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Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 16:56:28 »
We all have hobbies we dream of but can't afford. Or even normal hobbies we still can't afford.
What do you love in your heart but know you will never ever have the opportunity to get really into? besides your mom

For me it would be cars for sure. I can't even afford a regular car to drive, let alone a hanger of dream vehicles. Before I could even talk I was really into cars. As a toddler I would run up to them on the street or in a parking lot, probably almost getting killed and giving my mother a heart attack constantly. We'd be walking and I'd just bolt off into the street to run up to the window of some cool passing vehicle. I was a smart child. And that love carried on through grade school, and adult years where on a daily biases I watch car shows in the background, just dreaming. And yet still I do not own a vehicle. It's like a horny virgin working at a strip club. It's just torture. I actually get angry when I watch Jay Leno because of my personal pettiness  ;D

So just like finding happiness, or job satisfaction, I know in my heart I will never ever be able to get into cars on the level I want to.

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 17:53:55 »
People have different evaluations on hobby costs.

For example, an expensive car,  isn't that expensive if the goal was just to own one, and drive it from time to time.

However, let's say you want to play piano well, that's 10 years of dedicated practice, regardless if you play a cheap $5000 piano vs a $200,000 Shigeru.

You can make more money in the time it takes to get good at Piano, than the $200,000 it'd cost to buy the best piano.

Then there's people who's idea of an expensive hobby, is just from the perspective of SHOPPING. It's kind of like birds nesting, picking up shiny pebbles and dropping them near the nest.

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« Reply #2 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 18:07:30 »
So you get into pianos? Is that what you're trying to say?


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« Reply #4 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 18:12:19 »
Oh yeah, cars for sure.

Before I got into this I was actually doing autocross. It was a lot of fun but it's a lot of wear and tear on your car. I was always nervous I was going to kill my daily driver. I actually probably spend as much money on this as I did on cars but my wife much prefers that as it's safer  ;D :thumb:

My other hobby is writing. Ties into this nicely and costs nothing!

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« Reply #5 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 20:42:28 »
Also rare and obscure arcade cabinets, with a focus on '90s Japanese arcade exclusives. It would be really cool to turn the pool house into your own private Galloping Ghost.

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« Reply #6 on: Sat, 20 June 2020, 23:51:07 »
High end DIY audio, building large horn, open baffle and dipole speakers.

It's totally impractical where I currently live due to space constraints. No space for a workshop, for large speakers, and extremely limited access to exotic woods.

This will have to wait until a country move.
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« Reply #7 on: Sun, 21 June 2020, 00:34:23 »
High end DIY audio, building large horn, open baffle and dipole speakers.

It's totally impractical where I currently live due to space constraints. No space for a workshop, for large speakers, and extremely limited access to exotic woods.

This will have to wait until a country move.

That is such an obscure and expensive hobby I didn't know it existed.

I knew that vinyl enthusiasts and digital audio enthusiasts had multi thousand dollar setups, but I didn't know that there was a custom building scene. I guess if you take some room measurements or something you could hypothetically engineer a soundsystem specifically made for you. Does the wood matter?

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« Reply #8 on: Sun, 21 June 2020, 00:49:36 »
The DIY part makes it inherently cheap.  Wood and high quality drivers don't get crazy expensive and you'd be hard pressed to spend more than several thousand,  the expensive part is having the space for a workshop, and a dedicated listening room, which isn't practical where I am based :(

And yes, measurements are an important part of the process. Helps you tune the equipment, helps reduce or identify listening biases, helps you understand the room.

High end audio (without the DIY) is where it gets expensive. It's very easy to find 10K amps, 50K speakers. There is a crazy amount of magical thinking in audio, and developing an interest in the DIY side of things helps combat this.

The wood generally doesn't matter, it's more an aesthetic choice. There's a very good case to be made for using high quality plywood for stability reasons (solid woods risk warping over time) then veneering the cabinets. The main thing is you want the material to be stiff but not resonate. Wood is generally good at damping, whereas something like metal is terrible.

Vinyl- that looks like a nightmare of equipment selection and optimisation, then you need wads of space for a collection. I never want to go down that route :)

This is what I'd want to build when I have the space, though theses don't involve woodwork at all. http://www.linkwitzlab.com/LXmini/Design.htm
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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #9 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 06:19:54 »
I don't know there's anything I would want to takeover my life without trying it for a while but I often wonder how much time I'd have spent skiing or snowboarding if I lived somewhere with snow and mountains.  Crazy motocross tricks also look fun but can't be cheap even before considering lost income so that will never happen.  I've also always been fascinated by archery but again can't do that at home as need way more land and transporting a 'weapon' other than in a motor vehicle would surely be frowned on (this one is still possible and doesn't require a huge financial outlay)
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« Reply #10 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 07:02:41 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(


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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #11 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 07:53:42 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(

Tp4 has been in a helicopter and small prop several times.  It's extremely loud, shaky and uncomfortable. I can understand if you can hobby all the way up to a private jet, but everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv.

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« Reply #12 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 07:58:52 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(

Tp4 has been in a helicopter and small prop several times.  It's extremely loud, shaky and uncomfortable. I can understand if you can hobby all the way up to a private jet, but everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv.

I'm sure it's a very different experience if you're the pilot, and owner.

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« Reply #13 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 18:07:04 »
everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv. [/size][/color][/font]


I have also been in a few helicopters and this statement is totally false and insane.

