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What do you do for kicks
September 27th 2005, 15:44 CEST by wingwalker

What is it that you do that you are not telling us? We all know a little about each other but this thread should be about the not so obvious stuff. Like Caryn's knitting, PX's garden in the back yard. You know the kind of stuff that makes you smile and removes you from your everyday life. Go on..you're dying to share your closest hobby with PC.
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#1 by Matt Davis
2005-09-27 15:44:16
http://looroll.com
Holy crap I voted something in!

#2 by LPMiller
2005-09-27 15:45:47
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
my hobbies include comics, reading, video games, and collecting squirrel entrails.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" — "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#3 by Matt Davis
2005-09-27 15:48:36
http://looroll.com
Lets see now, my hobbies include looking after too many peoples web sites and trying to screw them up, I love mountain biking and have huge amounts of countryside to do that in, and commute to work and back on the bike too, a measly 35 miles a day.

Motor racing is a large part of both the wife's and my life, nothing better than going to MotoGP, F1, BTCC/WTCC or anything else that has engines attached to wheels and races.

My latest hobby is about to be Davis Jr, who I am sure will completely change my entire life for both good and bad. Its out intention to get Jr karting at an early age regardless of whether its a boy or girl.

I've also in the last two years gone from hardcore gamer to casual gamer, and I'm actually feeling better for it.

#4 by Chunkstyle
2005-09-27 15:54:11
I watch tv, play video games, go to movies.  On weekends you can find me at some bar on a lake drinking margaritas & wishing I had a jetski.  Like to cook, but rarely do.

Game Developers: Don't forget the zombie monkeys.
#5 by Gunp01nt
2005-09-27 15:55:46
supersimon33@hotmail.com
I listen to a lot of electronic music and I visit a major rave every so often (next target is I Love Techno in Belgium on Nov. 12th or so).
Web design / web development used to be a huge hobby of mine, dabbling with all sorts of web concepts and applications, but since starting at my internship a month ago, I can't get myself to write a single byte of code or markup outside of work hours anymore. Shame, because I had some interesting things cooking.

"My mom was kind of fat. Well, kind of... we used to call her heavyweight champion."
#6 by Jibble
2005-09-27 15:56:17
Back.

Okay, so I suck at lurking. A day off was good enough, though, as it let me get some perspective. No way am I going to let some shitty little troll run me off.

I don't really have a regular hobby these days. I used to collect pins (lapel pins) from everywhere I went so I'd have a neat little record of my travels. The collection grew to about 60 or 70 and I just stopped bothering with it. Used to be I spent a lot of time outdoors. Canoeing, rock climbing, camping, etc. Going to college then getting married kind of puts the kibosh on a lot of that.

These days I'm pretty lazy. I play video games some evenings, and others I read* or cook or spend working on my lawn. I enjoy a concert every now and then, but it's not regular enough for it to be a big thing for me.

If I had to call something a hobby right now, I'd say it's attempting to lose weight. I try to work out at least three days a week, and seem to be hitting four every so often. I'm still doing Yourself!Fitness and it's still working extremely well. Two nights of that and two nights of walking about 3.5 miles are about all I can handle.

*Currently reading At the Moutains of Madness. I have a stuffed Cthulhu on my desk at work but I've never read any of the mythos so I felt like a bit of a poser. I'm really enjoying Lovecraft's writing style, and knowing a bit of his history makes his stories very interesting.

Blog. SANTAK, BANKOROK, TOMATO!
220 lbs.  40 to go.
#7 by Gunp01nt
2005-09-27 15:57:35
supersimon33@hotmail.com
As for gaming, I really don't do that as much as I used to anymore. There's just not a lot of games that grab me.
I recently played KOTOR2 and it did keep me interested up until a certain point and made me want to continue playing, so at least I know I'm not completely jaded out of gaming.

"My mom was kind of fat. Well, kind of... we used to call her heavyweight champion."
#8 by Jibble
2005-09-27 15:57:52
I've also in the last two years gone from hardcore gamer to casual gamer, and I'm actually feeling better for it.

Same thing here.  I don't miss salivating over a release for months and being disappointed every time.

Blog. SANTAK, BANKOROK, TOMATO!
220 lbs.  40 to go.
#9 by E-ph0nk
2005-09-27 16:00:00
http://www.electrophonk.be
except for gaming:
- dj'ing
- collecting music
- making music (sometimes)
- collecting/watching movies
- regular bar-visiting
- helping to run a youthhouse with +/- 250 members (both in activities and as a member of the board)
- admining some sites/forums

#10 by Matt Davis
2005-09-27 16:00:23
http://looroll.com
Used to be I spent a lot of time outdoors. Canoeing, rock climbing, camping, etc. Going to college then getting married kind of puts the kibosh on a lot of that.

