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When I get the time, I build ships in bottles - learned it from an old geezer in Homer Alaska many years ago.
(plus I play starcraft (and I cheat )
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
I love writing software, but in my spare time I do refrain from doing it. Mostly since almost all of my close friends are not in the IT biz, so I kinda focus on the other good things in life. Beer, alcohol in general, barbecues and bars. Used to shoot, but stopped because I lack time.
What probably eats most of my free time (and is also one of the biggest counterweights on the work-life balance scale) is being a volunteer firefighter. We're 145 people, and only 8 of us do it as their way of primary winning bread. We also provide the emergency & rescue services on the local lake, which is sometimes a big plus (e.g. getting to ride a boat for free on sunny days) or not so much a big plus (e.g. getting to ride a boat during winter storms). All in all, even though I don't get a single dime for most of the stuff I do (training and most of the calls are unpaid for) it has become a really important part of my life, and something which really helps me recharge my batteries. Odd, I know - Most people wouldn't call getting called to a house fire at 10 PM and trying to rescue what's left until 5 AM refreshing, but to me it is - Even though I'm glad that nobody got seriously injured on any call I got so far.
I only have a signature in order to let @DalekDave follow my posts.
Cooking, playing music (clarinet and piano, but not at the same time), playing games (lots of, card games, rpgs, mah'jong) and having fun with my friends.
I doubt I could make some money out of any of them, though.
I saw some kid playing mah jong on his phone the other day, not the tile matching crap you see all the time but the 4 player style. I must remember to find it some time, I enjoy playing it with friends but that is mostly drinking rather than playing.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle