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Michael A Koontz has been at 9 events

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Landscape Photography Community11,139*Landscape Photography Community:  Spring* General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, March 30, 2015, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 9) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #36: Spring2015-03-23 21:00:00677  
Landscape Photography Community11,139*Landscape Photography Community:  My Favorite Season* Find your favorite landscape photograph from your favorite season of the year and share it to the event!! General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community and represent a season of the year: spring, summer, fall, winter. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, October 27, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 9) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so anyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #25: My Favorite Season2014-10-20 22:00:00681  
Margaret Tompkins147,662*Landscape Photography Community:  A River Runs Through It* General Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community and there are no limits on follower count.  We welcome the millionaires!! 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph and it must feature a river running through the landscape.  It can also be a stream or waterfall surrounded by the landscape. 5) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 6) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, March 31, 2014, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 3 pm CDT. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC Contest # 11: A River Runs Through It2014-03-24 21:00:00477  
Margaret Tompkins147,662*Landscape Photography Community Fans, This is the contest that you have been waiting for!!  Give us your best Landscape Photograph of 2013!* *SPECIAL RULE THIS TIME ONLY*: The date/time in the Photo Details of your photograph MUST indicate that the photo is from 2013. Those that do not will be deleted. *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a Landscape Photograph. 5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!! 6) Photos must be posted no later than January 6, 2014, 3 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Voting ends at January 8, 2014, 3 pm CST. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC People Choice Contest # 5 : Best of 20132013-12-30 22:00:00354  
Margaret Tompkins147,662*Landscape Photography Community Fans, Let's have some more FUN!!!* Welcome to the Landscape Photography Community People's Choice Contest Theme of Trees Rules 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a landscape photograph with at least one tree.  It can be 1 tree, 10 trees, or a whole forest.  It can be a big tree or a baby tree.  It can be any species of tree. 5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!! 6) Photos must be posted no later than December 23, 2013 3 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Voting ends at December 25, 2013 3 pm CST. 8) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest.LPC People's Choice Contest # 4 Trees2013-12-17 02:00:00346  
Margaret Tompkins147,662*Landscape Photography Community Fans, Let's have some FUN!!!* Welcome to the Landscape Photography Community People's Choice Contest Theme of Water *Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. 4) This must be a landscape photograph with an element of "water", the water may be a lake, waterfall, river, ocean, bucket of water, drop of water, etc. and the water may be in any form such as frozen, steam, or liquid. 5) Voting: This is People's Choice so whoever gets the most +1s wins!! 6) Photos must be posted no later than December 9, 2013 5 pm CST.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 7) Voting ends at December 11, 2013 5 pm CST.LPC People's Choice Contest #3: Water2013-12-03 02:00:00236  
Greg Griffin14,162*ATTENTION  Landscape Photographers!!!* *People's Choice Event in the Vista World* The *Landsacape Photography Community* proudly announces the People's Choice Event in the Vistas Category.   *YOU CHOOSE THE WINNER  -  YOU BE THE JUDGE !!!* All Landscape Photography Community members may post *ONE* photograph during the event.  You vote with your "+1" on the photos that you like in the event.  The photograph that gets the most votes or "+1s", wins the contest!  That photograph will be shared to the Inspiration Category as the *#PeoplesChoice*  !!  The photographer will be added to the special Landscape Photography Community Inspiration Circle at the end of the month. *Rules and Details* 1. You MUST be a member of the Landscape Photography Community. 2. Only one photograph per photographer - the others will be deleted. 3. The photograph MUST be original work by you! 4. The photo MUST be a vista of a natural landscape. *No Cityscapes.* 5. The photo MUST be shared directly to the event, NO links to external web sites are permitted. 6. Vote on as many photos as your want.  Your "+1" is your vote. 7. Campaigning is allowed and encouraged!!  Get all of your friends to come to the community and "+1" your photo.   8. *Time to post photographs: Monday May 20, 2013 9.00 am UTC - Sunday May 26, 8.00 am, UTC.*  9.*Time to vote: Monday May 20, 2013 8.00 am UTC  – Wednesday May 29, 2013 8.00 am UTC.* 10.  All photographs posted to the event after Sunday, May 26, 2013 8.00 am UTC, will be deleted.  11. Check your time zone here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html +Greg Griffin  Lead Moderator of the Catch All category will moderate this contest!   *YOU are the Judge!!*   *Good Luck!*People's Choice Event in the Vista World2013-05-20 11:00:00223  
Leigh Diprose34,537*CONDITIONS OF ENTRY* 1.  Add +Leigh Diprose  OR  +F Stop Lounge  to your circles. 2.  Be a member of the *Google+ Photographers Community*      https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115192306691687911760 3.  Enter only *ONE* photo to this event - it has to be your best photo. 4.  SHARE  this event with your circles *HOW DO I ENTER?* Follow the CONDITIONS OF ENTRY *WHAT IS THE THEME?* There is no theme. Simply enter only *ONE* of your best photos. *WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?* The Top THREE photos selected by the judges will each receive  1x Sony DSC TX20 Digital Still Camera. See the specs here: http://www.dpreview.com/products/sony/compacts/sony_dsctx20/specification *HOW WILL THE PHOTOS BE JUDGED?* There will be 10 judges. Each of the 10 judges will choose their favourite photo. The photos selected will form the finalists. The selected finalists will then be judged on a Judges Google+ Hangout and be given a score out of 100 on the following criteria - How creative, original and what the technical quality is like in the photograph. *HOW WILL THE TOP THREE PHOTOS BE CHOSEN?* The three photos that receive the highest score from the judges will be selected as the winning three photos. These three finalists will be announced LIVE on a Google+ On Air Hangout on Leigh Diprose's YouTube Channel. In the event the winner is disqualified for any reason, the photograph that received the next highest total score will be chosen as one of the winning photos. *REMEMBER TO WIN A PRIZE YOU MUST FOLLOW THE CONDITIONS OF ENTRY* (located at the top) *WHO ARE THE JUDGES?* +André Appel   +suzanne clements  +Leigh Diprose  +Joshua Fisher  +Andy Gray  +Kev Isabeth  +Don Noll  +Jack Salzke  +helen sotiriadis  +Duncan Wright  *THE LITTLE LEGAL SECTION - THE SMALL TEXT*     1.    You acknowledge that is Your responsibility for protecting your entry against image misuse by any third party. Leigh Diprose assumes no responsibility and will not be liable for any image misuse. 2.   There are no alternatives available for the prize winner. 3.   The winners photo will be published online on www.fstoplounge.com; the F Stop Lounge Google+ page, F Stop Lounge Facebook page and the Google+ Photographers Community. 4.   Photoshop and other editing techniques are allowed. 5   The prize will be sent to you within a reasonable time.  6.   Your submission must not contain content, material or any element that is unlawful, or otherwise in violation of or contrary to all applicable federal, state, provincial or local laws and regulations the laws or regulations in any state where the Photographs were created. 7. The judges have the right to disqualify anyone who submits multiple entries or is found to be cheating. Who is the sponsor of the prize? Sponsored by +Leigh Diprose Google+ Photographers Photo Competition - *To Enter Follow the Conditions of Entry below*2013-01-31 18:00:00570  
European Photo209,856Come join +European Photo  #EuropeanPhoto  and +Charles Lupica +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +Manuella Betaille +Manuel Votta +Michael Muraz and +Susanne Ramharter for our first event.  Please tag your images with #EuropeanAutumn  and #EuropeanPhotography  - no other tag is needed but you can mention one or more curators if you like. This event is for sharing images that say "autumn in Europe" or "Autumn festival".  In Europe many of the biggest festivals of the year take place in September, October, and Novemeber.  In September and October there are many "harvest festivals" such as the Fete des Vendanges in Neuchatel Switzerlland or perhaps you went to the Octoberfest in Germany?  Both Europa Parc and Disneyland Paris put on extensive Halloween themes.  So this weekend, Friday to Sunday, pleass join our event and share with us your images of autumn in Europe.  We would especially like to see images that show autumn in classic European cites or landscapes, like this image of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lavaux, Switzerland. Image credit: +Charles Lupica © All rights reserved.European Color and Festivals2012-10-26 00:00:00369  

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2015-02-12 12:01:24 (65 comments; 14 reshares; 362 +1s)Open 

the lost world, take III

and so
the world of many man slowly faded
from crowded streets
of cold and grim
back to sparkling
dreamlike
canopy

Not engulfed in russet flames
But soaked in
natures velvet
fists
And nursery

The compassion
of furry beasts
and abstract worn out
blankets of vibrant dust
and silenced colors

the sirens song
with sprouts from
Owls and Eagles
Their gratitude

Spread atop our emptied cities
the warming sun of this world
With walls that long
last crumble
Beneath the tigers child that
Roars again, at the ghosts
and ruins of absent man 

Where did they go
The
Wayward Sapiens

music of the day
Wherein Lies continue by Slipknotmore »

Most reshares: 33

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2015-07-22 07:07:02 (48 comments; 33 reshares; 303 +1s)Open 

the homeless Invisible
inside out, the blind leads the blind

A few days ago, on my way to buy a few fruits, whipped cream and sugar free yogurt, as I walked inside the store I noticed a young girl in her twenties. She was sitting right by the entrance in the downpour of a proper dog rain that whipped us all with a free shower. Begging for petty handouts.

Sadly I had nothing to give her since I had no cash on me, but as I paid for my fruit I made sure to get some good ol fashioned printed money in return and so on my way out again, I gave her what I now had on me.
Well, this article of mine isnt about me giving her money. But while it felt good to be able to help her even in that abysmal and far too lacking way in that given moment. I could not help but to observe all the countless, never ending rows of people walking in and out of that store.

People... more »

Most plusones: 391

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2015-05-12 12:31:34 (56 comments; 30 reshares; 391 +1s)Open 

Sweet Dreamscapes
Tonight we dream and travel

Liar liar 
on the wall 
A spider climbed 
its web of words 
towards the golden tassels 

So tell me now 
What do you see, what do you crave 
and elucidate 
when darkly dearest Sandman 
from sheltered moons 
and starry night 

takes us to forever dream 
and silent travel 
Caught, set free 

Is that frost upon your breath? 
Perhaps 
A dragon gnarly hides inside your chest 

unfolding 
dreams are yours 
to walk 
sing and hymn 

the whispers 
whispers 
In the dark 

i travel 
Like a flock of ravens 
and the shooting star 
towards, the realms uncharted 
I gladly hurl 
to slay the demons 
of unknown tides 
and whitest waters
From a short childrens book ... more »

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2016-02-01 08:09:44 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 62 +1s)Open 

queen of snow
arctic butterfly and the snowy white

At rare times, we come across events and people, as well as both small and monumental moments that we just know are genuine once in a life things.

When we do, all we can do is to marvel at and appreciate it for what it is, exactly the way that unique thing unfolds. This photo is one of those small moments which so randomly and rarely happens that you would have missed it if anything in the universe made you blink for the briefest of tiny seconds.

Yes, that is a real life, and unharmed, and fully alive butterfly.

And yes, you really are looking at a tallish, snow covered flower, outside in the middle of the arctic winter, deeply frozen, snowy white and all. A proud and unlikely moment from life unfolding right there in the middle of a snowy white and deeply frozen landscape.


It´s not... more »

queen of snow
arctic butterfly and the snowy white

At rare times, we come across events and people, as well as both small and monumental moments that we just know are genuine once in a life things.

When we do, all we can do is to marvel at and appreciate it for what it is, exactly the way that unique thing unfolds. This photo is one of those small moments which so randomly and rarely happens that you would have missed it if anything in the universe made you blink for the briefest of tiny seconds.

Yes, that is a real life, and unharmed, and fully alive butterfly.

And yes, you really are looking at a tallish, snow covered flower, outside in the middle of the arctic winter, deeply frozen, snowy white and all. A proud and unlikely moment from life unfolding right there in the middle of a snowy white and deeply frozen landscape.


It´s not the best of photos, but I could not help but to appreciate the beauty of that unique moment, and as such, it really is perfect just the way it is. And to imagine that I had a camera with me to immortalize this memory, making sure it never got lost in the fog of time.

As for the queen of snow, she is now hibernating in the safety of a cold and dark room, and yes, she really is alive, a couple of days ago she had moved a tiny little bit deeper into the shadows as she slumbers there, awaiting the coming of spring so she can help set free a legion of butterflies.

music of the day
strength beyond strength by Pantera
https://open.spotify.com/track/1O2MalaWpSFjSZUewhhjBE___

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2016-01-25 13:43:55 (12 comments; 3 reshares; 67 +1s)Open 

In the presence of Mt.Fuji, the whispers of a leafy forest can be heard
Life rekindled, or a silent passing

To the far east of the world, in the land of the rising sun, in the presence of Mount Fujis captivating beauty quite a few travel from stressful city lives amongst sky high buildings and stone paved streets to meet the beauty of nature on equal footing. Most, of course only have one purpose with such a trip, to rekindle their own appreciation for all things life. To find peace of mind, moments of solemn beauty and perhaps, a rekindled surge of energy for the soul in the slumbering whispers of Mt Fujis leafy forest and snowy crest. But for others, that solitary forest and proud mountain where the wind ruffles branches and leafs in a softly spoken voice might instead be the chosen way to walk into their own eternal night surrounded by all the things they felt that life in the city... more »

In the presence of Mt.Fuji, the whispers of a leafy forest can be heard
Life rekindled, or a silent passing

To the far east of the world, in the land of the rising sun, in the presence of Mount Fujis captivating beauty quite a few travel from stressful city lives amongst sky high buildings and stone paved streets to meet the beauty of nature on equal footing. Most, of course only have one purpose with such a trip, to rekindle their own appreciation for all things life. To find peace of mind, moments of solemn beauty and perhaps, a rekindled surge of energy for the soul in the slumbering whispers of Mt Fujis leafy forest and snowy crest. But for others, that solitary forest and proud mountain where the wind ruffles branches and leafs in a softly spoken voice might instead be the chosen way to walk into their own eternal night surrounded by all the things they felt that life in the city never seemed capable of providing.


music of the day
the drowning age by draconian
https://open.spotify.com/track/6NNzPCHwuuZt24fZYuPyWP


Sometimes people never come back out of the forest called Aokigahara




Every year in modern times at least, up to 100 people step inside the "sea of trees" beneath Mt. Fuji, never again to be heard of alive. Not due to a forest-dwelling movie monster, or predatory species that lurk beneath the canopy. Instead some choose to visit this solemn, and beautiful place, not to rekindle their appetite for life, but to willingly meet the end of it far away from the sounds and lights, demands and artificial existence of the big Japanese cities. So, before we continue, let´s agree that unless you are burdened by terminal, and untreatable illness, choosing to meet life daily, and choosing to live life in a way that makes it fulfilling for you, that is what requires real strength.


Calling it quits is not a show of strength, it´s simply quitting and giving up.


Yes, far too many are burdened by a life that is neither kind or fulfilling.
Be it a partner that sucks all the joy away, or selfish people and crappy unfulfilling jobs and daily tasks that in no way makes your life more. But the solution is not to cease to breathe and do life, the solution, the real one, is always for you to start doing life the way that makes it fulfilling for you. Everything and anything in life can be changed, by you. No one else can choose to change life for you, but you can. We all can choose to do life in the way(s) which we enjoy instead of simply stumble through a dark, unfulfilling and meaningless journey towards our final night.

Whatever your situation is, you always have all the tools and right to change it, just by being you, and it really is your fucking responsibility and right to do so. Life is your art to do and to enjoy for your own fulfilling sake, not to waste away against your own needs, and that is something no one can change.

Nor do they have the right to deny you a fulfilling life lived by your own choices and according to your own needs.

30 out of every 100 000 people - In Japan

In Japan almost 30 people out of every 100 000 do choose to end their own life. The by far, highest suicide rate out of all the developed nations.


There are of course many reasons why so many end their own life in Japan compared to other equally developed nations, one of the least talked about reasons might be that in Japan suicide was historically speaking rarely looked down upon the same way as it is in most of the world. It was rarely thought of as illegal by the legal system or a cowardly thing to do. Throughout history, suicide have at times even been looked upon as a way to keep your honor, from the yesteryears Samurai that committed seppuku when they or others had for one or another reason disgraced themselves in every day life or by loosing a battle to today's overworked Japanese workers that often work so much that at the end of the work day they cant even go home at night but instead sleep over in small hotel rooms near their workplace.



And in that daily environment of demands by others, be it people or corporations, suicide is still by some thought of as a romantic way to end a life that has gone wrong instead of simply choosing to change what is wrong.


That un-relentless work pace is of course all by itself a big contributor, people are emotional beings, not only do we thrive in nature's beauty, but we thrive when we are living life and all it´s aspects the way we enjoy it. And very few honestly enjoy working even 8 hours per day.

To make over working worse, things such as love, sex and fulfilling and romantic relations also go out the door when you work more than you live, or when you live a life that really is not what you would enjoy actually living.

Sexless lives that lack both relationship and passion and romance are thus, as expected other common aspects of modern day life in Japan.



A volatile economy and few workers/people rights in life and society to demand a fulfilling life all contribute for the world leading (amongst developed nations) suicide rate of Japan. Add to that how densely populated life is in cities like Tokyo and how little wildlife and nature there is in your daily life on the streets of such cities. Small apartments, little nature, high paced life on concrete roads and millions of people inside your personal space 24/7. All that combined is why some choose to visit Mt. Fuji and it´s whispering sea of trees to bite hard into that fresh apple that is life without that artificial dome that is modern-day Japanese life.


most just seek to dip their toes in lifes beauty


Most visitors of course go there to rejuvenate in the silence and peace of mind of that mountain, to hike and enjoy the grandness of the area, to sip upon life´s fruits.


While others sadly go there to simply never return, not intent on receiving that jolt of rekindled energy that make us all pumped for another day of life´s daily battle.

Instead they came in search for a decision, and every year up to 100 people manages to make such a logical tumble that they stay behind in the forest, they lay as empty fossilized shells with no more tomorrows scattered in the moss and roots, waiting in silence for someone to find them.

website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=theleafyforestof-fuji___

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2016-01-11 12:11:50 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

The science of neurogenesis, life long health in body, gives life long health in mind

Quite a lot of people around the world is sadly still surprised that what promotes a healthy body, also promotes a life long healthy mind.

So let´s just put it out there, short and sweet - as you strengthen your own body all life long, you also improve and maintain your minds health, performance and youth.

All life long.

That is not my personal opinion, it is simply a scientific fact. So for today, let us talk about neurogenesis, the science about a healthy mind (and thus, body).


Every day, 700 new neurons are formed in a healthy mind all life long


Every day, all life long, a healthy brain actually produce an astonishing 700 new neurons. Fresh for the taking to learn, to heal up, to improve. We know today that our brain is no... more »

The science of neurogenesis, life long health in body, gives life long health in mind

Quite a lot of people around the world is sadly still surprised that what promotes a healthy body, also promotes a life long healthy mind.

So let´s just put it out there, short and sweet - as you strengthen your own body all life long, you also improve and maintain your minds health, performance and youth.

All life long.

That is not my personal opinion, it is simply a scientific fact. So for today, let us talk about neurogenesis, the science about a healthy mind (and thus, body).


Every day, 700 new neurons are formed in a healthy mind all life long


Every day, all life long, a healthy brain actually produce an astonishing 700 new neurons. Fresh for the taking to learn, to heal up, to improve. We know today that our brain is no different to how your biceps and sexy ass will grow stronger and more toned when you challenge them in a healthy way, and end up weak and deflated when you stop challenging your body.

In other words, as long as you maintain your own health by making healthy (and stimulating/challenging) choices on a daily basis - the things you enjoy doing.

You will also keep your mind healthy, fit and toned.

Do not mind gender or age, do not blame your genetics and your parents. Dont blame the last ten years of food and tv sofa choices.

All those things of course have an impact on us all. But they do not define us. Your biceps and your brain, your heart and your entire being is a constantly evolving work in progress. And a great start to improving body and mind is the healthy things that you actually enjoy.



Sex (the great fulfilling kind), healthy food, a fit and toned body, blueberries, lifting weights, doing MMA, reading a good book, writing a book, listening to music, falling in love and maintaining that mutually enjoyed love and passion.

Learning new things, taking daily walks. Keeping up with the world, learning new things as the world learns new things. Discovering new games, playing games. Learning new forms of art. Destroying your own squat and bench press records. Doing yoga, travelling. They are all good for you.

And the truly funny thing is, your brain is a muscle, working out will tone up your mind as well as your torso.

Eating healthy benefits brain and body. Getting drunk hits your mind as badly as it hits your body.

Walking, martial arts, yoga and sprint runs benefits mind and body, Creatine, a sports supplement is as beneficial for your mind as it is for your explosive energy levels (even more so if you happen to eat low or no amount of meat).

Healthy food and not over eating keeps in combination with keeping physical active your mind healthy as much as it keeps your body strong, fit and toned.


And the bad works the same way.

Skipping ice cream (I love Ice cream btw, so that is a hard advice to give - but some indulgence is allowed :P) , not doing alcohol, skipping smoking, drugs, and making sure not to sit still for too long.

Avoiding air pollution, unhealthy food, making sure not to over eat even if the food is super healthy.

Avoiding sugar. Kicking crappy partners, friends and lovers out. Well, I am pretty sure you already get the point. All the things that maintains and improves your personal fitness level, joy and health also maintains your brain. And the things that drains your physical energy also saps your mental energy.




I have said it in previous articles over the years, but I will end this one by saying it again. Your mind is a muscle.

music of the day
forged in fire by Månegarm
https://open.spotify.com/track/5Bnon86sxKuvCSEnbWuoJX


The same way your heart, your ass, your triceps, abs and lungs are all muscles. And as such, while there are circumstances to health, life and aging which we do not control, and while there are some genetic (and other) limitations involved for us all, it truly is not only possible to create and maintain a healthy body and mind for a life of enjoyable and sensual health, it is 99% down to your own daily choices.


By far. the best part is that you can start improving your health in body and mind at any given point in life.

The concept is easy, your own body and brain is constantly replenishing and restarting, on a daily basis.

It really is a daily grind keeping healthy, happy and toned, and that is why people go up and down in body fat, muscle mass, endurance, strength, creativity, memory, the speed with which you perform cognitive tasks and so forth.

Nothing is constant, and what you do not use, you loose, but what you havent used, you can always start improving today by starting to use it on a daily basis.

Because, as you now know, both muscles, body fat and neurons continually gets refreshed.

Your entire living system continually thrive to rise or sink with the challenge - or lack of challenge that you provide it with. Mentally, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

What you have to constantly remind yourself with is that it truly is a daily grind.

Never ever buy into a promise of a healthy life and hot body if you do this routine for the next 6 month.


A healthy body and mind is created by you making healthy choices every single day for the rest of your life.

Body fat starts growing the very same day you start eating more food than you use up. Body fat starts diminishing the same day you start using more energy per day than you are feeding your body.

And strength, thought, endurance, joy, cognitive performance, it´s all the same.

Add to that, that quality also matters. Quality of food, quality of sex, quality of working out.

Quality of life and a constant stream of daily healthy choices that challenges and fulfills you is what matters for body and mind. All parts of your organic ecosystem (your body) responds the same way to what you feed your system from now on out.


Make a bet with yourself today, that you will once you hit 70 years old outdo your current day self in body and mind. Work for it on a daily basis by making healthy choices that you enjoy - and I bet you that you will accomplish exactly that (bad luck, unrealistic goals, a lack of will and unfortunate accidents put aside of course).

Model: Gillian Andersson another age positive female looking by far her healthiest best at 40+.

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2016-01-03 06:24:13 (42 comments; 11 reshares; 250 +1s)Open 

Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
the birth of 2016

In front of me
The vastness of the arctic spreads it's wings over billabong and fields,
snowy valleys and frost clad mountains. It is all illuminated and painted by the lingering nightly shadows. Dressed up to play in the cold and vibrant arctic scenery. Fluffy white and deep ocean blue that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

The scene that unfold before my eyes this morning was given even more depth by the plume of misty winters fog that effortlessly reach out into the sky to greet the warming blanket of the sun.


Like a painter's pencil the air and rolling hills was turned into nature's most enchanting canvas. Wrapped all around me on this place where I now stood right next to this tree where we hand in hand in summer time barefoot walked through the... more »

Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
the birth of 2016

In front of me
The vastness of the arctic spreads it's wings over billabong and fields,
snowy valleys and frost clad mountains. It is all illuminated and painted by the lingering nightly shadows. Dressed up to play in the cold and vibrant arctic scenery. Fluffy white and deep ocean blue that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

The scene that unfold before my eyes this morning was given even more depth by the plume of misty winters fog that effortlessly reach out into the sky to greet the warming blanket of the sun.


Like a painter's pencil the air and rolling hills was turned into nature's most enchanting canvas. Wrapped all around me on this place where I now stood right next to this tree where we hand in hand in summer time barefoot walked through the tall green grass through the herds of flowers and wildlife.



The wings of crows and ravens and the mighty white-tailed eagles soared the sky above me.

No doubt looking for the tasty arctic rabbits that always roamed these fields of ours.

Or perhaps they tracked a Lynx or two that silently made their way through the bushland, stalking our footprints that now laid frozen in the snow like a ghost, silent and unseen but always near and always undeniable there.

I looked up at the rising sun as it painted these vivid clouds and frozen land and I smiled, thinking of the sights that already lay waiting for you my girl to discover as we walk these plains hand in hand.


music of the day
Hordes of hel by Månegarm
https://open.spotify.com/track/1za3uU8BooFZYORAKeUKqH

Enjoy the new year people, and make sure it´s a good one for you.___

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2015-12-24 06:58:13 (41 comments; 8 reshares; 97 +1s)Open 

Santas Solstice
have a good one world, call it Xmas, Christmas, Yule log fun, Winter solstice, whatever - just enjoy it

And remember, next year and the next few centuries, our gorgeous little planet will perpetually start improving a shit load of huge amounts for all of us. And that is by far the best Xmas gift we have all ever given each other, something we mutually did this december when roughly 200 nations banded together to create a much saner and healthier and sustainable future for us all.

So enjoy a wonderful Xmas today no matter what you call it or how you do it. The future is bright and wonderful as fuck :)

music of the day
Legions of the north by Mångarm
https://open.spotify.com/track/7jDZ987VJrWwHXAEnQvlg7

Santas solstice

horses three
a dragon
atop the tree

From inside a glass jar... more »

Santas Solstice
have a good one world, call it Xmas, Christmas, Yule log fun, Winter solstice, whatever - just enjoy it

And remember, next year and the next few centuries, our gorgeous little planet will perpetually start improving a shit load of huge amounts for all of us. And that is by far the best Xmas gift we have all ever given each other, something we mutually did this december when roughly 200 nations banded together to create a much saner and healthier and sustainable future for us all.

