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I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby glan » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:44 pm UTC

In college, I always had 20 things going on and couldn't fit enough hours in the day. Now, just a couple years out of school and working in the 'real world' I've become painfully boring. I get home in the evening and feel like I should work on one of the dozens of side projects I'm ostensibly working on, but I'm always tired or can't force myself to actually do it and end up wasting my time watching TV. I think of things which seem interesting/fun to do, but I just always end up being too tired/lazy/unmotivated to actually do them. I'm not sure if my problem is that my hobbies are too much like my work (after 9 hours programming at work, it's harder to want to work on another programming project when I get home) or if I just need to try something new (most of my interests are the same things today they were 4 years ago).

I'm curious what hobbies or side projects other xkcd'ers have, and how you stay enthusiastic and motivated by them. They can range from the mass-appeal (video games) to the semi-obscure (calligraphy) to the geek-subculture (lockpicking) to the only-my-friends-and-I-do-this (underwater flamethrower assembly). So, what do you do in your leisure time?

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Postby doogly » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:53 pm UTC

I make pots!
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In general I think crafty things can be a fun way to go.
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Postby Gellert1984 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:53 pm UTC

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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Schmut » Sat Apr 11, 2009 5:14 pm UTC

Still in uni but the work load isn't so much. There have been many days I've just sat at my computer, browsing various sites. Recently, though, I had an idea for putting my own website online... and after that, a second website became part of my plan. The second site is pretty much online now, needs some twerking and some fixing but the core of it is there. That's been the hobby that's occupied my past week.
It's a simple professional site for listing projects I'm working on or have worked on with an area for my own profile and contact details, built around a WordPress install so I can have an easily updatable and commentable news section.
It's fun coding all of the php and css because of the sense of achievment that comes with completion. The other site requires a heck of a lot more dynamic coding and so it's a step up from the one I've almost completed.
The idea is to have this other site for my non-professional work; as a way of entertaining and making the internet public aware that I exist. I realise recognition is a long way off but for now it's a fun exercise to attempt to build the site. I learnt a lot developing the first one and I intend to better apply it to the second and learn a lot more. Once those are each done my hobby can no longer be web design (unless a friend asks) but the latter of the sites is to be frequently updated.
I'm hoping for five updates a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). So my "hobbies" then will include blog writing, reviewing film releases, drawing comics, writing short stories and one other thing I'm yet to decide on; podcast and video-blog are most prominent in my mind for that final piece, however. In addition to all of those weekly updates, every month I hope to release a film. This is because I am a student of film and television production and to make some for the internet in my spare time would go far to helping my future career.

Because none of this stuff is actually work, I assume it all falls under the category of "hobbies". If you're looking for a new hobby, my advice is to choose something that benefit you in some way and help you develop as a person (which practically all hobbies do, don't they?). It's always been the case with me that I have taken only fleeting interest in past hobbies but I do feel a lot more mature than my, old short-attantion-spanned, self.

A hobby I'm looking to getting back into is 'parkour' (or free-running). Because that's a fun way to maintain physical fitness.

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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby vordhosbn » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:36 pm UTC

I have a few hobbies which I like to keep up on. I study Karate once a week for 2 hours. This one is really good because I love it and it also means that I don't need to pay a gym membership to keep myself in shape. I get all the exercise I need for around ten pounds a week after transport and all that.

I also read a lot, and I mean a lot. it's a rare day that I don't have a book on the go. Lately I've been interested in philosophy so I've been carting around a collection of works by Aristotle with me and also a Terry Pratchett book for lighter reading and I read one or two newspapers a day as well.

I spend a lot of time gaming, currently playing WoW and planning to revisit ocarina of time over the summer.

Another thing I do is just walk around my city. I'm based in London, England and it's great fun to take an afternoon to walk around, getting completely lost then finding my way home again by way of the nearest tube stop. I suppose you could call this exploring.

I also play guitar and am trying to get myself back into practice now that I've finished university.

These are all things you could easily take up. What I really recommend though is joining a friend in what they do for a hobby and trying that out with them. Even if you end up not liking that hobby, you put in time and money with a friend, and that's always worthwhile. Also, realize that any hobby is going to take up time, money and space. If you're going to do something, go all out, make the investments in it, and hopefully it pays off.

of course you could take up golf, but your aim is to be more interesting, so I'd leave that until you want to be boring again :P
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Mmmm, Pi » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:13 pm UTC

Well, I knit and sew. Currently knitting a Speckled Jim, and sewing an Adiopose.

I'm also a Brownie leader (young Guides) and I'm the treasurer for the Scout and Guide society at my uni.

