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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

What Is/Was Your Pandemic Hobby?

I'm curious what readers took up by way of new hobbies, habits, and obsessions during the pandemic. The poll numbers suggest many or most of you did. Personally, I went from being a terrible jazz drummer to being a merely bad (but enthusiastic) jazz drummer, enjoyed inflicting the results on my students from time to time, and read a large amount of jazz history. I would like to tell you my kids took up Latin or baking. (Although, if I recall my past controversies correctly, you need to stop baking bread.) In fact, they became proficient spend-time-on-TikTok-ers. (In fairness to them and their future online selves, they also took up guitar and ballet, of their own accord.)  

Comments open, for once. I add the obligatory and thus wholly unnecessary acknowledgments that being in a position to have a pandemic hobby is ipso facto an indication of good fortune and that having a hobby does not mean one doesn't also have and care about the job of teaching in a changing environment.  

Posted by Paul Horwitz on December 8, 2020 at 02:08 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink



Posted by: iLAW | Dec 20, 2020 5:55:40 AM

When I was largely locked down in April and May, I did five more mosaic pieces, adding them to the five-piece series I did in early 2006, when I was between jobs and had a lot of time on my hands.


Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Dec 9, 2020 2:18:27 PM

Thanks for the heads-up on the link! The comma got incorporated - here is the correct link:


Posted by: Craig Martin | Dec 9, 2020 12:31:19 PM



Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Dec 8, 2020 11:38:52 PM


There's no technical issue with the site itself. It's not easy to see, but the trailing comma was mistakenly included as part of the link. Delete the comma and the link works.

Posted by: hardreaders | Dec 8, 2020 3:32:06 PM

@Craig Martin

Link doesn't work.

Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Dec 8, 2020 2:54:44 PM

Not sure I’d call it a hobby, but certainly a new and time consuming venture: I launched a podcast, “JIB/JAB-The Laws of War Podcast,” in which I interview experts from around the world on various hot issues in the jus ad bellum, jus in bello (hence the name), human rights, and constitutional war powers. It has been way more work than I anticipated, but fun and rewarding, and a great learning process. Some PrawfsBlawg readers may find it of interest: http://jibjabpodcast.com, and on most podcast platforms.

Posted by: Craig Martin | Dec 8, 2020 2:42:05 PM

My day job did not materially change. Only the commute changed (for the better). I have become well versed in the use of Discord, where I get more social contact with friends around the world every week than I used to get in a month or more. No new hobbies, though.

Posted by: Michael | Dec 8, 2020 2:36:52 PM

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