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What's Your (non-tech) Hobby?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the getting-away-from-computers-and-tech dept.

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Slipped_Disk asks: "Being the curious sort, I was wondering what the Slashdot crowd did while you're not reading Slashdot or doing any of the other geeky things we usually do. So tell me, what is your non-techie hobby? I'm defining non-techie as stuff you do when you're not using a computer, so 'I play videogames' doesn't qualify, but 'I build game consoles' does. I'm especially interested in distinctly non-electronic stuff (ie: film photography, building models, training sociopathic attack cats, etc.). I'm looking forward to some interesting topics, here!"

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move (1)

jjshoe (410772) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252068)

i like to move along by rollerblading. its easier on my knees then running, and i like it better then biking because my rump doesnt get sore.

Re:move (1)

Da VinMan (7669) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252110)

I tried rollerblading a while ago, but it was hell on my lower back (which became extremely fatigued very quickly). Any tips?

Re:move (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252334)

Sore muscles in your lower back is normal. These muscles don't get much use. When skating, you are leaning forward, so they get a workout.

The pain goes away after a while. I skate home from work (about 10km) daily, and do a 50km skate 2 or 3 times a month. No back pain. I also go with these guys - www.sydneybladers.org

Lego (4, Interesting)

GeckoUK (58633) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252069)

Redescovered it as an adult once I started earning enough to afford it. Like all really good toys it is wasted on kids :)

Re:Lego (1)

Blondie-Wan (559212) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252186)

Tell me about it. Actually, don't - even now as an adult I don't make enough to afford it (I'm just an impoverished grad student), but I buy the wonderful little bricks anyway. I just can't get enough!

I desperately wish I knew what became of all my childhood LEGO. I at least remember what became of my Atari VCS, my comics, and my Star Wars action figures, but for the life of me, I have no idea what happened to my bricks. I wish I still had all those '70s and '80s sets I used to have. As it is, the oldest LEGO I have now is from some sets offered through a mail-in promotion from Kellogg's in the early '90s, and all the rest is stuff I've bought in just the last 15 months or so, but it's truly frightening how much I've bought in that time, considering how little money I have.

we've been over this before (5, Insightful)

enigmatichmachine (214829) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252088)

I think the general concensious(sp) is that we like to build things, doesnt matter what we build, be it computers, bikes, space planes, movies, music, etc... slashdotters are people who like to create. in work or outside of it, we make stuff. second to that is learning stuff. amateur astronomers, radio operators, pilots, scientists of various sorts. beyond that? I don't know... shopping would probably be pretty low on the list. I'm trying to think of what my non geek friends do as hobbies. I think its shopping, drinking, and well, a lot of them don't have hobbies, they just work, buy things, and complain about stuff. guess that's why I'm a geek!

Re:we've been over this before (4, Interesting)

evalhalla (581819) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252152)

I don't know... shopping would probably be pretty low on the list.I'm trying to think of what my non geek friends do as hobbies. I think its shopping, drinking, and well, a lot of them don't have hobbies,[...]

I believe you're wrong: I don't think that most geeks don't do what "common people" do, it's more a matter of either having more hobbies or being more devoted to them.

After all, when I'm not doing something with some computer, listening to music, reading, taking photographies (sorry, gone totally digital after my old film camera broke), building worlds (uhm... that something I do both with a computer and with pen and paper, does it apply?), sewing (guess this applies :) ), roleplay, painting, or whatever else I sometimes do, I also enjoy shopping, as long as it's for something related to one of my hobbies, or drinking and eating with (somehow geeky) friends.

Re:we've been over this before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252485)

Mine consist of:
Sleep, Radio Controlled Aircraft, Paintball, Genealogy and very rarely Horseback Riding.

Youth work (1)

Beltza (117984) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252091)

For years I have been involved with a Dutch youth organisation (Jong Nederland [jongnederland.nl]) and the international umbrella organisation Fimcap [fimcap.org]. Having fun with children (almost) makes me forget that I'm a geek...

