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  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Homo Sapiens, the mutant child and our planetary surfboard on which we surf the Universe. Updated June 2017.

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    We surf across a sea of gravitational waves.
    contemporary life & science is our own art



    Planet Earth. Our bluish marble of brown and green.
    Apex species. Planet Earth is inhabited by a rapidly evolving and diverse humanoid species which as this planet's current primary apex predator is actually made up by a wide range of multiple hominid species mutually forming it's diverse genetic origin and lineage.
    Mutant name. Contemporary humans.
    Planetary trajectory, unknown.
    The entire planet, solar system and milky way galaxy dart and weave, jump and spin all over the place inside the known universe. It might feel as if it is this solid zen-like teacup of calmness, but in reality, it is constantly changing shape and form, mass, speed, and trajectory.
    The speed of planetary travel can be measured as millions of kilometer per hour. ( Not millions actually, just 828,000 kilometers per hour to be exact )

  • Science: The Euphoric Flight of Creativity and what hides inside our mind.

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    The Essence of Creativity, Hides Inside our Minds
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    The Cerebellum inside our individual selfs will dance its 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 its small size (The Cerebellum makes up about 10% of homo sapiens total brain volume) commandeering the majority of our brains neurons.

  • Autumn Serenade, October Day II. In the year 4.5 Billion, A healthy body & mind conquers the mountain.

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    Autumn Serenade and my October Hike
    The calming beauty of a fit and healthy Life



    Waking up to a freshly minted Autumn day, a slight touch of frost on the windows and a beautiful sun painting the auburn colored landscape that is waiting. Right there on the other side of the sheets of glass that bends light and offers a surface for water and air, warmth and cold to mix and match and play catch with each other.
    Transforming the same entity from juxtaposing but equally natural and connected states.
    A quick and nourishing breakfast, consisting of black coffee, Greek yogurt, some whole grains, an apple or two, a banana, water and a couple of fresh tomatoes and some protein powder mixed with the yogurt and whole grains. My camera is already fully charged, lenses are waiting in the backpack and a big bottle of fresh tap water.

    And off I go.

  • The Great Dane Chronicles by Andy Seliverstoff. Art & Culture and really big dogs.

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    A slice of Big Dog Chronicles
    Arts & Culture in the Anthropocene



    At times in life, there comes a moment when all we really need is to look at something that comes loaded with the inherent power of captivating our gaze and attention.
    And as such, today I turn you over to the 'Great Dane Chronicles' project by visual artist Andy Seliverstoff. Make sure to also head on over to the project website and perhaps even order your own printed book.
    But before you do, enjoy a moment with these enchanting big dogs and the magic we can find in their natural connection with a bunch of little people.

  • Life is your art: a beautiful B/W thunderstorm timelapse video called 'Pulse', produced in 4K by Mike Olbinski.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    a black and white thunderstorm



    The work and art is all mother nature and Mike Olbinski´s doing so I will let his own word speak, enjoy the watch.
    "For quite a few years now I've been wanting to do something different with my time-lapse films. I love color. Storms are full of color. The blues, the greens, the warm oranges and reds at sunset. The colors are sometimes what make a simple storm into something extra special.
    But black and white speaks to my soul. I love it. There is something when you remove the color that lets you truly see the textures, movement and emotion of a storm."

  • A hike through the birth of a new year and the turning of pages in life´s tardigradous conversations.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    the birth of one more year

     

    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 are the colors that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

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

  • year 5 in the 697 Olympic and our winter solstice. Life amongst snow & flowers.

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    year 5 in the 697 Olympic
    and our winter solstice
    life amongst flowers.

     

    Today we witnessed the sun at its lowest flying point of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, a glorious day called winter solstice. It is a juxtaposing day of newborn light and hope as well as the darkest day of the year with the shortest amount of daylight to be seen and felt. Well, in some places there is, of course, no daylight at all.
    Here in the Arctic, in the northern winter realms, the thing we call the polar night is in full swing this time of the year and the sun will not reappear in a real and proper way until 2017 have properly taken hold.

  • Armillaria ostoyae and the ephemeral size & life of the Universe. Science light article.

