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Every once in a while, I like to do simple editorials designed to facilitate discussion and conversation, both here in the Comments section and in the forums. It's more important than ever to do so now, because we continue to grow and grow...when we first started counting registered members, it was maybe around 4,000. Well, it's over 14,000 now and we've shot from maybe 50-75 Comments per day to around 300-400 daily, and forum activity is really starting to pick up. As you may have noticed, we also have some larger ad campaigns on the site so on the surface it may appear we're going "big and impersonal."

Yeah, well, not while I'm around.

The reason we continue to grow is because of our community. I could get all egotistical and say it's because of the content - which of course we work hard to produce - but in reality, we know just how important our awesome community has been and will continue to be. Therefore, we will always keep that small-town atmosphere, as idealistic and cliched as it sounds. So, let's talk about what you like to do besides game. We all have to take our favorite hobbies in moderation, so let's hear it. I'll get things started-

Reading

I love to read. I've often thought about doing some Week in Reviews or other editorials specifically geared to my other passion, but I know few read what I read. I have this insatiable drive for the classics; for the absolute greatest books ever written. I want to read as many of them as possible before I die. It's why my favorite books are Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence," Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain," and George Eliot's "Middlemarch" and "The Mill on the Floss." I just finished a complete collection of short stories by Flannery O'Connor and I'm currently reading Virginia Woolf's "To The Lighthouse." I know I'm weird. I know I'm in the vast minority.

Exercise/working out

I've been working out for about 8 years now and only in 2008 - when I realized I was getting older - did I finally incorporate cardio into my standard weight routine. So when I started in July of '08, I could only do about 15 minutes on the rower before becoming completely exhausted, but I'm happy to say that after a year and a half of hitting it hard three times per week, I can now go 55 minutes at a good clip. Really, I'm in the best shape of my life. As for the strength training, that now consists of two 55lb. barbells and one 65lb.; I do four or five difference exercises with those. So I'm working out six days per week and if I miss a session, I feel like hell.

Food...GOOD food

I am so sick and tired of chain restaurants and over-processed "food stuffs" that so many Americans call "food," I find myself searching for better-quality, better-prepared food. Yes, it costs a little more but in my eyes, it's worth every dime. The portions aren't designed for cattle, a good chef will provide a flavor and taste explosion, and it's true; presentation matters. We have so little around here, though; I have to drive a good 35-45 minutes before I can break the boring and repetitive string of Ruby Tuesdays, Chilis, TGI Fridays, Applebees, etc, etc, etc. Dude...they're all the same restaurant and not a one features good food. That's all I'm saying.

I also like to play tennis when the weather cooperates; I've been playing since high school. Other than that, things have calmed down a bit for me in the past few years. When I was writing for the papers and handling entertainment features, that involved some interviewing of celebrities but you know, that is nowhere near as glamorous as it sounds. I could barely pay for the gas to get to those interviews; getting $50/article makes it tough to live. It was only freelance, after all. So people would go, "oh wow, you got to talk to 'insert celebrity name here;' that's awesome!" and then I'd just say, "yeah, I was about ready to ask them for a loan." These days, I just sort of work and live. A calming period, I suppose.

Okay, how about you?

3/12/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (248 posts)

LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 9:51:48 PM
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I love learning =D lol, I dunno, don't have many hobbies other than gaming and computer-related activities. and to think I used to go outside so often D: but I still have work at least? not much of a hobby tho :(

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frylock25
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:30:55 PM

outside? i remember outside. i saw it when i was takin a break to open the window while playin bioshock 2. it didnt look all that exciting so i went back to rapture.

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Superman915
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 9:53:56 PM
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let's see...
-reading (comic books, novels, biographies)
-working out (no as much as I should though)
-the history channel

i have more but those are the ones that take up most of my time.

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Highlander
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:00:39 PM
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Like Wolfeh, I love learning. When I find something I am interested in, I read everything I can find online, I go into 'sponge mode' - I learn. I'm addicted to Discovery, History, Science and like channels - and the BBC.

I too read - not as much as I used to, and almost entirely fiction.

I like good food, and cook. Personal favorite to cook is Indian food.

I collect things, but I won't say what unless someone guesses it. You'll never guess though.

I'm a parent, a husband and I work full time. I get less time to 'do' things than I want, and more time to spend at a screen than you might expect.

Oh, and I'm a trekkie.

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frylock25
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:33:12 PM

trekkie huh? im not one much myself but i thought that new movie was amazing. i rented it on the playstation store and got a star trek home costume with my rental.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:44:39 PM

Is it something common, like coins, stamps, bottlecaps, ect?

Something wierd, like dead animals in jars of formaldehyde?

Or is it something so specific that nobody would ever guess? Like ticket stubs for movies starring Sean Connery?

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sticklife
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:52:38 PM

Japanese horror films? If so, me too! =D

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Highlander
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:01:05 AM

All wrong, and it's not mega specific.

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:10:43 AM

You collect.. some sort of magazine, or comic. Or rare books. Something to do with literature in one form or another.

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Highlander
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:44:26 AM

Nope.

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Jed
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:28:46 AM

"sponge mode" you took the words right out of my mouth. I love watching Discovery, History, Science Channel, etc. etc. I was about to write about how I soak up all the information from the shows on those channels.

I have History International on the TV as I type this.

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totozero18
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:55:13 AM

I bet you have a whooooole jar of boogers from since you were ten.
Or idk thongs????

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:38:02 AM

He collects pogs and anything associated with The Flintstones.

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Highlander
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 4:31:42 PM

Regarding guesses - nope.

Regarding History/Discovery et al, oh yes, If DirecTV offered a basic 'geek' package, we'd drop a bunch of useless 'entertainment' channels in a heart beat.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:39:09 PM

That's why you're so smart Highlander, you just suck all that info from tha web and discovery and whatnot, and actually remember it.

Let's try this one: You collect videogames, or maybe you collect something psycho like pieces of people's skin you keep stacked up somewhere, which you gain after you've killed someone with some genius trap thingy.

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Highlander
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:41:32 PM

LOL!

Nope, no skin collection....

I do collect video games, but that's mostly because there's no point selling them, besides they all play in my PS3. ;)

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Deleted User
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:03:15 PM
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Reading, traveling, cooking and gambling are some of my other hobbies.

Of course, Xbox 360 gamers have only one other hobby...visiting every video game message board there is in cyberspace to chime in with their opinions.

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shindelion
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:05:50 PM
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My hobbies are working out a bit of reading but mostly 3D animation and modeling.

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Riku994
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:06:19 PM
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Ben you're lucky, you get the GOOD chain restaurants. In Canada we get McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, and Harveys. Theres a subway and a quiznos scattered here and therem but nothing that compares to the likes of checkers and stuff like that. I miss my vacations in florida...

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slayerkillemall
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:06:55 PM
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Ben,good idea for an article...

hmm,i have many hobies,lets see there is Hometheater,Diy audio(ie,speakers subwoofers,etc),2channel audio(Audiophile)

games,movies(did i mention hometheater?)lol
computers,electronics,internet(of course)

Forensics,science,patheology,mummies,zombies :)
and many,many,more....this is just the icing...

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Grown_Gamer
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:06:56 PM
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I'm into drawing, and recently I've decided to try my hand at painting.

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Highlander
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:08:44 PM

I like to draw, but can't draw faces, so it's limiting...

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Scarecrow
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:10:51 PM

You'll love painting...trust me

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kraygen
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:59:53 PM

I wish I could draw, but if I were to draw a stick figure everyone would think I drew and abstract. You may laugh, but I'm not kidding, I'm that bad. I can laugh at myself tho, so feel free to laugh with me. =)

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:50:05 PM

As a high school student, I used to draw and paint a lot, though it's like riding a bike (once you learn how to you don't forget). Although I never kept a collection of my artwork, throwing it away not long after I finished it, there was a certain satisfaction I would get from onlookers just passing by after me drawing the first few lines, then see them come back and stop in bewilderment, like "OMG, that's amazing!" I would pretend to throw it away, and then just hand it over to them. It wasn't a matter of pride, but it was about how you can change a person's mind or impression of things that was pleasing to me.

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G8GTdriver
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:07:54 PM
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Cars. Like to watch most most sports. Play a few. Working on the house.

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Scarecrow
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:09:49 PM
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Everything, specially everything related to art (Illustrations are my fave, as well as paintings)

I also love writing. I would have seriously majored in English/Journalism if it wasn't for the fact that you have to read those boring books (traditional reading using books is painful, unless they have a lot of art to go with it).

Sports in City areas is ridiculous (dumb imo). But I'm trying to get back to weight lifting again.

I also have great ears. Can easily identify good music (no matter what genre).

