Escapists, what are you OTHER interests?

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Capitalism is a lottery.

I know a lot of people who'd argue against that point 'til their gums bled; "hard work" and "effort" being the only tools necessary to succeed because the playing field is and always has been level, unbiased, colorblind, class blind, race blind, asexual and ageless should you ask them. I am NOT one of those people...

OT, as someone with zero fashion sense who's can't wait for the days of Star Trek when we all just walk around in identical, monochromatic onesies, I've never thought about fashion in such a way as you've described it; as an artist myself (well, "artistically minded;" I've not created anything in forever,) I can certainly see where you're coming from and appreciate your fervor! Best of luck to you and your endeavors!

Chimpzy:

Xprimentyl:
That?s a broad range of sounds, good deal. I?ve always been envious of musicians with wide spectrums like yours; when I tell someone I play the piano (and invariably, they catch me off guard and pull a piano [oft poorly tuned] out of their ass,) they always want to make requests like Pop Song #437 or R&B Love Ballad #291, and I have to tell them ?Nah, I don?t know any of those, but I CAN play you a dozen relatively obscure lyric-less solo piano pieces which I?m 100% sure you?ve never heard before in your life.?

I've always made a point of it to learn songs from as many genres and styles as I can, including ones I don't actually enjoy listening to myself, and ones that aren't traditionally played with my chosen instrument. I learned a lot from it. Not just new techniques and ways of playing or how to achieve certain sounds, but also learning to appreciate music that I previously scoffed at (used to be a real 'brutal and tru only' type metalhead). Which in turn led me to more music to play (and sometimes start listening to), and more things to learn from that in some horrible and eclectic vicious cycle of discovery. Does it make me a better musician? Maybe, I don't know. I'd say I'm certainly not as good at a particular style of music as someone who specialists in it, but I'm at least somewhat competent at many. I feel that has merits of its own.

Oh, and I usually can't just play Pop Song #437 or R&B Love Ballad #291 requests at the drop of a hat either. "Songs I think would be fun to learn and play as a musician" doesn't always overlap with "Songs that are popular requests". Maybe a decent approximation if its a well-known enough song. Not that, as the bassist, I get a lot of requests, 'cept that time Seven Nation Army was all the rage and that was all people ever asked.

For me, music has never been analytical; it's always been something I just loved. It's never felt like something I needed to... work at? I either like it or I don't; either I learn to play it or I don't. Point-in-case, when I started taking piano lessons, my teacher tried hammering home the techniques and had me playing all the basic stuff, and it really bored me, so my progress was slow. Then I found Yanni's album "In My Time," a largely solo piano album backed with lush synths, and fell in love. I picked up the sheet music despite the it being well beyond my skill set, but because I loved it so much, I learned it; hearing MY piano, ME, belting out the sounds I loved was life changing. Nevermind I still struggled with the music my piano teacher was giving me despite it all being leagues and technically easier. I eventually told my parents I didn't want to take lessons anymore; I started teaching myself. A part of me wishes I would have stuck with it, but then again, I'm afraid I would have begun to resent the piano and might not have stuck with it for +25 years now. My love of what I can play offsets my regret at what I can't.

Another evolution for me was Electronic music. Around the age of 16-ish or so, I was introduced to the likes of Orbital, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Plaid, etc. and the world of sound REALLY opened up to me, and even my piano took a back seat. I worked a summer job and got my first keyboard where I made some rudimentary electronic tracks eventually evolving to my first PC where I bought some music production software where I was literally consumed by music. If I wasn't at school or work, I was in my basement with my headphones on; most kids my age were watching porn, but I was creating sounds. Fast forward a few years to a harddrive crash and I lost it all. I was so crushed, devastated and angry, I yanked the PC from the desk and threw it into the parking lot of the apartment I shared with a alive-in girlfriend, smashing into pieces. A neighbor called the cops. After an explanation from me and my gf, the cops were convinced I wasn't high, drunk or violent, and upon the promise to clean up my "litter," they thankfully didn't arrest me.

Huh... I learned a lot of new words reading this thread! For me...

Well, my biggest hobby, outside of video games, is go/baduk/weiqi (the name of it differs depending on which country you're in), it's an asian board game that is often compared to chess, although I'd argue it's quite a bit more complicated, if only for the insane numbers of possible variations.

It actually made the news somewhat recently, since even computers hadn't reached the level where they could reliably beat professional players until 2016, and it's still impossible to do without a mind-boggling level of processing power.

anyway, I digress. It's a lot of fun. I got into it back in high school, and then when my Navy enlistment saw me stationed in Korea for a year I got into it pretty hard as a way to kill time, and ended up getting reasonably strong at it.

My avatar, and somewhat weeb-ish hobby of playing an asian board game may lead you to think that I'm an anime fan, and I do like anime a lot, but I don't really partake of it enough to really feel like I deserve to be called a fan. I'm a huge fan of a franchise of anime called 'Fate', but outside that I haven't followed new seasons of anime in over half a decade now. I do collect anime on blu-ray that I feel is appropriate to watch with my 10 year old nephew, though, since watching those is one of our bonding things, besides video games.

