Your non-gaming hobbies?

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A few months back, I wanted to find a hobby that had little or nothing to do with tech/computers/games/tv/consoles/etc, so I took up brewing my own beer. I'm finding that I really enjoy it, have learned alot about beer, and enjoy drinking the end product. I make good beer!

What are your non-gaming related passions?

They make other hobbies? What system does it play on?

Hockey. That's pretty much my only other passion.

About the brewing of beer and alcohol, almost everyone in my family brews beer or alcohol.

Hmmm non gaming...Does that include anime?
I plan monthly workshops to promote japanese culture and the otaku community here in Vegas. I'm currently in the process of planning and scheduling bi weekly screenings of various asian programming and Taiko lessons. In addition to all this, i'm helping a local tutor start a program for younger kids to learn japanese for free. Im also gaming coordinator and senior staff in a local Anime con, as well as putting together a podcast/ web based show about the local scene with some kids. Teaching them how to edit video and mixing, etc. Non-tech based hobbies include reading, organizing small group events with young introverted adults, and having potluck dinnerparties.

I am a virgo, I reeealy like to plan and have things go my way.

Music most of the time, or making wine if I'm home in the fall. I make bad wine.

This summer I learned how to whitewater kayak, but considering the stubborn refusal of any rain to fall in PA all summer there's not much water around here thats not way too hard or way too easy.

Mine are reading, guitar, air guitar, and cunnilingus.

Heheh, just kidding. I can't read.

Reading. Turning my kitchen into a chemistry lab. Blending essential oils in ways that nature never intended. Playing with alkalies, bases and acids. Man, I should have paid more attention to chemistry classes in college...I had no idea it was this much fun.

Now, if I can just get one of those crazy jacob's ladder lightning machines that go "bzzzzzzzzZZZZT!" and an Igor...then, then I'd be cooking...

... I don't understand. What are you asking here? Non... gaming... hobbies... does not compute.

No, seriously folks, I do more than just game. I make music, mostly, and write. I read quite a bit (currently Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut. Something I stole from the ladyfriend's library) I like long walks in the park, and jello.

Brewing beer would be an interesting hobby. Maybe I should read up on it.

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[edit] I try to find a hobby that does not relate to gaming and tech, etc... unfortunately even 'ing has connection to the rest of hobbies (ex. games).

I study martial arts. Sometime probably in December I will finally take a brown belt test and then I was thinking of assisting teaching the children's class... because I get along well with kids and working with kids makes me feel like I am making a difference.

Woodworking, home remodeling, board/card games, coding, reading. Oh, and lately, trying to fit all of those around my latest, three month old hobby... childcare. ODEs (Out of Diaper Experiences) aren't much fun, for any of the involved parties.

Hockey and golf are the big ones, though I also spend a fair amount of time cycling and open water kayaking. Trying to fight the family genes on the weight thing, with at least some success...

Hey! Another homebrewer! I'd love to trade recipes with you - Drunkensleipnir singlehandedly got me into the fine art of brewing your own alcoholic goodness, and I'd really be interested to swap tips and stuff. I'm amazed at how many homebrewers there are on this site; I had no idea.

I've been belly-dancing for almost two years now. I also like long distance running (currently, I'm overwhelmed with the thought of training for the Atlanta Half-Marathon in November, but my mom, who is also my running buddy, has made it clear she will take no excuses). .

I also love to cook (good for Drunkensleipnir, right?). I'm a voracious reader and a big movie buff. When I can find someone I approve of, I also like getting involved in local politics. Writing and astronomy used to be hobbies, until I made them my job - so, uh, consider them half-hobbies. Finally, I like making stained glass pieces (although mine usually end up looking clumpy and misshappen) and dabbling in woodworking. (No, I really don't sleep much, if you're wondering ;)).

shihonage wrote:
I study martial arts. Sometime probably in December I will finally take a brown belt test and then I was thinking of assisting teaching the children's class... because I get along well with kids and working with kids makes me feel like I am making a difference.

I can't stress enough the enjoyment I got from teaching martial arts; I think you'll really have fun doing that.

Homebrewing also, cooking, astronomy, table-top RPGs, all kinds of stuff. Mostly dorky stuff, though

Now, if I can just get one of those crazy jacob's ladder lightning machines that go "bzzzzzzzzZZZZT!" and an Igor...

hmmmm Did your eye ever heal up Slambie?

Let's see here. Another anime fan here, as well as film in general. In conjunction I've studied Japanese of and on for a while. I also enjoy reading, drawing, mixing music, inline skating, and working on the car.

I'd love to get into homebrewing as well, but how pricey / difficult would you all say it is to get into?

I'd love to get into homebrewing as well, but how pricey / difficult would you all say it is to get into?

Not very. Fairly cheap in fact.

Hockey, guitar, hockey, some martial arts (but too busy lately), hockey, reading/watching sci-fi/fantasy, hockey, a bit of poker. Oh, did I mention I play men's league hockey once a week, 2 or 3 pickups games and power skating classes? Yeah...I would list cunnilingus as well, but my current SO is too squeamish and won't let me.

My other hobbies are sleeping and eating.

