22 votes

What are you into lately?

I love planted aquariums and lifting weights but because of the corona and personal problems I haven't done any of that in this year.

Lately, I am fixing old camera lenses and reselling them on eBay I almost don't make any money but it is a lot of fun.

And you guys? What are you doing besides eating, working and sleeping?

27 comments

  1. [3]
    ali
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    I recently got a stand up paddle board. I actually just returned home from using it the second time. And I really want to build a folding boat, but I’m already kind of stuck at the ‘buy wood’ part

    I recently got a stand up paddle board. I actually just returned home from using it the second time.
    And I really want to build a folding boat, but I’m already kind of stuck at the ‘buy wood’ part

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      TheWanderer
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      Sounds a very interesting project, you should post the process when you start it. I would love to watch it.

      Sounds a very interesting project, you should post the process when you start it. I would love to watch it.

      5 votes
      1. ali
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        I will, my girlfriend actually wanted to document it all in video form. I’ll send out those mails to carpenters today, and hope I’ll get to work very soon.

        I will, my girlfriend actually wanted to document it all in video form. I’ll send out those mails to carpenters today, and hope I’ll get to work very soon.

        1 vote
  2. [3]
    joplin
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    Links please! Old camera lenses can be a great bargain, and they often work with newer cameras (though sometimes without features like autofocus).

    Lately, I am fixing old camera lenses and reselling them on eBay I almost don't make any money but it is a lot of fun.

    Links please! Old camera lenses can be a great bargain, and they often work with newer cameras (though sometimes without features like autofocus).

    6 votes
    1. [2]
      TheWanderer
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      Is exactly what I do. I have a Sony a5100 and I got the adapter for pentax k, first I got a revuenon 50mm 1.2 that had fungus for like 30€ I cleaned and falled in love. The problem is that because...

      Is exactly what I do. I have a Sony a5100 and I got the adapter for pentax k, first I got a revuenon 50mm 1.2 that had fungus for like 30€ I cleaned and falled in love. The problem is that because it is a croped sensor works like a 75mm. I tried the condenser that put it back to kind of a 50mm but the image lose a lot of quality.

      Because of that, I've bought a 35mm and a few more fixed them and resold them but, because of the shipping and bad luck with the auctions I remain even. Anyway, below 50mm the lenses have a maximum aperture of 2 - 2.5 and that is the aperture that my kit lens has so it doesn't have too much sense. So at the end I've bought a sigma 30mm 1.4. I plan to buy an old telelens 75mm or 120mm but I haven't had the time for doing it.

      Almost all I know I learned it from this guy: https://www.youtube.com/user/mikeno62

      2 votes
      1. joplin
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        Very cool! Thanks for the link!

        Very cool! Thanks for the link!

        1 vote
  3. Icarus
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    I got a boomerang that I have been practicing with. I used to be way more into it in college where I wanted to start a club for it. After all my old ones got lost or broken, I gave it up for the...

    I got a boomerang that I have been practicing with. I used to be way more into it in college where I wanted to start a club for it. After all my old ones got lost or broken, I gave it up for the past few years.

    I don't get to practice as much as I like since I need quite a bit of space for throwing, and since everyone wants to be at the park, I have to wait until off-days to do it. Its fun though, and perfect for some exercise by yourself!

    6 votes
  4. [7]
    ThatFanficGuy
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    "Writer" is still my core definition. I see myself as a storyteller of literary format. I imagine my success ultimately coming from the stories I've told on paper. Lately – as in, for the last few...

    "Writer" is still my core definition. I see myself as a storyteller of literary format. I imagine my success ultimately coming from the stories I've told on paper.

    Lately – as in, for the last few years – I've been more and more involved with Web dev and design. I've made websites, apps, wrote countless stylesheets, made Git commits to public projects. I've been dealing with site hosting, performance optimization, font subsetting, SSL, and redirects. At this stage of my life, I'm apparent to be more of a Web dev than anyone else. Hell, I've made more money doing Web work so far than I have from any of the writing.

    5 votes
    1. [6]
      TheWanderer
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      Nice, I did some web dev a long time ago, but I stopped when flash became a thing and you didn't have a cool website without a flash intro. For me flash intro an animations where too heavy and...

      Nice, I did some web dev a long time ago, but I stopped when flash became a thing and you didn't have a cool website without a flash intro. For me flash intro an animations where too heavy and annoying for normal web pages and the internet speed of the time so I stopped completely working on that. I tried lately with html5, because the flash era luckily ended, and it is really good.

      3 votes
      1. [5]
        ThatFanficGuy
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        You can still make silly nonsense if you want to. The modern Web allows for a lot more cool stuff, including full-blown Web apps.

