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    Hobbies

    Explain you hobbies and what exactly attracts you to them so much that after a while you do not abandon them?
    I will answer the question later.

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    i am sorting out my poems at the moment and uploading them on my blog. I will write about my hobbies later.

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    Even my greatest passions have had periods of lulls. I dont think it matters what it is. Sometimes you get burnt out for a while. You have to take a step back, rest, come back with fresh eyes or a new perspective. I get stuck in ruts sometimes where I'll keep doing the same things, I will be going too far in one direction, and will fully understand at the time that I want to try take a new approach, but its almost as if I cant. I've been doing whatever it is for so long that its natural for me to fall into the same patterns and same approach thus stifling creativity. I wont be able to learn much of anything new because I'll be too busy stuck in my old ways. I think that's when I get burnt out.

    So when that happens I try not to worry about it. I just put it down and forget about it while I do something else. I dont try to set all these timelines for myself and then get angry or discouraged when I dont make them. I know its good to have goals, but I find that sometimes not taking something seriously can actually make you better down the road. Hobbies are supposed to be fun, so if youre setting too many expectations for yourself and letting yourself down, then youre shooting yourself in the foot. Its important to keep your hobbies fun and not make them into contests with others or yourself to the point that it exacerbates stress rather than easing it.

    So what is it that attracts me to my hobbies? I dont know really. My two biggest hobbies are probably playing banjo and riding my skateboard, but I dont think thats really what youre asking though. What is it that attracts me to them? Thats kind of difficult to answer. I dont know what keeps me coming back other than that I just want to for some reason. Its fun. Again, keeping things fun is important. I never really thought about what Im about to write until now, but when you do something that you would refer to as a hobby of yours, are you doing it because you want to be good at it, or are you doing it because you enjoy the act of doing it? I get that it can be both, but for example, throughout the many years Ive spent around skateboarders of all walks of life and skill levels, I have come across COUNTLESS people, both old and young, that approach skateboarding with the primary goal of getting good at it, and ironically these types tend to not go very far with it. The people focused on what they cant do but want to do at some indefinite point in the future often quit. The people who tend to progress are people who are enjoying what theyre doing in the here and now, and those are the people who will likely still be around years down the road.

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    Lots of things.

    Knitting: the appeal of learning and adapting new techniques, being able to design and produce things that I would like to wear. Long-standing interest in fashion design. Learning about traditions and practices from different time periods and locations. Something productive to do with my hands while I watch TV. Ethical way to source garments.

    Theremin: kinetic, easy creative self-expression, challenging to master. Has an interesting history and connects me to interesting, international group of people. Fun to talk about.

    Gemmology: fascinating. Endless opportunities to learn more things.

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    i don't know i've got one til it becomes an obsession.

    there's collecting music, hanging out with chickens, and exploring various aspects of art & design stuff.

    i think i stick with things that both cause and alleviate a significant amount of anxiety.
    chatting on discord

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    playing musical instruments fulfills my desire for instantaneous creative gratification

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    My current hobby is losing at chess. I like being forced to slow down and focus. There's something profound in studying games between Grandmasters and seeing moves that look absurd to my infantile understanding play out ingeniously. I like the meritocratic aspect of chess. There's no roll of the dice. You're completely responsible for your fate. I also like sitting on my ass and squandering beautiful days.

    I like bicycle repair, in spite of my natural indolence. I'm not gifted at all but I get a real sense of satisfaction out of self-sufficiency. Of course, I spend half the time I'm riding with my ear bent toward my drivetrain but it's worth it knowing I have a fix for mostly anything. I've been able to help out a couple of people who were stranded. One of these days it'll be a woman who's a bad judge of character.

    I like to draw and play guitar but I'm not prolific enough at either to consider it a hobby.

    Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?

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    For me, the desire to create comes from the fear of death, and a kind of lusting after the universe.

    Edit: and also boredom.

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    I love hobbies. The best professions are born from hobbies that become jobs. I've done that a few times in becoming a computer engineer in 1992 and a wireless security specialist in 2002

    PC Water cooling/overlocking. I got into overclocking PCs somewhere around 1993 with one of my first PCs - a 486 SX 20MHz which with an oscillating crystal I managed to get running at 80MHz. I experimented with peltier cooling, along with some classic UNIX beard INTPs from down the hall in the industrial complex I worked at, but didn't have a way to remove atmospheric moisture, so the build up of ice crystals became problematic. To this day, I continue to run water cooling, which is now mainstream. For a few years now, I've been running an 8-core at 4GHz

    Wireless Networking
    . I was working in banking IT security and some of my colleagues thought I was crazy for getting in my car and plotting every wireless network in the city (Charlotte at the time). Some saw it as pointless but it was far from it. I learned a lot about wireless and became one of the first to crack a WEP key commercially at the beginning of 2002 for a bank in a security assessment. It was fascinating for anecdotal information too, for example, you could tell how affluent a neighborhood was (and probably still can) by the proliferation of wireless networks (in 2003, there were no wireless networks in all of East Charlotte, I thought my equipment was broken) - also observed an ISP on the roof of Bank of America HQ that largely relayed porn and tested long range access to that network with an 18 mile line of sight at 1Mbps with a parabolic grid antenna.
    This hobby became a job when I left banking to become a full time consultant. I continue to use wireless networking to break in to various companies and organizations, it's a lot of fun for an introvert - I often get to sit outside businesses in a rental SUV, hacking away, listening to music, though one time in rural Missouri I had to spend a few days in a field for a large retail customer, peeing into a fast food cup when needed, but even that turned into one of my best career days ever as I defeated a commercial product called WEP cloaking from a company now owned by motorola.

    Customized cars. Lots of names for this one, but basically, I think it's incredibly boring to have a stock car. It has to be unique. Supercharger, pulleys, suspension upgrade, wheels tires, all that stuff. It bit me in the ass once though when an insurance assessor took a look at my upgrades and had me kicked off my policy based on the sport racing bucket seats/harnesses alone as a street racer (which I don't engage in, certainly not in the fast and furious sense).

    Photography.
    I've had my own camera since around 13, got my first digital camera in 2002. See progress since 2008 here and the last few years here: http://forums.intpcomplex.com/showth...-s-photographs
    Like IT, there are lots of sub categories within photography. Some of my favorites include High Dynamic Range, astrophotography, timelapse, and something I call desolation/forever alone, where I take around 30 pictures of a busy tourist type scene and remove all the people and signs of life from it.

    Books/text/information hoarding. I ran a popular BBS two years before the WWW appeared on the scene and continued a long tradition of hoarding data, including books. My thirst for information easily outweighs any personal moral argument in favor of obeying copyright law. Not that I'm blatantly trying to steal someone's hard work. I will gladly buy a good (great) book. Have a copy of House of Leaves on my desk. Merovingian: [condescendingly] I am a trafficker of information, I know everything I can. The question is, do you know why you are here?

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