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Hobbies Survey

Postby CadetMKultra » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:41 am UTC

I would like there to be a rough survey of what hobbies are practiced by XKCD members and how many of us practice each. I don't know if creating a poll will work well, because I'd have a hard time thinking of what options should be on it. If anybody can do that with some confidence, or has a good suggestion as to how we might structure this thread, I'm open to editing this first post.

As for me, I have a reef tank. I collect biology books and related materials. I recently gave my 20 year collection of exotic insects to my niece, who's into that, and has room for it. Mostly the fish thing these days.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Midnight » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:47 am UTC

i play the bass an unhealthy amount. I collect books by author.. like.. if i like one of his/her books, I'll go out and buy about six more. I play world of warcraft and some other internet games to a lesser degree. I like reading textbooks about illegal activities (eg guides on lockpicking, or how-to manuals on hotwiring cars, etc). and playing the bass. piano a little bit, too. but playing the bass.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby scowdich » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:37 am UTC

I make chainmaille, shoot handguns and rifles, pick locks, collect dice, and explore unattended urban spaces.

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby UnderRock » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:52 am UTC

Origami, occasionally studying math, and (ideally) martial arts.

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Postby Rinsaikeru » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:12 am UTC

Swing dancing, manga reading, origami making, bento making and cooking in general.

Edits reflecting things I forgot at 2am: Drawing, crochet, I knit but I'm awful at it :D, and playing video games-primarily older ones or weird ones on my ds.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Aura Nightbane » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:35 am UTC

gaming, programming(well atm im learning to, but still its a hobby for me), playing the keyboard, smithing(yes, working hot metal), making chainmail, parkour/freerunning, and many more things that i cant think of atm.

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Postby sabriel1206 » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:11 am UTC

dance (ballet, flamenco), play violin and sing classically, read about biology and acoustics, WoW, reading in general really, teaching myself python atm

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Postby Mr. Lostman » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:18 am UTC

I draw, although I've been in a slump for a while now.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Meowgan » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:48 am UTC

Knitting, crochet, sewing, solving the rubik's cube. I also read and game. And I'm in a circus. I'm learning to juggle and twirl staff and poi.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Zealot » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:18 pm UTC

I love skateboarding, although I'm not one of those whacky skater kids that does tricks or anything, I just love riding it, especially since it's faster than the shoelace express. I also play a button of games, I'm getting into programming and I play bass with several bands.

I also forgot to mention that I still love building with LEGO. I also have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, which I share with my brother.
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Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:24 pm UTC

I read lots and lots. I cross-stitch. I learn, I love to learn about stuff. I game in a vague way. I watch movies. I cook.

I fell boring and non-geeky :oops: I can do basic VBA and SQL...? And I'm learning matlab/octave..but doesn't count as a hobby :)
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Ramirez » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:16 pm UTC

I train at an Aikido club (badly), and spend time in the pub.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby LL Cool J » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:27 pm UTC

My suggestion, CadetMKultra: Let the thread continue the way it's going. When you feel there's a good amount of data, compile it, or con someone else into compiling it. Then maybe simplify things and make a poll based on that?

My main hobbies are rock-climbing, photography (though that's a career choice now), beading, bush walking, playing word games and board games, playing with my Rubik's Cube, the internet, drawing and painting, riding my unicycle, and that's all that I can think of for now.

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Alpha Omicron » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:29 pm UTC

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Sungura » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:53 pm UTC

Raising & showing Holland Lop rabbits
Karate
Art (graphics, origami - if that counts for art, oil pastel would be my fav. but I also like ink, watercolor, and just simple pencil sketching)
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Allenr » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:10 pm UTC

Playing video games, school work, ultimate frisbee, and burning stuff.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Bulvox » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:23 pm UTC

Gaming, and lots of it. If I'm not gaming then I'm a) reading, b) sleeping, c) interneting, or d) watching anime/reading manga.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby wst » Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:24 pm UTC

Shooting (rifles on the whole).
Radio Controlled cars (and the drifting thereof)
Reading
Playing games
Making stuff occasionally (usually part of the radio controlled cars. I don#t crash a lot, but when I do, I crash hard. My last crash ripped the front diff case open and it's now held by zipties)
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby d33p » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:13 pm UTC

sabriel1206 wrote:dance (ballet, flamenco), play violin and sing classically, read about biology and acoustics, WoW, reading in general really, teaching myself python atm

Flamenco AND violin? I knew you were a gypsy, I just knew it.

Mine: Cooking/eating, writing (currently working on my novel... slowly), reading, Dungeon Runners, assemblage, and I hope to take up geohashing shortly.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Peripheral_Epiphany » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:37 pm UTC

Video gaming, reading, frisbee, soccer, and being with my friends.

d33p wrote: Ye gods, I never realised how boring I sound compared to most of you. /slinks away


Same...I mean, I'm over here playing video games while you guys are busy being blacksmiths :oops:

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Zohar » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:40 pm UTC

I do yoga, I also study Japanese. I love to cook and bake, I'm not sure if those count as hobbies, although I do make pretty good stuff. Considered a career in it, might still do so someday.

Apart for that - reading, video games, watching movies etc.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:45 pm UTC

Play bass, make chainmail (it's like chainmaille, but less gay) and write stories of things that never happened.

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby BigBoss » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:49 pm UTC

I play videogames, read, camp, paintball, go mushroom-hunting, and fishing.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Quadropus » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:35 pm UTC

Hmmm, I read (how original...) but not as much at the moment due to exams
I enjoy video games, only of the "old skool" variety though. My Sega Megadrive II takes pride of place under my TV whilst my xbox 360 is demoted to the floor and hidden from view.
I like riding my motorbike on sunny days to a good ol' greasy café.
Cold beers in summer
Snowboarding whenever I can (i.e. not often, only holidays around once a year :()
Rubik's cubes.... I enjoy them far too much. I just bought a 5x5x5 one. My mum says she isn't letting me near the thing until I finish my exams.... Curse her for being so right...