        You can still make silly nonsense if you want to.

        The modern Web allows for a lot more cool stuff, including full-blown Web apps.

        3 votes
        1. [4]
          TheWanderer
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          I should grease my coding elbow again. Do you know any online course to recommend me?

          I should grease my coding elbow again. Do you know any online course to recommend me?

          1. [3]
            ThatFanficGuy
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            It's been a while, but I believe I started with freeCodeCamp's programs. If that's the same course I took, the ramp-up is slow, so you get a good look at how things work. You might not need it,...

            It's been a while, but I believe I started with freeCodeCamp's programs. If that's the same course I took, the ramp-up is slow, so you get a good look at how things work. You might not need it, but considering how much things've changed since the days of Flash, I recommend you be a newbie for a couple of weeks and start from scratch.

            I also have this course in my bookmarks. I've never tried it, but apparently it has good reviews. It has a trial of 40 lessons, which sounds like a lot. It costs $69 to get full access.

            If you want to find out about a specific function, MDN is your friend. You can use data wrappers like this one to get a hold of multiple possible interpretations of the same function across different libraries and programming languages. The JS one is a copy of MDN, but it's somewhat outdated: it's solid on the basics, but check the page itself (link to the original is at the bottom of every page) for latest compatibility info.

            In case you ever get lost or want to learn adjacent skills, here's a map.

            You don't need to know it all to be a successful dev. There's a lot of options these days, and it's easy to get confused. Learn the core, and you're golden for the rest of it if you feel like branching out.

            Here is the list of all the experimental things browsers can do today. It will also tell you if your browser supports these features.

            If you're planning on launching a website of your own, here's a checklist of basics to take care of.

            This should get you started. There's a lot of resources about JS out there, nevermind all the adjacent languages and tools.

            3 votes
            1. [2]
              TheWanderer
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              Wow, thanks a lot! I checked the map and besides the basics of HTML, CSS and maybe a little of js I don't know shit. I will start from codecamp and I will see where it leads me. Thank you again,...

              Wow, thanks a lot! I checked the map and besides the basics of HTML, CSS and maybe a little of js I don't know shit. I will start from codecamp and I will see where it leads me.

              Thank you again, you put a lot of effort in your reply! For sure some other users will find it useful too.

              1. ThatFanficGuy
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                No problem. Feel free to PM me if you have questions about modern practices in these areas.

                No problem.

                Feel free to PM me if you have questions about modern practices in these areas.

                1 vote
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    SUD0
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    I have been writing a lot more lately. Some of it I post online on my blog, but most of it is just a stream of conciousness in a journal I keep. I have also lately been getting into emacs. I have...

    I have been writing a lot more lately. Some of it I post online on my blog, but most of it is just a stream of conciousness in a journal I keep.

    I have also lately been getting into emacs. I have been a die hard vimmer for the last three years. Emacs has always seemed super interesting to me, but I have never made the time to get to know it. I am using the Doom configuration, which is awesome because it has vim emulation built in.

    5 votes
    1. Gub
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      I'm with you on stream of consciousness-type writing. Sometimes it's amazing what memories I can invoke, and the insights I can have simply by writing them out.

      I'm with you on stream of consciousness-type writing. Sometimes it's amazing what memories I can invoke, and the insights I can have simply by writing them out.

      4 votes
  6. Ihmisluonne
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    Writing song lyrics to this something that resembles comedy rock. Also learning to play guitar so I can perform the songs one day. It's fun, I love it.

    Writing song lyrics to this something that resembles comedy rock. Also learning to play guitar so I can perform the songs one day. It's fun, I love it.

    5 votes
  7. [4]
    mrbig
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    Cycling by the boardwalk at 4am. The air is cool and there’s no joggers on the bike lane. There’s actually barely any people so I don’t have to wear a mask (I do carry one just in case). It’s...

    Cycling by the boardwalk at 4am. The air is cool and there’s no joggers on the bike lane. There’s actually barely any people so I don’t have to wear a mask (I do carry one just in case). It’s great to spend an hour with no roof over my head while listening to and watching the beautiful ocean.

    I’m thinking about buying some wireless ear buds though, so I can listen to podcasts while cycling.

    5 votes
    1. [3]
      autumn
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      Might I recommend bone conduction headphones? I use them when cycling so I can still hear things around me.

      I’m thinking about buying some wireless ear buds though, so I can listen to podcasts while cycling.

      Might I recommend bone conduction headphones? I use them when cycling so I can still hear things around me.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        skeetcha
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        Do they actually make those commercially available? I’ve only seen some at a maker fair. If they do exist, do link me a pair; I’ve been interested in them since that maker fair.