Being handy... (3, Interesting)

Zandweter (558774) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252096)

If i have time available to do something really not it-related... I'm probably creating something with my own hands (whitout my keyboard in between)... just a month ago i build my own computer-closset. 2m*60cm*40cm 2 lower "lockable" compartments with my computers, 3 upper compartments with cd's and computerbooks.
Only because I moved in with my girl, she can't stand the noise (of course) and we have to split 35m2 so going up was the only sollution.

A year ago I made my own computer-travel-case to go lan'ing

Wood rules my friends

Wing Chun Kung Fu (4, Interesting)

Da VinMan (7669) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252101)

Looks like I may post the first real response.

Anyway, done properly, Wing Chun is very meditative and physically taxing (if you're doing the stance properly). At the same time, itâ(TM)s something anyone on two feet can do. It's an internal martial art like Tai Chi which, but it has some immediate and effective applications. It's nothing like you see in the movies though. It's very subtle and hard to appreciate until you actually feel some of the effects.

But besides all that, it's what I do to associate with non-geeks. I couldn't stomach the thought of golf, so Wing Chun it was. Ironically about half the folks that attend the classes are in some way into IT, but we don't talk shop much.

For anyone who is curious and resides around the Minneapolis/St. Paul MN area, send me an email at: VincePlatt AT Yahoo D.O.T com.

Non technical? You must be kidding! (1)

M1FCJ (586251) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252108)

What!? Non technical hobby? Is there such a thing? I am an amateur radio operator, which can be quite non-technical if you are limited with just using a hand held tranceiver but if you are into anything larger than that, it gets technical very quickly!

I'm a medieval recreationist (3, Interesting)

mikemacd (84328) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252115)

I'm involved in a historical recreation group call the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) [sca.org].

I take part in armoured combat, recreate clothing and artefacts of people who could have existed in pre1600 history and attempt to recreate their lifestyle. It's a lot of fun.

Lots o' stuff! (1)

btlzu2 (99039) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252117)

Biking along Lake Michigan is a blast! Golfing, while boring to the great unwashed, is a challenging and relaxing game (assuming you approach it with the attitude that you're NOT Tiger Woods). Golf is a major thinking man's game, if you're not psychologically there, you're toast. Of course there's coordination involved, but there's also a lot of thinking required.

Re:Lots o' stuff! (1)

embo (133713) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252374)

Golf is such an excellent game. The concept is so simple, yet it has so many complexities. The key thing about golf is that I will still be able to play it when I'm 70 years old. Will you mountain bikers and skateboarders be able to say that?

Re:Lots o' stuff! (1)

Khazunga (176423) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252668)

I really hope I can ski when I'm 70. I've seen a few skiers that old, but they ski wonderfully... no effort at all. I just have to reach that level before I'm old. I guess the same applies to many radical sports, naturally with the physical effort toned down.

Re:Lots o' stuff! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252599)

"I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles."

G.K. Chesterton

Second hobby? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252118)


Re:Second hobby? (1)

erinacht (592019) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252375)

Read the OP, he wanted things you did when you weren't sitting at your computer...

My hobbies are wide and varied, but I reckon gardening is one of the best things I do - once you get past the having dirty hands, I find it rewarding and it provides good exercise

Fencing (4, Interesting)

PurpleFloyd (149812) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252119)

Foil and sabre fencing, via a Boeing Employees club. I've found that it provides me with not only a good workout, but also trains my reflexes and mind. You have to be able to think very well on your feet, and change your strategy on the fly when what seemed so brilliant 2 seconds ago doesn't work. Just trying to use brute force will fail every time against someone who is quick to think and act. Besides, it's fun to poke and whack people with swords!

skateboarding (1)

gyratedotorg (545872) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252120)

i've been skateboarding for over 12 years. i was sponsored at one point (which meant that i got free stuff), and i've actually hung out and skated with some of the pros you've seen on tv and in video games. heres some [friendster.com] pictures [friendster.com] of me skating. ok, bye.

Basketball (1)

CodeRed (5676) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252129)

I have a hoop in the backyard and shoot a lot of basketball with my off time. Plus hawk over statistics like crazy, and get a little extra money when I tell someone that the Spurs will win it all (before the season started).

Other then that, watch a little anime, and a little sci-fi, Simpsons, etc. And curse Fox for getting rid of Family Guy.