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« Reply #14 on: Mon, 22 June 2020, 23:05:56 »
everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv. [/size][/color][/font]


I have also been in a few helicopters and this statement is totally false and insane.

My experience riding in a helicopter reminded me of the thrills of a roller coaster but way better.

Also do hookers and blackjack count as a hobby?
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« Reply #15 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 04:45:16 »
I would like to step up my existing hobbies. I like building prop replicas but can't afford that many custom-made parts of metal. My collection is small, and instead of having spent much money, I have instead spent more time on pieces of mostly plastic. I wish I had a shop with tools and space and ventilation for making stuff in. A CNC mill and a 3D printer are on my wish list.

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« Reply #16 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 05:12:21 »
Def aircraft. Id love to own a hobby aircraft but my eyes are too **** to ever get a pilots license i think and the cost is extremely prohibiting besides that :(

Tp4 has been in a helicopter and small prop several times.  It's extremely loud, shaky and uncomfortable. I can understand if you can hobby all the way up to a private jet, but everything smaller than that is less fun than it looks on tv.

I mean i ride a very shaky, loud and windy motorbike every day right now so it cant be all that much worse  ;D

And id want to do the piloting and mechanic work like i do with my motorbikes. I find wrenching on things very fun, insightful and satisfying. Same with computers and keyboards, the putting them together part is the best part for me  :)

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« Reply #17 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 05:39:01 »
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« Reply #19 on: Tue, 23 June 2020, 15:14:12 »
If money was not an issue I'd totally dig buying the biggest sailboat (I'm a bit claustrophobic so a small one wouldn't do) I could get while still being to sail by myself (without needing a crew).  For about 300 K EUR you can find say a used Jeanneau 57: if I had that and then enough to pay the marina, the maintenance, etc. and wouldn't risk bankruptcy, I'd totally be into that (and there's a marina 20 minutes from my place).
Here's what it looks like (it's a bit crazy, it's a dream, but not totally unthinkable, so maybe one day):

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« Reply #20 on: Wed, 24 June 2020, 05:42:27 »
Watched a few of those trapped on a sailboat, get really skinny movies + sharks.  No thanks too dangeros.

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« Reply #21 on: Wed, 24 June 2020, 05:46:47 »
Watched a few of those trapped on a sailboat, get really skinny movies + sharks.  No thanks too dangeros.

The impression I am getting in this thread is that your ideal hobby is collecting keyboards and staying indoors. Am I right?

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« Reply #22 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 21:29:45 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner) and own a nice house in So-Cal with a sick garage layout right of the PCH.

Collecting cars has always been a dream, 1 of everything in white like Paul Walker had. No bias besides rare commodities and and fast cars.



Would also love to a have shop space with lifts fully outfitted with the best tools to do work / builds etc. in the most OCD layout lol.

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« Reply #23 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 22:15:45 »
a lot of expensive hobbies can be a whole lot cheaper if you know your ins and outs through them. there will always be exceptions but you definitely don't need bags of money for most hobbies if you know hwere to look.
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« Reply #24 on: Thu, 25 June 2020, 23:12:10 »
I would enjoy collecting keycaps.
I generally hate all keycaps. Keycaps are for poofs. Real men touchtype on stems. Non-functional artisans are awesome, I use them for the ESC key ... escape is for cowards anyways, real men go frontal assault.

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« Reply #25 on: Thu, 02 July 2020, 05:37:47 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner)...

I'm not american but altogether I spent one year in SoCal (several times three months) and I'd love to live there.  Either in L.A. (with a crush on Pacific Palissade) or San Diego, something like that.  I picked the "second best": where my life is basically spent next to the mediterannean sea (typing this while looking at the sea 200 meters from home).  I'm spending a lot of time in south-eastern France (french riviera) and I bought a house in Spain, near the sea.

I need to live by the sea.  Hence the sailboat dream : )

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #26 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 09:57:59 »
I'd buy another mustang if i had the chance

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« Reply #27 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 10:06:20 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner)...

I'm not american but altogether I spent one year in SoCal (several times three months) and I'd love to live there.  Either in L.A. (with a crush on Pacific Palissade) or San Diego, something like that.  I picked the "second best": where my life is basically spent next to the mediterannean sea (typing this while looking at the sea 200 meters from home).  I'm spending a lot of time in south-eastern France (french riviera) and I bought a house in Spain, near the sea.

I need to live by the sea.  Hence the sailboat dream : )

Huh, I imagine there would be some pretty unbeatable upsides to living by the Mediterranean in France or Spain, versus SoCal.

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« Reply #28 on: Sat, 11 July 2020, 12:50:38 »
Would love to move to Cali one day (I'm an North Easterner)...

I'm not american but altogether I spent one year in SoCal (several times three months) and I'd love to live there.  Either in L.A. (with a crush on Pacific Palissade) or San Diego, something like that.  I picked the "second best": where my life is basically spent next to the mediterannean sea (typing this while looking at the sea 200 meters from home).  I'm spending a lot of time in south-eastern France (french riviera) and I bought a house in Spain, near the sea.

I need to live by the sea.  Hence the sailboat dream : )

Huh, I imagine there would be some pretty unbeatable upsides to living by the Mediterranean in France or Spain, versus SoCal.

