Bárðarbunga – Nature of the beast

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on VolcanoCafé:

Dyngjujökull. Photograph by Eggert Norddahl. Used by explicit permission. If you wish to use the image contact Volcanocafé via our email.

Dyngjujökull. Photograph by Eggert Norddahl. Used by explicit permission. If you wish to use the image contact Volcanocafé via our email.

First let me write one thing, and that is that we are not in Kansas anymore. And with that I mean that we are in totally uncharted country. Icelandic Met Office has the best volcanologists on the planet, and they pretty much never make a mistake. They are quite simply the best and their reputation at this site is set in solidified lava.

So, when people like that in an hour first states that a small eruption has started and an hour later recant on the statement it does not hamper our confidence in their abilities, it is instead a sign of how “out there” what we are seeing right now really is.

What is happening now is really like if you walked down a familiar street and turn…

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Culture of Resentment…Culture of Apartheid

August 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

We Want White Tennants

Up through the mid 1960s segregation was the norm. Especially in the southern states. Separate schools for black and white, separate housing for black and white, separate hospitals for black and white, separate restrooms for black and white, separate drinking fountains for black and white…separate everything for black and white. Nearly all of it of inferior quality.

Buy things were not much different across the Mason Dixon line where blacks and other minorities were kept out of decent jobs, hotels, health care and housing. Even parks and the downtown areas and public transportation.

This was a White Christian country and if you were not of that persuasion, you need not apply. Up here in Cleveland you rarely saw any minorities downtown unless the worked there. You never saw them in the big stores shopping or even at the drugstore soda fountain. You rarely saw them on…

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Horse-pitals and Ferguson Missouri

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Marymount Hospital

Went to the ER of the local hospital on Sunday afternoon because I wanted a problem looked at before my appointment with my health car provider on Tuesday afternoon. I’d been having some fairly intense pain on my right side under my right arm pit and it seemed to be taking a awfully long time to heel. After all I have Medicare and a supplement and what the heck, may as well check it out just in case

I had been in hospital a number of times. Mostly so so experiences A few kind of horrible. So it goes. Was in hospital when I was 18 for a pretty bad motor scooter accident for 6 weeks in South Florida. That was the horrible one since I was in sever pain 4 or so of those weeks and very sick from it. Though I cannot entirely blame the hospital…

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Bárðarbunga loves Grimsvötn = True

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


This is extremely interesting. It is worth reading.

Originally posted on VolcanoCafé:

Photograph by Eggert Norðdahl. All rights reserved and used under permission.

Photograph by Eggert Norðdahl. All rights reserved and used under permission.

I once again reiterate that it is Icelandic Met Office and Almannavarnadeild ríkislögreglustjóra that has the authority to issue warnings for Iceland in regards of eruptions and jökulhlaups.

For airborne ash advisories it is in the following order London VAAC and IMO that issues advisories. That being said here follows a brief update upon what is happening in Bárðarbunga and Grimsvötns fissure swarms.

Volcanic love in the ground

Who would have thought that the two largest volcanoes of their type on earth could make love to each other? Well, let me expound a bit on how they do it physically. For anyone who is a bit sensitive, this is where you should stop reading. It will get very graphical.

Since the seismic swarm started there has been quite a lot of confusion about what is going on, and where…

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Black Forest Cheese Cake

July 31, 2014 § Leave a comment


You are in for a real treat if you like cheese cake.

Originally posted on Trkingmomoe's Blog:


Black Forest Cheese Cake will impress your family and friends.  Only don’t tell them how easy it is to make.  When ever you want a wonderful cake for a special occasion, you can go wrong with this one.  It is made using a chocolate cake mix, cherry pie filling, container of fudge frosting, can of condensed milk and 8 oz. package of cream cheese.  You will also need three 9 inch round cake pans.


To prepare the pans, spray them with vegetable baking spray and line them with parchment paper.  I brush the spray to make sure it is evenly coating the pan .

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix chocolate cake using the directions from the box.  Then divide the batter evenly into the 3 cake pans.

Cream Cheese Filling

1  package (8 oz.) cream cheese

1 can sweeten condensed milk (14 oz.)

2 tablespoons of butter


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July 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Smoke Sauna – flickr creative commons

Since there has been a lot of talk and recent questions appearing lately like “How come we can’t _______ more like the Finns” – fill in the blanks with education, economics, social welfare etc. And that I myself am half Finnish on my father’s side of the family and my largest influence being Finnish culture because of this. As well as according to my mother “I’m going to raise my sun like a Finn.”

I thought I would write a little something on Finland and Finns, just so you know what Finland is all about. Which in and of it self is a bit of a challenge, as Finns themselves are unsure about some aspects.

First of all, the question “Where did/do Finns come from” ? Answer..they didn’t “come” from anywhere. They have always been there is one way or another.

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Blade Runner: An Examination

July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Originally posted on Finnish Perspective:

Since there has been confirmation that Ridley Scott is in the first stages of making a sequel, Blade Runner 2, I thought I would do an analysis of the original dystopic science fiction Film Noir. Underrated at the time of its release, it has gained in appreciation since, with various box sets and cuts available now. It’s based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep by Philip K. Dick and set in Los Angeles circa 2019. Science fiction writers, even those of the darkest dystopian futures, tend to be overly optimistic quite often, which is the case here, having by that time assuming technologies that are yet to appear.

This, however, can be forgiven as they tread a thin line having to make the future seem advanced enough and yet still enable the reader or viewer to relate in the current time. Blade Runner is no exception…

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