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  • Short story: 'The Gateway Earth Chaebol, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    The Gateway Earth Chaebol
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    'The Musk colony' as it was informally called could right now be thought of as a real but still very challenged success simply because the fleet had actually managed to reach their destination and somewhat to his own surprise, the entire fleet was still operational, bruised but functional.
    And considering how space travel and logistics had been prone to so many errors in the decades leading up to their unparalleled launch, the fact that they were all here, it was nothing but amazing. Taken for granted by the crew, by now at least, but still nothing but amazing.

    And while it was true, that they still had not actually put any human feet on the ground. Or even landed a single ship or UAV.
    We had reached our destination.

  • Warfare by Megaponera analis. A day in the life of termites and ants and what it can tell us about the importance of Earth day, science and fact based education.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    Warfare by Megaponera analis.
    The Science of healthy living.



    They came marching in at dawn, shoulder to shoulder they formed long winding columns of wordless but well-armed soldiers in gleaming dark armor that stretched as long as the eye could see. 500 men passed us by with the rising sun painting the light of this new day behind their backs. But this would not be a day of peaceful tranquility under the light of the rising sun, instead, the sun rose up from beneath the horizon as the herald of war and death in what we all knew would turn out be just another day in their relentless campaign.

  • Health: A life of health and fitness is in truth exactly like a game of chess.

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    A life of fitness is a game of chess.
    The Science of healthy living.



    When it comes down to health and fitness, and the cerebral battlefield of chess the simple truth is that they are very much alike.
    There are no unearthly and illogical surprises waiting in the dark of night that will upend and change the actual fabric of the landscape.
    Your opponent can not cast fiery magic and summon demons from the netherworld to do their bidding.
    Instead what we have is a beautifully defined field of known and still developing, yet for now, unknown for you and me facts and variables, and the vast amount of personal choices those known, but evolving facts allows us to make.

    And at every step of that personal journey, chess and fitness will leave you standing as the sole commander, at a vast field made up of pure facts and deductive knowledge and the cause and consequences that every single choice will give birth to.

  • 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.

  • Science: Air Pollution and dementia. Global pollution and unhealth, and the link to mortality rates for children under 5.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    Air Pollution and our health
    The factual Science of a Healthy Life, updated with WHO data, march 2017



    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 life´s 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 unpleasant and unhealthy effects that life in 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 and environment.

  • Space & Science: The flight across the black void and Kaguyas observations of Earth and the way we shower our lunar friend with oxygen.

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    On continuous gusts of solar wind mixed with terrestrial ions Earth shower the moon with earthborn oxygen
    The Science of Life



    Outside our blue wonders shielded atmosphere, the coldness of space is filled with the burning solar wind. The dust and speckles of stars, radiation, vacuum and alien stuff like dark matter and gigantic black holes. It is a marvel of glorious destruction and life that continuously mix and merge outside our calm home, organic chaos tearing down and building new life things across the vastness of time and our Universe.

    And amongst it all, somehow, each month, Earth fires up its magnetic shields as we position ourselves between the sun and the moon, and for five whole day´s we Earthlings shower our cute little friend with Earthbound oxygen and organic matter.
    In other words, we colonize and shape the very fabric of the alien entity we call the moon with Earthborn biological life and air, organic matter traveling from our blue marble all the way to the moon through the dark void on the winds of the sun.

  • The global Environment Performance Index: Scandinavia sweeps the top 4 as the worlds best.

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    Environmental Performance Index
     Scandinavia leads the world
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    2016 years Environmental Performance Index tells us in one more way, what we already know, and that is that Scandinavia is one hell of a wonderful place to live. The world's four best nations according to the index are all Scandinavians with Finland, Iceland, and Sweden being the only 3 nations in the world with an EPI score above 90.
    ( All three still have plenty of room to improve much more, and obviously do need to improve much more. )
    And just behind that trio, ranked as number four in the world is Denmark. So, just what is the Environmental Performance Index? Read on to find out.

  • The science and health of space and the human body, all the things you can also expect from your future romantic, off world date. Updated.

    Quality time needed: 18 minutes


    To Dine and Kiss in Space
    Making love in zero gravity
    The Science of a healthy life



    Making love, off world.
    And some of the many wondrous and perhaps flat out strange things you can expect to encounter during your future romantic, space date.
    In our rapidly approaching near future and a few fortunate souls present day reality, the perplexing realities of dating far away from planet Earth will no longer be confined to the silvery screens of yesterday.

