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Fit beyond 40
active, fit and healthy, becoming ageless

Life as a young, fit, healthy and toned guy/girl does not end in your 20´s, your 30´s, 40´s or 50´s, not even in your 60´s or 70´s (and that fit and healthy, young and happy feeling "limit" that people have pushed on to each other since the dawn of man kind will only keep on moving up, up and up). 

Yes, there are of course things that do change as we mature and grow through life. And while some of them are outside of our control, almost all of the things related to getting out of shape (and therefore less healthy) over the years is mainly due to the continued accumulation of your own habits and choices and not so much about the quite minor biological changes happening. 

Yes, there are biological changes happening in our living, breathing beings that are directly linked to aging, but a surprising big amount of them are quite small and can be greatly, if not entirely offset by your choice of lifestyle. (the lower testosterone production in men and girls is a great example, the real, biological change really is small, but it do affect us. However, as scary as that might sound, that effect can be greatly averted, perhaps even made entirely mute and reversed by your daily active, life style choices). 

And the things, big and small, that we cant directly control today, such as the length of our telomeres or when our bodies tells us that we are not able to produce a baby anymore, our changing hair color and so forth - well we dont actually have to waste energy worrying about what we cant change right?. Just as no one can lay out in the sun 8 hours per day for all of life and win that battle against the sun. We all need sun light, it´s actually healthy and necessary for us, but like with most things, there is a fine limit where it goes from enough to be healthy and rejuvenating for us and to much and thus - destructive. 

But you know what.
Even in the so called, big ass cases that turns brave men and women in to a deer caught in the head light of a car - such as cancer, Alzheimer's and our biologically possible life span, our sex drive and wits.

Science are making progress by the leaps and bounds as i write this and you read this. And most of those things, as big as they might seem , and therefore seemingly out of your control, already do get greatly affected by your own basic life style choices such as food and training. 

Life might feel overwhelmingly big at times, and most people dont even want to consider cancer, it´s big, it´s ugly, it´s evil and it´s chaos. 
But even cancer, the chances of getting it or surviving it can be made much worse (or better) by your own daily choices - and we are not talking about a few percent here, but a mountain of a 40% increase in surviving cancer just by eating healthy - and keeping fit and active. 

In fact, the accumulation of a persons choices, as opposed to their biological age and their genes, is primarily the age related decline we most often see in others when we talk about people getting old and out of shape (or how some seem ageless and as young and healthy, vital and horny, happy and witty as always) 

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Never forgive, Never forget by Arch Enemy

we Age
according to our life style choices

But for a moment, let us step back from the big ones, such as your biological life span and cancer. And let us focus on something easy. Your lean muscle mass, body fat and general health. 

The reason for that is that really big health advantages - no matter your age - starts with that basic reality that no one actually has to settle for more body fat as we age unless we allow it to happen (or life throws us a big can of shit and hale storms) 

And that no one really has to loose muscle mass, unless we allow it. Grow slow and week, confused and tired - and yes, you got it, no one have to settle for a loss of libido (at least not due to age). 

In most cases it comes down to how you eat and train and keep active, healthy and happy, week in week out. Why so many end up being and looking more out of shape in their 40´s then compared to how they used to be in their 20´s is due to the 20 years in-between of eating crappy food (or to much of the good food), drinking and drugs, choice in relationship - and training to little. 

And vice versa 
the Pendulum goes both ways

People that look fit, young, toned and sexy in their 40´s and 50´s and 60´s do so due to keeping their discipline and choice of life style week in, week out. There is no magic or secrets to it, there is no genetics preventing you from getting in better shape (or out of shape) even tho some people are of course blessed with good genetics that makes it easier. That is all it do however, making it easier by a few %, genetics play a very small role in how 50 years of life will affect you, far, far, far less then your own daily choices do. So much so that it doesn't even deserve to be a consideration for you. 

So, no matter where you are on the scale of life. Dont get discouraged. Just go out and claim the baby steps that you need to be who you want your future self to one day be. 

It´s all about making a choice of how you want to progress in health, body and mind the next 20, 30 or 40 years and then sticking to it. 

a Simple general formula

Take this as a general guide for your healthier and more active life style, transforming yourself ageless. 

1. Lift challenging weights 4 to 5 days per week - 40 to 60 minutes per time. 
2. Walk, daily for 20 to 30 minutes - outside (you need sunlight too). 
Do high paced and intense - challenging - sprint based cardio for 10 to 20 minutes 2 to 3 days per week. Early in the day, or directly after your weight lifting. 
3. Eat Healthy and not to much 
4. Give yourself the sleep your body needs, not what your mind think you need.
5. Enjoy, life, love, sex - get rid of what is not working for you.

