Happy Easter!

April 20th, 2014 on 13:58

Happy Easter y’all!! :)


Safety Instructions

April 19th, 2014 on 23:58

I flew back to NL today and had a chance to enjoy the standard safety drill that the flight crew provides.
A pretty boring and routine experience…unfortunately not as entertaining as the one provided by the South West purser below…LoL :)
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QOTD April 19 2014

April 19th, 2014 on 9:51

Benjamin Disraeli: “Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.”

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Cutting wood

April 18th, 2014 on 23:58

Living in Norway, wood plays an important role; most houses (except those in the main cities) are made of wood, and fireplaces use wood to heat up the house during the cold winter months. Besides that, there are a shitload of trees in this country, making nature here an absolutely stunning experience! If I would have the time and the talent, I would chop down one of those trees and start wood carving…why? Well, why not? The result can be amaaaazing!!

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so the picture below is just the start (‘the’ tree), just click this link for the full article and let yourself be surprised with the end result…WoW!

Viralnova.com: “One tree, four years of work and an indescribable amount of talent: that’s what it took to create this incredible masterpiece. A famous Chinese wood carver chopped down a single tree and tirelessly worked on it for over four years to make this piece. Your jaw will hit the floor when you see what he created.”

QOTD April 18 2014

April 18th, 2014 on 10:41

Tony Blair: “The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”

Smile of the Day: Creating a Password

April 17th, 2014 on 22:53

Creating an acceptable password can be quite frustrating; trying over and over again, and if you’re unlucky you have to re-enter most other details too, pffffff!



QOTD April 17 2014

April 17th, 2014 on 10:04

Confucius: “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

QOTD April 16 2014

April 16th, 2014 on 8:33

Rod Steiger: “The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame.”

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QOTD April 15 2014

April 15th, 2014 on 8:30

Victor Hugo: “What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!”

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QOTD April 14 2014

April 14th, 2014 on 10:09

Malcolm Forbes: “Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always make you less than you are.”

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QOTD April 13 2014

April 13th, 2014 on 13:01

Stephen King: “You can’t deny laughter. When it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.”

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QOTD April 12 2014

April 12th, 2014 on 13:44

Winston Groom: “My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

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QOTD April 11 2014

April 11th, 2014 on 10:24

T. S. Eliot: “Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel.”

QOTD April 10 2014

April 10th, 2014 on 10:43

Randy K. Milholland: “In the end, you’ll know which people really love you. They’re the ones who see you for who you are and, no matter what, always find a way to be at your side.”

2.5 minutes

April 9th, 2014 on 23:49

When I was young I often played the ‘game’ of holding my breath for as long as I could (not to be confused with the Choking game, in which one intentionally cuts off oxygen to the brain with the goal to faint/pass out, uhhh WTF?!).

From what I remember I could easily do one minute, but hardly managed to reach two minutes. This week, yeeeeeeeaaaaars later :) , I tried it again with a surprising result; 2.5 minutes!! It was just a dry-run without any ‘practice’ and it felt as if I still could go on for some time, huh?! I actually didn’t dare to hold my breath any longer as I expected that I could harm myself (O2 is kind of important eh :) )…I did some more reading on the topic and I believe it should be fine for sub-5 minute times; the current world record is 11m35s (and 22m32s when pre-breathing 100% oxygen…via WikiPedia).

The most dangerous problem with breath holding is (surprisingly?) not related to oxygen (your body has plenty of that in reserve), but related to the buildup of carbon dioxide which acidifies the blood, and THAT is an issue (understatement :) )…I guess I should not take this ‘game’ too lightly, though some controlled training techniques and safety precautions should make it possible to increase the amount of time I can go without breathing… :)

How long can you hold your breath???

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QOTD April 9 2014

April 9th, 2014 on 12:44

Takayuki Ikkaku, Arisa Hosaka and Toshihiro Kawabata: “Eye contact is the best accessory.”

QOTD April 8 2014

April 8th, 2014 on 15:42

Walt Whitman: “Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.”

QOTD April 7 2014

April 7th, 2014 on 15:11

Aristotle: “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

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QOTD April 6 2014

April 6th, 2014 on 15:06

Whoopi Goldberg: “I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities.”

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QOTD April 5 2014

April 5th, 2014 on 12:31

Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice.”

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QOTD April 4 2014

April 4th, 2014 on 15:49

Captain J. A. Hadfield: “This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.”

Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (Tonight Show version)

April 3rd, 2014 on 23:59

One of the best rap songs of all time, Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang, got a makeover done by the crew from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. A years worth of footage of NBC anchor Brians Williams comes together better than you might think…(OMG, can you imagine being assigned to make this clip?? :) )

Back in 2009 I posted an alternative version, for all of you who enjoy rollerskating babies! :)

And, if you want to hear the full – close to 15 minute (!) – version; check out my post from November 2008 (way before I tagged these kind of posts ‘Song of the Day’ which it obviously was :) )


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QOTD April 3 2014

April 3rd, 2014 on 11:10

Jewish Proverb: “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your mouth.”

Dutch Club Oslo, finally

April 2nd, 2014 on 23:56

For some time now my dutch friends in Norway asked me to come to the monthly gathering of the Dutch Club Oslo (Nederlandse Club Oslo) and for the past two years I unfortunately have not been able to come; I either was not in Norway, OR Misha was with me and even though he is a big boy now, I obviously stay home when he is here. :) Today both of those reasons were not there so I was able to meet fellow cheese heads! Nice talks with loads of new people to get to know better…so, see y’all new month! :)

QOTD April 2 2014

April 2nd, 2014 on 13:23

Miriam Beard: “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”