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    Everything living continually evolves
    even the blanket of life we call the universe





    As my readers well know, the universe is in constant flux. Stars and planets, black holes and moons, they give rise to new babies, they kill, devour, swallow and merge. What once was, might tomorrow be something entirely new. The stars we look up at during night actually move, they dimm, they grow bright, shape and mass will change, they multiply, divide, shrink and die. Add to that our ever growing scientific understanding of life and the universe.

    Recently we realized that the universe we can see have trillions of more galaxies than we had previously understood.

  • October 10, a misty sunshine morning down by the lake. A perfect slice of life as told in a slightly mature and NSFW short story.

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    October 10, morning by the lake
    Our rowing boat and the white-tailed eagle

     



    As life progress across the expanding space that is time and the growing universe, it touches each and every one of us.
    Changing us from the inside out, simultaneously and incrementally steering a continual change in both the largest and smallest of ways.
    This gradual transformation caused by life and your own actual needs and healthy choices, is as wonderful as it is taken for granted, but in truly rare everyday life moments, as life reach out to touch you as you cast yourself out to enjoy the untamed and never ending torrent that is life, something remarkable sometimes happens and in those moments you and life find yourself mixing and merging to change the wild waters of the entire universe through that very same unilateral and symbiotic touch.

  • Cancer and mortality and age related decline when living a sedentary life Vs a fit and active lifestyle.

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    Reducing cancer risk by keeping fit and active
    Your Fitness Tribe

     



    Researchers recently found that a high level of cardiorespiratory activity was linked to a much lower risk of lung and colon cancer in middle-aged, and older men. Unrelated of age, both men, and females diagnosed with cancer also lowered their risk of dying if they maintained or started to do a high(er) level of fitness.

  • The wild animals we live and work with in mutual symbiosis. African honey hunters and the honeyguide bird

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    Mutual symbiosis
     Wild animals and Homo Sapiens
    The Science of a healthy life



    Once, we hunted with wild wolves. Not from domestication or forced cooperation. But instead, humans and equally wild wolves formed a natural and mutually beneficial symbiosis between two predatory species. Just as how we and wolves, once hunted together with wild ravens in the cold north. Fast forward to 2016, and this natural evolution that at times have allowed humans to work together with wild animals have given us another wonderful cross species partnership.

    This time, the greater honeyguide bird species and human honey hunters in northern Mozambique, Africa are the ones that work in tandem to conquer the sweet treasures of African bees. And unlike so many other animal/people relations, this is a real partnership benefitting both species equally much and initiated by the birds as often as it is by the human honey hunters.  

  • Photography: Video review, Nikon D500 by Steve Perry

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    Video Review, Nikon D500
    The Science & Art of photography



    In short: This is a wonderful video review of the newly released Nikon D500 dslr. Comprehensive, to the point and made with both passion and knowledge. It is not about test charts but about all the things that actually matter for a real photographer out in the field doing real work ( or art ). The spoiler verdict is that the Nikon D500 ends up being more or less called Nikons best wildlife camera to date, not perfect but the best one yet unless you absolutely do need the small but real ISO advantage of the Nikon D4 and D5.

  • Photography: Short video regarding the new Nikon D500

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    Nikon D500 Video
    The Science of a creative life



    One minute video taking a look at the new Nikon D500 and how it holds up as the presumably class leading Dx camera. In short: Great Af, Body build, Iso, Image quality, burst performance and Dr.

  • Mike Koontz, a Norse author and visual artist living a fit and healthy active life.

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    Arctic Sunrise - Year 4.5 Billion
    Life is your art

     

    a Norse View creative director, author and photographer, Mike Koontz.
    A lover of life´s inherent beauty found in every aspect of nature and every day life. The progressive science and wonders of our world and universe, it´s perfectly flawed people and animals alike and the way it all evolve.
    I marvel at the technological advances that seemingly happens at a continually increasing pace. And I find great joy and peace of mind in the daily grind and science of keeping fit, healthy and active, enjoying the cold outdoors at winter as much as killing it hard, all year round in the gym. Eating healthy food and living a sustainable life while enjoying the pleasures and adventures of all the big and small wonders that is our life in the Anthropocene.






