old running around.

I would say porn, but since I was a stand in for Peter North during my college years I can't count it as a hobby.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:26 PM

In my very limited free time I like to go Bird watching and play Warhammer (not warcraft).  I'm somewhere in between an 80 year old lady and a 14 year old boy.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:38 PM

View PostTyrannustyrannus, on 16 February 2012 - 04:26 PM, said:

In my very limited free time I like to go Bird watching and play Warhammer (not warcraft).  I'm somewhere in between an 80 year old lady and a 14 year old boy.
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I used to collect the Lord of the Rings Warhammer figures, paint them, and jsut set them up (A lot of orcs and elves and what not, a few heroes, a few big pieces (trolls and what not)) and just leave scenes on homemade landscapes.  Sadly, when we moved, I lost the space necessary to keep scenes set up, and haven't touched them in 4 years :/  that is a hobby I miss.  Painting those was such a stress reliever.  It took such concentration to paint them, that you forget what is around you, or what you were doing beforehand.   Might have to start back up now that you brough that up.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:43 PM

View PostdEnnis the Menace, on 16 February 2012 - 04:38 PM, said:

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I used to collect the Lord of the Rings Warhammer figures, paint them, and jsut set them up (A lot of orcs and elves and what not, a few heroes, a few big pieces (trolls and what not)) and just leave scenes on homemade landscapes.  Sadly, when we moved, I lost the space necessary to keep scenes set up, and haven't touched them in 4 years :/  that is a hobby I miss.  Painting those was such a stress reliever.  It took such concentration to paint them, that you forget what is around you, or what you were doing beforehand.   Might have to start back up now that you brough that up.
I've still got some Warriors of Gondor and Uruk-Hai lying around.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:51 PM

View PostTyrannustyrannus, on 16 February 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

I've still got some Warriors of Gondor and Uruk-Hai lying around.

My Eldar army is kicking around a shoebox somewhere.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:54 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 16 February 2012 - 04:51 PM, said:

My Eldar army is kicking around a shoebox somewhere.

View PostTyrannustyrannus, on 16 February 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

I've still got some Warriors of Gondor and Uruk-Hai lying around.

View PostdEnnis the Menace, on 16 February 2012 - 04:38 PM, said:

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I used to collect the Lord of the Rings Warhammer figures, paint them, and jsut set them up (A lot of orcs and elves and what not, a few heroes, a few big pieces (trolls and what not)) and just leave scenes on homemade landscapes.  Sadly, when we moved, I lost the space necessary to keep scenes set up, and haven't touched them in 4 years :/  that is a hobby I miss.  Painting those was such a stress reliever.  It took such concentration to paint them, that you forget what is around you, or what you were doing beforehand.   Might have to start back up now that you brough that up.
How many read these books before the movies came out?

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:57 PM

View Postd4rksabre, on 16 February 2012 - 04:51 PM, said:

My Eldar army is kicking around a shoebox somewhere.

View PostTyrannustyrannus, on 16 February 2012 - 04:43 PM, said:

I've still got some Warriors of Gondor and Uruk-Hai lying around.

I feel as if we just had a nerd moment...please excuse me while I step to the breasts thread for a few.  :D

In all seriousness though, painting those was always one of my favorite hobbies...too bad school and moving got in the way.

View Postkorab rules, on 16 February 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:

How many read these books before the movies came out?

the LOTR books?  I did, well I was kind of forced to.  My parents used to make me read most books before their movies came out.  I was actually disappointed with what was left out of some of the movies, and it just affirmed that the book is always better (IMO of course).

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:01 PM

Hockey - between playing, coaching, watching, reading about, and discussing there isn't much time for anything else.  (Thinking about getting into reffing next year as well; if my older one takes the course, so will I.)

Hobbies I used to have, and eventually will get back to include the following.

Making wings.  Been responsible for people in at least 5 states to get deep fryers, so I'd like to think I do a pretty good job on 'em.