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« Reply #29 on: Mon, 13 July 2020, 08:57:05 »
Collecting rare whiskies! That would be so cool but it is way too expensive a hobby :S

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« Reply #30 on: Mon, 20 July 2020, 09:14:43 »
Huh, I imagine there would be some pretty unbeatable upsides to living by the Mediterranean in France or Spain, versus SoCal.

There are pretty nice upsides, some downsides too and... yeah, I cannot complain  :D
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« Reply #31 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 14:00:52 »
I'd sure love to be able amass a giant collection of Lego. A whole room full of models I've taken the time to make. A  Lego train set (always wanted one as a kid and my mum could never afford it) of elaborate scale. It's all so damn expensive these days, curse the over-priced plastic :P

The other one I'd love is more about money enabling me to take the time to do it and to travel, rather than about the hobby itself; languages. I've been fascinated with learning languages for ages and my secret desire has always been to be a polyglot. I remember seeing the trailer for City of Angels and the phrase "speak every language" really stuck out to me as this magical ability that I'd love more than any other. I've always held that if I had a wish, that's what I'd go for. It would certainly make coding easy ;)

I'm okay at Swedish, I've forgotten a lot of Italian, and I've been learning Japanese lately and so my dream hobby, if I had the money, would be taking trips to these countries during my annual leave each year so that I could do some immersion learning.
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« Reply #32 on: Wed, 22 July 2020, 23:16:25 »
Oh man, I would so love to learn how to scuba dive.  I want to feel like I'm flying, and go explore the coral reefs before we destroy them, caves, and shipwrecks.  But I need scuba gear, and training, and airplane tickets, and room and board, and money, and vacation time.  Not a cheap hobby :(
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« Reply #33 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 00:07:57 »
Oh man, I would so love to learn how to scuba dive.  I want to feel like I'm flying, and go explore the coral reefs before we destroy them, caves, and shipwrecks.  But I need scuba gear, and training, and airplane tickets, and room and board, and money, and vacation time.  Not a cheap hobby :(

Scuba diving should be achievable.  It's one set of flights to a cheap country with good diving, then the course, gear rental, accommodation, and food is cheap.

Thought I'm under the impression that a lot of Americans don't have much vacation time, which might be a big challenge.

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« Reply #34 on: Thu, 23 July 2020, 01:50:00 »
Need to get out of the paycheck to paycheck rut I'm in... nyc rent ain't cheap and wife is having a harder time finding a job than we expected, especially since we moved into the city literally the month before covid became a thing.

I'm sure it'll be achievable eventually. But for now... I'm just gonna have to get my fix via David Attenborough :))
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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #35 on: Fri, 24 July 2020, 19:29:59 »
I would love to get into luxury keyboard making lol quit my job, live in a small, nice home, and just lube and assemble stuff basically

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« Reply #36 on: Fri, 24 July 2020, 20:00:56 »
I would love to get into luxury keyboard making lol quit my job, live in a small, nice home, and just lube and assemble stuff basically

That used to be something achievable even just a few years ago, now the mech scene has grown so much you can't really enter the market without spending a bunch of m oney to compete with the big co ops.

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« Reply #37 on: Fri, 24 July 2020, 21:54:02 »
My own personal rally track and a bunch of decked out ****ter rockets for my entertainment.

I have no interest in competing.
I have no interest in interacting with others on my rally track.
I have no interest in getting gud.
I have no interest in showing off

I would simply want my own track, that I could drive my fleet of rally cars around. No one else anywhere near me.

People can **** off, this is my rally circuit and you are not welcome.




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« Reply #38 on: Sat, 25 July 2020, 04:25:08 »
I would love to get into luxury keyboard making lol quit my job, live in a small, nice home, and just lube and assemble stuff basically

That used to be something achievable even just a few years ago, now the mech scene has grown so much you can't really enter the market without spending a bunch of m oney to compete with the big co ops.

Itís the same thing with custom PC making too. Iíd love to just make water cooling loops all day, itís like very expensive Lego + plumbing. Much like with keyboards, thereís such a scene on YouTube and reddit that the makers are already pretty well established so unless you get a job working for one of the big sellers like overclockers, or have enough money to set up a boutique high end business, thereís not much of a way into it.
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« Reply #39 on: Thu, 30 July 2020, 23:08:16 »
kinda weird but I'd like to get into custom ball jointed dolls. There's something about the intricacy of painting the doll's face, manually adding hair and styling it, and making clothes for it that really gets my creative bug going. My partner thinks they're creepy and it's a horribly expensive venture if I buy legitimate doll casts and not Chinese replicas, so I'll just have to stick to watching people on yt :/

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« Reply #40 on: Thu, 30 July 2020, 23:25:50 »
Quantum Computing and Super Computing.

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« Reply #41 on: Fri, 31 July 2020, 03:56:29 »
Quantum Computing and Super Computing.

