Secret Hobbies ?

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I watch documentaries and read books of real life murders. Also like the dramas based on them.

I don’t talk about this to anyone as may think I’m weird.

If I could turn the clock back to when I was applying to university, I wish I chose criminology as fascinated.
Dexter? Is that you?
 
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Lots. More than I can count, I'll go over the most insane group:

  1. I really like swallowing hotdogs. I have no idea why I like it, stumbled onto the "hobby" (?) by mistake one evening after seeing a guy on youtube doing it... No it's nothing to do with what you're thinking.
  2. Maid RPG.
  3. Servers - I just like building and configuring them, all in my spare time. Have no idea why.
I need a server configuration doing. Fancy it?
 
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I need a server configuration doing. Fancy it?

Tend to do only hobby homelab with hardware, I burnt out on software only when I realized I could just run a cluster hypervisor - or rent a VPS.

Am always interested in hearing what sort of project's peeps have going on though, might be-able to lead you in the right direction if you're undecided.

You just want him to swallow your hotdog

I knew I shouldn't have said that.
 
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I still paint Warhammer figures every now and again. My main hobby these days though is pyrography. Not pornography before anyone chips in. :D
Do you offer to show women your wood burnings?

And I'm fairly sure there us a market for pornographic pyrography somewhere...

I've actually got a full set of pyrography stuff in the garage somewhere, my dad used to do it. It's probably in the same drawer as the engraver and bits for making pen holders, clocks and spare fretsaw blades (the pyro/engraver/fretsaw are probably the oldest "power" tools in the garage)
 
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I watch documentaries and read books of real life murders. Also like the dramas based on them.

I don’t talk about this to anyone as may think I’m weird.

If I could turn the clock back to when I was applying to university, I wish I chose criminology as fascinated.

Mrs is fascinated by criminology so watches everything too. My sister used to be the same.. switched from equine lecturing mid life to get a 1st in Forensic Medicine, started PhD (bugs and corpses) and doing lab forensics.. then decided that it's probably not such a good thing with small kids, became a primary school teacher.. and is now happily back to lecturing equine studies.. she described the reality of lab work as "grim".
Mrs's hobby is using here vynl cutter thing to personalise stuff.. or sewing..

I randomly start things and give up on hobbies (so does that make it a meta-hobby?). However I've learnt to restrict myself to two. Currently I don't classify keeping koi alive as a hobby more like having a dog (I don't do the fancy koi stuff). Currently I suppose the designing a tube headphone amp from scratch. I would probably describe myself a 'maker' as a hobby.. however making random **** as a hobby :)
I don't watch TV except to keep the Mrs company.. but I do watch some random YouTube channels but it's been stagnating since content makers have been pushed away due to YT's pay changes have made it impossible to make content and making some money to keep it going..
 
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Mrs is fascinated by criminology so watches everything too. My sister used to be the same.. switched from equine lecturing mid life to get a 1st in Forensic Medicine, started PhD (bugs and corpses) and doing lab forensics.. then decided that it's probably not such a good thing with small kids, became a primary school teacher.. and is now happily back to lecturing equine studies.. she described the reality of lab work as "grim".
Mrs's hobby is using here vynl cutter thing to personalise stuff.. or sewing..
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She sounds likes she's had quite a varied and highly skilled career :)

Is the vinyl cutter a Sillhouette/Cricut type thing or a pure vinyl one?
I've found my wargaming hobby has led to model making, painting, some engineering (working out how to support bits), airbrushing and vinyl cutting :)
 
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Do you offer to show women your wood burnings?

And I'm fairly sure there us a market for pornographic pyrography somewhere...

I've actually got a full set of pyrography stuff in the garage somewhere, my dad used to do it. It's probably in the same drawer as the engraver and bits for making pen holders, clocks and spare fretsaw blades (the pyro/engraver/fretsaw are probably the oldest "power" tools in the garage)

I took it up around three years ago as my mam was going downhill with dementia and I needed a mind clearance so looked into random hobbies and pyrography popped up. I haven't tried the blue version yet.:D

It's mainly pub signs, beer logos, silhouette and that type of thing that I do. I'll see if I can get a few pics up.

Long time no speak, W and I hope things are well.
 
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Do you offer to show women your wood burnings?

And I'm fairly sure there us a market for pornographic pyrography somewhere...

I've actually got a full set of pyrography stuff in the garage somewhere, my dad used to do it. It's probably in the same drawer as the engraver and bits for making pen holders, clocks and spare fretsaw blades (the pyro/engraver/fretsaw are probably the oldest "power" tools in the garage)

I took it up around three years ago as my mam was going downhill with dementia and I needed a mind clearance so looked into random hobbies and pyrography popped up. I haven't tried the blue version yet.:D

It's mainly pub signs, beer logos, silhouette and that type of thing that I do. I'll see if I can get a few pics up.

