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A fascinating look at optimal leisure lifestyle

An optimal leisure lifestyle (OLL) consists of deeply fulfilling participation during free time in one or more substantial, absorbing activities known as serious leisure. They are complemented by judicious amounts of casual leisure or project-based leisure or both. People find an OLL by doing leisure activities that individually and in combination help them realise their human potential (their talents and tastes), leading thereby to an enhanced quality of life and well-being. Nevertheless, the OLL is basically a leisure conception, though one that always has work and non-work obligations in the background as a comparative backdrop.

In addition, the OLL is a contextual phenomenon, where a person’s diverse work, leisure, and obligatory non-work activities are coordinated along, among others, the dimensions of time, money, and available resources. Though it is individual people who experience this lifestyle, it is inevitably embedded in several wider contexts influenced as it is by certain organisations, groups, networks, social arrangements and cultural patterns. Some of the latter may also have deep roots in history.

Moreover, such structural and cultural phenomena can, depending on circumstances, constrain or facilitate the pursuit of these activities. A key issue for many people is finding an agreeable lifestyle, a highly personal goal to be sure. Nevertheless, the quest for this state entails in the most general sense finding the most acceptable balance possible among the component activities that comprise an OLL. Yet, for all this talk about large-scale context, the effort and perseverance needed to find it stand out as critical micro-processes here. The idea of the OLL really does span all contextual levels.

What does lifestyle balance mean, when applied to everyday living? In common sense it seems to refer to “spending more time with family,” or more broadly, having more leisure time as in “getting a life,” gaining some measure of freedom from unpleasant obligations expressed as escaping the “rat race,” and other adaptive strategies. In the leisure sciences, however, the answer to this question is much subtler: people typically find balance in the domains of work, leisure, and non-work obligation by crafting a lifestyle that encompasses these three and is thereby endowed with a substantial appeal of its own.

Everyone who is working has some kind of lifestyle bridging these domains. But it is also true that many people have activities in their lifestyles they would sooner be free of. How, then, to generate an appealing, balanced lifestyle spanning the three domains? Achieving this leads to Aristotle’s idea of the “good life,” often reached when people abandon certain irritations in their present lifestyle.

In broadest terms, finding an appealing leisure lifestyle hinges on discretionary time commitment. More particularly, it hinges, in part, on committing more hours to the activities one likes most, while subtracting hours from those one likes less or flatly dislikes. Understandably, this kind of balancing is easiest to accomplish in the domain of leisure, where by definition people stay away from unappealing activities.

Even here, however, some activities are more difficult than others to abandon on a whim. So the young male can, at the last moment, tell his friends that the weekend “pub crawl” no longer excites him and that, from thereon, they may continue their escapades without him. But the actress, having grown tired of community theatre as performed in her city, can only comfortably announce that next season, she will be unavailable for roles. She cannot, without great social cost, quit midway through preparation for an upcoming play because of her role in it, for to do so would leave many associates in a lurch and spoil immensely their serious leisure. In these examples, such meso-level ties to other sets of people act to constrain the individual’s behaviour.

So, an appealing, balanced lifestyle may be reached, in part, by tinkering with one’s pattern of leisure activities, spending more time in some while cutting back time spent in others. But, if someone caught in a poorly balanced lifestyle has little free time, then a solution to this problem must be found by redeploying commitments in the other two domains. In one sense, anyway, decisions about which activities to commit less time to in these areas of life are more subtle and difficult than in the domain of leisure. The first two domains are loaded with obligations that may, at least at first glance, appear absolutely fixed – the constraints of the meso and macro contexts loom large at this point.

Thus, people enjoying an optimal leisure lifestyle are usually conscious of other appealing casual, serious, and project-based leisure activities, but nonetheless sufficiently satisfied with their present set to resist abandoning them or adding others. Still, this might well change in the future, as an activity loses its appeal, Homo Otiosus (leisure man) loses his ability to engage in it, or new activities gain priority. From what I have observed in my own research, people with OLLs seem to sense that, at a given point in time, if they try to do too much, they will force a hectic routine on themselves, risk diluting their leisure, and thereby become unable to participate as fully as they would like in what they are passionate about.

Leisure education plays an outsized role here. Lacking instruction or reading on the nature and types of serious, casual, and project-based leisure, most people are unlikely to find the information they need to choose the activities that could make up their OLL. Fortunately, formal instruction in this area is increasingly common, much of it being offered these days through lifestyle courses in continuing education programmes or private counselling agencies, while various books now cover in detail this route to the world of leisure. As Henry David Thoreau put it: “The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day.”



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Duty Free Dynamics adds yoga brand Manduka to its lifestyle portfolio

Duty Free Dynamics is set to help Manduka expand its travel retail presence
Duty Free Dynamics (DFD) has introduced acclaimed yoga brand Manduka to its lifestyle offer for travel retail shoppers.

