While it was still very good weather and the forecast was rain we decided to make the veranda ready for the winter to come. Covering the summer furniture.
That done we looked forward to our week end trip. To the Kula road, 20 minutes from Spydeberg town in very nice surroundings. Recreational area with a lot of nice wooden cabins or huts if you want.
We had a wonderful time as always on this place with good food and drinks. And we watched “Stjernekamp” (established musicians competing in different genres to become the ultimate entertainer). We wanted Knut Anders to win.. and he did 🙂
So Sunday came and we had to head back. Really icy and slippery across Tyin-Årdal, 37 km with average speed of about 40 km/h 😮
Om vi planlegger å opprettholde dagens utviklings hastighet og stadig øke dagens levestandard så er denne kampen tapt. Spør dere meg så er det flere tiår siden vi sagde over mer enn 50% på den grenen vi selv sitter på.
If you ski a lot you should consider becoming an instructor, probably one of the cheapest educations you can get and if you go through both Level 1 & 2 (of 4 levels) you can apply anywhere in the world.
And you should read this book:
Either you are a beginner, an intermediate or a pro this book will give you a lot deeper insight, in a way you wouldn’t believe!!!
I am “giving” you this book if you are interested in the topic Climate Change:
This not a book about the climate change, really, but more about prophecies. Thing is, though, that some of what he (Charles Berlitz) describes here are in fact happening all around us more and more frequently when it comes to weather. And that is rather disturbing considering that he wrote the book in 1981, first published in 1982. I read it when it was fairly new and more then one time. I have also read several of his other books.
The first warnings about climate changes came as early as the early 70’s and again in the beginning of the 90’s from various environmental organizations. But did the politicians of the western world respond? You will have to make up your own minds about that.
Our planet has been through several apocalyptic happenings when it comes to climate changes as part of it’s evolution and I believe it will happen again. But it is now happening a lot quicker then anybody would have believed. Is it only man made? I don’t think so but all the “green house” emissions has, in my opinion, probably accelerated the process about a “million” times. A lost race if you ask me.
One of the book’s customer reviews says this, quote: “One of the few redeeming features of this book is is that it was the first to mention Project Noah, a movement only now beginning to work it’s way into the news. You can say you read it there first”
I truly recommend this book. Read it and make up your own minds. Also translated into Norwegian.
We have had three weeks with a clear sky and cold, sub zero, nights. The sun only shows itself approx. two hours daily now. Last Friday night we had some great aurora at our sky here, a good “show” for about hour and a half. Photos from a cell phone so bad quality!
Saturday it got milder with an overcast sky and the temperature rose in the night time from -5 C. to aprox. 8 degrees and a lot of wind. Monday afternoon we went to Sogndal. The ferry boat had to change from it’s normal quay at Fodnes to Lærdal due to the fact they had to secure the nearby cliff face from loose rocks falling down into the ferry’s parking lot. It was nice, though, sailing out from Lærdal, even if the crossing was 30 minutes longer.
Meeting the other ferry.. AND a small tug following 🙂
Yesterday morning there were some really great lights in the sky and mountain sides even though my cell phone don’t have the capability to reproduce it properly.
I had a great walk yesterday afternoon. The sun doesn’t reach our veranda before 14.00 at this time of the year and in three weeks time it will be totally gone for three months so we have to make the most of it while we still have this great weather.
..the two different Chromecasts available: Chromecast2 & Chromecast Audio.
If you want to listen to music the wireless way these two “dongles” do the work for you the cheapest possible way.
Chromecast2 is very versatile since it will mirror your pc, tablet or cell phone on your tv. If you don’t have a smart tv it will make it “smart” for you and you can “cast” anything; text, photos, video and sound.
You will have to download and install Google cast app and from there follow the the instructions on the screen.
A lot of the apps have casting implemented, like Netflix as an example.
Chromecast2 comes with a HDMI cable to connect to your tv and it is powered either from one of the tv’s usb connections or you plug it directly into your mains by the supplied power supply, like you charge your phone.
The Chromecast Audio looks the same but will only cast sound. Instead of a HDMI cable it is supplied with an audio cable, a standard 3,5 mm “minijack”. The good thing here ,though, is the fact that you can cast digitally by swapping the cable with an optical one.. “toslink”.. mini optical plug goes into the device and a normal sized optical into, for example, a Dac (Digital to Analog Converter)
Both devices supports a variety of audio formats, among them the Flac format, which is, what Tidal uses (former Wimp).
I have always been a High Fidelity nutcase even though, now in my old age I have a much more reflected and relaxed view on most things. I still DO like good sound,though, so as long as you use your turntable, your cd or multimedia player your sound is taken care of for you, well, somehow anyway. But, make no mistake, the moment you start streaming music over the net most of what you get is 320 MP3 files or lower. As an example NRK P1 streams at either 128 or 192kb/s which, when it comes to music, means that you have lost 40-60 % of the original recording’s information.
So, some years back i started to use Wimp when they started to stream in cd quality. A cd is recorded at 1.411 kb/s (16/44.1 khz) and that means you get ALL the small details that is compressed away in the MP3 format. Wimp became Tidal and they also supplies a lot of info, if there is any, about what you hear.
Well, folks, I am NOT going to tell you what to do, you will have to make up your own minds. Maybe visit some one with good stereo set, start to read about your options. It is, literately, a jungle out there of equipment to buy so ask yourselves this: How much money am I prepared to spend and take it from there. But, over the last decade or so there is equipment to day that will give you 90% of the performance at 1/10 of the price compared to the best ones, something to think about.
I hope, though, that I have shed some light over a couple of issues and also given you a glimpse of who I am.