        Do they actually make those commercially available? I’ve only seen some at a maker fair. If they do exist, do link me a pair; I’ve been interested in them since that maker fair.

        1. autumn
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          They do! I have a pair of Aftershokz Titanium. They’ve held up well for the 3-4 years I’ve had them. Not great if you’re next to traffic, since traffic is loud, but I use them on the greenway...

          They do! I have a pair of Aftershokz Titanium. They’ve held up well for the 3-4 years I’ve had them. Not great if you’re next to traffic, since traffic is loud, but I use them on the greenway paths with no problem.

          1 vote
  8. aphoenix
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    Disc Golf is my current hobby of choice. It's a nice, socially distant activity that we can do safely in a park without being near anyone else. I've been trying to build things with my hands - I...

    Disc Golf is my current hobby of choice. It's a nice, socially distant activity that we can do safely in a park without being near anyone else.

    I've been trying to build things with my hands - I may take some time and build a bench top this evening.

    Trying to keep my head in the game is taking a lot of my brainpower at the moment. I've been less effective at work, and less effective at home lately. I haven't been playing many games, so I'm trying to set aside time for resetting my brain.

    4 votes
  9. AshySlashy
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    Tinkering with computer hardware and software has been a long time hobby and I've had even more time during quarantine. About to try and make a custom watercooling loop for my home server to get...

    Tinkering with computer hardware and software has been a long time hobby and I've had even more time during quarantine. About to try and make a custom watercooling loop for my home server to get rid of the constant screaming fan noise, but the main holdup is I can't find any waterblocks for socket 2011 narrow ILM, so I'm going to try and design and 3d print my own mounts for some cheapo aliexpress waterblocks.

    3 votes
  10. skeetcha
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    I’ve been mostly working on a game in RPG Maker MV although here and there I’ve been playing games myself (Quadrilateral Cowboy, Flower, and Pyre to name a few). I have many other hobbies, ones...

    I’ve been mostly working on a game in RPG Maker MV although here and there I’ve been playing games myself (Quadrilateral Cowboy, Flower, and Pyre to name a few). I have many other hobbies, ones such as creating an entire family of languages for the fictional world my video game is set in, writing a story for a podcast/radio play, and writing original indie-pop music (that I need to get on recording).

    3 votes
  11. autumn
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    I found a good deal on a sewing machine. So far I’ve made a mask for my partner, a cycling cap for a friend, and I hemmed a jumpsuit that was a little bit too long. I’d like to make an underquilt...

    I found a good deal on a sewing machine. So far I’ve made a mask for my partner, a cycling cap for a friend, and I hemmed a jumpsuit that was a little bit too long. I’d like to make an underquilt and bug net for my hammock next, but I need to do some more research before I make that leap.

    I was able to snag a copy of Ring Fit Adventure, which arrived a few days ago, so that’s now part of my daily routine.

    3 votes
  12. SleepyGary
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    The Wiggles, I wake up every morning and fall asleep every night with one of their songs in my head. help

    The Wiggles, I wake up every morning and fall asleep every night with one of their songs in my head. help

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  13. knocklessmonster
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    Gameboy modification. I bought a pre-built GBA and GBC, and upgraded the screen on my GBA SP, but am looking to do some more advanced work to my childhood GBA and Pocket. I've got a bunch of flash...

    Gameboy modification. I bought a pre-built GBA and GBC, and upgraded the screen on my GBA SP, but am looking to do some more advanced work to my childhood GBA and Pocket. I've got a bunch of flash carts, too (two EZFlash Jrs, one Everdrive GB X7, two EZFlash Omegas, and an incoming Everdrive GBA x5 Mini) so I can play different games on different devices.

    Part of the Gameboy thing started with buying a modded OG GameBoy with a backlight for music, and then a Teensyboy Pro with which to connect it to stuff. IDK what to do with it, and just lost my LSDJ work because of my flashcart, but I'll figure that out.

    I got some hardware: a Teenage Engineering OP-1 (which I've wanted for years) and a Polyend Tracker which I'm also planning to sync to each other, and preordered in March. I've got a stand coming in that'll help with that setup.

    After a semester class on object oriented programming, I'm slowly teaching myself python, and working on a series of programs I've wanted to do (Doom and DOSBox launchers), but only got one of them started ATM.

    The last thing is I'm trying to get back on my bike, which I'll do on Monday. I was rollerblading and sprained my MCL, waited three weeks, but since I was just sitting no real rehab happend. Last week I rode a few days, and had a bit of a bummer week this time. I'm planning to get my mileage up ASAP so I can start hitting 30 miles a few days a week, like i could before quarantine, and work towards a century (100-mile).

    2 votes