Magnets and gouls
History buff and love artifact hunting and visiting historical sites.
Maps and Exploring: There are a lot of us on here. In my home office I have maps on every wall.
Teen age sex hijinks movies: Something about teen age boys working hard to get laid or just to see boobies. I even like the one with Johnny Depp in the 1980's.
I like to triangulate the GPS coordinates of places where Craig James buries dead hookers.
I'm ashamed to post. Thinking back I want to kick my own ass now.
R/C Planes. 1 RTF .40 size nitro. Built a .40 size kit. Had a couple of electric planes a couple years ago. Had a helicopter.
R/C Cars. Had a nitro car and electric. Raced a couple times at the track in austin.
Worked at a hobby store for awhile in college.
Decently ranked on other computer gaming $#@! namely command and conquer $#@!.
Most of that was before I had a driver's license
I like to rebuild 2/4 stroke small motors. Not always successfully, but I learn something. I used to work on car/truck motors when engines made sense.
Repair dishwashers, garbage disposals, clothes washers and dryers.
Battlefields I have visited. Btw, it always helps to read up on the tactics used by the armies before visiting.
Gettysburg, Little Round Top, Joshua Chamberlain, protecting the left flank, out of ammunition, orders "fix bayonets and charge". Balls, Medal of Honor.
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, where it still amazes me that the Union army attempted an assault.
Chickamaugua. I have taken my scout troop there many times, explaining what happened. 30,000 casualties.
Fredericksburg...Irish killing fields.
Cowpens. Gorilla warfare begins.
Arnhem, "the bridge" has been rebuilt three times. The local populace are more concerned with...I don't know what...but it ain't history and sacrifice. Good Indonesia food.
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I still enjoy maps and weather observation. As a kid I would watch the news, too. When I was 9 or 10 I would sometimes spend hours watching "Up to the Minute" news show on CBS during vacation from school, if I wasn't playing NES.
At about 8 years old, fascinated by football trading cards, I started keeping records of fictional football players both at the college and NFL levels. I would go out in the front yard and throw around either the little plastic football you get at high school football games or a nerf football to myself and simulate a game. Afterwards I would then record the stats for the fictional player I was representing along with final score. It was kinda like career/dynasty mode before it even existed in game consoles. I would also get those pocket schedules that miller lite beer used to pass out and I'd use it as a guide for my own little football world, with top 25 rankings and nfl divisional standings and all.
I remember using Bowling Green as my Boise St. of the early 90's. I just really liked the name. I made their qb a four year starter and a Heisman winner. I even had Bowling Green play for it all but don't remmeber the end result. This was so exciting especially during bowl season when you had three weeks off from school and it was football weather outside. I'm pretty sure I simulate at least one qb,wr, and rb at both the ncaa and nfl level. I also dabbed a little with this for the nba. I created a player who's stats resembled a hybrid of mj/lebron/durant. My aim was to create a super-jordan, if you will. His team would regularly with over 60 games, win championships, and they were based in Las Vegas. Because of the nature of the nba season, this was more of an exercise in record/stat keeping than game simulation comparted to my football world(s). And I tried hard to hide my records of these fake people and fake teams away from anyone else in the house. Even then I knew it was weird as $#@!. It was like hiding porn.
I also used to draw fake weather maps along with such goodies as high temperatures for major u.s. cities, cold and warm fronts, areas of high and low pressure, and tropical storms among other things.
I read journal articles on quantitative methodology for the social sciences ... in my spare, nerd time
I read comic books
I play a MAME video arcade cabinet that I built
Pinball. Obtaining and listening to hi end audio formats that are mostly dead like DVD-Audio and SACDs. Listening to vinyl records. Scavenging for deals on records. Used to be into video games but that seems to have gone away.
I even spent an elective on a class in meteorology during my undergrad. It was the only class that I actually studied that term.
Mother Nature is not to be trifled with, but I do enjoy tracking and following storms. Plus, I've lived in 8 different states now, and there's always plenty of hot assed, on air local talent to report the weather.
Weather is another one of mine as well. I always check out the NWS web page just to see if there are any severe threats for my area. Being in Houston I also pay a lot of attention to the tropics. Before going through Ike, i had always wondered what a hurricane was like. Well the storm was pretty cool but the aftermath sucked.
