Hey folks, thought I'd start this topic to test out some picture posting and video linking.
So I'm guessing that most of us do something besides playing the harp. I've got WAY too many hobbies. I could do thirty posts in this thread just listing the crazy, money-wasting time killers I engage in.
Let me start with some small scale nautical stuff. Recently, a friend of mine posted some 20 year old videos that I didn't even know existed. It's weird seeing myself 20 years ago (and more than a few pounds lighter). I still occassionally build and sail model ships...not as much as I used to...but I still get together with "the boat guys" regularly.
Check out this video of the boat guys from 20 years ago. At 1:16, observe that pretentious snot smoking the giant cigar...that's ME ! . Note my reappearance at 1:40 carrying a giant nuclear sub (you'll see me and the sub again later in the video):
Here's another video (again, posted by my friend...a video I had not seen before) of my SSN 688 DALLAS in the water.
In addition to ship modeling, I also build all kinds of plastic models. It's a holdover from my childhood but it's a lot more expensive today. Ironically, as a child, I could build models because they were cheap. As an adult, I'm starting to find it too expensive! Notice that my avatar is actually a plastic model of the Lost in Space robot.
I'm guessing you have a rather large house/garage for all that kit.
I have few hobbies, mostly around music. As well as harmonica I play trumpet and classical guitar. Rest of my time is taken up resting/working/fulfilling husband duties etc.
I used to cycle and run a lot but health prevents me. In a previous life I taught jiu jitsu.
I als dabble in photography and drawing/painting. That sort of needs inspiration though. And I'm enjoying harp too much to pursue at the moment.n here's one I did of Walter's Peak, in Queenstown, New Zealand South Island.
Suitably upside down given we're in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hey Andy, I'm also pretty serious about photography and I dabble in painting (about once per decade, I get the urge to pick up a brush).
My history in photography dates back to my jr. high school days. I actually bought an enlarger when I was about 14. All those decades of mixing toxic chemicals and developing film and prints (no wonder I've had cancer twice). Digital is SO much better. I'm glad I have that "old school" experience with film but you couldn't pay me to go back to those old ways.
BTW, my house is small...it's just very, very cluttered!
Here's some photos I've taken locally (all within walking distance of my house).
But I'll take a break from the "artsy" photography to post just a few images from yet ANOTHER hobby.
I have a thing for movies on home video. I'm not into modern blockbusters. I collect the classics and the bizarre. Though I bought DVDs in years past, I'm now a devotee of the high definition Blu-ray format. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I've amassed a collection in excess of 800 Blu-ray Discs (please don't point and make fun of me)! There's no real restriction on what I like other than the fact that I don't bother with most "common" movies. Why buy it if it's on TV all the time? I have a lot of silent movies and a huge number of foreign language films. My specialty is low budget schlock from the late 1950s to the late 1970s .
I have a "photo database" wherein I photograph my BDs (proper abbreviation for Blu-ray Disc) in groups of 15. With more than 800 discs, I'm obviously not going to post more than a few photos. Here's a small, representative sample of the type of movies I collect:
I met Yvonne Craig (Batgirl) at a convention a couple of years ago and got her to sign the insert for my IN LIKE FLINT disc (she played a Russian ballerina in the film).
Bonus videos. Two songs from my beloved BEACH BLANKET BINGO (available on Blu-ray from Olive films):
I used to do a lot of drawing as a kid, but never quite got into painting like I hoped. I've copied photos on occasion
using acrylic paints, but not done so for a long time since.
Dexer, I am awe inspired by your models! I take it you're customising the standard kits and adding extra detail..?
As a child I used to make the odd plastic kit but I could never afford the good ones. That's when I hit upon the idea to make my own models from card. I used source photos from different angles to work from, and I had to work out a flat net to make up into the various shapes. Did a few models from Star Wars, they turned out pretty good. I did at one point even consider model-making as a career ...
I also had a stint in photography. I never had the cash for a good camera but once I was given an old broken 110mm format camera. The shutter was broken so what I did was build a makeshift manual external shutter which would allow the camera to take time exposures! It was great fun experimenting - I took photos of traffic at night, captured a lightning storm and once even multiple exposures of phases of a lunar eclipse. Unfortunately, despite many occasions trying to dig up these photos from the family home, I've never been able to find them.
I'm impressed with your movie collection Dexer! I used to have a pretty big collection when I was younger, but marriage and kids changed my lifestyle to a large extent. For a while, the collection just added that extra 'kids' category, but both money (and storage space) quickly became unavoidable factors.
I also got into home cinema at an early age, long before it was commonplace for most people and still do to some extent. It's one of those things where you're constantly doing bits of DIY, maintenance, upgrading, setup tweaking etc to such an extent that by the time you're done you have no time left to watch a movie!
The only other hobby of note is film making. I'd always wanted to be a film director, and when my dad bought a camcorder (ostensibly for my brother's wedding) I was quick to use it for more creative purposes. In the 90's I got onto a short course where we were given the opportunity to make short films. Since then, most of my planned projects never came about - it's hard to do this stuff without a dedicated core team and ample free time. Most of what I did manage to complete came in the form of amateurish impromptu sketches or skits with the kids from my extended family. Still, it always felt immensely rewarding to me. I've also dabbled in 3D animation, and combining CGI with live action footage, an example below (featuring my two daughters and some of their cousins)....