I'm also trying to get a bit more fit and explore the local area by going for walks in places I've not been before. It's a great way of finding random places you never knew about before.
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Postby The Big G in Charge » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:17 pm UTC

I took up biking a few years ago- for fitness and exploration. I usually pick random directions and 15 miles later I'm somewhere I've never been before.

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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Sungura » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:59 pm UTC

I raise and show Holland Lops (see the avatar for bunny cuteness). I also study karate so that is at least once a week for a few hours plus I practice at home a bit each day. I do some graphic design work, not as much now as I used to though. I want to take ballroom dance lessons but every class around here requires I sign up with a partner, and since I have no one to register with that's not going to happen anytime soon. I tend to find random things I want to learn too, from random fields but usually math/science/philosophy. If I didn't live in suburbs, I'd raise bantam cochins and miniature horses as well. If I had money I would take up horseback riding again. I did that when I was 12/13 on and off whenever I had some cash for lessons, which around here are quite expensive so I gave up and just rode during summer camp instead until I was 16. I still would love to ride though, although it has been years.
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Bobthemonkey » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:51 pm UTC

I buy and restore electric guitars. The one I am working on now was purchased for 5 dollars from a garage sale. This hobby can get kind of expensive sometimes, but I think it is worth it.

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Postby tryptanymph » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:38 pm UTC

I SHRED SHIT UP, YO.

Although it's less a hobby, more currently an occupation. Music student AND performing musician.

I suppose I play a fair few games? Hobby worthy?
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Postby BigBoss » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:00 am UTC

I fish. Its fun, relaxing, and you can get free food. But I usually only catch and release, unless it's catfish or trout.
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Postby suffer-cait » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:16 am UTC

i come here....
i draw a good bit, and i read alot, and lately i play alot of board games if i get people. harry potter clue is awesome!
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Postby Schmut » Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:24 am UTC

vordhosbn wrote:Another thing I do is just walk around my city. I'm based in London, England and it's great fun to take an afternoon to walk around, getting completely lost then finding my way home again by way of the nearest tube stop. I suppose you could call this exploring.

Aaaah, I love doing that whenever I'm visiting a big, or just new, city. It's the best and most fun way to explore, if you've got the time; far more effective than a map. I was in Newcastle a couple of months ago and managed to get completely lost between my hotel and the train station. Having a good sense of direction, I managed to navigate myself back on track but in the process I learnt a little something about getting around the city. Also visited Darlington a month later and decided to intentionally get lost then find a way of navigating myself back to the hotel I was staying in. Lot's of fun and very useful for future navigation, should I visit again. :D

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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Mous » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:49 am UTC

Urban exploring is a lot of fun. http://www.urbanexplorers.net

Then again, even more fun is hiking and camping and mountain climbing and biking.
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Sulla158 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:24 am UTC

I currently play ping pong and ultimate frisbee as my only hobbies, this is during college though. I do have plans for other hobbies during the summer, these include acoustic guitar, drawing, amateur astronomy, reading, microscopy and blacksmithing. I'm hoping I'll at least manage a few of these over the summer.
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Postby bbctol » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:33 pm UTC

As of a few days ago, building card houses. It's one of those hobbies that's good for convincing people that you're a genius.

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Postby Gojoe » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:39 pm UTC

I like to game... a lot.
I watch anime
I come here
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Postby Indon » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:49 pm UTC

Tabletop and computer gaming, and posting on this forum.

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Postby Rakysh » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:46 pm UTC

Schmut wrote: I was in Newcastle a couple of months ago


You poor soul :P

I listen to and play music, walk the dog, play with the chickens,play video game, a fair amount, play rugby, read, look through archives of webcomics, and just read the internet. If I was less poor, I might also play a little warhammer, and if there was a decently interested group of people, I'd DnD (that's a verb, right?). Hanging around the local town is also good.

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Postby alias.exe » Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:48 pm UTC

Competitive gaming, read a book, go for a walk or bike ride, just boring, normal stuff. I guess I play the violin too. Nothing awesome like fly kites with cameras attached to them, or head for a random set of coordinates and make out :/

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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Chuff » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:07 pm UTC

I play video games, read, read wikipedia articles on grammar and language, draw comics, write random stuff, wander around the city, and bitch about girls. Bitching about girls is a quite common hobby for guys like me.

Also, for the bolded part, I can't believe I actually do that.
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Postby Naurgul » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:41 pm UTC

vordhosbn wrote:Another thing I do is just walk around my city. I'm based in London, England and it's great fun to take an afternoon to walk around, getting completely lost then finding my way home again by way of the nearest tube stop. I suppose you could call this exploring.

