So what else do you do?

If you're here, it means you play wow, and it's probably one of your main hobbies, if not your main hobby. But I'm sure you also fill your spare time with other things, right?

Well, here's what I do when I'm not playing wow:

1. Music - Ah well, who doesn't like music. But anyway, this is one of my most solid hobbies, and it's always what I do when I don't feel like doing any of the above. I always go back to music.
I can't really say I have a favorite band, I just like too many of them. I just have a favorite song of the day, and it changes almost everyday until I get bored with it :)

I like pretty much every style, from Metallica to Vivaldi, from Rise Against to Natalie Imbruglia. Just to give you an idea ^^

If I had to chose a genre as a favorite, I'd probably go with Rock (that includes all sorts of rock: punk rock, alternative rock, etc). Metal would be a close second and pop would be a very close 3rd.

What do I listen to right now?

This:



Blame Guitar Hero for making me realize how much I like that song! (today at least ^^)

I've also started to make new playlists on my YouTube account, I listen to them when I'm working on my guides or just playing WoW. For now there's only one playlist, but more will come, in case you're interested. Who knows, you might discover a few songs you like ;)

Jame's Playlist #1: Rock/Metal/Etc

2. MMA - If you've no idea what that is. MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts, it's a combat sport where all fighting styles are used, Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay-Thai and other striking styles. You've probably heard of the UFC, it is the biggest organisation for MMA and honestly, it's a very exciting and fast growing sport. It's no longer considered as "human cockfighting", there are rules and the fighters are real athletes. Anyway, I love the sport and that's one of the things I do when I'm not playing wow ;)

To give you an idea, here's a video of my favorite fighter, Anderson Silva. He's a Muay-Thai specialist and in my opinion the best striker in the world, but he's also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so basically he's as dangerous on the floor as on his feet:



3. Mangas/Animes - Maybe I'm too old for this, but I've been reading Mangas since the very first appeared in my country. I'm talking about Akira, Hokuto no Ken and the likes. I still read and follow a number of mangas, including Naruto, Bleach, Claymore and Full Metal Panic (I'm reading the novels).

If I had to say which was my favorite anime/manga of all times, I'd probably go with Full Metal Panic. I highly recommend watching the 3 seasons of the anime.

4. Movies - I love going to the cinema. I guess most people do, but anyway, I'm a huge addict. The last movie I went to was Wall-E, and as with most Pixar movies, it didn't dissapoint. A great movie, I highly recommend it.

I'm looking forward to seeing Valkyrie in January. I hope it lives up to the hype.

ps: If you have any awesome movie you'd like to recommend, go for it, I really like all styles besides musicals.

5. Guitar Hero - This is my latest hobby and it recently entered my top 5. I just picked up Guitar Hero: World Tour a few days ago for christmas, and I'm addicted. I love music in all forms, and I also love competition in all forms, and this game brings both. So I'm having a lot of fun really, I wish I had more time to play it at the moment!

Well that's just my TOP5, I've got other hobbies but this post is already long enough as it is!

Feel free to comment and to mention some of your hobbies too ;)

20 Response to "So what else do you do?"

  1. Sebbe says:

    Hey Jame!

    I've got a few suggestions, that I think you should check out. :)

    First off there are the two bands Alter Bridge and Harem Scarem, they're fairly unknown (at least in Sweden) so I tought I'de contribute with something new, hopefully.

    I think both of'em can be found on "Spotify" which is this great streaming program with alot of music and great sound quality.

    And as for the movies I really recommend Forrest Gump. If you've seen it already.. see it again! it's always a great flick ;) another great movie is Papillon. I also recommend seeing Koyaanisqatsi, but I might be way out of line. It's not a regular cinematic adventure but more of a collection of gorgeous nature- and nasty industry -scenes.

    And there you have it, I hope you'll like any of it. ;)

    Jame says:

    I'll definitely check out those bands ;) Thank you!

    I've seen Forrest Gump 3 or 4 times already, and yes it's definitely one of the best movies ever.

    I haven't seen the other two, are they recent movies? As in, still in cinemas?