    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 the reservate and into the dark unknown?. What about the little everyday things when you kiss, hold hands and make love beneath the stars, way out in space.

  • Moments before the snow and Sekkusu shinai shokogun. The art of human intimacy in society and individually.

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    Moments before the snow & Sekkusu shinai shokogun
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Sekkusu shinai shokogun Is a Japanese term for the flight away from human intimacy.
    But it represents so much more than being a fancy sounding term for the individual flight away from sexual enjoyment and fulfilling love.
    What that phrase truly represent is not just physical sex, however, it is a loss of something fundamentally human in society at large.

    Not surprisingly almost all humans require enjoying life, love, sex, and relationships in a way that is fulfilling towards their own personal needs, emotions, and desires. And when individual life becomes reduced to being nothing more than a slave to be used and abused by endless corporations. The state, a spouse, or simply someone else's selfish and never ending demands.
    Be it monetary, sexual, emotional or otherwise, that person will grow unhappy with such an unbalanced way of life.


    Life fulfillment and enjoyment is simply not measured by the size of your paycheck.
    Nor can it ever be obtained on an endless one-sided road.
    A minority might, of course, find that kind of draining one-way trip a wonderful and fulfilling life that truly makes every cell in their being happy, working away 20 hours per day. Giving time, energy, emotions and life itself to an utterly ungrateful and never ending taker that will never give anything that is even remotely close to being enough in return.

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

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    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.

  • Health: Sedentary living and obesity alters your brain in a negative way, just as much as it hurts your general fitness and health.

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    The health and age of your brain & how it correlates with Obesity
    The science of a Healthy Life

     

    You already know how we can rejuvenate and strengthen the health and fitness level, and physical size of our brain even at age 85 by lifting challenging weights on a regular weekly basis. ( read the 'a healthy biceps equals a healthy brain article' )
    But how about the opposite?.
    Will sedentary living and over eating harm or physically affect our brain earlier on in life in a negative way?.
    The answer is, of course, an absolute 'hell yes'.

  • Equality and superstition: Sangua Mama, a label born in lacking hearts and anger.

    Quality time needed: 11 minutes


    A label, Sangua mama
    Life in the Anthropocene



    A label, Sangua mama, born in lacking hearts and anger, and my humble, floral sun which is born in smiles and wonder.
    Once, she was a proud girl. Before their superstition and anger stripped her shivering soul bare naked in the streets earlier this year.
    Once, she smiled upon the rays of the sun. Before they cut her skin deep with knives, fueled by hate, fear, and a burning wish to destroy something dear and pretty.
    Once, she enjoyed making love. Before burning hot rods of metal had been inserted inside her genitals, tarnishing, and burning flesh, and destroying her sexual pleasures for all of life.

    Once, she proudly walked these streets of ours and the forest roads nearby. Once her mind jumped in joy as the fluttering birds let their song fly free upon the wind that caressed her hair. Once, was now the remnant memories of a calm reality before they tortured her outside in the burning midday sun, in the open street next to their own homes and quarters, outside in the view of the public eye, a torture meant to steal her life and pride in front of an ocean of cheering children, fearful people, and smug indifferent police.

  • Life in the Anthropocene 2017 and onward. The Living Planet Report by WWF.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Our Arctic Sunrise, Year 4.5 Billion
    The Living Planet Report



    Anthropocene is a word I personally like. You encounter it quite often in the things I write and talk about. It is, in my opinion, a word that is as beautiful as it is powerful, and it is a word that shifts our entire world on its axis. This simple word encapsulates all that has progressed through human history, every single day of our global past and our shifting present day reality. It is our shared, mutual future.
    The word Anthropocene goes far beyond geology and hard to understand science. It captures the simple thing that is all our reality, the way humanity has lived and the cause and effect of it all.
    It also shows us the globally shared responsibility we all must shoulder. It is a word and a concept that defines the facts of our present day reality.


