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Freewell
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Join Date: Sep 2006
 
2009-04-19, 23:35

I know there are some here who have some fascinating hobbies that are truly amazing... Brad's tecno craft projects like chainmail tunics and hi-tech Nerf guns, GSpotter, PB PM, and several others' amazing skills with a camera, Fooboy and turtle2472's affinity for perforating paper, Drew's Pirate treks and Star Trek adventures, 709's Kitchen Concoctions, etc... I have been repeatedly impressed by the 'hidden' skills represented here at AN!

Soo don't laugh now... My hobby is definitely unusual! I like to dress my little ones in cute little matching outfits, and spend a good bit of time shopping for amazing deals that allow me to dress them with champagne taste on a much lighter budget! In fact, my best friend (outside my husband that is) has stated matter-of-factly that shopping is a competitive sport for me!! I just love it though when I score a beautiful, coordinated $100-$200 outfit for around $10 in store... Makes using it far more enjoyable, as I am not paranoid about them accidentally messing it up! So yeah, matching tops, bottoms, socks/tights, sweaters/jackets, shoes, purses (for our daughter of course) hair pretties... The whole nine yards... I LOVE it!

Oh, and researching names and their origins and meaning... Totally fascinated with it! Been doing it since I was a kid!

So what is YOUR hobby?
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Yontsey
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Join Date: Apr 2005
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2009-04-19, 23:42

My hobby is playing guitar/music.

I just started a new band recently with some of my good friends about 2 months ago and we have been working in the studio on and off doing demos and whatnot.

Nothing makes me happier then playing a live show. The feeling is incredible, especially when you have a couple hundred people singing along with you.

We haven't picked a name or set up a myspace yet, but when we do, I will be sure to post it on here so I can get your guys' opinion.

This is my hobby, but I hope to turn it into somewhat of a career.

Die young and save yourself....
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Freewell
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2009-04-19, 23:45

That's awesome, Yontsey! Congrats!!! Music has a special place in my heart... I was quite successful as performer and instructor before I joined the military. So I guess you could say it was my profession, and is now (at best) a hobby! My family is my focus in life now, but I imagine that someday I will return to this love, when the time is right. Keep us posted on things as they progress... And again, Congratulations!!
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Brad
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2009-04-19, 23:48

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Brad's tecno craft projects like chainmail tunics and hi-tech Nerf guns
And don't you forget my completely amateur 3D tinkerings, too!

My current work-in-progress:



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A cookie crumb to the first to correctly identify this one. Should be super easy.

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turtle
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Join Date: Mar 2005
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2009-04-19, 23:51

Link's crest? I do recognize it. Now to pinpoint it.
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Brad
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2009-04-19, 23:51

Close. More specifically?
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Freewell
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2009-04-19, 23:52

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And don't you forget my completely amateur 3D tinkerings, too!

My current work-in-progress:



Original source:



A cookie crumb to the first to identify this one. Should be super easy.
Not bad!! I have to admit, all that computer rendering stuff really wrinkles my brain! If it weren't for my husband, I would be truly computer illiterate!
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Freewell
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2009-04-19, 23:54

The more I look at that, the more I feel like I can run my fingers over my screen and feel the detail!
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Banana
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2009-04-19, 23:56

Brad, nice work!

I have to be honest, though, but the upper left square? It looks lot like a A/C grill to me...
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Foj
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2009-04-19, 23:58

Just one?? I don't know if this counts, but when I have the time and gas money, I like to drive to different minor league baseball games. I have a hat from each home team. I'll post a picture of my collection

A knife and a fork, a bottle and a cork, that's the way to spell New York.

