A new hobby…
Already a month ago now I decided to pick up a new hobby. This guitar has been collecting dust in my room for the last 2 years since I got it from my niece, as she doesn’t play on it anymore. I have had some on and off moments during those 2 years with this guitar, sometimes I would play a bit and really enjoy myself. And other times I would just despise every minute that I spent on it. This was mainly due to the amplifier that came with it, it was such a cheap unit that the sound that it produced was basically trash. So I started saving up a bit, and last month I finaly had enough money to buy my own amplifier. And boy ‘o boy does it sound good now. This sparked the little metal fan in me to just start shredding away on this guitar and it also flicked a huge switch in my head. “Allright, I’m dedicated now, I’m going to learn to tame this beast. And so began my musical journey, on a way to learning to play this beautiful instrument. Now after this month the guitar (a pretty cheap one) is also starting to lack, or I might be expecting a bit much of it. Anyway I’m starting to save up again so I can hopefully buy my own guitar pretty soon. And then I can give this guitar back to my niece with thankfull thoughts.
I will ofcourse keep this page updated with my guitar endeavours and ofcourse some pictures once my new guitar has arrived. Till then, rock on!
Airsoft, my passion
On the left you might see a pretty “disturbing” picture. A soldier, holding a gun… IS THERE A WAR GOING ON? Well yeah, but I’m not involved in it. This is in fact my hobby, and more so my passion. And the handsome guy you see on the picture is actually me yes.
What you see here is called airsoft. It’s a booming sport in Belgium and the Netherlands but also in other parts of the world. But what is airsoft exactly? Well… allow me to explain.
Airsoft is a sport, just like paintball, where 2 teams of players go at each other with fake guns (in airsoft we call them replica’s) and fake ammunition which are 6mm balls (called BB’s). The difference with paintball however, is that airsoft is (or can be) played with much more realism. As most of the guns that are available resemble actual real firearms. As you see me holding an HK 416 Delta on this picture, a weapon frequently used by Special Forces around the world. Also due to our ammunition not being balls of paint like in paintball. We can afford to use much more expensive and realistic gear, as it does not get as dirty like it would by playing paintball. So quite a few parts of my kit ( = the things I use) are military issue, which means that they are also used today by soldiers around the world.
Not everyone takes the sport as serious as me and my team do though. There are many players who just pickup some eye and head protection, purchase a replica and just have at it. But that is not me, from the moment I started this hobby/sport back in 2017 I knew I wanted to go the super realistic (and super expensive) route.
This hobby has now pretty much changed my way of life. It has brought up a certain respect for soldiers which I didn’t (really) have back in the day. But it has also provided me with so much fun the last 2 years, that I just can’t see myself quitting this sport untill I am physically unable to go on.
PC gaming & PC creation
Last but certainly not least, here is my final hobby. Since the age of 10 I have been massively drawn to the whole gaming industry. What sparked it all? Well at the age of 9 I got my first gaming console, a Playstation 2. My parents might not have realised it at the time, but that was the one birthday gift that would change my life forever. As since that day I have not looked away from the gaming industry for one day.
But what is 10 times more interesting to me is the whole PC community. Not only gaming PC’s but the whole nine yards. It started quite small with me receiving my brother’s old computer when he got a new one. But soon I started fiddeling with it and deep inside me, a tech nerd was born.
At the age of 16 I built my very first computer, and no I did not tell some store to put together the parts that I wanted. I physically ordered the parts and put them together myself. Ofcourse with the help of someone I knew, who could show me the ropes.
Then in 2017, I had an internship at ACS computer store in Wetteren. The problem was that I basically already kwew 90% of what I was supposed to learn there. Just from constantly working and researching on computers. The only thing I did learn there was the ins and outs of a laptop, which I had not touched previously.
During my last year, my ICT teacher was so impressed with my skills and knowledge that she let me give a class about the ins and outs of computer hardware. I received some very nice feedback and got lots of questions from students after I had given my presentation. This has also sparked me to help people with computer problems to the best of my ability.
So if you have any questions, you know where to find me ;-).
And then this happened. In march of 2018 after 5 months of hard work (because I dropped out of DAE had to look for a job to fill in my year). This would be the holy grail for me, all these years that I worked around computers I would’ve never dreamed of this ever happening. I was finally able to build a computer, filled to the brim with top of the line components (listed down below). There isn’t a single thing that this computer won’t do, or so I’d like to believe :p.
The fact that I was able to put this thing together for myself, has been such a huge accomplishment for me. Being able to work with top of the line hardware without having to apply for some job in a computer store is just… priceless.
For those interested, here are the specifications of my computer:
Processor: I7 9700K @ 3.6 GHz (boost 4.9 GHz)
RAM: 32GB G.SKILL Trident Z RGB @ 3800MHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master
GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080TI XC edition
Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO PLUS SSD + 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD
CPU Cooler: Corsair H150i Pro RGB
PSU: Corsair HX series HX1000 + CableMod Pro C-Series
For info about any of these hobby’s you can always contact me via the ‘contact’ page.