Those are some things I enjoy doing. There are many more I can imagine.


Oh, one thing that is on my list of things I have yet to do: learning to juggle, but that will come after the 5x5x5 cube....
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Dingbats » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:49 pm UTC

My lifetime project is learning to play as many instruments as possible. I can play guitar, and bass pretty much comes with that. I know the piano well enough, and I'm learning the trumpet. Euphonium's up next, and accordion. Then I don't know, clarinet maybe. I also write music and record it *ahem* click the rhubarb link in my sig *cough*.

I occasionally program, but the interest tends to appear a couple of times every year and fade away after a few weeks.

I used to have lots of hobbies, but these days it's basically only music.

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Flying Betty » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:59 pm UTC

Swing dancing, reading, various crafty bits (currently making bead/wire jewelry and a little bit of knitting*)

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Postby ponzerelli » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:13 am UTC

I read, play music (euphonium, trombone, piano, guitar, clarinet), occasionally write some music. I do a little bit of gaming, used to be a lot of bit, but now I've settled on picking up puzzle games for a few minutes a day. As for collecting things, I collect vinyl records. And I do the same thing that somebody else said above; if I read something that I like I go and buy as many of that author's books as I can.

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Postby Zealot » Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:38 am UTC

Quadropus wrote:Oh, one thing that is on my list of things I have yet to do: learning to juggle, but that will come after the 5x5x5 cube....


To be honest, getting the hang of juggling isn't as tough as you'd think. It's still really fun, though.

As for collecting things, I'm slowly building a collection of SNES games, which is probably my favourite system ever.

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby 40belts » Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:29 am UTC

my hobbies:

1. i think
2. search the net for info.....any new, bright and shining thing....that's how i found this place...more info for #1
3. assemblages: i work w/construction tie wire, found metal items, semi precious stones & beads
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby fishyfish777 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:36 am UTC

1. Gaming
2. Interneting
3. Shotgunning
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Sarr » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:23 am UTC

Warhamz - This involves modeling, painting, and playing them.
Gaming, Reading, Playing Guitar, Internets.

Probably more, but none I can think of.
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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:35 am UTC

Sarr wrote:Warhamz - This involves modeling, painting, and playing them.

Now, I know you mean Warhammer..

Yet by your phrasing, I can only think of a deep underground circle of individuals who purchase and train hamsters, cybernetically enhance them with flamethrowers and buzzsaws and the like, and pit them in battle against one another.

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Ziggy Stardust » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:41 am UTC

I play the cello fairly well, and I love to read. Pretty much anything. I'll also go swimming as often as possible and I'm getting better at tennis every day. Sometimes, I even read webcomics! Scandalous, right? I also write okay short stories because I don't have the patience to do anything else.

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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby CadetMKultra » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:54 am UTC

Really, not one other home aquarist yet? I meanI know we have our own fora all over the interblags, but I'm shocked I haven't found any heer. Actually no other husbandry types except Sungura and her rabbits. No gardeners, pot farmers, ant farmers, horseback riders, dog show enthusiasts, cock fighters, matadors, bonsai pruners, orchid collectors, not even anybody who admits to breeding lice in their hair. Very interesting.

Also, I quite enjoy internet forums. It all started with fuckedcompany's general discussion forum, which no longer can exist in a world with hope and goodness, and now I frequent this, two reef aquarium fora, one invitation only general discussion forum, and occasionally afew un-modded flaming-troll-o-dromes.

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This is a good plan. I might do that.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Rinsaikeru » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:32 am UTC

There's another swing dancer!Flying Betty, what sort of swing do you do?

Why are people who keep fish hobbyists but people who keep dogs are not? Just curious--and I'll be easily convinced if you explain it to me. I suppose it's cuz fish aren't fuzzy...
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby CadetMKultra » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:56 am UTC

Rinsaikeru wrote:There's another swing dancer!Flying Betty, what sort of swing do you do?

Why are people who keep fish hobbyists but people who keep dogs are not? Just curious--and I'll be easily convinced if you explain it to me. I suppose it's cuz fish aren't fuzzy...


I also have a dog. ImageIMHO, dog breeding, dog showing, dog training for some canine athletic or hunting event might be a hobby, but having one or a few dogs as pets is just including them in your family. Having a reef aquarium is something of a perverse obsession. It's described in similar terms as owning a boat. An aquarium is a hole surrounded by glass that you fill with money. The classic quote is about a boat being a hole in the water...

I would also, draw the line between having a goldfish or a beta fish, and keeping a proper aquarium with many inhabitents possibly belonging to several phyla.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Rinsaikeru » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:08 am UTC

That is a very adorable dog. :shock:

I suppose that I understand that explanation. Fish (despite statements to the contrary) aren't the best friends.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby CadetMKultra » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:25 am UTC

On further reflection, maybe it has to do with how goal oriented the activity is. Developing a diverse collection/perfecting the harmony of the tank/keeping the most collorful corals as opposed to just inviting an animal into your home.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby Pizzashark » Tue Jan 13, 2009 6:51 am UTC

Gaming, reading, and I'll second the urban spaces thing. Though, for me, it's more likely that I'll wander into buildings I've been into before (particularly if I don't know what purpose they serve) and just look around.
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Re: Hobbies Survey

Postby scowdich » Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:19 am UTC

If we're gonna include gardening, I grow cacti. I've got some saguaros that I planted 7 or 8 years ago. They're about an inch tall now. I'm thinking of branching out into bonsai trees. *ducks*


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