Last edited by Foj : 2009-04-20 at 10:58.
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Eugene
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Join Date: May 2004
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2009-04-19, 23:58

It's the upper portion of the original box for Legend of Zelda. In fact the grille pattern is the finger grip of the cartridge itself. Loved that game when it came out, but never would have gotten anywhere without the Nintendo Power guide/map.
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Brad
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2009-04-19, 23:59

Yeah the upper left area is kind-of a placeholder. I'm not sure exactly how I want to full in that area since technically it's a hole in the original pic. At the very least, I need to get the "bars" proportioned correctly.

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Brad
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2009-04-19, 23:59

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It's the upper portion of the original box for Legend of Zelda. In fact the grille pattern is the finger grip of the gold cartridge.
WINNAR

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turtle
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2009-04-20, 00:00

I knew I recognized it! So close. I loved that game.

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Freewell
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2009-04-20, 00:01

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Just one?? I don't if this counts, but when I have the time and gas money, I like to drive to different minor league baseball games. I have a hat from each home team. I'll post a picture of my collection
Sure it counts!! In fact, it most certainly trumps shopping for baby clothes on a predominantly male forum! Looking forward to seeing those hats!
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709
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Join Date: May 2004
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2009-04-20, 00:05

In my free time (when I'm not in the kitchen ) I study architecture, Earth architecture to be specific. Been doing it since my late teens, and even took a year off after school to travel around the American Southwest sketching Indian structures created from adobe and site-specific elements. Rammed-earth, bale, sun-dried blocks, fired earth...it's all fascinating to me.

I like a lot of the modern pre-fab stuff as well, and "found" object designs made from things like shipping containers, but the earthy stuff is where my real interest lies.

Another life, maybe...

So it goes.
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Freewell
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2009-04-20, 00:10

That's really interesting, 709... I actually lived in the Southwest as a child, and remember seeing stuff like that. I also visited Carlsbad Caverns and remember being amazed at the all natural structures of the inside of the Earth... Really groovy!
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Wrao
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Join Date: May 2004
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2009-04-20, 00:30

Lifting weights. I'm getting to be pretty decent at it too.
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PKIDelirium
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2009-04-20, 00:39

Amusement parks/coasters/rides, gaming, etc.
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Robo
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2009-04-20, 00:49

Writing, drawing/designing, and playing video games (I would have totally earned that cookie if I wasn't making lengthy posts on copyright in another thread). I also play with LEGO () and Magic: the Gathering ( ).

I also, um, design brands. For fun. Like, I know exactly how I would design and brand an e-book reader, if I were to somehow make one. And a game console. And an electric car.

For example, it suddenly struck me that if I became even half as rich as J. K. Rowling, I actually might be able to buy a controlling interest in Saab (when GM inevitably sells it). This thought fascinated me, and I've spent the better part of the last week figuring out exactly how I would position its offerings so as to make Saab truly competitive with its German competitors. (I'd try to make Saab the next Audi, in other words.)

The other "project" that's been taking up my time lately is saving the PlayStation 3. I'd do this by essentially "rebooting" the console, and launching a "new" but fully compatible console, the PlayStation 3D, this holiday season, for a lower price. (The PS3D would feature the DualShock 3D, a regular two-handed gamepad that split into two 3D pointer controllers. This is an improvement over the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, which is a 3D pointer and a motion sensor, and the Sixaxis/DS3, which is just a motion sensor. Some PS3D games would also be compatible with 3D TVs, but this would not be required.)

So, um, yeah...I'm kind of a nerd like that.

and i guess i've known it all along / the truth is, you have to be soft to be strong
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Brad
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2009-04-20, 00:54

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Why the sour face? That's some good shit right there, man.
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Robo
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2009-04-20, 01:07

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Why the sour face? That's some good shit right there, man.
I don't know, it just seems sort of stupid. It just comes naturally, to me. And I've made some money doing it (identity work), but I don't really find working for hire as satisfying or as meaningful as creating my own content. I'd worry that I would take my best ideas and "save" them, in case I ever was making a e-book/console/car. There'd always be a conflict of interest, because I'm interested in so many things.