    This single word provides a focused lens that captures the changing reality of human life and planet Earth. There are no obfuscated truths here, no shadows to hide within. Life in the Anthropocene is the simple truth of life on Earth and it is the summary of the catastrophic effect modern day society has already had and continues to have. Not just on this planet, whose planetary bounds we have broken and shattered. But the industrialization of the last 100 years has harmed human life too, not just a few, but all of us.

    All the soon to be 10 billion homo sapiens and all the rapidly diminishing animals. We are all this single word.





    It communicates the urgency with which we must act and it shows us how the lies and global capitalistic worldview of infinite natural resources and exponential growth that greedy shareholders and owners rejoice at must come to an abrupt end. It tells us these things because we are no longer a small entity on a big and everlasting, infinite planet. We, the human race, are now a cataclysmic devastation on a small planet, where we have reached the saturation point in the last 100 years.

    One such truth is roughly 40% of all Giraffes being wiped out from planet Earth in the last 30 years, and no one even noticed it until now.

  • 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.

  • History: The day Hiroshima burned, August 6, 1945. A day from WW2 which we should never forget.

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

     

    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, a little more than 70 years since this day.

  • Short story: 'The common cyborg, 2028AD' a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

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    '2028AD'
    Standalone story
    The common cyborg

     

    This is a short stand-alone sci-fi story from my near future book universe 2028AD. You can read it as is, a short near future sci-fi story, served in a perfectly delicious coffee break bite size to entertain and brighten your day. Or you can read it as a slice of time picked straight out of the bigger story that is the shared book universe 2028AD.

    It is however, capable of standing on its own exactly as it is, but like life itself, it is also just one little photon that connects to all the others swimming in the one vast ocean together with each other :). Giving meaning and context, life and transforming movement and energy through its own ripples. And perhaps one day you will find out that this little snippet is very much a meaningful part of the bigger story that is waiting to unravel. And perhaps this story will reappear again, with a beginning and a continuation.

  • In the presence of Mt.Fuji, the whispers of a leafy forest can be heard. But will it ever let you find your way back home.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    Life rekindled, or a silent passing
    The Science of a healthy life



    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 too walk into their own eternal night surrounded by all the things they felt that life in the city never seemed capable of providing.

  • Equality and delicious sex, the sweet nectar of a healthy life. Updated

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    Sex, and People
    The sweet nectar of a Healthy Life



    I actually wrote the foundation for this piece a couple of years ago. But the subject, insights, and the all-encompassing conclusion is every bit as important and right today as it has always been and always will be.

  • The beautiful alchemists. We live in a world whom have never had more of those beautiful little alchemists running around in the wild. A personal reflection on people & life.

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    November 30
    Remembrance Day for Lost Species & Thanksgiving before that

     



    People are by default, natural beings of magic and alchemy. Precious little things which like the words we so often squander carelessly around might appear to be near endless in number and as such perhaps to you feel like petty change a snowy day.

    But we all come into this world born with the same wisdom and magic and inherent limitless beauty.

    Words, and people.

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

    Quality time needed: 10 minutes


    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.

  • Sex, life and health: The ephemeral beauty of perpetual life and healthy, fulfilling relations: Updated.

    Quality time needed: 10 minutes


    Ephemeral life
    It passes swiftly and precious by, each day a new canvas of infinite, but finite in days, possibilities to do and enjoy your way





    In the summer of 2014, my long and wildly wonderful life which I have always lived by my own choosing, in a world of infinite beauty was somehow, still gifted with the by far, best days, and moments and joy of my entire life up until this very point.

    Made unique and perfectly complete, not due to the grandness of those moments, nor the words, price tag or anything superficial and equally irrelevant. But instead, the individual parts and the sum of it all was made complete and wonderful due to being enjoyed together with the love of my life.
    )

  • 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.

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

    Quality time needed: 10 minutes


    We surf across a sea of gravitational waves
    The Science of a healthy life



    Planet Earth. Our bluish marble of brown and green.
    Apex species. Planet Earth is inhabited by a rapidly evolving humanoid species which as this planet's current primary apex predator is actually made up by a lineage of multiple humanoid species as it's diverse genetic origin.