Furthermore, I love learning through video/tv programs. SPECIALLY if it's history/science related. A big fan of the History channel (and trusted websites)

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Highlander
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:13:40 PM

I've tried my hand at writing, but I think that I'm marginally better than the average fanfic writer, which really isn't that good...you know?

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Grown_Gamer
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:12:11 PM
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@Highlander,

Keep at it, you'll get the hang of it eventually.

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Highlander
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:14:12 PM

Oh, I do try again every now and then. If I ever get it, I will have a ball!

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Grown_Gamer
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:13:41 PM
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@Scarecrow,

I feel like I'm learning to draw all over again. There's such a big difference between drawing and painting.

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JMO_INDY
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:17:29 PM
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I am a man of music, I play piano and violin, i write sheet music for both, and i sing and write lyrics.

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Highlander
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:18:15 PM

Very cool.

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JMO_INDY
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:22:19 PM

thank you =]

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JMO_INDY
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:29:41 PM

oh I also do random speed drawing with pencil. (I basically just start drawing and I decide what it becomes later on, it's pretty fun.)

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laxpro2001
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:50:24 PM

haha speed draw.. i do that too though I can't draw well, its those basic pictures from elementary school that those pictures end up turning into.

Like the music, im jealous about the piano ;)

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JMO_INDY
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:55:53 PM

Hey all art is art right? and yes I absolutely love the piano <3 and I like the violin, but I love playing the piano. Here is my YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6My0DvvxBhk

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laxpro2001
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:58:30 PM

haha I guess. I'll be sure to check out ur vids too

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:45:49 PM

Nice. Saw the vid. Good job. And props on playing the violin. From what I hear, it's really hard to learn.

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Oyashiro
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:19:17 PM
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Reading, Music, Horror films, and being sexy.

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Oyashiro
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:21:06 PM

Oh and I use to paint... a lot... But after high school, I fell out of it.

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Scarecrow
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:22:16 PM

Go in depth with that "being sexy" hobby if you don't mind doing so.

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Oyashiro
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:25:25 PM

Well, its not something anyone can just do. It involves open shirts and wind swept hair. Its a talent you really have to be born with.

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Oyashiro
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:26:47 PM

Or be really handy with photoshop...

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Highlander
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:45:57 PM

Open shirts and wind swept hair?

It's such a shame that not everyone is as fortunate as us eh?

::heroic pose::

LOL!

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Oyashiro
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:47:14 PM

So true, so true. lol

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Scarecrow
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:53:45 PM

Maaaaan, that's just good hygiene + dressing well
Don't think hygiene or dressing up is a hobby...

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leatherface
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:13:54 AM

hell yeah !! I love horror films and i love to collect horror action figures. My favorite being the Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( the original and part 2 )
My best piece in my collection is a Exorcist figure ( spider walk pose ) singed by Linda Blair. Saw her at Frank and Sons, this huge warehouse full of everything for every collector here in So Cal.

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frylock25
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:28:33 PM
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i usualy come to this site for my reading. i think this site and posting here could be a hobby for me.

i like to work on my car, look for things to do to it. owning a mustang there are a lot of things to do.

i used to read comics a lot as a teen and havent bought one in a long time. now with the psp and digital comics i have bought a few and think its really cool. just still like the paper in my hands.

i like to collect transformers and bad ass action figures. marvel legends or spawn that kind of thing.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:46:06 PM

Thats true. I'm here about half an hour a day, if not more.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:45:04 PM

Come to think of it, I could regard visiting, reading and commenting at PSXE an enjoyable hobby, and so I will.

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Sir Shak
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:39:04 PM
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I like travelling , but I have been running low on cash and have had health problems for a few months so that's been put on hold . Hopefully , I'll be fit enough by this month's end to make a small trip .

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:51:07 AM

Hope you get better. Health problems are no joke.

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Sir Shak
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 11:40:36 AM

Thanks man .

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Milonakis
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:39:41 PM
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Bass Guitar.

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Jawknee
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:44:13 PM

that makes two of us.

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michiganfan1983
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:05:02 PM

I play a little bass guitar.

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frylock25
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:36:07 AM

LOOK OUT ITS MANBEARPIG!!!! RUN!!! AL GORE WAS RIGHT!!

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tes37
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:36:35 AM

@ frylock

What you said reminded me of a friend at the Art Institute of Dallas who drew a picture of a bear for one of his assignments. He got mad at me because I laughed for about 30 minutes when I saw it. I have never seen anyone draw an animal that had a look on it's face as if it were embarrassed of itself. It had a piglike look to it as well.

Man, that was 20 years ago. I can't believe how long it's been.

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totozero18
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:15:48 AM

For real, bass guitar??? same here, I had a cover band (mostly red hot chili peppers, foo fighters, queens of the stone age, the strokes)

Other than music I do read a lot (you guys gotta read Cloud of Sparrows), and I did Karate for 10 years straight, so I practice once in a while.
And I'm attending Videogame Art Design classes, so I could say that 3d modelling (haven't started with animation yet)

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telly
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 12:35:09 PM

You guys don't leave in/near DC, do you? My band needs a bass player.

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Milonakis
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 8:41:21 PM

I live in milwaukee WI, but I am willing to commute. (jk)

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:40:15 PM
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I'm a huge basketball fan, and I like to run, especially at night for some odd reason. It's dangerous running at night here though, there are skunks everywhere and it's nothing short of a miracle that I haven't been sprayed yet.

I also like history, my favorite period being WWII. Most books I've read in the past year have been on WWII, although I find time for an occasional L'Amour here and there.

Fishing is another one of my main hobbies, and fishing season is coming up soon! Any other fishermen among us? I just started doing it regularly 2 years ago, so I'm still kinda new. I usually fish out of my Kayak, which is another hobby of mine. I live so close to the adirondacks that there are literally hundreds of lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks to pick from within an hour or two from me. It's awesome.

I give you alot of credit for playing tennis Ben, every time I play I'm incredibly sore in places I didn't know existed. I'm convinced that the muscles used while playing tennis are ONLY used while playing tennis.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:22:54 PM

Heh...yes and no. Tennis uses a lot of fast-twitch muscles and it's a lot like football. Periods of dead rest punctuated by 110% all out concentration and effort. It's the mental part of tennis I appreciate, too.

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TheIllusiveMan
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:43:17 PM
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Away from TV? I play my PSP!

Actually I tend to read... a lot. I always read the descriptions and anything readable in games, like books in Oblivion, or codex in Dragon Age and Assassins Creed 2. I read books, although none lately. I read anything of interest on the internet.

I listen to music about 80% of my time awake. I read about music (lol, seriously). I have about 12 gigs of music on my PSP. My PSP is basically a highly advanced MP3 player with good games. I also work as security during outdoor summer concerts.

I personally know a Suicide Girl, which is awesome. She is only a hopeful, well at least she was only a hopeful.

I'm the camera man for my friends and their skate team, although I can't skate at all. I try to snowboard, but I can't really do that either.

I also like to work with Photoshop and similar programs. I'm not the best but I think I'm pretty good.

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laxpro2001
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:43:26 PM
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Great Article Ben :D
I myself workout a lot. I haven't been going as long as you, only 3.5 years (I'm also a little younger) but I love it to death. I just restarted up the cardio and each day its gets better and better. I go everyday and do a lot of isolation training.

It's great too because I get a huge sense of accomplishment. I must have said at least 4 times "once I get xxx up (benching) I'll probably stop moving up" and yet I get used to the weight and surprise myself. The complements are also a plus.

Play Guitar. Well, attempt to. I don't want to be one of those people that can only play 10 to 20 songs that everyone knows and be considered good. I want to be someone that can jam because he knows basic theory behind that. That being said I'm not good but I do enjoy it.

As for reading, I read a little. Usually its something like self-help books just to improve on my flaws. Also I read informational books that will hopefully help me in my future occupation. The last book aside from these that I read was Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which of course was inspired to me by the DW series ;)

Sports wise... well its been a while but I've been having the urge to play lacrosse again. Played it my whole life, then got sick of my parents forcing it on me, but I kinda feel like I can't escape it anymore.



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laxpro2001
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:57:38 PM

Also in case anyone is wondering my current goal is to put up double my body weight for one rep... as of right now, about 40lbs short, but since I'm going to be working out legs more that might be harder since I'll be gaining weight due to the muscled in my legs.

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Qubex
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:44:28 PM
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Living in Singapore can be rather tough actually. It is a high pressured environment and the day job - which is nonetheless good and pays very well - demands I travel throughout Asia... and yes I do go to Japan 2 to 3 times a year... really a fantastic place... you guys would love it :)

Due to this demanding schedule of mine I actually cannot do that much unfortunately, but I am working to change that when I finally get to move to New Zealand 3-4 years time... I will be semi retired then and have lots of time on my hands for writing and working on my own creative IP's which I hope to turn into commercial products.