Make a big enough endowment to a major research university and you could make that dream come true. I will say, super computers/HPC clusters aren't as sexy and exciting as they used to be. That said, our one at work is only fairly modest; 3.5k cores and 20TB RAM and doesn't reach the PFLOP range. Quantum computers on the other hand, so hot right now. Well, cold, but still.

kinda weird but I'd like to get into custom ball jointed dolls. There's something about the intricacy of painting the doll's face, manually adding hair and styling it, and making clothes for it that really gets my creative bug going. My partner thinks they're creepy and it's a horribly expensive venture if I buy legitimate doll casts and not Chinese replicas, so I'll just have to stick to watching people on yt :/

I'm morbidly curious to know how expensive they are. The Hot Toys figures of Marvel characters that are pre-painted come to something like £250-400, so + or - that? hehe
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« Reply #42 on: Sat, 01 August 2020, 16:35:50 »
I know this isn't necessarily expensive, but it would be the way I want to do it.
I've always wanted to make a multi-screen cockpit style high-end PC setup and get super into Elite Dangerous for like a year. Basically make it my job as if I were an actual space cowboy, and blackout all the windows in that room to make it feel like the deck of a ship and get extremely immersed in that game.
But due to budget and time constraints this will never happen. I probably won't ever even play Elite Dangerous.

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« Reply #43 on: Sat, 01 August 2020, 18:37:31 »
Iíd love to do that, but for Star Citizen. Big hopes for that game, when it comes out of Alpha.
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« Reply #44 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 02:45:52 »
Pokťmon Cards. Specifically, error cards, personalized cards from old japanese contests, and oddities like that.

https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Illustration_contests#Japanese_competition

This has a pretty comprehensive list of contests and which cards were more uniquely distributed, the first contest only gave out 20 copies of each winners illustration on a card. Theres also rare cards that were given to TCG contest winners, and through online fan groups in the 90's. There are so many unique and interesting vintage cards, I just wish they were available more often, and if they were, that I could afford some lol.

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« Reply #45 on: Tue, 04 August 2020, 04:57:42 »
Luxury Watches, custom pocket knives and maybe some vintage cars. I know nothing about cars, so id image finding someone to repair/maintain them would be crazy expensive. Id enjoy driving them however.

I would also like to expand my classical menís wear collection with some higher end modern and vintage pieces. I have an interest in 40s to early 60s classical menís clothing, and creating such a wardrobe would be very expensive. Also, some bespoke suits, leather shoes and hats would be nice.

I also like vintage furniture, especially from the 50s and 60s. Such pieces in good condition can unfortunately cost a lot of money.

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« Reply #46 on: Sat, 08 August 2020, 02:49:27 »
Now I want to buy a giant boat and just cruise around the ocean picking up trash. I'll ride that **** like Lt. Dan.
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« Reply #47 on: Sat, 08 August 2020, 15:00:47 »
I wish I could play the piano like Hugh Laurie.

Piano practice is an expensive time expense,  but thank god at least pianos themselves are affordable to nearly everyone in the 1st world.

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« Reply #48 on: Sat, 08 August 2020, 15:04:23 »
I wish I could play the piano like Hugh Laurie.

Piano practice is an expensive time expense,  but thank god at least pianos themselves are affordable to nearly everyone in the 1st world.

I feel like, if anything, space is the biggest obstacle to most people owning a piano. Ever want a grand? Just find a pianist downsizing their apartment :P
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« Reply #49 on: Sat, 08 August 2020, 18:17:00 »
I feel like, if anything, space is the biggest obstacle to most people owning a piano. Ever want a grand? Just find a pianist downsizing their apartment :P

Grands are imho inappropriate for homes without very tall ceilings, 15-20feet,  the sound is imho too loud and suffocating.  They're really not designed for that.  They're designed to fill large venues.

Even baby grands are imho too loud.

A console sized or a regular upright is a better choice.     When you have loud pianos in a small space, it's hard to utilize the dynamics because even the softest playing sounds like forte.

Digital pianos today sound really good, and are very space conserving, I think these are by far the best for home use.

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« Reply #50 on: Sat, 08 August 2020, 18:24:17 »
Definitely want to expand on my metal working hobby. I currently have a mill, lathe and a welder that is way older than I am.. Would love to add a small furnace for metal casting and a forge and Anvil for blacksmiting... but apparently old anvils are also collectable, so just like our vintage boards, used anvils have become ridiculously expensive. Not to mention that there don't seem to be too many in my local area and shipping on a 400+ lb chunck of iron gets pretty steep.

And someday, I would love to have a dedicated shop with three-phase and enough room for something the size of a Haas VF-3 or even better, a UMC-750..
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« Reply #51 on: Thu, 17 September 2020, 13:27:24 »
High sea piracy.

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« Reply #52 on: Fri, 18 September 2020, 06:10:56 »
High sea piracy.
Achievable, all you need is a wealthy sponsor and a Kenyan crew of sailors.

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« Reply #53 on: Fri, 18 September 2020, 07:51:47 »
High sea piracy.
Achievable, all you need is a wealthy sponsor and a Kenyan crew of sailors.

Can you imagine being a billionaire so bored you become a pirate overlord? Ahh man I'd for sure have an island hideout, probably hire some big architect to make sure it's shaped like a skull and volcano adjacent.

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« Reply #54 on: Mon, 21 September 2020, 02:23:28 »
High sea piracy.
Achievable, all you need is a wealthy sponsor and a Kenyan crew of sailors.

Can you imagine being a billionaire so bored you become a pirate overlord? Ahh man I'd for sure have an island hideout, probably hire some big architect to make sure it's shaped like a skull and volcano adjacent.