Convertibles.

Beer.  Historically, drinking said, but will try my hand at brewing this Spring.

Vegetable gardening.  Can't get food much fresher.

Listening to music.  Might even try to learn to play the guitar eventually.

Playing soccer.

Clearing brush out of my woods and then playing pyromaniac.

Haven't played chess in forever and probably would be too frustrated at how bad I'd be at it now, so I probably won't pick it back up.

Euchre.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:05 PM

View PostChris_in_UT, on 16 February 2012 - 03:08 PM, said:

oh yah. my other hobby is blogging, though i've lapsed pretty severely as of late. read all the crap i write here.

when you say "get back into music," do you mean as a musician? producer? both? neither? i have this long-term dream/goal to recompose ravel's "bolero" entirely on a keyboard--all 13 movements. i've been picking through sounds and samples, and have contemplated helping to fund this kickstarter project to hopefully generate a billion more sounds. :)

I've done all of it, but I would never get back into production again.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:08 PM

View Postkorab rules, on 16 February 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:

How many read these books before the movies came out?

I've never read the books or seen the movies. :P

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:29 PM

I've become a fairly boring nerd since I decided to get a doctorate, as most of my free time is dedicated to that so my old hobbies (shooting pool, playing darts, poker, leisure reading) don't get much if any attention anymore.  Anyway.

I enjoy working out and staying in shape, and hit the gym 5-6 days every week unless I'm sick.  I know a lot of people view exercising as a chore, or something they "have" to do to impress others or whatever.  I genuinely enjoy exercising, and I tend to get pretty annoyed if I can't get to the gym on a given day.

Driving.  Last summer I went on vacation to Delray Beach in Florida and I drove down, stopping at Virginia Beach on the way (which is a terrible midpoint as it turns out, the drive from there to Delray was like 15 hours).  I could have flown, money wasn't an issue, but I wanted to drive because I enjoy long drives.  I also drove to Boston a couple years ago for a conference instead of flying...although I did find out that driving in the city of Boston is an absolute nightmare.

Talking about sports, particularly football, hockey, and basketball.  I'm not a big baseball person, and only begin to pay attention in September each year.  Along with this, I love me some fantasy football.

Politics.  I love following what happens, trying to figure out why, trying to predict how elections will play out and things of that nature.  I tend to avoid policy discussions unless I know for a fact the person/people I'm talking to are capable of a real give and take and finding some middle ground.  Nothing interests me less than talking with blind partisans.

I don't watch much TV (compared to some) but I do have a few shows I watch religiously:  House and The Big Bang Theory.  I know House is a tired formula at this point, but I still enjoy it.  I watch The Daily Show and Colbert Report when I can, but it's not something I have to see.  Used to watch the Simpsons and Family Guy, but both shows have seen better days and I stopped watching on a regular basis.  I loved The Tudors while it was on, and am now hooked on Game of Thrones.

Used to be a huge Madden junkie, but they really just stopped improving the game, so I stopped buying it.  My gaming is now limited to Battlefield 3.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:06 PM

I listen to music, snowmobile (not so much this year :( ) and I have played guitar for four or five years. I also enjoy reading. And I bet I'm the only one here who absolutely hates to watch movies. Haven't seen one in years.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:00 PM

View Postkorab rules, on 16 February 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:

How many read these books before the movies came out?

Once when I was 12 (late 80s), and once just as the movies were coming out (to refresh my memory). I've been thinking about reading them again, but I have so many other books lying around that there's not enough to repeat stuff.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:15 PM

Motorcycles - Building and riding

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Model Railroading

Hockey of course

Physics (mostly reading)

Reading

Electronics

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:20 PM

Mountain hiking.. I collect peaks

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:29 PM

View Postwjag, on 17 February 2012 - 04:20 PM, said:

Mountain hiking.. I collect peaks

Got any pictures?