I am currently working on one, but very slowly - and actually stopped for a few months when domestic issues took over. But I am regaining myself now, getting better organised and soon will be back in the thick of it I hope.

I will tell you all about it later, as I am thinking about turning into an RPG possibly; and if the community wants to get stuck in with ideas or what have you why not? Also input from Ben would be fantastic too..

Q!

" play . experience . enjoy "


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laxpro2001
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:52:23 PM

hey Qubex I'm actually in NZ right now studying abroad and I love it. Btw what do you do for a living if you don't mind my asking?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:24:45 PM

Well, I can't guarantee I'd have time to look at it but I'd like to hear about your concepts one day.

And I've always wanted to visit Singapore.

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Qubex
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:45:49 AM

@laxpro...

I am currently working in the telecommunications industry as a consultant, so we service all the major operators in and around Asia... speaking of which I will be in Vietnam next week for exactly that... meetings and more meetings... but such is life. Luckily for me, people like to talk, and talk a lot... communications is essential for our modern society so in many ways it has been "recession proof" to some extent. Having already been in Asia for the best part of 8 years I have missed the economic fallouts in the west, it hasn't really affected me here at all... again, combination of hard and luck to some extent...

Talking about New Zealand operators... "2degrees" is one of my customers... I think you know of them luxpro :)

In fact I may need to go to Auckland in the future, so if you are there I will let you know via PSXeXtreme :)

@Ben...

Ben you are most welcome to Singapore anytime... if you do make it here, or if you want some advice on what to do and where to stay just email me. I will also meet you at the airport so you have a friendly face to welcome you to the tropics...

I do this quite a bit for friends and family and as I live 8 minutes from Changi, it is pretty easy for me. The country is amazingly efficient so, for the most part, traveling in and around Singapore is a breeze. Singapore Airlines is voted year after year as best Airline in the world, so make sure you use them, the service is fantastic... probably has the best looking Asian hostesses you are likely to see, they all look like models...

...I need to do a little more work on "re-configuring" the I.P. before launching it in a state that new ideas or contributions can be taken on board...

The initial idea was the easiest, maybe go down the writing of a fantasy novel or book initially, and then from this written world craft a workable game I.P. (or film I.P. for that matter)...

I may have mentioned this before but the cartographer from the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, Daniel Reeve, has crafted the logo of the I.P. for me, and will do illustrations as and when requested, however, as I am still fleshing out the world, it is pointless to do that now, it is too early on in the process.

One little highlight, when I was in Wellington having lunch, I was only the 4th person in the world to have seen the Skull Island Map used in the movie King Kong, amongst other things of course... That was pretty cool... and also the rough pieces of paper used by Frodo to practice his writing with the quill... The "there and back again..." text which we saw he was scribing on film... that was pretty cool too. :)

Q!

" play . experience . enjoy "

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:26:56 AM

Sounds very interesting. Traveling to Singapore is way off in the future at this point but hey, at least I've got a guide if I decide to go. ;)

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laxpro2001
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 4:44:36 PM

@Qubex thats awesome and good for you that you weren't affected by the recession, and yes I believe 2degrees is a mobile phone provider. I would have rather went with them than vodaphone. The guy in the store didn't understand what customer service was.

Also if you do end up going to Auckland definitely let me know since I'm attending Massey University which is pretty close to the city.

@Ben, This was a really fun article. I love it when these things let you get to know other members on a more personal level. Thanks

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Qubex
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 9:40:22 PM

OK, will do laxpro :)

Sometime this year probably, just trying to get an idea of when I can if it is not for work...

Regarding the recession, what can I say really, these days corporates turn around and just cull when and if they need to... none of us unfortunately can ever feel completely relaxed and just enjoy life whilst working... simply put we have half of humanity in India and China wanting our jobs... how do you complete with that!

Q!

" play . experience . enjoy "

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Jawknee
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 10:44:41 PM
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Music and Movies.

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www
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:52:28 AM

And of course smacking your wife's ass everyday ;)

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Jawknee
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:01:08 PM

;)

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inkme101
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:00:07 PM
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spending time with my kids is my favorite hobby! i also love to work on my hotrod. and i love to watch movies with the wife. other than that and work (working on others cars lol) its pretty much.... GAMES!!!! lol

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inkme101
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:42:41 PM

wow i cant believe i forgot... but i also get an incredible amount of tattoos!

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sunspider13
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:01:04 PM
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Reading (poetry, some classics, some comics)
Hiking and mountain biking
Music
and
going out when it's warm and looking for spiders!

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:07:33 PM

You look for spiders to kill, right? Usually, when I find a spider, it's unintentional, and it dies. I used to be deathly afraid of them but I've seen so many in the basement of my apartment that I've grown accustomed to them. Now Centipedes, those I fear. All those legs.

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sunspider13
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:18:20 PM

Nope to study, sorry. I one of the few that like our native aliens, lol.

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WolfCrimson
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:33:50 AM

Guernica: Lol I'm the same, I'm kinda scared of spiders, scorpions and centipedes. I think it's called... arachnophobia? Although it's not specific to spiders, just animals with lots of limbs (more than 6, so ants are fine).

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:09:13 AM

I thought arachnophobia only applied to spiders. I am definitely arachnophobic. I still get uncomfortable around spiders, and I have to kill them if they're around. I can't function if I see a spider and let it live.

With Centipedes, I can't even touch one with something I'm holding. I have to drop stuff on them to kill them, or vacuum them up. Just watching them run is horrifying.

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www
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:50:57 AM

There lotta people who hate spiders simply because they have too many legs, just like centipedes, we hate them cause they look nasty lurking around with all those legs, I know...

Dogs woulda been man's worst friend if they had 8-10 legs eeewww...

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frylock25
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:38:11 PM

you know some of those creapy little things with all them legs are poisonous. they look that way for a reason. so we wont eat them. so other things wont eat them. i sure as hell would kill them. even those damn ear wig things with the little pinchers. the way i see it. if they come in my house im killin them. if i see it outside ill leave it alone. unless its heading to my house, then its gonna die.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:53:14 PM

Yeah, dam em spiders with all those legs and that scary way of running, it just creeps me out, they are literally asking to be shot at with a bibigun.

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:37:01 PM

Haha I once killed a Bee with an airsoft gun in my house. It kept landing on the miniblinds and I couldn't get a good angle to swat at it, so I called in backup. I freaked out cuz I hit it with my first shot and one of the wings stuck to the wall.

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sunspider13
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 12:50:24 PM

Well guys be happy that you don't live in Sydney, they've got a epidemic of the Sydney funnel-web spiders down there right now. Btw that's the little guy who's my present avatar. Nice fangs huh, lol.

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DIsmael85
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:04:49 PM
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Interesting, let's see: I like playing Guitar(12 years and going), I'm working on a Comic Book with a friend, drawing, and I'm looking into a career of Animation once again, if not that then Concept art.

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Banky A
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:05:01 PM
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Yeahhh Ben! Working out/weight lifting <3
You and me for 5-6 days...
Hobbies:

- Working out, general fitness (slack on cardiovascular stuff though).

- Dancing (started recently, some weeks ago).

- Music. Guitar, singing + more.

- Boxing. It's my only sport so I'll say it's a hobbie LOL.

- Videogame animation & programming. Been doing it for years but I still suck!

- Fashionable shopping for clothes. I like to keep in touch with my feminine side, what can I say ;)

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Banky A
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:07:56 PM

<3
+1 for me and Ben sparring together? C'mon ;P

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:23:38 PM

Arm-wrestle.

...I rarely lose. ;)

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laxpro2001
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:49:28 AM

haha even though im sorta big, i would probably lose in an arm wrestle to everyone in this forum and their sisters... I just can't seem to do well in one.

And to the immature person who keeps thumbing down everyone of my posts, may I please ask wth I did to you that you need to do that on practically every post I make?

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TEG3SH
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:37:19 AM

dude thumps up for boxing i've been training for 8 years ,just as a hobby nothing serious though.

working out is awesome ( but i have been lazy last 2 months or so)

thank god for johnny rockets.

someone had to say it .lol

spank the monkey

@laxpro2001 me, u and some other ppl cough*LV*cough are on the naughty list ,always downvoted



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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:33:34 PM

Laxpro: Considering that the average person can't even bench press 1x their body-weight, means that your missing something in your posture when arm-wrestling: it's where you put your second hand to balance your weight. Holding the table side, or holding your knee should do the trick.