    Salamura says:

    Hi Jame
    I just wanted to share this two movies (in case you havent seen them:) Kung Fu Hustle and Battle Royale. Since you know about mangas, you probably knew Battle Royale. You may find Battle Royale a bit silly at some points but all in all its a good and a different type of movie.
    Kung Fu Hustle is one of the most entartaining movie i have ever seen but its a bit musical (though i love musical part) It is a very different type of comedy its absurd humour or something like that.

    Actually, I've quit WoW lately (far too boring, and I've played for far too long) and am currently enraptured in Lord of the Rings: Online. Granted, I'm only level 9, but so far it is an extremely entertaining game.

    As for hobbies pre-WoW, music was also a big (and still is, actually) part of my life. I won't go off and recommend you specific bands, but I will recommend this website to you: www.pandora.com

    I could never explain it as well as they do, so I suggest you go check it out (or if you're afraid of links, go Wiki it.)

    Keep fighting the good fight, Jame. =)

    daemun says:

    hey jame,

    in terms of mma, what style would you say is your strongest? i did jujitsu and wing chun for a few years each, and messed around a bit in mma before school started really picking up. always enjoy talking to other fighters :)

    Seems you have quite a lot of activities. May I inquire how old are you, Jame?

    The biggest part of my day-routine takes a work tbh. But its quite open - as i play wow on my laptop, sometimes I bring it to work to do some daily quests and mining. When im back, on a "no raid day", i do daily HC with my guildies and daily pvp.

    Music is my passion though - im always with it. (mp4 player, laptop, work computer) Sometimes im afraid i may start loosing my hearing, cause listening for all day, quite laud and usually from Minimal, Dub-Step, Dnb to easy listening etc.

    Another busy thing i have - a doggie. Hes only ~6 months and requires a lot of attention.

    Moovies and cinema - of course. And i always trie to find some time to spend with my friends. As Im quite social :)
    Prob my guildmates suffering from my "briliant ideas" chat most of the time..

    What recommendations i could offer hm. I was always keen on some serious cinema and arts (non Spidemanish, Supermanish and so on), so i could recomend seeing "Green street huligans" , "In Bruges", "Pulp fiction" (but i think you got this one no doubts :). "It`s all gone :Pete Tong", "6th sense", "Iceage 1" is my altime favorite.

    BTW, let me thank for you guides - i`ve hit my 80DK LvL in Zul`Dr! :)
    And sinsce then - i stopped with quests. Will be waiting for your complete guides to finish them up.
    Also let me wish you Happy Xmass and Happy New Year. Let it be more such good ppl as you :)

    Best wishes,

    Scsi 80DK, Quel`Thalas, Europe.

    Lynn says:

    Yeppers, music is necessary no matter what activity you may be doing. Since I'm probably one of your older readers, my favorite bands go back a bit. You know, Zepplin, CCR, Black Sabath, Southern Rock bands and the like.

    For anime, I have to agree that Full Metal Panic is a favorite as well. I'm not so much into manga, but I have read a few series.

    Other than that, its the usual movies, books (both in the action/thriller genre) and knitting. Yes, I'm a girl, not that guys don't knit too.

    Thanks for all your hard work with the guides you post. And especially your willingness to share with the rest of us.

    Charles says:

    What's up bro :)

    First..your guides are SO invaluable for my girlfriend and me. I'm currently leveling my 78 DK (just finished up your Grizzly guide). It's amazing that people like you careso much to spend quality time and INTENSE effort to make guides like this. Very bad ass.

    AS for music..you seem to have the same taste as I do (and yes GHWT is a lot of fun..you should try and unlock Dream Theater 'Pull Me Under'..that'll keep you busy..lol)
    Here's some bands you should check out as well:

    1. Tori Amos
    2. Queensryche - at least from 'Promised Land' and back
    3. Dream Theater - "Scenes from a Memory Part II" <--you will love this

    keep up the good blogs and thanks again for superb guides. I'd donate money of you had a PayPal link up.

    That was a hint.