Hanging with friends and watching 1 race RC's is relaxing as well.

Or the dark side... Drinking at a bar with co-workers until I forget how to power on a computer :-P

Jack of all trades master of none. (1)

fordboy0 (547958) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252133)

Let's see... Play in a band, work on cars, build audio equipment, repair major appliances.

It's funny how having a bunch of influences as a child can broaden your horizons. I don't run into too many people that can open the hood of a car and discuss the merits of L-Jetronic fuel injection vs. EEC IV or how Ford really does build the better small-block (no flames please) and then go inside and feel comfortable ripping apart a computer / writing software, playing an instrument in the band and then fixing the dishwasher. Most of these things I have found are sadly exclusive of each other. Musicians != Gearheads != Geeks.

I guess if you really break it all down, they aren't that exclusive of each other because they all have some sort of logic / mathmatical origin. It's kinda what others around you are doing that influences your interests. Luckily (I guess) I have been fortunate enough to have made friends in many different areas.

Mountain Biking. (2, Interesting)

chrestomanci (558400) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252140)

My first hobby is Cross Country Mountain biking. One of my first uses of the internet was to read about it in rec.bicycles.offroad (A sadly defunct news group thanks to trolling).

Back when I was a student, I even went to the trouble of leaning a fair bit about engineering and metallurgy. (eg The effect of heat treatments on the crystal structure of aluminium alloys). Now I just ride more instead :-)

I still involve computers though. I have a GPS mounted on my bike, which I use to record my route. When I get back I download the route to my PC, and then use some perl scripts I wrote to create a highlighted map of my route, which I can print out for later use.

Do many other slashdoters share my hobby? Back when I was at university, most of my fellow club members where engineering students rather than anything else. (One had even welded his own frame).

Re:Mountain Biking. (1)

redune45 (194113) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252189)

I love mountain biking too.
There is nothing like the feeling of rushing through the woods on a beautiful day. Makes me forget about everything else.
Unfortunately I've been doing nothing but sitting on my butt all summer (broke my leg not too long ago)
Now my beautiful bike is just sitting there collecting dust.
We'll meet again soon though, I look forward to that day.

Re:Mountain Biking. (1)

pavlov112 (548942) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252240)

Oh yes! Oddly enough, it was my fellow nerd of an officemate that got me into mountain biking. There are several of us at my office who use the many fine trails in the area at lunch time (and this is where an understanding manager and on-site showers are invaluable).

I'm also very much into rollerblading (yeah, yeah, "inline skating") and music (trombone). I like to keep busy...

Re:Mountain Biking. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252273)

I've been a road rider since I was a teenager and then I picked up a mountain bike a couple years ago so I could ride the local gravel trails. I love the speed of road riding and I love the scenic views of riding trails through the woods.

Road Cycling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252471)

Bah, you can have you silly trails and fat tires. I'll stick with skinnies and the open road!

In all seriousness though, I've noticed that quite a few cyclists are also engineers/techs. In the cycling club here at UF (its only a club sport instead of varsity thanks to our million other sports teams) roughly 1/3 of the actively involved members are engineering students. Another third are sports science, and the rest are an amalgamation of other degrees.

I just thought it was interesting that there were as many engineers involved in a rather hardcore sport as there were people who planned on making a profession out of fitness.

Re:Road Cycling (1)

Monty67 (634947) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252547)

I'm an Electrical Eng who competes in Tri's, Du's and road races. (mostly 10K and 5K) My lunch time is filled with either swimming or running with biking occuring right after work. Most of the guys that I train with are Engineers so your statement is right on.

BTW, there is nothing like a MTB ride on freshly fallen snow in the middle of nowhere. Just doesn't get any better than that. Unless you hate the cold. ;-)

And if you do enjoy the cold, then Skate Skiing (CC-ing) is another great activity.

hmm,.. (2, Interesting)

mog (22706) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252142)

rollerblading, playing the sax, playing the guitar, playing the piano, drinking beer, shooting pool, bowling, playing air hockey, reading books, going to movies, .. what ISN'T there to do when I'm not programming or owning some fools in counterstrike?