Shame that, never too early to start again though! Going to Banff and Yosemite in two successive years really kicked it all off for me again, and we go camping regularly now, and its not about to stop when the baby arrives. We got ourselves an all-terrain pushchair, much to m0nty's disgust.

#11 by Gunp01nt
2005-09-27 16:01:08
supersimon33@hotmail.com
E-phonk:

What are the odds off running into you at I Love Techno?

"My mom was kind of fat. Well, kind of... we used to call her heavyweight champion."
#12 by Matt Davis
2005-09-27 16:01:28
http://looroll.com
Same thing here.  I don't miss salivating over a release for months and being disappointed every time.

I now wait for blockbuster to sell the ex-rental for half price a month after its out, I save money and only buy friend tried and tested games.

#13 by FoRmaT
2005-09-27 16:01:55
Matt, do you race anything yourself?

I love tuning my cars. I used to drive a turbo monster that nearly ruined me, now Iīm driving a more value for money Toyota MR2 Targa which I am starting to tune. First thing I did was to screw on some nice 7,5" + 9,5" x 17" wheels I imported from Germany. Then I put on a Tenzo R induction kit, which is really cool but will leave me deaf for sure. Next adition will be some driving techniques book that will hopefully teach me how to better react to snap oversteer.

"Uhm... it back-fired a bit. :( "  - Andy, 12/20/98
#14 by Sgt Hulka
2005-09-27 16:02:19
Animation, Guitar, Film Making, Game Programming and Cross Country Speed Fishing,

#15 by Matt Davis
2005-09-27 16:04:12
http://looroll.com
FoRmaT,

No, we have a stupid car now though and intend to take it to a few track days, the missus and I have a number of days booked at Silverstone and Brands Hatch for next year as our birthday presents to each other.

#16 by FoRmaT
2005-09-27 16:05:44
I donīt get much enjoyment out of bar visiting. Itīs either "be drunk" or "donīt be drunk and be pissed of by the drunks". Also, I tend to long for my computer when I am away for it for more than a few hours :D

"Uhm... it back-fired a bit. :( "  - Andy, 12/20/98
#17 by E-ph0nk
2005-09-27 16:06:16
http://www.electrophonk.be
What are the odds off running into you at I Love Techno?

Big chance I'll be there since I'll have all area passes - and my gf never went to an indoor event like this.

#18 by Penguinx
2005-09-27 16:08:23
Px's Hobbies

• Making lists with bullet points.
• Anything art related. Mostly working with a tablet on digital paintings these days. Working towards a better understanding of perspective drawing and anatomy. I want to get the fundamentals nailed before I move on to bigger and better things.
• Helping the wife in her garden. My services were more limited this year as the hard stuff got done last year. The tilling, bringing in the railroad ties for use as a border, etc.
• Chickens. A bunch of 'em. Selling their eggs but not as much hanging out with them as the first year. There just hasn't been time and I've come to realize that chickens are the most self sufficient animal I own and that the others require more attention than they do.
• Dogs. Three of them. One old crab, one well behaved one, and one nutty puppy who urinates upon my return home as a flattering act of submission according to an animal behaviorist. Regardless of WHY she does it, I'm the one cleaning it up.
• Cats. Five fucking cats now. They're easy to deal with. You just need to stay on top of their litter. They're all brothers and sisters except for one. They get along swimingly and are very affectionate which I wasn't expecting out of a cat.
• Snowmobiles. Incredibly fun toys.
• Travel. We used to do more, but now with the vast expansion of the animals into new, untrodden territory (horses, goats, what have you), we're likely to do a lot less.
• The Crap. Yeah, keeping up with this board is a hobby.

We make to you the apologies for inconveniences!
#19 by Neale
2005-09-27 16:09:09
neale@pimurho.co.uk www.pimurho.co.uk
Inbetween children, I suppose my hobbies are making maps and 3D models. Exciting, huh?

I have a hard time accepting that anyone could achieve this miraculously high level of stupidity. - Caryn
#20 by Jibble
2005-09-27 16:10:38
Shame that, never too early to start again though!

Well, some of my big things (canoeing, sailing, scuba diving) are on hold because I married someone who has a bit of a drowning phobia. She was nearly drowned by one of her relatives when she was younger, so it's a bit understandable. I'm working her slowly through that, so after that's worked out we'll probably be more active outdoors.