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laxpro2001
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:16:12 PM

@TEG3SH haha yea, I was just wondering if there was any rhyme to reason to it. lol ok well then I guess I can stop whining and just accept being part of such a prestigious list ;)

@Shams O WOW!! that makes so much sense. Whenever I arm-wrestled I always found myself losing balance. I think I do other stuff wrong but thats definitely a big part of it. Thanks for the tip!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:35:05 PM

Bench pressing and arm wrestling use entirely different muscles. Arm wrestling is about 80% forearm, and the rest is tricep, shoulder, and a little bicep and wrist.

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:57:33 PM

Benchpressing uses triceps (and pecs), right? Plus, if you're benching (free weights) close to twice your weight, you'll be using plenty of other muscles trying stabilize the weight, too. Safe to say, if you can bench press close to 300lbs, you're more than capable to beat the average joe (or mary) in an arm wrestle.

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laxpro2001
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:59:50 PM

@Ben very true, but bench pressing uses both shoulders and triceps as secondary muscles and you know how everyone has that one muscle group that is phenomenal, well mine happen to be the triceps. However on the downside my left forearm is stronger so I would need to work on both my technique and strength.

@Shams I agree with you assuming you work out other muscle groups as much as chest meaning you'd be relatively as strong in other muscle groups then you would be more than capable, but also as you said form is ultra important and that's what I lack big time.

I'm not too worried about it anyway. I just find it funny when people look at me and assume I'd be amazing at arm wrestling when in fact I'm horrific.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:29:23 PM

Shams: Yes, of course someone who works out in general would be better at something that uses muscles. However, I think many people are often surprised at the very specific set of muscles utilized for arm wrestling.

If you ever watch the arm wrestling world championships, the guys who win don't even look like anything special...until you see their forearm.

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 11:41:48 PM

Ben: Oh, I agree. The strength in the upper-arm is nullified if one doesn't have the wrist to sustain the force.

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Origami_Killer
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:05:22 PM
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I would love to go skydiving but I don't have the money for it. It's kinda expensive.

Riding Dirt bikes, Anime, Movies, and Music (mainly rap from 1992-2002 not that stuff you hear nowadays).

I Also like to collect knives and guns. I have a couple books on how to make knives, so I might try that someday.

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:11:16 PM

I used to listen to rap around that time. All the big names: Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Biggie, uhhh some not so big names were... I think Juvenile, Big Timers... I can't remember any others. I know there were a ton more though.

Now, I mostly listen to Country and a bunch of other really random bands and artists from all different genres.

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Origami_Killer
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:28:04 PM

Yeah, Tupac is in my top 5 list but my favorite rap group is ONYX. Here a couple other good ones. Not in any order, DMX, M.O.P., Boot Camp Click, Brotha Lynch hung and many others.

Country music is ok but I'm not really a fan.

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inkme101
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:41:01 PM

SLAM... da da da...da da da... let the boyz be boyz!!!! LOL wow theres a flashback!

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Origami_Killer
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:18:51 AM

@Doc Brown
That's actually the first song I heard from them.

Edit: If only I had your time machine.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:43:27 AM

what kind of guns do u have?????

I love guns , I have Aka-47, M16, Magnum, a glock 26 and 357 magnum double action revolver. not mine all are my brothers but I STILL USE

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Origami_Killer
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:03:35 PM

@TEG3SH
M-14, 30-30, and a small hand 22.I don't have that many right now but when I get a little extra money, I'll get more.

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:58:17 PM

I went skydiving once, the only time in my life, up until now, which I went on an airplane and I jumped out half way, so it doesn't even count. But anyways, the freefalling was like the most awesome thing in the world(at least of what I did in my life till this point), I really recommend trying it once in the future.

PS: Tupac FTW, R.I.P.

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Origami_Killer
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:05:50 PM

@FullmetalX10
Yeah, I definitely plan on going skydiving but like I said, I don't have the money for it right now.

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sunspider13
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 12:55:20 PM

Skydiving is better than the horizontal hokey-pokey. When I did it I was able to get in all of my practice jumps and my first free-fall all in one day. When I have the money to throw around again, I am going to have another go at it.

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michiganfan1983
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:17:11 PM
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I play a lot of golf and sofball in the summer time. I watch a lot of sports, tv and movies. I used to play bass guitar but have done it in a while. I enjoy pretty much all major genres of music.

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FM23
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:17:34 PM
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All I do outside of gaming, is play basketball, go to school, worry about finally having a career (lol), and spending time with my lovely girlfriend and of course my close close friends.

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mexgeo86
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:21:55 PM
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Let's see, I've tried to teach myself Japanese and so far I got 2 alphabets down but I fear Kanji, lol.

I also enjoy horticulture aka gardening.

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Scarecrow
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:37:15 PM

I also have hiragana and katakana down

And almost have Grade level 1 kanji down.... (but that's barely 50 or so kanji)

Out of the 1945 commonly used kanji lol

Though, they say if you know 600 you'll be fine
Yeah, Japanese writing is the biggest hurdle of all.

Everything else is easy, speaking/listening.

Here, let me get you started with kanji:
http://quickkanji.com/

and for all kanji combinations:
http://www.learn-japanese.info/firstgradekanji.html

It takes Japanese students 6 or 7 years to get 1945 kanji down.....

So don't go too crazy 'bout it. Just learn 2 or 3 kanji levels per year and you'll be set

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mexgeo86
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:28:16 AM

thank you kind sir

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Fane1024
Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 4:29:52 PM

I've got a book on kanji, but I mainly use it to tranlate banners at Mariners games. :)

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dragonx_HD
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:23:13 PM
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my first hobby is college football. Not even playstation is more important to me than crimson tide football, no matter how many * they put on our championships lol. Other than that I like to write. One day Ill get a camera and shoot a low budget film. Its my unrealistic dream lol

EDIT: making a big budget one is my dream lol

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GuernicaReborn
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:25:34 PM

Make it a documentary on Crimson Tide football, that way you can combine two hobbies into one.

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totozero18
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:42:06 AM

My unrealistic dream is to put my name on any Final Fantasy game staff.

As Director Lazard (Crisis Core) said: "Unattainable dreams are the best kind"

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onsiterecording
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:25:46 PM
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I read quite a bit of Dean Koontz. I haven't found a book of his that I have not enjoyed.

I love excercise but I get quite a bit through work so I don't do heaps of it at home but a little bit.

I love to cook, and although I'm not great it's something that I realy enjoy and want to get better at.

Love listening to music, HipHop that is. Both past and present hiphop is great, I've built up a little collection of cd's. Live shows are great but I don't go to as many as I should. I missed seeing RZA with Frukwan a couple of months back, would have been excellent. My last show was Pharoahe Monch in december.

Sport. Although I don't really play anymore I still love to have a kick of the footy every chance I get, and when the season starts at the end of the month I hope to go to a few games. AFL that is.

Hanging out with friends. I have a fairly large group of friends and whatever mood I'm in I know that atleast one of them will be up for the same thing.

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dragonx_HD
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:29:19 PM
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thats a great idea. havent looked into cameras. Imight get one of those hd camcorders. they're not too expensive.

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kokoro
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:30:19 PM
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I love mathematics and statistics and intend to make it my profession. Right now I'm in my senior year at university (college) and hopefully next year I will go on to postgraduate mathematics (graduate maths school).

Nothing makes me happier than good food. Feed me well and I'm the happiest person around. I dislike fast food and seldom eat it.

I enjoy reading books, especially biographies. One of my most memorbale experiences was reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang. I also learn Japanese in my spare time. Ever since I was young I wanted to learn an asian language because of its seemingly challenging nature (particularly the written component of most asian languages). It's been around 2 years since I started and I must say I'm extremely proud of my efforts. (By the way, www.guidetojapanese.org/learn has all the resources you need)

I'm the type of person who loves a challenge and immensely enjoys the thrill of completing a difficult task (probably one of the reasons, amongst many others, why I cannot stand FPS games). I also like playing touch footy (of the Rugby League variety).



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sticklife
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:56:44 PM
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I love reading tech news. I like watching shows that teach me stuff. I also collect Japanese horror movies, and old Jackie Chan movies.

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:04:07 PM

The older movies are his best and craziest.

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Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:58:12 PM
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I'm an artist...thats it really, BUT devoting my time mostly to art is worth the sacrifice. I drew my icon for instance!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, March 12, 2010 @ 11:58:32 PM
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goodgamer: Nope. Not in here.

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inkme101
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:08:05 AM

i knew that was gonna happen! lol

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aaronisbla
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:11:12 AM

wait what happened?

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frylock25
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:51:39 AM

probably some inappropriate commenting followed by the admin b!tch slap.

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inkme101
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:58:57 AM

on the nose!

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aaronisbla
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:10:39 AM
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Music: Good Hip Hop, not the crap rap that is often played on mainstream radio lately.

To give you an example of the difference, its like if you are a heavy metal fan and someone goes " oh you mean like Good Charlotte?" It makes you facepalm right away

Movies, reading, American Football

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Deadman
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 5:45:18 AM

I enjoy punk but I love good hip-hop stuff like El-P, Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Atmosphere, Mr. Lif, MURS, and MF Doom. I could keep going I have nearly the entire DefJux and Rhymesayers catalog.

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SmokeyPSD
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:12:17 AM
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not really a hobby as it's more my vocation, since I'm studying it, but music. I play trombone, trumpet everything from classical to jazz. i guess my hobby with music though is sound editing and sound design, i love mucking around on reason and more recently beaterator.

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frylock25
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:33:57 AM

slow your finger down when clicking the submit comment button. its not gonna respond right away. just click it once and wait.

otherwise that is awesome you can play all that i wish i was musically inclined

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Hezzron
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:14:59 AM
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Ben,

I couldn't agree with you more on the food part. Add to the fact that eating out also takes a toll on the finances, and you have what has led to a hobby of mine: cooking. Especially BBQ when the weather permits here in New England.

I also read, play guitar and being a home owner, you can throw in some yard work and maintenance too.

I used to collect sports cards and comics and some action figures, but I've kinda out grown that....or at least that's what the wife insists.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:06:08 AM

I still have my baseball card collection. I even look at it from time to time. :)

I was BIG into that when I was younger.

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totozero18
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:53:33 AM

I just crack up when I read "the wife", I think I've been lucky, my girl supported my EXTREMELY STUPID idea of working 10.5 hours 6 days a week to get me a ps3, oh oh and she loves Evangelion, DBZ (yes Dragon Ball Z) and anime in general so I don't have to hide that I'm actually really geeky...:S

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:39:57 AM

I was just looking at my baseball card collection a week ago. I've got everything from '85 to '90.

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Hezzron
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:51:01 AM

I still have all my collections. I just haven't added to it in the past 7-8 years.

I should go through the stuff I have....for all I know, I might be a millionaire!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:29:22 PM

Nah. Cards are pretty worthless these days.

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:38:46 PM

I still have a bunch of Kobe rookie cards, as well as grant hill, Iverson, Ray Allen, KG and Jason Kidd. I also have over 500 grant hill cards in a binder, he was my favorite player back in the 90's.

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Hezzron
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 11:20:13 AM

One of the reasons I quit collecting cards is that the hobby became over-saturated with product, making any hope of cards being "rare" and valuable basically nil. Everybody was doing it in the 90's.

Throw in that it started costing $6 for a pack of 5 cards, and I dropped the hobby like a hot potato.

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kraygen
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:30:10 AM
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There are so many things that I love to do, so much in life to enjoy.

I love to read, fiction. I love novels, novel series, comic books. Look at my avatar, obvious right. I love ongoing stories with good characters.

I love to rollerblade, sadly where I live now, there is nowhere to do it. Our streets are worse than rollerblading on gravel I swear. My favorite is downhill, as fast as I can. Going 75mph on rollerblades is a thrill like no other I can tell you that.

I love to downhill ski, you should realize, I'm a speed freak. I like to drive fast, ski fast, rollerblade fast. Anything that makes the world fly by at incredible speeds, I'm up for.

I like to watch TNA wrestling. Big fan of high flying, acrobatic wrestling, with good and humorous stories.

I am a collector. I am probably the opposite of Highlander tho, he sounds like a specialist. I collect lots of things. Comics, of course, nice action figures, video games, miniatures, dice, bouncy balls, marbles, books. Probably something I'm forgetting.

I love to sing. I have been in 2 different bands but neither went anywhere sadly. Ego's, biggest cause of failure for so many bands. I wish to high heaven I could play piano. My parents couldn't afford lessons when I was young and now maybe one day.

I am married and have 2 wonderful dogs, which I've trained Cesar Millan style. Training my dogs is a hobbie, takes a lot of time and patience believe me. But they are really well behaved.

Biggest thing has always been the same though.

I love to write. I love to write songs, poetry, short stories, I just love to write it all. I am currently working on my biggest project ever. I'm writing a novel, but it's bigger than just that. I have an entire universe to construct as I plan to make a series that could lead to so much more.

In case anyone is curious, it's sci-fi, and before you groan, just know that I have a heart for stories that make you want to believe it is real. I want to put Star wars and Star Trek to shame. I know that's laughable, I'm a trekkie, I know what that statement means, but it's my dream.

So that's me in a nutshell I guess, sorry the nut was so big. =)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:05:36 AM

I LIKE ambitious people. Ambition is so rare these days.

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Beamboom
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:24:36 AM

I want to write sci-fi too Kraygen, I'm a trekkie as well (of course... who isn't? ;)! Of course I love reading sci-fi, and favorites include such obvious masters like Phillip K Dick and Peter F Hamilton (the king of double brick-sized paperbacks!) but also a general discovery that female sci-fi writers usually are darn good.

I realize I share a lot of things with the other readers here, I too love to *learn stuff* and Discovery is the obvious choise of tv channel - especially when Mythbusters are on.

Other than that I'm into electronic music, both as a listener and composer. Groovy, dirty breakbeats and instanely tweaked basslines makes my heart pump faster, with UK act Far Too Loud as the definitive masters. I've never heard anything like it.

RC (radio controlled) cars with nitro engines is another hobby, or some would say obsession I've got. I count 12+ cars now, the newest addition being the MP9 from Kyosho - omg what a car.

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:58:40 PM

Careful, guy. Safety pads are nullified when going 75mph with no airbag. I'm sure you know, but thrill-seeking's got to take a backseat to the fam, if you know what i mean.

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kraygen
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:36:18 PM

Well since I got married my downhill rollerblading has been put on hold, haven't had the chance. And for the record, I never wear safety gear, it's uncomfortable and just hinders your movement.

I know that sounds dangerous and what not, but it's much more exhilarating.

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lupus
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:30:12 AM
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i love good food - i also punish iron - and ofcoz vocalist in a death metal band.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:34:23 AM
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I love NFL football. I have Seahawk season tickets. I go with my wife believe it or not. She's a cool chick.
I like to read, mostly Stephen King books interest me. I help coach little league baseball for my oldest son's team. That is a lot of fun watching your son get better and better at a sport you loved as a kid.
I love taking weekend trips to Vegas, I play blackjack mostly.
Love movies too. Went to the theater all the time years ago, but now it is just so damn expensive to go.

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Highlander
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:59:02 AM

I love the NFL as well, Redskins for me, which is a pain since I'm about 1200 miles from DC. My wife is a Colts fanatic, worst thing is we don't live in Indy either...LOL!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:04:59 AM

Football is my favorite sport to watch. Been a 49ers fan since I was about 10...they kinda suck now. Have sucked for a WHILE.

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Highlander
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:10:34 AM

I feel for ya Ben, The redskins have stunk it up for a while, and last year was just plain embarrassing.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:33:53 AM

Bears fan here

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Jed
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:41:49 AM

I know how you feel Ben, I'm a Cowboys fan. I know they are doing better than the niners, but they lead us to believe that they will do well in the post season and then just go retarded.

Remember when the NFC Championship games were Cowboys vs 49ers for like 4 years in a row? It were a great rivalry. I was so happy when we stole Dion. Not so much with T.O.

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totozero18
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:14:01 AM

I'm for the Pats since the guy who sent the PSP from the US sent it with a Pat jersey, THKS A LOT DAVE!!! and yeah I owe him an jersey from the Uruguayan Football (soccer) Selection.
In which I have high hopes for this world cup
URUGUAY CARAJO!!!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:30:00 AM

I was probably the only 49ers fan in the world who didn't care when T.O. disappeared. I knew from the start he was a disruptor more than a productor.

Still, he may have made the second-greatest catch in team history...that playoff game against Green Bay.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:42:06 AM
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All you sports fans reminded me that I can't wait to see the NY Yankees celebrate and defend their 27th World Championship :)

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:05:00 AM

NY!! Best sports state in the Nation!

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OtisFeelgood
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:42:31 AM
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Working out but Ive been slackin off lately, computer-related stuff, american football(I'm a Florida Gators and Tampa Buccaneers fan), and I started fishing recently.........I suck horribly at it. The only thing I caught so far was a ray. ;\

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tes37
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:10:26 AM
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I like playing paintball sometimes, but your legs get one hell of a workout. All that running full speed and stopping quickly will leave you with aching legs for days. It's a dangerous sport if you're not careful. I've seen co2 tanks launch so far into the woods you can't find them, just while removing them from the gun.

I like food a lot, but you couldn't tell from looking at me. I could eat like a pig and not gain weight. This locally owned restaurant makes some of the best strawberry pies I've ever eaten. I have to be careful with those, because I don't want to get burned out on them.

I like to write a little and draw. I got accepted to The Institute of Children's Literature but never took them up on it. I'd wanted at one time to illustrate and write children's books, but I found drawing to be a much easier task than writing.