Long time no speak, W and I hope things are well.
 
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She sounds likes she's had quite a varied and highly skilled career :)

Is the vinyl cutter a Sillhouette/Cricut type thing or a pure vinyl one?
I've found my wargaming hobby has led to model making, painting, some engineering (working out how to support bits), airbrushing and vinyl cutting :)

Yep Cricut. I would be quite interested in a Silhouette to make PCBs :)
 
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I took it up around three years ago as my mam was going downhill with dementia and I needed a mind clearance so looked into random hobbies and pyrography popped up. I haven't tried the blue version yet.:D

It's mainly pub signs, beer logos, silhouette and that type of thing that I do. I'll see if I can get a few pics up.

Long time no speak, W and I hope things are well.

Sorry to hear about your Mum:(
I know what you mean about the mind clearance when dealing with it, for me it turned out to trashy "Light Novels" as they could distract me for a while but I could just drop the ereader and do what was needed.

I tried Pyro with my dad's gear years ago and it's fun, there is also something about the smell of the burning wood especially if you are using some of the nicer woods. We used to pick up off cuts and "b grade" bits from a place that imported all sorts of wood (including exotic types) to supply the likes of restorers*/furniture makers and as a side business they did things like training in wood turning and wood hobby supplies (clock surrounds, plaques etc) so always had bins of odd shapes/sizes of sorts often very cheap because they were things like "blanks" with knot holes or an odd shape, hence getting to play with some of the nicer woods.

Not going too badly here all things considered:)



Yep Cricut. I would be quite interested in a Silhouette to make PCBs :)
I can see how it would work for PCB's especially if you were making them using photoetching, the trick would probably be finding the right masking film and getting the cut settings right, that is the bit that seems to take me forever, as I can spend hours fiddling with tests to get the right cut when I change materials (it doesn't help I'm using the masking film on complex shapes so it has to be a really thin and flexible film rather than a straight vinyl).
I think the newer models are a lot more flexible than the one I've got, which is something like 2 generations out of date and no longer works with Window 10 PC's directly because it only has a USB1 connection, fortunately it does have an SD card slot as well so I load stuff onto a card, but it's slower/more fiddly than being able to just press "print".

They're an expensive toy, but in my case it lets me save a fortune on manufactured masks (which can cost ~£10-15 for something that doesn't conform to the shape of the model well, or only gets a few uses before it wears out), and gives me the flexibility to adjust them to my requirements as I can do a mask at one size for a large model and simply do it at say 50% for a smaller one, or make changes to it.


*One of my memories of them is a huge barn with things like 12" square Oak timbers that were waiting to be shipped.
 
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Likewise, the wing series such as endless waltz is a really good place to start.
But I draw the line at gundam universal century, as newer material is more for kids afterwards.

Oooft, first proper Gundam kit. Also bought a pair of Godhand as well.

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Oooft, first proper Gundam kit. Also bought a pair of Godhand as well.

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Nice one, take your time, milk that build for all it's worth.
I'd suggest some sanding pads, and modelling cement, something usually comes unstuck.

Read up on panel lining, it's easier than you think, and makes quite a difference.

I hope you really enjoy this, seeing as you've gone right to the deep end.
 
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Nice one, take your time, milk that build for all it's worth.
I'd suggest some sanding pads, and modelling cement, something usually comes unstuck.

Read up on panel lining, it's easier than you think, and makes quite a difference.

I hope you really enjoy this, seeing as you've gone right to the deep end.

I already ordered some sanding sponge, got panel liner to get next, just thinking about which colour…i am thinking brown for the yellow parts, grey and black? Grey for the white and black is always useful...
 

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I already ordered some sanding sponge, got panel liner to get next, just thinking about which colour…i am thinking brown for the yellow parts, grey and black? Grey for the white and black is always useful...

I usually use black mostly, but have grey for when it'll look better.
It's easy to do, just need a fine brush and a steady hand.

Fine point q tips are useful for cleaning up any mishaps.
 
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I usually use black mostly, but have grey for when it'll look better.
It's easy to do, just need a fine brush and a steady hand.

Fine point q tips are useful for cleaning up any mishaps.

I saw people use these, looks ideal? nice and pointy.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01AT9X67K/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_1?smid=A30DC7701CXIBH&psc=1

I saw a video on the build (Adam Savage) and a few reviews and they all say how rewarding this build is and how logical it is in terms of layers. It is also a new design and from what I can tell, the way it is put together is different to a lot of other kits which makes it goof for a beginner as well as expert.
 
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I usually use black mostly, but have grey for when it'll look better.
It's easy to do, just need a fine brush and a steady hand.

Fine point q tips are useful for cleaning up any mishaps.
I was looking at the Unicorn Gundam kit at around 250 quid. Any advice? I've never built one before
 
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