**** yeah piracy.

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« Reply #55 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 03:07:34 »
High sea piracy.
Achievable, all you need is a wealthy sponsor and a Kenyan crew of sailors.
Why not Somalian? Get the best talent money can buy!
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« Reply #56 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 09:56:16 »
High sea piracy.
You'd make an excellent Dread Pirate Roberts
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« Reply #57 on: Wed, 14 October 2020, 11:11:25 »
If I could PCB making would be pretty sick

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« Reply #58 on: Sat, 28 November 2020, 13:43:46 »
Off the top of my head, cuckoo clocks.  The really good ones are $$$, and every time I browse a cuckoo clock web site I have ideas about how I'd really like to modify or build one. 
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« Reply #59 on: Sat, 28 November 2020, 15:54:02 »
Cosplay. Star Wars, Star Trek, LotR, Power Rangers. I love that stuff.

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« Reply #60 on: Sat, 28 November 2020, 17:00:21 »
Cosplay. Star Wars, Star Trek, LotR, Power Rangers. I love that stuff.
In my experience, the cost of costuming/cosplay is often more in time and effort than in money.

I did manage to do some Star Wars cosplay on a budget when I was back in college, although only soft costumes that I could make myself with a sewing machine.
When I had a steady income I got a Clone Trooper kit, with boots and helmet, but although it cost a bit, it also required quite a bit of work to trim and fit -- but I never finished it because I messed it up. Maybe some day I'll get back on it.
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« Reply #61 on: Sat, 28 November 2020, 18:14:55 »
I keep having this dream.

I dream I'm at some desert cliff with a couple flatbeds full of vehicles. Each vehicle can be remotely operated and has a camera on the front. Then we proceed to drive them around in a remote destruction derby before launching each one full speed off the cliff.

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« Reply #62 on: Sat, 28 November 2020, 18:54:50 »
Pay people to urban farm and give away the food.

Pay people to torpedo whalers and sealers.

Pay people to get STEM education.

Also I really like the pirate idea.

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« Reply #63 on: Sat, 28 November 2020, 21:49:58 »
Cosplay. Star Wars, Star Trek, LotR, Power Rangers. I love that stuff.
In my experience, the cost of costuming/cosplay is often more in time and effort than in money.

I did manage to do some Star Wars cosplay on a budget when I was back in college, although only soft costumes that I could make myself with a sewing machine.
When I had a steady income I got a Clone Trooper kit, with boots and helmet, but although it cost a bit, it also required quite a bit of work to trim and fit -- but I never finished it because I messed it up. Maybe some day I'll get back on it.

Definitely a trade off between time and money, as with pretty much anything.

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« Reply #64 on: Sun, 29 November 2020, 15:07:48 »
Trains, just trains.

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« Reply #65 on: Sun, 29 November 2020, 17:26:14 »
It would be cool to start a YouTube channel or something where the intent is to travel around the world and rescue/rediscover vintage electronics. The premise of each episode would essentially be finding rumors about a warehouse or storage place that is filled with backstock or computer repair service storage, shuttered stores or even government facilities. It could be video game stuff, computer parts, old terminals. But with a specific focus on the adventure and clue chasing, finding old electronics that were manufactured and used regionally then either rescuing them for preservation or documenting them. You could discover a lot from places that had restrictions in the past like Soviet-era computers, Brazilian video game and pc stuff, or regional Korean electronics that are lost to time. It would be sick to go somewhere like N. Korea specifically for them to show off their old computer tech.

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« Reply #66 on: Mon, 30 November 2020, 11:52:30 »
It would be cool to start a YouTube channel or something where the intent is to travel around the world and rescue/rediscover vintage electronics. The premise of each episode would essentially be finding rumors about a warehouse or storage place that is filled with backstock or computer repair service storage, shuttered stores or even government facilities. It could be video game stuff, computer parts, old terminals. But with a specific focus on the adventure and clue chasing, finding old electronics that were manufactured and used regionally then either rescuing them for preservation or documenting them. You could discover a lot from places that had restrictions in the past like Soviet-era computers, Brazilian video game and pc stuff, or regional Korean electronics that are lost to time. It would be sick to go somewhere like N. Korea specifically for them to show off their old computer tech.

So like LGR meets 007 or maybe Indiana Jones. Would make for a great show.

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« Reply #67 on: Mon, 30 November 2020, 12:12:41 »
It would be cool to start a YouTube channel or something where the intent is to travel around the world and rescue/rediscover vintage electronics. The premise of each episode would essentially be finding rumors about a warehouse or storage place that is filled with backstock or computer repair service storage, shuttered stores or even government facilities. It could be video game stuff, computer parts, old terminals. But with a specific focus on the adventure and clue chasing, finding old electronics that were manufactured and used regionally then either rescuing them for preservation or documenting them. You could discover a lot from places that had restrictions in the past like Soviet-era computers, Brazilian video game and pc stuff, or regional Korean electronics that are lost to time. It would be sick to go somewhere like N. Korea specifically for them to show off their old computer tech.

So like LGR meets 007 or maybe Indiana Jones. Would make for a great show.

Only if we can get Chyros to do the voice over work.....
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« Reply #68 on: Mon, 30 November 2020, 22:04:12 »
It would be cool to start a YouTube channel or something where the intent is to travel around the world and rescue/rediscover vintage electronics. The premise of each episode would essentially be finding rumors about a warehouse or storage place that is filled with backstock or computer repair service storage, shuttered stores or even government facilities. It could be video game stuff, computer parts, old terminals. But with a specific focus on the adventure and clue chasing, finding old electronics that were manufactured and used regionally then either rescuing them for preservation or documenting them. You could discover a lot from places that had restrictions in the past like Soviet-era computers, Brazilian video game and pc stuff, or regional Korean electronics that are lost to time. It would be sick to go somewhere like N. Korea specifically for them to show off their old computer tech.

