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As months and years continue to pass, I'm curious what hobbies everyone is currently engaged in. I think that by now everyone knows that dance is both my hobby and career. I've veered away from video games and role playing. (I haven't done a text-based role play in years, and I barely do any tabletop/pen and paper role playing.)  I also spend quite a bit of my spare time reading business literature, and I've become a bit of a fashionista as a way to distinguish myself in my career. Almost everything's tied up with work for me. Even my traveling is being done for dance events rather than for adventure/exploration.

What about you? What do you like to do in your spare time?

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Well, I would have never imagined you would become a dancer and a fashion statement, from when you were in high school. That's great that you found something you really like to do. Are you going to Utah?

I like to play video games mostly to keep me from thinking about other stuff. Like back pains, hunger, work, and other life responsibilities. Would this be a hobby? I don't know. I truly enjoy interacting with other people, on a level where it's by leisure, free of bias, and you can say or do anything you want without being held responsible for your words. In that same vein, I like hanging out with people that are kind and forgiving but also honest. Not many people have patience in reality.

Another hobby I have is growing plants. Just like to see things grow up by my care. Gives you some perspective on how time has passed. Or, sometimes you can see the progress, even though you're just doing a minor routine thing.

Another hobby I have is reading up on new technology, things that can potentially change the future for good. I occasionally read tragic, bizarre stories to keep myself in line with reality on how people can be. I try to remind myself of the worst and best things in life to maintain some form of clarity on scope, or non-bias, neutral viewpoint on things. Not necessarily always about people, but things that can be observed to show me whats possible and whats not. It's easy to get hyped, brainwashed, conditioned, tunnel vision etc. Maybe this isn't a hobby, more like something I need to do to keep me in check with reality.

Another hobby I have is capturing things on video and photos. I want to be a film maker, story maker to show things I can't seem to express otherwise.

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10 minutes ago, Bed said:

Well, I would have never imagined you would become a dancer and a fashion statement, from when you were in high school. That's great that you found something you really like to do. Are you going to Utah?

No kidding. I ended up on a completely different trajectory from the one I was on back then. The Utah thing fell apart. Short version is that I went down there for two weeks in April, had work and housing lined up, but there were issues with work and so I ended up rejecting the job offer. With no Plan B in place, that left me here in Portland. I've since gotten a job with one of the studios here and expect to be here for the foreseeable future. I was up in Seattle a week and a half ago for a Zouk Congress. (That's the fancy name for a type of dance weekend.)

Do you have back pain regularly?

13 minutes ago, Bed said:

Another hobby I have is growing plants. Just like to see things grow up by my care. Gives you some perspective on how time has passed. Or, sometimes you can see the progress, even though you're just doing a minor routine thing.

I think that's neat, especially for that last reason you mentioned about minor routine and progress. Gardening/plant keeping is pretty far from my interests, but I have a lot of love for any routine interest that gets to see results over time.

15 minutes ago, Bed said:

Another hobby I have is capturing things on video and photos. I want to be a film maker, story maker to show things I can't seem to express otherwise.

Have you been doing much of this? I remember seeing you post quite a few random pictures on Facebook from hikes(?) or the like. What kind of films do you want to make?

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32 minutes ago, Shattered Rift said:

 I was up in Seattle a week and a half ago for a Zouk Congress. (That's the fancy name for a type of dance weekend.)

That's cool. I don't know much about the dance scene, but if you want to hang out or crash, let me know. I recently upgraded to a different place, which has a bit more room.

32 minutes ago, Shattered Rift said:

Do you have back pain regularly?

I've been having chronic back pains for the last few years and I feel it is getting worse. I'm currently trying to recover via gym training, swimming, etc. It's hard to keep it up, exercising. This summer has been quite busy.

My doctor's approach is, get some advice from therapist, try that for a while, and if it doesn't work, get some x-rays. Given that this has been a chronic issue for years, I don't see how doing some arm movements will help me fast. It would have to be at least half a year to see any clear improvements I think. Wouldn't it be more logical to get x-rays, see if there are any major issues, then proceed to treatment?

It does hurt, and makes my life miserable. I have a sedentary life style because of my work and playing on the computer. It's a lot of sharp pains, cracking, inflammation, from my neck to my lower back, and my shoulder joints.

32 minutes ago, Shattered Rift said:

Have you been doing much of this? I remember seeing you post quite a few random pictures on Facebook from hikes(?) or the like. What kind of films do you want to make?

I've been practicing whenever I go hiking or travel. Which is like 2-4 times a year? I'm looking to do more traveling these days. I recently got a decent camera, so there's more I can do now.