Cars and Sports (1)

Galapas (155864) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252146)

I modify my car* and autocross [scca.org] it (think course made out of cones in a parking lot ).
I also play indoor and beach VolleyBall.


* For those that care:
  • 96 Dodge Neon Coupe
  • IceMan Cold Air Intake
  • Mopar Performance Exaust
  • Mopar Performance adjustable Rear Sway Bar
  • ACR Front Sway Bar
  • Koni single adjustable Shocks
  • Mopar Performance Ultra High Rate Springs
  • Kosi Racing K1 15 inch wheels

Anyone else love the outdoors? (1)

mithras the prophet (579978) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252156)

Any other Slashdotters outdoors lovers?

I love backpacking, cross-country skiing, river and sea kayaking, and anything else that involves me, the world, and my moving through that world under my own power.

For the usual egocentric geek type, the control freak who likes computers because they obey his every command, the outdoors is really perfect. You can go wherever you want to go -- no WALK/DON'T WALK signals --, there's plenty of techy gear to obsess about if you want to, and yet it's a raw encounter with reality that forces you to concede that living a virtual life is not necessarily the best one.

It's being outdoors that convinces me that I don't actually want to live as a brain in a vat [csus.edu], which I and I'm sure many Slashdotters would otherwise love to be.

Anyone else?


Well ... (1)

LizardKing (5245) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252161)

Non-techie stuff I do:

  • Play bass guitar in a band The Faces of Sarah [thefacesofsarah.net].
  • Restore cars. Well, one in particular - a 1976 MGB GT.
  • Drink too much [finlandia-vodka.com]

That's as well as the usual stuff like travel, reading, clubbing and gig-going that any normal person does. Though I suppose there are plenty of abnormal people among the Slashdot readership ...


Wood Working Rules (1)

varuul (663954) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252165)

I would like to get a few more power tools though, so I guess collecting them is kinda a hobby all on its own.

lots (1)

BigBir3d (454486) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252168)



lifting weights



You know, most of the stuff I was interested before 1993.

My main hobbies (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252184)

Come on, if playing videogames doesn't count then watching TV doesn't count eighter. I mean of course you use a computer but not for the sake of using a computer, if you know what I mean. In any case, my hobbies are playing adventure games, reading (the newspaper or books (mostly fantasy although I'm trying to find other interesting genres)) and watching the telly if I'm too lazy to do anything else. O and working was also sort of a hobby for me. Unfortunately I'm jobless at the moment. Dear me, I almost forgot baking bread and watching my goldfish swim happily in it's tank!

Re:My main hobbies (1)

MImeKillEr (445828) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252260)

This is OT, but if you like some good fiction, check out Dan Brown. I just read 'The Da Vinci Code' [amazon.com] and thought it was really good. The story is totally fiction, but some of what he covers in his book is factual (regarding Da Vinci's paintings and double meanings). I'm reading 'Angels & Demons' [amazon.com] right now. Supposedly 'Digital Fortress' [amazon.com] is good as well.

Re:My main hobbies (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252456)

Hey thanks, I'll look into it. It's always good to get reading suggestions!

Non electronic stuff huh? (1)

iCEBaLM (34905) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252190)

Well I guess that disqualifies me and my electric guitar....

-- iCEBaLM

time consumption (1)

gabe (6734) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252199)

hmm... well, aside from work, and messing around on my computers at home, and exercising (roller blading, tennis, walking), i suppose i'd have to say stained glass. although i don't get to do it all that often.

Enjoy nature (1)

Sherloqq (577391) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252204)

I like to enjoy nature, and I do it in several ways.

I'm relatively new to the city I live in, so I like to get on my mountain bike and explore the many parks, trails and scenic routes that the city has to offer.

The beautiful scenery does not end at city limits, so I frequently find myself driving around here and there, discovering (among other things) new wineries in the process (mmmm.... wine...). This means that my car has to be in good shape, so I spend a good amount of time making sure it runs well by doing pretty much all the maintenance myself (oil changes, tune-ups, brake jobs, suspension etc.). I've always been a grease monkey, so for me it's fun (and I save money, too).

