Sunday, 6 August 2017

How Can You Buy or Sell The Earth?




How Can You Buy or Sell the Earth?

(In 1854, the United States Government offered to buy two million acres of Indian land in the Northwest. Chief Sealth's (Seattle's) reply to President Franklin Pierce)

The Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land. The Great Chief also sends us words of friendship and good will. This is kind of him since we know he has little need of our friendship in return. But we will consider your offer.

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them? Every part of this earth is sacred to my people. Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing, and every humming insect is holy in the memory and experience of my people. The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man. So, when the Great Chief in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land, he asks much of us...

This we know: All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. But we will consider your offer to go to the reservation you have for my people. We will live apart and in peace.

One thing we know, which the white man may one day discover - our God is the same God. You may think now that you own him as you wish to own the land: but you cannot.

He is the God of man; his compassion is equal for the red man and the white. This earth is precious to Him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its Creator. The whites too shall pass; perhaps sooner than all other tribes. Continue to contaminate your bed, and you will one night suffocate in your own waste.

But in your perishing, you will shine brightly, fired by the strength of the God who brought you to this land and for some special purpose gave you dominion over this land and over the red man. That destiny is a mystery to us, for we do not understand when the buffalo are all slaughtered, the wild horses are tamed and the view of the ripe hills blotted by talking wires. Where is the thicket? Gone. Where is the eagle? Gone. And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt? The end of living and the beginning of survival. So we will consider your offer to buy the land.

If we agree, it will be to secure the reservation you have promised. There, perhaps, we may live out our brief days as we wish. When the last red man has vanished from the earth, and his memory is only the shadow of a cloud moving across the prairie, these shores and forests will still hold the spirits of my people. For they love this earth as a newborn loves its mother's heartbeat. So if we sell our land, love it as we've loved it. Hold in your mind the memory of the land as it is when you take it. And preserve it for your children, and love it...as God loves us all. One thing we know. Our God is the same God. This earth is precious to Him. Even the white man cannot be exempt from the common destiny. We may be brothers after all.

We shall see...

ref: http://maaw.info/ChiefSealthsReply.htm





Thursday, 3 August 2017

soulSailor.seven is out

finally, soulSailor.seven is out! more than 13 hours of sweet tunes have been collected over the past year.


play it at spotify.





Wednesday, 26 July 2017

unplugging jernvilje.no

back in may 2016 i launched a site called jernvilje.no. a joint project with a friend of mine. on jernvilje.no users can follow a few selected norwegian athletes in their quest for success. my friend quickly became bored with this project. the site never got much traction. despite this, i kept improving the service on my own. since jernvilje.no is built on top of foreNeno this has led to many improvements for that platform. hence, in that sense, the project has been a success. despite foreNeno's automatic collection of data i still have to spend some time tuning the system and optimising the content. this i can no longer be bothered.

the peak, about a year ago

current days

there are almost no users left on jernvilje.no. i don't even use the site myself. neither am i any longer interested in promoting the olympics. the olympic games is to me a synonym with corruption. and when i think of the olympic slogan "citius, altius, fortius" or "faster, higher, stronger" i see nothing but an old fashion and highly outdated view of the world, an illusion with "the individual" in the centre. with time i have gotten less and less interested in individuals trying to "beat" others. there has been too much "bread and circus" for too long. time for a change. jernvilje.no will be unplugged very soon.

the front page of jernvilje.no 26th of july 2017

the media page of jernvilje.no 26th of july 2017

about jernvilje.no





Saturday, 8 July 2017

The old giant


The old giant said, "Go! Go before I see the Sun."
The Moon looked at him and slowly faded away.
klevstul - 2010.11.06





Wednesday, 14 June 2017

the dangerous power cord for microsoft surface pro

back in 2013, i got myself a microsoft surface pro 2.  a brilliant little computer. however, last week i was extremely close to burning down a building due to its faulty ac power cord. it was pure luck that i was close enough to my computer to hear the cracking sound and hence seeing the sparks from the power cable. the power cable for these devices was obviously never thoroughly tested.