    -Charles
    Eldre'Thalas -"Helpernatas" 78 DK

    Sebbe says:

    Nope, non of'em are new :P

    Papillon (1973)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070511/

    "A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape."

    Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085809/

    "A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme." Though I strongly recommend it.

    And I would also like to add
    "La Vita é Bella (1997)" to your list, if you havn't already seen it.

    "A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humour, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp."

    Heya Jame.
    No one person is to old for Manga/Anime.. I have an FTP server with non-licenced Manga/Anime that i get from Animesuki... I am 34 and still aint tired of watching the stuff..

    Jame says:

    @Salamura Yes of course I knew Battle Royale ;) Read the manga, watched the movie :)

    I haven't seen KungFu Hustle though, so thank you, I'll check it out!

    @Cannonball Sadly Pandora.com no longer is accesible for users outside the US :/

    @Daemun Oh you misunderstood me. I don't practice MMA, I just watch it. I did a lot of Karate when I was a kid, up to brown belt, but it's long ago :P

    Anyway, my favorite types of MMA fighters are strikers, especially Muay-thai and Kickboxers.

    My favorite fighter is Anderson Silva, to give you an idea ;)

    I also love the grappling aspect of MMA, but striking is still my favorite part.

    Jame says:

    @Rytis I'm 29.

    Thank you for the movie recommendations. I already saw Pulp Fiction of course (who hasn't! :p), also saw 6th sense and Iceage, loved both.

    Didn't see the other, so I'll definitely check em out ;)

    @Lynn Some good old school rock right there ;)

    Let me take a wild guess, you are a girl and you like such bands, so I bet you watch Supernatural.

    I you don't, I recommend it, I love this series and it's full of good old rock music, not to mention it's sometimes very funny.

    @Charles

    Oh of course I unlocked Pull Me Under already ;) The first thing I did was play the whole career mode and unlocked all the songs.

    And yay, you know Tori Amos. I was just a teen when I heard her first song "Crucify", and loved it, still do. So yea I guess we definitely got similar music tastes!

    I don't know the other Queensryche so I'll check it out for sure. Thanks!

    Lynn says:

    That's me alright, Old School. Hee he.

    And yes on both counts. I'm a chick and I love Supernatural. But then what's not to love? It's got all the right ingredients as far as I'm concerned, music, CAR, and pretty boys! Oh yeah, and something about the end of the world too.

    Hope your New Year was rockin'!

    Jiyambi says:

    Thanks for this awesome insight into the life of Jame! ;)

    Funny, we have very similar tastes in music, woot for being eclectic!

    Also I <3 martial arts, I have had MMA recommended to me as well, need to check it out. I practices Karate for a long time in High School and some during college as well.

    For anime: check out Death Note if you haven't already. It's very dark but a beautiful, suspenseful, and intellectual anime. It's my all time favorite, though Naruto and Full Metal Alchemist both have special places in my heart ;)

    My favorite movies of late are the two new Batmans. I got The Dark Knight for Christmas and have watched it twice since then, and saw it twice also when it was in theatres. Check them out if you haven't yet.

    Only other things I do in my free time are read (excessively, actually) and play Dungeons and Dragons (yes I'm that nerdy). If you also like to read, I highly recommend the Kushiel series, and also the Nightruner Series. A bit erotic in some parts but very well-written fantasy :)

    Like you Jame I have a multitude of hobbies including WoW and other games. Music is a huge part of my life, as is literature and film. I enjoy many different adventure sports as well, mountain biking, hiking, scuba diving among them.

    As for your request for great movies, since we share a liking for Anime, I'd certainly recommend the Appleseed films. Honestly I could go on to limitless movie nods, I try my best to see every film that looks even remotely interesting. As an devoted follower of Rock music as well, and specifically classic and folk rock, an absolute must see is "Almost Famous"

    If we were to talk of what I am listening to most right now, that would certainly be John Butler Trio, Iron and Wine, Elbow, The Weepies, Damien Rice, and other folk/classic/hippie rock.

    Keep up the great work on your WoW guides, they are helping me considerably in leveling my Rogue!

    Jame says:

    @Jiyambi Why am I not surprised we've got similar music tastes ;)

    I've added a playlist in the music section of this entry, check it out.