    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.
    Speed of planetary travel, millions of kilometer per hour. ( Not millions actually, just 828,000 kilometers per hour to be exact )

  • This day in history: A semi fictional trip back to the days of ice girls working in NY during World War I, 1918.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    This Day, Autumn 1918
    World War 1. NY, USA
    Life in the Anthropocene



    We are all moments in time, like precious tears in rain.
    So, pause, and take a few moments. View the day around you, breathe in and inhale calm air and enjoy the taste of life this day and moment.
    Make yourself a cup of java and indulge in its scent touching sweepingly and teasingly, almost sultry on your senses until you succumb and let it taste your lips and tongue.
    Enjoy, the fulfilling pleasuring of your soul and senses that such small treats can 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 instead, I will take you on a journey back to the meeting of winter and autumn 1918 in NY, USA during the time of the mother of all wars, World War 1.

  • Health: Worldwide State of Diabetes and what it tells us about sedentary living vs a fit and active lifestyle.

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    Adults with diabetes quadruple since 1980
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    WHO recently came out with a simple report that highlights how worldwide diabetes have quadrupled between 1980 and 2016. Sadly, zero people are surprised, or should at least not be surprised, since the increasing prevalence of diabetes ties directly in with the rise of over eating on shitty and healthy food and sitting still far too much.

    A change that continues to walk hand in hand with the rise of obesity.

  • Health: Daily orgasms lowers prostate cancer risk for men above 40 by quite a margin.

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    Fulfilling Sex and our Daily Health
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    When it comes to sex you already know that I am always talking about the fulfilling kind of sex, for all involved. Naughty or sweet, outlandish or innocent does not matter.
    That´s up to all involved, how they all enjoy doing it.

    So, if we assume that you and your partner(s) already have a wonderful and fulfilling sex life. well, in that case, it will probably make you smile from ear to ear hearing that not only is sex generally speaking an incredibly fun way to improve one's general health, but it even protects against prostate cancer - and the more you do it, the better the protection.

    Talk about a wonderful incentive for more sex :).


    Summary:
    Men above 40 that enjoy 21 orgasms or more per month receives up to 22% less chance of developing prostate cancer.

  • The Homeless Invisible & a life fully lived and enjoyed. Life in the Anthropocene.

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    Peoples worth mirrors your mind
    The sweet nectar of compassion & a Healthy Life
    Life in the Anthropocene



    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 could not help but notice 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 from those that passed her by.

    Sadly I had nothing to give her since like most people today, 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.
    But this article of mine is not about me giving her money.

  • History: Slavery, Kings and pirates: Saint-Barthélemy 1784

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    Saint-Barthélemy 1784
    a look at how incredibly far we have come in merely 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. The beggars and pirates, the warlords, priests, lords. Merchants, peasants, and kings, they all laid to waste and took with all their might.

    Yes, I know. By now you are thinking, well, dear Mike, is that at all any different from now?
    And in some ways, no, you are so absolutely right dear reader. In some ways, not much have changed. But gladly, the world is for all its remaining faults a far better and kinder place to live in today.

  • A healthy life in body and mind, what is the biological change of going from 30 to 80+ years of age and how will fitness affect it. The sweet and simple facts and science of age related decline.

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    Fit and active vs sedentary living and age related decline.
    The Science of healthy living.



    When it comes down to the impact of aging your fears are more likely than not saying that you will grow fat and tired, ugly and unhealthy while losing huge amounts of lean muscle mass and capacity in body and mind, no matter what you do.
    Right?.
    Science will, however, say, listen, man, that is simply not true.



    A healthy man ( or woman ) that is living a sedentary life ( not being physically active enough on a daily basis by doing challenging cardio and lifting weights week in and 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 will be even higher and more rapid. And on top of that, we can add the very real cognitive decline that comes with both the natural age-related decline and the huge impact of sedentary living.
    But hold your horses and think about what I just said for a while.
    Not my choice of words, but the scientific reality of what I just wrote.

  • Early bird Excerpt: '2028 AD - The departure', chapter 1 excerpt from the sci-fi book 2028AD 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.

    Quality time needed: 13 minutes




    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.

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

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    The birth .. of death and life
    Photosynthesis.
    The Science of a healthy life



    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.

  • 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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  • Short story: 'The Gateway Earth Chaebol, 2028AD'. a short stand alone sci-fi story from the near future book universe 2028AD created by Mike Koontz.

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    The Gateway Earth Chaebol
    A 2028AD stand alone sci-fi short story.