We got ourselves an all-terrain pushchair, much to m0nty's disgust.

So that's why you bought that monstrosity.  I keed, I keed.

Blog. SANTAK, BANKOROK, TOMATO!
220 lbs.  40 to go.
#21 by McBain
2005-09-27 16:10:39
I spend most of my time besides gaming...

Watching movies, playing poker, talking on message boards, writing movie reviews, reading political news, reading books, going to dinner with Jen, working/programming, watching the Red Sox, barbecueing, drinking beer.

Kid: Because you went to the bathroom on mommy's dishes?
Willie: What the fuck? No!
#22 by FoRmaT
2005-09-27 16:13:14
Matt,

I love that car. The shape is a bit odd, though. It gets better when painted black and with black tinted windows. I donīt like the shape of the C pillar. But off course itīs nitpicking, itīs a nice performance car which I sure enough would enjoy owning. I dig Renaults. As my daily "going to work" car I have a Clio Williams, which makes me smile every minute I drive it. Small, light, chunky, loud, arse happy. Itīs no good for motorways because itīs so low and hard and will follow any imperfections on the road, but on the twisty roads itīs excellent fun.

"Uhm... it back-fired a bit. :( "  - Andy, 12/20/98
#23 by Matt Davis
2005-09-27 16:13:14
http://looroll.com
For people who don't frequent IRC, The Mrs won $1800 on a radio competition and we spent $1000 of it on a pushchair.

Bugaboo.

#24 by Matt Davis
2005-09-27 16:16:02
http://looroll.com
We have a Clio Sport and its been great, we went with the Megane because it comes loaded with tons of stupid gadgets, such as keyless entry, auto-bloody-everything.

Also I've never had any serious problem with any Renault I've owned, great fun cars.

I agree on the colour too, our Clio is black and looks a lot better for it, we went with Silver on the Megane as the red was horrible.

#25 by FoRmaT
2005-09-27 16:16:31
McBain, where could one read your reviews?

"Uhm... it back-fired a bit. :( "  - Andy, 12/20/98
#26 by FoRmaT
2005-09-27 16:19:08
So you have a Clio Sport AND a Megane Turbo? Wow! The MR2 can keep up with the Clio on the motorway though, even with the fat wheels I raced and stayed ahead of both the 172 and 182 Clio. But the Megane... yummy!

"Uhm... it back-fired a bit. :( "  - Andy, 12/20/98
#27 by Jibble
2005-09-27 16:21:03
Penguin reminded me that I've been meaning to ask something around here of him and our dearly departed Caryn. Are there any resources that you'd recommend for gardening advice? My wife and I are considering doing a big overhaul of our dog run since we're never going to have a dog. Neither of us have much of a green thumb, and we both kind of like to have a grip on things before we go crazy and do a big project.

Basically, the East side of my house seems to be an ideal location for things to grow. The grass there is greener than anywhere else in the yard, owing (I think) to the fact that it gets enough sun to be healthy, but not enough to scorch the living hell out of it. The dog run is about 32'x10' between the house and the fence on that side of the house. We're hoping to dig out a big garden pretty much right up next to the house (accounting for sprinklers, of course) that runs most of the 32' length. After that, we'd probably put in some flagstone or something to make a secondary patio area where we could relax by our new garden. I ask because I've considered a vegetable garden for the space. Are there any good resources I could tap to find out what kinds of plants or veggies would grow in this climate, as well as how to plant them and care for them?

Blog. SANTAK, BANKOROK, TOMATO!
220 lbs.  40 to go.
#28 by Penguinx
2005-09-27 16:31:42
There are a few good books, but my wife'd know better than me as far as online resources. She pretty much researches everything and I do all the grunt work. I'll either post info here or shoot you an email.

McBain, where do you do your movie reviews? I'd like to see some of them.*

*Unless those are two streams you don't want crossing.

We make to you the apologies for inconveniences!
#29 by FoRmaT
2005-09-27 16:39:16
Jibble, when my dad wants to do something new to the house but runs out of ideas, he gets new ideas buying a dedicated magazine or two. The layout of the birdcage (foyere?) he built came straight out of one of them.

Oh and; YAY!! Wingwalkerīs first topic!! Whereīs the champagne?

