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Escapism

Postby Ponder » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:26 pm

Hello all you beautiful people! Over the past couple of years I've had a number of significant bereavements. Now that the dust has settled a bit, I find myself looking for different forms of escapism. The discworld books have definitely helped with this, but I'm also thinking of starting something new in the ways of hobbies/interests and was wondering if anyone might have some suggestions?
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Re: Escapism

Postby ChristianBecker » Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:30 pm

Learning a new language?
Computer games (Path of Exile, Civilization (IV and earlier, V is ...) come to mind)
Learning an instrument you like?
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Re: Escapism

Postby Penfold » Mon Aug 19, 2013 4:10 pm

I would suggest walking and photography but I'm biased. :lol:

I used to find playing Dungeons and Dragons (pen and paper original rather than on the computer) was good for the imagination and escapism. It also made for a nice social evening with friends as a few bottles were sunk and snacks eaten while playing. :D
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Re: Escapism

Postby raptornx01 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:05 pm

Plenty of stuff to spend time on. some more productive then others.

Taking up art, or animation (either with real life supplies or digitally with the numerous free programs available)
Movies (be it collecting, or critiquing)
Music (same as above)
Video games (something out there for all tastes and skills, either telling a great story, or just giving something for fun)
I hear cats are distracting :lol:
making films, or taking pictures
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Re: Escapism

Postby Catch-up » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:09 pm

What are some things you've enjoyed in the past?
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Re: Escapism

Postby Ponder » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:34 pm

There are some hobbies I enjoy. I love reading and listening to music. I also play the guitar a bit and am a marathon runner. I just fancy something new and maybe a bit more intellectually interesting and stimulating...I'm looking for something that might give me a bit of a spark...if that makes sense?
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Re: Escapism

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:39 pm

Take up hill walking you have a few over there, it's exercise clears the mind and reduces stress, you're out in the fresh air and solitude if you want it to just enjoy the scenery or with a group. :mrgreen:

Edit to add seeing your post above, how about hill/fell running.
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Re: Escapism

Postby Sister Jennifer » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:46 pm

Learn to ride a motorbike.
Learn to scuba dive. I've done this, it's heaps big fun.
Learn to kayak. As well as this, also heaps big fun ;) .
Join a Shakespeare Society.
Join a science group.
Volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary.
Furniture restoration.

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Re: Escapism

Postby Ponder » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:34 am

I've downloaded "Path of Exile" and started playing last night...no idea what I'm doing though!
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Re: Escapism

Postby pip » Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:27 am

Ponder wrote:I've downloaded "Path of Exile" and started playing last night...no idea what I'm doing though!

Part of the fun is learning :D
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Re: Escapism

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:51 am

'Ere. Look what 'appens when you start playing games on the interwebs.

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Re: Escapism

Postby pip » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:00 am

Weird
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Re: Escapism

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:37 pm

If you're looking for something intellectually stimulating, a subject I find fascinating is astronomy. The appeal is not just to look at fantastic and otherworldly images but to gain some understanding of the processes involved, as far as I am able.

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This is an image of the Orion Nebula, taken from my parents' home (not by me I should add). The nebula is a vast cloud of gas and dust in the process of forming a few thousand new stars. It is visible to the naked eye as a faint fuzzy patch below Orion's belt. Stars are never born alone: only a huge molecular cloud has enough mass to collapse under its own gravity. Our own Sun would have formed in a similar nebula about 4.6 billion years ago, and its many siblings will be scattered about the galaxy by now.

In a few hundred thousand years the radiation from the newly formed stars will eject the remaining gas and dust, stopping star formation. A young open cluster will be left behind, similar to the Pleiades.

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The cluster is only weakly held together by gravity, so over time stars escape and are spread out around the galaxy.

If you are intrigued I'd recommend The Science of Discworld as a very readable starting point for understanding the narrative of stellar and planetary formation, from the big bang to the present day.

Best of luck to you in finding some new interests.
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Re: Escapism

Postby janet » Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:46 pm

Learning to do something you already do, but doing it better. If you're good on the guitar, how about joining a band? Not all that confident? Take some lessons maybe and improve. From what I gather, you can't walk half a mile in Ireland without falling over a band.
Gardening can be a complete escape, very creative and satisfying for the soul....but i would say that wouldn't I? :lol:
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Re: Escapism

Postby Joolz » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:36 pm

Sister Jennifer wrote:Learn to ride a motorbike.


All the best with whatever you decide, Ponder.


There you go Great advice :D
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