So like LGR meets 007 or maybe Indiana Jones. Would make for a great show.

Only if we can get Chyros to do the voice over work.....

Excellent

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« Reply #69 on: Wed, 02 December 2020, 21:01:32 »
Traveling for long periods of time and learning languages through immersion.

Trying a bunch of different jobs for a week or a month at a time.



Maybe they're waiting for gasmasks and latex to get sexy again.

The world has become a weird place.

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« Reply #70 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 18:51:47 »
I wanna make a movie called Spider Insider (or Spider Inside Her) about a guy who falls for a beautiful woman and after getting married slowly discovers she's actually a giant spider wearing human skin and how he has to grapple with his emotions of being terrified but also still loving his spider-wife.

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« Reply #71 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 20:10:07 »
Quantum Computing and Super Computing.

Not exactly super computing, but I'd love to expand my homelab. I had an r720 and r220, but they were loud / took a lot of space / very annoying to move. Like most of hobbies above, it's less about the price of the hobby (buying used enterprise hardware is surprisingly cheap) and more about the space, setup, and stability requirements.

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« Reply #72 on: Mon, 07 December 2020, 21:38:25 »
I wanna make a movie called Spider Insider (or Spider Inside Her) about a guy who falls for a beautiful woman and after getting married slowly discovers she's actually a giant spider wearing human skin and how he has to grapple with his emotions of being terrified but also still loving his spider-wife.

china already beat you to that, they've got dozens of folklore of animal transforming into human form marrying some dude and sucking away his Ki.  They got a bunch of tv shows like that too.

It's actually not rare in folklore of all nations to have something like this.

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« Reply #73 on: Fri, 11 December 2020, 17:37:25 »
Polo. I played it for 3 days back in the early 00's and it was amazing. You need about 4 ponies to start, and maybe 12 if you're taking it seriously. Plus people to look after them and stables. If I had wads of cash I'd be all over it.

Designing my own range of PC cases, monitors and peripherals. Lots of chonky 80's and 90's molded plastic inspired stuff. Beige and other interesting colours other than black and white.

Collecting early Japanese arcade machines sounds dope but I'd need a staff of like 10 people to maintain all the leaky capacitors, and even then it's going to die eventually. Stuff wasn't really designed to last 50 plus years!
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« Reply #74 on: Fri, 11 December 2020, 18:19:42 »
Designing my own range of PC cases, monitors and peripherals. Lots of chonky 80's and 90's molded plastic inspired stuff. Beige and other interesting colours other than black and white.ut I'd need a staff of like 10 people to maintain all the leaky capacitors, and even then it's going to die eventually. Stuff wasn't really designed to last 50 plus years!

I'm actually surprised retro looking PC cases are not a thing. The modern led ridden neon nightmares of today are really not my style.

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« Reply #75 on: Sat, 12 December 2020, 15:57:38 »
I'd imagine once computers become sort of invisible with paper thin monitors that stream content from hardware elsewhere, we'll see a return to more deliberate computers as aesthetic devices in their own right. I mean they're probably the thing we look at most nowadays the minimalist approach can't continue forever.

Maybe not though. RBG and metal cases are really cheap I figure that's why they're pushing it. Plastic from molds is really expensive if not produced on a massive scale. Maybe you can replicate that with 3D printers now but I don't know most of the 3d printed stuff I see looks really cheap and nasty.
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« Reply #76 on: Sat, 12 December 2020, 19:02:26 »
 So this will become more difficult if Trump can't prove his case, but ... gun building.
I mean, I build my own computers from parts, I've built my own keyboards, why not build my personal declaration of the 2nd amendment?

 AR-15s are the gun-equivalent of legos -- just buy a box and slap them together it's hardly difficult. Glock-alikes, likewise are very straight forward. Then there's the ones that need fancy metalworking. the 1911 pistol, or new 2011 double-stack 1911-ish pistols. The Sig P320 can be had in 80% build-at-home but my real dream here, is to build, I guess it would be a PSL, and deck it out with stained wood furniture to look like a dragunov.
Parts kits or even a full list of individual parts like bolts and generic trunnions are all but dried up though. At least for now, but I can hope to see the day when garage based equipment and off the shelf metal stock can be made with a lathe, spot welder, and probably a full CNC machine to allow me to make my whole combloc-looking 270 Winchester.

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« Reply #77 on: Thu, 17 December 2020, 10:08:23 »
For sure racing cars. You wait your whole life to be able to afford these things only to find out how expensive it is to race them

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« Reply #78 on: Thu, 17 December 2020, 10:41:31 »
For sure racing cars. You wait your whole life to be able to afford these things only to find out how expensive it is to race them

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« Reply #79 on: Sat, 19 December 2020, 07:55:18 »
yacht racing

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« Reply #80 on: Tue, 22 December 2020, 04:19:15 »
I've been getting more and more into coffee as of recent and holy hell is equipment expensive.
I really want to start making quality espresso drinks and the thought of dropping thousands of dollars onto semi-commercial grade machines which need yearly maintenance seems dubious.

Still, it's something I'm passionate about and looking to slowly buy my way into eventually.