So enjoy a wonderful Xmas today no matter what you call it or how you do it. The future is bright and wonderful as fuck :)

music of the day
Legions of the north by Mångarm
https://open.spotify.com/track/7jDZ987VJrWwHXAEnQvlg7

Santas solstice

horses three
a dragon
atop the tree

From inside a glass jar
peculiar so
Your eyes are peering
Straight back out the ever tree

Outside that rounded glass
The world spins and wobbles
rumbles, resonates
Words and sounds like light
of night and day

so clear and sighted
yet at times
perhaps
it dips, a tad bit
obfuscated

Through the dome

something bends and changes
The perspective of time
with which
You see and sense

The living world
And all It's peers

White it falls
shortened days

the ice that rumbles reminds you so
to descend
down from the tree to play
your yearly tune
that paints their brethren sky so green and vivid

eat their oat and sprinkle gifts
climb back up
the tree and moon, the night is brief
and you need your sleep
inside the ice and night
of northern halls___

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2015-12-07 12:17:48 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

A ghastly Christmas ghost story by Charles Dickens
The chimes

Music of the day as you read chapter 1.
The constant by Anthrax
https://open.spotify.com/track/7iPXmxpRz8SJdGFZpDnHLK

The first half of chapter 1.

Letters



[Soon

recieved]




There are not many people—and as it is desirable that a story-teller and a story-reader should establish a mutual understanding as soon as possible, I beg it to be noticed that I confine this observation neither to young people nor to little people, but extend it to all conditions of people: little and big, young and old: yet growing up, or already growing down again—there are not, I say, many people who would care to sleep in a church. I don’t mean at sermon-time in warm weather (when the thing has actually been done, once or twice), but in the night, andalone... more »

A ghastly Christmas ghost story by Charles Dickens
The chimes

Music of the day as you read chapter 1.
The constant by Anthrax
https://open.spotify.com/track/7iPXmxpRz8SJdGFZpDnHLK

The first half of chapter 1.

Letters



[Soon

recieved]




There are not many people—and as it is desirable that a story-teller and a story-reader should establish a mutual understanding as soon as possible, I beg it to be noticed that I confine this observation neither to young people nor to little people, but extend it to all conditions of people: little and big, young and old: yet growing up, or already growing down again—there are not, I say, many people who would care to sleep in a church. I don’t mean at sermon-time in warm weather (when the thing has actually been done, once or twice), but in the night, and alone. A great multitude of persons will be violently astonished, I know, by this position, in the broad bold Day. But it applies to Night. It must be argued by night, and I will undertake to maintain it successfully on any gusty winter’s night appointed for the purpose, with any one opponent chosen from the rest, who will meet me singly in an old churchyard, before an old church-door; and will previously empower me to lock him in, if needful to his satisfaction, until morning.



For the night-wind has a dismal trick of wandering round and round a building of that sort, and moaning as it goes; and of trying, with its unseen hand, the windows and the doors; and seeking out some crevices by which to enter. And when it has got in; as one not finding what it seeks, whatever that may be, it wails and howls to issue forth again: and not content with stalking through the aisles, and gliding round and round the pillars, and tempting the deep organ, soars up to the roof, and strives to rend the rafters: then flings itself despairingly upon the stones below, and passes, muttering, into the vaults. Anon, it comes up stealthily, and creeps along the walls, seeming to read, in whispers, the Inscriptions sacred to the Dead. At some of these, it breaks out shrilly, as with laughter; and at others, moans and cries as if it were lamenting. It has a ghostly sound too, lingering within the altar; where it seems to chaunt, in its wild way, of Wrong and Murder done, and false Gods worshipped, in defiance of the Tables of the Law, which look so fair and smooth, but are so flawed and broken.

Ugh! Heaven preserve us, sitting snugly round the fire! It has an awful voice, that wind at Midnight, singing in a church!


But, high up in the steeple! There the foul blast roars and whistles! High up in the steeple, where it is free to come and go through many an airy arch and loophole, and to twist and twine itself about the giddy stair, and twirl the groaning weathercock, and make the very tower shake and shiver! High up in the steeple, where the belfry is, and iron rails are ragged with rust, and sheets of lead and copper, shrivelled by the changing weather, crackle and heave beneath the unaccustomed tread; and birds stuff shabby nests into corners of old oaken joists and beams; and dust grows old and grey; and speckled spiders, indolent and fat with long security, swing idly to and fro in the vibration of the bells, and never loose their hold upon their thread-spun castles in the air, or climb up sailor-like in quick alarm, or drop upon the ground and ply a score of nimble legs to save one life! High up in the steeple of an old church, far above the light and murmur of the town and far below the flying clouds that shadow it, is the wild and dreary place at night: and high up in the steeple of an old church, dwelt the Chimes I tell of.


The chimes I tell of


They were old Chimes, trust me. Centuries ago, these Bells had been baptized by bishops: so many centuries ago, that the register of their baptism was lost long, long before the memory of man, and no one knew their names. They had had their Godfathers and Godmothers, these Bells (for my own part, by the way, I would rather incur the responsibility of being Godfather to a Bell than a Boy), and had their silver mugs no doubt, besides. But Time had mowed down their sponsors, and Henry the Eighth had melted down their mugs; and they now hung, nameless and mugless, in the church-tower. Not speechless, though. Far from it. They had clear, loud, lusty, sounding voices, had these Bells; and far and wide they might be heard upon the wind. Much too sturdy Chimes were they, to be dependent on the pleasure of the wind, moreover; for, fighting gallantly against it when it took an adverse whim, they would pour their cheerful notes into a listening ear right royally; and bent on being heard on stormy nights, by some poor mother watching a sick child, or some lone wife whose husband was at sea, they had been sometimes known to beat a blustering Nor’ Wester; aye, ‘all to fits,’ as Toby Veck said;—for though they chose to call him Trotty Veck, his name was Toby, and nobody could make it anything else either (except Tobias) without a special act of parliament; he having been as lawfully christened in his day as the Bells had been in theirs, though with not quite so much of solemnity or public rejoicing. For my part, I confess myself of Toby Veck’s belief, for I am sure he had opportunities enough of forming a correct one. And whatever Toby Veck said, I say. And I take my stand by Toby Veck, although he did stand all day long (and weary work it was) just outside the church-door. In fact he was a ticket-porter, Toby Veck, and waited there for jobs. And a breezy, goose-skinned, blue-nosed, red-eyed, stony-toed, tooth-chattering place it was, to wait in, in the winter-time, as Toby Veck well knew. The wind came tearing round the corner—especially the east wind—as if it had sallied forth, express, from the confines of the earth, to have a blow at Toby. And oftentimes it seemed to come upon him sooner than it had expected, for bouncing round the corner, and passing Toby, it would suddenly wheel round again, as if it cried ‘Why, here he is!’ Incontinently his little white apron would be caught up over his head like a naughty boy’s garments, and his feeble little cane would be seen to wrestle and struggle unavailingly in his hand, and his legs would undergo tremendous agitation, and Toby himself all aslant, and facing now in this direction, now in that, would be so banged and buffeted, and touzled, and worried, and hustled, and lifted off his feet, as to render it a state of things but one degree removed from a positive miracle, that he wasn’t carried up bodily into the air as a colony of frogs or snails or other very portable creatures sometimes are, and rained down again, to the great astonishment of the natives, on some strange corner of the world where ticket-porters are unknown. But, windy weather, in spite of its using him so roughly, was, after all, a sort of holiday for Toby. That’s the fact. He didn’t seem to wait so long for a sixpence in the wind, as at other times; the having to fight with that boisterous element took off his attention, and quite freshened him up, when he was getting hungry and low-spirited. A hard frost too, or a fall of snow, was an Event; and it seemed to do him good, somehow or other—it would have been hard to say in what respect though, Toby! So wind and frost and snow, and perhaps a good stiff storm of hail, were Toby Veck’s red-letter days. Wet weather was the worst; the cold, damp, clammy wet, that wrapped him up like a moist great-coat—the only kind of great-coat Toby owned, or could have added to his comfort by dispensing with. Wet days, when the rain came slowly, thickly, obstinately down; when the street’s throat, like his own, was choked with mist; when smoking umbrellas passed and re-passed, spinning round and round like so many teetotums, as they knocked against each other on the crowded footway, throwing off a little whirlpool of uncomfortable sprinklings; when gutters brawled and waterspouts were full and noisy; when the wet from the projecting stones and ledges of the church fell drip, drip, drip, on Toby, making the wisp of straw on which he stood mere mud in no time; those were the days that tried him. Then, indeed, you might see Toby looking anxiously out from his shelter in an angle of the church wall—such a meagre shelter that in summer time it never cast a shadow thicker than a good-sized walking stick upon the sunny pavement—with a disconsolate and lengthened face. But coming out, a minute afterwards, to warm himself by exercise, and trotting up and down some dozen times, he would brighten even then, and go back more brightly to his niche. They called him Trotty from his pace, which meant speed if it didn’t make it. He could have walked faster perhaps; most likely; but rob him of his trot, and Toby would have taken to his bed and died. It bespattered him with mud in dirty weather; it cost him a world of trouble; he could have walked with infinitely greater ease; but that was one reason for his clinging to it so tenaciously. A weak, small, spare old man, he was a very Hercules, this Toby, in his good intentions. He loved to earn his money. He delighted to believe—Toby was very poor, and couldn’t well afford to part with a delight—that he was worth his salt. With a shilling or an eighteenpenny message or small parcel in hand, his courage always high, rose higher. As he trotted on, he would call out to fast Postmen ahead of him, to get out of the way; devoutly believing that in the natural course of things he must inevitably overtake and run them down; and he had perfect faith—not often tested—in his being able to carry anything that man could lift. Thus, even when he came out of his nook to warm himself on a wet day, Toby trotted. Making, with his leaky shoes, a crooked line of slushy footprints in the mire; and blowing on his chilly hands and rubbing them against each other, poorly defended from the searching cold by threadbare mufflers of grey worsted, with a private apartment only for the thumb, and a common room or tap for the rest of the fingers; Toby, with his knees bent and his cane beneath his arm, still trotted. Falling out into the road to look up at the belfry when the Chimes resounded, Toby trotted still. He made this last excursion several times a day, for they were company to him; and when he heard their voices, he had an interest in glancing at their lodging-place, and thinking how they were moved, and what hammers beat upon them. Perhaps he was the more curious about these Bells, because there were points of resemblance between themselves and him. They hung there, in all weathers, with the wind and rain driving in upon them; facing only the outsides of all those houses; never getting any nearer to the blazing fires that gleamed and shone upon the windows, or came puffing out of the chimney tops; and incapable of participation in any of the good things that were constantly being handed through the street doors and the area railings, to prodigious cooks. Faces came and went at many windows: sometimes pretty faces, youthful faces, pleasant faces: sometimes the reverse: but Toby knew no more (though he often speculated on these trifles, standing idle in the streets) whence they came, or where they went, or whether, when the lips moved, one kind word was said of him in all the year, than did the Chimes themselves. Toby was not a casuist—that he knew of, at least—and I don’t mean to say that when he began to take to the Bells, and to knit up his first rough acquaintance with them into something of a closer and more delicate woof, he passed through these considerations one by one, or held any formal review or great field-day in his thoughts. But what I mean to say, and do say is, that as the functions of Toby’s body, his digestive organs for example, did of their own cunning, and by a great many operations of which he was altogether ignorant, and the knowledge of which would have astonished him very much, arrive at a certain end; so his mental faculties, without his privity or concurrence, set all these wheels and springs in motion, with a thousand others, when they worked to bring about his liking for the Bells. And though I had said his love, I would not have recalled the word, though it would scarcely have expressed his complicated feeling. For, being but a simple man, he invested them with a strange and solemn character. They were so mysterious, often heard and never seen; so high up, so far off, so full of such a deep strong melody, that he regarded them with a species of awe; and sometimes when he looked up at the dark arched windows in the tower, he half expected to be beckoned to by something which was not a Bell, and yet was what he had heard so often sounding in the Chimes. For all this, Toby scouted with indignation a certain flying rumour that the Chimes were haunted, as implying the possibility of their being connected with any Evil thing. In short, they were very often in his ears, and very often in his thoughts, but always in his good opinion; and he very often got such a crick in his neck by staring with his mouth wide open, at the steeple where they hung, that he was fain to take an extra trot or two, afterwards, to cure it. The very thing he was in the act of doing one cold day, when the last drowsy sound of Twelve o’clock, just struck, was humming like a melodious monster of a Bee, and not by any means a busy bee, all through the steeple!


‘Dinner-time, eh!’ said Toby, trotting up and down before the church. ‘Ah!’

Toby’s nose was very red, and his eyelids were very red, and he winked very much, and his shoulders were very near his ears, and his legs were very stiff, and altogether he was evidently a long way upon the frosty side of cool.

‘Dinner-time, eh!’ repeated Toby, using his right-hand muffler like an infantine boxing-glove, and punishing his chest for being cold. ‘Ah-h-h-h!’

He took a silent trot, after that, for a minute or two.
‘There’s nothing,’ said Toby, breaking forth afresh—but here he stopped short in his trot, and with a face of great interest and some alarm, felt his nose carefully all the way up. It was but a little way (not being much of a nose) and he had soon finished.
‘I thought it was gone,’ said Toby, trotting off again. ‘It’s all right, however. I am sure I couldn’t blame it if it was to go. It has a precious hard service of it in the bitter weather, and precious little to look forward to; for I don’t take snuff myself. It’s a good deal tried, poor creetur, at the best of times; for when it does get hold of a pleasant whiff or so (which an’t too often) it’s generally from somebody else’s dinner, a-coming home from the baker’s.’

The reflection reminded him of that other reflection, which he had left unfinished.

‘There’s nothing,’ said Toby, ‘more regular in its coming round than dinner-time, and nothing less regular in its coming round than dinner. That’s the great difference between ’em. It’s took me a long time to find it out. I wonder whether it would be worth any gentleman’s while, now, to buy that obserwation for the Papers; or the Parliament!’ Toby was only joking, for he gravely shook his head in self-depreciation.
‘Why! Lord!’ said Toby. ‘The Papers is full of obserwations as it is; and so’s the Parliament. Here’s last week’s paper, now;’ taking a very dirty one from his pocket, and holding it from him at arm’s length; ‘full of obserwations! Full of obserwations! I like to know the news as well as any man,’ said Toby, slowly; folding it a little smaller, and putting it in his pocket again: ‘but it almost goes against the grain with me to read a paper now. It frightens me almost. I don’t know what we poor people are coming to. Lord send we may be coming to something better in the New Year nigh upon us!’
‘Why, father, father!’ said a pleasant voice, hard by.

But Toby, not hearing it, continued to trot backwards and forwards: musing as he went, and talking to himself.
‘It seems as if we can’t go right, or do right, or be righted,’ said Toby. ‘I hadn’t much schooling, myself, when I was young; and I can’t make out whether we have any business on the face of the earth, or not. Sometimes I think we must have—a little; and sometimes I think we must be intruding. I get so puzzled sometimes that I am not even able to make up my mind whether there is any good at all in us, or whether we are born bad. We seem to be dreadful things; we seem to give a deal of trouble; we are always being complained of and guarded against. One way or other, we fill the papers. Talk of a New Year!’ said Toby, mournfully. ‘I can bear up as well as another man at most times; better than a good many, for I am as strong as a lion, and all men an’t; but supposing it should really be that we have no right to a New Year—supposing we really are intruding—’
‘Why, father, father!’ said the pleasant voice again.


Toby heard it this time; started; stopped; and shortening his sight, which had been directed a long way off as seeking the enlightenment in the very heart of the approaching year, found himself face to face with his own child, and looking close into her eyes. Bright eyes they were. Eyes that would bear a world of looking in, before their depth was fathomed. Dark eyes, that reflected back the eyes which searched them; not flashingly, or at the owner’s will, but with a clear, calm, honest, patient radiance, claiming kindred with that light which Heaven called into being. Eyes that were beautiful and true, and beaming with Hope. With Hope so young and fresh; with Hope so buoyant, vigorous, and bright, despite the twenty years of work and poverty on which they had looked; that they became a voice to Trotty Veck, and said: ‘I think we have some business here—a little!’ Trotty kissed the lips belonging to the eyes, and squeezed the blooming face between his hands.
‘Why, Pet,’ said Trotty. ‘What’s to do? I didn’t expect you to-day, Meg.’

‘Neither did I expect to come, father,’ cried the girl, nodding her head and smiling as she spoke. ‘But here I am! And not alone; not alone!’
‘Why you don’t mean to say,’ observed Trotty, looking curiously at a covered basket which she carried in her hand, ‘that you—’
‘Smell it, father dear,’ said Meg. ‘Only smell it!’



Read the rest of the book
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=thechimesbydickens___

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2015-12-05 11:12:12 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 45 +1s)Open 

the yule log adventures, a collection of Xmas stories
it was snowing, and together they smiled, a yule time story about ants and their own little friends

The day changed before their searching eyes as the humidity kept building up, and before you knew it drops of water was hurling down toward them from the clouds, thick and utterly gorgeous drops of water splashed across the leafs and branches that was scattered above them with near silent, yet if you truly listened, it was like a carpet of thundering clashes that played a wayward march of a million drums.

The little aphid cow right next to the ant looked startled at the sea of thickening tears that came hurling down all around them.

"My very first winter rain, my gosh, just look at those drops, how big and thick they are"

Yes, the soldier ant Said, they are close to becoming hale and... more »

the yule log adventures, a collection of Xmas stories
it was snowing, and together they smiled, a yule time story about ants and their own little friends

The day changed before their searching eyes as the humidity kept building up, and before you knew it drops of water was hurling down toward them from the clouds, thick and utterly gorgeous drops of water splashed across the leafs and branches that was scattered above them with near silent, yet if you truly listened, it was like a carpet of thundering clashes that played a wayward march of a million drums.

The little aphid cow right next to the ant looked startled at the sea of thickening tears that came hurling down all around them.

"My very first winter rain, my gosh, just look at those drops, how big and thick they are"

Yes, the soldier ant Said, they are close to becoming hale and snow by now. I can already feel it in the air. Come, let us go back inside before winter catches us. We are in northern lands now, and the freeze can happen instantly here. And if it do, it is strong and powerful enough to hurt us

"The freeze?" The Young aphid sounded as frightened and hesitant as he looked now.

Yes, wait here, I have to close the hatchet too. Our Norse tribe would not be too happy with us if I forgot to close this entrance for the winter. You see, up here with the fairies and trolls, those white and brown Bears and Santa Claus. Things turn to real ice and snow up here for month at a time. It is impossible to survive outside for little ones like us. Everything, even the rain becomes hard as metal and stones against your skin.


"but, it was sunny and warm yesterday?"


Yes, winter has come.
But no need to worry about that, we usually spend our summer and autumn up here, we are a migrant tribe after all, and once Santa has dropped off his bag of presents next week it is time for us to take the southern tunnel down back to Africa, and from there, we might hitch a hike with the Spider ballon trail, and in return for us helping them stay safe, they will carry us all the way out to the ocean trading route.

From the trading route, ocean currents, winds and our own ladybugs will take us all the rest of the way to Brazil, it´s lovely during this time of the year. So, no worries, in a month or so we will once again see summer and you can graze as much as you want in our southern hemisphere capital, until we head back north for the arctic summer of course.

Perhaps, next year, we will go and visit the eastern outpost, Japan has such a beautiful blossoming tree and the clan chief has sent words that next year will be an extraordinary display of wonders, the trees and bugs have been producing an extraordinary amount of milk for us.

who is santa Claus



"Who is Santa Claus?" the little aphid said.


Well, Santa is, you know. Think of Santa as more of a magical being than a person. He lives up in the wild north, somewhere far away and deep in the snowy mountains of the ancient places only known to vikings and frost giants.
He walks amongst the humans, the ants and every little critter and animal. Almost like Odén, the old viking king of all the norse gods.

He has many names and shapes, but once a year Santa lets the world see him almost the same way no matter who you are. He walks this planet, an old and very bearded man, slightly puffy and quite over weight, but perhaps that is just the shape he wants you to see that very day.

Come xmas eve, when you close your eyes and the ferries take you to the world of dreams, Santa somehow finds his way inside your house, leaving presents behind, and behind him he sprinkles a crunchy trace and scent of ginger bread and a most delicate lingering feeling of wonders.

The point is, no one really know´s who Santa is, or how he can change his shape like that, to grow as tall as the tallest of giants, or as small as an ant. No one knows how he actually look like, or how he can travel the entire world and be at millions of places almost all at once. Is there a hundred thousand different Santa beings? An unknown species that only shows itself to the rest of us during Christmas. Or is it just one Santa that some how manages to find himself in hundreds of millions of places each and every second.

I do not know.

It´s magical like that. Like nothing else in life.

He shows up, and he vanishes, like he almost never was there to begin with, and behind him, the scent of magic and the physical gifts which he has left behind is all that remains.

Well, that and gratitude i hope, because you should be grateful.

For life itself, each person that truly cares about you, and for all the wonders in the world. For the kindness that somehow gave you that gift.

Grateful for the cycle of life, light and dark. Snow and warmth, it´s all an wondrous part of life.

And yeah, it´s magical, Santa and the reality of the yule log traditions.

Just remember to not lay awake. Because Santa never ever shows up before each and everyone inside the house have soundly entered the dreamy lands that is guarded by the moon and the stars. Some how he always knows if you are silently laying awake trying to catch a glimps or sound of him, and if you stay up for too long, all that you will have accomplished is that he will not show up at all. And if that happens, well tough luck kiddo - you are officially down and out with Santa and you better hope that someone in your life is kind enough to buy you gifts of their own.

So you see, you have to fall asleep little one if you really want santa to come around, so nn and dont let the bed bugs bite. Because I want him to leave some gifts behind him, I have waited all year long for that.

..... "but,tell me about the lady bug trail!."

Hush now little cow,
I do not want us to chase away Santa this year too, I will tell you all about our lady bug trail tomorrow, and soon you will get to see it with your very own eyes as we leave the new fallen snow behind. But for now, please let´s close our eyes and visit the sandy ant mans shores.
I have heard that he is having a barbeque tonight together with a bunch of hybernating vikings that just woke up, and I doubt you would want to miss that.

.... "Oh wow, the sandy ant and vikings, I cant wait to see that"


....."What are they barbequing?"


..... "Oh I can hear him, did you hear that! Santa is here, I can hear him"

......"How did he get inside, we dont have a chimney!!"

Shhhhhh....


read the rest of the stories in the yule log adventures
http://anorseview.com/?q=theyulelogstories



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2015-12-04 05:20:08 (24 comments; 7 reshares; 129 +1s)Open 

No sounds
But the thawing ice down
What once was the butchers street

Buildings since long had ceased to crumble
Headlights dull and blackened

Snow so white, upon
The abandoned shoes that sits
In front the white and empty door frame

Desolate and soundless
A fox traverse across the street

But no one sees it
the world is calm
and snowy silent

music of the day
Evil Twin by Anthrax
https://open.spotify.com/track/4XAIbkRioq55uZtSFIjuPW

No sounds
But the thawing ice down
What once was the butchers street

Buildings since long had ceased to crumble
Headlights dull and blackened

Snow so white, upon
The abandoned shoes that sits
In front the white and empty door frame

Desolate and soundless
A fox traverse across the street

But no one sees it
the world is calm
and snowy silent

music of the day
Evil Twin by Anthrax
https://open.spotify.com/track/4XAIbkRioq55uZtSFIjuPW___

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2015-11-28 10:39:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

solitude by the sea
and kitchen Island farms

Kitchen island gardens & farms
Technology is making us all smarter and healthier farmers


Once upon a time, yes really, virtually every human being was one way or another also a farmer. Cows in the garden, chickens pooping out breakfast eggs and pigs for the slaughter. The industrial revolution changed that and farming became owned by a few mega-corporations, with animal abuse, health, and environmental issues in tow. But now, in a world of climate change and awareness, technology have finally come full circle, making us all greener, healthy individual farmers again.


Inside our romantic and cozy kitchen, white, clean and warm, yet modern and uncluttered, there is also the warmth and joy found in the cycle of life, ever growing strawberries competes for our attention with ripe looking tomatoes.... more »

solitude by the sea
and kitchen Island farms

Kitchen island gardens & farms
Technology is making us all smarter and healthier farmers


Once upon a time, yes really, virtually every human being was one way or another also a farmer. Cows in the garden, chickens pooping out breakfast eggs and pigs for the slaughter. The industrial revolution changed that and farming became owned by a few mega-corporations, with animal abuse, health, and environmental issues in tow. But now, in a world of climate change and awareness, technology have finally come full circle, making us all greener, healthy individual farmers again.


Inside our romantic and cozy kitchen, white, clean and warm, yet modern and uncluttered, there is also the warmth and joy found in the cycle of life, ever growing strawberries competes for our attention with ripe looking tomatoes. Healthy stuff continually growing and reproducing right there in our kitchen. Ample health for the picking. Free of hormones and pesticides, free of polluting cross national or even regional transportation. Healthy, tasty, and all our own come rain or sunshine. Snowstorms or horizon blinding swarms of locust. There they are, ever producing.

Best of all is how easy it is. Green fingers my ass. Growing some of your own food has never been healthier or easier to achieve.



Do not cry now. But you can now harvest your Friday taco right on the kitchen island, mealworm style :).

music of the day
Potter´s field by Anthrax
https://open.spotify.com/track/7A9ifSP84L8Xdl5CJCH0om

Farming in the new world is not just about fresh and sultry tasty berries, however.


You can now grow your own little crunchy taco dinner in the same sustainable, kitchen island way you are farming strawberries all year round. Mealworms, crickets, crunchy little grasshoppers are all suitable for modern day kitchen island farming. Reach out and pick a handful of tomatoes, pick 5 strawberries off of your kitchen counter in the middle of the winter and harvest half a kilo of mealworms every week. Slice, dice and cook and there you go, a perfect, indoor grown salad for the taking. Tasty, healthy and long term speaking, insanely affordable, not to mention convenient as fuck compared to buying a far less healthy and sustainable equivalent in the supermarket.

They are however a bit yucky at first thought :). And that is perfectly ok to think because meat based protein from stuff like mealworms is incredibly much less resource demanding and thus much less destructive, and much more sustainable and affordable to farm than cows, chickens, shrimps and pigs. And it pulls all that off while still delivering high-quality protein. The huge difference in waste and water usage between traditional agriculture and the "kitchen island farming" principle to name just two aspects is gigantic.


Read the rest at our website including a video of a super cute kitchen Island mealworm farm that spits out friday night tacos every week, 500gram of pure protein meat :).