    'The Musk colony' as it was informally called could right now be thought of as a real but still very challenged success simply because the fleet had actually managed to reach their destination and somewhat to his own surprise, the entire fleet was still operational, bruised but functional.
    And considering how space travel and logistics had been prone to so many errors in the decades leading up to their unparalleled launch, the fact that they were all here, it was nothing but amazing. Taken for granted by the crew, by now at least, but still nothing but amazing.

    And while it was true, that they still had not actually put any human feet on the ground. Or even landed a single ship or UAV.
    We had reached our destination.

  • Warfare by Megaponera analis. A day in the life of termites and ants and what it can tell us about the importance of Earth day, science and fact based education.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    Warfare by Megaponera analis.
    The Science of healthy living.



    They came marching in at dawn, shoulder to shoulder they formed long winding columns of wordless but well-armed soldiers in gleaming dark armor that stretched as long as the eye could see. 500 men passed us by with the rising sun painting the light of this new day behind their backs. But this would not be a day of peaceful tranquility under the light of the rising sun, instead, the sun rose up from beneath the horizon as the herald of war and death in what we all knew would turn out be just another day in their relentless campaign.

  • Healthy living: The bad health curse of smoking, almost 7 million dead people and 150 million health related issues in one year due to smoking.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    150 million health related issues in one year.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Almost 7 million dead people around the world in one single year ( 2015 ), due to smoking.
    Making it account for 11.5% of worldwide deaths during 2015.
    Out of the roughly 7 million dead people, 52.2% lived in four countries, China, India, the USA, and Russia.

    13 countries, Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Iceland, Kenya, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA have showed significant year-to-year rates of decline of smoking between 1990 and 2015.

    But while an increasingly lower percentage of the global population keep up with the filthy and unhealthy habit of smoking, as time goes by due to our global population increase the total number of smokers is still going up, and it is now close to 1 billion people!.

  • This is a story of salt: The female perspective, your health and the 2.5 million people that die worldwide every single year due to excessive salt consumption.

    Quality time needed: 12 minutes


    A story of salt, the outcome, your health & the female picture.
    The Science of healthy living.



    Let us start from the tail of the end. Because we all know that every good tale comes equipped with an end that makes the rest of the story worth reading.
    And as such, the developing story of salt is a story of the roughly 2.5 million deaths around the world which could be prevented each year if global salt consumption was to be reduced below the recommended levels.

  • Health: A life of health and fitness is in truth exactly like a game of chess.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    A life of fitness is a game of chess.
    The Science of healthy living.



    When it comes down to health and fitness, and the cerebral battlefield of chess the simple truth is that they are very much alike.
    There are no unearthly and illogical surprises waiting in the dark of night that will upend and change the actual fabric of the landscape.
    Your opponent can not cast fiery magic and summon demons from the netherworld to do their bidding.
    Instead what we have is a beautifully defined field of known and still developing, yet for now, unknown for you and me facts and variables, and the vast amount of personal choices those known, but evolving facts allows us to make.

    And at every step of that personal journey, chess and fitness will leave you standing as the sole commander, at a vast field made up of pure facts and deductive knowledge and the cause and consequences that every single choice will give birth to.

  • MMA and 'The People that Bleed': Meet Brad Picket.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    The People that bleed
    UFC fighter Brad Picket



    'The people that bleed' is our own label for a series of videos, all produced by UFC, that I feel show us a more real and nuanced, intimate perhaps view of the actual soul and personality of the real human being that makes up the flesh and bone, heart and thoughts behind the bravado and attitude of the MMA fighter persona.

    In this 9 minutes long video, we get to meet Brad Picket (25-14 MMA, 5-9 UFC), a tiny blue collar sized UK based fighter whom retired after his final UFC fight on march 18, 2017 against Brandon Vera.

  • Health & Fitness: The unhealthy reality of the MMA style weight cut. A BBC documentary.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    The Unhealthy Practice of MMA weight cutting
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    For most people getting a bit more fit, and healthy by eating cleaner food and less calories and working out more is a great life improving choice.
    And for most, that will lead to health improving reductions in unhealthy body fat levels and body weight. But as we previously talked about in another article, when you are already in shape, rocking a fit and toned body, eating healthy amounts of healthy food, doing weights and cardio, there comes a limit where dropping even more in body weight and body fat becomes damaging and unhealthy instead of health and fitness improving.