Just for a combo breaker, and to throw in a few that might not be so easily predicted based on my video game tastes:

- I love birds. a LOT. I'm a year of school away from getting to introduce myself as a professional ornithologist. that's how much I love them. We had a lot of them growing up, and I have a hobby of breeding Hyacinth Macaws.

- I also love boxing. I got into amateur boxing in the navy. It was a fun excuse to stay in shape, and it's a sport that requires a lot more thought and strategy than people realize. I developed cancer of the appendix in 2014, which resulted in the loss of a few feet of my intestinal tract, so I had to stop actively participating in the sport for a long while, but I still do road work and help with newer fighters.

Music, mostly. Listening, not creating. I've always wanted to learn how to make music, not like a specific instrument or anything, but at the very least learn how to use a program well enough to make something tolerable. I even got a cheapy midi keyboard for my PC and a copy of FL Studio, but just never got around to it.

I used to write, but that faded out sometime around late high school when my teachers told me all my writing during school wouldn't matter if I didn't have higher grades, and in fact took notebooks away from me so I couldn't write anymore.

Programming(I hope it will become my profession), reading, gym.

Used to have a lot, not that long ago. Something's kinda broke and they no longer there

Xsjadoblayde:
Used to have a lot, not that long ago. Something's kinda broke and they no longer there

It'll pass, just got to find something to keep busy with in the meantime. Bear with it (get it!?).

Baffle2:

It'll pass, just got to find something to keep busy with in the meantime. Bear with it (get it!?).

That's one worn and grizzled pun you're brandishing there, but I appreciate the sentiment either way, thanks.
Busy with Koala bear?;
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and they are definitely bears, it still counts, experts are fake news

I use to be a national paintball player. But now I mostly sit around, get as intoxicated as possible and complain about politics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riIPrjUoEMg
3:49 Brown Jersey

Play bass(I've been playing for 18 years now),write music,watch movies,draw,read books,long walks and listen to music.

I love to dance, horse riding and jogging. I like watching movies too but that isn't really a hobby.

Xsjadoblayde:

Busy with Koala bear?;

and they are definitely bears, it still counts, experts are fake news

I wouldn't get busy with a koala bear, they all have chlamydia. And now so do One Direction.

Isn't it weird how koalas look Australian in a way that kangeroos don't?

trunkage:
I have a kid. Extra curricular activities are generally off the table now.

I hear that. I have three of them.

When I do get free time I try and sharpen my bass playing skills and write. I'm currently writing a novel, screen-play and comic book all at the same time (different stories mind you). I'm a bit hamstrung on the comic though as I have to rely on my brother doing the illustrations and he has been a bit "time poor" for a while.

Baffle2:

Isn't it weird how koalas look Australian in a way that kangeroos don't?

Fluffy with claws?

Well, koalas are actually vombatiformes. Which makes them closely related with the common and hairy-nosed wombat. Fun fact, when koalas do that with their ears it means they're annoyed.

All of them are fairly closely related however, as they're all within the order of Diprotodontia.

I have a few things that I do regularly besides game. Mainly Japanese drumming (one large drum and massive drumsticks) and kickboxing. Cycling fell away a bit over the winter and because I don't like cycling in the dark even when I have all my reflectives on.

Everything else comes and goes in waves. Drawing, knitting, being obsessed with Haikyuu! (the volleyball anime/manga/stageplay) and twitter stalking it's stageplay actors. I like collecting the movie pamphlets that you can buy when you see a movie in Japan, we don't have them in the UK. Not that I can read them, but they're cool to look at. Money's pretty tight at the moment

I play a bunch of instruments (I'm going to save this space whilst I do some recordings), write some stuff, and I do pen and paper RPGs. Not an outdoor person.

I read a TON of books both fiction (The majority) and non fiction, I play plenty pen and paper RPGs, I am a gun collector and love to go shooting, and I weld for fun!

Chimpzy:
Well, I'm a bassist and play in a band. I like playing D&D and other pen & paper rpgs. I'm an amateur cook with an apparent talent for baking and making desserts. And like many here, I dabble in movies, manga and (rarely) anime. I used to also collect comics (American and Franco-Belgian), but mostly stopped doing that. Kept my collection tho, and I read some from time to time.

EDIT: oh, and I'm also a whiskey aficionado, mostly as something to sip and enjoy at home, tho I occasionally go to tastings too.

Nice to have a fellow bassplayer in the forums,how long have you been playing,what type of music are you in to ?

I would love to find an amateur acting troupe to perform with and a community band to play trumpet in but my schedule is pretty chaotic. I don't think I could do the commit.

