Sunday, September 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

One man’s religion is another man’s belly laugh.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Quote of the Day

A good front is half the battle in love or war.
- Kin Hubbard

Friday, September 12, 2014

Quote of the Day

Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.
- Kin Hubbard

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Quote of the Day

There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?
- Kin Hubbard

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quote of the Day

We all belong to the union when it comes to wanting more money and less work.
- Kin Hubbard

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Quote of the Day

If a feller says, "It's not the money, it's the principle of the thing," it's the money.
- Kin Hubbard

Monday, September 8, 2014

Quote of the Day

Folks that blurt out just what they think wouldn't be so bad if they thought.
- Kin Hubbard

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Quote of the Day

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.
- G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Quote of the Day

What a glorious garden of wonders the lights of Broadway would be to anyone lucky enough to be unable to read.
- G. K. Chesterton

Friday, September 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
- G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Quote of the Day

Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction; for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
- G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quote of the Day

There is something to be said for every error; but, whatever may be said for it, the most important thing to be said about it is that it is erroneous.
- G. K. Chesterton

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Quote of the Day

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
- G.K. Chesterton

Monday, September 1, 2014

Quote of the Day

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
- G. K. Chesterton

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Trip to the Norwegian west coast

Boredom took me again today, so I set out around noon, heading for the mountains of Jotunheimen (Troll's Home). I made my first stop at Vang, about 90 mins northwest of Dokka. The pictures you see underneath represent pretty much the landscape all the way to the coast; tall hillsides that could be taken for proper mountains, with the occasional waterfall cascading several hundred feet down into some fjord, usually with some impossibly green, luscious side vally somewhere in the picture. Driving from the inland valleys of the Hønefoss and Dokka areas is driving through postcard upon postcard.

View north.
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Several hundred feet of water gushing down the mountainside.
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Hillsides so tall they should be categorized as mountainsides.
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Fodnes, where you take a ferry across the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, this is the longest salt water fjord in Norway (3rd longest in the world), the 127 miles long Sognefjord. In theory there's prescious little between you and the Canadian east coast.
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The fjord continues east and north (Lustrafjord) for miles.
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This is from Fortun, just north of where the Sognefjord ends. About half way up the mountain, along winding, narrow roads, is a small layby where one can stop and take pictures.
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I tried my hand at some arty-farty b & w pics.
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These pics were taken once I reached the top of the hill and began driving across the mountain plateau. I had the wild, beautiful mountains of the Jotunheimen National Park to my right and the equally lovely Breheimen (Home of the Glacier) on my left. I can't remember what these were called, but there's tons of tops like these in Jotunheimen.
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Looking back south.
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Yet another nameless mountain.
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South or possibly west. You get dizzy trying to maintain your bearings with huge mountains all around you and a general, dispersed sunlight to boot.
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The last pictures are from Krossbu, a tourist cabin on the Oppland county side of Jotunheimen (the rest lies in Sogn og Fjordane). Here is a great view of Breheimen straight ahead with the cabin at Krossbu down on the right.
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A waterfall just after Krossbu.
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This scenery reminds me a lot of the Brooks Range in Alaska.
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Quote of the Day

It’s an incredible con job when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations with all their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous.
- Gloria Steinem

Gol and Valdres

On my way back from the mountains Thursday I stopped in just outside of the small village of Gol to take some pics. Gol has tons of cabins mainly used for skiers in the winter but there's also plenty of nice views here in summer. Feast yer eyes:

The hillside looks inviting, no?
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Honey light.
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Way up in the mountainside you have great views south.
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Closer to Dokka you have Valdres, which is also a very nice area. As said in an earlier post; tall, wooded hillsides and lovely streams at the bottom is the order of the day.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Quote of the Day

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
- Ernest Hemingway

Hardangervidda

Here I've gathered some pictures from various parts of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. It is the largest of its kind in Europe, and also hosts the continent's largest number of wild reindeer. The oldest rocks found up there are more than a billion years old.

This is from lake Sysenvatnet. It is a water reservoir for a power plant, and the little stream that trickles from the rocky dam joins with other streams to become the raging waters of Vøringsfossen. They actually have to let out a minimum amount of water during the tourist months so that the waterfall doesn't look all pathetic. The glacier in the back is Hardangerjøkulen, the 6th largest glacier in Norway. Areas of it was used to film "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" where it represented the ice planet Hoth.
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View from the dam (you can just see it on the extreme right of the picture) down towards Vøringsfossen and the west coast.
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Typical mountain plateau vegetation just east of the dam. The plateau is still home to tens of thousands of sheep in the summer months.
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Another mountain stream that feeds into Vøringsfossen. There are innumerable water bodies from streams and tiny ponds to fairly large lakes on the plateau.
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More from the glacier Hardangerjøkulen.
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From the eastern ends of Hardangervidda.
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Trip to Vøringsfossen

Yesterday, I took one look at the weather forecast, and seeing it was lousy for the weekend, I promptly ended my classes, downed a quick lunch and set off over the mountains towards one of Norway's greatest tourist attractions: The waterfall of Vøringsfossen. The name means something like "revered waterfall". The drop is 182 meters (597 ft) in all and the largest single drop is a vertical 148 meters (485 ft).

It is only the 83rd highest waterfall in Norway, but probably the best known and for years it has been one of the most visited attractions in the country. Big buses with mostly foreigners come from far away so that people can gawp at the water, buy very expensive touristy crap and eat overpriced waffles in the hotel cafe next door. Also, we've managed to rid the world of three eejits in the past five years; the waterfall should really be nominated for the Darwin Prize.

All pics here.

'tis a purdy sight.
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I had to put the camera on the side to capture as much of the waterfall as possible.
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The river continues on to the sea.
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This picture sadly does nothing to convey my sense of vertigo as I took it.
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It was shortly after 4PM, and the light was just beginning to get that honeylike, Nordic texture to it. With nary a cloud in the sky it was pure bliss.
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Quote of the Day

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
- Saul Bellow

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quote of the Day

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice - that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it."
- Sydney J. Harris

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quote of the Day

Most of us would like to be smarter than we are, stronger than we are, richer than we are, but we don’t feel all that comfortable with people who are.
- Mickey Manfield

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
- Paul Valery

Monday, August 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

The man who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more.
- Richard J. Needham

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense.
- Thomas Paine

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

I wouldn't exactly recommend alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, insanity - but they've always worked for me.
- Hunter S. Thompson

Friday, August 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

The reason people blame things on previous generations is that there's only one other choice.
- Doug Larson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quote of the Day

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice.
- Cyril Connolly

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quote of the Day

Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized.
- Joseph Sobran

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

Monday, August 18, 2014

Quote of the Day

The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.
- Elbert Hubbard

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Quote of the Day

I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars.
- Charles Darwin

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Quote of the Day

When I was a kid, I had two friends, and they were imaginary and they would only play with each other.
- Rita Rudner

Friday, August 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

In the first place God made idiots; this was for practice; then he made school boards.
- Mark Twain