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« Reply #81 on: Tue, 22 December 2020, 12:34:24 »
For sure racing cars. You wait your whole life to be able to afford these things only to find out how expensive it is to race them

"You think one set of carbon ceramic brakes is expensive?? What about buying a new set every track day!!"

Vintage Car Racing....I always wonder how the insurance agents feel watching something like the Goodwood revival where people flog vintage metal around a track.
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« Reply #82 on: Tue, 22 December 2020, 13:52:34 »
Car racing. I'd love to get my own project car but I don't have the time/money/knowledge for it, and I certainly do not have the space....

Sailing. Would love to be in a position to own a yacht or a powerboat someday.

I'd also love to build my own house. Not by hand, but be a part of the architecural design and the construction/interior design from beginning to end, I guess this isn't really a hobby though.

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« Reply #83 on: Wed, 23 December 2020, 21:49:53 »
I would also love to privately fund, develop, and publish a huge AAA game with no big corporate fingers in the pie. Just go 100% buck wild with design ideas and content.

Just imagine if someone privately funded a $200 million game with no executives, PMs,  investors, or regulations. Hiring creatives across many industries I have always admired to work on it with no time limit or budget constraints.

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« Reply #84 on: Thu, 24 December 2020, 18:55:21 »
All of the trouble I could get into with a 5-axis CNC or alternatively (or maybe in conjunction with) a massive kitted out garage for cars.

I would also love to privately fund, develop, and publish a huge AAA game with no big corporate fingers in the pie. Just go 100% buck wild with design ideas and content.

Just imagine if someone privately funded a $200 million game with no executives, PMs,  investors, or regulations. Hiring creatives across many industries I have always admired to work on it with no time limit or budget constraints.

Make sure you bring onboard quality management and directors so you don't spend nearly a decade working on a title that runs like a potato and lacks basic things like police AI.
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« Reply #85 on: Fri, 25 December 2020, 16:28:38 »
All of the trouble I could get into with a 5-axis CNC or alternatively (or maybe in conjunction with) a massive kitted out garage for cars.

I would also love to privately fund, develop, and publish a huge AAA game with no big corporate fingers in the pie. Just go 100% buck wild with design ideas and content.

Just imagine if someone privately funded a $200 million game with no executives, PMs,  investors, or regulations. Hiring creatives across many industries I have always admired to work on it with no time limit or budget constraints.

Make sure you bring onboard quality management and directors so you don't spend nearly a decade working on a title that runs like a potato and lacks basic things like police AI.

Part of me very much wants a decade long project that is ever evolving with consistent new challenges and pitfalls to overcome. It would make me feel useful and my life worth living again.

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« Reply #86 on: Fri, 25 December 2020, 17:37:29 »
All of the trouble I could get into with a 5-axis CNC or alternatively (or maybe in conjunction with) a massive kitted out garage for cars.

You'd probably break it, it's a full time advanced job to do 5-axis. This ain' our crappy 2.5d keyboard where you can casual it.

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #87 on: Sat, 26 December 2020, 20:20:38 »
All of the trouble I could get into with a 5-axis CNC or alternatively (or maybe in conjunction with) a massive kitted out garage for cars.

You'd probably break it, it's a full time advanced job to do 5-axis. This ain' our crappy 2.5d keyboard where you can casual it.


If AVE can manage to keep it going, others can too. Just make sure you have your own version of Prudence the safety goat :)
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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #88 on: Sat, 26 December 2020, 21:01:29 »
I would love to get into synths, and I'd probably be happy with something basic and entry level, but I think learning to make patches is more time than I can afford.
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« Reply #89 on: Tue, 29 December 2020, 16:05:14 »
All of the trouble I could get into with a 5-axis CNC or alternatively (or maybe in conjunction with) a massive kitted out garage for cars.

I would also love to privately fund, develop, and publish a huge AAA game with no big corporate fingers in the pie. Just go 100% buck wild with design ideas and content.

Just imagine if someone privately funded a $200 million game with no executives, PMs,  investors, or regulations. Hiring creatives across many industries I have always admired to work on it with no time limit or budget constraints.

Make sure you bring onboard quality management and directors so you don't spend nearly a decade working on a title that runs like a potato and lacks basic things like police AI.

Part of me very much wants a decade long project that is ever evolving with consistent new challenges and pitfalls to overcome. It would make me feel useful and my life worth living again.

What if it was never completed, and never saw distribution? I don't believe there's anything inherently wrong or selfish in pursuing a project for ones self. That psychological boon can be an end in itself. However, a video game created by a team is to me something for which whose purpose is to be played by others. Not to do so would be like creating an interactive exhibit, having it at a museum, but never allowing anyone to interact with it. Few enjoy having someone else (or themselves) ordering them to focus and get a job done. I get a lot more done on work projects than my own, for example. As much as directors, managers, and the like can be frustrating (and bad ones counterproductive) they are at the very least a necessary annoyance.

Or maybe I'm simply taking this entire "dream hobbies" thing a wee bit too seriously. 

All of the trouble I could get into with a 5-axis CNC or alternatively (or maybe in conjunction with) a massive kitted out garage for cars.

You'd probably break it, it's a full time advanced job to do 5-axis. This ain' our crappy 2.5d keyboard where you can casual it.


If I have the money to buy a 5-axis CNC I have the money to pay someone the big bucks to tell me not how to ruin it. For example, hire AvE to insult me in Canadian.