I'm supposed to be painting a picture of my friend's pitbull, but I haven't started yet.

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GuernicaReborn
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:12:07 AM

The best dessert in my area is Baclava Cheesecake from a local Greek restaurant called Symeons. It's incredible.

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tes37
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:18:11 AM

I had a greek girlfriend one time who had family members that made some kind of dessert but I can't think of the name of it. Some kind of layered, sticky type cookie. Very rich, but good.

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chedison
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:38:06 AM

tes, pretty sure thats baklava

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tes37
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:41:47 AM

Yes, that is the name of it. I couldn't eat very much of it at a time, although I did like it.

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tes37
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:33:34 AM

Oookay... so I guess this IS what it looks like, I'm stupid. But I would really like to try some cheesecake with a baclava/baklava crust. However you spell it. LOL

Edited for emphasis

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:26:36 PM

I like baklava in bite-sizes. I usually get it from the local Lebonese and Syrian shops.

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convergecrew
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:16:41 AM
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Soccer and golf. Both playing and watching (Arsenal!!) both. I gotta say those two are on par with my love of gaming :)

Anyone else into these two sports?

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totozero18
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:19:44 AM

Soccer here, but I mostly support the national team, local soccer it's way too lame and the fans are waaay too violent, I wish we can get our fifth star this world cup

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convergecrew
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 4:31:30 AM

Brother, you must be Italian :)

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totozero18
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 7:41:14 AM

Italian? nah Uruguay, Southamerica

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Sol
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:29:55 AM
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Currency collecting (used to be just old coins, but evolved one I got a two dollar bill and a pink bill from another country).

Martial Arts though unfortunately classes have become expensive and all my money goes to my college stuff.

Collecting, Reading, and creating manga/novels.

I play the Yu-Gi-Oh Trading card game and collect certain cards. (People have said it was childish and that I should stop, but the same people all say it's too complicated for them to understand... so yeah, I'm not stopping).

Working out when I can since I am busy most of the time (after most women like fit guys).

Cooking/Baking

Drawing (because as I've said I am working on a manga project, plus it has been required since I go to an Art school...)

Table Tennis/Ping Pong I haven't played this in years but I'd still school anyone I know, I'll get a table eventually).

That's pretty much it...

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chedison
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:37:43 AM
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I love reading. Like Highlander said in an earlier comment, sponge mode. hard. Books, i like reading fiction. I enjoy sci fi/fantasy but its not all I read. Two of my favorite writers are Haruki Murakami and Franz Kafka.

Also music I love. Can't live without it. I collect almost everything: indie, RnB, folk, rock (alterative and mainstream), instrumental, progressive, house, etc.


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Dante399
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:01:02 AM
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Nice topic :)
I love to read, especially fictional novels like Stephen King's, Dan Brown's, James Herbert's and Jack Higgins' novels.
I also listen to music especially Rock and VGMs.
I love almost all types of movies but mostly Horror ones.
I am into the study of human existence on earth and religions too hahaha
well..along with many many other hobbies that come and go

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Gordo
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:04:35 AM
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With two kids, a wife and a busy job with a long commute into the city there isn't much time for too much else.

Hobbies:

Live opposite a canal so love to go kayaking. Also 5 minutes from the beach (Queensland in Australia), so walks and swims in the surf.

Reading: Got an extensive library of ancient Roman and Greek history books. Also collect the Penguin Classics.

Collect ancient roman and greek coins. Remarkable that you can buy a pretty good condition coin that has been in the ground for 2000 years. Have a 100 or so ancient coins in a coin cabinet.

Cooking. Love to cook Thai, Indian and Chinese.

Buddhism. Starting going to some courses at the local Buddhist centre. Trying to become more compassionate and enlightened! Meditation is an excellent way to de-stress though the PS3 is more popular most days.

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:21:23 PM

I have a book of a collection of Buddhist sayings. I enjoy them.

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Neurotoxiny
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:07:19 AM
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I listen to 90's alternative and grunge (Our Lady Peace is my favorite band) read books by William Sleator, watch action movies, and I practice Parkour, and that's me :P

Everyone around here is so fascinating though ;)

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piratedrunk
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:43:13 AM
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I play guitar (not as much as I used to when I was in a touring band however)

Love reading all sorts of books. I am making my way through a particularly interesting one on particle physics at the moment but I also like fun easy reads and anything in between.

I am pretty great at cooking.

I dig a few tv series and watch heaps of movies.

And finally I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful city surrounded by mountains and a quick bus trip to some great beaches so I like to walk around a lot.

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Mavfan321
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:51:02 AM
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Guitar playing, I miss being in a band somewhat because it was everything Motley Crue made it out to be. Minus heroin overdoses.

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faraga
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:04:46 AM
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My main hobby next to gaming is listening to rock/metal music (like Iron Maiden), and playing those songs on my guitar. I don't know a lot of people who play drums or play bass, so I'm struggling to form a band.

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Underdog15
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:13:21 AM
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Whenever I'm not working or gaming, believe it or not, I'm a triathlete! lol. So around this time of year, it's basically just training! (I train 14-20 hours a week) My dream is olympic, but in all reality, I'll never get there. lol. Still, why can't a guy dream big!? Truth be told, I'm just super enthusiastic after watching so much winter olympics, and I'm not actually that good at it. I can run 10k in 34 minutes, but man... I suck at the swimming part.

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nogoat23
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:14:39 AM
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I play basketball 3 times a week with my coworkers. I go on hikes and play board games and have movie nights with my friends. I go to church and teach in the children's ministry (4 year olds). I love to write. I'm terrible, but I love it. I'd really love to have the budget to be able to travel all around the world as a photographer, but I'm still paying off the college loans. I watch basketball and football whenever I get a chance.

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Skatejimmy5
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:47:00 AM
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As you may be able to tell by my username, I am a skateboarding fanatic. I have been ever since I started 6 years ago. I can't live without it, and I'm currently going insane because of the snow. I gotta skate, man!

I also have an undying love for vehicles. Not just cars, I also love trucks, wheel loaders and such. Which is perfect, because that's what I drive around in at school. Hopefully, I'm gonna be a delivery truck driver, and that is my dream job, so it's perfect!

:)

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kraygen
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:39:57 AM

Man I try to keep busy and keep things complex and interesting and my dreams have me pushing for more complexity, but man all that craziness really makes me appreciate the simple things.

Driving a truck and skateboarding, you go man, that is awesome.

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Beamboom
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:26:47 AM

Yeah I agree, cool. I guess you look forward to Skate 3 coming later this year then? I do, too. :)

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webberfan
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:56:16 AM
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i like cars and sports. mainly boxing, basketball and baseball. im going to the pacquaio fight later today. trying to get into golf. uhhh...i like drinking too...lol mostly beer. corona, budlight lime, michelob ultra, and guiness when im feeling stout.

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huh1678
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 4:15:20 AM
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-Badminton(winter/fall)
-Tennis(spring/summer)
-Reading Manga
-Watch Anime/American shows/Chinese Shows/Korean shows
-Workout(just started again)
Think that's about it lol my hobbies are so time consuming

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sunspider13
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 1:03:10 PM

Bleach FTW!

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www
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 4:51:51 AM
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1. Music music music! I listen to all kinds of music from rock to rap to pop to reggae to dance hall to country.

2. Roaming about in my neighborhood, seeing if I could make some new friends especially girls ;)

3. Drawing or Photoshopping.

4. If I have enough money to ditch out then, its clubbing.

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Vivi_Gamer
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:02:00 AM
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Well i am currently at Uni studying Film & Video Production - I think at the moment i'm interested in going into writting/directing, Simular to what Ingmar Bergman and Woody Allen have done. Otherwise i'd like to go into art direction, I'm more interested in whats infront of the camera rather than behind. So the scenarios in the dramatic scene of the visuals of the characters and set.

I also draw, mainly figure drawing, concept art or story boards. I used to study Art aswell, i found that i usually made scanerios in my paintings, for me film was a chance to flesh out these scenarios. The other reason i decided not to continue my studies in art is becuase of 'Modern Art'. The amount of times i've gone into a gallery and been irritated by pathetic work is astounding. I'm talking about blank canvases on the wall and a messy bed in the middle of a room, modern art if you can back up any work with a string statement it's accpeted, which in my opinion is wrong.

Reading is something i've have only recently got into (Which i certainly regret). I generally read popular fiction as i have just started but i intend to go on to read many secret novels as i get more confident. I also want to become more literate so i can write better scripts, this is also something i have only just got into. my previous work at college had no dialouge in.

There the main things at the moment. i'm hoping to start playing the piano soon, though i just cant afford lessons at the moment.

