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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #60 on: February 23, 2014, 07:24:50 PM »
Most of my hobby base is spent on gaming of one sort or another though. Does that make me a hardcore Otaku?  :-[

*Reads name*. Nooooooo certianly not.

Lobster is quite the fascinating botanist. I didn't expect carnivorous plants to survive snow at all.
And the kickstarter analysis certainly will pay off; it diesn't seem like the wave of KS games will ebb too quickly.

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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #61 on: February 23, 2014, 09:27:11 PM »
The more I hear about it the more interested I am in working with it.

I would highly recommend it. It's more or less as simple as using a Paint program ( or like paint.net, gimp, etc. ) You just have to understand the tools, and from there on its as hard as you make it. I'd say to wait for the next version though. I dont know when it'll come out, but it'd be better to buy it later than now and later. Plus, for all normal uses the Free version is all that is needed usually. I paid for it because I wanted to, and my tier gave me a minecraft export ability ;D
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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #62 on: March 04, 2014, 02:01:59 AM »
Lobster is quite the fascinating botanist. I didn't expect carnivorous plants to survive snow at all.

There are many carnivorous species that can survive a North American Winter. Venus flytraps have an underground rhizome (Think of it like a skinless potatoe) that it returns from in the Spring. One of the main reasons the venus flytraps kids receive from supermarkets die so easily is that they produce some of their most impressive traps before they expect to go dormant for winter. The ones in the store are out of sync with the time of the year. They will become very stressed if kept indoors without a cold period and could die. It will send up its flower when it emerges from dormancy to provide a window of time where it is less likely to eat a potential pollinator. Then through Spring and Summer it uses traps to accumulate chemical energy to survive the next winter. I had venus flytraps survive dormancies in refridgerators and outside.

My father grew up near a provincial park where he heard from a park ranger that there was a plant that eats mosquitos on one of the lakes. Years of searching later it turned out to there was a colony of round-leaved sundews on one of the lakes that could be accessed my canoe. Another nearby provincial park has bladderworts which can trap underwater prey within a few milliseconds by sucking them up.

The provincial flower of Newfoundland is carnivorous. It can survive on ants to produce such big flowers in soil medium so poor that its neighbours are moss and grass.

If you are interested in carnivorous plants, I'd recommend the African cape sundew. It is a plant for beginners as they are cool looking, they move at a good speed if warm enough, the seeds are cheap on eBay because it is such a popular sundew and they are hard to kill off with the ability to come back from root cuttings. You can feed it cheap fish food pellets, use unfertilized sphagnum moss intended for lawns as a growing medium, leave it on an indoor sunny windowsill and have a big dish of water as it is hard to overwater a bog plant. If you hate fruit flies then they could be a solution.

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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #63 on: March 06, 2014, 08:26:53 PM »


Another from the Vasae Food Files. This time it's a Monte Cristo Sandwich filled with onion rings, peri peri hot sauce, raspberry jam, provolone cheese, an egg and a piece of coconut breaded chicken. Easily the most unhealthy thing I've ever made in my entire life but...it was pretty delicious.

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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #64 on: August 10, 2014, 12:26:45 AM »
I've added RC helicopters to my list of hobbies this Summer. I have one Syma S107G coaxial rotor helicopter, two V911-pro micro helis and one Syma X1 micro quadcopter that is waiting for a motor to be replaced.

Here is a photo.
http://i.imgur.com/FKKvz2i.png

Cinderblocks are the cheap option recommended on forums as a charging bunker for containing a lithium battery fire. Currently the size of the blocks are really overkill for the 350mAh batteries I have. Larger RC helicopters can have batteries of 2200mAh or more. The block should absorb enough heat to prevent batteries in neighbouring holes from igniting. There are a lot of violent lithium batteries on fire videos on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odxR1lkfiEI
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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #65 on: August 10, 2014, 04:06:55 AM »
You win for including your nicknamesake on the pictures.

Since when is lithium batteries blowing up while charging a thing again? Or is it because you are using cheaper models, because newer loading stations and batteries themselves are outfitted with an array of saftey measures to prevent such accidents? For storage a a dark/cool room and aformentioned cinder blocks seem fine enough (and I see you were smart enough to leave space open above the blocks :D).

So, are any of those models able to even lift a small amount of weight (especially something like a Quadcopter)?  I only have a cheap knockoff brand RC Heli and so far all I managed to affix without significantly changing the flight behavior were a few coins.
   

