First published on June 27, 2014
I consider it is not so easy to explain what my interests are. Some people have one major interest and they concentrate all their time on that particular interest. The lucky ones call it a job. The other ones call it a hobby.
In my case, I had plenty of interests. The only problem is that they don't last too long and after some period of time, I get bored and do something else. This is probably the worst habbit for somebody who wants to achieve anything. It is the opposite of persistence and perseverence.
Apart for the childhood passions like zoology and chemistry, which are pretty much extinct now, I still have some worth being mentioned.
- One of them is electronics. It happens to be part of
my job, although I was more interested in circuits that I
could build and have full control upon. I wish I was a
circuit designer, but my knowledge is short of that. But
still, with some effort, I may be able to put together
some useful circuits. Some of the stuff I got involved
in the last years are the microcontrollers. They are not
that easy to program, especially when chosing to use the
assembly language. But sometimes this may be the best
option. As they say, the shortest road you know is the
road you know. I will try to dwelve more deeply into
- Another hobby is programming. I started many years ago
with programming in Basic of 8 bit computers such as
Spectrum Sinclair. I've later done some work in Pascal
and some in C. I was unable to adapt myself to Microsoft
Visual C++, I found it almost impossible to learn. I
came accross the Borland Builder C++ and it happened to
work much more closely to my expectations. I started
hundreds of programs. I finished just a few. I am still
far away from the level required for a professional
programmer. More about this subject, later.
- Photography. I would not call myself a keen or talented photographer. But I enjoy (like so many others) seeing nice places, nice images and art. Photography is an art where somebody can improve their technical level and by placing more attention in a work, better results can be achieved. Apart for that, the really great photographers probably have some extra sense they were born with. Plus, they also put in their hobby/profession a great amount of work, dedication and even sacrifice.
- Painting. I started painting when I was about 14. During the summer holiday, on 7-th grade, I copied a portrait of an indian, from a storytale book. I thought it looked good and I was very anxious to show it to my art teacher at the start of the eight grade. To my disappointment, the art class was replaced by technical drawing, and this was there to stay during my whole education, including the first uni years. I was able to sell some paintings on ebay, the highest price I obtained for one was something a bit under $100. But I am not happy with the quality of my artworks and I am rarely capable of finishing a painting. Ken Harris claims "the first brush is the most difficult", but in my case, the first brush is the easiest and the later ones become progressively more difficult, to impossibly difficult. When the disappointment overcomes the enthusiasm, there is the end of my artistic period.
- Gardening. The older I get, the more of the high
octane, high action passions (such as pottery and
ikebana), are replaced by more sedentary hobbies, such
as gardening. At the moment, I reached the level of
white belt in gardening. I learned that plants do die,
especially when not cared about, left in the dark and
not watered. I am yet to become an expert in any