as i wrote this blog post i did a search for "microsoft surface pro power cable". the top article in my result list was "Microsoft AC power cord recall for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and certain Surface Pro 3 devices". so, this is a well-known problem. just too bad that the information about this does not reach the buyers.


i have tried to get in touch with microsoft about this. i would love to know why i was never informed about this defect. the problem is that i would have to pay $29 for asking them a question as my warranty expired in 2015. and that is something i, of course, won't bother.  microsoft's "virtual support agent" wasn't of much help either.











Wednesday, 7 June 2017

garmin forerunner 910xt review

tl;dr
do not buy the garmin forerunner 910xt - it's not worth its money.


the verdict
i bought my garmin forerunner 910xt more than five years ago, back in may 2012. i've used it hundreds of times. it is safe to say i've properly tested this device. disclaimer: this is nothing but my personal opinion. if you're considering buying this product you should read more reviews.

build quality
the watch itself is solid enough, despite a plasticity feel and look. however, the wristband is crap. after years of wear and tear my wristband broke. i know other users having had the same experience.

gps reception
the gps accuracy is not super accurate, but it's good enough. the accuracy depends on where you run (for example in a city with high buildings vs open landscape), how you run (straight vs a lot of turns, or fast vs slow). the major annoyance is how long it takes from turning on the watch till you have reception. if you start moving before you have full reception it might take as much as 10 minutes. if you're standing still it's normally done within five minutes. that is too long to wait though.

hr monitor
surprisingly inaccurate. tried with several types of belts. to me, hr monitoring has mainly been useless.

software
crappy. caused a super annoying popup every time i started my computer (details). transferring data from the watch to the computer and garmin connect stopped working after a couple of years. hence i have had no way to get the results off my watch.

support
i had heard from friends that garmin support was good. i have good experience from earlier. however, when i complained about the 910xt the garmin support was non-existing. it seemed to me like they did not bother to answer. at least, i never received any answer in my mailbox.


alternatives
earlier i used polar. i moved away as they did not support mac and seemingly didn't see the need for supporting it either. their software was old and outdated. it might have changed now but i will not go back. in 2007 i made bought a garmin forerunner 310xt. i had a lot of issues with that watch but when the 910xt came out and got good reviews i decided to stay with garmin. however, i do not want to buy garmin again. to me, it's not worth the price. luckily i no longer feel the need for gps watches. if i were to buy a watch though i might have tried out suunto. looks great, and some friends of mine that wear them are satisfied.





Saturday, 3 June 2017

how to disable the pen ripple/circle effect on windows 10

issue
when using a wacom pen on windows 10, or earlier versions of windows, you see a very annoying circle or ripple effect where the pen tip/mouse pointer hits the screen/tablet. the same goes for right clicking with your pen. below is a "how to" on completely disabling or turning off this effect on windows 10.

step one
turn off "show visual effects" in "settings" - "pen & windows ink"

step two
disable "enable press and hold for right-clicking" in the "pen and touch" app/program:

step three
disable "use windows ink" in "wacom tablet properties" - "grip pen" - "mapping":

ref
http://www.volnapc.com





the judge

what makes
a stone rough
or a tree beautiful

the scrutinising eyes is the critic
they judge themselves





Thursday, 25 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

the lion

mighty
powerful
from the outside
inside
just another little child
like everyone else





Saturday, 20 May 2017

nocigar

on the morning of 17th of may, i had logged 195 srm races. only five more and my goal of 200 races was reached. this challenge seemed too easy. that aside, being able to once again run, after a longer break by whatever reason is nothing but wonderful. i assume most runners know exactly that feeling. running is after all quite a risky activity. it's a sport where injuries seem to occur more frequently than wearing out running shoes.

