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Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:37 pm
by jamesh
Blimey - never realised glider were so...creaky....whistley...

Sounds like you were pulling some +/-G on those!

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:20 pm
by nick.mccloud
jamesh wrote:Blimey - never realised glider were so...creaky....whistley...

Sounds like you were pulling some +/-G on those!
At the start I'm flying about 55 knots, you can hear it quieten as I pull back just before the 45 downline - you can see the air speed indicator (top left) reducing back to around 40/45 knots - normal flying speed. Entry in to the humpty bump - straight up and over the top - is at about 110 knots - pretty fast for a glider. Normal flying / thermalling is pretty quiet but even doing this you can still hold a conversation without having to raise your voice - the mic's are probably a bit overly sensitive.

The creaking is mainly the straps straining as they keep the lump in the front (me) in my seat.

The G meter is bottom right - you can see about 4G on the entry & exit of the humtpy - and hear the mandatory grunting that it causes!

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:43 pm
by Lob0426
Retired: Arm computers Raspberry Pi and Panda Board (your fault)
Firearms. Just completed assembling a DPMS LR-308 (calif. legal) 7.62x51. Bult an AR-15 for me and one for the wife (also calif. legal). Firearms design working on camp/survival .22 over 20ga.
2004 Corvette.
Computer gaming: MW2, MW3, Diablo2, Americas army, Quake3 etc...........................
Looking at getting into desktop machining with Sherline equipment. Probably this winter.
Might get back into Remote Control airplanes/helicopters, I have the time now.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:45 am
by Joefish
Got tonnes and tonnes of LEGO and like making steam railways and fairground rides. Done a lovely detailed shire horse too - I would love to ride one of those big heavy horses.

Also do games for the ZX Spectrum (it's now 30 years old folks). Most of that is done on a PC with a cross-compiler and emulators though as doing it on the actual machine is a lot of hassle I can do without.

Dunno about floating in bathtubs - I can usually only fit in half a leg at a time, never mind the rest of me. I don't think I've been able to float in a tub since I was about 5. Still, I do usually try to bob about in the Med. for at least a week a year - you know, whether ah need it or no'. So just got back from Paleokastritsa. Still dealing with the blisters from hiking into the hills, but no sea-urchins got me this time.
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Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:24 am
by liz
Having met you (I have seldom seen Eben have to crane his head backwards to talk to someone), I am not surprised about the bath comment.

We were just on the NE coast of Corfu a couple of weeks ago. Bliss; we hired a boat and just pootled up and down the coast most days. And I have wonderful blackmail pictures of Eben swimming in a deserted cove on a day when he forgot to bring his trunks with him.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:00 pm
by Joefish
Well, whilst I was there I thought I'd try and pick up a little Python...
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Am I doing it right?? :D

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:35 pm
by thekeywordgeek
What ain't I interested in would be a better question.
But here goes, some of my many diversions.

Words, language, computational linguistics, see link to my employer below.

Walking, hillwalking, the English countryside, part of having grown up in Lark Rise to Candleford(The real one not the BBC fake!) country.

Cidermaking. http://a-ciderist-writes.blogspot.co.uk/ http://twitpic.com/705bf5

And old cars. Oxon-RaspberryPi attendees will have seen this:
http://twitpic.com/9dner5
There y'go.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 3:24 pm
by morphy_richards
Trying to take over ..... The World! (muah ha ha)

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:59 pm
by ScottBouch
Joefish wrote:Image
I do like the look of this other interest, although the red wine is missing!

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:37 pm
by Joefish
ScottBouch wrote:I do like the look of this other interest, although the red wine is missing!
Sadly it's not something I can take up every weekend as I'd like to! :cry:

What you can't see is about four feet to my right a stunning Russian woman having her photo taken against the same backdrop by her mother. I'd swap a plate of olives for that picture in a heartbeat...

Anyway, in Greece it's always a good idea to try the whites and ros├ęs as they're far more plonky than you might be used to. The reds seem always too sharp or come out warm. Unless it's a Mavrodaphne, which is practically sherry anyway. And you can get that in ASDA. Mmm. You should give it a try. :mrgreen:

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:35 pm
by ScottBouch
One thing we discovered in Greece (Parga) was that the cheapest wines (they come in a plastic bottle, that resembles a BBQ lighter fluid bottle) actually were great stuff...

The more expensive wines in nice looking bottles that we tried were actually quite horrible! :roll:

Turns out the restaurants house wines are also these cheapo wines, so we saved quite a bit of cash on that trip!!

Cheers, Scott.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:49 pm
by John_C
Motorcycling:

I ride this
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like this
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occasionally I borrow one of Ron Haslam's at his race school
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and going to the Isle of Man TT
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and I got into home engineering in the last few years so I have been buying huge lumps of metal
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so I can turn big lumps of metal into small bits of metal :lol:

started having a family at 40 and found that is where most of the time and the money goes!! :roll:

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:17 am
by ScottBouch
Cool... I last weekend was given (for my 30th) this:

A fairly historic metalwork lathe... made by Drummond Brothers in Guildford, dates somewhere between 1908 and 1943!

I've started restoring it, and looking for bits.... and am planning on making it a small CNC machine with it! Maybe even using the Raspberry Pi if I can figure out hoe to convert G and M codes into pulses VIA the GPIO pins... probably a couple of years in the making...

Like yourself, I too have just started a family, so spare time is vastly limited these days!