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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #66 on: August 10, 2014, 09:52:19 AM »
I thought that I replied to this topic ages ago, but I guess not.

My primary hobby outside of gaming is gaming.  >_>

Specifically, I am a board gamer.  I probably have a few thousand dollars in board games ranging from light filler games to heavy economic games that can take 6+ hours to play, not counting an hour to explain the rules.  (And no, that doesn't mean Monopoly.)  I'm in the process of moving into a new and more expensive apartment simply so I can have a bigger table to make it easier to host board game nights with my friends.

I do hours of research on board games because it is my go-to Christmas gift for most of my friends, as it gives us a reason to get together and hang out throughout the year.  So yeah.

Also, scrolling through this thread to see if I posted previously made me very hungry.  Thanks Vas!

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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #67 on: August 11, 2014, 07:54:35 PM »

Also, scrolling through this thread to see if I posted previously made me very hungry.  Thanks Vas!

Glad I could help!

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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #68 on: August 19, 2014, 12:05:15 AM »
You win for including your nicknamesake on the pictures.

Since when is lithium batteries blowing up while charging a thing again? Or is it because you are using cheaper models, because newer loading stations and batteries themselves are outfitted with an array of saftey measures to prevent such accidents? For storage a a dark/cool room and aformentioned cinder blocks seem fine enough (and I see you were smart enough to leave space open above the blocks :D).

So, are any of those models able to even lift a small amount of weight (especially something like a Quadcopter)?  I only have a cheap knockoff brand RC Heli and so far all I managed to affix without significantly changing the flight behavior were a few coins.
   
That is a close to anatomically correct lobster model.

The lithium batteries in smartphones and handheld consoles are much safer than the lithium cells used for RC vehicles. The smart chargers for the large lithium packs are sophisticated now. The chargers I have are basic.

The quadcopter has an overcharge protection circuit in each cell and the quadcopter itself has a low voltage cutoff before the battery is drained too deeply. I've seen many mentions of people using an 808 Keychain Camera with that quadcopter.

The V911-pro batteries risk puffing is discharged too much. This can happen by forgetting to remove the battery from the helicopter after a flight and it staying in all night. It is possible to run the battery too low if one keeps trying to force the helicopter to spin back up. I've already ordered 10mm diffuse LEDs and lithium coin type batteries to light one of the two helis up at night. It will be white LEDs in the canopy and a red LED for the tail boom.

There are some safety features built into all the chargers, but it is bad to leave a battery that should have been plugged in overnight when it was designed to only be plugged in for an hour.
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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #69 on: October 28, 2014, 02:24:24 AM »
I've had 5 flights with my new 6 channel type helicopter (Walkera Super CP). It is very different from a 4 channel helicopter in how it handles, but also adds the ability to sustain up-side down hovering.
http://i.imgur.com/CJx1TLv.png

When it gets too cold to fly outside (Plastic, metal bearings and batteries don't do as well) then I'll be focussing more on improving my yo-yo skills.
http://i.imgur.com/xNZrepn.png

While stuck inside due to the Canadian winter I am also planning to stratch build a F-22 RC airplane. I already have the sheets of foam to shape. It is a popular design to build.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=740049
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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #70 on: October 29, 2014, 05:57:46 PM »
Canadian winters are the best for going outdoors tho, at least Vancouver wise (Toronto is superb for that as well). Nice for long walks around the city and whatnot (which is one of my hobbies). The greatest thing to do when on vacation is to live like a citizen would live, I don't care to be the sight seeing touristy tourist model much.

Other activities I enjoy involve going to anime conventions with friends, selling art, cosplaying from obscure manga/video games, seeing the smiles on the faces of the people that never though they'd see (good) cosplay of that, etc (all the good parts of con life). I also enjoying cooking, reading (manga/philosophy/other things), various other odds and ends.

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Re: Hobbies outside of gaming
« Reply #71 on: November 02, 2014, 10:45:37 AM »
Wait theres hobbies outside of gaming!? I work at Hobby Lobby part-time does that count? lol

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« Reply #72 on: March 07, 2015, 04:59:34 PM »
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« Reply #73 on: March 07, 2015, 09:30:37 PM »
I love it! Did you make it?

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« Reply #74 on: March 08, 2015, 06:02:49 AM »
Yup.

 

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