as readers might remember i decided to crank up the intensity of running. i decided to once again try to run faster. i even had sindre buraas on the team. i changed my mind very quickly though. almost immediately after i had published my last blog post on running i regretted. it was written in a weak moment, high on adrenaline. i forgot that running is no longer about speed. it is all about enjoying the feeling of running. it is as simple as that. because that is where the freedom resides. so instead of following mr buraas' great program, i have been running slowly in the forest. and i have been loving it.

i decided to start celebrating our national day, 17th of may, by doing a slow morning run. the rain was drizzling, the air was fresh, the forest was silent. life was outstanding. i was passing easily amid the spruces, feeling alive as nature and i blended. roughly four kilometres from home i felt a very familiar sensation in my left calf. the pain that i almost had forgotten returned like a swallow after a winter away. it was nothing to do but begin walking.

195. close. but no cigar.





Thursday, 11 May 2017

fake news?

back in august 2012, i wrote a blog post with the name "the drug test". it's time to once again tell this story, with some additional information. the reason is that i have now heard the same story from two different sources. that still doesn't mean the story is true. maybe this is nothing but "fake news". i have been back and forth whether or not i should share this information. i decided to do because i believe some rumours needs the attention of the public. this way other people might be able to debunk the information or keep digging for the truth.

this is the story:
back in 1995 or 1996. michael johnson visited bislett games. after the events johnson and other athletes had to wait in an area for drug testing to take part. people responsible for the test came and started selecting seemingly random athletes. michael johnson was picked, which resulted in him in saying: "i'm not supposed to be tested". he was never tested that time.

is this story just made up? is it nothing but fake news? it might very well be. i have no way of knowing. having said that, recently there has been some news articles stating that "fishy things" have been occurring at the bislett games:
European Athletics President Allegedly Falsified Doping Samples in 80s
European athletics president accused of covering up doping tests in the 80s
Utrolig at SAH er president i det europeiske forbundet
SAH truer med søksmål
these news articles contain no evidence either though. doping and cheating will always be a problem. lies and rumours will also always be a problem. maybe this story is just started by an athlete being annoyed with the event. or maybe the reason for the story is jealousy of some kind. it might even have been told as a joke at a party, by someone wanting to be in the centre of attention.





epic retardedness fix - enabling mru tabbing in chrome


background
since the launch of chrome back in 2008 i have been annoyed with the lack of mru (most recently used) tabbing. i believed, for a long time, that the feature would be implemented. now, nine years later, i have given up waiting for google. yesterday i spent some time searching the net for a fix to this major annoyance, or epic retardedness, in this web browser. below is the result.

my previous solution
i have for years been using the extension "tab stacker". with tabs being moved to the left it has been a suboptimal solution. but i learned to live with it since it allowed me to use the windows default 'ctrl' + 'tab' shortcut for mru switching.

the fix
below is a step by step description of what i did to enable mru tabbing in chrome in a proper way.

one
download and install autohotkey (i went for version 1.1, AutoHotkey_1.1.25.01_setup.exe, as i was unsure if the script i found would work with version 2).

two
in a smart place on the os do creat a file named 'chrome_ctrlTab.ahk', and added the following content:
#IfWinActive, ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_1
^Tab::^q

three
right click that file and click 'compile', to turn it into a .exe file.

four
press 'win' + 'r' and type in 'shell:startup'.

five
make a shortcut to 'chrome_ctrlTab.exe' inside the startup directory.


six
install the chrome extension "CLUT: Cycle Last Used Tabs".

seven
open chrome://extensions/, scroll to end of the page, click "keyboard shortcuts" and set the quick switch shortcut of the extension to "ctrl + q".



references
stackoverflow for the rescue, once again
an alternative script
a quora discussion
another possible alternative could have been using a macro recorder
chrome_mru on github


update: atom editor issue
running the above script is messing with the atom editor/ide. by some reason unknown to me the autohotkey script triggers when atom is the active window. the fix is to edit the shortcut for mru in atom to also use ctrl+q.

in `keymap.cson` add the following lines:

