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What are some hobbies that don't involve consuming anything? You purchase a 1 time item and very rarely if ever have to replace it. Learning yo-yo tricks would be a consumptionless hobby in this case. There are obviously thinks like whistling or playing the spoons too. The idea is it has to make as little foot print as possible while being something you can develop and grow at. Drawing wouldn't count because you need paper.
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Sorry, but I just don't want to be on my laptop 24/7. I need some distractions to shut this off.


try origami. inb4 but I need to buy origami paper.


Exercise, walking, recreational meditation, solo ttrpg(consumes paper and requires dice and a writing implement usually), bird/nature watching, people watching, cloud watching, internal cultivation, recreational mathematics, etc.


Thanks, I started doing Yoga this morning. It feels nice. I see it as a supplement to my bodyweight exercises routine.


Working on my muscle car


that's my hobby and I have spent roughly 2000-2500 hours practicing the past 2 years. it's fun and endless.


Clouds are cool but is it a hobby?


Posting hobby criticism posts yet again is alright, but is it a hobby?


browsing a meteorology forum every once in a while and it does seem pretty interesting, i guess.


If everyone is interested in this kind and loves geometry, I'd recommend this book: http://libgen.rs/book/index.php?md5=0E078DFAC46BD4C1C08D029477C61F96
It's pretty much doing geometry by folding papers.


I mean anyone, not everyone.


you dont have to pay for spotify although a lot of music is only on spotify but even more isn't.
Go on last fm and play through every artist with a tag you like from back to front.

You can talk to others at the start to learn the must know classics and lesser known classics and then you are on your own searching endlessly for new songs.


I was going to say walking but even then you'll probably end up buying some nice walking shoes or gear, then one of those hiking sticks and backpacks so you can take snacks for longer trips.


Starting walking, then run.


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There's a whole world of sports that fit your description. Just go outside and start running. Just find a strong person and start wrestling etc.

Another type would be mental skills like mental math, memory training or navigation.

Also I heard that exploring with metal detector is pretty popular and it's just one time purchase. If you like you can also collect random junk you find.

You can do those challenges where you try to live for certain amount of time with very limited budget or other limitations(just make sure it doesn't turn into anorexia).

If you're good at cold reading you can just buy a tarot deck or another gimmick and scam people.

For stargazing all you need is a telescope. Birdwatching is similar too.

Some people are really into mushroom picking/ herb foraging. You should be good to go with just one book.

Most board games are one purchase only not to mention the variety of games that can be played with just the standard deck. Or you can make up your own with any props.

Urban exploring is also a thing. If you feel adventurous you can try to sneak into non-abandoned places where you're not authorized.

Boats are a bit expensive but sailing sounds pretty fun to try one day.

You don't need anything to get into psychology. Just observe yourself and others and you can have your own theories.

I could probably keep going on and on but I got tired.


Craigslist has a free section with dirt, pallets, couches, and broken electronics. You'd still need gas, multi-meter, and soldering iron for diagnosing and replacing bad components, but you could possibly recover that cost with fixed electronics.

If you don't want to drive anywhere, go on walks through alleyways. I've seen lawnmowers and broken TV sets that people put out for bulk trash pickup.


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Skimming through the main four catalogues (i.e. lazily ctrl+f-ing "fasting"), I didn't see a thread for fasting. Perhaps there is one, there is a more suitable thread to post in than this or maybe it even deserves its own thread (though I have personally always been averse to making threads throughout my longtime experience with imageboards, probably due to relatively stricter pruning policy compared to other formats).
Anyway, I am thinking of going on another multi-day fast. Last time I went about a week. I haven't eaten so far today and would probably just go until Friday then have a nice meal and drink to "celebrate" Saint Patrick's by myself.
I used to fast from sunrise to sunset for religious reasons over most of March when I was younger and didn't and don't notice it having any short or long-term effects on me. I am curious what you think about any of this; is the method I'm doing either harmful or impractical, do any of you regularly fast, are there superior methods to what I am doing and have you found any health or emotional benefits (or detriments) for yourself through fasting besides anything that can more or less be associated with the expected benefit of weight loss?