Ps. I know, I made this post a couple of weeks ago, but G+ some how managed to turn my post from public to private. Lol, you got to like the weirdness of g+s very own ghost in the shell :).Anyway, that is why I am posting it once again :).

website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=kitchenislandfarming___

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2015-11-02 20:33:04 (61 comments; 9 reshares; 235 +1s)Open 

I see two trees
and a long form article called Indonesia

Indonesia
17,000 islands & almost 260 million people


Indonesia is by all accounts one of the world's most populated nations with it´s soon to be 260 million strong population scattered across an astounding 17 000 islands. Another fascinating aspect of life in Indonesia is that in total its population is made up of over 300 different ethnic and linguistic groups that combined speak over 700 different languages.


music of the day
Asylum by the black dahlia murder
https://open.spotify.com/track/5UYOx3fN7a4nLdX4MG33Ik


Rich in biodiversity and languages




Indonesia is as rich in biodiversity as it is in the number of languages spoken within its borders. But while it´s populations has doubled since 1971 it´s status as ourpl... more »

I see two trees
and a long form article called Indonesia

Indonesia
17,000 islands & almost 260 million people


Indonesia is by all accounts one of the world's most populated nations with it´s soon to be 260 million strong population scattered across an astounding 17 000 islands. Another fascinating aspect of life in Indonesia is that in total its population is made up of over 300 different ethnic and linguistic groups that combined speak over 700 different languages.


music of the day
Asylum by the black dahlia murder
https://open.spotify.com/track/5UYOx3fN7a4nLdX4MG33Ik


Rich in biodiversity and languages




Indonesia is as rich in biodiversity as it is in the number of languages spoken within its borders. But while it´s populations has doubled since 1971 it´s status as our planet's most biodiverse region is under siege due to a long range of official failures. A massive and unsustainable population growth (caused in parts by an out of date view on sexual education and contraception ) in combination with poverty and inequality. Unsustainable corporations, poaching and world famous natural destruction are not only rapidly cutting down on the natural resources and wildlife, but also causing widespread and long-reaching health issues inside and outside of Indonesian borders.


There are also numerous human rights issues tormenting the diverse Indonesian population. Some of it manifests as gender-based violence and abuse, such as the army performing vaginal examinations on female recruits to make sure that they are still virgins!. All the way to the numerous females unfortunate enough ending up victims to rage-filled mobs that torture, rape and murder unlucky girls as punishment for the imaginary crime of being witches. Sometimes brought on by nothing more than a random and unrelated to the woman, person falling sick.

Other ongoing and already decades-long issues include violence and murder relating to the widespread illegal - but commercial - logging, poaching, and deforestation.


Home to

[15% of
the worlds
combined
plants, mammals and birds]


As much as we would like to believe that our own national and global industries are all well-behaving. Sustainable and as healthy as possible in their respective approach to making a profit. Sad facts are that the biggest contributor to the deforestation, the illegal logging, the rampant poaching and decline of countless of animal species in Indonesia is us. We, the outside world and our global import/export industry.


None a bigger culprits perhaps than the palm oil and paper pulp industry. We are after all the ones importing the goods produced in Indonesia, we are the ones feeding the ongoing atrocity and keeping the wheels spinning on something that is utterly unsustainable. Not only is this an environmental crisis happening today, but also the source for decades long widespread health issues and human rights issues.

"Thankfully" by now some of the consequences have started to have a global impact, and are as such no longer restricted to just Indonesian soil. The air pollution that the deforestation is now causing is already severely hampering the health of millions of people in other Asian nations. And that is of course why the outside world have now started to recognize that what is happening in Indonesia is not ok.


Sumatran tigers and rhinos


"Demand for palm oil, both national and overseas, is a big driver of forest conversion," said Erik Meijaard, a conservation scientist at the Borneo Futures Initiative. And if you are still shaking your head and wondering how on earth your need for palm oil and cosmetics in any way contributes to all this. Indonesia is by far the world's biggest producer of palm oil and actually produced 33 million tons in 2014 alone. Out of that 20 million ton is annually exported to other nations around the world such as China and Germany and the USA. But the problem is not just about producing and exporting palm oil.

There are other commercial factors involved, such as coal mines and traditional pulp and paper industries, as well as the cosmetic industry. Separate but related issues, which, when all combined are perpetually ravaging all of Indonesia in their shared hunt for ever increasing land and forest to exploit. Even resorting to burning and destroying healthy forest around the 17 000 islands. Which not only is against the law but also causing the rampant air pollution that the world now has noticed. It is also contributing to the rapid loss of land area for countless of animal species, some of whom only exist in Indonesia. Protected park areas that serves as homes for a long range of unique animal species are constantly under threat from fires and illegal logging and poaching.

"Some of the babies we’ve taken in recently have been suffering not only from dehydration and malnourishment through lack of food but also breathing problems from the polluted air.”

Add to that the unique rhinos and tigers living in Indonesia. The handful that are still alive that is. The Sumatran tiger which is the smallest known tiger species in the world are now thought to be made up of less than 500 individuals and since they only exist on the Indonesian island of Sumatra they are incredibly sensitive to the illegal deforestation and poaching currently running rampant. A sad situation that is all too familiar when talking about the Sumatran rhino which is already down to less than 100 individuals.



A rhino named Harapan


Talking about the Sumatran Rhino, just about now a male Rhino named Harapan, which means hope, was made world famous when he recently traveled more than 16,000km (9,941 miles) from a zoo in the USA to reach the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary at the Way Kambas National Park.

The goal here is to reintroduce him to the wild where he can breed and help introduce not only more offsprings to this critically endangered rhino species, but also strengthen their DNA.

A futile effort if we can not put an end to both the illegal poaching as well as the illegal and unsustainable deforestation. Two related issues that are both fuelled by our global need for consumption. The poaching is mainly maintained to produce meaningless traditional Chinese medicine. While the logging is happening to produce cheap as hell palm oil, cosmetics and toilet paper.

read the complete article on the web
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=alongformarticle-indonesia

#anorseview
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2015-10-25 12:43:33 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Short, sweet and accurate post for one of the many basic things a lot of people still get wrong about their body, health and fitness level/potential.

Your present day body fat and Lean muscle mass is 99% about what you do on a perpetual basis with the body and health you were born with and not at all about your genetic makeups inherent limitations.

With that Said, since some are overly sensitive about these things, that does not mean that everybody have to be slim, Toned and fit. It is simply about the reality that you are able to walk around with the body fat and muscle mass that you would prefer to have.

You are not trapped by your genetic Markup ( unless we take things to It's extremes, if we do that we all have hard limits that are both impossible, and even unhealthy to move beyond, but those are limits that not even most world class athletes in a long range ofsport... more »

The Myth of Body Types
There are still many forums, websites and even fitness instructors who use the convenience of the endo, meso, ecto classification for body types, perpetuating a myth that has no foundation in science. Our bodies are the instruments we use to connect to the world and the places we all live in so it’s worth taking a little time to unpack this a little and understand where the myth ends and the science begins.

The theory behind somatotypes (the scientific term for body types) came in the 1940s from the American psychologist William Herbert Sheldon, who used visual examination to classify the human physique according to the relative contribution of three fundamental elements named after the three germ layers of embryonic development: the endoderm, (develops into the digestive tract), the mesoderm, (becomes muscle, heart and blood vessels), and the ectoderm (forms the skin and nervous system).

In the 1940s there was a strong social movement in the US that leaned towards Eugenics and Sheldon's Endo-Meso-Ecto classification fed directly and very conveniently into that. Despite the physical aspect of Sheldon’s theory his real aim was to tie his observations into psychological observations about the psychological makeup of people and associate that with each body type creating the theory of Constitutional Psychology.

Sheldon used subjective classification techniques based upon his visual appraisal of his subjects’ physiques. His theory of Constitutional Psychology has since been discredited. Unfortunately the fallacy of the physical classifications persists to this day but it's a very poor way of looking at how the human body works or how it can put on muscle. In the early days of the Darebee project we tried using the classifications as a guide to the level of difficulty of our workouts and they were so restrictive and out of touch (as we found out once we started to test them with volunteer groups) that we abandoned them. The reason the fallacy persists to this day is because his original research assistant Barbara Heath, and later Lindsay Carter developed it further and popularized it in the 60s creating a convenient way for many fitness professionals to work with.

Anthropometric Measurements and Your Body

Science and our knowledge of how the body works has developed incredibly since the 60s and it’s time we started to retire the endo-meso-ecto classification for the myth it is. First of all there is no single person who is adequately described by one of these classifications which means that at best they are an approximation and at worst flat-out wrong and you don’t want to base your training nutrition on something that is ‘almost right’.

Second, each person’s body is the result of a mix of characteristics that are traditionally ascribed to one of the Heath-Carter ‘body types’. So, in reality the visual elements that make a person fit into one or the other are actually wrong and likely to lead to more problems than solutions.

The only area where somatotypes come into play in sports science and biology is when we need to take anthropometric factors into account to determine physical fitness and physical performance. Anthropometric factors include body breadth and length, body weight, bone density and even the ratio of the bones of the legs and arms in relation to the torso. There are a number of factors influencing anthropometric measurements: genetics, nutrition, environmental and cultural factors and, obviously, the sex of the person. A study carried out by researchers at the University of Madrid showed that anthropometric measurements can determine physical performance in a subject which then can conveniently be classified into one of the commonly used somatotypes.

There are four key things to remember:

1. Every person is a combination of all three somatotypes based upon the complexities of their anthropometric make up. Someone can be tall, heavy and still relatively lightly muscled for their size. Someone else could be short, light and yet heavily muscled (throwing up an out of kilter BMI Index). You cannot base any training or nutrition plan just on the visual aspect of how you look or how heavy you are (case in point Bruce Lee who built himself up with a proper training and nutrition program).

2. Physical performance has nothing to do with somatotypes and everything to do with physical strength, endurance, coordination and the ability of the body to successfully coordinate muscle groups during ballistic exertion involving concentric and eccentric muscle movements.

3. Physical fitness is independent of somatotype. It refers to the ability of muscles to do specific work within a certain context and recover in a sufficiently short space of time to do it all over again (consider that both a heavyweight boxer and a marathon runner are very fit but visually look very different).

4. The popular link between body type and metabolism is false. While there are differences in the Base Metabolic Rate (MBR) which measures the amount of calories a body burns at rest for each body type, they are the result of muscles and musculature and the individual level of activity that each person engages in, rather than the body type itself.

So What Determines How You Put on Muscle?

The question then remains, if body type is not really indicative of how easily or quickly we can put on muscle, what is?

Muscles only grow as strong and powerful as the anchoring points allow them to and those anchoring points are tendons and bones. Strong tendons and strong bones make for strong, powerful muscles. Because bones and tendons get stronger through physical activity which exercises the muscles this is a little bit of a catch-22.

At this point nutrition comes in. Bones require calcium and calcium has to be present in the diet. A combination of enough calcium and sufficient high-impact exercise to frequently generate 4G forces (about four times the weight of your own body applied to your muscles and bones) begins to affect the density of the bones. As bones get denser they can support greater exertion from the muscles more easily, so muscles can now begin to grow faster.

The recipe for building muscles then is what it has always been and it’s the same for everyone:

- Good nutrition
- Regular exercise that challenges the muscle groups you want to get stronger
- Sufficient sleep (for the body to restore muscle fiber damage and build new muscle)

People with bones that are already dense because of their lifestyle, will find it easier to put on muscle at any rate. Women, whose bones are generally not as dense as men’s will have to work a lot harder to see results.

How much each person burns at their base metabolic rate (BMR) will depend on their weight, muscle-to-fat ratio, physical and mental activity levels (the brain requires 20% of the blood’s total blood supply), their height, the type of foods we generally eat (i.e. fast-release carbohydrates like sugars or slow-release carbohydrates like unprocessed rice and brown pasta, etc).

This means that with the proper combination of training and nutrition anyone can put on muscle regardless of their size, but not everyone can put on the same amount of muscle, at the same speed. The formula for losing or gaining weight is the same for everyone regardless: eat more than you burn to put weight on and eat less than you burn to lose weight. You can’t escape basic science, it seems.

permalink: http://darebee.com/fitness/body-types-myth.html 

Sources
Eugenics in the United States
Exercise's Effects on Bones and Muscles
Effect of two jumping programs on hip bone mineral density in premenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial.
Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones
Exercise and bone mass in adults
The Best Exercises for Healthy Bones___Short, sweet and accurate post for one of the many basic things a lot of people still get wrong about their body, health and fitness level/potential.

Your present day body fat and Lean muscle mass is 99% about what you do on a perpetual basis with the body and health you were born with and not at all about your genetic makeups inherent limitations.

With that Said, since some are overly sensitive about these things, that does not mean that everybody have to be slim, Toned and fit. It is simply about the reality that you are able to walk around with the body fat and muscle mass that you would prefer to have.

You are not trapped by your genetic Markup ( unless we take things to It's extremes, if we do that we all have hard limits that are both impossible, and even unhealthy to move beyond, but those are limits that not even most world class athletes in a long range of sports comes close to breaching ).

What you prefer when it comes to your body, body fat, health and muscle mass is however all up to you. Just dont let anyone make you believe that you were born to be out of shape and unhealthy.

Our current shape and form is simply a choice, our own beautiful choice that we need to be allowed to do and enjoy as we see it, but still, it is a choice, not a genetic curse (or blessing).

( i wrote this from the worthless iPad app, and scrolling is broken as of this moment. Will Edit this post as soon as I am at a proper device)
And now that I have given it a rough and quick edit,  I will let that remark stand since the Ipad app truly suck ass compared to the much better behaving web version and who knows, perhaps a googler happens to read it and take note.

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2015-10-22 10:42:00 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 40 +1s)Open 

Morning walks and evening weights
Coffee & water
The Science of a healthy life


Yesterday was all cute frost and frozen berries, and today was rain and misty autumn views being served as breakfast. Yesterday was chest and abs, and today it was all about that mighty back and triceps.


No need to tell you about the start of my day, you know all about it by now :). So let´s get going, fuel your mind, your body and get pumped for another day of glorious win in life.


Body & Mind
[fitness fuels my creativity]


While the rain keeps pouring down for me, and perhaps the sun is burning bright for you, the biggest upper body muscle is what I had cooking on today's schedule. Back, and that much smaller thing called triceps. I normally do not train my triceps with my back, I usually do nothing but back and my mma... more »

Morning walks and evening weights
Coffee & water
The Science of a healthy life


Yesterday was all cute frost and frozen berries, and today was rain and misty autumn views being served as breakfast. Yesterday was chest and abs, and today it was all about that mighty back and triceps.


No need to tell you about the start of my day, you know all about it by now :). So let´s get going, fuel your mind, your body and get pumped for another day of glorious win in life.


Body & Mind
[fitness fuels my creativity]


While the rain keeps pouring down for me, and perhaps the sun is burning bright for you, the biggest upper body muscle is what I had cooking on today's schedule. Back, and that much smaller thing called triceps. I normally do not train my triceps with my back, I usually do nothing but back and my mma cardio, and possibly some abs, but I do like that switching it up thing, so for today it´s back and triceps. A combo that do work really well together, giving your entire upper body a solid challenge.

Both back and triceps work your shoulders as a tiny but positive bonus, and a tough back workout also gives your biceps and grip a proper beating, so by the end of it you´ll end up having activated your entire upper body, including your chest muscles courtesy of those triceps exercises.

the workout

I usually warm up by doing 2 to 3 sets x 10 repetitions of standing barbell row for my back workouts and today was no exception.

In my case I start out @ 100kg, which feels light enough while still actually giving my body a proper warm up. Today, just for fun, I also did two warm up sets of close grip bench press for my triceps as a superset with my barbell row, and one hanging leg raises.

No, it´s not really how you should do it every single day you hit the gym. But every now and then your body just needs some amped up intensity.

After all, you do train for lifelong health too and an athletic body and not just for beefy muscles that can't even get you through 5 minutes of cardio, right?. Well, at least I do.


Intense Weights
[back and triceps]


Standing barbell row:

2 set x 20 repetitions @ 100kg (Warmup). + 2 set of 10reps close grip bench press with the same weight.
3 set x 12 repetitions @ 130kg (286 lbs) + 10 reps of shrugs using the same weight.


Sitting rows in a superset with chins.

3 set x 12 repetitions @ 120kg (264 lbs) sitting row, + 10 to 12 repetitions of chins in between each set of sitting rows.


Shrugs

2 set x 20 repetitions @ 200kg (440 lbs) + one more set of chins in between those two sets.


While I do not know about you, that short and intense back workout felt god damn great for me. Intense, high paced and good weights and proper technique.
A workout I was damn happy about.

As a bonus, I did close grip bench press 3 set x 10 reps @ 110kg (242 lbs) and 3 set of dips for my triceps x 25 repetitions per set.


No lessons for today, except that you know. Fit and active is about a functional, and healthy body that is as athletic and kick ass and sexy as it is good looking and healthy for all of life. So keep at it and don't let the desire to be the strongest in the gym be your one singular goal. at the expense of everything else. It might be fun but it is neither sustainable nor healthy So, in the quest for throwing around weights do not forget the cardio, the pace, the explosiveness, the durability and just how much more fun it is to be toned and athletic, and muscular versus being a bulked up polar bear that only grunts away 3rep sets every third minute.


website article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=backabstriceps-octoberworkouts

#fitandactive
#fitbeyond40
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2015-10-18 17:00:11 (35 comments; 8 reshares; 276 +1s)Open 

Making love, off world
and the things you can also expect from your future romantic, space date

In our rapidly approaching near future and a few fortunate souls present day reality, the perplexing realities of dating off world will no longer be confined to the silvery screens of yesterday's.

Soon a rapidly growing number of people will be able to prepare and plan for romantic weekend dates out and away from Earth´s atmosphere. But beyond the tantalizing, and highly romantic aspect of kissing high up above as you look down back on this blue marble. What else is there to going off world?. What about the little every day things when you kiss, hold hands and make love beneath the stars, way out in space.


music of the day
the unnamed feeling by Metallica
https://open.spotify.com/track/4RCJ2xbTfJalOq7RtTsOPv


The Baby... more »

Making love, off world
and the things you can also expect from your future romantic, space date

In our rapidly approaching near future and a few fortunate souls present day reality, the perplexing realities of dating off world will no longer be confined to the silvery screens of yesterday's.

Soon a rapidly growing number of people will be able to prepare and plan for romantic weekend dates out and away from Earth´s atmosphere. But beyond the tantalizing, and highly romantic aspect of kissing high up above as you look down back on this blue marble. What else is there to going off world?. What about the little every day things when you kiss, hold hands and make love beneath the stars, way out in space.


music of the day
the unnamed feeling by Metallica
https://open.spotify.com/track/4RCJ2xbTfJalOq7RtTsOPv


The Baby feets of space

A romantic trip to Paris can be complicated enough, but immensely rewarding to carry through with your lover. And a once in a life romantic trip to space, well, that, of course, will truly create moments of everlasting memories to look back at.


But beyond the financial drain the ticket itself will present. How about the practical side of it.

I am of course talking about the everyday reality of you never being able to going outside for a morning walk in the fresh spring rain. The missing wildlife and flocks of ravens, the missing woodpeckers that play their never ending drum like serenade.

All the things you already know of and take for granted down here. How will spending your day in space instead of on Earth really affect you. So before you take off, have you considered the lack of sustainable amounts of water to drink and shower in (or in fact, any kind of sustainable amounts of the beverage you enjoy day in, day out down on Earth).

There are after all, no strawberries growing beyond our blue spheres shelter. No apples and no corn and peanuts, no one that can pick more coffee beans for you to grind and brew once Friday approaches.

In fact, up there, in space, at some point, you do have to drink your own recycled urine.

Well, unless we are talking about a short weekend trip that is. But let´s not do that, let us contemplate upon going out into space for 12 months or longer and the lasting impact of that on you. Perhaps you embarked upon a several years long trip to another planet. Or you and your two hot lovers romantic one week trip ended in a sci.fi like catastrophe and you are now, all stranded far away, outside our blue atmosphere.

No clouds to shelter you

No clouds to shelter you, no rain to quench your thirst, no rescue choppers. Not even a parachute to skydive back to Earth like a daredevil hero. You are for the next 12 month, trapped in space.

By accident or choice, and there are no secret little islands floating by that will show up with raw coconuts and little critters to feed upon. No beaches with pale blue water to swim and dive in, and no fish to bbq over an open fire.


Bonus perks of space travel, gratis world-class pedicure

Scott (Nasa Astronaut) lets us in on one of the perfectly logical little secrets of life in space that might have escaped your bucket list considerations. But you have to admit, this nice little extra gratis "world-class pedicure" for the ladies makes going up into space for a romantic, luxurious 2-month vacation even better doesn't it. Perhaps Virgin can sell their coming commercial vacation trips as "better than botox" =).

“We don't use the bottom of our feet much. Over time any calluses on our feet kind of fall off. After about five months up here you have baby feet. When I got back from my last flight… I was getting a massage… and the masseuse said, 'You have the softest feet I've ever felt in my whole life.'

And my response was, 'Thank you, I'm very proud of them.' ”

But your clothes and dinner do float

The outcome of those differences between life in space and down on Earth is that our bones break down faster in space. Our internal fluids get switched around. Cancer growth accelerates, our feet goes baby smooth and so forth, and so on.

There are positives, such as the smooth baby feets, and getting to see 10 000+ sunsets and sunrises in one year!. But be aware of the negatives such as the loss of muscle mass and bodily fluids floating in air, as well as inside of your body :)....

Because no matter how big or small those things sound like to you from the comfort of your Earthbound bed, they are a practical reality of going out in space, and they will impact each and every one of us that do venture off-world one day in the future.

Making life in space for coach potatoes perhaps not a downright impossibility but a very unpleasant prospect to do. And finally, some of these things do not go back to their previous state just because you came back to Earth.


Quite a few astronauts have suffered significant reductions in muscle mass and mineral bone density (lower body), as well as long lasting issues with their spine and lower back, the accelerated cancer risk and, accelerated aging none the least. A weaker heart muscle is of course nothing to overlook either.

And these things happens despite modern day astrounauts spending hours every single day of their month long trips working out, lifting weights and doing cardio.

Going to space is not just a dream, it is a truly romantic adventure, and one I would love to one day do with that one delicious person by my side. But it also presents real, long lasting negatives for your health and well-being.

Some things to consider, once you undress your two hot lovers up in space, their lingerie will silently float away down the space hotels interiors. So please, dont forget to close the door behind you prior to the undressing.

You might not be shy enough to care, and that is fine :). I am simply considering how quick and easy you guys will manage to get dressed again once you are all happy and pleased.

And please remember your oranges beyond our pale blue atmosphere.

An orange a day was once a life saver for hundreds of people casting off to go to sea. Scurvy used to be a deadly curse amongst any kind of sailor that spent too much time out on the open waters. The cure was to take a slice from the pages of "fit and active & healthy" and as such, once the boats started bringing oranges with them to supplement the essential vitamins that we need, not just to remain healthy, but to survive the trip, that was what the sailors too did, survived the trip that is.

This old curse of traveling across the oceans is now something that is for obvious reasons a very real issue with prolonged space travel too.

And that orange do have to go hand in hand with hours of daily weight lifting and other healthy, daily lifestyle choices.

From the orange to the apple, to the weight lifting and daily need for cardio. Vitamin D and C, calcium, gravity, proteins and water - and real sunshine. Life in space, no matter if you travel through it on a moving station or spend your time using your own two feet traversing another planetary surface will need sustainable farming and healthy habits in food and activity even more than life on Earth does.

Assuming that most space tourists actually will want to re-enter Earth as healthy as possible.


And all these aspects, the differences that is, severely decreases your health. Some of them, like the old case with oranges on boats, leads to life-threatening issues like Scurvy. While others, like the loss of bone mass and a weaker heart, is aspects that just does not go away by itself once you land back on Earth again. Bone mass and muscle mass can and will over time recover with the right amount of training, but there are no guarantees that you will ever recover completely from a 12 month trip to space. At least not as things are right in the here and now.


kisses and touches, and your motion sick brain

And as such, since you are now trapped up there. In the dark where no one but your crew and lovers can hear you.


Kissing and touching will, of course, feel as normal. The lack of gravity and the initial confusion and "morning/motion" sickness the conflicting information that your inner ear and eyes will give the brain gives most astronauts the first few days does not take away your hearing, your sight, nor your ability to feel the sensation of touch against your skin.

But it does make some things interesting.

Without gravity, well, making love will prove a completely different kind of workout and experience than it normally does. Just as how daily life will be a different beast altogether. Throwing your socks and underwear to the side works great on Earth, things tend to just fall where you throw it. But when you hurry to undress your hot lover up in space, her bra will just float away. Your food and bodily fluids too :P..

And yes, I did mention the fact that most astronauts end up feeling quite motion sick the first few days. It is simply not that instant for your finely tuned senses to readjust. Down on Earth, your ear and entire balance system is perfectly in match with what your eyes are seeing, two different sensory system feeding your brain 24/7.

But up in space, all of a sudden your inner ear is telling your entire body and mind that hey guys, we are fuck..ing falling!. But your eyes are perfectly fine, saying, no worries brain, we are just slowly floating, and it looks damn cool too!. So, my point is, making love might not happen the first or second day on your romantic space flight, you might all feel far too ill for that.


But more importantly is that for each month spent, your body will deteriorate a lot quicker than it ever could on Earth. Your spine will crumble and grow longer! And all while your feet are growing smoother, your muscle mass will shrink and disappear like vapor in the burning sun. Your cardiovascular performance, in general, will vanish with the pace of the speeding sun that shines and radiates stronger than ever up here.


Back down on Earth again, your spine is weak and your feets will crumble


So much so that the day you are saved and step right back on Earthly soil, you will have a hard time even standing upright (which more than one Nasa astronaut can tell you about)

Internally you will be like a really old, sedentary and weak version of yourself, or why not go to the other side of the scale, a weak newly born of chubby wonders and no bodily control or real strength, made so because what you just did by spending time in space was the equal of going through an accelerated crash course in decades-long sedentary life and with it, all the major negative health effects of you doing such a life came.

Research indicate that for some, even with hard daily work, as little as 50% of your bone density will have been restored after 9 months back on Earth.

Facts are, for life in space to become a healthy reality for more than a select few. Our society will have to adapt a truly active and healthy, sustainable way of life in combination with all the modern day technology that can help us achieve that in an extremely limited and hostile space. For anyone spending a prolonged time in space, lifting weights and doing serious amounts of cardio on a daily basis, is a must.

Nothing optional about it, just plain reality.

So is eating healthy food and drinking water. And thus, comes the need for the ability to grow new and healthy food while up in space (which is already an ongoing experiment on the ISS).

You can simply forget all about all the Battlestar Galactica drunken parties up in space. Healthy and active, safe living day in and day out is what it is all about.


On the plus side is that making love and kissing is certainly part of a healthy life. So you and your lovers should certainly keep that up. Not only will it make being stranded in space far more fun, but it will also help you in your daily quest to remain your healthy and sane self.

Up in space, the importance of that daily quest is even greater than it ever was down on Earth, a simple reality resulting in up to two hours of exercise each and every day for current day astronauts, and yet, all international astronauts still suffer from their time spent in space.

