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Spiff Foppington [userpic]

Well this is just strange.

Spiff Foppington [userpic]

This test was taken from The Joy of Simple Living (Jeffrey P. Davidson).

1. I fully understand the value of leisure in my life.
2. I have at least one rewarding weekend a month.
3. I take care of errands during the week so that I don't use up my weekends.
4. I plan to take an annual or semiannual vacation.
5. I engage in rewarding, relaxing hobbies or other interests.
6. I regularly exercize in at a tennis club, pool club, spa, or other facility.
7. I can be comfortable doing nothing at all at selected times.
8. I can relax without the use of chemical substances.
9. I engage in regularly scheduled leisure-time activities.
10. I have achieved a reasonable balance between work and play.

If you have five yes's or fewer, you have a destructive lack of leisure in your life!

Spiff Foppington [userpic]

The latest in relaxation technology comes to us from British company Hoverit in the form of a handmade acrylic lounger that can hover in mid air. As you might have guessed, the gravity defying aspects of the chair derive from repelling magnetic forces in both the bed and base. Hoverit also suggests that the magnetic forces can "help back, muscular problems and headaches" in addition to delivering a relaxing sensation akin to floating on air. More after the break.



As nice as it might be, I'd rather take the Czar's bed.

(not that it's a fair contest.)

grim_piper [userpic]

I've never been wild for drinking games.  Kings sucks, T.V. "they say it/you slam" it games bore me and most of the other games allow for making up stupid rules that end up ganging up on one person until they puke.
    This past summer at Pennsic, I learned the best drinking game ever.  It is known as Maia/Meier or Liar's Dice.  No, it is not the game played in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but that one seems to be based on Maia.
You will need:

1.  One wooden box and a pair of dice(six sided for you D&D players)
2.  Copious amounts of beer.  Hard liquor would have you legless by the third round.
3. Three or more people(who like beer, can count and like getting legless)
Rules:(Easier than you think)
Maia is based on bluffing and calling someone's bluff, so natural bullshitters will do well. 

1.  The highest you can roll is a Maia: a 2 and a 1
2. After that come the doubles: 6 & 6, 5 & 5, 4 & 4, 3 & 3, 2 & 2, 1 & 1
They are always referred to a double six, double five etc.  [size=85]Anyone calling it 66,55, or something like snake eyes may be hit or sodomized with empty bottles, but I digress.[/size]
3. Next come the sequential numbers: 65, 64, 63, 62, 61,
                                                         54, 53, 52, 51,
                                                              43, 42, 41,
                                                                   32, 31
The game begins by having a person in the circle roll the dice and look at their total.  They announce the number they "have" and pass the box to the person to their left. 
This next person may do one of three things:
1. Believe the declared number and pass the box on
2. Roll to try to beat or tie the score.
3. Call bluff and open the box.
If they open the box and the number is lower than the person who passed it to them declared, the person who passed the false total must drink.  One drink for sequentials, two drinks for doubles and three for a Maia.
If the number is the same or higher than was declared, the person opening the box must drink for wrongly calling bluff.
You can bluff lower than what you have without penalty, but not higher.  For Example:
If you roll and declare Maia, it might be passed all the way around the circle and you'd have to roll and tie it in order to avoid having to drink.  Thus, it might be better to declare double five or double six, hoping someone will call bluff and find themselves with a three drink Maia.
Only the person who last had the box and passed it on is responsible for the total and its inherent penalties.  
Remember, you may drink whenever you want during the game, but sometimes you [u]have[/u]to drink.  So it's really not a penalty, just enforced enjoyment.  I missed an entire huge party on the night I learned the game, just sitting around the campfire with my friends.  I think we had more fun.
 

Rives [userpic]

The Idler's Glossary

I feel more leisureful already.

Spiff Foppington [userpic]

a survey of astronauts and cosmonauts.

Questionnaires were returned from 54 astronauts and cosmonauts which addressed preferences for media and media-generated subjects that could be used to occupy leisure time in space. Ninety-three percent of the respondents had access to records or audio cassettes, and cosmonauts had greater access than astronauts to multiple media. Cosmonauts and long-duration space travelers reported that they missed various media more than their astronaut and short-duration counterparts. Media subjects that related to international events, national events and historical topics were rated as most preferable by all respondents and by several of the respondent groups. The findings are discussed in terms of their relevance for occupying free time during future long-duration manned space missions.

I'll keep looking for more info on space leisure. There must be some personal accounts that are a bit more interesting.

Almost related: Professor Stephen Hawking Takes Zero-Gravity Flight

Spiff Foppington [userpic]

Thus far this community has been somewhat saturated with my views on leisure. I'm much more interested in yours.

Spiff Foppington [userpic]

Monday, June 23, 2008; Page A02

People invariably believe that money can make them happy -- and rich people usually do report being happier than poor people do. But if this is the case, shouldn't wealthy people spend a lot more time doing enjoyable things than poor people?


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Draw your own conclusions.

Spiff Foppington [userpic]

I have been looking at culture & leisure magazine lately. The features in the current issue include an article about the joy of babies, the latest anti-aging beauty trends, and an "ultra-femme" fashion trend for fall collections.

The question becomes is the target market for leisure woman with money, or has the term leisure been unfairly re-branded for the sake of the magazine?

Spiff Foppington [userpic]


ORIENTALISM IS LEISURE.

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