"Uhm... it back-fired a bit. :( "  - Andy, 12/20/98
#30 by Hugin
2005-09-27 16:40:25
lmccain@nber.org
I think it's her second topic.  Didn't she have one about how Americans and Canadians get along?
#31 by McBain
2005-09-27 16:40:57
McBain, where do you do your movie reviews? I'd like to see some of them.*

A great, great many of them have disappeared down the NYTimes.com memory hole.  I have some I've written for MilkPlus but that site has died a slow death.  The NYTimes put my "Minority Report" review in their "Readers Review" section, but I can't find it on their site now.

Kid: Because you went to the bathroom on mommy's dishes?
Willie: What the fuck? No!
#32 by McBain
2005-09-27 16:47:33
NYTimes posted my \"Anger Management\" review:

Kid: Because you went to the bathroom on mommy's dishes?
Willie: What the fuck? No!
#33 by FoRmaT
2005-09-27 16:47:55
Heh, I wasnīt aware of that. Iīm just slowly catching up right now. Since February I didnīt have Internet. My father sold the house, and I moved to a new place with a roommate. After a short while I realised this wasnīt going to last so I didnīt get a phone line there. Now I moved to another place on my own; no more worries about bandwith stealing or unauthorized computer usage - so I quickly got wired again.

"Uhm... it back-fired a bit. :( "  - Andy, 12/20/98
#34 by Penguinx
2005-09-27 16:51:12
McBain, that sucks. I added the MilkPlus feed to netvibes, though. Thanks for the info.

We make to you the apologies for inconveniences!
#35 by McBain
2005-09-27 16:54:36
The site dying a slow death is mostly my fault.  I was one of the founders.  I just don't have the time/money/enthusiasm to see new release movies, let alone go to film festivals and see the more obsure films, like I used to.

Kid: Because you went to the bathroom on mommy's dishes?
Willie: What the fuck? No!
#36 by bago
2005-09-27 16:55:27
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Parties, girls, music, snowboarding. Also there's the challenge of pleasing my horribly picky palate.

The need for an ever-fresh selection of euphemisms about dirty subjects has long served as an impressive engine of linguistic invention.
#37 by Penguinx
2005-09-27 16:58:16
I just don't have the time/money/enthusiasm to see new release movies, let alone go to film festivals and see the more obsure films, like I used to.


I hear you. I have a few less encumbered friends who regale me with stories of film festivals and the like. I think I'm past that, but I still love film.

We make to you the apologies for inconveniences!
#38 by bago
2005-09-27 17:03:05
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
See, the benefit to living in a major metropolis is that neat little films are easy to come by. I got to see the north american premeire of GiTS: Innocence for eample. That rocked.

The need for an ever-fresh selection of euphemisms about dirty subjects has long served as an impressive engine of linguistic invention.
#39 by jjohnsen
2005-09-27 17:06:59
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Jibble, I've only had a garden a for a few years, so take this as beginners experience.  First thing for me is if you hate bending over, make a raised garden.  Using wood or brick I'd raise it 12-18 inches so you don't have to bend over as far to weed, it makes a huge difference.  I also wouldn't start too big.  

Our first garden was 20'x20' (don't laugh Penguin) and it was too much for us to handle.  We eventually scaled it back to 15'x10' and some of it still sat untended.  This new house we're taking a 10'x10' plot, dividing it into 4 pieces and having four mini-gardens that we can rotate.  I'd also recommend starting with 2 or 3 different thing, and adding more each year if you like it.  Each plant can have slightly different techniques to getting them to grow and it becomes a hassle.  My favorite garden was when we grew tomatoes, peppers, onions and.  Basically a garden to make fresh salsa and corn on the cob.  We'll probably do that same garden next year with some squash thrown in.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#40 by Penguinx
2005-09-27 17:07:03
And the disadvantage is tearing my eyes and throat out a few minutes into the new living arangment.

We make to you the apologies for inconveniences!
#41 by Penguinx
2005-09-27 17:12:01
I second the raised bed if it's logistically possible for back saving purposes. For me, it wasn't possible. We started out with a 25' x 200+' garden and scaled back to a 150' this year. It was too much work.

We did peas, beets, onions, carrots, radishes, green beans, strawberries, rhubarb, spaghetti squask, acorn squash, a variety of peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins, potatoes (though they aren't coming back next year, the work to reward ration sucked), cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and others I am surely missing.

Once you do it, there's no going back. I'd never laugh at someone for having a smaller garden. Just that you're doing it at all is awesome.

