There's more to Finnish Lapland than Santa encounters, as Lonely Planet author Kerry Christiani found when she headed 500km north of the Arctic Circle, discovering a Christmas card scene of frozen lakes and boreal forest, reindeer-driven sleighs and snow that lies deep and crisp and even - all bathed in the bluish twilight of the polar night.
#Finland #Lapland #Santa #Nature #Travel
"The Aurora Borealis originates some 93,000,000 miles away on the surface of the Sun with a massive explosion of electromagnetic matter called a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME).
CME’s usually emanate from the more active areas of the Sun’s surface and they throw a stream of electronically charged solar particles known as Solar Wind into the vastness of space.
It is when these particles are directed towards the Earth that we can see the Northern or Southern Lights three or four nights later..."
#NorthernLights #AuroraBorealis #Finland
Would you use these? :-)
The sarcmark would come in handy...
#Grammar #Language #Punctuation
Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won't do.
Leave it to Japan… we already had Cooking with Dog, Cat Cafes and all manner of pet costumes and cuteness… but our world was incomplete until now. Now you never have to drink alone because you can enjoy wine with your feline. Yes, there’s wine for cats.
It is without alcohol, so not to worry. It contains juice from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes (unfermented) as well as catnip and Vitamin C. The product is called Nyan Nyan Nouveau – “nyan” is the Japanese way of saying “meow” and the name Nyan Nyan Nouveau references Beaujolais Nouveau wine, which is hugely popular every year when it is released in Japan.
The manufacturers suggest that kitty can have her vino to join in birthday and other holiday celebrations, or even after a hard week at work, just relaxing at home with her humans.
#Caturday #Cats #Wine
Leave it to Japan… we already had Cooking with Dog, Cat Cafes and all manner of pet costumes and cuteness… but our world was incomplete until now. Now you never have to drink alone beca…
Bloody aftermath of devastating Syria missile attack shown in video that reveals human impact of crisis
"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports there has been 38,199 airstrikes carried out by Assad’s air force in the 11 months from October 2014; which has caused the deaths of over 6,000 civilians.
The Syrian civil war has seen more than 200,000 people killed in four years, and dramatically increased the number of people seeking safety abroad.
UN Refugee Agency UK told The Independent : "The latest attack is a reflection of escalating violence inside Syria over the past months and a reminder that the root of the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East is the ongoing Syrian conflict which so far forced more than four million Syrians to flee their country and another 7.5 million are displaced inside Syria..."
#Syria #Refugee #RefugeeCrisis #Europe
Amid the ongoing refugee crisis dividing Europe, the suffering goes on inside war-torn Syria - whether it is at the hands of Isis fighters, or President Assad’s regime.
I just noticed this, may have been there for some time. Works on personal profiles...
I do wish we could get back the possibility to change the font size on Google+... Or Google Photos.
Facebook has photo editing tool!
I just noticed this... :-)
Text and image editing, cropping... Quite basic but for watermarks and memes this is...
English vocabulary is full of pitfalls that you might not be aware of. Don't let them trip you up.
has a tool in the business version of the Bufferapp:
One can change one's own schedule to a calculated one.
From Buffer in the tool:
"When you optimize your schedule, we look at the past 5,000 interactions (e.g. likes, favorites, clicks, etc.) you've had on the profile you're optimizing as well as similar profiles in the same timezone. We then plot these according to your timezone in a 24 hour period, to see when most interactions have happened.
We also include a "experimental" element, that picks some timeslots outside your top engaged times to find unexplored, new optimal timing areas for you to post."
Here is the suggested optimal schedule for my Twitter.
Why I don't embrace it immediately?
For 10 daily tweets:
Because I also post in Finnish sometimes and sharing a scheduled Finnish tweet possibly at our night time doesn't make sense...
I should have to check every evening the schedule for the 00:07 and 03:22 times to avoid posting in Finnish.
Another thing: If noon is the best time, why not schedule posts at 11:00, 11:30, 11:50 and 12:15? :D
This is why there aren't any Best times to tweet or share - it always depends on the individual's use of any platform.
The graph is interesting though and a big help in many ways.
#Twitter #Sharing #SocialMedia #Scheduling #Bufferapp
These have all been printed using normal copy paper - inexpensive...
They seem light but also reasonably durable.
Attended a #Grafi exhibition today: So much interesting stuff.
#Finland #Jyväskylä #EventumExpo #3Dprinting
What do voice search, machine translation, and ATMs have in common?
What does Google Translate have in common with @googlephotos?
Learn the answer to that question and more in this week’s episode.
Watch the video about deep learning:
#Google #AI #MachineLearning
No touch screen. 3G / whispersync yes, so I can order books in my bed, too.
Love it. I used to lug around loads of books when travelling.
Since then I've been reading almost everything on my Kindle.
I have a cover with light, recently the light is a bit glitchy and I thought I'd get a new one in Amazon.
Well, what do you know:
The prices for used ones (no new ones available) are about the same as the device was when I bought it! The cover cost around 27 USD, now 110 USD - used!