And the food bit, as I mentioned we already experiment with growing food in space, and down here, it is already possible to grow strawberries and tomatoes and other greens all year-round no matter the weather and season outside (click & grow is a pretty good example).


But such technological breakthroughs, improvements in long-term and sustainable energy production, even better water recycling, less resource consuming foods and greens and even more effective ways of growing them are still needed. Perhaps not for weekend long vacation trips, but for anything longish those things will be essential.

A reality that also in no way limits just how awesome it is that we can soon take off on a romantic cruise in space :).

website article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=makinglove-offworld-spaceandourhealth

#anorseview
#spacedating___

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2015-10-09 22:56:37 (15 comments; 6 reshares; 130 +1s)Open 

the contradiction that is this day of Autumn
and the animals that masters cancer

A pleasing land of drowsy head it always is,
Of dreams that wave before our half-shut eye;
standing in front, those towering walls
of gray castles
into the clouds that pass us by, their fingers reach
Forever flushing round the skies of Summer.

Tidal waves, soon to brush our leg and ankles

in this world that is
ever growing

I sometimes wonder
Do you
remember, right in this
very now of leafs that pass us by

so vivid
the rising water

how life so freely flows
and always changes
When you
stir your song with wide eyes open

the world cant help
but to crave and listen from castle walls
with a smile
for more

at Times
inside the walls... more »

the contradiction that is this day of Autumn
and the animals that masters cancer

A pleasing land of drowsy head it always is,
Of dreams that wave before our half-shut eye;
standing in front, those towering walls
of gray castles
into the clouds that pass us by, their fingers reach
Forever flushing round the skies of Summer.

Tidal waves, soon to brush our leg and ankles

in this world that is
ever growing

I sometimes wonder
Do you
remember, right in this
very now of leafs that pass us by

so vivid
the rising water

how life so freely flows
and always changes
When you
stir your song with wide eyes open

the world cant help
but to crave and listen from castle walls
with a smile
for more

at Times
inside the walls
And mirrors
Of your own
Four Walled fortress
the bedroom rocks and willow timber

Gray on white,
Green and bright

Moments caught Upon those waves
of days set free

your dance
of life so wild
it screams
of past and future
and then
Erupts to beats
Of tidal
waves and harmony

On the floor of timber
grass and water, your naked limbs
now move
So suddenly
Hips and hair through air
And light

this sultry dance, your feets
And ankles

Of life and lust
Your auburn grace
That mesmerize
Life and Death
Itself

When they
barefoot stand
In the pale
White sun

Of your autumn grace
and bright white Living
room

with waves
And sunshine
around their legs and ankles


mesmerized



music of the day
peckinpah by stone sour
https://open.spotify.com/track/2FngpunDZn5SEjkEAbBaxB


Elephants and sharks already master the art of defeating cancer

NO, eating shark or elephant meat (or any animal part) will not keep you healthy and cancer free. But Sharks and Elephants are both incredibly resilient when it comes to cancer. Neither species are however immune, but their incidence is impressively low and the number of documented cases is extremely low compared to humans.


The answer lies in evolution and future medical and technological advancements


Elephants for instance have 38 extra copies of a gene known as p53 that makes cancerous cells self-destruct before they become dangerous. Some humans only have one. Giving us clues to how we can one day better manage, and possibly defeat cancer. Not by eating other species, which has never worked for any known issue, but through modern day medicine.

Perhaps the cure will come through advancements in stem cell and dna research, requiring one form or another of surgery, or simply by eating engineered food, supplements and or medicine. On top of you choosing to live an active and healthy life that is, because as you already know, that too greatly aids in defeating cancer and more or less every known health issue there is in life.


p53, sometimes called "the guardian of the genome", produces a protein that can trigger either the rescue or destruction ( apoptosis ) of damaged cells in our bodies. Because elephants have 100 times more cells than humans, they should also be much more likely to develop cancer over the cause of their lifespan. Yet fewer than 5% of elephants die due to cancer, compared to the huge amount of people that ultimately die from cancer.


Elephant cells exposed to radiation in scientific tests chose to self-destruct at twice the rate of healthy human cells and more than five times the rate of cells taken from patients suffering from Li-Fraumeni. A rare genetic disorder that gives you a 90% chance of dying from cancer.

read the entire article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=thebattleagainstcancer-animals
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2015-09-30 10:36:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

some life is great music for your Wednesday
The black dahlia murder song Reciept
What a wonderful way to welcome 2015 by The black dahlia Murder, an album choke full of life loving songs and fuck those puny weights music :).

So from me to you, one of my rare, but wonderful, music posts :). Tune in, turn up the volume, bang that head and celebrate another wonderful day on planet Earth. And destroy those fucking weights now, or kiss and make love. Bettet yet, do it all and have a great, wonderful day, the best way you can :).
#lifeisbeautiful  

some life is great music for your Wednesday
The black dahlia murder song Reciept
What a wonderful way to welcome 2015 by The black dahlia Murder, an album choke full of life loving songs and fuck those puny weights music :).

So from me to you, one of my rare, but wonderful, music posts :). Tune in, turn up the volume, bang that head and celebrate another wonderful day on planet Earth. And destroy those fucking weights now, or kiss and make love. Bettet yet, do it all and have a great, wonderful day, the best way you can :).
#lifeisbeautiful  ___

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2015-09-22 12:04:49 (31 comments; 11 reshares; 234 +1s)Open 

the gentle dragon

the gentle dragon
that speaks my name
like a rhyme upon
the fleeting rays of sun

it turns and rides
the almost sleeping
translucent wind
Until, upon a flower

Moments later it will descend
Golden hues and black
its 'feathers' beam of
the quite fantastical
in all the different hues
that is
born of this
and many other worlds and stars

Opaque and dreamlike, its wings soon comes to pause

And now it sings my name
On this place where we both
for now will rest 

music of the day
Asylum by the black dahlia murder
https://open.spotify.com/track/5UYOx3fN7a4nLdX4MG33Ik

the gentle dragon

the gentle dragon
that speaks my name
like a rhyme upon
the fleeting rays of sun

it turns and rides
the almost sleeping
translucent wind
Until, upon a flower

Moments later it will descend
Golden hues and black
its 'feathers' beam of
the quite fantastical
in all the different hues
that is
born of this
and many other worlds and stars

Opaque and dreamlike, its wings soon comes to pause

And now it sings my name
On this place where we both
for now will rest 

music of the day
Asylum by the black dahlia murder
https://open.spotify.com/track/5UYOx3fN7a4nLdX4MG33Ik___

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2015-09-15 09:37:40 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 68 +1s)Open 

Wings of a Raven
The complete first book in this series is finally all set and done =)

For those of you that read the first chapter a year ago and would like to dive right into the entire book (including the updated and rewritten first chapters) hit the link, but please be advised that this is mature fiction, with explicit storytelling and events, including sex.

http://www.anorseview.com/?q=wings-of-a-raven-shortadventures-beneaththestarry-dome

And for the rest of you, here is the first two chapters to get a taste of "Wings of a Raven".

And yes, I did say the first book, because book 2 is already about to get released in another universe :), and will eventually crawl it´s way into the light over here too :).

music for the read
Sail into the black by Machine Headmore »

Wings of a Raven
The complete first book in this series is finally all set and done =)

For those of you that read the first chapter a year ago and would like to dive right into the entire book (including the updated and rewritten first chapters) hit the link, but please be advised that this is mature fiction, with explicit storytelling and events, including sex.

http://www.anorseview.com/?q=wings-of-a-raven-shortadventures-beneaththestarry-dome

And for the rest of you, here is the first two chapters to get a taste of "Wings of a Raven".

And yes, I did say the first book, because book 2 is already about to get released in another universe :), and will eventually crawl it´s way into the light over here too :).

music for the read
Sail into the black by Machine Head
https://play.spotify.com/track/0xqEVwFtWT6X7xN9VFGj4V

chapter one

In a dream forgotten, I was climbing inside a bell tower.
Or was it, simply

a memory lost. A moment from life it surely was
although I still did not knew, if it came from a life already lived.

Or, a life, yet to be seen and felt.

High up above me, a raven's wings could be seen.
Flapping before they came to rest and the birds eyes eerily twitching sharply before focusing on me and nothing else.

Curiosity and familiarity I swear, could be seen in the eyes of the bird.

Like a taste, upon the back of my tongue. Something came to mind and then, life and time seemed to slow with the beat of my heart.

Its thump inside my skull and ears, like a breath of words once washed away in the rain and stormy winds that snatched the words from my lips. It was as if I was still talking, but making no sounds at all.

All around me.
Light came to fade from both my eyes and in its still lingering touch upon my skin I could feel it vanishing in mere seconds as if it was all sucked away.

Why I wondered, 'what am I doing here'. 'how can this be real'.

Like fire in my mind, it burned, like a stream of white waters rushing ahead to crush the river bed and all the sand castles that little children had been building, my skin burned and prickled
and then..


Silence and stillness

lay all around me


as before my eyes and beneath the raven.
A magnificent elephant bull convulsed in a sharp spasm before collapsing towards the ground.

Soundless I watched it tusks seemingly and defiantly hold on to the frozen air as if to force its body back up from the ground, but then, they too hit the mud and dirt. Forcing a gust of dust exploding in a silent cloud

I tried to move my head, or at least I think I tried?

Did my throat itch?

Did I even think that, or is this not even me?. The thought echoed inside my skull as fingers separated from the soil itself beneath the animal carcass. Wrapping around its dead body and slowly the earthly limbs pulled it down into the eager earth and out of sight.

As the last of the elephant carcass vanished from my view, my world seemed to twist around itself and heavy fog came galloping, swallowing everything and me.
I knew.
I knew the air should suddenly be hard to breath, it was as if I knew that my skin was actually burning from the putrefied air and smog that now poisoned me by the second.


"Detached",
the words forming in my mind.

'I am detached from my body' this is a dream I thought. Or was it really?

My own fingers and hand suddenly stretching out in front of me, carving in the vapid air, as if to create an opening to once again see.
To see the raven above me.

"Why was there ravens here" ... Burning, thudding, thumping the thoughts kept racing, pounding against the skin and bones inside me.
My eyes searching, my mind burning, I carved and carved, faster and with growing desperation before my blood froze to a million shards of ice inside of my veins.

Things were moving.
Around me, moving towards me, away from me?.

"Why are you moving, stop", I screamed
Shadows in the fog, shapes without form.
Moving silently I thought, but the thought echoed immediately inside my mind, 'perhaps there is sound, and I just can't hear it any more'.

Who am I?
I tried to remember as the clump of fever raged from deep inside, it burned my thoughts, a black hole caught inside the confines of my gray matter, my bones and flesh, but soon it would tear me to pieces.
Where am I. And then I knew, long before I could see it.

Amongst the moving shapes of shadow, there was a woman, a woman behind a mask that helped her breathe in this air that was killing me.

The world began to twist and warp and the raven once more cried out my name
"My name? how do you know my name", my name? what was it, I had already forgotten..

chapter 2

Moments later

Or was it in reality, months or even years, and decades that had silently passed me by? That I can not truly say, but to me it felt just like any other fleeting moment, like when you look up from the morning paper, having just read a bunch of obscure black headlines that suddenly makes you realize that since what could almost be perceived as 'yesterday' for you.
In reality, 10 years had already gone by and before the postman's hand with a loud clunk dropped the next postcard or meaningless junk in your mailbox, just 'hours' from now, another 5 year would have passed you by as well.

Just like when your mind and eye swiftly and uninterrupted changes focus from something up close and personal to that far away in the distance object.

In the blink of an eye you see what once was out of focus, colors and transitions changing, light changing shape and hue in a moment of thoughts, blurry becoming laser sharp and shadows transformed to light and clear forms.
A seamless canvas that opens with clarity by nothing more then the will of your mind, and your eyes rapid changing focus.

My eyes came to rest, and i rose back to life, clawing my way through the dimmed curtains that had sheltered my disconnected body and mind, and like the shriek from a raven as it soars into air, leaving the maggots and dead carcasses behind.

My memories of the dark faces, the ravenous woman pounded my senses as my still dusty, itching eyes opened to the light of day.



The mist

and the bell tower




A burst of cold air rushed its way down my lounges and throat, and with the chill of midnight air, mould and urine sprinkled upon wild flowers and rotting wood.
The mist and the bell tower finally disintegrated inside my mind and before the cloak of my blurry eyes.

I coughed and stood (I think) up right with dilated pupils and thirsty lips as the pleasantness of the cold and starry night struck my synapses with the strength of a pummelling fist.
Hammers crashing against the iron anvil, fists of flesh crushing your skin, jaw and teeth's.
Life and the blinking light pounded upon my feverish mind, my bones and flesh caved, cracking, rebuilding.

My laughter, crackled and mad it soared like a sudden burst between my dried out lips as my body kept roaring with a starving, hollow intensity.
Each scent making my entire being convulse.

It was as I had slept for an eternity and my blood where non-existent, my tummy and soul, my entire me drained and empty. A raging hunger rushed in from all around, it consumed me and crashed my entire central system time upon time all while my empty insides turned around on itself like a barbedwire, all twisted and knotted up, increasingly kept tightening up. It releases, cluthec, it crushed me, tore and twisted inside, it stopped and started.
Release and start, Release and start. Release and start.

All over again and again. A shriek, the shrieks of ravens.

My legs cramped and spasmed as my muscles contracted and jolted my entire body with pain.

I smiled and laughed out into the airy night as I forced myself up on my elbows.
'you beautiful Whore of a life".
Are you real? Is this real?
I could not keep myself from laughing as the words bubbled up from within 'I am fucking life you hear me!.'
'I will find you, in the middle of the night'.
I mumbled like a mad man, to the veil of empty air, who did I talk to? What the fuck was I saying. Fucking birds! "Shut up!!"

The words formed and bubbled through the cracking sound of my laughter 'It does not matter, one day I will find you. Like the puppet and his shadow, the pied piper and his ravenous horde of rats'.

I laughed, I cried and raged, I bubbled with joy and the wind kept ripping the words out of me.

My voice, now a low whisper as the rain and wind kept pounding upon me. Tearing in to my flesh, the water was so cold it made my feverish mind burn with ice, the sound of ravens kept tearing into my flesh and mind.
'Winding up and down, up and down, the stairs that leads us deep into earth and the far-reaching stars'.


Like death and nature and the pagan marvels that is all of life, I knew my resolve. Unbreakable, but inside the waves of heat and cold, the words I spoke with no rhyme and reason, I wondered if perhaps I was now a mad men as well. Somehow I knew I had not always been mad.

It was as if a force of life force akin to the pulse of a star and the moving oceans, transforming, radiating, evolving inside. Each day a new page to turn and be, to become, to learn and see more of all that is life.

And like the sun and moon, the stars and the oceans. Every obstacle slowly melted away in the course of time never ending.

With a deep breath.
I closed my eyes as I caught a swift scent of fragrance dissipating in the night air.
Assaulting my senses and calling to me, awakening memories and life in my limbs. Out there, she crawled through the mist of time, like a beacon, calling upon me, to hunt her down and make my claim.

Would I have to climb that tower in my mind I wondered?.

would I be the one to feast on the carcasses of dying elephants, would I destroy, or save them all.
Ah you marvellous old bastard, you fucking, beautiful star-filled ocean of wonders. You haunt my heart and mind, you tease, create, kill and tear them down only to unravel even greater beauty behind every layer of life and death that is peeled away.

I loved life, I absolutely knew that I did.

With every breath and moment of it and I smiled as my mind like a burst of magnetism launched out and called out to that cloud in the night that kept growing inside my mind, like a cancerous lump of "weight", I could feel it out there, far away.

I called for them in the night, to herald my answer if they so wished, to come and fetch me. To grant me a ride through the wild road here in the realm of devils and angels, together by my side once again.

Don't ask me, how I even knew that something was out there, I still don't know.

I am still not entirely sure that this is not just the wildest, most outrageous dream ever dreamt.
A lump of coal burning inside my mad mind.

But this is how it was and is, for me.

Are we even alive? Is my hand moving as I look down upon my fingers, or is this your dreams and I am just a figment that grows inside the realm of your imagination.

And if I am a being of flesh and bones, if I bleed and breath, then, how can I talk to ravens and air? Who are you that I keep adressing?.
What does it even mean that I do. Questions that might ponder your brain, they surely have done mine in at times. I can feel you. I can feel your eyes and your mind tasting my words. Your feverish mind tracing every line of words I type.
Or do I type? Are you reading this or hearing it? Are you real?

Would you like to know something?, an ancient truth revealed between just the two of us
Those are questions that I do not care for, and I do not need the answers either.

What I know is that I am. And that is all that is needed to claim this life as mine.


I feel what I feel, just as you do. It is a shining beacon inside of us all that shines as bright and gloomy as we allow it to do inside the soundless, long night.

From deep inside that vividly burning light, the chill and goose bumps spread, through my every bone to the hair on my body, my skin, filled with thousands of hairs standing up in eager silence.


As if I was really standing under a shower outside at night, caught beneath the cold freezing winds together with a beautiful naked women. Kissing and tasting every inch of each others pounding skin

Yes, you can so feel that sensation too, can't you? Her lips against your naked skin, your fingers tracing her vibrant nakedness. Can you sense her turn on, the anticipation of the pleasures you will unlock and conjure from inside of her. The moist that is spreading.

. The dark call, like a magnet filled the insides of my mind and I knew that they had already heard me.

Out there, my children spread their wings, soon to would walk this place together.

The mist would unravel one day under the relentless wings of time.

My lips curled in a smile as I tilted my head every so slightly.
Listening to the coming storm, and in the distant, the falling rain as it fell upon the world.
Ah the sounds it made upon their wings.
Dark, beautiful beaks.
The cascade of branches moving, the sound of rain against the world - somehow, I could feel the drop of rain against their veiled, black feathers and it was as if we all stood beneath a great waterfall, covered in blackest feathers with water flowing all around. Their voices souring to the skies, pounding this mighty world like a torrent.

I smiled as the thought for a lingering moment caught a bubble in my mind and floated to the surface of my conscious stream.

Is this really happening, or am I still dreaming?
Am I lying in bed somewhere, trapped inside the beauty of a mad dream? Is it even my dream or someone else's entirely?


Perhaps I was right earlier, and I am just the figment of your imagination and no one would ever know that I am also and actually here. Unanswered questions as insignificant and pointless as the fact that we might seemingly never truly know the ever-changing nature of time, our clocks might claim it was a mere hour, but, perhaps as it sometimes felt, I had been standing here, waiting, for an eternity, or a mere second. Where did the energy go, the flowers broken and bent.
The decaying corpses, reclaimed by soul, wind, water, do mountains dream too?

Perhaps time was always the same and it was just a difference of emotions that changed our perspective in the most fundamental ways - perhaps it was our own mind and true needs that altered reality - it was that sweetest of madness that was life's beauty and the mad halls of the human mind.

The echoes that bounces at night, transpires, evolves and forever remains in perpetual transformation and relevance.

I turned my face up to the sky as laughter rolled towards the rain drops that came hurling towards me.
Standing beneath the rain that would soon bounce against my cheek and hair with even greater force.

I lifted my arms slightly bent as to welcome a long-lost friend that somehow would always be your most important friend no matter how far they had journeyed, no matter time and silence travelled, it would always be like a mere second ago when you saw them again, it was like that moment when you first encounter the love of your life - actually knowing entirely. without knowing the semblance of it all.

"Fuck" went through my mind.
'My feet are itching, and I need to wash my hair, I need to eat and dry up, what the fuck'


Out there, far away and still shielded by that veil of night, the shrieks tore through distance and rain, travelling through the darkness to announce the approaching arrival.


Of something..


now read the rest of book 1
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=wings-of-a-raven-shortadventures-beneaththestarry-dome

#anorseview___

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2015-08-26 11:50:32 (11 comments; 8 reshares; 92 +1s)Open 

photo of the day August 26, 2015
photographer +Johan Swanepoel 

Another gorgeous work of art from Johan, transforming and capturing and presenting the beauty of the wild of life like few others.

Tipping my hat off to you Johan (If I used a hat that is :P)

Baby Baboon - Fine Art
www.johanswanepoel.com___photo of the day August 26, 2015
photographer +Johan Swanepoel 

Another gorgeous work of art from Johan, transforming and capturing and presenting the beauty of the wild of life like few others.

Tipping my hat off to you Johan (If I used a hat that is :P)

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2015-08-14 16:43:36 (13 comments; 14 reshares; 178 +1s)Open 

The day Hiroshima burned, August 6, 1945
B-San and Hiroshima, Life and History

Rewind, for a brief moment time, and dial it back all the way to August 6, 1945. Slow your time travel down and set the clock at exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, Japanese time. And what you will now get to experience if you look up at the sky is the moment when an entire world shivered in pain, fear, guilt, relief, anxiety, doubts, death and disgust. It is the moment when an atomic bomb lit up the sky above Hiroshima. The moment when Miss Toshiko Sasaki sat down at her place in the Hiroshima plant office turning her head to speak to the girl sitting right next to her.

It is today, 70 years since this day. A day still worth remembering for what happened, and as a warning for what could once again happen. Some have claimed it ended the war sooner, others that all the hundreds of... more »

The day Hiroshima burned, August 6, 1945
B-San and Hiroshima, Life and History

Rewind, for a brief moment time, and dial it back all the way to August 6, 1945. Slow your time travel down and set the clock at exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, Japanese time. And what you will now get to experience if you look up at the sky is the moment when an entire world shivered in pain, fear, guilt, relief, anxiety, doubts, death and disgust. It is the moment when an atomic bomb lit up the sky above Hiroshima. The moment when Miss Toshiko Sasaki sat down at her place in the Hiroshima plant office turning her head to speak to the girl sitting right next to her.

It is today, 70 years since this day. A day still worth remembering for what happened, and as a warning for what could once again happen. Some have claimed it ended the war sooner, others that all the hundreds of thousands in total of innocent civilians sacrificed in that bright wave of light and radiation and it´s horrifying aftermath, some how was less than the amount of people that would otherwise have died and suffered before Japan finally gave up. Truth is no one will ever know if that is correct, or if it was nothing more than a nation already mere moments away from winning deciding to take all its anger and hate and pour it down from the heavens in an act of two step revenge like the world has never before or ever again seen.

Either way, it was for the world, a collective moment and lasting devastation of horror, pain and misery that followed, it was on a scale entirely unthinkable. So many lives lost and destroyed in the blink of an eye that the global and national trauma somehow lingered on for decades and generations afterwards, so much so that after the second bomb fell, the world despite its many following wars and raging hate, ongoing conflicts and shortcomings have chosen to never again repeat what happened August 6, 1945.


Music of the day
Yours Immortaly by Cradle of filth
http://open.spotify.com/track/0FgDmLLaPlcALnLj4emmcF


The Six Survivors


It was perhaps best described by John Hersey's Hiroshima essay, a lengthy read which took up almost the entire August 31st, 1946 issue of The New Yorker. An Essay that takes you through that exact moment that you have now travelled back to, showing the world what happened through the eyes of six actually surviving Japanese civilians instead of the usual and carefully polished victory propaganda the world most often gets to see in the aftermath of any conflict.

It is a moment in time and history worth revisiting and experiencing now that his 70-year-old essay have been republished online by the New Yorker. .



As Mrs. Nakamura stood watching her neighbor, everything flashed whiter than any white she had ever seen. She did not notice what happened to the man next door; the reflex of a mother set her in motion toward her children. She had taken a single step (the house was 1,350 yards, or three-quarters of a mile, from the center of the explosion) when something picked her up and she seemed to fly into the next room over the raised sleeping platform, pursued by parts of her house

The Above was a short passage from John Hersey´s excellent essay.


To the six survivors that John talked to and wrote about, that moment of the explosion was as if the sun had descended down upon Earth, but after wards. After the shellshock that tore down trees and houses. After the burning heat, the soundless explosion, the fire, the light. After wards, when the radiation slowly spread, day was turned into night. The sun was gone and winter and night was all that remained.

And as such, before I send you off to read the entire 70 year old essay, I will leave you with the question one of the children that survived the initial explosion said.

The five-year-old, Myeko, asked: “Why is it night already? Why did our house fall down? What happened?”. And with that I urge you to read the entire essay in the safety and comfort of your home. To never forget it, and perhaps even consider just why the world still spend thousands of times more per year on building more and better weapons than we do on healthcare, sustainable energy, clean air & water, healthy food production, well fare, parental care, elderly care, education and equality all combined.

Website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=b-san-hiroshima-ww2essay

The Essay I Mentioned
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1946/08/31/hiroshima___

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2015-08-06 08:10:31 (37 comments; 22 reshares; 293 +1s)Open 

Air Pollution and our health
The factual Science of a Healthy Life


Science continually spits out more reasons in a never ending string as to why anyone interested in their own health and body should also be caring for a sustainable society and world.

As if it is not already bad enough with modern day Lifes annoying sidekick - air pollution causing cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases and crazy smog in a growing number of cities. We can now add dementia to the list of unhealthy effects that any unsustainable society will cause through air pollution.

Swedish researchers at Umeå University have uncovered compelling evidence for a direct link between air pollution and dementia. The run down is that if you happen to live in an area that leaves you exposed to air pollution you will run a 40 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and... more »

Air Pollution and our health
The factual Science of a Healthy Life


Science continually spits out more reasons in a never ending string as to why anyone interested in their own health and body should also be caring for a sustainable society and world.

As if it is not already bad enough with modern day Lifes annoying sidekick - air pollution causing cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases and crazy smog in a growing number of cities. We can now add dementia to the list of unhealthy effects that any unsustainable society will cause through air pollution.

Swedish researchers at Umeå University have uncovered compelling evidence for a direct link between air pollution and dementia. The run down is that if you happen to live in an area that leaves you exposed to air pollution you will run a 40 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia compared to if you would have chosen to live in a city with healthier air.



We studied nearly 2,000 people over a 15-year span



The study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, followed 1806 people over a 15-year span while also accounting for traffic patterns in the northern Swedish city of Umea. All participants in the study was of age 55 or older and medically healthy when the study began. 191 were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and 111 were diagnosed with vascular dementia during the study.


The researchers accounted for other factors such as age, education level, lifestyle and body fat. This is however not a lone wolf in a growing sea of science, there are already a pattern of previous research all linking air pollution to a wide range of negative health issues, ranging from life-ending cancer to lesser issues such as asthma and respiratory diseases. Scientists have also in recent years started to uncover how air quality directly affects the brain.


music of the day
13 steps to nowhere by Pantera
http://open.spotify.com/track/4ho8BxdVJURp6EBOWvYLmK


We know that very small particles can enter the brain through the olfactory nerve and cause direct damage

Forsberg, one of the involved scientists said.



In other words, this study is one more piece of the puzzle that day by day grows stronger, urging us all to transform society, globally, to a healthier and more sustainable way. Not so much for the sole sake of Cecil the lion and his surviving family. But equally much so for our own sake.

