Looking For a Hobby

7254278

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Hey all,
I am looking for a hobby to take up some of my extra time. It sounds pathetic I know. I play a lot of games but I dont feel productive. I am also spending a lot of time in the MR marketplace and on ebay dreaming of buying things I just dont have the cash for. I cant work because I am not an EU citizen and I cant voulenteer because school takes up too much time. I am looking for something computer related(thinking about MUDing) if possible but any ideas are welcome.
HELP PLEASE
PS: I am spending way too much tim on MR and watchin TV(atleast 4 hours a day)
 

SummerBreeze

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katie ta achoo said:
Pick up an instrument!!

Violin is awesome
as is viola! :D

Teach yourself how to be a pastry chef! YUM!
Or you could pick up the flute, it's awesome two!

Ceramics is really calming, it's great to find a local studio and take a few classes on throwing pots.

Speaking of classes, do you have a school near you? You can always take acting, computer programming, photography, music or any of the other things people do in their spare time.
 
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Lau

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How about web design? It's a useful (and addictive) skill to learn, and you could make your own site incorporating photography/skydiving/antiques or any other hobby you choose to take up. Having my domain costs me £15 ($30) a year, which isn't much to shell out for a hobby if you wanted to.
 

Aarow

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Learn how to play trumpet or air guitar.:cool:

Or you could get involved with a mod of one of your favorite games, like heatofbattle.net for Call Of Duty. That's always fun.
 

mdavey

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Patmian212 said:
I am looking for a hobby to take up some of my extra time... I am looking for something computer related(thinking about MUDing) if possible but any ideas are welcome.
Do you know how to program? If not, perhaps try learning AppleScript then moving on to Xcode. I love programming for five main reasons:

1. The sheer joy of finding solutions to complex problems
2. The pleasure in making things that are useful to other people
3. The fascination of fashioning complex puzzle-like objects of interlocking moving parts and watching them work their subtle, complex dances
4. The joy of always learning
5. The delight of working in such a tractable medium

(paraphrased from F. P. Brooks "The Mythical Man-Month")

Many programmers are MUD people too - the skillsets and ways of thinking are very similar.

If you already know a little about programming, get involved with one of the many Open Source projects for the Mac community. Some of the communities you might want to research a bit more:

* The Apache Foundation
* Mozilla
* OpenDarwin
* One of the Mac Media Center projects (CenterStage, iTheater, Showtime)

Hope that helps,
--
Michael
 

jsw

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I suppose masturbation is an option - if you're concerned about reducing your risk of prostate cancer, of course.

You could also sculpt - like ceramics, in a sense.

Build robots if that appeals to your inner geek.

Learn yoga.

Learn the harmonica (very cheap price of admission to that hobby).

Programming is cool (I do it for a living), but I personally don't think of it as a hobby... although, I suppose, coupled with robots, it could be. Otherwise, to me, it's just work....
 

7254278

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CanadaRAM said:
:eek: I thought for a moment that it said "Looking for a Hubby" :eek:

Patmian, what don't we know about you? :p

I was afraid the next line was going to be

"and I need the cost to ship him to Madrid, Spain."

:D :D
HAHAHAHA, maybe I should ask the mods to ban me from the marketplace for a while!

JSW-Bulding robots sounds cool where do I start lol. I might look into model making, sounds interesting.
 

Danksi

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I enjoy riding, we tend to bring a digi-camera and/or small video camera with us - I can then enjoy learning more movie and photoshop tricks.... which makes me want to go out and get more footage, learn more movie and photoshop tricks. Spain has some cool trails to ride too - though you may need to travel to them. (luckily I live in Mountain Bike heaven). :cool:
 

iSaint

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You say something computer related, I say get out of the house! Hiking, biking, nature...I'm a bird watcher and started young.

Read books.

Am I to understand you're in school in Spain, but not a EU citizen? I'd explore Europe as much as I could. That's where the real history is!
 

katie ta achoo

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Interpretive dance is free, too.

Learn how to yodel!

or bagpipes or accordion.

/all of these I wish to learn
//learn how to knit!
///YOU'LL NEVER BUY A SCARF AGAIN!
 

superbovine

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mudding... hmmm, if you are the right kind of person mudding will take up a lot of time.... lots...
 

OutThere

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iSaint said:
You say something computer related, I say get out of the house! Hiking, biking, nature...I'm a bird watcher and started young.

Read books.

Am I to understand you're in school in Spain, but not a EU citizen? I'd explore Europe as much as I could. That's where the real history is!
Start bouldering! :)

You don't need anything but a pair of shoes (crash pad/chalk bag optional), and you can get going quickly.

Really quite safe...and it's easy to find cool boulders.



I've been climbing for 5 years (boulder+belay).

More info:
http://library.thinkquest.org/13779/guide/5/5.shtml
 

jefhatfield

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look at all those suggestions

and many of them are not computer related...go for something that will give you balance in life...doing too much of one thing, whether it's indoors or outdoors, is not a good thing
 

7254278

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You guys are right, so far im considering 3 options, rollerblading, BMX/bikeriding or soem sort of model building, if I could just get a hold of my old erector set!