'body':
    'ctrl-q':       'pane:show-next-recently-used-item'
    'ctrl-q ^ctrl': 'pane:move-active-item-to-top-of-stack'





winter comeback at wyller


ref: http://www.arcticdestinations.com/oslovinterpark/Wyller.jpg

Saturday, 6 May 2017

in the meantime

while listening to be svendsen
i am wondering if numbers exist
i believe i am a nominalist

praising what marley said
and acknowledging the worthlessness of stress
i am feeling supersensitiveness





Thursday, 4 May 2017

the luckiest person alive

life is great. i am fully conscious that everything can change in shorter than a second. it has occurred before. that is why i value my life here and now so dearly.


my balcony
this is the view from my balcony. i can share it with good friends. it is weather resistance and maintenance-free. in the background, you can see my city. it is conveniently located in a great country.


my gym
this is my gym. here i can run, ski, cycle, and swim. i can lift heavy objects, or i can just chill out. i can be with people, or find my own private spot, silenced by nothing but nature. it is completely free and open all year around, every day, every hour.


my lawn
this is my lawn. i do not even have to cut the grass. some people do it for me. several times a month.


my pool
this is my swimming pool. i do not need to clean it nor prepare it for summer or winter. nature does it for me. every year. just in time for a new season.

and then some
next, to all this, i have a wonderful family and great friends. i have everything i need. and then some. i feel like the luckiest person alive.





sbandsb

race #4 2017 - 6516 m - 28:19 [sb] - wednesday 3rd of may


another sb
fourth srm in a row with a season's best. 28:19. an identical result as last. tangency of a record is still a record. at least in my book. and that book is what counts to me. yesterday i also discussed this matter with the man once known as "mosjonisten.com". he agreed.

despite the same official result as last, my garmin watch showed very different split times. then again, my impression with garmin watches is that they are as accurate as they are solid. in other words, not at all accurate. garmin watches remind me of turboencabulators. so when i see garmin presenting new products i hear nothing but this. sounds wonderful. doesn't work that well.

"garmin splits" (where time is relative):
split times this time: 4:24 - 4:30 - 4:26 - 4:20 - 4:31 - 4:21 - 4:05 = 28:19
split times last time: 4:23 - 4:23 - 4:27 - 4:17 - 4:26 - 4:23 - 3:46 = 28:19

during the last three weeks, i have been running three times a week, with a total of approximately 20 km. two slow sessions in the forest next to srm. five more races and the goal is reached. may is a challenging month though. next wednesday i'm prevented from participating. the week after there is 17th of may.

another sb
the "sb" i'll talk about now is the legend sindre buraas. it looks like i have a new challenge coming up. and it seems like mister buraas will help me out.


this challenge might be harder for mister buraas than for me. the goal for him is trying to make me run faster, given a set of limitations or rules. well, there is actually just one limitation, mr me. with all that follows.

the rules:
- i can only run three times a week
- i can never run two days in a row
- i can never run more than 15 km in one day
- i can never run more than 30 km in one week

the jokers:
- my calfs
- my motivation
more about that on this page.

the goal:
- two rounds around sognsvann, 6516 meters, in less than 26 minutes. this year.

the reason for the rules is that i believe far too many are exaggerating way too much when it comes to running. running is addictive. many people tend to go insane and keeps running until their body breaks down. sounds crazy. however, i know. i have been there. i believe it is possible to achieve an ok level without overdoing it. plus then you're less likely to get injured. not at all sure that i will reach my goal. i have to run 2 minutes and 20 seconds faster than i did yesterday. right now that is impossible. but challenges should be challenging.

what else


src: freedesignfile.com

runners.no just turned five years old. hurray!