When distances get too big for a car (as in, you run into Really Large Bodies of Water), I fly (well, not myself, of course... not yet... gotta win the lottery first). Seeing how your immediate neighbors live is one thing, visiting someone across the globe is another. Needless to say, I'm only getting started in this department, as it's not a very cheap way of travel, but when I win that lottery... oh boy!

So, that's what I do in my spare time, which I don't have much left of when you subtract time spent on slashdot :)

I have a relationship... (5, Insightful)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252208)

OK, I realise that to some people that's going to be a revolutionary concept, but I'll wager that a great many of the Slashdot crowd have one too.

Part of the fun of said relationship is that, sometimes, I find myself doing things that I'd never dreamt of doing. Like visiting a garden centre, spending half the weekend looking for the right pair of shoes, or wondering what's the point of underwear that's so small that you could swallow it without even noticing. But after nine years or so, you tend to develop the ability to either tune out that stuff or - shock, horror - like it. (There's a degree of sadomasochism involved here - relationships aren't for the those with low pain thresholds.)

On the plus side, I also find myself doing things that lots of you, err, more available guys are always dreaming of doing. Believe me, there are plenty of things in life better than downloading your favourite distro at maximum speed on the day it's released and, for most of them, two's better than one.

Re:I have a relationship... (1)

Carbonite (183181) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252391)

...wondering what's the point of underwear that's so small that you could swallow it without even noticing.

I didn't realize that all underwear was edible.

fluorescent minerals - collect them all (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252234)

nothing like it http://users.rcn.com/kenx/

Hmm... (1)

MImeKillEr (445828) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252235)

That's a tough one. Computers are a hobby I turned into a career, so a lot of what I do at home is computer-related (just built a dedicated UT2003 server on an old PII 400mhz...)

Non-tech would have to be :

-- Dicker around in the garage (just got a radial arm saw)
-- Play with my son (ok, not really a hobby but a necessity)
-- I still build models. I'm working on a B17 for my son's room
-- A little bit of painting

Wow. I did't realize my life was that boring without computers. How depressing.

Fishing (1)

sybarite (566454) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252237)

Largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing in Western/Northern Michigan is great. Nothing like relaxing on a nice quite morning on a scenic lake while smoking a fine cigar.

well.. (2, Interesting)

schnits0r (633893) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252241)

I do digital photograph...wait no. Well, I chat on the...No..wait. I read the news on Wired...wait no... um... ~thinks for 6 hours about what he does that does not involve technology~

Martial Arts (1)

Sonicated (515345) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252248)

I realised 2 years ago just how unfit I was becoming, which was a shock as I used to compete in athletics at a national level.

I started studying Tang Soo Do [uktsdf.org.uk], a Korean Martial art. I really enjoy it. Not only does it keep me fit, flexible and relaxed but can come in very useful when you need it most.

Ultimate Frisbee (2, Informative)

Trazk (245266) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252250)

Lots of teams all around the country. Best way to get involved is find a college that offers it as a sport or intramural. There are probably people floating around that want to play if you enquire.

Not sure what Ultimate Frisbee is? Kinda like a mix between freeze tag and soccer, but with a Frisbee. Want more? Do a google on it.

Juggling (1)

ralphb (15998) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252256)

There seem to be a lot of geek and academic types among the jugglers I know. Anyway, juggling is great fun and a good challenge. Even the athletically inept can learn and become proficient with some practice. It's a great way to take a break and stay alert in the office - I juggle during long, boring conference calls (wearing a headset so my hands are free). Try it! [eznet.net]


League Bowling (1)

jetsfandb (446202) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252274)

A frustrating sport(skill?), yet I keep coming back for more.

Re:League Bowling (1)

ShannaraFan (533326) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252483)

Frustrating is an understatement! I've been bowling in a league with my son since April, having never thrown a bowling ball prior. I've been rapidly improving (I thought), breaking 200 for the first time last weekend. Second game that evening, I scored an 87. I was, um, frustrated, to say the least.


reluctantengineer (557965) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252284)

My wife and I are getting PADI [padi.com] Open Water [padi.com] SCUBA certified. My work (a Dept of Defense research lab) has a pool on-site making this pretty easy. As said previously (about HAM radio), if you just rent the gear and get wet it is not very technical, if you go all the way and learn deep diving, wreck diving, ice diving, etc it gets very technical!

