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I enjoy going through the archives of various websites on the internet and finding the most interesting things posted on there. I try to do this in the least amount of time possible by tuning my search queries to surface relevant content. It's quite addicting and I like reading what people post.
 
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I enjoy woodburning. I've done quite a few Ouija boards, pretty basic stuff that just requires solid black, not much shading, but it's calming and I like the smell. I have a cheap burner and I usually get craft wood from Goodwill/Salvation Army, so it's a cheap hobby and I can make free gifts.
 
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I enjoy making knives. I start with sketching out a design on paper, then I stencil my design onto a piece of wood and cut/sand out a 3D model. If it feels good in hand, I put the stencil on a steel blank and use an angle grinder to cut out the rough shape. Then the hard work starts - putting a good bevel on the blade, heat treating, sanding and polishing. Putting on the grips, the last part of the process, is really fun. There's a woodworking shop nearby that sells all kinds of exotic woods. I love going there and picking out a type of wood I haven't worked with before. There's something very satisfying about using a belt sander to shape the grip contours. If you have all the tools, it's a pretty cheap hobby - I only spend around $50 in materials for each knife, if that.
 
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I like configuring my system and software stack for minimalism. It is actualy far more of a timesink than one could imagine and it never ends. I also like sewing plushes but i decided to not do that until i can be more isolated. I also give things badly repaired looks. Most items i own has at least one visible soft damage from bad repair or unneeded tape, that could be considered a hobby, i guess.
 
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I like configuring my system and software stack for minimalism. It is actualy far more of a timesink than one could imagine and it never ends.
Spotted the Arch Linux ricer.
 
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I like configuring my system and software stack for minimalism. It is actualy far more of a timesink than one could imagine and it never ends. I also like sewing plushes but i decided to not do that until i can be more isolated. I also give things badly repaired looks. Most items i own has at least one visible soft damage from bad repair or unneeded tape, that could be considered a hobby, i guess.
Do you like the badly repair looks because of Fallout 3 or Mad Max? Cuz I would like that.
 
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i used to collect old motorcycle/car goggles until i found the asbestos
 
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I collect cassette, vinyl , cds ect

but I also collect weird forms of media like the reel to reel and 8 track tapes
 
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As for niche hobbies, I enjoy geocaching, the community has died down a bit lately but it can be very fun within the right places.

There's also urban exploration, which, I think also has died down lately too. Can be called urbex, etc. The communities on these are much more secretive though because the spots, would be boarded up and tresspassing charges can be handed out. I have *tons* of fun stories with my youth, doing this in places such as Japan, China, and across the USA. abandoned Military posts and more.
I haven't heard the term "geocaching" in so long. I went geocaching for a school trip in the 3rd grade. We found nothing. And that's the last I heard about it. So it's interesting to hear about someone who does it more often!

As for urban exploration, I've always wanted to explore abandoned buildings but unfortunately, I do not live in an urban area.
Have you ever found something that specifically excited you?
 
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genealogy—i've been able to trace my ancestors back to the early 1600s, but currently in the process of going back even farther. on the other end of the spectrum, love studying the social implications and practical ethics of space exploration and discovery.
 
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What hobbies are dying today? Like ham radios. By popularity aspect
 
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I like to watch, create and collect Gachimuchi Pants Wrestling videos.
 

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I enjoy woodburning. I've done quite a few Ouija boards, pretty basic stuff that just requires solid black, not much shading, but it's calming and I like the smell. I have a cheap burner and I usually get craft wood from Goodwill/Salvation Army, so it's a cheap hobby and I can make free gifts.
crochet is the same way! it's an easy, repetitive action, and you come out the other side relaxed and with a new piece of clothing
 
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Is studying and practicing ancient Romana religion a niche hobby? I don't really come across anyone who does.

I also build models which used to be niche, but I guess that's pretty mainstream in hobby culture right now?

I also collect Monopoly variants! I love the game, have been playing it for more than 2 decades. Between my wife and I, I think we have probably 50 or so variants.

Doesn't that just mean you're Catholic Pope worshiper?
 
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