    I write fictional books and poetry as well as articles about the factual parts of life, including my daily life and interest in health and fitness, equality, sustainability, science, nature and wildlife. And my Nordic creative photography is of course an ever present and essential part of my creative expression in everything I publish.

  • Naked ants and their little cows

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    Slice of life
    Naked ants and their little cows



    This is a short little article blurb, and photo, from beautiful days spent enjoying the summer of 2014, showcasing a Scandinavian Ant species caring for their little aphid milk cows.
  • The beauty of life, autumn interlude with photography and words

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    To Dine and Kiss like the seasons
    Making love like the leaf kiss the wind
    The Science & joy of a healthy life



    Nothing fancy to say at all with this article. Instead we bid you a wonderful Autumn, and is this not truly the season to trump when it comes to all things beautiful. Winters are grand, spring is chirping with life, summer sweeps us off our feets and creates lustful days, but Autumn, autumn have such a painterly beauty to it that no other season quite can muster the same solemn beauty. So, this is nothing more than a few simple words and some of my photos to send you off into this years most delicious and sensuous season. To enjoy it and to fully live it.

  • Clear blue skies and dark ravens. Summertime

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    Summer
    The sweet season of a Healthy Life



    Yes, Summer came around once again. Despite the changing climate, despite the weirdness of Tony Abbot (whom else then global health enemy number one would celebrate slowing down sustainable electricity production).

  • indy before Spielberg





    A genuine adventurer story from Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle that tells the tale of alpha male Professor Challenger, as hulking fit and strong as clever and smart. Yet for all his brilliance and physical capacity, he is every bit as headstrong and short tempered too and not one to back down from going all bareknuckled with his adversaries. A classic adventurer every bit the equal of Sherlock, yet entirely his own.



    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2015, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Little Snow, without the prejudice



    'Little Snow' is based on the original story by The Brothers Grimm

    Together the Grimms wrote more than 200 stories under their moniker "Brothers Grimm" and we aim to publish the best ones, either in its original and slightly crude form. Or as enhanced stories that we ourselves have rewritten like with this more fleshed out and adult version of "Little Snow".

    Original translation by Margaret Taylor (1884)

    Photography, web adaptation, and additional writing by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Prejudice and wayward England


    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, is today considered a classic work depicting life in the Victorian Era. This book was first published in 1813. And it follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters living in a fictional town near London. It is a book that 200 years after it´s making still remains one of the most beloved fictional novels the world over.
    Web adaptation and photography, Michael A Koontz, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • 7 ravens, 7 brothers, 1 girl



  • Dick takes a walk through self driving





    The variable man was first published in Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, January 1953 and is one of many Sci.Fi stories from the American Author, perhaps best known for his short stories that ended up being the inspiration for the Hollywood movie "Minority Report". But worth mentioning is also "Blade Runner", Total Recall and the recent "Adjustment Bureau".
    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Can I travel





    The variable man was first published in Space Science Fiction magazine, in September 1953.
    Photography and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing
  • Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)

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    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.
  • Whimsical poetry by me



    Tales of Winters Realm, 2014 Edition

    The first book of 'Tales of Winters Realm' was published in 2014

    Photography and writing by Michael A Koontz. 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

    Published by

    a Norse View Imaging and Publishing


    To the daisy that is my sun and inspiration
  • the brush strokes of immortality



    The picture of Dorian Gray.

    This book was first published in 1890 as a part of Lippincott's Monthly magazine. Written by it´s author Oscar Wilde.

    Photography, and web adaptation by Michael A Koontz. 2014, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

    Originally published by

    Lippincott´s Monthly Magazine

    By Oscar Wilde

    to the daisy that is my sun and inspiration
  • Planet Earth: Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world & our apex predators.

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    Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

    Or so the story would go if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on their carefully crafted story as well as their choice of words, or perhaps they secretly love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, likewise, feel an utmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the countryside and deep forests. as well as continually tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles.

  • And there it was, the first sunrise of 2014

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    As 2014 opens as an unwritten book before our very eyes and feets, 2013 has closed it´s chapters.

    A look back at 'a Norse View' author and photographer, Mike Koontz´s 2013 from a photographic point of view.

    Sometimes the serendipity and chaos of life are worthy of prose, other times it demands clear science and facts. Sometimes the insanity of life writes itself like a dystopian nightmare from the future.