The brand is known its collections of mats, clothing and accessories for yoga and was founded on the idea that a better yoga mat would improve practice, while the brand focuses on creating responsibly-sourced products.

Today, Manduka offers a wide range of yoga products for different practices and preferences, designed by and for yogis.
Duty Free Dynamics will help to launch and build Manduka’s presence in the travel retail sector.

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Serious Security Shock For Millions Of Samsung Galaxy (Android 9-12) Users – Forbes

Although these days I use an iPhone as my primary smartphone device, I do still own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G for backup and burner usage. If you own a Samsung smartphone, running a broad sweep of Android versions from 9 through 12, I have some good and bad news for you. Serious, and seriously shocking, security news at that

Researchers at Kryptowire have this week published a report detailing how they discovered a serious high-severity vulnerability in the pre-installed Phone app across multiple models that could enable a hacker to take control of your phone. What sort of control? Well, the researchers said, everything from a factory reset and making calls to installing, or deleting, apps. All of this by an unauthorized user if the victim had installed any third-party app that was tweaked to “mimic system-level activity and hijack critical protected functionality,” according to the Kryptowire report.

The Kryptowire chief technical officer, Alex Lisle, posed the question, “ever think someone else has access to your phone?” Here’s the unwelcome news by way of his answer: “unfortunately, you may be right.” The high-severity vulnerability, CVE-2022-22292, that the Kryptowire researchers discovered was every bit as shocking as Lisle made it sound.

The Phone app, pre-installed on Samsung smartphones, was found to have an insecure component that essentially gave local apps, apps without system-level privileges, the ability to perform such privileged operations anyway without user authorization.

In the full, technical, report on this shocking Samsung security faux pas, the researchers say that devices running any version of Android between 9 and 12 were impacted. There were some differences between how versions 10 to 12 could be exploited compared to version 9, but the result was the same: a compromised smartphone without the user knowing it.

Although the full extent as to which Samsung smartphones were vulnerable to this attack methodology remains unknown, the researchers were able to demonstrate an exploit using a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G with the most recent Android 12 build, for example. A Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Samsung A10e were also used during the compromise testing. A Samsung Galaxy S8, running Android 8, however, was found not to be vulnerable. The bad news being, then, if you have pretty much any Samsung smartphone running Android version 9 onwards this vulnerability is likely to have been present.

I approached Samsung for an official statement but at the time of publication had yet to receive a reply.

It’s not all bad news: full details of CVE-2022-22292 were disclosed to Samsung on November 27, 2021, and a patch was made available as part of the February 2022 security maintenance release program.

An Android security patch level of January 2022 or before leaves you likely exposed to this … [+] vulnerability

Assuming that your device has been updated to show a security patch level of February 2022 or later you are protected. Not everyone will have updated, or been able to update, their device though. Mea culpa, my own Galaxy Note 10+ was lagging behind in this regard as I hadn’t used it for a couple of months. So, please do make sure to check your devices are up to date. You can do this by heading into your smartphone settings menu and selecting About Phone|Software Information then scrolling down to Android security patch level.

A date of February 2022 or later means your device is protected

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Phillip Austin brings outlaw country to General Duffy's stage – The Bulletin

Phillip Austin will perform at General Duffy’s Watering Hole on Friday evening.

Phillip Austin will perform at General Duffy’s Watering Hole on Friday evening.

Phillip Austin is bringing his solo acoustic act to General Duffy’s Watering Hole at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Austin will perform a more intimate version of the usual outlaw country sound his band Sleepless Truckers is known for.

Austin describes outlaw country as “songs about the poor, hard-living working class, the good times and the bad, the beauty of life and the sorrows, songs about mama, trains, trucks, prison and getting drunk. That’s what outlaw country is to me.”

You’ll usually find Austin performing with the rest of the Sleepless Truckers, a five-piece band Austin formed with the goal of preserving old-school outlaw country. He said he wanted to “introduce it to the new generations, revisit it for the old ones and share [his] own personal story through the songs [he’s] written.”

Much of the inspiration for his songs and style come from his experience traveling across America in search of a new place to call home after spending 10 years in
Nashville “pickin’ and grinnin’ in the Broadway honkytonks.”

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“I grew up in Oklahoma, did a stint in the Navy and by no accident found myself out here (in Central Oregon) in 2017 after leaving Nashville in my search for the perfect beer and music scene,” said Austin.

Austin found what he was looking for — a place that serves great local beer and musicians that bring their all to the stage.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group or found them anywhere else but here,” said Austin. “I’ve played with the best in the world and I promise you won’t find a better tighter group than what we’ve got right here.”

So if you’re looking for an intimate, raw performance of outlaw country by a local talent, head to General Duffy’s this Friday evening. “The beers are always cold and they’ve got some of the best food trucks,” Austin said about the venue.

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