For our own tomorrow, for our friends and loved ones today and tomorrow. Replacing unsustainable vehicles and petrol with sustainable electric cars, replacing coal with solar, wind, water, ground and perhaps soon fusion is not only about preserving wildlife and green pastures, it is about allowing us all to grow older in a happy and healthy way. Allowing us all to enjoy a long and fulfilling life without the burden of cancer and dementia, allowing young people and old ones to breath, to run, to make love and fuck without the burden of cardiac arrest and obesity, diabetes and unhealthy water and air to sustain our bodies. It is about us all being able to eat healthy food grown from healthy farming, to walk in green and clean cities free of fog that is already killing millions of people around the world.

A good and clear example of that is the US which have been leading the unsustainable way of life in the last few decades in the western world, and as a result it has had the worst increase in all neurological deaths – men increased with 66 percent and women 92 % between the years 1979 and 2010.


website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=dementia-andairpollution-science



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2015-07-22 07:07:02 (48 comments; 33 reshares; 303 +1s)Open 

the homeless Invisible
inside out, the blind leads the blind

A few days ago, on my way to buy a few fruits, whipped cream and sugar free yogurt, as I walked inside the store I noticed a young girl in her twenties. She was sitting right by the entrance in the downpour of a proper dog rain that whipped us all with a free shower. Begging for petty handouts.

Sadly I had nothing to give her since I had no cash on me, but as I paid for my fruit I made sure to get some good ol fashioned printed money in return and so on my way out again, I gave her what I now had on me.
Well, this article of mine isnt about me giving her money. But while it felt good to be able to help her even in that abysmal and far too lacking way in that given moment. I could not help but to observe all the countless, never ending rows of people walking in and out of that store.

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the homeless Invisible
inside out, the blind leads the blind

A few days ago, on my way to buy a few fruits, whipped cream and sugar free yogurt, as I walked inside the store I noticed a young girl in her twenties. She was sitting right by the entrance in the downpour of a proper dog rain that whipped us all with a free shower. Begging for petty handouts.

Sadly I had nothing to give her since I had no cash on me, but as I paid for my fruit I made sure to get some good ol fashioned printed money in return and so on my way out again, I gave her what I now had on me.
Well, this article of mine isnt about me giving her money. But while it felt good to be able to help her even in that abysmal and far too lacking way in that given moment. I could not help but to observe all the countless, never ending rows of people walking in and out of that store.

People walking in and out of that store with overstuffed bags, people all being overstuffed themselves.
People with money and too much food and all of them entirely blind to that young girl.

Unseeing hearts and closed off minds turned on, and while I stood there no one else gave her anything. In its own obscure way that little slice of time served as a pretty good view of our global modern world with too many having to much and to many having far to little.
And no I dont care why she was begging for money. Disability, mental health issues, unemployed, a gypsy, living on welfare that isnt nearly enough for anyone, was she a homeless and entirely without an income. Or any of the other reasons in life that could have pushed her to sit there.

My reflection is, does it even matter?

music of the day
Mouth for war by Pantera
http://open.spotify.com/track/6ObehAMspJwH5mMIQZwVCL


Tax unhealthy food through the roof and subsidize healthy food and farming


Is not reality that no one with a joyful and fulfilling, healthy life would ever willingly spend hours in the rain begging for money outside a warm comfy store.

And if that is basic reality (which it is). I have to reflect on the slightly and sadly decently sized pool of people in the world, not the ones that didnt see her. That´s sad enough, but even more so is the amount of people that raise their voices and actions to make unemployed people, starving and homeless, sick and beggars something even worse to be.

The ones that claim to be good people, caring people, well behaved, loving, nursing, religious and destined for heaven and well paid jobs, people that claim to be the better. The very same people that enjoy kicking downstairs, lowering wellfare for the ones that needs help the most, the ones thinking it´s okay to beat up beggars and homeless. The ones that think they are not suffering enough in their thinly veiled shelters beneath stairs and grottos.

The ones that think they should be chased off or thrown in jail for being poor. The far too many that somehow thinks that unemployed and sick should be punished even more, the ones that feel that underpaid workers should suffer more.

Those soul less people, the heartless, the bullies, the over paid, mentally and emotionally ill people that think others should suffer for no reason at all.

No, I am not talking about you. Because I am sure that no matter how you do life you would never kick downstairs. You are one of the many that would like to see a healthy and fulfilling, equal world for every human being.

I am however talking about the selfish bullies.

The ones that have somehow replaced the evil of yesterday, the ones that are todays KKK, todays nazis and slave owners.
They would most likely never associate with such horrible labels of evil. And they would most likely never even dream of agreeing with yesterdays inhuman views. But that does not change that they are todays confederate soldiers, for obscure reasons marching to preserve inequality and injustice, they are todays over privilieged and selfish, people that knows better, yet for some reason they feel that they deserve more than others.

They are the ones we should outlaw. The ones that should be taxed more. They are the blemish on our civilized world. They are the anchor that slows progress towards a better and healthier world.

They are todays wrong, just like slave owners and nazis where yesterdays wrong. Another reflection I had was that it certainly is time for all developed nations to tax sugar and unhealthy food through the roof. Allow people that enjoy eating shit to do so. But tax it through the roof and use the proceedings of that unhealthy food to subsidize healthy food and healthy, sustainable farming, benefitting all of humanity in the end, while still allowing unhealthy people to choose unhealthy food. And all the savings in health care, all the savings in life´s and bodies for people and society, use that to increase well fare, to provide better free health care to people with far to little income. Provide housing and free sustainable energy for every person lacking enough money to pay for it.

But of course, that pool of people that for unknown reasons never allowed themselves to see her, they would never want that. For them making a better and healthier society is not at all a good thing for some crazy disturbed reason.

A well, as I said, they are todays wrong. The ones lacking empathy, and as such, the ones not being truly whole, thriving, healthy, wonderful human beings. They are the ones needing help too for they are blind and damaged and ill.

website article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=thehomelessinvisible

Enjoy your day people, I for sure will :).___

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2015-07-09 10:48:55 (22 comments; 5 reshares; 115 +1s)Open 

One day, 3 workouts
The daily Science of a Healthy Life

Yesterday had me do a 3 workout split that went like this: Morning: coffee and water + a sprint based interval run. Midday: Triceps, Biceps, Abs. Evening: Hiit MMA that consisted of Kicking and punching at a high pace at first, and then followed by body weight squats and a slower, more yoga like approach to slowly moving between various martial art stances.



While that might sound like an awful lot.

Looking at it purely from the perspective of time it only occupied between 70 and 80 minutes of my entire day. And since we all know by now that we actually need to activate our bodies throughout the entirety of the day, I can not recommend this 3-way split enough. Not only does it allow your body to fully recover its energy levels from the morning cardio before you hit the weights. But it... more »

One day, 3 workouts
The daily Science of a Healthy Life

Yesterday had me do a 3 workout split that went like this: Morning: coffee and water + a sprint based interval run. Midday: Triceps, Biceps, Abs. Evening: Hiit MMA that consisted of Kicking and punching at a high pace at first, and then followed by body weight squats and a slower, more yoga like approach to slowly moving between various martial art stances.



While that might sound like an awful lot.

Looking at it purely from the perspective of time it only occupied between 70 and 80 minutes of my entire day. And since we all know by now that we actually need to activate our bodies throughout the entirety of the day, I can not recommend this 3-way split enough. Not only does it allow your body to fully recover its energy levels from the morning cardio before you hit the weights. But it also allows you to round out your day with that slightly less taxing cardio based workout - keeping you healthy and active while you are watching tv or whatever in the comfort of your home (in my case I was actually watching some UFC while doing my own MMA routine).

So in the end, the time spent working out at the evening doesn't even keep you from doing your usual evening things all while providing you with the delicious bonus of doing wonders for your own fitness level and overall health.

music of the day
Dead Skin Mask by Slayer
http://open.spotify.com/track/5BqCNRFk4Rlzrd3R1jeXCF

Your Fit and Active formula for better health and a kick ass body

3 Workouts, One day
20 Minute morning walk with 4 explosive 100m sprints
Midday: Biceps, Triceps, Abs
Close Grip Bench Press: 7 sets (2 warm up) 8 to 12 reps per set
Dips: 3 set x as many reps as you can do
Biceps: Super set 2 warm up sets, barbell curls while doing dips + 6 real sets 8 to 12 reps per set
Abs: Hanging leg raises, as many as you can do: 9+ is superhero stuff
Evening cardio: 3 sets of 10 reps/set Body weight squats + Kick and punch for 15 minutes

the complete website article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=summerworkoutjuly2015-armsabs-cardio

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2015-06-24 06:14:37 (15 comments; 7 reshares; 177 +1s)Open 

The gardeners slow strawberries
and the chimpanzee chef

And while we wait for my strawberries to transform from one state to another. To grow, to change, transform, to go from green to ripe and tasty delicious. And to do it all again the coming years, from soil, rain and sunshine and then to pour that sweet nectar of life down my tummy :).

We might want to call this post and photo of mine, I am Ape, and I am you instead.
Because, one day, when we sit down at our table, outside on our open, white boarded porch. The chef will be one of our oldish cousins, whipping up the yummy cream, washing the cute little red berries and BBQ a slice of chicken and veggies with greatest joy.

And damn, this chimpanzee do know how to cook.

Once the chicken is done, we all sit down, eat and dine. And you can see that he enjoy his handy work, and greatly so. His... more »

The gardeners slow strawberries
and the chimpanzee chef

And while we wait for my strawberries to transform from one state to another. To grow, to change, transform, to go from green to ripe and tasty delicious. And to do it all again the coming years, from soil, rain and sunshine and then to pour that sweet nectar of life down my tummy :).

We might want to call this post and photo of mine, I am Ape, and I am you instead.
Because, one day, when we sit down at our table, outside on our open, white boarded porch. The chef will be one of our oldish cousins, whipping up the yummy cream, washing the cute little red berries and BBQ a slice of chicken and veggies with greatest joy.

And damn, this chimpanzee do know how to cook.

Once the chicken is done, we all sit down, eat and dine. And you can see that he enjoy his handy work, and greatly so. His English is a bit rough around the edges, but he is learning, and with the help of a waterproof 4k tablet that assists with real-time translations from our fluent English to his mix of English and native chimp tongue our conversation is amazingly smooth, and greatly rewarding for us all.

Of course, he is just visiting for the day. He sometimes do that, coming down from his forest home to BBQ, eat strawberries and to talk. He likes that, our friendly chimpanzee cousin.

Enjoy the summer people.

And if you are wondering what in gods name I am talking about, hit up our website for an article about the joy of cooking that chimpanzees (and other apes) have been found to enjoy - both making and eating. A joy and appreciation of cooking the food and eating the delightfully made food that rivals our own.

And yes, they are the chef´s, all on their own. In an evolutinary step like the one we once did when we mastered the fire, apes have been found to have started the same culinary evolution that before them, only us humans have done.

Fascinating, cute and amazing all at one. And I for one can not wait for the day when we get to sit down to a table made and enjoyed with an Iron chef chimpanzee :).

website article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=myape-thefuturemasterchef

music for the day
The Vengeful one by Disturbed (yay! :P, new 2015 stuff from Disturbed)
https://youtu.be/8nW-IPrzM1g___

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2015-06-04 10:00:38 (50 comments; 12 reshares; 236 +1s)Open 

The Euphoric flight of Creativity
Inside our Mind and external inspiration



The Cerebellum inside our individual selfs will dance it´s very best only to its own bidding. Hidden away, inside and behind the curtain of what we consider our conscious thoughts, our "little brain" powers on with magnificent poise.


The small, behind the scene part of what we think of as our brain is despite it´s smaller size (The Cerebellum makes up about 10% of homo sapiens total brain volume) commandeering the majority of our brains neurons.

music of the day while you are reading
Avalanche by Arch Enemy
http://open.spotify.com/track/34k9o7SjESiqgva0vDBmlu


Dancing like a Ninja and painting like Van Gogh



Not only is our little brain keeping you upright as you dance and spin like a ninjam... more »

The Euphoric flight of Creativity
Inside our Mind and external inspiration



The Cerebellum inside our individual selfs will dance it´s very best only to its own bidding. Hidden away, inside and behind the curtain of what we consider our conscious thoughts, our "little brain" powers on with magnificent poise.


The small, behind the scene part of what we think of as our brain is despite it´s smaller size (The Cerebellum makes up about 10% of homo sapiens total brain volume) commandeering the majority of our brains neurons.

music of the day while you are reading
Avalanche by Arch Enemy
http://open.spotify.com/track/34k9o7SjESiqgva0vDBmlu


Dancing like a Ninja and painting like Van Gogh



Not only is our little brain keeping you upright as you dance and spin like a ninja master, breaking arms and doing jumping spin kicks, twerking your ass off on the dance floor, but it is also the wheel that greatly powers our creativity.


Some of us needs a total and conscious effort to create anything and everything. And for those, the prefrontal cortex is the master chief at play. Others, on the other hand, only has the first stumbling steps taking place in the conscious cortex, but then truly spins into high gear once the cerebellum takes over.

Surprisingly, not so surprisingly, that scientific look at what happens inside our brain as we engage in creative activity lines up incredibly well in what we all know from real life experience.
Some acclaimed creatives claim you need to force it. Treating the delicacy of creative thought and art like the conscious effort it is to change the bike tire. All while most other high functioning creatives, claim without a thread of doubt that their best creative work, only happens by itself once they have set things in motion and then allowed their mind to do other things. Creating something of quality in the fountain of inspiration that is found when going on with daily life.


Both processes, of course, involves multiple parts of our minds to be engaged. But one favours the cortex while the other resides primarily in the subconscious "little brain".

So, at the end of the day, surrender yourself to the truth of how your mind actually works and achieve your best creative endeavors yet. Or, as one of the men responsible for the scientific study that led me to write this article said.


“The more you think about it, the more you mess it up,”
Dr. Manish Saggar

Creativity that is, not life itself :)

website version of this article
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=theuphoricflight-ofcreativity

#anorseview
#landscapephotography
#breakfastclub
#scienceofcreativity




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2015-05-15 06:51:49 (34 comments; 3 reshares; 154 +1s)Open 

Children bed time stories Book
Mothers little Boy - Childhood Dreams

A 4 chapter short bed time story i finished up writing and publishing earlier this week.
It´s based on an actual event that took place in Sweden, Summer of 1850 when a young boy befriended a wild Momma Brown bear and her two little cubs.

So fire up spotify and dream away for a brief moment as you read this little story tonight :). The first three chapters also includes an original Swedish poem written during the 1800:th about the same event. Well, unless you speak Swedish, view it as a funny, exotic topping on top of the short book I wrote in English (including this surreal floral i shot this spring)  :).

Enjoy the read and have a great little weekend too people

Music of the day
Little Dreamer by Ensiferum
http://open.spotify.com/track/4TfM9Ugg4RyJVXchfHSZ2Mmore »

Children bed time stories Book
Mothers little Boy - Childhood Dreams

A 4 chapter short bed time story i finished up writing and publishing earlier this week.
It´s based on an actual event that took place in Sweden, Summer of 1850 when a young boy befriended a wild Momma Brown bear and her two little cubs.

So fire up spotify and dream away for a brief moment as you read this little story tonight :). The first three chapters also includes an original Swedish poem written during the 1800:th about the same event. Well, unless you speak Swedish, view it as a funny, exotic topping on top of the short book I wrote in English (including this surreal floral i shot this spring)  :).

Enjoy the read and have a great little weekend too people

Music of the day
Little Dreamer by Ensiferum
http://open.spotify.com/track/4TfM9Ugg4RyJVXchfHSZ2M

Mothers Little Boy, chapter one
You can read the rest of the book at our website, free of charge



Once upon
[in a foresty Norse kingdom]


Liten pilt i fjällskog gick: 
Rosig kind och änglablick, 
Munnen röd som tufvans bär… 
»Kors! hvad jag är ensam här!» — tänkte gossen. 

Och han stultade så späd 
Mellan höga, mörka träd: 
Moder hans i sätern var — 
»Här är jag min egen karl» — tänkte gossen. 

Svarta djur nu kommo två, 
Lufsandes, dit han sågs gå: 
Stora, grymma, lurfviga — 
»Jag fick sällskap, det var bra!» — tänkte gossen. 

»Men hvad är det för slags djur? 
Den där stora tycks mig sur… 
Om jag kunde fråga mor! — 
Men det måste vara kor» — tänkte gossen. 



And so it was that, one sleepy Summers day, that little Olle and his older sister Sara raced and played tag and hide and seek with each other. And before you knew it, their mothers home, and safe haven, was far away and before them lay, a sprouting, wild creek that lingered through the luminous landscape. 

It´s water washed in a slow and gentle way over the stony bed and protruding rocks, leafs floated by, and in the air they could hear the buzzing sound of dragon flies and bees. 
And there they lay looking down from a fallen tree trunk that stretched out over the creek, at the fish and frogs that jumped, chirped, and swimmed their way through the cold water that raced down from the ever snowy northern Swedish mountains, down towards the flatter lands and villages. 

The children was all rosy tired from their games and fun and equal parts exhilarated and happy, until, all of a sudden, a deer came jumping through the trees and bushes, and with a giant leap it crossed the creek and ran up over to the other side. With water splashing behind it´s petite, yet agile frame, it set off in a wild, wild hunt. 

The surprised siblings laughed at it all, and then. 
Behind them and to the right, a momma bear, big and brown, came out of the trees, and with her, two little cubs. 

They all froze up, children, bear cubs and momma bear. And with them, the frogs and fish, even the dragon flies, they all went silent, and no one moved as time itself seemed to slow down and freeze. 

Until, the silence shattered when the older sister gave up an exasperated sound,



'*it´s a MOMMA bear, run Olle, run!'.*


But Olle calmly looked at the three animals and thought to himself, "well, they don´t look dangerous at all to me, and for all I know they could be wild mountain cows, yep, I am sure of it, because they do look like really big, brown and furry cows, and my sister is never right about anything, even our mother says so. And now that Sara ran back home, at least I have good company, and they will be my bestest friends!."

chapter two
Two baby cows and one little boy

read chapter two and the rest of the book at our website
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=motherslittle-boy

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2015-05-12 12:31:34 (56 comments; 30 reshares; 391 +1s)Open 

Sweet Dreamscapes
Tonight we dream and travel

Liar liar 
on the wall 
A spider climbed 
its web of words 
towards the golden tassels 

So tell me now 
What do you see, what do you crave 
and elucidate 
when darkly dearest Sandman 
from sheltered moons 
and starry night 

takes us to forever dream 
and silent travel 
Caught, set free 

Is that frost upon your breath? 
Perhaps 
A dragon gnarly hides inside your chest 

unfolding 
dreams are yours 
to walk 
sing and hymn 

the whispers 
whispers 
In the dark 

i travel 
Like a flock of ravens 
and the shooting star 
towards, the realms uncharted 
I gladly hurl 
to slay the demons 
of unknown tides 
and whitest waters
From a short childrens book ... more »

Sweet Dreamscapes
Tonight we dream and travel

Liar liar 
on the wall 
A spider climbed 
its web of words 
towards the golden tassels 

So tell me now 
What do you see, what do you crave 
and elucidate 
when darkly dearest Sandman 
from sheltered moons 
and starry night 

takes us to forever dream 
and silent travel 
Caught, set free 

Is that frost upon your breath? 
Perhaps 
A dragon gnarly hides inside your chest 

unfolding 
dreams are yours 
to walk 
sing and hymn 

the whispers 
whispers 
In the dark 

i travel 
Like a flock of ravens 
and the shooting star 
towards, the realms uncharted 
I gladly hurl 
to slay the demons 
of unknown tides 
and whitest waters

From a short childrens book i am currently finishing up.

music of the day
Too late by Black Sabbath
https://play.spotify.com/track/4CB9wE8xZ2sEOPRZU0iAXg

#anorseview  
#landscapephotography  
#europeanphotography   +European Photo 
#childrensbooks  ___

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2015-05-07 10:08:11 (31 comments; 8 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

inside this dream, we dream
in the land of giants

My spider, this gigantic king of wildest little critters, depicted here as he stepped outside, caught in the intermixing of the awaken world and the fluffy clouds of a dream kissed good morning, he is of course not that ancient. 

But, from afar and days long gone, an ancestor to our modern birds have emerged in China. And I am sure that our fluffy spider king does not mind at all if we for a second or two talk about these feathered beings and their discovery. 
It is a brand new bird species that lived in quite a different time on Earth then what we currently inhabit, roughly 130 million years ago and as of now, it is the oldest known ancestor of our modern day living birds. 

It´s cutesy name is Archaeornithura meemannae. 

music of the day
Serenade of self destruction by Epicaht... more »

inside this dream, we dream
in the land of giants

My spider, this gigantic king of wildest little critters, depicted here as he stepped outside, caught in the intermixing of the awaken world and the fluffy clouds of a dream kissed good morning, he is of course not that ancient. 

But, from afar and days long gone, an ancestor to our modern birds have emerged in China. And I am sure that our fluffy spider king does not mind at all if we for a second or two talk about these feathered beings and their discovery. 
It is a brand new bird species that lived in quite a different time on Earth then what we currently inhabit, roughly 130 million years ago and as of now, it is the oldest known ancestor of our modern day living birds. 

It´s cutesy name is Archaeornithura meemannae. 

music of the day
Serenade of self destruction by Epica
http://open.spotify.com/track/3ZYYvHJpgzp5LwSCcJzd1f

The scientists responsible for uncovering this ancient bird believes that it lived in semi-aquatic environments. 
If you are curious you can read more about the chinese project and discovery in Nature Communications. 

New sets of eyes for the origin and early evolution of modern day birds 

"The new fossil bird Archaeornithura is an important find," 
Matthew Lamanna, an assistant curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History said. 

Most importantly perhaps, the newly discovered bird species, Archaeornithura have now pushed back the fossil record of birds’ most recent ancestors by an additional 5 million to 6 million years. 


As for the name itself, it is derived from the two Greek words, ‘Archae’ and ‘ornithura’, which, when put together means ‘ancient ornithuromorph’. The name was choosen in honour of Dr Meemann Chang for her continuous support of the study of the Jehol Biota. . 

website version
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2015-05-04 17:03:19 (45 comments; 17 reshares; 277 +1s)Open 

random,select, collection of some of my own photos that i have enjoyed shooting over the last few years
Feel free to browse my albums and on going stream to see more

random,select, collection of some of my own photos that i have enjoyed shooting over the last few years
Feel free to browse my albums and on going stream to see more___

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2015-04-28 09:51:30 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Your month of health & Fitness - May, Week One
A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe

4 weeks and 4 fit, active and healthy articles from yours truly. That is what you can look forward to during the month of May. 

First one out of the gate is today's little write-up.

A first look at what those of you that undertake this journey through May will be doing on a daily basis, outside of your 'real' gym/workout schedule. The things we talk about today, are the small but vital daily life things you do for your on going and future health.. You simply put, do these small things to keep physically active during your day at work or @ home. Small but very beneficial and essential "timeouts" of physical activity that helps all of us fight of the negative health impacts of modern day´s sedentary lifestyle. 

music of theda... more »

Your month of health & Fitness - May, Week One
A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe

4 weeks and 4 fit, active and healthy articles from yours truly. That is what you can look forward to during the month of May. 

First one out of the gate is today's little write-up.

A first look at what those of you that undertake this journey through May will be doing on a daily basis, outside of your 'real' gym/workout schedule. The things we talk about today, are the small but vital daily life things you do for your on going and future health.. You simply put, do these small things to keep physically active during your day at work or @ home. Small but very beneficial and essential "timeouts" of physical activity that helps all of us fight of the negative health impacts of modern day´s sedentary lifestyle. 

music of the day
Too late by Black Sabbath
http://open.spotify.com/track/4CB9wE8xZ2sEOPRZU0iAXg

You see, while it is all wonderful going to the gym for a spinning class, or to do yoga at home twice a week, or to bench press new records month in month out. Our health truly needs small daily things to keep itself top notch throughout our entire lifespan. 

No, this is not old wive´s tales, this is purely scientific truths. 

From your lower back, to cancer, your longevity, your mood, sex drive and creativity, the amount of body fat you accumulate through life, the health of your heart, your joints and bones, the pace with which you loose bone mass - even your lean muscle mass gains and losses. 

Breaking up whatever you do a few times per day, ever other hour or so, and doing something physically active even for just a few minutes brings with it tremendous health benefits, and as such, these small things are essential even for someone like me that hit the gym hard 5 days per week.





First out, the morning call. Served with a cup or two of hot, black coffee.


Every day for all of May (for all of life really). 

You´ll start your day with black coffee and some water, and then choose to do, either a morning walk for 20 minutes, or a combination of yoga and hiit MMA morning workout for anything between 10 to 20 minutes. Feel free to pick what feels the most fun for you. Fun is important since this is not just 4 weeks of to do stuff. Life is not a worthless reality show that tells you to first drop 10lbs of body weight and then lets you run off into a hailstorm of Chicken McNuggets, Pepsi and beer so you add back 30 lbs of pure body fat in 2 months time. 

No. 

Life long health is not about your past achievements or failures, it´s about what you do from this day and all the way until that big old clock sings it´s tune and hopefully allows us to restart instead of just fading to black :).

So. you pick your wake up call, your way and then you enjoy doing it. And you keep doing it, because the ones that do, they are the ones that keep on reaping the benefits of a greatly improved health and body composition for the rest of their life. But having said that. When you rest, when you cheat, when you fail. You do so and dont guilt trip yourself to death, we are just human, and as such, we all fail at times. What is important is getting back up and moving ahead.

Hiit-MMA?

I will write a more detailed article for a Hiit-mma workout during May. But for now, if you have no idea what you do. Then keep it simple and simply punch 10 straight punches with each arm while you do your 10 body weight squats. And kick 10 straight kicks to the mid section with each leg, and 10 kicks in a circle going from left to right - right to left - with each leg. It is not about how you kick, it´s about activating your core, your ass, your tummy, your back, your legs, your heart and lungs. 
 
Middle of the day stuff.

But, if you where thinking that a good start is all it´s about, then no, lifelong health is not that easy to maintain and improve upon. 
So, between your breakfast habits and your evening/night gym/workout sessions you will have to stay active on a daily basis. Breaking up your sedentary going ons every second hour or so of sitting still. 
No matter if you are at work or at home binge watching Netflix. And if you think about it, it´s not hard at all to stand up for 5 minutes while watching Game of Thrones. Do a few body weight squats, or shadow box in the living room. Do some push ups against the tv sofa. 

My suggestion is this. 
Ever hour or so, break up your laziness and get up, walk for a few minutes inside of your home or office. And on top of that, do 10 body weight squats, ass to the ground style. Once done, follow up with 10 push ups, against the floor or a sofa. 

And finish it up by leaning over something, a sofa, chair or against a table or similar, use your arms to keep your balance, and then kick backwards 10 times per leg and go as high as you can. Dont do it explosive, this isnt at all about kicking something martial arts style, this is about getting your lower back, your ass and your tummy and hips working. 