  • Tales of Winters Realm

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    Tales of Winters Realm 2014
    Is a short 80+ pages book of sublime photography and poetry that takes us along an adventure of sensual kisses and beautiful moments, stretching across each month of the year, which when combined creates a full year of life´s inherent beauty.

  • Early bird Book Excerpt: 'The departure', Rough excerpt from the sci-fi book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz

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    'The departure'
    Early bird excerpt
    chapter 1, 2028AD

     

    A Serene, Monday evening spent outdoors together with you. And like the dotted i we all knew, it was in every way there is a perfectly solemn Indian summer day that kept lingering on as if we had all been forever caught in the basking light of the setting sun.




    Our departure impatiently growled and towered in the backs of both our mind. One part auspicious and eager to open the doors to this exciting, new, and uncharted chapter waiting for us to unfold and explore it all.

    The other part took the shape of a more ominous and hulking silence, waiting to swallow us whole from within the shadows of the corner of this one last evening spent in Earth's familiar hold. It´s scent, of dew and soil. The lasting humidity that played across our skin and senses even as the soothing autumn winds drifted ashore from the turning sea.

  • Dew and Kisses, the infinite weave of reality. A small case for the global need of sustainable thinking, Snow leopards vs Cashmere.

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    Snow Leopard
    these species will become our failed victims of fashion





    A study for the journal, *Conservation Biology* found that 95% of all forage across the vast, Tibetan plateau in Mongolia and Northern India is now consumed by goats and other livestock owned by farmers.
    Leaving only 5% to the regions vast number of wild animals.

    Creating a situation, that is best described by one of the researchers with the following words.
    "Rather then serving as symbols of success, these species will become victims of fashion"

  • History: Our island of dryads in the winter of 1610, simply called 'starving time' in Jamestown, Virginia.

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    Winter of 1610
    Jamestown, Virginia USA
    Life in the Anthropocene



    We are all moments in time - like flowing tears in rain.
    So why don't you take a few precious moments to slow down. View the day around you with wide open eyes and mind, breathe it all in and inhale the calming air and enjoy that taste of life which is unique for this one moment.
      
    Make yourself a cup of java and indulge in its scent touching sweepingly and teasingly, almost sultry on your senses until you succumb down on your knees and let it taste your lips and tongue.

    Enjoy, the fulfilling pleasuring of your soul and senses that such small treats provide.

    And while you are at it, bring with you a glass of water too, before you place your behind rightly deserved in your most comfy place of choice and get all snugly as we take a trawl down this history lane of rewind and fast forward. embarking on a mutually traversing journey across the fleeting vistas of our mind, from lost days to the present and the pathways leading..
    Somewhere and everywhere .. That you´d like yourself to wander.

    But if you come with me today, I will take you on a journey back to the winter of 1610.
    To a place in time of the cold and the forgotten, in a place called Jamestown, Virginia USA.

  • Page 10 and the silent slumber. Just some random thoughts on life, and a few Norse views.

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     Page 10 and the silent slumber
    Life & Photography
    Life in the Anthropocene

     

    Page 10.

    If a photo is a thousand words or more, then there could in truth be an endless stream of emotional responses to every photo ever taken.
    Doors opening, worlds colliding, emotional responses, memories triggered, feelings left forgotten resurfacing, or new impressions formed.



    Perhaps as such, a photograph is not just a frozen moment captured in time.
    Perhaps it also carries that moment in time within itself, the sensory balance of what we felt, what we feel and see, the memories we create and associate to every little day and moment in the flesh.
    Perhaps, even in the colors and the tonality, the way the highlights merge with the shadows and darker shades.
    Perhaps it is a bit like the stars.

    One man´s sky is a black velvet upon which blinking stars traverse.

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  • Earth over shoot day is one of many events and situations during the year that signals the mindless gluttony of our evolving hybrid species.

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    Planet Earth - studies & life in the Anthropocene.

    A new way of life is needed.



    But what is it exactly? And why is something that sounds so cute something truly terrible that we need to take seriously as a global whole.
    To most people, it is more than likely just another ridiculous phrase keyboard warriors throw around once a year while they too waste this world to the point of no return.
    But this ever-moving yearly event day is anything but deadly essential.