Genealogy (1)

Eadric (578209) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252317)

When I'm not working on or playing on the computer I like to do genealogy. I've been interested in it since before I got my PC & I've always like research. Of course this ends up spilling onto the computer some, but I like doing my research the old fashion way: books, papers & microfilm.

If you need some help starting out, just email me.

Poker (1)

tansey (238786) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252328)

Texas Hold 'em. As someone who's great at math, poker really appeals to me. I'm not alone either, on the WPT this year alone there have been 2 math professors and an MIT Graduate at the final tables.

I'm a writer. (1)

Spudley (171066) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252330)

I'm a writer. You know... stories, articles, poetry... that sort of thing.

Doesn't actually help to get me away from the computer much, though.

(ps - if you enjoy writing, or reading for that matter, my favorite writer's site is this one: Lit.org [lit.org] - enjoy)

Play the drums (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252332)

When I'm not behind a machine, I'm either making a lot of noice on african drums (djeme, sabar and douns, for those who care)

I also like to go to far away places for vacation (about twice a year for 4 weeks) I'm leaving for Madagascar on thursday

Re:Play the drums (1)

pruneau (208454) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252564)

Playing those big monster of african drums is even better if you have a few compadre around doing the same.

Then you get some other people to dance in the middle... Because feedback is necessary to play better.

Yes, I'm living in north america...

House (2, Interesting)

Ender Ryan (79406) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252333)

I recently bought a house, so it seems my non-tech hobby these days is doing home improvements.

I've been working with a lot of wood lately because we're doing a unique rustic design for our living room, and that's been a lot of fun, so we're going to try building some furniture. I don't know why, but my wife is really interested in doing that. Maybe if we get good we can make some extra money doing it.

Other than that I've been eating and sleeping, not much time left for other things.

Photography! (2, Interesting)

herko_cl (533936) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252338)

When I was 16, a friend lent me a good camera to try for a couple of weeks. Until then, I had *no* idea what it was about. Those two weeks were full of lame, unfocused, blurred photos. But I had fallen in love; I still can't explain why very well, but I have been into photography ever since.
I enjoy the whole process, from composing and shooting, to developing in the darkroom. Sadly, the darkroom takes an enormous amount of time and requires a decent room, which I don't have now. Even so, the thrill of watching the pictures appear slowly on the paper, rocking the trays gently, taking the time to look at each negative slowly... it's lots of fun, but takes TONS of time. Despite my geekiness, which made me buy a digital camera recently, I still prefer film by far. I think it has to do with the camera itself, more than the media, but this is the first time I've thought of selling any $GADGET I've bought.
I recently went to a photo workshop in Valparaiso (large seaport in Chile), and had two of my pictures published in our largest dead-tree newspaper [elmercurio.cl]. They are available online too [clubdelectores.cl] if you'd like to critique :-)

Mixing music (1)

aderuwe (539595) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252352)

I mix techno on two Technics MK1210 MK2's for about a year now. Really fun, but also really expensive, since you have to keep buying vinyl to keep with the times. :)

Hobbies (1)

wanderb (559144) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252353)

I play a 6-string Bass
I Skateboard
I'm the Sound-technician for a punkband [kezuskrijst.tk]
I'm a DJ [triangleterrorcorps.tk]
I'm a volunteer for the Red Cross (First Aid & Eergency Response)
I play Blues-Harp
And I play American Football [delftdragons.nl]
And some other stuff, sometimes I wonder why I even own a house, seeing as I'm never there.

Dance Dance Revolution (1)

TractorCow (638655) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252362)

As was mentioned, slashdotters are the kind who like to build things. We're creative, intelligent, we're constructive.

Anyway, I got into DDR a few months ago with my friends, and together we decided to build our own DDR machine! (we ended up with three).

I also state that DDR is more about dancing than playing an arcade game, so it qualifies under your criterea. ^_^

I love DDR! I and my friends play it just about every day.

porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252386)

Porn. like, Duh.

It's... Acting! (4, Interesting)

Dannon (142147) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252398)

I am a Master Thespian! (No jokes.)