Repeat twice and you are all done with your intermediate mid day 'sedentary timeouts'. 

And no, please do understand, this does not replace your regular, real training, this is the basic, small stuff you do for your health, because breaking up being lazy like this, several times per day, for every day of life. That has huge, positive health benefits and will also help you shave off some pounds of pure body fat. In fact, as for numbers, if that is the kind of girl you are. Recent science studies have shown how daily small stuff like this together with healthy food will lower the chance of getting several cancer types with as much as 40%, sometimes even higher. 


So, for May, if you don't already do stuff like this outside of your gym, yoga, sports, start laying the foundation for a much healthier life and much-improved body composition. You might not thank me in 12 weeks, but you will thank me after ten years of keeping this up, and you will do so in a big way. 

Enjoy and have fun.

Next week, i will detail how to kill it in the gym, legs, ass and tummy. And for the third week we´ll take a look at how to do a real hiit-mma workout, either for your cardio/strength workout, or as a part of your daily timeout workouts. And OH, dont forget the importance eating healthy food have not just on your health, but also on your body. If you eat junk, and train hard you will for sure get faster, stronger, bigger, et cetera. But you will only reap half of the health benefits you could. And you will loose hell of a lot less body fat than you would if you also took care of eating healthy food (and not to much food).

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A tower of glass, our city
from life in the near future, Earth day style

The following is a glimps in to our near future. Life in the tomorrow world, courtesy of past generations wasteful and willful disrespect for health, Science and long term thinking when it comes to all our life on Earth, for the sake of short term profit.

A sci.fi dream of course, but also one very much based on current science and social and political trends, not to mention, the basic reality of what will happen, not just to Earth, but humanity as a species and individuals, unless we, the current generation(s) do guide most of the world towards this type of future. A future that is sustainable and far healthier and equal.

As Obama said (if I paraphrase abit :P): it´s time to stop talking and start doing, our globally mutual and wasteful behaviour has done enough damage as it is, and time... more »

A tower of glass, our city
from life in the near future, Earth day style

The following is a glimps in to our near future. Life in the tomorrow world, courtesy of past generations wasteful and willful disrespect for health, Science and long term thinking when it comes to all our life on Earth, for the sake of short term profit.

A sci.fi dream of course, but also one very much based on current science and social and political trends, not to mention, the basic reality of what will happen, not just to Earth, but humanity as a species and individuals, unless we, the current generation(s) do guide most of the world towards this type of future. A future that is sustainable and far healthier and equal.

As Obama said (if I paraphrase abit :P): it´s time to stop talking and start doing, our globally mutual and wasteful behaviour has done enough damage as it is, and time is out for just talking about it. We now need to actually start creating a world that is far more healthy and sustainable then it currently is.


Vertical Cities and 'smart' Farming
Sustainable progress & technology
Life inside our tower of glass






High up, in our ivory-like tower of glass, each evening we look out at the setting sun and how it after a long day of travelling, in the end, as always slowly dips each and everyone of it´s rays of light into the watery ocean. 

The evening sky and rolling landscape change their hue under the traversing basking light, and in the water a rainbow of shades paints an illuminating backdrop to our good bye and good night to the day that was. 

While somewhere else in our sheltered home. 

A sound is heard, it is the shrieks of eagles high up above our heads, they are nesting inside our dome, and each day, as the sun sets, they return with sounds of their lasting song from the outside. Unlike us people that walks the streets of this shielded vertical city, traversing it on sky high elevators and trains, the eagles that too has made this place their home can easily pass in and out as they see fit. 

We on the other hand had to pass through the big city ports down at the ground floor, huge polished air port like entrances leading in and out of our city that for every moment of every day and year were monitored and guarded. 
I do not think that anyone for even a second believed that the ever present drones and artificial security was there to protect us from any outside threats. It was mainly for our own calm, to provide us with the emotional feeling that we were safe and protected. 

That, and perhaps to keep short tempered citizens calm.





Inside the Dome


I look up, but i can't see the Eagles, I just hear them. And then, twenty floors beneath us, the midnight train approaches and catches my attention, I love the way the setting sun reflects upon the smooth surface of the driver less train.

You take my hand and we start walking, yet again. Our feets guiding us to the artificial water falls that provides the city with an endless loop of fresh and clean water. Water from which our man made lakes are kept alive, the water that the cities vertical, smart farms feed from and we all shower in. They also helps us generate electricity through the kinetic energy we gather from it´s violent free fall through our walled off world before it goes underground for a brief encounter with the natural ecosystem of the outside world that our water system is now an essential part of. 

A watery world all in itself that also includes our free swimming, farmed fish. 

Once humanity moved into these sky high cities, like fossil fuel, the unsustainable global fishing industry had already been outlawed too. But not only is fish a healthy treat, we also knew that keeping them around as a natural part of our closed off eco system had other substantial benefits. 

Outside the glass walls, giant solar and wind panels hovers up in the air, tethered to the ground and the even bigger solar facilities that is scattered throughout the outside landscape. Our city of course complements it all by also collecting ground and air heating and energy from the outside world. You reach out and you pluck a few strawberries from the vertical pads where they all year round grows, we smile in secret since we are not really supposed to pluck strawberries up here. 

And while we slowly walk towards the cliffs and beaches, allocated like if we were standing outside in a hidden valley somewhere, with trees and rocky cliffs and sandy shores entwined together in a fairy tale like creation. In the background, behind us, the pads moves yet again. 

As we stand there, our toes dipped in the moving water and the still warming sand, the sun is gone and the system will now transports the never ending lines of strawberries back inside where they will get to enjoy a slow transport back down to ground inside a carefully temperated and perfectly humid night storage. 

And then, once the sun once again rise up above the ocean floor, the strawberries will start their daily journey from the groundfloor back to the sky high ceiling of our city, strawberries, greens and other fruit, and the sun, all travelling together for the entirety of the day. 

Haha, as always, I smile at the slight madness of it all.


5 million people.

That is the official number of people that is living inside this one gigantic building, an old big city block turned sky high city. 

It´s own little Closed off system 

Outside our walled world, you could see dozens of similar buildings, each one taking up the horizontal footprint of a traditional big city block, but all vertically housing 5 million people living in a perfectly sustainable environment. And in-between the sky high cities, untouched land where solar powered roads nestled their way in between the crops, trees, water and wildlife. Roads upon which only self-driving, electrical vehicles moved. To transport people, goods and crops between the cities. 

And yes, dear reader. If you are curious, some do move, but surprisingly few ever choose to live outside our garden like cities, they ones that do end up making that choice, they all live by the same regulations as we do. Living a sustainable and healthy life, just outside our walled gardens. Some of them work inside the cities, while others never again return. But for most of us, these cities represents something of a healthy, and wonderful paradise compared to what Earth had been reduced to by human hands in the year of 2100.



Artificial burgers Say it ain't so!. 

Meat producers didn't take up any traditional resources anymore, they didnt even exist. 

Having gone the way of the bye bye Texas that all forms of unsustainable behaviour had, from fossil fuel to meat production and most of the traditional pulp and paper industry. Nor did we have a sugar, tobacco or alcohol industry. Neither did we over medicate healthy people with emotionally numbing medications anymore. A lot of things had changed for the better, and as a result, people were not just healthier and lived much longer, they did so being much happier too. 

Yes, we still printed some things, and we still had a pulp and paper industry, but a much different one, and entirely sustainable with vast forest productions possibly having given us more forest then Earth had ever had, at least since the Dinosaours roamed these parts. 

The little meat we produced was artificially grown inside the cities, and the cows that wasn't part of our outside worlds free walking dairy production had been rewilded since long. Not that we actually ate much meat anymore, it had caused to big of a strain on the elderly population, our general health and medical care with it´s negative impact on all sorts of health issues ranging from cancer to diabetes. 

But most of us did enjoy the occasional treat, once a month or so, and let me tell you. Artificial meat taste as good as any old day BBQ meal ever did. And the fact that it was super healthy in comparison and so much less of a resource hog made it even better. 


Show me the money
 

Other huge health benefits had been the clean air we where now all breathing, causing a massive uptick in general health and longevity throughout our biological lifespan. And while it had been to late to put an halt to the climate change our age of Anthropocene had caused. By now, i dont think anyone would ever want to go back, and nature and wildlife had settled for a striking comeback once we had moved inside and put an global end to unsustainable practices and energy productions.

The age of anthropocene was here and there where no reverting it. But instead of the dawn of man kind, it had been turned around in to a healthier world, a healthier man kind, and we where all winners in the end. Here on Earth and our spacebound colonies as well. But in the history books, the age of man kind would forever be remembered for how it had started, serving as a warning example of never again loosing touch with how we are but one ingredient in an important eco system that needs to be kept in balance.


Anthropocene

The word comes from the two words anthropo, which means “man,” and cene, which translates to “new”.

The meaning of the combined word comes from the fact that human- kind had caused a mass extinctions of plant and animal species, as well as polluted the oceans and lands, and even altered the atmosphere, causing  a range of century lasting impacts. Perhaps like other ages before it, it would be with us for milleniums to come


real life inspiration

A world without fossil fuel, The guardian divestment campaign
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/16/argument-divesting-fossil-fuels-overwhelming-climate-change

The Shower of the future.
The Swedish shower that reduces water usage with 90% and energy related to warming your shower water with 80%.
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=sustainablelife-showerinthefuture

Death by Sedentary choices
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/each-hour-of-sitting-increases-chance-of-heart-disease-by-14-10090648.html

San Fransisco launghing free ev, solar charging.
https://www.theverge.com/2015/4/17/8447873/san-francisco-launches-solar-ev-charging-stations

The killer that is industrial air pollution, 600 million people die prematurely just in India as a result.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/21/filthy-india-air-cutting-_n_6725974.html

The lack of responsibility from the fossil fuel industry
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/15/fossil-fuel-industry-must-take-stranded-assets-seriously-say-tim-yeo

Demand for energy will rise with 40% in the near future
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/17/bp-says-huge-rise-in-energy-demand-at-odds-with-climate-change-fight

Q1 2015 breaks new global warm temp records
http://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-march-temperatures-break-records-2015-hottest-year-date-1887474?ft=85du1

Obama: No greater threat to our planet then climate change. the time to act is upon us.
http://www.ibtimes.com/obama-spend-earth-day-tackling-climate-change-florida-everglades-1887632?ft=1e8z9

Fossil fuel has lost the race with renewables.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-14/fossil-fuels-just-lost-the-race-against-renewables

France puts it in the law that new roofs has to be "green" or covered with solar panels. Yay!.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/20/france-decrees-new-rooftops-must-be-covered-in-plants-or-solar-panels

Climate change deniers (reality denying people really) is in retreat.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/climate-change-deniers-are-in-retreat/2015/04/06/942eb980-dc9f-11e4-be40-566e2653afe5_story.html?tid=rssfeed

World is heading towards unseen drought levels by 2050, Unless we change coarse now.
http://www.rtcc.org/2015/04/15/world-set-for-record-droughts-by-2050-report/#sthash.902TncX8.dpuf


Well, there are many more current realities and scientific sound facts, that all has served as inspirations for my sci.fi near future fantasy.

But reality is, it´s our own choice between this future which I have painted here, or one where we are all fighting it out over the last puddle of fresh water. And I am sure it´s not just the people in California and India that would like to avoid even less water in their daily life :).

Truth be told, even the most stubborn greedy oil baron sees the writing on the wall, health and sustainability and equality is simply good business and ravaging Earth has run out of ground and time to keep on ticking. So rejoice - Like Mulder would have said, "the change is coming" =).

Enjoy your Earth Day, April 22.

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2015-04-13 07:29:47 (12 comments; 11 reshares; 157 +1s)Open 

The Lost World, Take 74
From the chronicles of the birth of Life and Death on Earth

I wrote this short little science blurb a little more then two years ago, so, to celebrate spring cleaning, open waters, the chirping birds and lustful people that all blossom like little flowers in the warming sun and bare legs season :). A road down memory lane together with the heathen horde of vile bacteria gunning for our mutual throats :P.

The birth .. of death and life, photosynthesis

Let that word - photosynthesis - linger on you´r tongue for a few.
The life giver of today was once the bringer of death and destruction.

From tiny molecules of water, long before the age of man and dinosaurs, a vile army of bacteria once set loose global mass destruction upon the face of earth as the bastard child's schemed to end the cycle of life.

But... more »

The Lost World, Take 74
From the chronicles of the birth of Life and Death on Earth

I wrote this short little science blurb a little more then two years ago, so, to celebrate spring cleaning, open waters, the chirping birds and lustful people that all blossom like little flowers in the warming sun and bare legs season :). A road down memory lane together with the heathen horde of vile bacteria gunning for our mutual throats :P.

The birth .. of death and life, photosynthesis

Let that word - photosynthesis - linger on you´r tongue for a few.
The life giver of today was once the bringer of death and destruction.

From tiny molecules of water, long before the age of man and dinosaurs, a vile army of bacteria once set loose global mass destruction upon the face of earth as the bastard child's schemed to end the cycle of life.

But upon unleashing photosynthesis on the world, they did not just end one early cycle of life, they also, by freeing the oxygen trapped inside water made sure that life as we know it today would form.


Or as, Kevin Redding at Arizona State University in Tempe say. 
"The extinction caused by oxygen was probably the largest ever seen, but at the same time animal life wouldn't be possible without oxygen."
Kevin Redding


So, today's photo of mine get´s a loving little dedication to that sweet thing called photosynthesis and those evil bacteria's we all owe our life :). 

music of the day
The Unnamed Feeling by Metallica
http://open.spotify.com/track/4RCJ2xbTfJalOq7RtTsOPv

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2015-04-07 10:53:42 (20 comments; 3 reshares; 114 +1s)Open 

life in a painting
[Naked with you]


Winter sun 

The winds of this newborn day 
Through trees comes calling 

Carrying with 
hymn of whispers 
a trance-like song 
That spreads like night winds 
burning stars 
every which evening 
multiply 
Far beyond the reach 
of our ephemeral eyes 

You dress before me 
with hue in hair 
Your eyes that speak 
so Warm in sunshine's 
glow 

Your russet waves 
moved by breeze of air on top 
Your neck and limbs 
Petite and naked 
you proudly stand 
With strands of velvet hair 
And soon once more 
Your skin is covered 

In moments 
like A song of parakeets 
Caught entwined 
While we barefoot down 
rolling hills 
Makes our way through cold andwet 

We march and ... more »

life in a painting
[Naked with you]


Winter sun 

The winds of this newborn day 
Through trees comes calling 

Carrying with 
hymn of whispers 
a trance-like song 
That spreads like night winds 
burning stars 
every which evening 
multiply 
Far beyond the reach 
of our ephemeral eyes 

You dress before me 
with hue in hair 
Your eyes that speak 
so Warm in sunshine's 
glow 

Your russet waves 
moved by breeze of air on top 
Your neck and limbs 
Petite and naked 
you proudly stand 
With strands of velvet hair 
And soon once more 
Your skin is covered 

In moments 
like A song of parakeets 
Caught entwined 
While we barefoot down 
rolling hills 
Makes our way through cold and wet 

We march and I follow 
the trees and lakes, of this drowsy dale 
We stand 
with Seasons 
That speak as always 
of tis sweet, their prelude 

Like giants of stone and trees 
in splashing falls 
We clap our shields with 
songs of thunder 

As we greet the sun of winter 
this breaking day 
Once more 
good morning 

from a whimsical poetry and photography  book i just released.
You can read it directly at our streaming book site  free of charge.

website version
Tales of Winters Realm 2015
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=wintersrealm2015-mike-koontz

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2015-03-24 08:57:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

Added photos to LPC Contest #36: Spring.

Added photos to LPC Contest #36: Spring.___

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2015-03-20 17:48:48 (16 comments; 14 reshares; 117 +1s)Open 

Coffee vs Sugar, MMA cage fight
A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe


Or as i also call it, when stars make love



For many, coffee and sugar represents two superpowers emerged in an unholy alliance. But, just what makes this combo tick, and what is actually what. How does it affect your health and every day life. To find out the answer, we signed a contract with the previous couple to face off inside the octagon to determine who´s top dog and what they do to our bodies. 


In the blue corner, Sugar 

Pro´s: Sweet and petite, and pretty white. 

Cons: Increases body fat, rots your teeth, makes you age prematurely, increases diabetes and cancer and Alzheimer risk. Does not provide fuel for strength or endurance - and does not provide sufficient brain juice. 
Natures crack even makes you crave an endlessarray... more »

Coffee vs Sugar, MMA cage fight
A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe


Or as i also call it, when stars make love



For many, coffee and sugar represents two superpowers emerged in an unholy alliance. But, just what makes this combo tick, and what is actually what. How does it affect your health and every day life. To find out the answer, we signed a contract with the previous couple to face off inside the octagon to determine who´s top dog and what they do to our bodies. 


In the blue corner, Sugar 

Pro´s: Sweet and petite, and pretty white. 

Cons: Increases body fat, rots your teeth, makes you age prematurely, increases diabetes and cancer and Alzheimer risk. Does not provide fuel for strength or endurance - and does not provide sufficient brain juice. 
Natures crack even makes you crave an endless array of more sugar when you eat it. That explanation comes down to our past cave men and hunter, gatherer lives - evolutionarily, our mesolimbic pathway reinforced that all the sweet things in nature provided a healthy source of carbohydrates (rich on easy to use energy and calories) for our bodies. While other taste sensations like sour meant far less desirable things. So, the more you eat, the more your dopamine and other neuro pathway signals needs to get triggered. 

Which, ultimately is why it is so easy for people to over eat on junk food and why it feels so hard for so many to eat less junk food, not to mention to keep eating healthy food and say no to cookies, ice cream, soda, candy and sweets. Another reason why it initially feels hard to cut down on junk food is that a lot of people tend to get depressed when they start eating less sugar. This is however just temporary, sort of like a crack addict suffering withdrawal problems. 

No, this is not just an issue for us Homo Sapiens, in a recent study, by Victor Mangabeira and colleagues, published in "Physiology & Behavior" it is reported that rats who had been trained to press a button to drink water, once exposed to sugar in the water pressed the button many more times than the rats that only had access to pure water. 


In the red trunks, Coffee 


Pro´s: Wonderful scent,toned, trimmed and athletic. and to boot, all pretty black. 

Coffee also provides wonderful warmth and real energy for mind, body, strength and endurance. 
It protects against cancer, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, diabetes and obesity. 
It aids your muscles and mind with real energy, creating a double whammy of good stuff for people that also keep physically active, all good and positive things for creativity, strength, fat burn and endurance. It is also a positive influence for your mood thanks to how it affects the production of some of our natural hormones, such as serotonin and dopamine. 

Coffee have also been shown to protect against Multiple sclerosis (MS) which is a degenerative neurological disease. 


Cons: It might make you sleep poorly if you drink it too late since it takes as much as 8 hours for coffee to lose its positive hold on your body. 


Mutual con
 

Yes, there is one mutual big disadvantage to both. 
The industry producing both sugar and coffee rarely takes care of the planet that provides their revenue, nor the health of their workers. 
But in both cases, we the consumers can of course demand far better behavior from the producers by the shopping choices we make. 


Conclusion


Skip sugar - always. 
And get down with pure black coffee 4 to 5 times per day :). And, if your sweet tooth crave a sweet sensation, try some organic honey in your coffee.

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2015-03-16 15:10:11 (15 comments; 9 reshares; 150 +1s)Open 

Saint-Barthélemy 1784
Slavery, Kings and Pirates - a look at just how far we have come in a little more then 230 years




230 years ago, the world was rife with profit-hungry entrepreneurs and the seven seas and all their shores lay open for the ambitious.

Beggars, pirates, warlords, priests, lords and Kings, they laid to waste and took with all their might. 


Yes, I know. By now you are thinking, well, dear Mike, is that any different from now? And in some ways, no, you are right dear reader. In some ways nothing much have changed, but gladly, the world is for all its remaining faults a far better and kinder place to live in today. 

Our world have slowly grown a conscious and just mind, and slowly the world is growing more responsible and equal and healthy, just not yet without its obvious to all speed bumps and beautysp... more »

Saint-Barthélemy 1784
Slavery, Kings and Pirates - a look at just how far we have come in a little more then 230 years




230 years ago, the world was rife with profit-hungry entrepreneurs and the seven seas and all their shores lay open for the ambitious.

Beggars, pirates, warlords, priests, lords and Kings, they laid to waste and took with all their might. 


Yes, I know. By now you are thinking, well, dear Mike, is that any different from now? And in some ways, no, you are right dear reader. In some ways nothing much have changed, but gladly, the world is for all its remaining faults a far better and kinder place to live in today. 

Our world have slowly grown a conscious and just mind, and slowly the world is growing more responsible and equal and healthy, just not yet without its obvious to all speed bumps and beauty spots. 

But for now, let us take a walk through 1784, the year that the land of Vikings laid claim to a beautiful little island called Saint-Barthelemy that soon would be a central point of evil and deranged profiteering of inhuman views and slavery. .



Kings and Priests - profit was their creed





Carl Adolf Carlsson, The Swedish island vicar, a good Christian leader of his flock had the following to say about the African slaves of that time ”negern sådan jag i Västindien haft tillfälle att observera honom är knappt till hälften människa, resten är apa och tiger.” Till och med djur skyr dem, negrer kan därför utan problem bada i hajrika vatten.”


Which when translated to English reads "The negro, as I have witnessed in west India, is barely half a human, and the remaining parts is surely ape and tiger. Even animals stay clear and the negro can therefore without problems swim in shark infested waters". 

Meanwhile, back in Sweden, the ruling king had made sure to collect 25 percent of the profit that the island and its slave trade would generate.


Now, in all honesty, while the island was an important part of the global Slave trade between America and Africa, Sweden itself only shipped about 0.14% of the unfortunate people that ended up being trafficked to America during more than 34 941 shipments. But that was of course 0.14% that should never have happened, just as how no one should, today, invest in bad health, inequality and fossil fuel. 



Slaves were, however expensive to own, but like all property today can be rented, so could yesterday's abused slaves. and on the island, it cost as little as 8 daler to rent one slave for a full month. Other inhuman aspects of life, 200+ years ago was that slaves could be burned, whipped, hanged and killed for pretty much anything that their owners decided.


Yes, there where rules and law that dictated how to treat a slave. And part  of that rule set included that a pregnant slave had to be laying face down on top of a hole in the ground when she was whipped.

Not in any way ment to protect her own health, but instead designed to protect the unborn child, since the child after all was considered the rightful property of the slave owner. 

The Swedish botanic Bengt ­Euphrasén described the process of whipping a slave in graphic detail. ”Varje slag smäller som ett ­pistolskott och stora skinn- samt köttstycken följa ofta med från kroppen.” 

In English: "Every lash of the whip sounds like if a pistol was fired, often resulting in big chunks of flesh and skin flying off the body". 


the end of slavery


The slavery on the island was put to an end, when Sweden, as the last of the European countries finally ended slavery in west India 9 October 1847. The remaining 523 slaves on the island was paid for by the Swedish state, since the poor slave owners of course had to be compensated for their loss of income - the youngest one, Rosalie, 20 days old, generated 19 daler for her owner. 

Today, slavery has been put to an end in most of the world (even tho some countries, like India still have millions of slaves, and others, like Saudi Arabia treats the female gender as something far less deserving than the male population). 

But as i write that, even if there were no slaves and no gender inequality, I, like many others would want to make the argument that underpaid and or unemployed people are today's corporate and national slaves, paying for their greedy masters profit with their own health and lack of fulfilling lives. 


And while it is not directly comparable, it too of course needs to change. But for now, we can all at least find comfort in knowing that as slow as it turns, the world do grow more intelligent and caring by age.

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2015-03-11 12:12:31 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

A healthy, fit and sexy active life
Quick Quinoa Recipe

I am re sharing this little recipe and post of mine i did for our website and +Your fitness tribe . Mixing it up is always nice and i´ve had months of my own nature and landscape photos now :)

And besides, spring is increasingly poking it´s loving head around the corner and with the warmth of sunlight, melting snow and cute little springy thingys growing out in nature. Isn't our own health and body worth a little spring cleaning too :).

Beautiful at 50

Before the delicious and easy to do recipe, a short real life proof of the benefits of adopting an active and healthy life style (even if that is just a little bit more healthy and active then before). At 48 years old, Salma Hayek is, like so many other girls and guys, without a doubt much better looking, sexy and healthy then she/theyev... more »

A healthy, fit and active life
Quick Quinoa Recipe

Before the delicious and easy to do recipe, a short real life proof of the benefits of adopting an active and healthy life style (even if that is just a little bit more healthy and active then before). At 48 years old, Salma Hayek is, like so many other girls and guys, without a doubt much better looking, sexy and healthy then she/they ever where as a 20 year old.

"I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga,” Hayek told Net-a-Porter's The Edit. “I was always borderline chubby, because I like my food and, frankly, I like my wine. I have to say, I’m pushing 50 but I feel great. I looked worse in my youth! I’m in good shape right now.”

in other words, girls and guys. Worry less about your age and just get going. The positive change always do come over time, no matter your age and current fitness/health level.

Quinoa Quick Recipe

Without further ado, A tasty and very quick to do Quinoa based meal with some whole eggs, fruit and berries thrown into the mix (for the tasty yum they provide as well as the health and fitness aspect). 

And as far as the animals (and products) go that all have a part in the meal you are now about to prepare. Pick (if possible) food from ecological farmers with free walking animals and less damaging productions (and healthier produce). There is no need for you or me or anyone else to support the less healthy, sordid and inhuman parts of the global food industry. So, if you have a choice and opportunity, shop with your brain, heart, and health.

Ingredients

4 Whole Eggs (Yolk and all, While some still believe that there is something unhealthy with the Yolk, it is by far the most nutritional part of the egg and, unless you have some medical issues, will only be beneficial for you). 
Quinoa (your preferred serving) 
Greek Yogurt (or another thicker and sugar-free yogurt if you so prefer) 
Handful of Strawberries 
2 Apples 
A teaspoon of Cacao 

Optional. 
1 tablespoon honey

How to

Mix the Honey and Quinoa and either Bake or Fry until ready. (Hey, I am free riding chef so as far as amount of time and stuff, that´s all up to you) 

Serve in a cup of Yogurt mixed with the Cacao and add the hacked and sliced Apples and Strawberries on top. 

Enjoy your Eggs on the side and serve with Milk from free walking cows or water or a delicious protein powdered drink :). 

Writer and chef: +Michael A Koontz 
Model: Salma Hayek at a beautiful and sexy hot 48 years old.
Photo: Nico, Net-A-Porter http://www.net-a-porter.com/magazine/287/10

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Quick Quinoa Recipe

I am re sharing this little recipe and post of mine i did for our website and +Your fitness tribe . Mixing it up is always nice and i´ve had months of my own nature and landscape photos now :)

And besides, spring is increasingly poking it´s loving head around the corner and with the warmth of sunlight, melting snow and cute little springy thingys growing out in nature. Isn't our own health and body worth a little spring cleaning too :).