Don't do it, wiz. Seriously, I don't think it has any positive effects. I used to fast on fridays for months and the only results I got were weight loss/keeping my weight in check and feeling extremely tired and cold around afternoon and evening. I couldn't do anything, couldn't read, play, watch anything because I could barely focus. That's why I stopped doing it, because I couldn't do anything fun on days I starved myself. I guess it is okay if you want to fast if you want to lose weight or if you want to torture yourself, otherwise stop it, please. Even cutting yourself is better than this, if you want to hurt yourself so much or cause yourself physical pain in some way. Monks practiced fasting because they were strictly "no fun allowed" type of people who had nothing better to entertain themselves with.

I advise you to find other things you can satisfy your sense of control with. Oh yeah, and if you are forced to use your strength in any way you are fucked if you fast regularly. This is another reason to stop this madness. If you got into a fight and had to defend yourself (you never know) being at least at average weight is a must. Don't weaken yourself wiz.


I can definitely relate to feeling cold and tired when not eating in the evening, esp. in winter when it gets very painful, but I'm a light weight so it might have something to do with that, I'm not sure.
Fasting is a big health fad these days. I think it's massively exagerated as some sort of one size fits all cure to… every ailment there is, basically, from cancer to erectile dysfunction lol.

>I advise you to find other things you can satisfy your sense of control with.

Meh. Doing it for that reason is better than deluding oneself into believing it is making one healthier and spiritually enlightened or whatever the self-help crowd claims it does… Embrace the neurosis, reject the kooky bullshit and be honest with yourself.


Read an article the other day saying fasting is actually really good for you once in a while. Going a week is stupid but like 1 or 2 days a week is supposed to (I don't remember source) increase dramatically your chances of long life. I too fast sometimes when I don't have groceries or am too lazy lazy cook. So I just smoke weed and write music of clean


Last time I only had hunger pangs around 20-30 hours after starting and then I didn't feel hungry at all after. I only stopped because I wasn't sure if it was harmful or not. I didn't have any tiredness or cold feeling due to not eating.
Do you have an idea about what actually makes it stupid? I couldn't find any information on how much fat it burns vs. how much muscle or other important tissue it also destroys. That and potentially slowing metabolism are all I can think of that might make it stupid and was wondering if you heard anything else or if you can confirm these are why you say that.


Oh yeah, ‘not eating’ sounds like a blast. Great hobby.


it is consumption free


Main benefit for me is that fasting allows my digestive system to rest and improves my skin health. I very often do intermitent fasting where I don't eat past afternoon because it helps me wake up in the morning due to hunger. Supposedly fasting also decreases your mTOR levels increasing your lifespan. I think fasting is fine as long as you maintain a healthy bodyweight. Once when I lost motivation to eat and lost a lot of weight I became emotionally numb and very weak and unmotivated. If you're in a bad place mentally make sure to plan your meals because not bothering with eating can be pretty tempting.



Lots of things on Google man. The human body is super resilient so fasting in smaller chunks is fine.



you can't do shit then

books cost money
electricity costs money(so watching television is not free)
game consoles cost money unless you already have them(the electricity to play them costs money)


exercise is not consumption-free

you burn calories and because of that you have to eat more. it leads to food consumption and water consumption.


I guess you could try bushcrafting, not the type normies do where they buy a truck load of tools, but more like the type where you go into the woods and build your own stuff (tools, shelter etc) with what nature gives you. Exercise without equipment (calisthenics) and maybe meditation might work as well.


dumpster diving
camping(if you already own the equipment)


>dumpster diving
How do you get a big haul home without a car? Cars cost alot. Or were you actually planning on pulling a wagon behind you on foot the entire trip?


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I carried 64 pounds of equipment, food, and video games over a 70+20 litre ruck and 12 liter satchel, through snow and ice and that black slush that forms around the warm stormdrains. It's no big ordeal hiking with weight and even soldiers who are assigned to carry SAW ammo in full plating can adapt to it after a short amount of training. hueg bags come cheap because new production only has milsurp to compete with. You'll never regret your purchase of a bag that can safely store enough food, water, and anime to survive a 7-day bugout to the underside of an overpass.