Cheers, Scott

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:59 am
by MattHawkinsUK
Not much time these days but back in the day did lots of amateur film making. Mainly involving aliens, guns, explosions, cars and tins of plum tomatoes.

http://www.matthawkins.co.uk/

My most famous projects included "GUTS - Government Undercover Tactical Squad", "Meet The Locals" and "Hollow Point" (http://youtu.be/8GE3YE-7wzE).

Recently I dabbled in stop motion animation :
Oil Wars 2059 - Trailer - Stop Motion Animation
http://youtu.be/8A91mAjQidg

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:58 am
by G7KES
Well, I have done a little gliding in the past and would like to get back into it (nice to see other glider people on here :-). Am into amateur radio (anyone doing sat tracking or SDR on the RPi?). And of course I am into Linux!

As with others I have a young son, and so when I'm at home (I work at sea), I'm generally quite busy helping my wife look after him. My Pi is on order, and I will *finally* see it when I get home in late October.

Right now I'm somewhere between Nuuk (Greenland) and Woods Hole (US)..

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:08 am
by jcg
Wow lots of pilots and amateur machinists! Very cool. I have a South Bend 13" with quick change gearbox and power everything and a South Bend 9" with slow change gears and power nothing (except leadscrew, of course)... unfortunately both gathering dust in my mom's garage while I'm in college. I also have about 37 hours towards my private pilot's license in a short-coupled taildragger. That's also on hold for now.

@G7KES: Gotta love that current through Woods Hole :D!!

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:23 am
by rembrandt
My interests are eclectic, to say the least.

Martials arts, rugby, craft beer, books, sailing, mountain biking, hill walking, art, sustainable living, slow cooking.

Was fiddling about with Arduino (Is that a swearword on here?) but its now gathering dust in the corner of the shed as my new Pi has just arrived.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:48 am
by twocvbloke
My hobbies are mostly old telephones (50's onwards mostly), quality vacuum cleaners (with the odd Hoover thrown in), pretty much anything electromechanical, and computers, at least, windows-operated computers, cos I've not been brave enough to use Linux properly... :lol:

Of course, beer is an important part of my life too, proper stuff though, like Hobgoblin, Bombardier, and other similar beers from that speciality beers shelf at your local british supermarkets, so much nicer than the cheap stuff... :D

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:16 am
by khh
Hmm, what do I do with my time?
Well, I guess you could answer internet, torrented TV series, reading (mostly fantasy), gaming, programming, alcohol, drugs and studying. Pretty much in that order. I'm interested in psychology and medicine and read a bit about that on my spare time, and I study electronics (which I also love, but which can't really be considered spare time as it's actually related to my studies). I love fiddling about with small programming projects, but I never actually get to the finished product. Usually I'll just leave it at a proof of concept. Once I had a good idea I'd never heard about before, and considered writing it up as a patent or an article but I never got past the proof of concept. Some of these activities I do with friends, and some are better suited for when you're alone.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:55 pm
by kimmstreep
Numerous activities are there which make perfect a man and its regular use also discover in interest and hobbies...I'm a Footballer Girl in Southhall campus.My interest in this game and i want to play in international football team.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:07 pm
by ScottBouch
twocvbloke wrote:My hobbies are mostly old telephones (50's onwards mostly), quality vacuum cleaners (with the odd Hoover thrown in)
Aaah, so I'm not the only one with peculiar collections then!! :lol:

My flying helmet / flightgear collection when I've put it on public display:
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ScottBouch's display at 2011 Cockpitfest, Newark Air Museum
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CockpitFest 2011, Newark Air Museum

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ScottBouch's display at 2010 Cockpitfest, Newark Air Museum
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CockpitFest 2010, Newark Air Museum

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:55 am
by MorgUK
Apart from all the PC geekyness, including the R-Pi - I enjoy comics, going to the gym and indoor climbing. Not much, but the geek stuff keeps me busy enough! :lol:

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:09 am
by dwywit
Nice to see lots of homebrewers here :) I still manage to fit ale and cider into the schedule - haven't got the space or time for whole-grain brewing :cry: but the kits are pretty good these days. Favourites at the moment are Black Rock dry lager and cider. Add some pear juice to the cider and it GOES DOWN A TREAT!

I used to ride a lot - my Moto Guzzi LeMans I is quietly rotting away while I taxi the kids around on weekends - don't worry, it only needs cosmetic work, the insides are in great shape. Hoping to fund a restoration next year when my dear departed aunt's estate is settled - bless her - seriously, I'm very grateful to her.

Currently getting some filming work from a local school - they've got a strong dance/drama group and like to have their performances recorded, so filming and editing song-and-dance shows in high-def is fun.

My son (14) plays soccer, so I take photos of the games for the club - the local paper likes action shots in the sports pages.

My little girl (10) takes dance lessons and circus lessons, so there's lots of good photography to be had there.

Oh, I like to cook, too - I do most of the cooking at home and I've got a new job as camp cook for a re-enactment group at the Abbey Tournament - http://abbeytournament.com/

cheers

Bernie Dwyer
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Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:01 am
by kirankaur
my hobby, I really like this movies and decided I would read more Crap Books. Nowadays spend most of my time maintaining the house and cars, and looking after the children. Anyone who says that children won't change their lifestyle is deluded, I do hardly any of the stuff above any more.

Re: What are your Other Hobbies / Interests??

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:00 pm
by ScottBouch
dwywit wrote:Oh, I like to cook, too - I do most of the cooking at home and I've got a new job as camp cook for a re-enactment group at the Abbey Tournament - http://abbeytournament.com/
I once took part in a Cold-War re-enactment night photoshoot in a museum... It was a surreal occasion and I found it quite strange to begin with (I'd never modelled before!) but tuned out to be a lot of fun! (I'm second from right in the blue):
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