Late last year I decided that I needed to pursue something that I really felt was meaningful; I'm just the type of person who can't not do something I find fulfilling. I love identity work and pretty logos but I think there'd always be that regret, that it wasn't my e-book I was naming.

I love reading "entrepreneurial" stories, stories about two guys in a garage with a big idea. I'd like to think it could still happen.

and i guess i've known it all along / the truth is, you have to be soft to be strong
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Wrao
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2009-04-20, 01:07

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Why the sour face? That's some good shit right there, man.
Sometimes I think this site should be hidden from the internet!
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Freewell
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2009-04-20, 01:08

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Amusement parks/coasters/rides, gaming, etc.
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE rollercoasters!!! Guess I've come a long way since I was 7 and my Dad forced me to ride one much against my will. Been addicted ever since!
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Robo
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2009-04-20, 01:11

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Sometimes I think this site should be hidden from the internet!
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Wrao
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2009-04-20, 01:11

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I love reading "entrepreneurial" stories, stories about two guys in a garage with a big idea. I'd like to think it could still happen.
I think that it can. I mean, look at some of the websites that have popped up in the last 5 years or so and steadily become extraordinarily popular. I know that myself and most of the world thought Twitter was pretty worthless when it debuted, but now look at it!
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Swox
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2009-04-20, 01:27

@ Brad: Maybe a Triforce for the open area?

I have too many hobbies for one lifetime, though I'm not sure all of them would count as hobbies, but here they are:

I study classical and colloquial Tibetan (in school, but also for personal use... eventually!), practice meditation every day (is religion a hobby?), play guitar, write music on guitar and keyboard (I'll post a link once I've finished my album... don't hold your breath!), do photography, read (religion, sci-fi, etc.)... I'd get a DnD Campaign going if I had the time, and I'd travel a lot if I had the money. I'm hoping to go to Tibet in a year or two, or at least to Ladak or Dharamsala.

I also love going for walks (and bringing along the camera) with my lovely wife when the weather is decent.

If I had more time (i.e. if I didn't have to sleep), I'd learn to paint, do woodworking, animation, design a video game or two...

Do not be oppressed by the forces of ignorance and delusion! But rise up now with resolve and courage! Entranced by ignorance, from beginningless time until now, You have had more than enough time to sleep. So do not slumber any longer, but strive after virtue with body, speech, and mind!
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PB PM
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2009-04-20, 01:29

I have a few hobbies, aside from photography, I also like writing stories, although I have to be in the right mood. I currently have a story which contains over 200 hand written pages, which need to be typed/edited etc. Sad part is I've not been in the right mood to work on it in over a year. I also like to build custom PCs, but that is also not something I've done much of as of late either.
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Robo
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2009-04-20, 01:39

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@ Brad: Maybe a Triforce for the open area?
If it helps, on later editions of the game without the window (such as the "Classic NES Series" GBA port), they replaced that section of the shield with another heart, making it sort of symmetrical:



So there you go. That's the "official" window-less version of the shield; I don't know if Brad wants to keep the gold bars or not.

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is religion a hobby?
I think it's best if religion is a hobby. Religion should be something you think about when lying awake at night, to make life more interesting. It shouldn't ever be some prescribed dogma that you revolve your life around, because no one really knows.

All MHO, of course

and i guess i've known it all along / the truth is, you have to be soft to be strong
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Swox
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2009-04-20, 02:07

Actually, I'd describe my religion as a way of being, or perhaps even better as a way of becoming. but it can look like a hobby sometimes .

I see the aspects of it which are "working on myself" (i.e. practices to develop mindfulness or compassion) as being hobby-like, in the same way that carving is a hobby for some (but I'm the carver and the carved).

Do not be oppressed by the forces of ignorance and delusion! But rise up now with resolve and courage! Entranced by ignorance, from beginningless time until now, You have had more than enough time to sleep. So do not slumber any longer, but strive after virtue with body, speech, and mind!
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