All of the trouble I could get into with a 5-axis CNC or alternatively (or maybe in conjunction with) a massive kitted out garage for cars.

You'd probably break it, it's a full time advanced job to do 5-axis. This ain' our crappy 2.5d keyboard where you can casual it.


If AVE can manage to keep it going, others can too. Just make sure you have your own version of Prudence the safety goat :)

Time to see how much it'd cost to hire him.

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #90 on: Wed, 30 December 2020, 11:19:30 »
I'd start watchmaking, but a Chinese clone watch lathe is $10k, forget about a swiss one. And that is just one tool. :eek:

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« Reply #91 on: Wed, 30 December 2020, 14:20:08 »
For sure racing cars. You wait your whole life to be able to afford these things only to find out how expensive it is to race them

"You think one set of carbon ceramic brakes is expensive?? What about buying a new set every track day!!"

Vintage Car Racing....I always wonder how the insurance agents feel watching something like the Goodwood revival where people flog vintage metal around a track.

last I remember, it's not that bad since the vehicle is normally not intended for standard road use - so it would be insured differently and if something did happen I can bet it wouldn't be reported to insurance lol.
I would love to get back into AutoX and tracking cars again, I do miss it.

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« Reply #92 on: Wed, 30 December 2020, 16:43:08 »
I'd start watchmaking, but a Chinese clone watch lathe is $10k, forget about a swiss one. And that is just one tool. :eek:

That's incredible. I'm assuming that the tolerances must be incredibly tight, but for $10K I wonder if it'd be easier to get a machine shop to fab some parts and just buy the chuck.

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« Reply #93 on: Wed, 30 December 2020, 20:54:01 »
I guess it's a bit like keyboard prototypes. Since you're requesting a unique item and need the manufacturer to stick to some really exact measurements, the cost of fabricating all the bits and pieces would probably amount to something astronomical.
More so when those bits and pieces have specific angles and shapes, which you can't estimate and won't even know if they're correct or not, until you actually try doing something with them.

But watchmaking in general is full of tools that have astronomical prices. Think a simple file, 300$. WHY? Well, it probably is a very good file :) You can't fabricate quality, I guess.

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« Reply #94 on: Thu, 04 February 2021, 18:52:08 »
Was looking into the cost of building a bare bones private 1-2 mile race track. Turns out quite expensive.
You are talking $10-20 million with no bells and whistles. Just asphalt in a circle.

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« Reply #95 on: Fri, 05 February 2021, 01:04:27 »
Was looking into the cost of building a bare bones private 1-2 mile race track. Turns out quite expensive.
You are talking $10-20 million with no bells and whistles. Just asphalt in a circle.
actually that would be nice to have :)
an other hobby to add to the list :
Gem cutting
metal working
PC modding
woodworking
car modding
cnc machining
robotics
and now own a racetrack :)
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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #96 on: Fri, 05 February 2021, 12:59:05 »
I've got a few hobbies that I'd be interested in getting into if I ever have the money / space / time for them. High end and custom PC building, for one. Being able to afford the bleeding edge of tech, and also being able to do some of the projects I've dreamed about for a while easily. Getting the parts to build an emulation rig in the case of a GameCube (I'd go for a nonfunctional console, of course - not going to destroy one of an ever-decreasing amount of working hardware.) wouldn't necessarily be the most expensive thing out there, for example, but the time investment would be... somewhat hefty.

Second? Learning what I consider the interesting parts of manufacturing. Lathe work, laser cutters, machining, PCB manufacture, 3D printing, and more I can't think of at the moment; I find all of it incredibly interesting and I would love to know more about it (though I've done 3D printing in the past, it was all on printers that didn't belong to me, and I don't have the room for one right now), and would love to assemble something that I've built every part of - a keyboard, some sort of fidget toy to help manage my nervous ADHD energy at work, some sort of robotics thing. I don't exactly know, I just find the processes interesting and would love to do more of that work.

Last one I can think of at the moment is that I kind of want to give learning coding another shot. This one is easily the most achievable of the 3, for me, at the moment. The only issue is the time investment necessary in learning to code - around my current job, and some of the uncertainties I have at the moment around the temp -> perm employee conversion process I'll be going through for the next couple of weeks, I don't really have much time to focus on something that would be as time consuming as learning to code. Maybe in a month or two, once things have settled down, and I'm back in my groove at work and can focus on more time consuming hobbies, I'll be able to actually sink some time into this one without worrying about whether or not I'll need to start job hunting again.

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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #97 on: Tue, 30 March 2021, 17:17:15 »
I would like to own a large plot of land. I would then put various structures onto that land (buildings, broken buildings, campgrounds, etc.). I would then like to allow large scale warfare to take place there, most likely in the form of paintball fights. My dream is to get a large group of friends and acquaintances and spend months on the land camping, scouting, living off care packages, strategizing, and fighting wars. This is a real game of attrition. Food is limited, people might starve. The game may be fake, but the mental consequences are not. Whoever gets hit has to pack up and go home, and the winners have a fun story.

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« Reply #98 on: Sat, 24 April 2021, 14:27:15 »
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Re: Dream Hobbies You Would Get Into IF You Could Afford Them
« Reply #99 on: Sat, 24 April 2021, 14:35:54 »
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« Reply #100 on: Sat, 24 April 2021, 16:35:47 »
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