Beautiful at 50

Before the delicious and easy to do recipe, a short real life proof of the benefits of adopting an active and healthy life style (even if that is just a little bit more healthy and active then before). At 48 years old, Salma Hayek is, like so many other girls and guys, without a doubt much better looking, sexy and healthy then she/they ever where as a 20 year old.

"I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga,” Hayek told Net-a-Porter's The Edit. “I was always borderline chubby, because I like my food and, frankly, I like my wine. I have to say, I’m pushing 50 but I feel great. I looked worse in my youth! I’m in good shape right now.”

in other words, girls and guys. Worry less about your age and a bonus wrinkle or two - they do not make you less wonderful, beautiful and sexually attractive and intellectually brilliant.


 So just get going. The positive change always do come over time, no matter your age and current fitness/health level. Age will forever be second fiddle to your own lifestyle choices, not to mention. Salma is not unique at all in looking way better and hotter (and being way more brilliant in mind and soul at 50 then 20).

Neither do we actually grow tired and creatively dull and life hating by age, all those things are all about life style choices too :).


Quinoa Quick Recipe

Without further ado, A tasty and very quick to do Quinoa based meal with some whole eggs, fruit and berries thrown into the mix (for the tasty yum they provide as well as the health and fitness aspect). 

And as far as the animals (and products) go that all have a part in the meal you are now about to prepare. Pick (if possible) food from ecological farmers with free walking animals and less damaging productions (and healthier produce). There is no need for you or me or anyone else to support the less healthy, sordid and inhuman parts of the global food industry. So, if you have a choice and opportunity, shop with your brain, heart, and health.


Ingredients


4 Whole Eggs (Yolk and all, While some still believe that there is something unhealthy with the Yolk, it is by far the most nutritional part of the egg and, unless you have some medical issues, will only be beneficial for you). 
Quinoa (your preferred serving) 
Greek Yogurt (or another thicker and sugar-free yogurt if you so prefer) 
Handful of Strawberries 
2 Apples 
A teaspoon of Cacao 

Optional
1 tablespoon honey (why not grow your own even)


How to


Mix the Honey and Quinoa and either Bake or Fry until ready. (Hey, I am free riding chef so as far as amount of time and stuff, that´s all up to you) 

Serve in a cup of Yogurt mixed with the Cacao and add the hacked and sliced Apples and Strawberries on top. 

Enjoy your Eggs on the side and serve with Milk from free walking cows or water or a delicious protein powdered drink :). 

Writer and chef: +Michael A Koontz 
Model: Salma Hayek at a beautiful and sexy hot 48 years old.
Photo: Nico, Net-A-Porter http://www.net-a-porter.com/magazine/287/10

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2015-03-04 08:29:53 (38 comments; 3 reshares; 153 +1s)Open 

earth hour 2015
the story of a little mouse that is living inside our walls


But before i hand you over to that little story. Which, when you think about it, ties in to Earth Hour too. Because Earth hour is not a fancy named one hour happening. It´s one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices and the consequences of our choosen way of life and how it impacts us all. Our individual health, the health and well being of our one giant planet, all it´s people and animals, the one air, sea, sun and sky that we all share in our mutual ecosystem.

From me, to you to the tiny little mouse that is living in our walls.
And that is why Earth Hour matters, not for that one hour per year, but for the inevitable change when every hour, all year round, every year for every human being is an on going, healthy and enjoyable Earth hour.

Andn... more »

earth hour 2015
the story of a little mouse that is living inside our walls


But before i hand you over to that little story. Which, when you think about it, ties in to Earth Hour too. Because Earth hour is not a fancy named one hour happening. It´s one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices and the consequences of our choosen way of life and how it impacts us all. Our individual health, the health and well being of our one giant planet, all it´s people and animals, the one air, sea, sun and sky that we all share in our mutual ecosystem.

From me, to you to the tiny little mouse that is living in our walls.
And that is why Earth Hour matters, not for that one hour per year, but for the inevitable change when every hour, all year round, every year for every human being is an on going, healthy and enjoyable Earth hour.

And now, the little mouse :).

The Mouse In our Wall
We play in the snow, under the shooting star





Told to you, as I once told, a mind and girly soul, so beautiful. 


Inside the walls of our homes, and lives. There are Undraped windows through which we see both in and out, and at night I look out and up with you. 
A shooting star stirs and moves the northern lights. Like a spoon through water, it moves before our eyes. Clear as day yet slightly obfuscated through the sheets of glass, the world is silent and it could be a dream as I witness the star cut through the puffy clouds. 

And at night. 
Some other times, there we are, walking through life's small moments and we are holding hands. 

Together, we stand outside having walked amongst the falling leafs and the subtle snow. 
Rain or sunshine matters not. 

Looking in, through the of night, all chilly frosty glass, the burning lamps the pleasant light and warmth that moves and lives inside. 
Is it empty we ask out loud, or is there someone looking out? Back at us. Do they hear our silent minds, can they feel our burning soul and warming hands. 

In between these two sides. Neither looking in or out. Or perhaps, they do them both all the time. 

There live a gnarly little furry mice that move about with his love and all their friends. 

At night, you can hear them talk and hug it out. They move, play and dart around, inside and outside the walls that people build. Sometimes they walk our floors, sitting near, our sleeping faces. 
We kiss and make a cute little snowy angel. Your arms whisp around and I kiss your pretty lips, yet again. 

And right there. In the corner of my eye. I swear the little mice sits right nearby. Looking out at us as we hug it out. 
And perhaps he too thinks the very same. Looking out and about, at us and all the shooting stars. 

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2015-02-26 11:30:55 (21 comments; 2 reshares; 68 +1s)Open 

The slow rise back to life of the Amur Tiger
Life in the Anthropocene Vol. 07



Before we start this short journey of ours through the elusive trails that the biggest wild cat, the Amur Tiger (also known as the Siberian Tiger, and more correctly Panthera tigris altaica) have left behind it in Russia and China I would like to make one thing perfectly clear.

 
The Amur Tiger is in no way back on safe land.


The sharp decline have slowed down, the poaching have been halted (for now). But it´s rise back to life and sustainable numbers is still a very ephemeral thing and the Amur Tigers survival is still 100% at the mercy of the human race. We put it at the brink of extermination and we are the ones that, once we came to our senses, managed to give it the tiny glimmer of hope and refugee that the species now, slowly is clawing it´s way backto... more »

The slow rise back to life of the Amur Tiger
Life in the Anthropocene Vol. 07



Before we start this short journey of ours through the elusive trails that the biggest wild cat, the Amur Tiger (also known as the Siberian Tiger, and more correctly Panthera tigris altaica) have left behind it in Russia and China I would like to make one thing perfectly clear.

 
The Amur Tiger is in no way back on safe land.


The sharp decline have slowed down, the poaching have been halted (for now). But it´s rise back to life and sustainable numbers is still a very ephemeral thing and the Amur Tigers survival is still 100% at the mercy of the human race. We put it at the brink of extermination and we are the ones that, once we came to our senses, managed to give it the tiny glimmer of hope and refugee that the species now, slowly is clawing it´s way back to. 


And in what can only be thought of as a slight twist of irony, for all his major faults and shortcomings as a human being and national leader when it comes to pretty much everything equal, healthy, peaceful and human rights related, today, the one man on Earth that has meant more for the Amur Tigers come back from the land of the dead is Russian leader Mr. Putin. .





The change started with Vladimirs personal interest





Due to human poaching, greed, illegal logging and other unsustainable industries and practices that ravaged mother Earth, human health and well-being as well as its prospering wildlife for mere profit in both Russia and China, the Amur Tiger was wiped out of existence in China more than 60 years ago.



And while the species managed to hang on to a thread and outsmart and survive the human onslaught in Russia, it´s numbers still dwindled down until just a few hundred Amur tigers remained alive in the wild. But as long as an animal species is smart enough to avoid all contact with us Humans and we don't destroy all of its habitat in our perpetual chase for more profit then, there is always hope for a better tomorrow. 

For the Amur Tiger (and the even more endangered Amur Leopard), that hope rekindled in strength when the Russian President Vladimir Putin took a personal interest in its future a few years ago. And since then, through a combination of securing vast areas of land upon which it can safely prowl as well as coming down hard on poaching and illegal deforestation, and protecting not just the Tiger, but also its prey, poaching have plummeted in a big way, and the decline of the Amur Tiger is now thought to have come to a halt, possibly even, that it has slowly begun to increase it´s numbers in Russia, as well as re-establishing its long lost habitat in China. 

It is as always near impossible to get an exact estimation of any wild animal population, let alone, a big cat as fierce and cunning at hunting and surviving and remaining out of sight as the elusive Amur Tiger.


 So the current Russian census, the first one since 2005 when it was estimated that only 450 Amur tigers remained alive in the wild, have a steep road ahead, but all signs do point towards the big cats breeding and hunting in safety, and as a result, both increasing its habitat and numbers. 

For the first time, last year, conservationists even managed to film a Siberian Tiger mother and her cubs inside of inland China where the species haven't been seen in the wild in more than 60 years.



The Long Road Ahead
Slow and steady, our hope continues to grow





While there is a long, long road ahead to safe land. And while the Amur Tiger, like so many other wild species today, might never again be able to co-exist with us human beings if we ever again lose our ways, there is hope.

Good hope even thanks to the hard work on both sides of the Russian and Chinese border to make sure that the Amur Tiger (and Leopard), as well as their prey and other animals in the region have a real future too in the wild. 

The north-eastern area of China where the tigers family where spotted is prime habitat for both Tigers and other species with tens of thousands of kilometers of untouched birch forest. Much of if still intact despite decades of previous large-scale commercial and often times illegal logging, which, together with the poaching is what once killed off the tigers in the area. 

Another positive change is that all the hard work in both protection as well as education and information slowly but surely is shutting down the market for fairy tale like products such as the Chinese traditional medicines, where the Tiger (and other endangered animals) are chopped up, ground down to powder and everything from the whiskers and eyes, bones and all other parts of the animal is made use of and served as a scientifically non-functional soup meant to boost virility. Or just displayed as high society status symbols and other meaningless trinkets. 

So yes, in this world of turmoil, there is good hope, peaking out through valleys of mist and untold wonders :).

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2015-02-12 12:01:24 (65 comments; 14 reshares; 362 +1s)Open 

the lost world, take III

and so
the world of many man slowly faded
from crowded streets
of cold and grim
back to sparkling
dreamlike
canopy

Not engulfed in russet flames
But soaked in
natures velvet
fists
And nursery

The compassion
of furry beasts
and abstract worn out
blankets of vibrant dust
and silenced colors

the sirens song
with sprouts from
Owls and Eagles
Their gratitude

Spread atop our emptied cities
the warming sun of this world
With walls that long
last crumble
Beneath the tigers child that
Roars again, at the ghosts
and ruins of absent man 

Where did they go
The
Wayward Sapiens

music of the day
Wherein Lies continue by Slipknotmore »

the lost world, take III

and so
the world of many man slowly faded
from crowded streets
of cold and grim
back to sparkling
dreamlike
canopy

Not engulfed in russet flames
But soaked in
natures velvet
fists
And nursery

The compassion
of furry beasts
and abstract worn out
blankets of vibrant dust
and silenced colors

the sirens song
with sprouts from
Owls and Eagles
Their gratitude

Spread atop our emptied cities
the warming sun of this world
With walls that long
last crumble
Beneath the tigers child that
Roars again, at the ghosts
and ruins of absent man 

Where did they go
The
Wayward Sapiens

music of the day
Wherein Lies continue by Slipknot
https://play.spotify.com/track/4nmXKnPOuMDVI8gVir3D9C

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2015-02-02 11:43:48 (45 comments; 30 reshares; 378 +1s)Open 

Workout inspiration - Morning walk, Back and mma hiit cardio
Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health



This workout happened during my relaxing and beautiful winter weekend, but hey, it´s perfectly doable for any Monday, or whatever day this week you feel like hitting those back muscles of yours.
 
Just keep on grinding that fit, active and healthy lifestyle of yours.

No matter, if like me, you are years into it, or if you are just starting your first, slow baby steps, it´s all about the longevity of your perpetual workouts and daily lifestyle choices . Day in, day out for the rest of your life. That is where you find your health and fitness improvements. 


Morning walk and MMA hiit cardio


No need to explain a morning walk, it is quite self-explanatory after all :). Just down your morning coffee and take a20 ... more »

Workout inspiration - Morning walk, Back and mma hiit cardio
Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health



This workout happened during my relaxing and beautiful winter weekend, but hey, it´s perfectly doable for any Monday, or whatever day this week you feel like hitting those back muscles of yours.
 
Just keep on grinding that fit, active and healthy lifestyle of yours.

No matter, if like me, you are years into it, or if you are just starting your first, slow baby steps, it´s all about the longevity of your perpetual workouts and daily lifestyle choices . Day in, day out for the rest of your life. That is where you find your health and fitness improvements. 


Morning walk and MMA hiit cardio


No need to explain a morning walk, it is quite self-explanatory after all :). Just down your morning coffee and take a 20 to 30 minute morning walk as early as possible in the day. It´s as much about the health (and minor body fat) benefits of the walk itself as it is about the health benefits of getting your daily dose of proper daylight early in the day. So just go out and do it. 

MMA hiit cardio however is my own label on this fun and intense martial arts based, cardio workout, MMA hiit cardio is all about you, and or your training partner, and a floor standing bag and then going all out explosive having some violent fun on the floor standing bag, kicking and punching in a pace that challenges YOU at whatever level you are at right now.


This is not meant to be a marathon, it´s not about getting in the way of maintaining or improving your strength and lean muscle mass, it´s about creating a sprint like cardio workout that aids you in burning body fat and maintaining or improving your lean muscle mass while also providing health and fitness improvements to your cardio performance. 

So, keep the pace high and intense, turn up the music and go all out crazy with kicks, punches, knees and elbows for anything between 5 to 15 minutes. I´ll talk more about how such a workout looks like later in February and various combinations and "sets". As you can see, i did this one together with my morning walk, but you can do it right after your back workout too if you so prefer. Just dont do it immediately before lifting weights if your goal is to become more fit and toned. 


music of the day while you are reading
Shedding skin by Pantera
https://play.spotify.com/track/3TUjBdbOLYP4J9BCiJLThY 



Later in the day
Killing your back 

Coffee and food and water and a few hours later in the day, it´s all about your big back muscles. While all muscles are important. If anyone would rate an individual's muscle groups from a health perspective, legs and back is what it´s all about. They are the biggest muscle groups and the ones that gives you the biggest health and fitness benefits if you keep challenging them on a weekly basis. A big, exhausting back (or leg) workout simply put challenges your entire body and pushes it to new strength, fitness and health levels.


Back workout
the beauty of challenging weights



My back workout consisted of 4 warm up sets and 12 kick ass heavy sets. 

I always start my back workout with 4 lower weight standing row, barbell, sets. In my case, lower weight is roughly my own body weight but your mileage might be different. Stretch and walk and drink some water in between sets. You are there to workout after all, not to sit around and socialize in between your sets. 


Back



Standing barbell row
4 warm up sets x 5 reps, @ body weight 

Sitting row
3 set x 10 - 14 reps @ 260lbs. (Dont overdo it, it, like every exercise should be explosive and heavy enough to really challenge you, but don't go so crazy that you destroy your lower back, it´s easy to get minor pain issues with our lower backs after a few years of training the wrong way) 

Standing row, barbell
3 set x 10 reps @ 297lbs + 5 reps of shrugs at the end of every set (i simply put enjoy adding these 5 bonus reps) 

Chins (also called pull ups)
3 set x 15 to 20 reps @ body weight. No need to worry if your reps is lower then mine, do as many reps as you can, and repeat three times. 

Shrugs, barbell
And finally, the last back exercise. Short, sweet and heavy, i love my back workouts :). 
3 set x 20 to 24 reps @ 485lbs 

Hoping that you had a great workout, enjoy your day and keep at it, tomorrow too :). 

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2015-01-21 12:28:00 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 83 +1s)Open 

the science of health
to go from age 30 to 80 years old, how does that affect your cardio, body fat and lean muscle mass?


Your fears are more likely then not saying that you will grow fat and tired while losing lean muscle mass in both body and mind, no matter what you do. Right?. 



Science will however,  say - no, that is not true



A healthy man (or woman) that is living a sedentary life (not being physically active in a daily physically challenging way by doing cardio and lifting weights week in week out) will indeed lose about 30% of his or her lean muscle mass going from a biological age of 30 to 80.  And the decline in cardio levels are even higher and more rapid.

But hold your horses and think about that for a while. 

music of the day
slipknot - wherein lies continueh... more »

the science of health
to go from age 30 to 80 years old, how does that affect your cardio, body fat and lean muscle mass?


Your fears are more likely then not saying that you will grow fat and tired while losing lean muscle mass in both body and mind, no matter what you do. Right?. 



Science will however,  say - no, that is not true



A healthy man (or woman) that is living a sedentary life (not being physically active in a daily physically challenging way by doing cardio and lifting weights week in week out) will indeed lose about 30% of his or her lean muscle mass going from a biological age of 30 to 80.  And the decline in cardio levels are even higher and more rapid.

But hold your horses and think about that for a while. 

music of the day
slipknot - wherein lies continue
https://play.spotify.com/track/4nmXKnPOuMDVI8gVir3D9C


30 percent is a big negative thing yes, but 50 years of sedentary life is even bigger. And did you really think that sitting still and avoiding all physical, daily challenges, for 50 years would not make anyone weaker, slower, less durable and more fat?

Of course, you did not. 

No one would for one second believe that anyone could get away with that.

So, let us not for a single second, confuse the effect that 50 years of sedentary life will have on any healthy person, with the hugely beneficial health and physical and emotional state the same individual would have - if they would, instead have chosen to spend those 50 years living a physically fit and active and healthy life. 



Truth is, that same healthy person can do the same 50 year journey from age 30 to 80 years of age, and if everything in life would have been the same way, except that he or she would be eating healthier and staying physically active on a daily basis, that person would instead find themselves either improving their lean muscle mass and cardio performance, or keep and maintain it. Or. at the very worst, they would lose a handful of percent instead of 30 and they would keep their body fat levels at their desired amount, as well as maintain or increase their cardio performance.

All depending on their starting point and level of "fit and active and healthy" daily lifestyle commitment of course. 


Short list of healthy, easy to do lifestyle choices you can start making today and keep on making for all of life


- Take a walk early in the day outside, for 20 to 30 minutes (we all need some daylight). 

- Eat more fruit and whole grains. Eat eggs, berries, peanuts, slow carbs and protein rich food like sugar-free yogurt, free walking chicken, and fish. 

- Avoid soda, sugar, additional salt, alcohol and red meat. 

- Avoid low quality, fast carbs but do not ever be afraid of carbs from fruit and berries. 

- Lift weights (roughly) 3 to 4 days per week. 

- Get up and move around for 5 to ten minutes every other hour or so during the day, don't sit still and do not stare at a tv or computer screen all day long without those small active breaks. Not taking those small breaks will hurt both your body, health and eyes. 

- Drink coffee but not after 17.00. (coffee is super for both your health as well as your workouts)

- Avoid smoking 

- Do yoga, dancing or martial arts (or similar high intense cardio workouts) one, two or three days per week.

- take a very high paced short sprint run 1 to 2 days per week
 
- Have as much yummy sex every week as you feel like, all of life (it isnt just fun, it also brings with it health benefits and allows you to maintain your sexual desire and performance).

 

And if keeping your body fat level in check (or reducing it) is a part of your fit and active, healthy lifestyle. Then, accept this simple reality. 



The quality of your food and physical activities matters the most for your health and fitness level. But if the quality is there and you already do cardio and lift weights week in week out. And you are still adding body fat - then eat less.


Your body will not be able to add or maintain it´s body fat level if you are working out and keeping physically active on a daily level and eating good quality food, unless you are eating too much. 



The saying holds true, enjoy using it or loose it, and it holds true for all aspects of our body and mind and health. 


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2015-01-18 13:26:54 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

photo of the day 18 Jan, 2015
photographer +Mike F Shaw 

Gorgeous work from Mike that manages to capture that very same and crucial essence of life, tomorrow, compassion and sanity in both visuals and words.

+ a bonus early bird 2015 poem from me lol, since i havent posted anything so far this year. and besides, this beautiful rhino and Mikes capture of him/her inspired me to dip my creative toe in the grand new that is 2015.



two little souls
was borne, a tiny few
apart
in space and time
they crawled into the light

two little souls
wild and free, bruised
and bumped upon
the shores and tiny little leafs

strawberries
sultry wet, the whipped cream stirred
and tasted
there was

a butterfly
and a tigers cub
on asteroids and sunshine beams

their... more »

Our Living History

Would we destroy building of historic interest?
Would we crash and ruin classic cars just for the sake of it?
Would we slash the old masters hanging in our museums?
Would we burn down the libraries containing the books of our nations?

If the answer is no then why do we insist on pushing the living history we have to the brink of extinction and beyond?___photo of the day 18 Jan, 2015
photographer +Mike F Shaw 

Gorgeous work from Mike that manages to capture that very same and crucial essence of life, tomorrow, compassion and sanity in both visuals and words.

+ a bonus early bird 2015 poem from me lol, since i havent posted anything so far this year. and besides, this beautiful rhino and Mikes capture of him/her inspired me to dip my creative toe in the grand new that is 2015.



two little souls
was borne, a tiny few
apart
in space and time
they crawled into the light

two little souls
wild and free, bruised
and bumped upon
the shores and tiny little leafs

strawberries
sultry wet, the whipped cream stirred
and tasted
there was

a butterfly
and a tigers cub
on asteroids and sunshine beams

their laughter
walked
danced while softly into the night
they kissed
and perfectly lived, bled and loved
hurt at times but often smiled

at rainbows and clouds
the fingertips of water and rain

an ocean of souls
one day 
finally met in
this changing sea of life
that always remains
shores forever still
so unexplored
yet


step by deliciously
infinite our
sensuous steps
always march into the
wonders of tomorrow

the fall of some is all
that is forever left behind in dust forgotten
kissed and lived
we

make love like 
one and many

entirely
and pleasantly 
perfect the stars
our past of moonlight gazed 
and caressed
the
feathers
and birds

unrestrained
freely adventurous and mutually
the string
of souls that is the
craft of orphaned humanity
only and truly
ever grows
in the
perpetual merger
of beauty strength
pleasure and joy that lay
in the progress
that is the rest of all our

life
enjoyed 

laughed forever more
as they kissed and made love
fucked and loved
like one that was forever 
much more


boundless and infinite
through space and time
we always build new snowflakes with our souls and kisses

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2014-12-26 09:29:42 (19 comments; 5 reshares; 143 +1s)Open 

From the Roman Saturnalia and the vikings yule to the Christmas Day truce of 1914 and all the way ´til 2014
In German the truce was called, Weihnachtsfrieden, and in French Trêve de Noël

Across the trenches where men from all sides dutifully had been killing each other for their leaders and their nations, at the eve of Christmas, from both sides, men laid down their weapons and for a few days, they laughed, shared coffee, played soccer and hurled snowballs at each other. I am sure, some even made a snow angel or two as french and English exchanged words and respect with germans. Not everyone embraced the spirit of christmas of course. Not because they did not believe in Santa claus or wished for christmas gifts of their own.

But, i of course dont think that anyone really cared about that in the christmas day truce of 1914, it was simply about being alive and enjoying andce... more »

From the Roman Saturnalia and the vikings yule to the Christmas Day truce of 1914 and all the way ´til 2014
In German the truce was called, Weihnachtsfrieden, and in French Trêve de Noël

Across the trenches where men from all sides dutifully had been killing each other for their leaders and their nations, at the eve of Christmas, from both sides, men laid down their weapons and for a few days, they laughed, shared coffee, played soccer and hurled snowballs at each other. I am sure, some even made a snow angel or two as french and English exchanged words and respect with germans. Not everyone embraced the spirit of christmas of course. Not because they did not believe in Santa claus or wished for christmas gifts of their own.

But, i of course dont think that anyone really cared about that in the christmas day truce of 1914, it was simply about being alive and enjoying and celebrating life and peace and each others right to exist and breath without fear of a bullet taking your day away. And so, for a few days mortal enemies celebrated christmas in the best possible way ever. They did it in peace and they they did it together with the very same people that they had tried to kill the day before, and soon would try to kill again. 


General Sir Walter Congreve

The English general, Sir Walter was not one of those that braved the chilly winter to come up out of the trenches and wine and dine with the German soldiers. No, he did not want to risk any german with such a high ranking goal, and while his men engaged in a game of soccer with the german soldiers, he actually plotted to find a german sharpshooter whom all by himself had killed so many English soldiers that the general did not believe that even a dozen of any other german soldiers combined would topple his kill count. So, according to the personal letters that he wrote himself, he instead used the christmas day truce to locate the sharpshooter. ^



“My informant, one of the men, said he had had a fine day of it & had smoked a cigar with the best shot in the German army, then not more than 18. They say he’s killed more of our men than any other 12 together but I know now where he shoots from & I hope we down him tomorrow. I hope devoutly they will.”



How that played out in the end, i do not know, just as i do not know which side won the various soccer games being played. But i do know that the very first german and English soldier that braved their life and rose up from their protected trenches to dare approaching the enemy,in that moment they gave every person no matter side the best christmas present ever. And they all, for a few days, truly understood what is meaningful in life. Taking a life never is, giving life, peace, freedom, rights, equality and a voice, however, always is. 

And no, the great christmas truce, was not a universal thing, it was not a giant cease fire for all. Which of course makes it even more remarkable and precious. It happened at some parts of the frontline, and it was individual people on all sides that created that peace, people, not nations and their stubborn leaders. Individual people dared the bullets and they created the real meaning of christmas right there in the flesh. 

Christmas is not about religion, as so many today would like us to believe. It is not a christian invention and it is not about holy men and jesus toddlers. Not that there is anything wrong with you celebrating christmas for those reasons.

Nor is it about richness, language or culture. Nor is it about Santa claus or shiny new playstation 4´s. It´s a world wide thing that has been enjoyed and celebrated for various reasons and in various ways for tens of thousands of years. The one central theme that actually matters tho is, the joy and celebration of life. Real life in the flesh, the only real one that we are all living and hopefully enjoying, in the flesh, right here and now.



From the romans and their Saturnalia, to the vikings Yule which lasted for a whole twelve days - a christmas tradition predating the "jesus xmas" by thousands of years. (and combined, the reason why. in the end, the christian christmas ended up also choosing Dec 24 as the day of celebration, it simply made it easier to sell christianity to the ungodly vikings and their European pagan brethrens and the equally pagan romans), From christians and the pagans. all over the world and time, Christmas have always been a celebration of the gift that is physical life. 