    Every year this day signals the point in that year where we have used up all the naturally replenishing resources of this planet.
    And beyond this point, the planet is losing its inventory for the next year(s) ahead and it's capacity to restock.

    Which if we are talking about corporations and business leaders is something that would cause pretty much every corporate leader out there to die from a heart attack if it persistently happened to their business. But when its Earth, people just shrug their mindless shoulders and look the other way as if the greenhouse we are subsisting in isn't the singular thing that feeds and house us all.

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

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    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Fitness facts: How and why does the range of motion in any given strength exercise matter?.

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    Diving down into a range of motion and squat study.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your gym guide.



    Right now, if you enter any given gym, the wonderful world of barbells will conjure up as many opinions as there are fitness girls on Instagram, no matter the subject.
    And plenty of opinions are exactly that, personal opinions, formed by peer pressure in the gym, on social media, or by fit vixens looking to make a bigger following by posting daily stuff which may or may not be factually correct.

    There are out of date school gym coaches still living in the past, badly informed parents, friends, big brothers, big sisters, commercial interests only looking out for the next conference call, as well as uninformed writers working for big tabloids which just happened to draw the assignment to make a puff piece on fitness.

    So let us instead look at science and what it actually has to teach us about the range of motion for any particular exercise. And for the purpose of this article, let us focus on a Squat centric use case since legs and ass are thankfully all the rage anyway :).

  • Moments from the Anthropocene, the fox and my morning coffee.

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    The scent of black coffee.

    And wild breakfast companions.



    'Today' (another today ) while enjoying my first cup of coffee standing outside on my sun-drenched porch, I could hear something sneakily make its way through the underbrush and thick tall grass and florals that intermix with the deep dark, and thankfully, untouched old forest at the edge of my property.

    Fast forward just a little bit and I could start to see the movement in the thin youngling trees and the tall flowers. Something was out there, touching here and there making the wild plants and florals sway as it drew nearer me.

  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

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    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

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    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

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    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

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    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

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    This is the lost world XVIII.
    A tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Life in the Anthropocene.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

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    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

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    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

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    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

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    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

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    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

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    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

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    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

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    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 26, Black coffee, is it a natural diuretic that causes dehydration or a health improving rehydrating drink?

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    Question number 26 in our School of Fitness.
    Black coffee, the mere words are capable of sending hundreds of millions of people into a state of Nirvana filled with transcending bliss and harmony :).
    But black coffee is also a cup of rejuvenating health for our entire system. It calms the mind with its slowly rising aroma, helps us keep cancer and diabetes at bay, harnesses our creative focus like an arrow in flight, and in enough quantities, it can even boost peoples gym going efforts.
    But is there all there is to it?. Well, here is my question:
    Is the old saying true that your daily coffee drives so much fluid out of your body that you need to supplement your coffee intake with equal measures water too in order to stay hydrated?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 25, Tell us the major muscles in your back.

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    Question number 25 in our School of Fitness.
    Outside of our legs and ass, there is no other muscle group that comes close to sheer size, strength, health impact and lean muscle mass potential than our back. So as exhausting as a proper back workout is, this is one big and essential muscle group you should never skimp out on, no matter if your own goals are all in on health and wellness, sports or just sheer looks, or all of the above.
    Here is my question:
    Tell me the major muscles that makes up our back. Straight and simple folks.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 24, Can Maintained Fitness prevent the negative health impact of chemotherapy?.

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    Question number 24 in our School of Fitness.
    Chemotherapy is one of those crucial things that no one ever hoped to one day experience. But when the going gets real tough in life, its a life saver.
    However, undergoing Chemotherapy is no walk in the park and while it can save your life and defeat cancer, it will also take its toll on your body. So much so that a recent study from Australia revealed that just 13 weeks of chemotherapy caused the heart to age by an equivalent of six years.
    Here is my question:
    Can maintained fitness exercise during chemotherapy prevent the now established cardiovascular aging associated with chemotherapy?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 23, How much will my daily fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?.

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    Question number 23 in our School of Fitness.
    How are you enjoying 2018 so far?. I am having a blast, in the gym and outside it, workouts are wondrously good and that is because I stay at it, week in and week out. Stay persistent with food and fitness people and reap the benefits in body & mind. Keeping to a daily fitness schedule is just a choice, after all, and a very healthy choice at that.

