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#1 4 months ago

This place used to be my hobby and loved every minute of it but apart from here what other hobbies do you have and is playing video games a hobby ?

I took up photography a few years ago and love that. Bought myself a Nikon D5600 with a 18-55 and a 55-200 kit lenses. I added a Nikon f4 300mm lens and f1.4 35mm prime lens along with the velbon EF-61 tripod that I hardly use and a Velbon UP-400 monopod that I use all the time. I also bought the usual suspects like the newwer speedlite along with various ND filters that are brilliant for long exposures and light painting.

I bought the book and I am calling it The book by Tony Northrup on Kindle called stunning digital photography as it is a book with every chapter and project explained both in text but as a video as well. This guy got me out off auto in no time at all.


My other new hobby is fish keeping or I have a couple of 60 litre planted aquariums with 6 peppered corys, 6 neon tetra, 6 glowlight tetras, 6 Harlequins and 6 Zebra Danios. I am in the process of setting up the second tank. I am doing a water change and clean out today so I will take a few pics after and post them here.

So that is mine.




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#2 4 months ago

Guitars are realy my only true love.


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#3 4 months ago

how long have you been playing and any preference ? Acoustic, Electric or Bass ?




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#4 4 months ago

Aside from my family and my job I don't really have that much time to spend on hobbies. I watch the occasional TV series to relax or play a few rounds of videogames. I started listening to audio books a while ago as I am travelling a lot. I figured out that novels don't work as audio books, so I am listening more to non-fiction popular science kind of stuff. Occasionally I also manage to read a real book for a bit.

Would like to find time to fit some sports into my schedule, currently my life-style is very unhealthy.






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#5 4 months ago

Chess mainly, but I definitely love puzzles of any kind: crossword, anagrams, fill in the blank, you name it I'l obsess over it until I solve it tonguez.gif   Apart from that, mostly just video games.


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#6 4 months ago

How are you getting on with your Photography Fancy ? I noticed a old thread where you wanted advice about cameras and you also linked to Tony Northrup. Hope your getting along with that. Also have you bought there book and are you in there Facebook groups...


Adrian how are you old pal. Chess is it.... I haven't had a game of chess for a few years now. Is there a direct play online chess game.




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#7 4 months ago

Doing just great, thanks.  Glad to see you're keeping busy smilie.gif 

And yes, I use chess.com

Free to join and play online, but it costs if you want to take advantage of their tutorials.  


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#8 4 months ago
Posted by Goody.

how long have you been playing and any preference ? Acoustic, Electric or Bass ?

Cumulatively, I have been playing for a but more than 10 years now. There was a 10 year gap where I prioritised University and finding a job. I picked up my guitar again in 2015, joined a band, and have been playing steady ever since.


I play guitar, bass, and drums. As far as preference goes, I prefer guitar and bass. Both are electric, although I should start learning the art of acoustics.


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#9 4 months ago

A bit of programming. 

My favourite language is Lisp, although since occasionally I have to make things that other people can use I am more or less obliged to go into C++ (vomits profusely at the loss of all that was once fine and beautiful.)

It pleases me to be able to make programs that make life easier though.

A little bit of gaming. 

I like role playing games and strategy games. I haven't played a shooter in quite some time. Although I did enjoy the original Call of Duty. You know, the first one - in World War 2. I remember that being an incredible game for its time. Like a massive shift in what games could be from a narrative and immersion standpoint.

Photography. 

I have big lenses and I cannot lie. I also have a wallet that lives in fear of me buying all the lenses that look really nice. Like the Cannon 400mm in F4.1 doesn't look that dear... only a few thousand pounds tonguez.gif 

Playing the Piano.

Very poorly. 

I used to play as a kid, then I went away to uni and the parents got rid of the piano. Now I've got an electric piano. Which to be fair to it never needs tuning - which is nice. Can't complain on and around that. Can't play worth a damn though. Not outside of just brute-forcing tunes by repetition though. It's like I learnt it as a kid just messing around, and that consists of playing tunes until they sound right to you. Now I know a little bit more and that consists of practising the component skills so that you're not just brute-forcing with effort.

It's the difference between doing maths by counting on your fingers and doing maths by memorising the multiplication and addition tables. You'll both get to the same place, but the latter is preferable.

Dungeons and Dragons.

I enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons when I can. I'd strongly recommend this to people actually. At least if you can get a decent group who aren't arseholes, or if you've the emotional intelligence and wellbeing skills to take the a-holes in your stride and get something good out of the situation regardless. I think we've lost a great deal by not playing games together with the people we see on a regular basis. I probably know more about the people I play this game with than I do about my directs who I spend every day with. And there are so many skills you pick up by trying and failing weird things in an environment that provides you safety if they go wrong. Want to try out conflict resolution skills? Well, you can roleplay that - and you can do it in a situation where it going wrong doesn't cost you a job, a fist in the face, whatever.

Also, it's fun to be someone else for a few hours.

Wood work.

When weather permits - which it hasn't for quite some time now.

I like making shit. There's something that you - or at least I - don't get much in other areas of my life. Where you make something, and you look upon what you have created and it's... it's almost yourself made manifest and concrete in the world separate to yourself. Like, there's a thing there now that proves you existed and spent time. And you make it well and it is pleasing.

For whatever reason, programming doesn't give me that. I love programming for its utility - if it did nothing, then I would not love it. Code isn't pretty, a large program doesn't feel like an accomplishment other than in the beauty of what it in turn accomplishes. Wood work can be pleasing just because of the form of the thing created. Like you can make a bookshelf and it can do the same thing as another bookshelf, but one will look like some chipboard and one will glow with the well crafted form of the wood that you've treated and finished and put together.

There's some utility in the design of items of woodwork, and that shouldn't be neglected. But there's something to creating a non-ephemeral item and doing it well.




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#10 4 months ago
Posted by Goody.

How are you getting on with your Photography Fancy ? I noticed a old thread where you wanted advice about cameras and you also linked to Tony Northrup. Hope your getting along with that. Also have you bought there book and are you in there Facebook groups...

I ended up buying a Fuji Xt-20, really nice camera which is a lot of fun to use. During my last vacation I went through the manual and started experimenting, but barely scratched the surface, I'm not really good enough to leave auto-mode for now. I'll probably have to buy a book and start learning.

Here's an example:

https://www.amazon.de/photos/share/uvd0FI89cKh6L71kTjt39M5jWlYYh5V8q1wfHofB8Pe