A post shared by Frode Burdal Klevstul (@klevstul) on





Wednesday, 3 May 2017

in a short period of time

src: wikibooks.org

in a short period of time, we can not trust what we hear. lyrebird.ai  is a great example of that. the same goes for what we see on a screen. then, it will be hard to separate real life from a simulation. some believe we're there already. in the end, what can we believe? our feelings? anything at all? is even "belief" just a simulated concept?

if you were to create the perfect simulation, would you remove the concept of the simulation from the simulation itself? this to prevent "entities" inside the simulation from understanding that their world is a sandbox, and in the next moment be trying to break out. though, can you remove the concept of the very thing from the very thing itself?





Saturday, 29 April 2017

noracewednesday

sognsvann - photo credits: skiforeningen.no

wednesday passed. srm passed. i did not run. despite being shortlisted for a pair of new running footwear. one thing is for certain, with a 40% salary it would have been nifty getting a pair of new shoes. my mailbox is bursting with emails from people that question why i did not run this wednesday. has my calfs given me more difficulties? have i once again lose all motivation for running? have i been banned from the competition? has someone very stupid introduce a running fee for racing around the lake? do i no longer see the point in running in the forest, since i can make my own forest soundscape? was i skiing in wyller? the mysteries are many. the answers few. i am sorry to all you multitudinous readers of this brilliant blog. you just have to wait and see. see if i will run wednesday next week. or if this was it. so close, yet so far away.

readers have also been asking me concerning my mission to get running tips from the legend sindre buraas. i've gone through eight power cycles on my battery attempting to get hold of that guy. it is almost as if he doesn't want to talk to me. but knowing how extraordinary remarkable awesome i am as a person that can not be the case. i bet he is just out cycling, all the time, 24/7/365. having stated that, i did get one text from mister buraas though. he seems to be assuming that i am noel gallagher.


by the way, i've also had ava v5.9 analysed sognsvann for you guys. i used the above image of the lake. there is a lot of surprise by the lake, next to happiness and some sadness. luckily there is little anger to notice.


sognsvann, as viewed by ava.





Thursday, 20 April 2017

sixtogo

race #3 2017 - 6516 m - 28:19 [sb] - wednesday 19th of april

zen mode
my race number 194(+2) is down. six more to go, then i have reached my goal of 200 srm races. so far my motivation is top notch, and my calfs seems under control. life is good, and i feel in balance, in zen mode. the race to two hundred continues.

another guy just like me, in zen mode. a wonderful screengrab, from a wonderful documentary. does anyone know which?

28:19
my watch showed the following 1 km lap times: 4:23 - 4:23 - 4:27 - 4:17 - 4:26 - 4:23 - 3:46.
my official time became 28:19 for the two laps, which gives a 4:20 pace. a pace that i am very pleased with. for the last three weeks, i have been running two till three times a week. a 6-7 km very slow run in the forest, once or twice a week. then the srm race. not much, but enough for me.

the history
pbs (personal bests) are pbs, now i am satisfied with sbs (season's bests) and dbs (daily bests). below the last races, and the pbs from a time i ran a lot more than what i now do.


expert help
last night i got an idea to make this little project a tad more exciting. i thought of contacting a running pro, to get some extra help. i searched the internet for "running legends", and discovered that i have a legend in my own back yard, a guy with the name sindre buraas. the second fastest norwegian on the 5000m, with the time 13:11 from 2015. despite him having retired from running i guess he must know a thing or two about the sport.

unfortunately, it seems extremely hard to get in touch with this mr buraas. i have tried calling him like 15 times. he never picks up. but i will keep trying. in the end, i am sure he will give in and answer my phone. hence i hope to have some really good running tips to share with everyone by next week.

what else

foreneNo
spending quite a lot of time working on foreneNo version 1.1 (check out the progress here), used by the service runners.no. i will once again enable rss feed, and i hope to speed up loading times.

easter egg
spoiler alert: i found the easter egg. on the below image you should be able to find it as well.


sort messe
i got bored with "sort messe". only listened to three episodes.

a little contest
yay, i have a contest this time. the first image of the post is taken from a sweet documentary i recently watched. the first person to comment this post, with the correct answer, will win some honour.