My youngest daughter (now thirteen) and I watch one of the good Star Wars or Indiana Jones movies at least once a month and quote along with the entire script. It has become a ritual. We pretty much have all six of them memorized.
The wife and I play endless games of Words with Friends, and we're both pretty good. Winning generally requires over 400 points.
Not sure if I should post...
The application of non-parametric statistics in sport
Collecting of ADD 1st an 2nd edition books (haven't played in years though)
The rediscovery of the joy of playing old video games from my youth
Anything involving math
The occasional scifi fantasy novel
Economics. I read far too many research papers from the IMF and universities for it not to be a career. I should have gone to grad school.
I think I used to beat people like you guys up. And sleep with your girlfriends. For gods sake man. Put the maps,glue and video games down and get some ass.
I like to throw a bunch of random things down on the ground and count them. Could be a huge box of tooth picks, q tips, marshmallows, raisins, etc.
Weather, especially Thunderstorms and Tornadoes.
Ditto on the geography and map obsession, but mine is Texas-centric. I can look at a map of Texas for hours on end without getting tired. I love the fact that when I meet someone and they tell me they grew up in Muleshoe I can say "oh yeah that's just Northwest of Lubbock near the New Mexico border"
Lots that has been mentioned:
Wikipedia for hours
Video games - particularly Sid Meier's stuff - Civilization etc
Weather, especially during hurricane season
Read tons about pirates
Ninjas vs. Pirates - discuss.
i put away my gaming status while trying to hook up with chicks. now that I am married, I am bringing my love of xbox games back to life.
I watch Nova religously. I loved the three part series on string theory and quantum mechanics. I have it DVRed and watch it from time to time.
I love to play chess. Also love reading books on it to get better.
Was kinda solid for AD&D back in high school but it easily fell by the wayside (we didn't really use or have many figurines) & I always wanted to be DM but really did suck @ it.
Paintball post HS & then was heavy into Judo & Karate for about 7.5 years up until my Judo Sensei died.
I dabble in woodworking but really don't have the space, the right equipment or the knowledge base to even remotely do good pieces.
I have more Western riding gear than horses & would like to do a LOT of back country horse packing as well as learn to (& have time to) fly fish.
Oh, & I think that as the kids get a bit older we might start to do some "Play Days" with the horses (it's timed events on horseback & not too crazy with the competitiveness).
I love maps and getting to see the same area over time and how we expand our population centers in my the same way as we always have.
I founded and still help run a Shakesperian theatrical troupe.
I love maps, World of Warcraft, fascination with zoos, MST3K, Theme Parks (made this a career for a while), played the saxophone, board games (trivia or Settlers of Catan), degree in history...$#@! I'm a bigger nerd than I thought.
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Fishing rivers from my kayak. I love it and go every chance I get. Yes, I can afford a boat with a real motor.
Yeah. Next you'll say "when I'm not wrestling bears and living off the land, I'm building my own log cabin."
I don't know why exactly this fascinates me, but it does and it is my nerd hobby.
I don't deal with cash that much any more (pay for most everything with a debit or credit card nowadays), so it doesn't eat up a lot of my time, but I find the randomness of the movement of cash to be interesting.
Does jerking off to Consumer Reports count? Or is that just weird?
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I write Java programs for fun. My girlfriends thinks its nerdy how much enjoyment I get out of it.
lots of maps representation here. i'll be honest, i had no idea this was a thing that people were into.
Another one I have is, that I live near a small airport where lots of private jets of the rich and famous land. I like to watch the planes come in, check flight aware then find out who they are registered to. I get pissed when it is NetJets or ExecJets because I don't know who it is. Thursday nights is great for landing, Sunday afternoon is great for take offs.
Football .. Basketball .. Baseball .. Other Sports .. RC Didn't Offer .. Gamboool
Varsity .. Hole in the Wall .. PCL .. Einstein's .. Nasty's .. GM Steakhouse .. NSAA
Bada Bing .. Can you help me with this? .. Shagslist .. Cloak Room .. Classics .. Bellmont