    I'll definitely watch Death Note. I've been running short of good animes to watch lately, and I've heard good things about Death Note, so thanks!

    I've seen the Dark Knight, loved it of course.

    And more power to you about Dungeons & Dragons, nerdy chicks are the best! Nerdy chicks who also happen to do Karate are even cooler haha ;)

    @Vincent

    I should watch the Appleseed films. See, I actually read the manga about 10 years ago, it was one of the first mangas imported in France ;) But I haven't seen the anime, so thank you for reminding me!

    Interesting bands too, I'll check them out, since I don't know them all.

    Jame says:

    I've just added a vide of my favorite MMA fighter to the post, check it out ;)

    About Appleseed: I highly suggest both of the Appleseed Anime's, I've read the manga myself and the Anime is much less comical, much more drama/action. Both films are incredibly well made, well scripted, and well dubbed for English.

    As for music suggestions, I could go on all day :) I've been getting into the more classic rock and in all aspects the opposite end of the rock spectrum - experimental rock. For those, my two favorites right now are of course the Beatles, and Death Cab for Cutie, and like Death Cab try Postal Service, it's a side project of the lead singer.

    If you really need to relax but want something intellectually stimulating and emotionally charged, I cannot say enough good things about Damien Rice.

    I see your putting in a music section to your blog, that's great I'll be perusing that.

    What do you listen to while in game?

    I find myself listening to more relaxing (experimental) music while solo/questing. While in 5 mans I tend to listen to a little more riveting music, Incubus among them.

    ~Vincent

    lemli says:

    Oh my god, are you my long lost twin brother or what? Everything you listed is exactly what I like. One major thing that I would've mentioned is Books though.

    We just started playing GHWT last night with my brother, played for ~6 hours straight. The game is seriously fun and I love the drums, although I've already played GH, GH2 and 3 through so the guitar is lots of fun too.

    AMAZING MOVIE: Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, possibly my favorite movie of all time.

    As for MMA, strikers are the most entertaining, I also like the ground part of the sport, but only when there's actually some action happening. (wrestlers who just sit on people = boooooooooring as hell.)

    Favorite fight in UFC:
    Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar
    Some seriously brutal hits, also Forrest is my favorite fighter just because of his attitude etc.

    About music, I'd have to say that I also like all kinds of music and it varies hugely on what I listen to each day. Usually I listen to one album or a set of songs I like from a artist for a day or two, or as long as I find something else or get bored of the songs.

    Anime/Manga, I watch/read them seasonally, meaning I'll read/watch huge amounts for some days and then keep a break from them. Reading Berserk/naruto/kenichi/one piece now and watching Last Exile, Black Lagoon, Rurouni Kenshin(rewatching) at the moment.

    Great animes: Hikaru no Go, Yakitate!! Japan, One Piece(good as both anime and manga), Great Teacher Onizuka, Prince of Tennis, Detective Conan, Code Geass, Hunter X Hunter(My personal favorite), Samurai Champloo and Rurouni Kenshin(the first anime I watched, owns.)

    @ lemli,

    I tend to go through trends in what I'm reading/playing/watching as well. I'm a die hard bibliophile. I can't get enough of books. I read anything from Plato to J.K. Rowling. I love the fantasy genre, anything historical, and anything that just completely blows your mind (ie. Sphere by Michael Crichton).

    It's a shame, but I haven't seen any anime lately, I really should try to pick some up, it's been a while since I've delved into that genre. One thing close would be just watching Stars Wars: Clone Wars the animated movie. It was definitely geared towards a younger audience, but I loved it for that reason actually.

    One of my most vivid memories as a child in regards to movies is "The Last Unicorn" My sister and I literally burned a hole in that VHS (showing my age) watching it so often. I have the distinct pleasure of saying I met the author of the book at Otakon (one of the largest Anime conventions in the U.S. in Baltimore) and now have an autographed anniversary addition of the book. That is definitely a featured piece in my collection!

    I really should get back to work, but it's so cold I really don't feel like it :)

    ~Vincent