I used to help teach the kids Tae Kwon Do. Haven't done that in a year though. My favorite thing to do was to get one of the big body shield bags and have a the little ones kick and bunch the crap out of me and try to knock me down. I've done alot of fishing this summer, doing some home alcohol brewing (trying to make some wine). Hmm what else. This summer I was supposed to be doing alot of work on a homebrew Nintendo DS game for a school project, but that didn't turn out so well. Never got past a pong clone.

It's been hard to find time to do anything cause I've been working so much.
And by working, I usually just sit here and post on GWJ.

How are you guys brewing your own Beer? I got a friend of mine Mr. Beer for his birthday. The beer isn't ready yet, I hope it turns out good!

It's nice to see so many brewers on the boards. I've been brewing for about 5 years now. I started with beer and now brew mead almost exclusively. Nothing fancy. Just mead, yeast, water, and some fine locally made honey. Got a batch that's been fermenting for a year that I'm about to bottle made from honey harvested in the salt marshes off of Cape Ann.

My main activity outside of work and family though, is playing old time music in a local band. I play clawhammer banjo, mandolin and sing. We've been together for 3 years now and have just started work on our first CD. It's a blast! I also give banjo lessons when I have the time.

Gaming is my second hobby along with building computers, tinkering with instruments and playing the odd paintball game.

If you're looking for a hobby, I highly recommend learning a musical instrument. It's something you can do your whole life.

Garrad wrote:
Now, if I can just get one of those crazy jacob's ladder lightning machines that go "bzzzzzzzzZZZZT!" and an Igor...

hmmmm Did your eye ever heal up Slambie?

I'd make a great Igor! Of course, I'd have to work on the bent, shuffling gait. Pull chunks of my hair out, maybe, and develop a taste for insects and rats. But I'm really close on this one. Really close!

I'm a bass fisherman, belonged to a B.A.S.S. club for a long time and fished/won many a tournament. Worked a B.A.S.S. tournament out of Hartford one year. I have equipment to angle for other kinds of fish, but I love large and smallmouth bass. I should take a picture of my 'Wall of Rods' and post it. Have a filing cabinet full of baits too.

I've done Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu, knife fighting with butterfly knives and some arnis (Philipino stick fighting).

My wife and I are into Renaissance Faires. Here's our Renaissance Faire Costumes.

I'm big into photography these days. Here's my Photo Page. Check out this site too: http://www.photofights.com for a fun place to compete against other photographers. (I'm known as Magnus over there.)

I also want to learn how to ride a motorcycle. The bug has hit me and it's time for my mid-life crisis.

Whee, look at all the homebrewers

Homebrewing beer is very very cheap and very very easy. If you're interested, it'll be about a $50 investment for the equipment (I wouldn't really recommend the Mr. Beer stuff - not that there is anything wrong with it, but for $20 more you can get a real carboy) and $15-$20 for a five gallon batch. That's about 50 bottles of good beer for $20. Well worth the money, if you ask me, not to mention the pride of a job well done

There was a great thread last year when duckilama started brewing, with lots of advice and such. I'll be damned if I can find it, though.

LupusUmbrus wrote:

I'd love to get into homebrewing as well, but how pricey / difficult would you all say it is to get into?

Think of it this way: Once you get the equipment (a one time cost), you can buy beginner's homebrew DIY kits that cost $25, and produce upwards of 50-60 bottles of beer. Or, you can buy 60 bottles of beer for $60 (if you figure $6 for a 6-pack). It's much more cost-effective to brew your own.

Marsman wrote:

My wife and I are into Renaissance Faires. Here's our Renaissance Faire Costumes.

Marsman, your child is so cute I bet she can kill the elderly and the sick with a single giggle. Love the costumes, btw - they look great (and your wife's very pretty in hers, btw). Did you make them yourself?

Hey Marsman, you're in CT right? I've just recently got into fishing seriously and am wondering where you think the best places around here are? I am a fishing n00b. I've cought some nice Bass out of Red Cedar Lake in Lebanon, and some places around Lyme (thats where my fishing buddy lives), but around my house (Manchester) the closest place is Bolton Lake, and it kinda sucks, the bass'es are pretty small. Cought some nice trout out of a place in Conventry, I don't remember the name, we camp there the night before opening day of fishing season. I find lake/bass fishing much more enjoyable though.

In terms of beer, I always ferment in glass. Carboys are cheap, easy to sanitize and are clear so you can watch the fermentation (though the carboy should be covered as yeast doesn't like light). Plastic is bad because bacteria can be harbored in the tiny scratches it inevitably gets.

If you use a carboy, don't use the tiny tubing attached to a stopper for blowoff. Just get a 1 inch tube, stick it directly into the opening and put the end in a bowl of weak bleach solution. Small diameter blowoff tubing can be easily clogged and you risk exploding the carboy. I found the 1 inch hose to be a great solution as it is simply too wide to get clogged.

Make sure the bowl has plenty of room for blowoff though, or you'll have a big mess.

I play soccer (footsal) once a week and badminton twice a week. And I really enjoy riding my bike. Anything non-gamey has to be exhausting, or it's not worth it

I'm gonna start making moonshine in my basement.

dejanzie wrote:
Anything non-gamey has to be exhausting, or it's not worth it ;-)

You're right. Which reminds me that I forgot to include sex as a non-gaming hobby.

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