View Full Version : Uncommon Hobbies - What's yours?
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 11:12am
So. An uncommon hobby is not football, icehockey, playing console/computer games (at least the regular sort), or reading fantasy / sci-fi novels. Spefically not games and reading sci-fi / fantasy novels, as those are things that just about everyone here must be doing to some extent, even if novels of the aforementioned type would be uncommon amongst the masses.
It doesn't need to be a lifelong project you do 2 hours a day at least. Just something out of the ordinary like parachuting, kite-flying, ornithology, astronomy, chess, etc. This may even include rather uncommon studies. Please include a small explanation in case you have reason to believe people have no idea what you're talking about.
My hope is to reveal something more about the members of these boards. Call it playing with the idea that if someone needs an advice, then by the information here, you know who to ask it of.
For me the only uncommon hobby I have is a chinese board game called "Go". Started after a friend, played some 5-6 months now, though not *that* actively. In a nutshell, it's a game not unlike chess. The difference however is that while its basic rules are a whole lot more simple than in chess, the game in itself is so much more complicated that man has yet to make a computer offering any challenge to real professional go-players. It's hardcore skill oriented with little room for luck, and honour and respect are a big part of the game which is actively seen in the playing style of the players as well. The game is played on a 19x19 board with grids, white is one side, black the other. Goal is basically to cover more area than your opponent, and kill his stones when possible.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 1:42pm
I read tarot cards.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 2:00pm
I collect coins. Used to know each one in my collection. I still have it, though I probably haven't touched it for a year or two.
I like making websites. Sort of a hobby. Sometimes I would test a layout without adding content other than what's necessary to check how it would look.
Sometimes I learn languages for fun. Sometimes I learn strange stuff from areas that are clearly not my field, like chemistry, biology or physics. Maths sometimes. For various reasons, often to improve conversational capacity, read: because of women ;)
Used to be an art history geek (father is an artist), but it's no longer the case.
And I'm one big ancient & mediaeval history geek.
Well, and Latin is a hobby now. No longer have to learn it, but it's still fun.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 2:02pm
I played Go for a while too. It all started when i watched this anime Hikaru No Go. It seemed quite interesting, so i had to try it out. There's this program on the net Panda Egg i belive that lets you play Go with people all over the world. All types of difficulties as well, from 9dan (toughest world class) to 28k (amateur). You can set the initial rank though, so you better take a look at the games won/lost before you challenge somoene. You can also alter the board, from 8x8 (iirc) up to 19x19 (standard).
It's pretty cool, but i rarely play it these days anymore.
Other than that, i like to belive i'm doing some martial arts training. Nothing officil, not a member of any club or training program, just what comes to my mind. I can do a perfect handstand on flat grounds (if its a slope its harder ;) ), but beyond that, i dont think it can be evaluated, heh. I'll soon try somersaulting :)
Oh, and lots of kicking too yes. I can do a pathetic (i'm sure it looks that way) circle kick, but it's in really early stages, lots to improve there.
It's interesting though!
The point is not to kick someone's a$$, the point is to experiment what all you can do yourself. I certainly regard it more as an art than means for beating someone up. :)
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 2:42pm
I run over stairs everytime, walk silently and train staff(proficient*). All are studies of momentum, which is great, be cause i want to master it. :D
Less, but still uncommon, is my love for puzzles, word games and ambiguity. My rp name is Lynx Puzzlewell ;)
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 2:57pm
Gothmog: Yes the first one of my friends started because of Hikaru no Go as well. I started it when I watched him play another one of my friend once.
And I've used KGS for onlineplaying since I started. Don't get to go to my old hometown to play in real-life that often afterall. :)
Btw, forgot to mention. Back as a teen, I used to collect bottle caps. I had some near 200 different I believe (200 is a lot in Finland). I even handcrafted a small tablet to put all the bottlecaps in for display. But that was then.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 3:15pm
I heard about Go when I read Shibumi by Trevanian (sp.) when I was 14. Great book.