    And beyond that basic reality, you have the insanity of MMA and Boxing weight cuts that far to many pro fighters go through just so they can fight in a weight class that they are to athletic and big to actually be fighting in.
    I am saying that because MMA style weight cutting is not something that anyone interested in health and fitness should ever do.
    Period.

    Neither should pro fighters in my own opinion. In a ideal world you would be the only one doing MMA style weight cuts, allowing you to fight people 20 to 30 lbs smaller than you, with much shorter leg and arm reach, 20+lbs less muscle mass and all the disadvantage that would give them in strength, endurance, strike impact and absorption.
    But you see, when every other fighter do the same weight cut, no one benefits, and everybody suffers from the exact same detrimental and unhealthy exhaustion that MMA style weight cuts are. With less fitness come fight night and potentially worse health for the long haul as the only real result.

  • Health & Fitness: Daily Milk, Fruit and Vegetable consumption, in relation to your mortality rate and health.

    Quality time needed: 10 minutes


    Dairy for the fit and healthy guidelines
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    Time and science continually march forward, and that is a thing of utmost beauty. But that simple fact also requires all of us to keep an open mind towards the way we do our own fit and healthy life so that we can continually adapt and improve as we uncover new layers of scientifically established health and fitness knowledge, and at times, accept that new health and fitness science-based knowledge might force us to change direction and toss out old established "truths".

    So today we find ourselves in a brave new world where a comprehensive Swedish study covering the health impact of daily dairy and fruit consumption ended up giving us so much new scientifically based knowledge about our health and food choices that the time has come to update our "dairy for the fit and healthy guidelines".

    Organic and sugar-free yogurt is still with us, while milk is completely tossed to the side, yes even lactose-free milk gets the boot out my door.
    Why you might ask?
    Well, the answer is simply put science baby, adapt or die :).

    Milk is as far as we understand it right now causing real health issues over time that simply do not happen when you consume sugar-free yogurt or no dairy at all.
    This Swedish study involved close to 200 000 people, and the accumulated data over several years indicates that a high milk consumption shortens individuals life span through increased oxidative stress and inflammation caused by that daily milk consumption.
    And as such milk has to go since yogurt provides all the same high-quality nutrition as milk and thus, all the benefits of dairy can be met through organic, sugar-free yogurt without risking the by now, strongly implicated long-term health issues associated with drinking milk.

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

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    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.

  • Science: Air Pollution and dementia. Global pollution and unhealth, and the link to mortality rates for children under 5.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    Air Pollution and our health
    The factual Science of a Healthy Life, updated with WHO data, march 2017



    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 life´s 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 unpleasant and unhealthy effects that life in 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 and environment.

  • Book: "Legend of the Stone Cutter'', is a short fantasy adaptation of a man that wished for ever more . Originally written by the authors Brother Grimm with minor writing by Mike Koontz. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




    Kid Friendly
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short story ( coffee break bite )
    The legend of the stone cutter is often thought of as a Japanese folktale. But there are also seeds of pagan Europe and other parts of Asia in its many origins and crossroads.

    It weaves the tale of a poor man, plagued with unhappiness for his own lot in life. This man worked as a highly skilled but poorly paid stonecutter, and one day he simply came to the conclusion that enough was enough and that he deserved so much more than who he was. His wish for transformative change came to be through the aid of a supernatural being, and with that his greedy appetite for a world of ever more was awoken, until one day he had come full circle and reached a state of peace with himself.
    Written by no one, and everyone.
    Before this slightly altered version, the German authors Brothers Grimm put their thoughts to the pen, but you also had the Scottish author Andrew Lang writing his very own version of the stone cutter. And there have been countless of Asian authors and Nordic ones throughout history, before and after the Brothers Grimm. And as such, I am sure, many others that told their own version of this old folktale, because like the wind, this is an ageless story about life and man, and like the wind I am sure that it will both transform and stay the same for thousands of years to come.
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation and minor writing by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: "The Juniper Tree'', is a short fantasy crime drama about a family murder and rebirth. Written by the authors Brother Grimm . This is an 1 hour long 'monster under the bed' bed time read.