Schmut wrote:Aaaah, I love doing that whenever I'm visiting a big, or just new, city. It's the best and most fun way to explore, if you've got the time; far more effective than a map. I was in Newcastle a couple of months ago and managed to get completely lost between my hotel and the train station. Having a good sense of direction, I managed to navigate myself back on track but in the process I learnt a little something about getting around the city. Also visited Darlington a month later and decided to intentionally get lost then find a way of navigating myself back to the hotel I was staying in. Lot's of fun and very useful for future navigation, should I visit again. :D

Ha, I did this too last year when I was on that student exchange programme, with a bike, though. Every time I was to return home from university, I'd pick a random way and go for it. It was pretty fun. However, I almost completely lack a sense of direction. One day, I was lost for two hours and it seemed that I was getting nowhere familiar. Then, as I was getting frustrated and starting to have regrets, it started to snow. :o
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Postby Jessica » Mon Apr 13, 2009 5:55 pm UTC

I larp, and go to the bar, and watch movies, and read, and hang out online.
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Postby Bulvox » Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:42 pm UTC

I tell people how boring I am and then ask them what their hobby is.
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Postby SquareRootofBlue » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:13 pm UTC

I make pots!

I love that one of the birds doogly, what does the writing say?

Also I can sympathise with the OP but inspite of having a technical job I still have geeky side projects (although I don't get much time to work on them either and most have been abandoaned for months). One of my recent ones which I'm actually just finishing now is to make and install an in car PC. I've got a GPS locator for it and it's currently running CentraFuse on XP (I tried Linux but had trouble getting some of the apps I wanted to work so I'm going back to that later).

I used to read a lot more, especially in high school/college but since I've been working I've either not had time and/or just haven't felt like reading by the time I get to bed. Probably the most reading I do now is blitzing news websites during my lunch hour. I also quite like webcomics, apart from XKCD geek hero and Moo and Keo are good.
A hobby I'm looking to getting back into is 'parkour' (or free-running). Because that's a fun way to maintain physical fitness.

Cool hobbie vordhosbn, reminds me that I've forgot to mention that I'm a ITF-Taekwon-Do red-stripe and have been training for about 4.5 years.Parkour might be a great way to improve my odds if I were in a confrontation against a group of people but o be honest I'm probably too chicken to ever try it-I'd be terrified of breaking my neck or something.
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Postby postinonthenets » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:19 pm UTC

I used to do a shit ton of theater in college, but havent been able to get back to it yet. I've been working on writing a show with my buddy and I'm excited to get that up and going.

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Postby Lissa » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:28 pm UTC

I always have to explain to people what my hobby is, so I guess it is sort of interesting?
I do vaulting(is "to vault" a verb?), which is sort of a mix of dance and gymnastics on a horse.
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It's lots of fun and keeps me in shape. I also love competing.

Apart from that, my hobbies are rather normal. I play the guitar, walk the dog, listen to music, read, sing, and hang out on the internet. Oh, and I used to play Everquest 2, but I don't have the time for that any more.

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Postby Alder » Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:47 pm UTC

Well, I teach the piano, so I play that - which is half and half work and fun. I compose songs sometimes, and attempt to record them, though that's fallen by the wayside since I've had multiple throat infections all winter. I read - less recently since I had trouble with my neck, and I'm aware of my posture when I read - and I collect early 20th centure crime fiction. (Hey, if you're going to collect things, it may as well be fairly obscure :D) I throw murder mystery parties sometimes, and I like to bake extremely yummy cakes. Aaaaaand, I do ballroom and latin dancing, which is fantastic...
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Postby the_stabbage » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:56 pm UTC

I play guitar & bass and I have a pretty decent book collection (though most of the latter is grace of the parental units). I also can do some origami. I've picked up miniature painting again. I don't think I'll have a Warhammer army again, but I will concentrate on making them look purty.

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Postby suffer-cait » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:19 pm UTC

dear lissa,
now i need to get back into vaulting
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby doogly » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:36 pm UTC

SquareRootofBlue wrote:
I make pots!

I love that one of the birds doogly, what does the writing say?


Thank you! It is a haiku by Buson:
kaze ichijin / mizutori shiroku / miyuru kana
a sudden squall / and the bird by the water / is turning white
That is the translation as given in the book I have, but Japanese has no singular/plural distinction so I am allowed to put in two birds. Hooray birds.

