Or so the saying goes. In Sweden, 31-year-old Rich Handl is currently under arrest because his hobby was attempting to build a nuclear reactor
on his kitchen stove. An inquisitive scholar, he was storing radioactive chemicals like uranium at home because he wanted to see if it was possible to split an atom in his kitchen. He blogged about his experimentations. Finally, sometime after he experienced a nuclear meltdown on top of his stove, he began to question if what he was doing was considered legal or not, and called Sweden's nuclear authorities to clarify things, and they immediately sent the police to fetch him and the nuclear materials. If convicted, he may spend two years in prison. For his part, Handl now says
that it was probably not a good idea to create a nuclear reactor in his kitchen and that in the future he'll stick to theory.
If you're geeky but not so geeky enough to want to build a nuclear reactor in between cooking meals, your hobby may be to boldly go where no man has gone before (except Indiana Jones). Perhaps to the far-flung seaside town of Aqaba in Jordan. Not, of course, to see the ancient city of Petra-- but to see the city of the future that Jordanian King Abdullah II is helping build. The king is heading a project to create
a full-fledged Star Trek
theme park at the new Red Sea Astrarium resort being built in Aqaba. If you can't make the trip to the Middle East any time soon, you can settle with a mere Star Trek exhibit
in Florida. I'll get excited when there is a Star Wars theme park.