usmu gave me the following things to write about:
radio: I've been listening to the radio more and more. We have a clock-radio that wakes us up, and when commuting I listen to the radio as well. Both radios are set to 3FM, though we've been reaching that age that Radio 2 sounds pretty cool as well... However, it's easy getting bored with radio: some DJ's are more interested in talking than playing music, and with 'hit stations' there's very little variety in terms of what's played. At those times, I simply switch to CD.
tea: I'm a tea snob. In the last 12 years of my working life, I've had my own tea pot and private stash of tea at my working place. Unfortunately, when I'm on-site at a client, I sometimes have to drink the slosh that most people think that tea is. And I've had people buy me lots of tea with exotic tastes, because I like tea -- with the best intentions.
I like black tea, but I don't like tannin very much. And while I enjoy the really expensive royal first flush stuff, my (our) go-to tea is the Keemun Congou. OK, that one isn't cheap either, but the price/quality ratio is quite good. We buy it in batches of half a kilo. We drink a lot of tea, so why not make every mug of tea a little present to yourself?
lead: Lead is considered a 'hazardous substance'. Lots of electronics were made with lead, but a few years back the EU instated the 'Reduction of Hazardous Substances'. This was probably motivated by fears of what happens with so-called 'e-waste' after it's been exported to China and Africa. Ever since then, makers of electronics have had to switch to alternatives in order to keep selling their products in the EU, starting with the makers of components like chips.
On one hand, the hobbyists (who of course didn't have to comply with the RoHS directive) could score cheap, surplus electronics that still contained lead. But on the other hand, stuff like solder (which traditionally is a mix of tin, lead and resin) changed to the more expensive, silver-based stuff that needs more heat to work well...
It is said that the Roman Empire went into decline because they made their drinking water pipes from lead. The mental capacity of the Romans deteriorated because of the lead in their water... I think the RoHS directive was a good decision overall: there are enough alternatives to lead that everything in stores in the EU today is compliant.
management: Management is a necessary evil. Ideally, the workers would organise themselves organically and perform at optimal efficiency. However, that just doesn't happen magically. A good manager listens to his people and makes sure the obstacles they face are cleared. A good manager is considered part of the work-force, contributing to everyone's succes. I've tried to be a manager like that in the past, and I'm not sure if I succeeded in that. I guess it was too short to really tell.
hitch-hiking: When I was 18, I went on vacation with a friend, hitch-hiking. We didn't get very far, but we did get back home OK. It's not my preferred mode of transportation, and ever since we've had a car, it's not an option anymore.
publishing: I'm not a publisher -- yet. But I will be -- soon. I don't expect to get rich off it (in fact, I'll be happy to break even!), but I do like the idea of crafting an artefact, something of (cultural) value that wouldn't have been there if I hadn't made it. Ideally, this process would combine my skillsets with printing, bookbinding and graphic arts. I'm getting there!
newspaper: News is always hot -- but the physical manifestation in the form of a newspaper is certainly not. Used to be a time when you had to read a newspaper to be considered cultured, but that time is well past us now. But I do frequent the websites of various newspapers. And we all know the ads on the website don't pay the bills, but erecting a paywall doesn't really work either. I don't have a solution to this problem -- how do you monetise something that does have actual value, but that is seen as a comodity? The music business hasn't really figured this out either.