So whoever you are, wherever you are. I hope you had a wonderful one, and i hope that 2015 becomes a better year for you then it ever has been before.

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2014-12-19 08:47:27 (21 comments; 10 reshares; 159 +1s)Open 

and soon there will be, year 3 in the 697 olympic
but we thankfully call it 2015

And if you wonder why that is? Well the roman empire left after it a great many things. And one is the foundation for the calender that is today used by the majority of the worlds daily tongue and life.

Our current global calender took it´s first humble steps towards becoming a thing as early as BC46 when Julius Caesar (a kick ass roman guy and without a doubt my fav Roman emperor) decided that the out of whack seasons needed to stop.

The season where out of whack because up until that point the roman year had 354 days per year instead of roughly 365, so every year the seasons got a little bit more out of sync with nature (not that it´s helping us right now, but back then it did). So Good ol Julius added a bunch of days to that one year, and also decided that the roman empiren... more »

and soon there will be, year 3 in the 697 olympic
but we thankfully call it 2015

And if you wonder why that is? Well the roman empire left after it a great many things. And one is the foundation for the calender that is today used by the majority of the worlds daily tongue and life.

Our current global calender took it´s first humble steps towards becoming a thing as early as BC46 when Julius Caesar (a kick ass roman guy and without a doubt my fav Roman emperor) decided that the out of whack seasons needed to stop.

The season where out of whack because up until that point the roman year had 354 days per year instead of roughly 365, so every year the seasons got a little bit more out of sync with nature (not that it´s helping us right now, but back then it did). So Good ol Julius added a bunch of days to that one year, and also decided that the roman empire needed to start tracking the sun instead of Moon to bring the current and future seasons back in sync with mother nature.

In total he added 67 days to that year, making it the longest ever known year, in the history of man kind. And then, on Jan 1, BC 45 we had the calender we still use, and a year with 365 days per year (roughly). Yes, I know. Todays Gregorian calender is not really credited to old pagan roman emperors, but the gregorian calender, is like so many other modern things nothing but a careful iteration, and the foundation for what we have today can be found in what JC created back then.

No pesky back and forth discussions between opposing stubborn politicians about what needs to be done :).

But before the "julius" calender which we all enjoy. There where others too, for instance, the Greek calender which became a thing all the way back in 776BC. And the greeks, as the cool and combative people that they where decided that to keep track of pesky appointments we had to have proper physically enduring games (and boy, do we need that today at all work places). so they funded the Olympic games, and the first one became their year zero.

And so, by that old calender, 2015 is/would be called, Year 3 in the 697 Olympic.

But, no matter what version you prefer. Or where you live, or what culture you eat and what particles you breath.

Merry xmas and a jolly happy, better then ever 2015 to you all.

music of the day
in the end by Anthrax
https://play.spotify.com/track/0QxERGysNwumavN6oYBX6o

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2014-12-02 07:32:46 (11 comments; 10 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

war Of the worlds
xmas book present for you all

If you are in the moood for a good sci.fi book while you count down to xmas. a Norse View and 'the War of the Worlds' written by H. G. Wells to the rescue. And, yes, while our book reading site is pay walled, in the case you have already used up your own 2 monthly free reads, this is my personal xmas gift to you since clicking the link in this post will let you read this book free of charge.

So, happy reading, and happy counting down to xmas, and dont forget to let Santa know that Michael´s been a very good boy giving the entire world a book reading xmas gift =).

And if this sci fi book isnt of your liking, then perhaps Minority report, which we also just published, and which happens to be a more modern sci.fi tale then the "steam punkish" world of "war of the worlds" might be more your... more »

war Of the worlds
xmas book present for you all

If you are in the moood for a good sci.fi book while you count down to xmas. a Norse View and 'the War of the Worlds' written by H. G. Wells to the rescue. And, yes, while our book reading site is pay walled, in the case you have already used up your own 2 monthly free reads, this is my personal xmas gift to you since clicking the link in this post will let you read this book free of charge.

So, happy reading, and happy counting down to xmas, and dont forget to let Santa know that Michael´s been a very good boy giving the entire world a book reading xmas gift =).

And if this sci fi book isnt of your liking, then perhaps Minority report, which we also just published, and which happens to be a more modern sci.fi tale then the "steam punkish" world of "war of the worlds" might be more your cup of tea (personally tho i strongly feel that you should read both :P)

And funnily enough, Minority report, is of course, just like this book, another great sci.fi read turned hollywood blockbuster by Tom Cruise.

and yes of course, not to forget, there´s a photo or two of mine too from this autumn included in this beautiful and visual book read :).

Enjoy.

war of the worlds by h g wells
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2014-11-12 22:15:05 (58 comments; 17 reshares; 364 +1s)Open 

workout inspiration - healthy living
chest and abs + chins


When it comes to keeping healthy, fit and toned i have always maintained that something is always better then nothing. And that something should always be done as intense and challenging as possible. Simply put because your body and your health adapts to what you demand of it. Or if you so prefer to think of it as, what you give it. 

And now, if you are one of the many that feel like i dont have time, i would like to, but i just dont have time so i better sit here for 5 hours watching tv until i fall asleep. 

Binge watching game of thrones is perfectly fine. I do that too :).

But you should know that science has proven me right, and more then once, the latest is the findings that as little as 3 intense minutes per day actually improves health and body composition in big ways foro... more »

workout inspiration - healthy living
chest and abs + chins


When it comes to keeping healthy, fit and toned i have always maintained that something is always better then nothing. And that something should always be done as intense and challenging as possible. Simply put because your body and your health adapts to what you demand of it. Or if you so prefer to think of it as, what you give it. 

And now, if you are one of the many that feel like i dont have time, i would like to, but i just dont have time so i better sit here for 5 hours watching tv until i fall asleep. 

Binge watching game of thrones is perfectly fine. I do that too :).

But you should know that science has proven me right, and more then once, the latest is the findings that as little as 3 intense minutes per day actually improves health and body composition in big ways for otherwise out of shape and unhealthy living people. 

So no, i am not going to tell you to limit your active life style to 3 intense minutes 7 days per week. But what i am saying is that if you are really out of time and energy in your daily life, dedicate at least 3 minutes to going ape shit crazy intense with your body. And after 10 years of doing so (even better if you start training more over time, perhaps even training like me and my gf do ) you will thank me. 

music of the day
Sail into the black by Machine Head
https://play.spotify.com/track/0xqEVwFtWT6X7xN9VFGj4V


chest and abs + chins, the workout 

While doing my regular chest workout recently, it just felt way to good and kick ass, so for fun i ended up throwing in 3 super sets once i was finished consisting of hanging leg raises and chins. And while that of course have nothing to do with working your chest muscles, sometimes, mixing it up for nothing but pure fun and additional challenge is the small, out of place stuff, that keeps us fit and toned and healthy for decades upon decades instead of just a few months per year or in a far away distant past time. 

bench press

4 warm up sets, i normally do 5 reps during my warm up sets, but i am enjoying switching minor stuff up for the time being, so right now my warm up consists of 10 reps per set. 
5 working sets, 8-14 reps. As heavy i can go while keeping it intense and strict. The amount of reps is as many as i can do in that set, i simply dont have the strength for one more repetition, at least not that time and in that set. And the range of 8 to 14 is a good measurement for if the weight is to heavy or to light. 

incline bench press

5 set x as many reps as i could muster, 8 - 12 seemed to have been the range. I haven't done incline in quite a while so this too is a nice change of pace for me. And these two exercises are really all i need right now for my pecs. I am neither looking to improve my strength or size, for me it´s all about keeping fit and toned and healthy and if possible improve my toned state a little bit over the future years. But reality is, i am really happy with my current health and form, and pecs for me doesnt seem to need more to maintain or slowly improve strength and size. 

Hanging leg raises, super set with chins

3 set of each, around 10 reps per set for hanging leg raises and 15 to 20 reps per set for chins. 
Well, i was pretty dead tired on the final set so perhaps it only ended up being 12 or 13 reps, i dont really remember right now as i am writing this, but this is after all for your enjoyment, to serve as a slight workout inspiration thingy. Or to perhaps inspire you to start working out, even if that is as little as 3 intense minutes per day. 

cardio 

All rounded off with a 20 minute intense hiit mma workout. Nothing fancy, just me kicking and punching on a big floor standing sandbag while keeping a constant fluid movement going with my feets - and yes, just like i lift weights, i (and my gf) do this all out, intense and challenging. Just the way you should train too. 

And not to forget, the day started with a beautiful 20 to 30 minute morning walk outdoors once one to two cups of coffee had been devoured as the rejuvenating life saver that it is :)..

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2014-10-25 19:58:59 (11 comments; 2 reshares; 91 +1s)Open 

Tardigradous conversations with my gf
life in the Anthropocene Vol. 03

Outside the sun and the moon are both painting a very vivid and clear blue sky, sharing and moving across the very same canvas in broad daylight.

The light from the rising sun is sharp and beautiful today, perhaps not so much for a classically schooled portrait photographer, but the way it illuminates the branches and leafs, all the frosty still life caught in the breath of approaching winter.

There is only one simple word crafted to properly describe the natural scenery that lay unfolded before my eyes this morning.

Beautiful.

music of the day
Slipknot - Killpop
https://play.spotify.com/track/6AAZigYqOch79lKcrSBOv0

When i opened the door and stepped outside earlier today, i was greeted by the chilly touch of wintry air and in near silence.... more »

Tardigradous conversations with my gf
life in the Anthropocene Vol. 03

Outside the sun and the moon are both painting a very vivid and clear blue sky, sharing and moving across the very same canvas in broad daylight.

The light from the rising sun is sharp and beautiful today, perhaps not so much for a classically schooled portrait photographer, but the way it illuminates the branches and leafs, all the frosty still life caught in the breath of approaching winter.

There is only one simple word crafted to properly describe the natural scenery that lay unfolded before my eyes this morning.

Beautiful.

music of the day
Slipknot - Killpop
https://play.spotify.com/track/6AAZigYqOch79lKcrSBOv0

When i opened the door and stepped outside earlier today, i was greeted by the chilly touch of wintry air and in near silence.

For a second.
Or even for a few, the only thing heard was the crunchy sounds beneath my feets, from the tree squeaking in the boardwalk outside our bedroom as i stepped out of the warmth and out  to greet the frost and chill,.

The leafs and grass that broke instead of bend beneath my feets. 

And then, i noticed up  in our ancient and since long, giant pine tree that i could hear the chit chatter from the wild Squirrels that have laid claim to not just the surrounding forest, but our house as well.

They where probably wanting to know why i was up at this unusually early hour and perhaps they where trying to find out if i had considered how cold it had actually been for them during the night.

Yes, i am quite sure they scolded me for the past nights sub zero temperatures, telling me that i had to reimburse the poor Squirrels by hanging out food earlier this year then i did last winter :).

Well.

As a silent response to them ganging up on me, what they got, was to see how i went back inside, picking up my Nikon, and our 70-200 as well as the macro lens, stepping right back out in to the beauty of this frosty morning. With gloves on my hands and a jacket keeping me warm.

The Squirrels where now moving around high up in the tree and like it so often seems that truly wild animals somehow know when people are looking at them in ways they think is inappropriate, as soon as i zoomed in and started tracking them with the camera, they darted away, descending rapidly down the tree and branches.

Shouting out little words at me as they moved out on  a long branch and from there jumping through air to the next tree, one of our birch trees. I panned, zoomed, tracked and took a few clicks with the camera, not that i had any hopes of getting any photos in focus.

But the beauty of the frozen branches and the squirrels backlit by the sun as they wildly flew down the trees and branches, cascading little leafs in to the air as they moved like a desert storm through the frozen world, it was if nothing else a majestic view in all it´s simplicity, and a magical way to start our day. 

And if nothing else, i knew i wanted to try and capture one of those incredibly vivid little moments for my sleepy gf that was still on her nightly date with sandman, tucked away i am sure in a sultry and quite sensual dream. (well, what can i say, that is what i always hope she is dreaming of, naughty is fun after all :P)

No idea if i succeeded of course, the photos are importing to lightroom as i write these words. Well, not technically true, since what you are reading right now is of course a re telling, because these words where first told to my gf when she finally caught up to me and opened her beautiful sleepy head eyes.

Words that i told, as i kissed her sensual lips good morning, to paint a window back in time. Words and a gesture of love painted against the backdrop of lifes very own slice of grandeur that in all it´s little moments played out this morning when i stepped outside. 

And is that not what love actually is.

The vibrant beauty and raw unpolished positivity, lust and energy of life itself.

The very best that life is, all by itself, as wild and free as nature itself, a wild tree, never stuck in place, but instead growing and running wild amidst the frozen lakes and soaring eagles, untangled, untamed, wild, gentle, rough, naughty, sweet and soft and fluidly vivid.

It just is, perfectly as it is. Ment to be unrestrained, unchanged. Marvelled at and enjoyed for what it is, and not what flawed people desperately try to sculpt it to be in vain. It simply is and it cant be denied or changed, it can be bumped and bruised, and people can flee from it, but it cant be altered or contained.

Well, life and love and people, to me is a marvellous creation, walking hand in hand just as it is, never more and never less, and on mornings like this one, you have to wonder how anyone could ever not understand and love the entire nature of that "beast" that is life and love and people..

But then again, as a species we also walk hand in hand with our flaws and while our flaws are most of the time as beautiful as our very best parts, some people are a tad lost and would happily punch the nuke earth and all people button, over and over again and again.

No matter if it is something as natural and easy as love and life and sexual fulfillment, desires and real needs, heck as a world spanning species we cant even properly share things or acknowledge simple reality.

That too is true, but it is just one aspect of this wonderful life and planet. And like night and day needs each other. The bad in life and the bad people dont ever make life shine less.

It do create some interesting, and sad, facts of life.

And as a result, today we have a world where hunger still affects 850 million people around the world.

All while, if you feel like being a bit tongue in cheek. 1.46 billion people are a little bit more then casually overweight. Add to that, that perfectly fine food for hundreds of millions, even billions get´s thrown away year in year out.

But we also have a beautiful world, where each year, equality grow a bit stronger.

Where the knowledge that what we actually need is a more humane world, a healthy and sustainable world keeps growing stronger. Heck, even the pope and co have started to realize that the world need a more humane world and less abuse and judgmental views that, de facto only diminish life instead of making it more.

We are also living in a day and age where we break barriers like never before. The promise of clean energy grows stronger and closer every day.

And while we and our lineage have, for millions of years been earth bound, we now might just be decades from colonizing other planets for the first time as well as mining asteroids in space.  And to enjoy taking the mile high club to never before seen heights and places.

Today.

People that are choosing to live healthy lives have never before aged in such a graceful, healthy and young way. And that too just keeps on improving. Providing people with healthy, long, adventurous and fulfilling life´s decades after previous generations where all used up, dead and buried.

We also have people rocketing through space, skydiving from the black void up there, just like Eustace did just recently, when he began his dive from an altitude of 135,908 feet (41,424 meters) and remained in freefall for about four-and-a-half minutes. Before opening his parachute he had maxed out at a top speed of 1,320 kilometers per hour (822 mph).

Today, same sex couples are allowed to be married in more places and countries then ever before. Females are considered to be equals to men in their needs, sexually, emotionally, intellectually in more places and mind´s then ever before.

Not only are both genders considered equals but girls are allowed to say both yes and no, to every aspect of life, love, sex and relationships.. Well, not every where and not in every mind, but in a growing number of healthy and sane people (and countries)

Solar and other sustainable technologies are not feverish made up dreams of promise anymore, but actually fully working technology that rapidly improve. And so forth.

Yes our world still have lot´s of issues, way to many even.
But they are shrinking and rapidly so. But sure, there are still abusive and backwards people, insane or just confused or evil, call them what you want.

Our species and planet is still plagued by people that are stubbornly working against all those sane and wonderful changes, trying in vain to dial back the clock to a more unequal, unhealthy and sad period of time without real rhyme and reason or empathy and fulfilling pleasure for all. Some even maintain that women cant legally drive a car.

But you know what, let them waste their own life away, fading away in the light of the inevitable promise that is the future.
.
You cant stop the ocean from moving, it always carve it´s own way through time, and so is fortunately life on Earth doing to, always improving.

Life is wonderful, and so are you, so make it more.

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2014-10-17 21:56:22 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 108 +1s)Open 

wings of a raven, chapter 03
charcoal eyes

Outside the sun was sparkling bright as the rays of light bounced around on the frosty surface of crunchy leafs and grass. Branches turned to popsicles on the barren trees that guarded the streets, a long, straight line of ancient forests, standing guard along the sidewalk

The waitress looked outside the floor to ceiling windows as she reached without thinking for the big cup of coffee, like a trained robot her delicate fingers put the cap on top and with a smile she handed one giant, cup of black coffee over to her customer.

music of the day
Machine Head - Descend the shades of night
https://play.spotify.com/track/1Btj1Z4nVMS7nqTCa2ylEf 

The door opened with the familiar digital beep as the customer nodded and turned towards his table.And through it the tunes of street music launched it´sa... more »

wings of a raven, chapter 03
charcoal eyes

Outside the sun was sparkling bright as the rays of light bounced around on the frosty surface of crunchy leafs and grass. Branches turned to popsicles on the barren trees that guarded the streets, a long, straight line of ancient forests, standing guard along the sidewalk

The waitress looked outside the floor to ceiling windows as she reached without thinking for the big cup of coffee, like a trained robot her delicate fingers put the cap on top and with a smile she handed one giant, cup of black coffee over to her customer.

music of the day
Machine Head - Descend the shades of night
https://play.spotify.com/track/1Btj1Z4nVMS7nqTCa2ylEf 

The door opened with the familiar digital beep as the customer nodded and turned towards his table.And through it the tunes of street music launched it´s assault, like a hymn of madness and pulsating life she could hear "Machine Head" churning away the nine minutes long "Wolves" and for a moment her spirit lifted and a sense of elated joy took hold of her mind and heart, dancing and moving with the wild chugging of music as she handed the next customer their cup of coffee. Customer number 47 she thought to herself and with a chuckle she thought of the never ending line of coffee being handed out as a string of pearls and swines romping around the globe, never ending, always growing the line of pearls and swines danced through life.

One black
 cup of coffee and a smile please


Her mad thought bursted out in a spontaneous laughter, almost making her spill the warm coffee all over her petite and sensually shaped feminine hands and sculpted nails.

A voice pulled her back to the room, and there he was "One black cup of coffee and a smile sweet girl", She smiled a real smile this time, from her toes all the way to the beautiful caramel chocolate colored eyes. "Coming right up boy". They had known each other for more then three years by now. An instant and magnetic attraction on all levels, sexual, intellectual, emotional and more. Something about him made every fibre of her being come alive.And not just in that familiar sexually loaded way, but she felt at ease. Alive and burning bright, happy, thrilled, turned on, calm, at home and wild, tamed and set free, all at the same time. 

No matter what they talked about, no matter what they did or how her day had unfolded otherwise, his presence was ever there, in spirit, mind, body and soul, even when he wasn't physically around. 

Haha, it is pure madness she thought, but oh so wonderful and unlike anything she had ever experienced before. And most remarkably of it all was that she knew that it was entirely mutual. She had always known that, long before the first kiss ever happened. 

As he took the cup of coffee their fingers touched and a jolt of pure happiness and raw, unadulterated passion surged through them both. With eyes all sparkly from the smile he felt inside he let his fingers trail hers for a brief moment as he whispered, "tonight?". Just as she was about to nod with anticipation, the radio buzzed to life all by itself and a scratchy old sounding recording full of static and noise, screeched out 

"A canvas tent, close flapped and secure was erected and inside the tent a fire started…Fitting a big canvas affair that had the appearance of a diver's helmet on the head of "Big Chief" Mason, a full-blooded Indian from the Walpole Reservation, Canada, Charles P. Salan, then sent the Indian under the flaps into the smoke filled tent. The smoke was thick enough to strangle an elephant, but Mason lingered around in the suffocating atmosphere for a full twenty minutes. He came out of the tent 'as good as new'"



They simultaneously laughed, as their eyes still held each others gaze, and the customer right behind her boy, looked just as surprised, as he spoke - "That was odd?, I have been buying my morning joe from you for years and i´ve never heard even a beep from that radio before? Did you fix it". 

No she replied, that was truly odd, odd but funny, i thought that old relic was dead and buried since long. A well, i guess, everyone and everything has a last hurrah in them. 
The man nodded back, "I think you are damn right about that, we all have a final hurrah, yes we do". 

And as abruptly as the broadcast had started, the radio went dead silent with a final eruption of white noise reaching out of it´s vintage internals, and with the sound, the electrical light that had jolted back, illuminating it´s dials once again, like in yesteryears, faded out to black as well. As if a ghost of electricity had turned around in it´s deep sleep, awoken for a brief second before the mythical ghost of sandman once again pulled the blanket over it´s slumbering face..

read the first three chapters at our 4k friendly book reading website/platform

http://www.anorseview.com/?q=wings-of-a-raven-shortadventures-beneaththestarry-dome

The original version of this photo is another one which i shot and turned in to a once in a life, high res metal print, as a part of my gf´s birthday present.


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2014-10-10 09:09:02 (35 comments; 6 reshares; 216 +1s)Open 

Seasons of life

in the dark tranquility
winter builds without an end
it 
nears the corner of tomorrow 
like a howling wind and avalanche 
that builds and slowly turns 

unleashed from within 
winters subtle embrace 
Like touches upon your bare skin 
from the warming snow of mother earth 
wind swept, freefalling 
we tumble
down the flowing hills 
beneath
the starry skies of northern lights 

warm breath 
and melting snow 
embrace 

inside every flake 

a kiss 
right beneath your ear 
the tingle 
and whisper in the 
covenant of night and day 
that never ends 

inside 
out 
Our hot chocolate and sultry 
dressed high priestess 
we undress 
the sensuous cup of life 

we crave and takedelight 
drink the li... more »

Seasons of life

in the dark tranquility
winter builds without an end
it 
nears the corner of tomorrow 
like a howling wind and avalanche 
that builds and slowly turns 

unleashed from within 
winters subtle embrace 
Like touches upon your bare skin 
from the warming snow of mother earth 
wind swept, freefalling 
we tumble
down the flowing hills 
beneath
the starry skies of northern lights 

warm breath 
and melting snow 
embrace 

inside every flake 

a kiss 
right beneath your ear 
the tingle 
and whisper in the 
covenant of night and day 
that never ends 

inside 
out 
Our hot chocolate and sultry 
dressed high priestess 
we undress 
the sensuous cup of life 

we crave and take delight 
drink the light of sun and rays 
on winters snow, the sparkling flakes and light 
a sense of dew, right before a lions roar 
it turns to brightly 
erupting ice 

cascades that dance 
on the tip 
of our tongue, all wet and moist 
it melts and slowly flows 
across 

a reminder of my touch 

Soon to melt and stir 
your dew with tongue 
and fingers 
as the day once more 
And forever
perpetually breaks, 

it sees us 
once again 
walk the meadows 
of the wild not forgotten 
like the spring and winters seasons 
a snake that gives birth to time 
our circle goes, for all of life 

without
outside restricting minds 

as we dress and undress 
in life´s beautiful light 
we float together
by the tides of
this ephemeral life.

happy bday sweet daisy


website version
http://www.anorseview.com/?q=ephemeralbeauty-ofperpetuallife

Music of the day
Machine head - Now we die
https://play.spotify.com/album/1vwC74NCHZjWWEDKcQut9c

Grow a brain - the state of the world

As of September 22 787 Rhinos had already been illegally killed in South Africa during 2014, to sustain the need for superstition and meaningless trinkets on display amongst the wealthy and selfish.

The price for raw Elephant ivory in China was $2,100 per kilogram. and that better then gold economy is of course the primary reason why more then 100 000 Elephants have been illegally killed in just 3 years.

Dont turn a blind eye to injustice and stupidity people, no matter if it is about equality and sexual pleasures, the environment, your income, same sex rights or wildlife. Things improve as we shine a light on what is wrong, and for every year there are less things wrong in this world. So keep on talking, keep on thinking and keep on growing as human beings, enjoying this ephemeral life.

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2014-09-19 10:10:18 (23 comments; 11 reshares; 231 +1s)Open 

Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)
140 million stars centering one massive black hole, the size of 21 million suns combined

Outside of our perfectly manicured garden, wild tigers and other felines roam about in the wild unknown, sometimes you might feel or hear them, invisible but ever present, and at even rarer times, life smiles at you and gift you with the opportunity of their beauty to grace your eyes. Visible or not, you always know that they, just like wild brown bears and the shy wolf and wolverine, the hawk and the eagle are always there. Watching, learning, waiting, living their life, equally curious about you as well as cautious.

Just like your fellow human beings never vanish just because they are temporarily out of sight.And up there in the sky. The sun and the moon do the same dance, from dawn to dusk, through all of man kinds history. Living life´s of... more »

Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)
140 million stars centering one massive black hole, the size of 21 million suns combined

Outside of our perfectly manicured garden, wild tigers and other felines roam about in the wild unknown, sometimes you might feel or hear them, invisible but ever present, and at even rarer times, life smiles at you and gift you with the opportunity of their beauty to grace your eyes. Visible or not, you always know that they, just like wild brown bears and the shy wolf and wolverine, the hawk and the eagle are always there. Watching, learning, waiting, living their life, equally curious about you as well as cautious.

Just like your fellow human beings never vanish just because they are temporarily out of sight.And up there in the sky. The sun and the moon do the same dance, from dawn to dusk, through all of man kinds history. Living life´s of their own no matter if we see them or not.

And far beyond our moon and the sun. Other galaxies roam about, building little birds nests and mountains of space dust. A sea of wild flowers growing in the light of another star, unknown, unseen by our eyes, but always there.

In one such galaxy, called M60-UCD1 (such a sexy name, right?) in the center of what actually is quite a tiny galaxy, relatively speaking it is tiny for a galaxy, a giant black hole whirls around, spinning in the center like a magnetic wheel holding it all together, in total, this black hole, holds the same mass as 21 million Suns combined together.

music of the day
Prayer of the refugee by Rise against
https://play.spotify.com/track/0nRauaGzlpH62t9bAnfv12

21 million suns merged together? think about that for a second or two as you down your cup of black coffee.

And if you think that is an incredible number all by itself (and it is), unfathomable even, then consider for another second as you take a bite of your breakfast sandwich - butter, Cheese and tomatoes? (if not, that is a delicious way to eat a sandwich).

The closest neighbour galaxy to M60-UCD1 has a black hole that holds the mass of 4.5 Billion suns joined together. And some scientists are starting to think that these two massive black holes and their entire surrounding galaxies are about to join forces.

Not that it actually matters right here and now, not this little friday at least, not for us. But it´s still an amazing thing, all the life that keeps on ticking, living, growing, being and enjoying life as it is, no matter if we see it or not.

have a great weekend everyone. 

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#blackhole  
#floralfriday  
#photography  
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