    And, for the next fitness school question, let us dig deep down on that word "persistent" and uncover just how much weekly fitness will scientifically aid your health on low, moderate and intense fitness levels.
    And as such, here is my question for you:
    Can as little as 30 minutes of daily low-level physical fitness activity reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by as much as 24% compared to not doing that daily activity?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 22, is there any difference at all in recovery capacity after a hard leg workout in the gym depending on your biological age?.

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    Question number 22 in our School of Fitness.
    2017 came and went in a glorious display of Northern lights. But now that we are all one year older. Let us take a look at that age-old saying that we recover worse and slower after a hard workout in the gym as we grow beyond our 30´s.
    Is there any truth to this at all? Or is this just one more thing that people got wrong in the name of lacking insight, age-related fears, and youth-obsessed peer pressure?.
    To put it simply.
    Will the 22-year-old you recover better after a kick-ass weight lifting workout in the gym doing intense deadlifts than the 50 year old you will be able to do, or can you safely go at it just as hard knowing that you will recover and improve just as good?.

  • Fitness & Health: Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do.

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    Complete the circle.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Eating healthy is an essential part of every human beings healthy fit lifestyle.
    And like keeping active and healthy at the gym and in daily life it's a daily choice.
    Going plant-based with your food choices is one of the better food choices you can do. As long as you keep on top of your protein, your fat ( Omega 3 mainly ), iron, B12, Iodine and creatine going plant-based is very easy to do and super beneficial for health & fitness ( and the planet ).

  • The first day of 2018. A tiny micro-short story and the best fitness & health advice you will ever get in life. Let us kickstart 2018 and lay nothing but healthy fit days on the road ahead.

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    The arrival of 2018
    And the best health & fitness advice you will ever get.
    Life in the Anthropocene, its just science baby, smiles, sweat and science :).



    Enjoy a healthy fit, and happy 2018 people, but before I start our shiny new year by giving you the single best health & fitness advice you´ll ever get in life, a tiny little micro-short story to welcome you to the rest of your life.
    "the dragon that climbed the world of ice"
    'I watched it climb
    the world of ice that towered us both
    its mighty tail stung the icy cavern beneath us, like a spear it was thrust into the chest of the icy mountain, sending splatter of man-sized ice blocks and snow that bled into the bottomless pit, while it drove its left and right limbs into the frosty mountain above us

    and slowly
    over the endless void of time

    the dragon climbed its way upward
    through a world of ice that tried to hold us captive

    we climbed
    endless step by endless step towards the moon and the stars to hunt them one by one'.

  • Life in the Anthropocene & saving the endangered Rhino. Kenyan ultra marathon providing the adventure of a lifetime and a world improving good cause.

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    Health & Fitness
    And the ultra marathon to save the Rhino.
    Life in the Anthropocene is all about our global and individual responsibility.



    And in some ways, I can not think about a much better and more current way to emphasize our individual and globally shared responsibility than the Kenyan Ultra Marathon taking place in 2018.
    It's like all the other sports competitions ever done about the individual responsibility to shape and form your ongoing life and fitness journey so that you can endure and conquer that particular challenge.
    But it is equally much a team effort, to better our planet and to save the Rhino.
    As such it serves as a proxy for our own health, and our modern day pollution, the local and global poverty, the gender and class-based inequality, the competition itself, and the endangered wildlife and all the species rapidly going extinct across the entire world.
    We are all responsible. Individually and globally.
    And in that spirit, this ultramarathon is not just about bringing together runners from all around the world, it is also a marathon to save the endangered Rhino from going extinct, and to better the entire world.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 21, will the health benefits from my fitness life suffer in air polluted cities?.

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    Question number 21 in our School of Fitness.
    Doing the daily grind behind a healthy fit life will always continue to do wonders for our well being and physical health in body and mind.
    But air pollution is another key factor that is greatly influencing our wellbeing and longterm health. And how do these two modern-day pillars clash and collide?
    Will living in heavy air polluted cities flat out destroy all the health benefits you should be reaping thanks to your daily fitness regime?.

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