Some things I would like to do with filmography would probably try to capture everyday life. I like silent films, it's easiest to do. I also like to do some action, but would require another person.

If I had more people involved, would like to do some show, or a series, of things weird and interesting. Comedy is the best, but subtle comedy. A mix of things would be cool.

I'm less interested in photos, and more into character building, world building, etc. Videos that are just fun is what I would go for... entertainment for the people involved.

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I'm not very good at keeping a hobby for too long, so my list changes a lot over time. You can probably tell that some of these are in the "decay" phase of interest, though I tend to cling to remnants of my hobbies for a long time, even if I don't do anything with them.

  1. Very amateur (cell phone) photography, though admittedly it's become more a thing I do when there's something I see, rather than going on specific photography outings like I used to. My father was an amateur photographer and very avid about it to the point of actually teaching classes. As a kid, he taught me how to compose photographs, and while I never really got into the cameras themselves, like he did, I've found myself very interested in the composition in recent years as my cell phone cameras have reached the point of being usable.
  2. Pokemon GO. Since the initial craze, I tried making it the thing that focused me into regular exercise, and for many months it did just that. Then they changed the dynamic where now I'm chasing gyms all over the area (which, being rural, means up to about 15 miles) based on where people report. Having to drive killed the walking aspect, and mosquitoes, heat, and work schedule were already making it hard to keep up with that anyway. But with the legendary raids, came a new facet to it. I encountered someone who was forming a Discord group and we've gone from barely being able to find a 5th person for raids to suddenly having a group of 250-ish people in our small area. Despite being the state capital, it's a town of 40k that is more of a farm town than anything else if you take away the government side of it.
  3. Technically, cosplay, though I've not had the energy, time or physicality to deal with it since my last surgery. I still want to get back into it, but I'm not getting younger, I'm not getting more flexible, and that's preventing me from working on the things I want to work on.
  4. Crafting, also on hiatus for the same reason. I've got a lot of half-finished projects ranging from props that I want that aren't for cosplay to a stuffed animal (based on Bananya) that I want to try to make. My mother taught me how to sew, how to make a lot of things, and to enjoy making things that weren't necessarily high art but were fun. Of course, from my perspective, mom's work was high art, but she refuses to believe it in much the same way I'll swear mine is near-junk.
  5. Drawing, also more a thing when there's something I want to draw. I spent a year doing daily drawings that I posted online to force myself to keep practicing. Someone showed me a picture they had drawn that both impressed me, and made me feel it was attainable. I somehow ended up deciding to do this on a leap year, so there were 366 official drawings, plus "bonus draws", and drawings I did on the padbacks. I got to the point where I was satisfied with my drawing ability, at least insofar as drawing Daleks and mechanical objects.

 

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On 8/30/2017 at 11:28 AM, Bed said:

That's cool. I don't know much about the dance scene, but if you want to hang out or crash, let me know. I recently upgraded to a different place, which has a bit more room.

I appreciate that! It'll probably be a few months before the next time I'm headed up that way. What part of Seattle are you living in right now?

On 8/30/2017 at 11:28 AM, Bed said:

've been having chronic back pains for the last few years and I feel it is getting worse. I'm currently trying to recover via gym training, swimming, etc. It's hard to keep it up, exercising. This summer has been quite busy.

My doctor's approach is, get some advice from therapist, try that for a while, and if it doesn't work, get some x-rays. Given that this has been a chronic issue for years, I don't see how doing some arm movements will help me fast. It would have to be at least half a year to see any clear improvements I think. Wouldn't it be more logical to get x-rays, see if there are any major issues, then proceed to treatment?

It does hurt, and makes my life miserable. I have a sedentary life style because of my work and playing on the computer. It's a lot of sharp pains, cracking, inflammation, from my neck to my lower back, and my shoulder joints.

They did x-rays for me at the same time I went into physical therapy when I started on at a studio a couple years back. The right approach definitely seems to be working out/strength training for a lot of stuff, especially for those of us coming from a sedentary lifestyle. And it definitely takes several weeks/a few months to notice a difference.

Have you tried chiropractic at all?

On 8/30/2017 at 11:28 AM, Bed said:

Comedy is the best, but subtle comedy.

What do you mean by subtle comedy? Like jokes that can go over someone's head, or something else?

On 8/30/2017 at 9:45 PM, InuyashaOhki said:

Very amateur (cell phone) photography, though admittedly it's become more a thing I do when there's something I see, rather than going on specific photography outings like I used to. My father was an amateur photographer and very avid about it to the point of actually teaching classes. As a kid, he taught me how to compose photographs, and while I never really got into the cameras themselves, like he did, I've found myself very interested in the composition in recent years as my cell phone cameras have reached the point of being usable.

