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Interests and Hobbies

Have fun with the topic of interests and hobbies, which are activities that are engaged in primarily for pleasure as opposed to employment. While some interests and hobbies retain an economic component—as is the case with people who buy and sell antiques at weekend flea markets, for example—any profits made from these activities are secondary to the enjoyment experienced in the activity itself.

The sorts of activities that fall into the category of interests and hobbies are as diverse as the people who engage in them, but they can be broadly categorized as collecting, making and tinkering, and activities. For example, antique hunting and stamp collecting are interests in the collecting category, while arts and crafts, automotive repair, culinary arts, photography, and home improvement projects are included within making and tinkering. Those who like to research their genealogy, travel, play video games, or play in recreational sports leagues are squarely in the activities category.

People devote varying amounts of time and money to their leisure activities. Collectors, for example, can spend thousands of dollars acquiring rare items, and amateur genealogists can devote as many hours to their research; yet a game of pickup basketball can be enjoyed with little to no investment.

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    Coding Your Passion: Using Computer Science in Education Careers, 1st Edition

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    This thorough guide provides details on specific careers and the job outlook for the future, as well as educational requirements and suggestions for how readers can obtain skills and experience that will make them attractive to employers. Interviews with current computer science workers in education give readers a glimpse into how to make their job dreams a reality.

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    The Green Home: A Decision-Making Guide for Owners and Builders, 1st Edition

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