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JackC8
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:38:05 AM
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I'm quite a movie buff. I'm into low budget, independently produced sci-fi and horror mostly. Well, considering that horror movies outnumber sci-fi by about 50-1, I guess I mostly watch horror. I think my DVD collection was over 300 titles last time I counted. I'm also into home theater. Last year I pretty much upgraded everything in the entertainment center, with an HDTV, PS3, 7.1 surround sound system (with big high quality, expensive speakers, not those little "home theater in a box things), and an upconverting DVD player.

I also work out. I've been lifting weights on and off for quite a few years. Got a nice barbell set and a weight bench. I'm not as young as I used to be though. Used to be able to follow any insane workout routine. If I were to try to do that now I'd have one pulled muscle after another. I do a full body routine three times a week with a moderate amount of weight and higher reps than I used to do.

Play a lot of golf in the summer, also play guitar occasionally.

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Solaris Knight
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:44:24 AM
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Areas of interest outside of gaming are philosophy and theology. Primarily interested in: metaphysics; metaethics; bioethics; epistomology; ontology and existentialism. Favorite philosophers to read are: David Hume; Nietzsche; John Locke; Spinoza; Thomas Aquinas; Machiavelli; Plato and George Berkeley.

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Gordo
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:29:50 AM

David Hume, as a Scotsman has always been a particular favourite of mine. In Edinburgh there is a statue of him in one of the main streets.
Humes, "Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion" is a wonderful rationalistic masterpiece.

Spinoza's "Ethics" is similarly striking on the cause and effects, and the illusory nature of free will.

Good to speak to a fellow traveller.

Nietzsche is a bit bleak for me but Plato and Machiavelli are always good for a read.

Voltaire is a favourite of mine, but also controversially is the Marquis De Sade's "Dialogue Between a Priest and a Dying Man".

Cheers!

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deadmanwithin
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:08:43 AM
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I'm into
- climbing(without safety equipment,something like low-level free soloing) - every time I get the chance
- Mixed Martial Arts(3 days a week,4 hour sessions)
- parkour(when the weather/conditions allow it,I do it everyday)
Those are the physical things.
Other than that
- philosophy,psychology,thinking(of course,everyone gives me weird looks because it doesn't suit my age)
- reading - extremely wide range of genres,from books about animals(Gerald Durrell) to The Art of War(Sun Tzu)
(again,weird looks are present everywhere I go)
- good music(mostly rock/metal)
- computers - from C++ to freeware games modding(like Little Fighter 2)to webpage making to Photoshop ... and others(currently trying to get my first level CISCO certificate for network supervision).
- hanging out with a couple of close friends(2 times a week,sometimes often)
Seeing as I'll be reaching 17 years old after 16 days(and I'm still very restricted for being a minor)and I'm still required to go to school,that is all I can manage for now.

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Bugzbunny109
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:15:00 AM
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Drawing, painting, playing the piano, guitar, and drums, and photography. I wouldn't call it a hobby, but my life.

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Zorigo
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:16:54 AM
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reading, eating, working out on occasions, and knowledge.
especially knowledge. the more i know, the more i understand, the more powerful i feel, philosophy lessons are great!
i do like listening to music, a lot.
i would learn the guitar but i've never had the time. always too much work.
i used to do freehand rock climbing (climbing without the gear) in the park where i lived was this huge rock face of boulders and rock wall, i loved climbing up there.
And science. I'm muslim, but i believe heavily that religion and science go hand in hand. everything scientific enthrals me. genetics and physics are particular favourties

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Silent_J
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:43:04 AM

Couldnt agree with more ,im also a muslim and think both religious and Science should go hand in hand.There are so much scientific facts in the quran(revealed over 1400yrs ago) that are now being discovered.

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totozero18
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:54:14 AM

Wow how do you work that out? I mean Religion and Science together it's like pushing to magnets with the same pole face to face. I don't know anything about Quran I'm catholic (I mean I was baptized and stuff) and I cannot understand how the hell is ppl still reading the Bible (and I don't want to offend anybody here, remember I myself I'm catholic) but the book is plain nonsense...


EDIT: Judging from I've read so far, folks inside here are pretty damn smart, I'd like to see what comes up from a topic like this on a Xbox forum...

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Silent_J
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:12:18 AM

The quran tells in detail of the water cycle,the stages of birth ,about mountains and alot of other stuffs that were not too long discovered.Its very interesting, I wasnt a devoted muslim but as I learn more and more about my religion everything just fell into place.

This site does have alot of smart mature people that's why I wanted to be a part of this community.

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Zorigo
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:58:03 PM

@Toto, it does seem hard to believe that science and religion could go hand in hand, but thats the stereotypical view of religion.
Not only is Silent_J right, that many many things of scientific knowledge are stated in the quran, but on a personal scale too.
Science says matter cannot be made out of nothing, yet they say that's how the universe was created. whats not to say that a higher force like Allah/God forced a big bang (or collision if you believe the singularities theory) to happen to create the universe and then shaped that matter into what we know (and don't know) today. No religious books say scientifically say how it happened, just that it did. I'm sure it could be explained scientifically aswell. Obviously the first cause can't be explained (that would be God), but let's not get into that.

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DTyler
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:25:38 AM
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Outside of actual gaming, I like to read PSXExtreme.com.

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Zorigo
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:58:45 PM

really, thats such a none gaming thing to stereotypically do... ;)

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mackid1993
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:29:23 AM
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Not much really. I excel in academics though. Generally a straight A student. I get a few B's here and there though.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:07:52 PM

School = occupation

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Silent_J
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:37:49 AM
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I play a good amount of sports whenever I get the chance to..basketball ,soccer,cricket ,racketball or tennis .Im at work everday sitting in chair most the time commenting on PSXE (reading articles on this site are sometimes the highlight of my day lol) so I try not to be cooped up too much when I get home.

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tlpn99
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:32:49 AM
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I love reading, will read pretty much anything but my main fave things to read are horror, Stephen King, James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker plus others too.

I love watching movies in the cinema and go regularly at least once a week, sometimes more if it demands it depends on whats good thats out. I love pretty much anything except for musicals lol.

I am a huge Dr Who fan new and old series. I also like Star Trek, Red Dwarf.

I love watching the football (soccer) in the pub with my mates while having a few beers. I also play snooker regularly every Friday after work. Been attending the local snooker hall since I was old enough to play on the tables.

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fluffer nutter
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:43:38 AM
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I love playing sports. My favorites (playing) are basketball, football, baseball, soccer and cycling. I also love watching them on tv or going to the parks and stadiums to cheer on my favorite teams.

Being outside. Anything that will allow me to enjoy the weather; beach, hiking, even walking.

Technology. I like to understand how things work and I do end up like a sponge and can read for hours upon hours to fully grasp everything to do with certain technologies. I'm fascinated by peoples' creativity.

Cars. Following advances in car technology, working on cars, racing cars, etc.

My family. Having kids is great and that we play together and I relive my childhood through them and get to be goofy again. It's awesome.

Those are my main hobbies but I do have other little ones that I don't do as often.

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Miggy
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:53:37 AM
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i enjoy learning about anything that i have no clue about. i'm taking a course right now about the middle east and Islam because i was ignorant on the entire culture and religion (final exam is monday -_-). I found out a good of friend of mine is Muslim and he seemed to appreciate the fact that I was learning about Islam and helped me with some of my homework. i'm a computer science major so i try to get better at coding because i know i'm not at the level i should be at. i listen to music a lot and watch movies.
my main goal is to specialise my major into computer graphics and animations. i'm taking an intro course into computer graphics next quarter and am really excited. when i listen to music i daydream about this story i've created and it's been going on for years. i want to use computer graphics and animations to bring it to life. something like what mounty oum did but with more of a story. also when the weather permits i like to walk around campus for hours even if i walk in circles.

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Shams
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:01:37 PM

Academia has got a very one-dimensional and skewed view on those things, only because it's usually written from the outside, or by someone on the inside who has also learned from the 'outside' or can't keep his own personal leanings out of it.

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sirbob6
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:35:00 AM
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I enjoy working on cars. Currently working on a '69 GTO. I also watch the Histroy and Science channel. I will also do some 3d designing in rhino (currently trying to get copy of Mia)

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coverton341
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:36:23 AM
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First off I would like to say that this is a great article. It lets everyone get to know everyone else a bit better though as of writing this I haven't read through all of the comments though I will.

Anyway, as for me, I am a software programmer so that takes a bit of my free time, I also love to read and am starting the Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson, I play guitar and years back played in a punk band that never did anything but we had a lot of fun. When it isn't freezing cold I train parkour or when I get down to Florida I do so with my little brother who I just got into it, I still sometimes find the time to skateboard, and I attend a good number of concerts.

That's me in a nutshell I suppose.