These look good on paper but anything made to be collapsible and packable will eventually fail at the points of articulation. Adding any significant weight to a bicycle can really wear it down too. If something happens to the bike, anon will have to carry it PLUS his haul. Better to go slow and steady and just make the walk. Better yet, get a tow-behind tot roller, the little strollers with 2 wheels and a canopy. The hobos downtown here use them to store their entire lifehood and they're designed to be incredibly safe and up to the task of pulling weight. Minimal wear on the bike and it's easy to abandon then come back to because who's going to f**k with a baby stroller.


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just buy a decent bike. doesnt have to be fancy, just sturdy as hell. bikes can hold hundreds of pounds with absolute ease, they are basicallt horses



i am afraid the tires will go flat and then i'll have to buy new tubes

it's okay if you have an income but not much if you are a neet



i large backpack or a wagon


>buy and maintain an expensive bicycle and accessories

bicycles have become a upper middle class thing


even if you somehow fuck them up you can patch them. tubes are rubber and to patch it you just need another piece of rubber and some sealant. there are antipuncture liners that go between the tube and the wheel. you can buy puncture resistant tubes as well, or just buy the sealing compound and squirt it into a tube. special tubes also exist that are much thicker on the bottom to faciliate being stronger. being neet is no excuse to not get good equipment. you can make money selling garbage you find on ebay. you are basically investing in yourself by getting a nice bike. the only other alternative is a big ass wagon or shopping cart but have fun pushing/pulling that around. or a car, but that is expensive and takes gas. to start you probably will just use any backpack and then use the money to get better stuff


>bicycles have become a upper middle class thing
Again. Or did you forget it was created for the upper middle class?


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fair but my point was that it was more of a prole thing for a while in the mid 20th century
now it's more of a fashionable trend for virtue signalling green urbanites and lycra clad tryhards with rides that are twice as expensive as a used car


Lucid dreaming and astral projection. Unless you count dream sex or astral sex as consumption.

Bodyweight strength training




Screaming at animals in nature

Journaling with a huge 600 page notebook, that you'll only have to replace once every 6-12 months


ban astral chads from having dream sex


I'll be in the middle of nowhere in summer. I won't have any access to the internet and I won't bring my laptop there. What would you suggest? There is a sea nearby and I'll swim, but I cannot do it all day or all summer. I'm waiting for your recommendations. Thanks in advance.



i have been experimenting with intermittent fasting for brain benefits, and to rid of my pot belly


I can already tell you will be posting about this for months, not succeeding and eventually falling for another useless meme.


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>I'll be in the middle of nowhere in summer. I won't have any access to the internet and I won't bring my laptop there. What would you suggest? There is a sea nearby and I'll swim, but I cannot do it all day or all summer. I'm waiting for your recommendations. Thanks in advance.
you could take a field guide with you to identify plants and animals, a star chart, planisphere, or astrolabe and learn the stars, and by the sea you could do fishing, shrimping, cockling, or whatever is there. if you're identifying plants anyway you could try making cordage from nettles and baskets from coppice, that kinda stuff, and see if you can find anything tasty


Thank you. I go survey the area as you say, but I'm looking for some hobbies that I could do indoors mostly because it's too hot outside like 43C degrees.


that's very hot especially as it's by the sea, but you could harmonize your time indoors and outdoors whether it's coming up with knots or weaves, practicing things like furoshiki, suburi, zazen, or analyzing cuttings you've brought back with you

there's also nothing wrong with just relaxing on hot days


Thanks for your suggestion.

>practicing things like furoshiki, suburi, zazen, or analyzing cuttings you've brought back with you

They all look so useful and meaningful. By the way, I talked to myself about what I like and what I want to do, and I realised I wanted strength and skills related to that. I'll learn how to do boxing and get a trainer if necessary, will do hiking, camping and bouldering etc. As you see in UFC fights, they use all the means in the hexagon. So, practicing some moves and doing shadowboxing at home is the best in my opinion. Even though you're doing the wrong stuff, you'll improve your body and overall athleticism.


> Screaming at animals in nature
Please tell us more about this one.


I scavenge animal bones, pelts, skulls and anything cool from the beach to make sculptures.

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