Those pictures are beautiful. It's really neat that you've been able to carry on a hobby your father had.

On 8/30/2017 at 9:45 PM, InuyashaOhki said:

But with the legendary raids, came a new facet to it. I encountered someone who was forming a Discord group and we've gone from barely being able to find a 5th person for raids to suddenly having a group of 250-ish people in our small area.

That's an impressive number of people regardless. I'd been curious to hear what's been going on with Pokemon GO. It seems like most of my friends still playing it locally are doing it individually.

On 8/30/2017 at 9:45 PM, InuyashaOhki said:

Crafting, also on hiatus for the same reason. I've got a lot of half-finished projects ranging from props that I want that aren't for cosplay to a stuffed animal (based on Bananya) that I want to try to make.

What kinds of things have you made?

On 8/30/2017 at 9:45 PM, InuyashaOhki said:

Drawing, also more a thing when there's something I want to draw. I spent a year doing daily drawings that I posted online to force myself to keep practicing. Someone showed me a picture they had drawn that both impressed me, and made me feel it was attainable. I somehow ended up deciding to do this on a leap year, so there were 366 official drawings, plus "bonus draws", and drawings I did on the padbacks. I got to the point where I was satisfied with my drawing ability, at least insofar as drawing Daleks and mechanical objects.

I'm impressed that you were able to keep it up for a full (leap) year. We used to have a small artist community here back in... 2010 or so? Sadly, there hasn't been a SparkArt thread since the 2014 revival.

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9 hours ago, Shattered Rift said:

Those pictures are beautiful. It's really neat that you've been able to carry on a hobby your father had

Thank you. :)

My middle brother has taken it up more than I have with a DSLR and all. I'm kind of curious if my littlest brother will take it up as well, but he's in the phase of life where he works 24/7 for nowhere near what he's worth to his employer. <_< 

9 hours ago, Shattered Rift said:

That's an impressive number of people regardless. I'd been curious to hear what's been going on with Pokemon GO. It seems like most of my friends still playing it locally are doing it individually

I was playing individually after the game initially died down. The first few months were wonderful with a great sense of community with everyone helping everyone, then it got a bit bitter with the tracking issues and people seemed to stop playing. I knew they still were because I would randomly run into people, and I was talking to a couple people on Reddit about it, but 99% of the time I was walking the park trail alone. Gen2 in March sparked renewed interest so there were a bunch of people back to playing that I'd met the first few months who I got to reconnect with briefly, but the crowds were gone. Did get to talk to a lot of people about what they were catching and what excited them about the new pokemon, though. The gym rework in late June reinvigorated it further, with people finally able to be active in gyms (and surprisingly the previously nonexistent Yellow team has turned out to be one of the more dominant groups now). Unfortunately, there still wasn't a sense of community, and it was difficult to get even 5 people together for the new raids. I did most of them with people I knew already, and I was bitterly watching the news about how legendary raids would require huge groups. The very first legendary raid, I was going to go to Columbia which has more people, but I felt called to turn the other direction and go towards downtown JC where I ended up raiding with more people playing than I had seen at one time since August of last year, being invited to join something called "Discord" and being told how to invite others. By the end of the day, we were breaking up raids into teams small enough to fit the 20 person limit, by the end of the week we were well over 100 members, and many raids each day had 30+ people at them even though you only get 1 free raid pass a day. There's definitely some fatigue setting in from so many "rush to this raid" events, and there's a growing cancer of "got-mine" festering, but there's a large group that is very dedicated to the game community and helping everyone succeed.

That said, ours is a community minded group partially because of it's leadership. The city I had planned to go to the first legendary raid day isn't, and has people showing up, doing the raid as soon as there are enough people present even if others say they are on the way, and leaving. Part of the reason we've got so many people is that a lot in the in-between area, and even a few from the bigger city join us on weekends. Others I've talked to are indeed playing individually like you mention, and they're missing out on the raid features because of it. Niantic is supposedly working on a solution, but the game isn't what it's supposed to be right now if you don't organize a group.

9 hours ago, Shattered Rift said:

What kinds of things have you made?

Off the top of my head: For my brother, I made a helmet based on the Ox-King in Dragonball (and a "fire mountain" stand for it). I almost finished a Tissue Compression Eliminator (the weapon of The Master in Doctor Who) but ran into a snag figuring out how to make it open, and left it sitting too long with the batteries in it. I've made lapel pins with gel pen designs I drew on them (carefully clear-coated so they don't rub off). I've made enamel pink ribbon pins for my mother's 5 year celebration after being unhappy with ones I bought. I've done part of the work on a leather cell phone holster after my old one tore and I couldn't find a replacement (but ended up setting the project aside when I did find a replacement). I've made a Pikachu "skin" for a mini-keg to give to my boss as part of our group Christmas gift. 

9 hours ago, Shattered Rift said:

I'm impressed that you were able to keep it up for a full (leap) year. We used to have a small artist community here back in... 2010 or so? Sadly, there hasn't been a SparkArt thread since the 2014 revival.

Maybe it can come back for the next revival. Keeping it up for the full year was harder at the beginning, then it got to be just part of my day. That said, it was surprisingly easy to stop once the year was past, heh. The big help was that I promised online that I would post one every day, so I felt guilty if one wasn't done yet and the end of the day was getting close. It motivated me to get something done, even if a few were less than inspired, heh. I think the worst I had to do was a rushed simple one because I took on more than I could finish in one day. The theme of my drawings was Daleks, and I did a Dalek version of "American Beauty" (the flower petals promo art, but with a Dalek instead of the girl amid the petals). Drawing all the little petals about drove me insane.

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@InuyashaOhki The Pokemon Go! community in my small town definitely is back to being alive after the gym revamp and the raids launch, especially the legendary raids. I have been able to coordinate with my regional Discord group and we have a pretty good turnout for a town my size. Although, we are experiencing a bit of "raid fatigue" now, so it's been pretty quiet recently. I am enjoying connecting with other PoGo players on Discord and having that community aspect back again. I raid about 2-4 times a week in between work lunch breaks and evenings.

My hobbies...

Running - My town has started a running club for the mornings, as I have been very, VERY lazy last year, so trying to get back into it. I use to run half-marathons every other month, but now I'm working on speed and hoping to get my half-marathon time down to under 2 hours. It's great to be running with a group and on Fridays we do some HIIT cross-trainings, which works muscles that I never knew could be that sore before.

RedditGifts Exchanges - I like giving gifts and honing in on my skills of finding the perfect items for a stranger across the Internet. Makes me happy to give, though I do have to watch my budget.

Handlettering & Modern Calligraphy - Working in the creative industry and a company based on greeting cards, I am fortunate to have been trained in handlettering and my company provides workshops to hone in my skills. So try to letter on and off when I can. My favorite tools have been brush pens and black Crayola markers.

Tabletop Gaming - I have a group that meets every Thursday night at a local coffee shop. We usually play Board Game Geek's hottest and up-and-coming games as the leader usually has those on hand. I have learned a TON of games and there's a good staple of players that come each week. Video games don't appeal to me as much (mainly because of the perceived time commitment), but I like the more "in-person" social aspect of tabletop games.

Other than that...I haven't gone to any conventions or cosplayed much recently. I do miss it, but it's not as big of a draw to me as it use to be.

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11 hours ago, Zilary said:

The Pokemon Go! community in my small town definitely is back to being alive after the gym revamp and the raids launch, especially the legendary raids. I have been able to coordinate with my regional Discord group and we have a pretty good turnout for a town my size. Although, we are experiencing a bit of "raid fatigue" now, so it's been pretty quiet recently. I am enjoying connecting with other PoGo players on Discord and having that community aspect back again. I raid about 2-4 times a week in between work lunch breaks and evenings.

The raid fatigue seemed to go away with the new Raikou release, but it came back with a vengeance tonight. Barely any raids showed up all day, then had a few after hours and had so few respond that I think 2 of the 3 Raikou reported didn't get raided, and we barely had enough for a Lapras raid that 2 people at the raid (and several NOT at the raid) still needed. EX raids start tomorrow, which is kind of scary since they're based on what raids you've won recently. Hopefully tonight was just a quirk, perhaps being the day after Labor Day.

11 hours ago, Zilary said:

Tabletop Gaming - I have a group that meets every Thursday night at a local coffee shop. We usually play Board Game Geek's hottest and up-and-coming games as the leader usually has those on hand. I have learned a TON of games and there's a good staple of players that come each week. Video games don't appeal to me as much (mainly because of the perceived time commitment), but I like the more "in-person" social aspect of tabletop games.

I enjoy this on the rare occasions I get to, but I never find the time to go up and get involved (40 minute drive for me). I do play a lot of games with friends and family, but it's mostly card games and card-heavy board games like "Sushi Go!"

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