We make to you the apologies for inconveniences!
#42 by jjohnsen
2005-09-27 17:13:55
http://www.johnsenclan.com
I love to read.  Thats always been my biggest hobby.  We didn't have a television when I was growing up, I think we finally got one when I was 15.  Ours broke when I was 5, and a combination of being poor and my parents not having much interest ld me to be tv-less for a while.  So we started going to the library, my dad and I were eventually going 3 times a week and I would read pretty much anything I could, eventually getting a job at the library and becoming a librarian when I was 21, I only left because I couldn't support a family.  I read anything, but love magazines, comics, history, novels.  Whatever.

Right now I'm reading a history of one of my church presidents,and later today I'll go buy one of my favorite guilty pleasures, the new Spenser novel by Robert B. Parker.  Best. Character. Ever.  And after visiting Boston once I've enjoyed reading them even more because landmarks in the city have a such a large presence in the books.

I also love games, movies and I'm geeking out on my new Mac now.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#43 by Mister Nutty
2005-09-27 17:17:09
mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing, running, trolling.

YHBT. YHL. HAND
#44 by LordDrucifer
2005-09-27 17:32:58
Yasta11@hotmail.com
Bass guitar, video games, and the pseudo science of sociology. I plan on making one of these two a career. Basically, I made very bad plans for the future.

Funny thing you chose the word "kicks."
This one time, I kicked a hole in the wall at work just to see if I could weasle out of paying any consequence. It's especially helpful when you can get the whole staff to lie for you. I did get fired eventually, but that was months later and I was merely laid off.

...oh.... Shooting is also a fun activity... but I've hardly done that with any regularity.

Slack ass, slap face, slack rope, and slap Bass. Fold in a cup of cocaine. Now you have Drucifer's Quintessence.
#45 by Trunks
2005-09-27 17:32:58
My spare time is taken up mainly with reading and poker.

#46 by jjohnsen
2005-09-27 17:39:52
http://www.johnsenclan.com
I second the raised bed if it's logistically possible for back saving purposes. For me, it wasn't possible. We started out with a 25' x 200+' garden and scaled back to a 150' this year. It was too much work.

Holy Hell.  I thought20'x20' was unbearable, I can't even imagine this size.  Also, what do you know about composting?  Is it worth the trouble?   Forgive me if I'v asked this before.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#47 by LordDrucifer
2005-09-27 17:41:14
Yasta11@hotmail.com
I plan on making a potted garden out of sewer PBC pipe.

Just cap the ends and cut it in half, get some UV plastic, make a simple wood frame... mister... you got yourself a greenhouse made on the cheap.

God... there is no discussion here.

Slack ass, slap face, slack rope, and slap Bass. Fold in a cup of cocaine. Now you have Drucifer's Quintessence.
#48 by Ergo
2005-09-27 17:41:29
Fly-fishing, backpacking, mountain-biking, reading, video games, movies and TV. I rarely actually go see a movie in the theaters anymore, though. Not worth the expense or effort.

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
DVDs
#49 by deadlock
2005-09-27 17:42:36
http://www.deadlocked.org/
Hobbies eh?

I'm a self confessed nerd: I like spending hours fiddling with Linux or FreeBSD, much to my wife's annoyance. I like gaming, but I've never really been a hardcore gamer. Games to me are like books: I always like to have one on the go, though I tend not to play them when I'm sitting on the jacks.

Reading is a huge love of mine. Like I say, I tend to have at least one book on the go and sometimes have two. Every now and then I come across a book that grabs me and reading becomes the most pressing thing I need to do. There is no predicting what book will do this to me: the most recent book I read was Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre which was great but didn't grab me as much as The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton which was pure, trashy space opera (Vernon God Little won the Booker prize).

At the moment I'm enjoying being antagonised by my new neighbours who seem to be determined to do everything in their power to rub me up the wrong way without doing anything that I could point to and say "there! you're fucking doing it now!". For example, a few days before they moved in, they left a car on the road outside our houses, full of what appeared to me to be rubbish. In the middle of the night. Without doing the courteous thing and telling us that they were leaving it there. When the car was still there 4 days later, I assumed that it had been abandoned and was about to ring the council to get them to tow it when I noticed that the new neighbours were moving in and were removing stuff from this (untaxed, uninsured) car. Grrrr.

When I'm not exercising my sense of righteous indignation towards my neighbours, I like to walk with the wife and mountain bike, though I don't do that anything approaching often enough.

Shall we dance again
In our special way
With our trousers round our knees?
#50 by jjohnsen
2005-09-27 17:42:51
http://www.johnsenclan.com
It's hard when you hate being around people too.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
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