    Kid Friendly but spooky "monster under the bed" read.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short story (One Evening Bed time read)
    Juniper tree is one of more then 200 collected fictional fantasy stories from the Brothers Grimm, and like most of those stories they are in turn somewhat based on older myths and lore, and other fairy tales from around the world, and at times the two brothers own previous work.
    The original translation was made by Margaret Taylor
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Book: "Dalyrimple'', is a short crime drama about the wayward dreams we all can weave at every crossroad. Written by author F Scott Fitzgerald. This is an 1 hour long bed time read.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short story (One Evening Bed time read)
    Dalyrimple tells the tale of young "Bryan Dalyrimple" that straight out of war tries his hands at his first real job embarking on a wayward journey before hopefully finding his way.
    Enjoy the read!.

    Photography and web adaptation and minor writing: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Healthy living: When protein face off with protein, what comes out on top? Red meat, plants, nuts, dairy?. And how will it impact health, strength and even the effects of old age.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Meat vs Plant when Protein gets to battle Protein & age.
    The Science of a healthy Life



    In a recently published study, we got to take a pretty comprehensive look at nearly 3,000 men and women all aged between 19 and 72.
    The study participants complete protein intake as well as all the various protein and food sources they consumed was measured. Including various dairy products, red meat and the healthier fish & chicken and plant-based protein sources. Beyond that the study also made sure to measure each participants lean muscle mass, their bone density, and individual strength.

    The takeaway?.
    When looking at the complete study, it was evident ( and to no surprise ) that the less protein you consumed the lower amount of muscle mass and strength. But to the surprise of some, the type of protein each person favored did not have any impact on their strength and musculoskeletal health, and there were no differences based on gender or age group.

    So keep active, eat healthy and make sure to include enough protein, and yeah, skip that red meat based protein right away because it provides zero health and fitness benefit for anyone.

  • Book: "Morella'', a short descent down the haunting hallways of Edgar Allan Poe´s maze like mind. Written by author Edgar Allan Poe. 20 minute coffee break bite sized snack.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short story (coffee break bite)
    Let us describe the short coffee break bite sized story Morella with Edgars own words.
    "I kept no reckoning of time or place, and the stars of my fate faded from heaven, and therefore the earth grew dark, and its figures passed by me like flitting shadows, and among them all I beheld only — Morella"
    Enjoy!.

    Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Space & Science: The flight across the black void and Kaguyas observations of Earth and the way we shower our lunar friend with oxygen.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    On continuous gusts of solar wind mixed with terrestrial ions Earth shower the moon with earthborn oxygen
    The Science of Life



    Outside our blue wonders shielded atmosphere, the coldness of space is filled with the burning solar wind. The dust and speckles of stars, radiation, vacuum and alien stuff like dark matter and gigantic black holes. It is a marvel of glorious destruction and life that continuously mix and merge outside our calm home, organic chaos tearing down and building new life things across the vastness of time and our Universe.

    And amongst it all, somehow, each month, Earth fires up its magnetic shields as we position ourselves between the sun and the moon, and for five whole day´s we Earthlings shower our cute little friend with Earthbound oxygen and organic matter.
    In other words, we colonize and shape the very fabric of the alien entity we call the moon with Earthborn biological life and air, organic matter traveling from our blue marble all the way to the moon through the dark void on the winds of the sun.

  • The global Environment Performance Index: Scandinavia sweeps the top 4 as the worlds best.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes
     
     

     

    Environmental Performance Index
     Scandinavia leads the world
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    2016 years Environmental Performance Index tells us in one more way, what we already know, and that is that Scandinavia is one hell of a wonderful place to live. The world's four best nations according to the index are all Scandinavians with Finland, Iceland, and Sweden being the only 3 nations in the world with an EPI score above 90.
    ( All three still have plenty of room to improve much more, and obviously do need to improve much more. )
    And just behind that trio, ranked as number four in the world is Denmark. So, just what is the Environmental Performance Index? Read on to find out.

  • Book: "1984''. Part 3 of 3 in this nightmarish dystopian world by author George Orwell.




    Suitable for teens and up. Explicit storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Weekend read (Three Nights Bed time read)
    In the age of Donald Trumps alternative facts and war on science, perhaps George Orwell will turn out to be quite the oracle.
    Enjoy this dystopian read!.
    If you missed part 1 and 2, you can start reading the story from the beginning here.

    Author, George Orwell. Photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

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