And the vaulting looks really quite awesome! I looked up some videos, it is impressive.
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Postby year in the sun » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:18 am UTC

am i the only person who read the thread topic and sincerely thought being boring was the op's hobby? and couldn't really find anything wrong with that?

as for me, i knit pretty compulsively. specifically, what i knit is socks. even more specifically, what i like to do is raid thrift stores for books and pure-wool sweaters in huge quantities, bring them home, and then gut the sweaters and make socks out of them while reading the books.

it kind of grew out of something else which i don't consider a hobby at all (i would never ever bike somewhere just for the 'fun' of it), but certainly seems to be the salient 'fact' about me to many real-life acquaintances. i commute to my work and most of my daily errands by bike. it's about a 20k round trip in one of the wettest winter climates the planet provides. since i started the whole silly thing in the fall, it only took about half a month for me to develop a wool-sock fetish, and the rest is more or less history.

another major time-sink in my non-working life is sleeping. i do it a lot, because i have to. i've got one of those disordered immune systems that keep mistaking regular body components for germs. so my system frequently thinks that it's caught the flu, and sets about trying to eat me alive. experience has taught me that the only possible way of dealing with this is to fall down and sleep for four days.

aside from the consistent trinity of books, sleeping and socks, i'm really a person of random and unreliable enthusiasms. i tend to come up with goals first, usually something that only interests me because it's completely pointless/redundant/over-complicated, and then get completely obsessed with getting to them, just for the sake of it. along the way i might find myself learning something or other just because i have to, but i don't retain much of it. i once spent three or four maniacally obsessive weeks installing linux on a spare computer one time and beating it into shape, for reasons that make no sense to anyone even now. i finally got it to do what i wanted it to do (stream and play audio), and only that. i basked in the glow of accomplishment about a day, and then i formatted everything and put windows back. there's also an interval involving perl and toilet plungers and a wounded bird which i kind of prefer to forget . . . i kind of fear computers sometimes.

currently i'm reading gulag archipelago, vol iii, and knitting a pair of cream/heather socks.
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Postby the_stabbage » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:11 am UTC

year in the sun wrote:currently i'm reading gulag archipelago, vol iii, and knitting a pair of cream/heather socks.


So there is a volume 3 to the Gulag Archipelago! I keep finding only 1 and 2 in bookstores.

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Postby year in the sun » Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:57 am UTC

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year in the sun wrote:So there is a volume 3 to the Gulag Archipelago! I keep finding only 1 and 2 in bookstores.


i'll trade you. i can only find 1 and 3. or at least, i have no memory of ever having read 2.

or maybe you're finding it in an edition that was only split into two volumes? 3 is mostly about the 'special camps'. it covers escape attempts and escapers, and organized revolts and resistance. and it goes into the progroms against kulaks and ethnic groups, covers exile and takes you through his own release and various events up to what was the present time then.
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Postby the_stabbage » Tue Apr 14, 2009 3:38 am UTC

the contents of my volume 2 are:
"part III: the destructive-labor camps" and "part iv: the soul and barbed wire"

i'd accept your trade but i only read volume one so far.

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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby year in the sun » Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:38 am UTC

the_stabbage wrote:the contents of my volume 2 are:
"part III: the destructive-labor camps" and "part iv: the soul and barbed wire"

i'd accept your trade but i only read volume one so far.


don't worry, it was a frivolous offer. my home is to books what the hotel california was to . . . whatever they were.

i think i do have vol ii as the headings ring a bell. the trouble with gulag is i've read it only intermittently and to be honest i have a bit of trouble

a) keeping track of a specific narrative/chronological/ideological thread when the names are too foreign to really take hold in my mind and
b) rising above all the exclamation marks and the extremely overplayed 'sarcasm' in certain spots. i hope i understand at least some of the emotional space solzhenitsyn was coming from when he wrote it and the fact that he wasn't writing 'at' late-20th-century westerners. but i still don't actually like being backed into a corner and beaten over the head to quite that extent.

it's weird, when i consider that his fiction is some of the most subtle and disciplined i've ever read and if i could only pick one book to go into a time-capsule for the entire 20th century, cancer ward might well be my choice.
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Meowgan » Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:13 am UTC

I knit, crochet and sew. I game too. I read, but only when I've got no knitting with me.
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby <nyssa> » Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:48 am UTC

I cross stitch, and I play the drums. I'm in a band, which is great fun :).
Also, doogly's pots are awesome! The only things I've ever made pottery-wise tend to be wonky and fall over :/.
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby tentacleTherapist » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:29 am UTC

<nyssa>, your companion cube is beyond awesome :shock:

I bake things! Like cookies and cakes and traybakes. I also write stories, sketches, lyrics and storyboards for some comics I'm working on. When I'm bored I make funny shoops of various things. I used to take violin lessons, but I lost my enthusiasm for it the past few years so now I just play it when the fancy takes me. I'm now teaching myself the piano :)
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Re: I've become boring - What's your hobby?

Postby Two9A » Wed Apr 15, 2009 11:24 am UTC

Unfortunately, I'm an utter bore. I code at work, and then I go home and code some more (on personal projects). I'll very occasionally write a short story or two, but that doesn't happen very often.

I need a real hobby :mrgreen:
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