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MyWorstNightmar
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:27:31 PM

Software programmer eh? Told you I couldn't talk code with you and sound like I knew what I was talking about.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 12:10:25 PM
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Guitar, love music, rock and metal mainly, also love the beatles, ha, crazy bastards. Bob Marley. Hate almost all dance musiuc with the odd exception.

Reading, fiction mainly.

Used top work out alot, dont see the point now. I cant seem to put on ANY weight anyway :) Even tho i eat like a slob

Drinking milk :)

Beer! Party!

College

Them last few arnt really hobbies are they...

Discovery channel

Automotive stuff

Loads of stuff i wanna do, skydiving, havnt been snowboarding yet, rock climbing.. all that sorta stuff :P

This list could cont. forever

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 1:51:36 PM
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Ben you got to help me freelance, I dunno what to do.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:08:43 PM

You can't make a living freelance writing. I think like 12 of the 12000000 people who try it actually do.

Realistically, freelance should only be done as a form of secondary income or as experience for an actual job in the future. It's the sad facts.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:16:11 PM

I know, that's what I meant :)

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Highlander
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 4:35:55 PM

If it's not your source of income and you're doing if for experience, I think the key thing is to remember that the word 'free' begins the word freelance. The only time I've properly written anything freelance myself, I was doing it for free. In the end I don't have time to devote to freelance writing to be anything more than an occasional contributor. So there's not going to be money in it. Just the satisfaction of writing something, having others read it, and seeing my name in print somewhere.

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frylock25
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 5:21:30 PM

highlander always with the awesome comments and wonderful words of wisdom.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:07:18 PM

I would recommend starting with local newspapers. It'll be boring but they often work with freelancers, and they actually pay. Not much (as you can see in the article), but it's something, and it certainly counts as experience.

Magazines are another option, both online and print. You can also try freelance writing for some game sites, which do pay a little. ...but no, we aren't hiring right now. :)

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Alienange
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:20:01 PM
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I don't understand the question. What do you mean "besides gaming?"

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www
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 4:34:03 PM

I also don't get your question, maybe am not catching the drift but do explain what you mean, I know you my friend are always up to something ;)

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jlch777
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 2:22:35 PM
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I love to play my guitar a lot.
"Music the Universal Language".

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TEG3SH
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:08:52 PM
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@Origami_Killer

THAT is some awesome collection , but the worst thing about collecting guns is everyone will call ya a redneck .lool

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Origami_Killer
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 9:53:11 PM

People can't call you redneck if they don't know you have them.

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TEG3SH
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 3:36:59 PM
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@laxpro we are cool , thats why every1 is jealous .lol

wait for the heap of thumpsdown

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Qwarktast1c
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:00:34 PM
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SCIENCE!!! i like to read about science and dabble in it since i want to be a chemist :)

i also like to read other things too

i LOVE food, especially peruvian food

like to sit around and listen to music

chill with my friends

play soccer

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:02:54 PM
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If anybody cares, I like to read and I write fiction. I used to draw but I kind of lost my talents. I watch lots of movies. Spending time with my four legged friend Dexter is always a blast. Gaming is my favorite hobby though.

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TEG3SH
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 5:44:54 AM

I CARE MAN

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FullmetalX10
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 6:21:25 PM
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Let's see, my 17 year old mind would like to start off with the hobby I like most:
Writing, novel style, I'm currently writing in English and I wouldn't mind putting a little sumthin' up in the forum, if anyone would be interesting in reading it.

Next up: Gaming of course, Playstation 3 mostly, sometimes PC if I don't feel like turning on the PS3.

Also: Freerunning. I just love running around in the summer sun, jumping over things, climbing on buildings and whatnot, showing off backflips at school.

I: Do enjoy reading too, a big fan of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child's work, I don't know if any of you know "Relic", it was my first 'grown up' people book, I read it a long time ago and it still sticks with me on the choices I make picking books.

Of course: Cooking is one of my hobbies too, as my father is from Indonesia, cooking comes like breathing to me(ok, it does require some practice, sometimes), one advice, always use fresh ingredients when they are available, you shouldn't mind that extra fifty cents when it comes to what you eat. And eat healthy, don't use too much fat and make sure you get your vegetables, just sayin'.

That would be about it.

PS: reading articles and comments on PSXE is also one of my hobbies.

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HighLife
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 7:29:12 PM
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Working out
Reading (mainly Stephen King)(Civil War)
Playing golf

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coldbore
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 8:08:52 PM
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im a bit extreme lol dragging me away from my gaming days :P i just bought a new yamaha dirt bike (WRF 250)ive been skydiving, i paintball, snowboard competitively, etc. im an adrenaline junkie lol

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iwillbetheone
Saturday, March 13, 2010 @ 10:34:39 PM
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I love watching wrestling and learning Mathematics.

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Deadman
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 5:52:17 AM
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One of my biggest hobbies outside of Gaming is Cycling, once the weather breaks fully I tend to ride my bicycle everywhere especially to and from work. During the winter I use a statioary bike and go to town while playing a PSP or PS3 just ot keep my body in shape.

I also took up hunting a few years back.

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CrazyIrishBoy
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 8:25:34 AM
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Jusat curious but have we any ubermen here??? any different sleep patterns? I really wanna try some out but they dont really suit my lifestyle atm...

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Tovan_69
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 8:39:27 AM
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Fishing, Hunting, VTT, Rifle Shooting,walk in the woods, outdoor activity and of course everything related to Computer and Console PS3.


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Jian2069
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 12:09:18 PM
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in my free time I play guitar and sing, I have a home studio set up in my basement where I do a lot of recordings.

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telly
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 12:47:39 PM
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In no particular order: I'm a pretty huge movie buff, magazine writing -- both online and print mags -- absolutely enthralls me, politics when I can stomach it, occasional book-reading (mix of fiction, essays, classics, really whatever catches my attention), I follow baseball VERY closely, the NFL as well though I've cooled a bit on that the last one or two seasons, like Ben I'm a workout warrior (though not SIX DAYS A WEEK!), I love all sorts of music, getting into cooking though I'm usually so busy I only really can do it maybe once a week, and I sing in a band. And on top of that I own all the current gen consoles and both handhelds.

In other words, being open-minded and curious about all sorts of stuff makes for a VERY busy life. Never boring, though!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 7:46:50 PM
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Wow, we've got some readers that do some COOL things. And I'm glad everyone had fun with this.

Looking at the comments...I know I'm biased, but I'll put our community up against any other online. Pretty effing smart and laid back, and in stark contrast to the trash that gets posted in comment sections at other sites.

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Milonakis
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 8:43:01 PM

You write smart articles that xbots and fools don't relate too. I would say your writing and information is what keeps smart, interesting people on this site. Keep up the good work Ben.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, March 14, 2010 @ 8:48:01 PM

I appreciate that, but our success is more due to you guys. I promise. ;)

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Qubex
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 10:12:22 AM

This is the best online community bar none!

Q!

" play . experience . enjoy "

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Arvis
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 3:48:39 PM

It's what keeps me coming back. :)

-Arvis

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Fabi
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 11:45:04 AM
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I used to rap.

HeyHobo.com

My old album is up for download there, I've even had a link to PSXextreme on there for years now.

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Robochic
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 12:53:31 PM
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Hmm hobbies, Well I love to read mostly true crime or fantasy. I hang out with the kids every chance I get we love to go to the movies, swimming or visit our local kids museum. I just can't wait till I'm done school and doing a job I enjoy and have even more time with the kids, working night sucks i have to sleep all day which sucks miss out on so much but I make up for it with weekend activities. Oh and I love movies, just can't get enough of watching movies.

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Arvis
Monday, March 15, 2010 @ 3:44:02 PM
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Heh, they really are all the same restaurant, aren't they? :D
I have this friend who HATES Chili's but LOVES Applebees. I think he's purposely being dumb about it, though...

Er, anyways, yes, hobbies:
Tennis! I'm obsessed! Football! I'm obsessed... when it's football season. And I don't cook much, but I've been doing some experimenting with the wonderful device known as the "Crock Pot." I like to try making seasonal soups and whatnot in there. Also, I make a mean Mac & Cheese. My own mac & cheese is probably the best tasting mac & cheese I have ever eaten. So it's nice I can (cheaply) treat myself to something that good whenever I want it.

-Arvis

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MrAnonymity
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 @ 3:18:37 AM
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Hm... hobbies...

- Hot Wheels collector (Mustangs, primarily...)
- Music (Actually, gaming comes second...)
- Hitting the gym
- Hockey (Spectator)
- Football (Player/Spectator)
- Writing
- Reading
- Wrasslin'

Yup... all I can think of for the moment...

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phade2blaq
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 2:29:53 PM
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I assemble model cars and trucks when I'm not playing games ! Good stress reliever for me !

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