Wednesday, 12 April 2017

theracetotwohundred

race #2 2017 - 6516 m - 29:10 [sb] - wednesday 12th of april

prelude
whyspace,iaskedmyselfoneday.awhileagoistarteddroppingtheuppercaseletterswhenwriting.itwasjusttoomuchhasslepressingthatshiftkey,andiprefertobepragmatic.peoplestillunderstandwhatiwrite?yes!makeiteasiertowrite?yes!thisisalittleexperimentskippingthespaceaswell.however,thatmightbeoverdoing it.

the race to two hundred
this is part two in a new series here on chronicles.no, that i decided to name "the race to two hundred". please note that i am only stating that i have started the series. i might never end it. but, i will try to. hopefully you, by reading this post, understand the meaning of the title. if not, in these easter eggs times, part one might give you a clue.

srm #193
today i did my srm race number 193 (+2). easter, seven degrees, and rain despite, there were surprisingly many happy people by the lake i so often have run around. i met legends like mr leira and mr bennett. and i ended up running with mr eiksund . i have no idea what that man is made out of. one and a half weeks ago he did seven marathons in seven days. if had done one marathon in seven days, i would have struggled for more than a few weeks. i am still glad i decided, very early on, never to do a marathon in my entire life.



as stated before, i have not done much running lately. due to this, i was quite pleased with today's result, two rounds, ~6.5 km in a 4:30 per km pace. last week i was at 4:45 per km. here are the 1 km split times:
4:45 - 4:34 - 4:35 - 4:28 - 4:27 - 4:21 - 4:03 (~500m)

(garmin rant: my crappy garmin 910xt watch almost never let me transfer data to my computer, so have to manually type in the split times. annoying. have earlier tried contacting garmin support a couple of times, but they haven't even bothered to reply. lousy. and next to this the build quality of the wristband is poor. i have to use duct tape to make sure i do not lose my watch.)

challenge one
this series might be utterly boring for everyone but myself. i realise that. however, trying to make it a tad interesting there are a couple of challenges on my way to reach 200 races. the first challenge is my motivation. i have had motivational issues when it comes to running the last years. if i lose my motivation i might never reach 200 races, despite being close. i am not too afraid of this issue though. right now it is great fun just being able to run. and i do love the srm events, due to all the great people.

challenge two
challenge two is the main challenge. i have had injuries in my calf muscles, on both sides. 2015 in my left calf. 2016 the right. ultrasound showed that i had gotten a rift in my soleus muscle. i have no idea why i got these issues. and it happened completely without any pre-warning signs. both times while running though, but i was running slow, not doing any hard workouts. since then i have been to a physio and gotten a strength training program. i have done several calf workouts over the last year. i might have gotten this due to my leg muscles, in general, being too tense. but i do not know. if i get more calf issues i reckon i will lose all my motivation for running.

src: wikimedia

what else
finally, the "what else section". below.

telemark
despite winter being short, it was a great wyller season. 21 days on the paper. not bad at all.


easter egg
it is easter. i am looking for the easter egg. while on the loo. such a nice side activity. still, haven't found that egg. found many others. however, i did find the at-at (spoiler alert below).




the burning court
yes, it is easter. i am in the city. and at night i visit my office (not my day job office), due to the awesome sound system there, and listen to nrk's "sort messe" from 1975 ("the burning court").



foreneNo
working hard on foreneNo. deep into coding these days. great fun. love it. you can check out the platform in use, powering the site www.runners.no. more changes coming up, in the next weeks.


40-50%
in february i started working 40% at my day job. after summer the plan is to up this to 50% though. i can't describe, in words, the feeling of working this little. that is why i have a lot more time and energy to do my own projects. my first projects have been, and still is, the development of foreneNo. but soonish i will spend more time on writing and drawing. but i can only do one thing at a time. so for now, back to the code.

more?
for more, check out @klevstul.

overall
overall life is good, and, foobar.