Odd hobby, purchasing old '78s from record exchanges. And then listening to them, as opposed to collecting them. I like music, what can I say.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 4:14pm
Well, i have a few hobbies, but none of them fit in the category "uncommon". I guess i'm just a very boring guy. :D
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 5:02pm
I do warhammer, but I suppose that isn't so uncommon. :hmm:
I also used to do archery and I'm going to start fencing soon, so yay! :roll:
I also like drawing maps of fantasy lands and drawing fantasy creatures and my RP characters. :D
I like making mods for BG2 though none are complete yet :p So I go on computing courses and finding out how games work so I can change them ;)
I'm into astrology, and space, and ghosts and stuff like that. Always been interested in thaumology and psionicism as well. :cool:
Also used to do ventriloquism when I was younger - I was bad :p
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 5:13pm
I like theoretical physics. Unfortunately, my ability to understand it is limited by my inability to comprehend the underlying math.
I'm such a nerd.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 5:20pm
I enjoy learning new languages, even though where I'm living right now isn't really the best place to pick up anything new.
I also read tarot and seem to have this connection with the world around me that many of my friends don't have.
Oh yeah, I'm also a fan of going to science-fiction/fantasy conventions. Unfortunately I can only afford to go to one a year.
Xei Win Toh
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 5:36pm
I'm interested in occultism and whatnot. That uncommon enough?
Master of Nuhn
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 7:26pm
And I'm interested in opposing occultism and whatnot. Easiest way is prayer. I even scared occultists just by praying for dinner. No kidding. :)
I collect Garfield stuff. Got all cartoon pockets sofar, with quite enough other gadgets. Not special enough eh?
And I think I'll start an other soon: Ritual Slaughtering of Yu-Gi-Oh fans, creatures and the like.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 8:09pm
I collect animal bones. (Very dry old ones that I find in the bush) I also have a jar full of turkey and chicken neck bones because I think they are very pretty. I like to use organic forms for subject matter in my paintings and sculptures.
Sat, 10th Jul '04, 8:42pm
Hi guys, my first post at SP!
I'm interested in Eastern, Western and Shamanic esoteric traditions, although my total knowledge is hardly something to boast about.
I enjoy playing chess, but only for fun (never played in competitions, tournaments or anything - I wouldn't even know where to start!).
I also love reading ancient myths, mainly Greek and Egyptian, but also Nordic and Celtic - a love of ancient history probably originally sprang from this.
Sun, 11th Jul '04, 6:31am
I fence...I guess that's kinda rare.
I too like to read up on various mythologies (Greek, Roman, Celtic and especially Norse). I like studying languages too, but I can't really make a hobby of it.
And that's pretty much it for any remotely interesting hobbies I might have...actually; I think that's it for *all* of my hobbies.
Sun, 11th Jul '04, 9:45am
I draw my own comic books whenever I get free time. Occasionally I do freelance drawings (sci-fi/fantasy) for people who decide to pay me. :)
I'm also in a band, but that's nothing too uncommon.
Sun, 11th Jul '04, 10:39am
Well, i'm a tarot card reader just like Sarevok. I'm also intrested in mythology and occultism but that doesn't seem to be too uncommon here ;)
[ July 11, 2004, 11:39: Message edited by: Serpent ]
Sun, 11th Jul '04, 12:59pm
I collect card and board games, and Dice! Got a large jar filled with dice standing in my room.
I also like to play with knives and fire but I don't know if you can call that a hobby...
Another hobby is cardboard jumping. (Jumping in a large pile of cardboard, trying not to hurt yourself).
Also I play Magic the gathering and collect cool music but those two aren't that uncommon here :p
And offcourse my intrest in the occult and my "Band".
Sun, 11th Jul '04, 1:18pm
History, I read all kinds of history, roman, Greek, Egyptian and so. I love reading about ancient cultures, which leads me to my next hobby, religion, I especially like reading about different cultures religion and myths.
Drawing I like to draw both Manga and buildings (weird combination). I like to draw ancient buildings, like temples and churches, specially Greco-roman and Gothic buildings
Sun, 11th Jul '04, 1:50pm
Well I study a martial art that very few people (relatively speaking) study. That being Ving Tsun. It was the martial art that Bruce Lee studied and then developed his personal take on it into his own martial art: Jeet Kune Do. So I suppose that's pretty rare.
