Some people have hobbies, some people don’t. These people do – sort of.
– all you have to do is tell me about your hobbies.
Give me a ballpark time estimate.
Like ten – two minutes. TWO MINUTES!
Okay, alright, nicely done.
Do you have a hobby?
What would that be?
Okay, why is that a hobby?
I do it non-professionally, not-for-profit and for my own entertainment and the entertainment of my friends.
Could you program a computer to kill somebody?
Uh – given enough time and sufficient budget, yes.
Could you make your own robot?
No, not yet. I’d need a team of uh – graduate students.
Do you think in the future people will make their own robots, like their own cyborgs or uh – as a hobby?
Y-y-yer – yer talkin’ crazy – people make their own robots, now, for fun.
Do they do stuff?
Yeah, they do, actually.
Do they make pleasure models?
Uh – they’re gettin’ there. Even right here in Portland, there’s a group of enthusiasts that get together and build robots that do various tasks – from uh – kind of like a sumo wrestling thing where they push each other out of rings, others which can navigate a maze, all the way up to solving Rubik’s Cubes.
You put it in and run a little program and it –
(I make robot sound) BEEP BUP BE BO BOOP
Could you do “BEEP BUP BE BO BOOP"?
WEE WUHP WUHPOOP
Hobbies? Do you like hobbies? Do you have any hobbies?
Do you know what a hobby is?
Yeah, I know what a hobby is.
Do you have any?
I don’t know.
What’s some stuff you like to do?
Go to bars, go to concerts, stuff like that.
Going to concerts is a hobby. What kind of concerts do you go to?
All kinds of different stuff.
Is that a band name?
Well, then what’s all kinds of different stuff?
Rock, hip-hop, techno, whatever.
Right. What are the performances like at a techno concert?
That would be a “rave" with a DJ.
Do you do lots of drugs at those raves? Do like ecstasy?
But in the past maybe?
Yeah, almost everybody does.
Would you say that’s a hobby?
No, that’s just an adjunct to the main thing that’s going on. Why am I still holding this umbrella under the cover-thing?
Is holding an umbrella under cover a hobby of yours?
No, that was just an accident. I kind of forgot I was out of the rain after being in the middle of it.
Do you think that would make a good hobby?
What would be the weirdest hobby you can think of?
I don’t know, that could go in so many different directions. What’s the weirdest hobby you can think of?
I could think of one right now and that would be collecting wet newspapers. Why would anybody do that?
You have to say ‘no’ ’cause I have to transcribe this, I can’t transcribe what you just did with your head.
That was the universal “I don’t know" shrug.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like to garden and –
(I mimic her gestures)
Yes, large hand gestures and –
I like large hand gestures.
I like watching people make fools of themselves, generally.
What’s the difference between something you like to do and something that’s a hobby?
Ya know, there could be a sophisticated clarification on this matter, but I feel like they could be the same – oh, everything’s a question.
It is a question, but I can’t think of the next one.