That only shows the device is really durable.
Anyway: I'd like to see when I purchased my device and the cover. At the moment I don't see it. My history ends at 5 years in the past...
I'm from Finland and I use both Amazon UK and US - depending what I want to buy and from where I'm allowed to buy.
Strange, this policy, isn't it?
#Amazon #Kindle #Books #Reading
Amazon.com: Kindle Lighted Leather Cover, Burgundy Red (Fits Kindle Keyboard): Kindle Store
My father used to hit me with the business end of an electric cord often: Even for being 30 minutes late after his set time for coming home (9 PM) when I was 15 years of age. A bus broke down and I had to walk from my friend's house.
I was not sorry when he died a few years back. I felt liberated and vindicated.
My kids have turned out to be great young adults. We had very little teenager sulks in our house.
I talked with them, discussed and talked and talked some more starting from a very tender age. I have rarely yelled at them.
Get a grip:
A one-year-old shouldn't be allowed to hit anyone: Take the matters in hand, parents, immediately when you see any untoward behaviour - without any violence or even shouting. Teach them what no means.
Your kids will learn to sort their problems or bad mood by discussing it, not by bullying.
Corporal punishment is abuse towards children.
I do recommend this book to anyone in contact with children:
I have read and used as a reference tool Anna Wahlgren's book "For the love of children" for over 20 years.
(Lapsikirja - Barnaboken).
Just brilliant advice. I do recommend getting the book already when pregnant: The advice is from 0 to 16 years, all the ages and their difficult phases portrayed and tips what to do.
Here is a short cheatsheet for babies:
#Babies #Children #Kids #Education #Parenting #Abuse
Map of the world where corporal punishment of children is illegal: What about your country?
"“Scalloped” is an attractive word, isn’t it? When I hear it I think of several things: first, there’s scallops, as in the seafood—totally delicious. Then there’s the scalloped shape that can live on the edge of a pair of shorts or on the collar of a woman’s blouse—always pretty and dainty.
And of course scalloped potatoes also comes to mind, which carries my imagination to a land of crispy potato skins drenched in a sea of cheese and cream. I can think of no better place to exist, actually.
So when I came across TK member Shelbi Keith’s recipe for Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes, I knew we were going to become fast friends. I couldn’t have been more correct..."
#Food #Recipe #Potato
A beginner's guide to wine which digs a little deeper than just the surface. Giving an overview of the terminology used by wine lovers, as well as the
"Life is too short to safely eject the disk" :D
"Symptoms could include: Lost data, corrupted filesystems, crashing programs, or hanging computers requiring a reboot. A safe removal executes the “soft unmount” needed to prevent any unexpected Bad Things that may happen if a program loses its access to media..."
#Mac #cmdE #USBdrive #Tech
Is there any harm to be incurred by just pulling a flash drive out? Why do we need safe removal at all?
"Cyclamen is a genus of 23 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Primulaceae.
Cyclamen species are native to Europe and the Mediterranean Basin east to Iran, with one species in Somalia."
#Flower #Flowerphotography #Nexus5
Language evolution is like biological evolution – it happens minutely, generation by generation, so there’s no distinct breaking point between one language and the next language that develops from it.
Therefore, it’s impossible to say that one language is really older than any other one; they’re all as old as humanity itself. That said, each of the languages below has a little something special—something ancient—to differentiate it from the masses..."
#Hebrew #Tamil #Lithuanian #Farsi #Icelandic
#Macedonian #Basque #Finnish #Georgian #IrishGaelic
Oldies and goodies: Check out our list of the ten oldest languages in the world.
How tech workers are turning to the Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ to unplug
"Before they were to find a “sit spot” in the forest, resisting the urge to check their phones and just pay attention to the nature around them, before they played games under soaring western red cedars like “blindfolded ninja” to sharpen their senses, a group of stressed-out, high-tech workers who spend most of their days inside, tethered to their devices, faced the toughest challenge of the day.
Turning those devices off.
The group of about a dozen had signed up for the first-ever “Unplug and Recharge in Nature” day organized by the Wilderness Awareness School on 40 acres of forested land just outside the high-tech corridor that is home to Microsoft, http://amzn.to/1OjzA77 and a host of other high-tech companies. They’d come to the woods, many said, because after spending so much of their time in the addictive and information-loaded virtual world, they felt a need to reconnect with the real one..."
#Forest #Health #ForestBathing #Nature
Maybe in another era, we just called it camping. But 'forest bathing,' which originated in Japan, is now being used to unplug from the digital world
San Francisco and the Bay area calling me!
In a month's time I'll be travelling to the Google Top Contributors Summit in San Francisco.
I'm looking forward to the trip very much.
I might try staying at the other side of the Bay for a few nights:
Any recommendations for a walking friendly area (FOOD! :-) within a walking distance from BART?
I was checking in Oakland, any other suggestions?
Hmm, near BART, reasonable rate:
#TCsummit #TCsummit2015 #SanFrancisco #California #Travel
Pics from my 2014 visit: