PASSING CORONA TIMES: any suggestions for creative hobbies?

DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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The title is pretty self-explanatory, methinks. ;-)
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  • BMW_with_missilesBMW_with_missiles All the usual refinements.
    edited March 2020 Posts: 2,987
    I’ve always enjoyed aquarium keeping. And everything you need you can get delivered; yes even the fish. It usually costs more to mail order fish but they’re almost always in better health and more colorful than local fish stores (I’d recommend liveaquaria.com for fish, and Amazon has everything else).

    This was a nano-reef tank I had years ago;
    7hL0tJU_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Under blue night lights;
    TxfT38n_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
    edited March 2020 Posts: 4,021
    I do a bit of leatherwork in my free time, so I'm looking forward to using some of this isolation time to hone my skills there.

    If anyone wants a wallet, send me a note! lol

    My first one:
    90425283_205351720714507_8320731646819041280_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=110474&_nc_ohc=0lT0UyVAu9cAX8dS524&_nc_ht=scontent.fcxh2-1.fna&oh=4092975dbf72b68432159b93eef646d2&oe=5E977EB4
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    Posts: 7,911
    That's actually a style I'm looking for. Black (or gunmetal grey) is more in line for me. Maybe you'll work out some subtle signature for your work.

    I'll be in touch, @NickTwentyTwo.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts: 4,021
    That's actually a style I'm looking for. Black (or gunmetal grey) is more in line for me. Maybe you'll work out some subtle signature for your work.

    I'll be in touch, @NickTwentyTwo.

    Awesome!
  • 007Blofeld007Blofeld In the freedom of the West.
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    I’ve always enjoyed aquarium keeping. And everything you need you can get delivered; yes even the fish. It usually costs more to mail order fish but they’re almost always in better health and more colorful than local fish stores (I’d recommend liveaquaria.com for fish, and Amazon has everything else).

    This was a nano-reef tank I had years ago;
    7hL0tJU_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Under blue night lights;
    TxfT38n_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Wow you own an aquarium?@BMW_with_missiles
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts: 4,021
    @BMW_with_missiles you should get a little Octopussy
  • BMW_with_missilesBMW_with_missiles All the usual refinements.
    Posts: 2,987
    007Blofeld wrote: »
    I’ve always enjoyed aquarium keeping. And everything you need you can get delivered; yes even the fish. It usually costs more to mail order fish but they’re almost always in better health and more colorful than local fish stores (I’d recommend liveaquaria.com for fish, and Amazon has everything else).

    This was a nano-reef tank I had years ago;
    7hL0tJU_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Under blue night lights;
    TxfT38n_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Wow you own an aquarium?@BMW_with_missiles

    Yeah I’ve had tanks for years.
    @BMW_with_missiles you should get a little Octopussy

    Haha I’ve thought about it actually but they’re escape artists and they have ridiculously short lifespans for their price.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
    edited March 2020 Posts: 5,115
    Watching and reading Bond. Simple.
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    I'm in semi lockdown so options:

    revisit some classic movies (watched Heat last night), Heat extras DVD tonight
    revisit my childhood and make a plastic kit/model
    finally finish the movie screenplay that has been gathering dust for a year

    I know it's tough for everyone but it's good to try and see small positives if posible amid the gloom.
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    "if posible amid the gloom."

    I will also be learning how to spell.
  • edited March 2020 Posts: 13,503
    To kill time I have been training thankfully I have a gym at home, doing some graphic design on PC (on going projects), listening to music, binge watching Netflix and Amazon Prime shows. Also I have been going through paper work I have hoarded for twenty year's, so been doing a lot of shredding, time stuck indoors has given me the opportunity to get a lot of things in order.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 18,707
    I'm glad you're all keeping occupied.

    I'm working hard to create educational videos for my students. Meanwhile, my girlfriend and I are making the best of it. We're going through some TV shows, movies and books.
  • Posts: 4,257
    It's tough for everyone but this is where the internet really makes a massive contribution. Imagine the same virus crisis pre-internet. We should never take it for granted.
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    Not a creative hobby, but I'm trying to spend these days doing as much reading as I can. Only fiction though, as I need a bit of escapism. I'm currently reading Lee Child's Killing Floor, and I have a lot of books just waiting to be read.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 18,707
    patb wrote: »
    It's tough for everyone but this is where the internet really makes a massive contribution. Imagine the same virus crisis pre-internet. We should never take it for granted.

    Very much so. More than ever, the Internet is our window on the outside world. We can reach out, talk, laugh, provide updates. We must consider ourselves fortunate to have these things at our disposal right now.
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    You could spend the time writing a long essay on how the Bond franchise would have turned out if

    A) Roger Moore has been the first Bond

    B) George Lazenby made a sequel to OHMSS

    and

    C) how awful the Disney young Bond franchise would be. :P

  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    Posts: 18,707
    fanbond123 wrote: »
    You could spend the time writing a long essay on how the Bond franchise would have turned out if

    A) Roger Moore has been the first Bond

    B) George Lazenby made a sequel to OHMSS

    and

    C) how awful the Disney young Bond franchise would be. :P

    Please do so and drop those here, https://www.mi6community.com/discussion/19747/passing-corona-times-write-us-a-interesting-essay#latest, sir. :)
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    patb wrote: »
    revisit my childhood and make a plastic kit/model

    I have a Revell kit on the go - I've been working on it for ages but I reckon I'll be finished soon now I have a bit more time on my hands.