I also DJ. Electro, New wave electronica, Techno, House, mostly funky and Tech sub genres. You might not consider that rare, but I know very few bedroom DJ's so IMHO I think it qualifies :) So I suppose you could say I collect records too. In fact, yes, yes I do collect records.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 12:18am
I study alot of mythology and lore (such as Roman, Norse, and Greek gods; vampire and werewolf lore). And i've made a hobby out of procrastinating.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 12:39am
Girls (well, I guess that one isn't that uncommon).
Like 8people, I have some Warhammer collectibles, but I probably haven't touched them in almost four years.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 1:45am
Warhammer, a bit. History is also another favorite, mostly that of the US - I'm planning to purchase and read several textbooks before the summer is over with. Also, I decided some time ago to learn as much as possible about Joan of Arc, as she's one of the greatest heroines is history, in my opinion.
I also collect stones. Pretty much any stone that looks out of place in its surroundings.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 5:06am
*while Master of Nuhn isn't looking*
I'm a rabid Yu-Gi-Oh fan, which I guess sin't that uncommon at the moment, but I also collect Zoids model kits, and have shown some very limited skill in healing/energising people by laying-on-hands. For real. I actually freaked out a chick once by giving her a serious energy boost just by holding her hand and focussing. Have also helped friends with the healing of minor bruising.
Also, I have a keen interest in Native American Indian spiritualism.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 5:21am
:yot: I may not post much due to my crapy internet and crapy internet computer :doh: , but here it goes.
I collect and paint Warhammer, though I haven't done it in a while and it doesn't seem to be that rare anyway.
I listen to instrumental folklorish music (kinda uncommon I guess).
I plan to do archery soon, though I need to find a place to do so. I have a small yard and no basement, so those are out of the question if they would've suitable in the first place. :hmm:
And I'm trying to learn to move stealthily. Though its kinda hard to practice different things if you're not alone because you can end up looking quite stupid. Regardless, I'm quite light so that helps, and I've picked up on a few things so far. Simply paying attention to your surroundings can teach you quite a bit actually :grin: .
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 5:57am
I'm a member of the Society for Creative Anachronisms (http://www.sca.org) which is a Middle Ages reenactment group. We do study the history, but we concentrate more on the every day aspects of life like clothing, jewelry, the way things were made & manufactured.
I also collect My Little Pony toys, dolls, unicorn stuff, and coins.
[ July 12, 2004, 06:13: Message edited by: Stefanina ]
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 6:18am
Does juggling (balls, clubs, that sort of thing) count as uncommon?
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 11:28am
@Stefania Is that uncommon? I thought all girls collected unicorns. All girls dig Unicorns, isn;t it?.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 1:12pm
Uncommon?. Ok, here goes...
I think insects are interesting. Especially the ones that live in a community, like ants or wasps. I have provided the humblebee with breeding places - much like a beemaster does with his bees. Quite interesting, actually, and quite unheard of. ;)
Seems like I am a veritable treehugger. Perhaps nature will one day recognize it and grant me the power of Call Lightning. Or I can use the humblebees in an Insects Plague spell. :p
[ July 12, 2004, 13:23: Message edited by: Dendri ]
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 2:46pm
Some of my friend told me (when I started this "thing") that I was crazy...
So, few years ago, when I started to play this games (BG; Fallout; etc.) I started to like everything about armors, swords and everything like that, in some point, I liked to watch movies of the sort just to see and compare with the games the specs of armors, etc., So, after watch Lord of the rings, I started to make a chain mail, so I searched information about how to make it and that's it, I have finished one, very nice I must add because my friends that called me crazy wanted one for them, so here I am, every once in a while, cutting... wire? (alambre en castellano), with an invention I made to make this... springs? (resortes) so I can cut the rings... anyway, that's my hobby.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 8:23pm
I fenced for about three years, though I stopped a few years ago when schoolwork drastically increased (and because I would have had to train with the adults to get higher qualifications, and being only 13/4 I wasn't too keen).
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 8:42pm
I collect Chess boards and sets.
Mon, 12th Jul '04, 10:05pm
Well, I watch movies. The majority of them are foreign, which, in North America, is pretty uncommon... ;)
I also do a lot of theater. Acting, directing, stage managing, producing... And being a guy in theater is also uncommon, but being a guy in theater who is not gay, well that's just rare! :D
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 12:20am
I collect abandonware, i.e. old games which can't be bought in stores any more. It's a sad indicator of the state of PC games today that whenever a fit of nostalgia washes over me, I have way more fun (re)playing the oldies than any of the new games I've played in the recent years. *sigh*
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 12:49am
I don't think I have any 'strange' hobbies as such.
My saddest one (that I'm sometimes loathe to admit) is that I quite like the Stargate series. I even have a couple of series box sets. That's probably my most out of the ordinary one :p . Since the main body of my hobbies is take nup by watching and playing sport. Any and every sport.
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 3:30am
Actually, SleepleSS, I used to think so too. Most ladies may have one or two unicorn things from childhood, but very few actually collect them. Wolves seems to be a far more common collection theme...
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 11:59am
I make flash movies and draw comic books.
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 1:10pm
@Foradasthar, I always thought that Go was a Japanese game... well I may be wrong.
My uncommon hobby is quite new, just a couple of months old, it's mountaineering.
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 4:46pm
I do battle with medieval weapon and armour, you know two group of 25+ people facing each other and then we all jump in the melee.
Plus I do some ¨Real¨ role-playing, dressing like fantasy, role playing caracter and of course fighting other jerk err player.
Not that they are so uncommon but they aren't common either.
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 5:28pm
It's called LARP (Live Action RolePlaying). Good that you brought it up since I have no idea how common that is in SP. I've done that a few times, and I know many people irl (and in SP) who have as well. But how many of all the active SPers really have done that or actually do it actively as a hobby, I wonder.
A friend helped me find this: http://senseis.xmp.net/?Go
There it says: "Go is an ancient game that originated in China, with a definite history of over 3000 years, although there are historians who say that the game was invented more than 4000 years ago. Its name comes from the Japanese name Igo, which means "surrounding boardgame".
I'd guess it's either the confusion with the name, or more likely the anime Hikaru no Go that makes people think Go is originally Japanese.
[ July 13, 2004, 17:39: Message edited by: Foradasthar ]
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 6:01pm
I started origami when I was a student to help me both concentrate and relax. I also juggle balls and clubs, although I haven't practiced in months. Trying to learn devilstick now. It seems to be better for coordination than the balls.
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 6:30pm
I don't know if any of my hobbies qualify as unusual. Aside from the reading and CRPG's, I play basketball, tennis and golf. I do logic problems, cross-word puzzles and pretty much any other such kind of word games/puzzles. I like jigsaw puzzles too, but don't do them much anymore.
I like to garden and cook too.
I almost never watch any television (I guess that's the most unusual thing about me).
Tue, 13th Jul '04, 8:16pm
@Stefanina Wolves? Hmm maybe I should wear my wolves shirt I got in Blanes, then to please the girls ;)
Wed, 14th Jul '04, 5:59am
At least the sort of gals that I have as friends... :D
[ July 14, 2004, 06:15: Message edited by: Stefanina ]
Thu, 15th Jul '04, 12:24am
Alright Maybe next year i go to Florida :p Wearing my wolves shirt offcourse :p But I'm afraids we are going offtopic here...
Thu, 15th Jul '04, 7:31am
This is a bit off-topic.
Thanks for the info. I think i can blame my confusion on some Japanese artists, a number of them have "Go" as a title of their song, Hiroshima, the Jazz band, is one.
Fri, 16th Jul '04, 9:31am
My odd hobbies include collecting out of print board and computer games
Nintendo(the old 8-bit)
Learning 2-3 words of any language I can
Watching really old cartoons(anybody remeber Pirates of Darkwater?)
Bahir the Red
Fri, 16th Jul '04, 11:41am
^ I hope you are a woman *shrudders*
My fairly uncommon hobby is to lie to people (and Im a pretty decent liar).
Ex: We were watching a movie in our english class, but one of the guys werent following, so when the teacher told us to write about the movie he asked me what had happened in the movie. I said the main character had to go away to be a testsubject in a nuclear powerplant, and the guy believed it! (and the teacher was like: WTF?!?)
Fri, 16th Jul '04, 4:45pm
An uncommon hobby hear in Greece is miniature painting. I don't know how common it is in other countries. When I tell someone that I colect and paint miniatures, the first reaction is "Miniatures? :confused: "
I also like to read about Norse mythology and my interest in Greek mythology begins to grow...
I would like to do archery, but I can't find someone to train me... I would also like to do swordfighting (NOT fencing... just plain medieval swordfighting) but it is evn more difficult to find a trainer... :(
Bahir the Red
Fri, 16th Jul '04, 7:11pm
trainer? just grab a sword and start chopping people up :cool: :p
Fri, 16th Jul '04, 11:08pm
I have a fairly extensive knowledge of various mythologies, primarily egyptian and european.
I practice archery and gun-shooting at times, but I suck big-time.
I enjoy frequently playing board games like Chess and Risk with my friends, and I'd like to buy and learn to wield a sword in RL someday.
I've trained Judo a couple o' years although I've been too lazy to train for the past month or so.
I am also into typically nerdic star trek & star wars things, reading SW novels and actively following ST series (having seen all ST & SW movies available in the local videothek (spelling?)).
I'd like to start playing D&D too but I have no idea how/where to start and how to find other players in town.
I often attend LAN's hosted by friends, and plan to host one myself within a month.
EDIT: what is fencing <- I thought it was trading in stolen good IIRC
Sat, 17th Jul '04, 12:39am
@Bahir: Once I told a 15 year old boy (I was 16) he had Alzheimer. Went on "proving" it to him and he believed.
I can look straight in your eyes and tell you I don't know anything.
I'm too arrogant to lie unless in jest, anyway.
@Volsung: SCA kind of guys will train you if you sign up. For free or for little fees. More professional mediaeval fencing training costs little less than 1000 euro here. But that's for guys who fight in tournaments as sort of a job.
I practice with whomever I can. It gets easier when you don't insist on it being a real metal sword. Then you can get aikido or kendo guys to practice a bit with you. Broadens your horizons and all. My own fencing is hardly orthodox mediaeval European.
The other guy can use various things if he can't get a sword. Once I had a 100 kg attack me with a metal pipe for parrying & riposte training ;)
Sat, 17th Jul '04, 12:51am
I fence... well, fenced, it was through school and school's out right now... And I draw/write my own manga (also called anime), I also knit... which is rare for someone who's 16... And I make movies with my friends. They're usually comedies, since they are no-budget quick-flicks.
I want to start learning a couple different languages too, but I've been saying I will for years, and I still haven't really started.
Sat, 17th Jul '04, 2:39am
I like chess. In fact, I once played Chev over Yahoo. After I defeated him he mentioned how he was bleeding. Apparently, Chev takes his chess seriously.
I love all the various sciences. I read books (currently reading "Hydrogen") and journals as well.
I jog...but I suppose that is not too uncommon.
Sat, 17th Jul '04, 4:21am
Well I am an amateur conspiracy theorist, i also have theories on god so would that make me a theologian or a theo theorist.
Sat, 17th Jul '04, 6:38am
I collect fantasy/medieval weapons (swords, daggers, axes, ect.) From what I hear it's not all that uncommon...but my other "hobby" is. I collect the little safety rings from every plastic 1 gallon milk bottle. I keep them on a 6 foot tall walking stick. So far the 1/8" rings have stacked up to a height of about 4.5 feet. Why I do it? I don't really know. What will I do with them? Again, I don't know...probably toss them in the recycle bin. :rolling:
Sat, 17th Jul '04, 9:19am
I can attest to SCA style fighting. I have aquired many glorious bruises over the years. One could even say I collected them for a while...
Mon, 19th Jul '04, 4:15am
Does collecting ex-girlfriends count? Even if it is an unintended collection.
Mon, 19th Jul '04, 4:26pm
I don't have many hobbies, and these ones aren't so uncommon at all (if RPGs, CRPGs and D&D are common hobbies :) )
I go in LARPs about three times during an year. It's fun, but I have been only in high (or low) fantasy games.
And I've collected dice. I don't do it anymore, but I still have my collection. I have about 120 dice, so I've spent too much money on them :p