Spunky88:

Chimpzy:
Well, I'm a bassist and play in a band. I like playing D&D and other pen & paper rpgs. I'm an amateur cook with an apparent talent for baking and making desserts. And like many here, I dabble in movies, manga and (rarely) anime. I used to also collect comics (American and Franco-Belgian), but mostly stopped doing that. Kept my collection tho, and I read some from time to time.

EDIT: oh, and I'm also a whiskey aficionado, mostly as something to sip and enjoy at home, tho I occasionally go to tastings too.

Nice to have a fellow bassplayer in the forums,how long have you been playing,what type of music are you in to ?

Um, started playing at around late 19, so a little over 12 years now. I mostly play rock of all kinds, but I dabble in anything that catches my fancy, which is enough genres that I can't be bothered to list them off.

Um, started playing at around late 19, so a little over 12 years now. I mostly play rock of all kinds, but I dabble in anything that catches my fancy, which is enough genres that I can't be bothered to list them off.

Cool Iv'e been playing for 18 years,mostly metal but it varies depending on what kind of mood I'm in. Also it's not just up to me since my friend and I are both creative,so we like to meet halfway. Plus he owns the studio that we record in, I wish that we could spend more time recording in his studio,but you know,life keeps getting in the way of fun. ;)

I enjoy reading a good book every now and then or else I'd usually practice billiards with my friends.

peacefulescape:
I enjoy reading a good book every now and then or else I'd usually practice billiards with my friends.

Cool I too read books sometimes,started with The Dark Tower books recantly. Havn't played billiard for a long time,but I enjoy doing so.

Music's the big thing for me. I play a bunch of instruments, I play all sorts of genres - last three bands have been folk metal, Parliament-knock off prog funk and a jazz quartet - and I teach it at a local college. Big fan of board and card games though I don't get the chance to play them all too often - hopefully that's changing soon though since me and a friend are trying to set up a regular gaming night in our town. Very into my football as well, I always make time to watch Arsenal whenever they play and I half keep up with some other leagues and teams.

- Writing fiction, I'm hoping to publish my first book this year.

- Juggling, my geekiest hobby and yet the one I am probably most skilled at. I never intended to become a juggler, it used to be a therapeutic exercise I did whilst thinking, however I spend a lot of time thinking and have inadvertently developed mad juggling skills...in hindsight I really wish I'd thought of a cooler activity to use for this purpose.

- Chess. I have a hand-crafted set of pieces that look like various dragons on top of a glass board, suspended by removable corners in the shape of castle towers, and voluntarily spent my 26th birthday playing chess by candlelight with medieval string-music playing. Okay on reflection maybe juggling is actually far too cool for me...

- Painting landscapes/space, I don't paint much else. I love creating places that I would like to experience. My landscapes are abstract and look like the sort of places you might visit on a hefty dose of LSD, mixed with the traditional emerald fields of the British Isles.

- Writing snipey comments on the internet in response to people who demonstrate an undeserved sense of smugness and intellectual superiority similar to my own...there's only enough room for one of us per thread!

I read a lot. I write song lyrics (metal). I like watching live music but my random shifts at work mean i often have to miss out on my favourites (metal). I'm training for a pool tournament in June. I build and paint models and scenery for tabletop wargaming.

I'm primarily into music, in multiple regards. Back in 2014-2015, I used to post reviews regularly on this very forum under the name Discipline Reviews, but even with my busy schedule (university), I have a blog dedicated to them, and I post new content every two or three months or so. I also have a Bandcamp page, where I've released a couple of albums (either chiptune or sample-based dance/ambient music); the latest, Epilogue, dates from February of 2017. I've tried to learn guitar, but I have yet to really go anywhere with it. I'm also planning on learning to compose with Ableton Live.

When I'm neither making nor reviewing music, I listen to it, and I've invested a very unreasonable amount of time on a RateYourMusic page as a result. (For those interested, RYM is a site that allows you to manage a virtual collection of music (and films), as well as rate and review albums; this is my page, to give you an idea)

Other than that, I also make videos, but they primarily consist of me playing video games with friends. I write as well, and I have a trilogy of novels in the works, but I haven't made any major progress in it for a while because of the sheer amount of other projects I have on hand on top of classes.

Spunky88:

peacefulescape:
I enjoy reading a good book every now and then or else I'd usually practice billiards with my friends.

Cool I too read books sometimes,started with The Dark Tower books recantly. Havn't played billiard for a long time,but I enjoy doing so.

Billiards can either be really fun or extremely frustrating depending on your abilities and patience! How was the Dark Tower series? Any good?

Aside from movie & video game love, i also like to play drums. I'm not exactly a highly skilled drummer (definitely not up to the level of my idols-Bonham & Peart) but i love playing.

Also, for most of my life, i've loved to make figurines. It started as a way of making toys for myself as a child then, when i grew out of toys, it became a hobby.
I'd post a pic of my figurines but i'm very new to this site (and not so bright) so i don't know how to post pics yet.
I also paint & sketch. I'm a big fan of surrealism.

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