    It's Bond-related so I'll show it when I'm done :)
  • edited March 2020 Posts: 4,257
    @Agent_99 wow , sounds good. I was a Tamiya fan myself. I was actually thinking, most model dioramas are based on war scenarios but the potential for Bond movies is huge.
    Great example: https://imgur.com/gallery/T8sf3
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Very nice diorama, @patb.

    At the same time, I can't wait to see it blow up!
  • ThunderballThunderball playing Chemin de Fer in a casino, downing Vespers
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    Resurrection. Oh wait, that's taken...
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    patb wrote: »
    revisit my childhood and make a plastic kit/model

    I have a Revell kit on the go - I've been working on it for ages but I reckon I'll be finished soon now I have a bit more time on my hands.

    It's Bond-related so I'll show it when I'm done :)

    Funnily enough I’ve taken up model making recently. It’s uncredibly satisfying and therapeutic. I’m a graphic designer also and most of my many hobbies are creative. Just completed a 1/32 spitfire and a little diorama for my lad.
  • edited March 2020 Posts: 4,257
    @Agent_99 It's not for everyone but, if you have a certain personality, model making really is a form of therapy, you are spot on. 1/32 ? huge
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    Yes it was £23 and took the better part of 3 weeks in the evenings. Money well spent. Helps that my lad is into ww2
  • 007Blofeld007Blofeld In the freedom of the West.
    Posts: 3,126
    007Blofeld wrote: »
    I’ve always enjoyed aquarium keeping. And everything you need you can get delivered; yes even the fish. It usually costs more to mail order fish but they’re almost always in better health and more colorful than local fish stores (I’d recommend liveaquaria.com for fish, and Amazon has everything else).

    This was a nano-reef tank I had years ago;
    7hL0tJU_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Under blue night lights;
    TxfT38n_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Wow you own an aquarium?@BMW_with_missiles

    Yeah I’ve had tanks for years.
    @BMW_with_missiles you should get a little Octopussy

    Haha I’ve thought about it actually but they’re escape artists and they have ridiculously short lifespans for their price.

    @BMW_with_missiles really? That is so cool what kind of fish you got how many tanks?
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    Posts: 2,468
    Matt007 wrote: »
    Funnily enough I’ve taken up model making recently. It’s uncredibly satisfying and therapeutic. I’m a graphic designer also and most of my many hobbies are creative. Just completed a 1/32 spitfire and a little diorama for my lad.

    Oh, lovely! I sometimes find it a bit stressful because I'm a perfectionist and always conscious of the gaps, smudges etc on my kits. But it is nice to lose yourself in it and suddenly realise an hour has passed.

    (I'm a content designer, so it makes a change to do something with my hands instead of my words.)

    @patb, I've seen that Skyfall diorama - it's what gave me the idea of doing Bond-related kits! If I were a skilled modeller (I am not), my ultimate ambition would be the Living Daylights not-a-Hercules, complete with cargo net full of opium hanging out the hatch!
  • BMW_with_missilesBMW_with_missiles All the usual refinements.
    Posts: 2,987
    007Blofeld wrote: »
    007Blofeld wrote: »
    I’ve always enjoyed aquarium keeping. And everything you need you can get delivered; yes even the fish. It usually costs more to mail order fish but they’re almost always in better health and more colorful than local fish stores (I’d recommend liveaquaria.com for fish, and Amazon has everything else).

    This was a nano-reef tank I had years ago;
    7hL0tJU_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Under blue night lights;
    TxfT38n_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium

    Wow you own an aquarium?@BMW_with_missiles

    Yeah I’ve had tanks for years.
    @BMW_with_missiles you should get a little Octopussy

    Haha I’ve thought about it actually but they’re escape artists and they have ridiculously short lifespans for their price.

    @BMW_with_missiles really? That is so cool what kind of fish you got how many tanks?

    Right now just one 55 gallon saltwater tank with a velvet damselfish and some hermit crabs. I’m still deciding what else to put in.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    I do a bit of leatherwork in my free time, so I'm looking forward to using some of this isolation time to hone my skills there.

    If anyone wants a wallet, send me a note! lol

    My first one:
    90425283_205351720714507_8320731646819041280_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_sid=110474&_nc_ohc=0lT0UyVAu9cAX8dS524&_nc_ht=scontent.fcxh2-1.fna&oh=4092975dbf72b68432159b93eef646d2&oe=5E977EB4
    That’s great! We should definitely share photos of our craft efforts.
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    Posts: 2,468
    Just seen this on Twitter - a fun project for anyone at a loose end, perhaps:

    EToJqQZXgAACWA4.jpg

    (Someone make a Lego Q boat!)
  • Posts: 13,503
    Went for a run on an almost deserted beach this morning, best feeling in the world.
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