Well, more like a permanent apprentice. There's a professional theater group in my area that offers apprenticeship opportunities to non-professionals. Sometimes these apprentices are folks that want to get into the biz. Or, sometimes they're like me, they just want theater as a hobby. I've had chances to develop all sorts of useful skills: Construction, lighting control, sound, wiring, organization, memorization, and of course, public speaking. And it's a great way to meet people, too.

Hiking and photography. (1)

eXtro (258933) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252414)

I spend most of my free time hiking and doing photography. I use a 35 mm (nikon n90s) but will probably go to a digital SLR once an affordable one comes out with a 1:1 magnification so that my 20 mm wide angle stays a 20 mm wide angle and not a narrower 30 mm.

I also like tinkering with electronics, usually by abusing some piece of ancient consumer electronics and building something else out of it.

Depends on the season (1)

ShannaraFan (533326) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252423)

Summer - home improvement projects, gardening, outdoor activities with my wife and kids.

Winter - model railroading, outdoor activities

Hang gliding (3, Interesting)

JustAnOtherCodeSerf (181281) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252429)

I'd say I'm one of those nature freak, get the heck away from tech when I'm not at work, types. Flying sites are always out in the middle of nowhere in the most beautiful parts of the country. Imagine the view from the top of a thousand foot mountian, overlooking a lush green valley. Now, imagine the view from three thousand feet above that mountain with a retail hawk off your wingtip (yup, some birds will let us fly with them). Soaring above the earth for hours at a time is true bliss. It's a total zen thing :)

WOW!!! (0)

MOD PARENT FAIL IT! (666179) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252465)

this is the best thread I have ever read on slashdot!! look at all you people with your fascinating, unique hobbies outside computers. thanks, this really made me happy. keep it up!

Training dogs (2, Interesting)

blankmange (571591) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252486)

We train dogs here. Black labs mostly, for both obedience trials and agility trials.... the most unlogical thing in the world, from a person's point of view, is a young puppy experiencing her world....

Bicycling (1)

stienman (51024) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252521)

I train for Ultra Marathon Cycling [ultracycling.com] events, such as the 9 day Race Across America [raceacrossamerica.org] going on right this minute.

The leader [raceacrossamerica.org] is already over 1700 miles into the ~3000 mile race and is averaging over 15 miles an hour, with about 3 hours of sleep in the last 5 days. It started Sunday morning.

When's the last time you traveled 3000 miles under your own power?

I also build and program microcontrollers - mainly PIC right now, but I just attended an Atmel conference (for the free goodies, of course) and am planning on using those as the situation warrants as well.


mostly music... (1)

kknm_fixxxer (598195) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252525)

I play the guitar in a band named "Mantra" (heavy stuff), listen to music all day long (lots of stuff, not necessarily heavy), ride my MTB [kellys-bicycles.com] (my latest addiction, and non-geeky one -- wow! ;).
I used to photograph a few years back and intend to go back to that sometime soon.

Apart from that (and some ocasional book assimilation) it's all computer-related. Even my guitar playing is kind of computer related as I use my PC as a pitch shifter (as I'm too lazy to tune up to different keys) and store all my notes and tablatures in digital format (Guitar Pro [guitar-pro.com] rocks. And works with Wine [winehq.org], too!).

So even though I don't get bored when that humming box is humming no more, my life is pretty tied up with it :)

// fixxxer

Stopmotion animation (1)

fok (449027) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252528)

IÂm stating to experiment with stop motion video production.
I even wrote a tool [sf.net] to capture frames from a digital camera...
The same program can be used to capture frames in a regular interval to make "accelerated" videos
The results are very cool ;D

Lot's of stuff (1)

Deanasc (201050) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252539)

Sailing is #1. Too bad I moved 300 miles from the coast. What was I thinking? Oh yeah... Ph.D.

Lego, Homebrew, 4wd offroading, movies.

Wine (2, Interesting)

Hallow (2706) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252577)

No, not the software, but actually making my own wine. You can actually make some very nice wines from kits these days - they're much better than they used to be. And if you really get into it, there's plenty of technical details involved.

Many of my geek friends are also home brewers, and so I will eventually be trying my hand at beer.

Re:Wine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252661)

Do you take frozen TV diners and nuke them to call that cooking?

Cars (1)

cvbear0 (231010) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252587)

To help me unwind, I find the field of automotive mechanics to be soothing.

There is nothing better than a air ratchet in your hands.

My brother races a Spec Miata, so I keep my self busy building, fixing, and maintaning his car. Most of my friends drag race. I have worked on many of their cars too. (700+ HP supra, a spraying 350Z, numberous others).

I have become damn good at designing electrical systems for accessory items (nitrous, 2step, traction control, etc).

Challenge Square Dancing (0, Troll)

shunnicutt (561059) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252629)

I've been square dancing for almost thirteen years and I've reached the challenge-1 (C1) level, where the choreography begins to be far more complex and interesting. I dance about once a week with two different groups.

What's interesting about square dancing for me is that you learn the individual moves, or calls, and the caller tells you which moves to execute as you dance. Figuring out the 'syntax' of the dance is a lot of fun.

If you're cringing from the images of crinolines and western shirts dancing through your head, be aware that at the upper levels, most dance groups don't require traditional square dance attire. What's more, when I dance lower levels, I dance with my local gay square dance club -- gay square dance clubs have never required traditional outfits.

Rowing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6252647)

I rowed 4 years when I was in university. You get up at 5 am to be on the water at 5:30 am with your team. Off the water by 7:30 and off to class. Workout again in the evening.

I'm nowhere near as competitive as when I was rowing in university, but I row with a local rowing club in the evenings & on weekends.

There's nothing like the feeling of skimming across the water with the sun rising over the city skyline.

Of course, you get into really good shape. I used to have a resting heart rate of 42 beats per minute. And there's nothing as attractive as fit women in spandex :)

Flying (1)

Bitsy Boffin (110334) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252658)

Go recreational flying!

Join a flying club, not a school or some fancy schmancy place but a real honest flying club out of a hanger, or caravan or small club rooms where you can shoot the breeze with like minded individuals, have someone there teach you to fly stick-n-rudder in an ultralight/microlight, or a Cub or something like that, and just generally free your mind of technical crap for an hour or two or three a week.

There's nothing better than looking down on the world from above, up at the sky from below, or at the runway on that first solo thinking "what the fsck was I thinking!".

Would you believe... (2)

gseidman (97) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252708)

...competitive ballroom dancing [brown.edu]? Due to a tradition of recruiting from the computer science department (where there is an ample supply of males), there are actually a fair number of computer types on the team. Of course, we compete against MIT, whose team is just full of that sort...

Now, I wouldn't advocate taking up ballroom simply because there tends to be a shortage of men, but I will mention that I got to know my fiancée by being on the team with her.

Hockey (1)

(trb001) (224998) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252719)

For me, it's hockey. I got started in college playing pick-up roller with some friends in my dorm. Lost interest when I moved off campus. Started coaching ice with a buddy of mine at work who had been coaching for 8 years. Loved it, working with the kids was incredibly rewarding. Nevermind that it was a travel team and all the kids were way better skaters than I was, we still got along and had a blast. Watching and coaching convinced me to play, so I joined a couple of leagues in the area.

First off, it's great exercise and, being a coder, that's something I don't get very often. Second, it's the fastest game on earth. Third, it's just plain fun...it's one of those sports where not only do you have to be proficient with your stick (passing, shooting, puck handling), but you're doing it while on ice.


PS...ice skating also makes for a great date :)

Cool Thread (1)

SecretMethod70 (569755) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252728)

Reading the responses to this has been really interesting. I actually study opera voice at university so singing is what I do most in my free time. I also act a bit and I used to play bassoon and saxophone.

National Trivia Network (2)

brigc (30780) | more than 10 years ago | (#6252747)

My major hobby these days is sitting in a local bar playing NTN (National Trivia Network) [ntn.com].

It's fun trying to answer trivia questions covering the gamut from "Which planet has a moon name Nereid?" to "Which sitcom family had a dog named Tiger?". Add in the ability to compete with other bars across North America and it's quite enjoyable.


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