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One day, 3 workouts
The daily Science of a Healthy Life

Yesterday had me do a 3 workout split that went like this: Morning: coffee and water + a sprint based interval run. Midday: Triceps, Biceps, Abs. Evening: Hiit MMA that consisted of Kicking and punching at a high pace at first, and then followed by body weight squats and a slower, more yoga like approach to slowly moving between various martial art stances.

While that might sound like an awful lot.

Looking at it purely from the perspective of time it only occupied between 70 and 80 minutes of my entire day. And since we all know by now that we actually need to activate our bodies throughout the entirety of the day, I can not recommend this 3-way split enough. Not only does it allow your body to fully recover its energy levels from the morning cardio before you hit the weights. But it also allows you to round out your day with that slightly less taxing cardio based workout - keeping you healthy and active while you are watching tv or whatever in the comfort of your home (in my case I was actually watching some UFC while doing my own MMA routine).

So in the end, the time spent working out at the evening doesn't even keep you from doing your usual evening things all while providing you with the delicious bonus of doing wonders for your own fitness level and overall health.

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Your Fit and Active formula for better health and a kick ass body

3 Workouts, One day
20 Minute morning walk with 4 explosive 100m sprints
Midday: Biceps, Triceps, Abs
Close Grip Bench Press: 7 sets (2 warm up) 8 to 12 reps per set
Dips: 3 set x as many reps as you can do
Biceps: Super set 2 warm up sets, barbell curls while doing dips + 6 real sets 8 to 12 reps per set
Abs: Hanging leg raises, as many as you can do: 9+ is superhero stuff
Evening cardio: 3 sets of 10 reps/set Body weight squats + Kick and punch for 15 minutes

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Children bed time stories Book
Mothers little Boy - Childhood Dreams

A 4 chapter short bed time story i finished up writing and publishing earlier this week.
It´s based on an actual event that took place in Sweden, Summer of 1850 when a young boy befriended a wild Momma Brown bear and her two little cubs.

So fire up spotify and dream away for a brief moment as you read this little story tonight :). The first three chapters also includes an original Swedish poem written during the 1800:th about the same event. Well, unless you speak Swedish, view it as a funny, exotic topping on top of the short book I wrote in English (including this surreal floral i shot this spring)  :).

Enjoy the read and have a great little weekend too people

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Little Dreamer by Ensiferum

Mothers Little Boy, chapter one
You can read the rest of the book at our website, free of charge

Once upon
[in a foresty Norse kingdom]

Liten pilt i fjällskog gick: 
Rosig kind och änglablick, 
Munnen röd som tufvans bär… 
»Kors! hvad jag är ensam här!» — tänkte gossen. 

Och han stultade så späd 
Mellan höga, mörka träd: 
Moder hans i sätern var — 
»Här är jag min egen karl» — tänkte gossen. 

Svarta djur nu kommo två, 
Lufsandes, dit han sågs gå: 
Stora, grymma, lurfviga — 
»Jag fick sällskap, det var bra!» — tänkte gossen. 

»Men hvad är det för slags djur? 
Den där stora tycks mig sur… 
Om jag kunde fråga mor! — 
Men det måste vara kor» — tänkte gossen. 

And so it was that, one sleepy Summers day, that little Olle and his older sister Sara raced and played tag and hide and seek with each other. And before you knew it, their mothers home, and safe haven, was far away and before them lay, a sprouting, wild creek that lingered through the luminous landscape. 

It´s water washed in a slow and gentle way over the stony bed and protruding rocks, leafs floated by, and in the air they could hear the buzzing sound of dragon flies and bees. 
And there they lay looking down from a fallen tree trunk that stretched out over the creek, at the fish and frogs that jumped, chirped, and swimmed their way through the cold water that raced down from the ever snowy northern Swedish mountains, down towards the flatter lands and villages. 

The children was all rosy tired from their games and fun and equal parts exhilarated and happy, until, all of a sudden, a deer came jumping through the trees and bushes, and with a giant leap it crossed the creek and ran up over to the other side. With water splashing behind it´s petite, yet agile frame, it set off in a wild, wild hunt. 

The surprised siblings laughed at it all, and then. 
Behind them and to the right, a momma bear, big and brown, came out of the trees, and with her, two little cubs. 

They all froze up, children, bear cubs and momma bear. And with them, the frogs and fish, even the dragon flies, they all went silent, and no one moved as time itself seemed to slow down and freeze. 

Until, the silence shattered when the older sister gave up an exasperated sound,

'*it´s a MOMMA bear, run Olle, run!'.*

But Olle calmly looked at the three animals and thought to himself, "well, they don´t look dangerous at all to me, and for all I know they could be wild mountain cows, yep, I am sure of it, because they do look like really big, brown and furry cows, and my sister is never right about anything, even our mother says so. And now that Sara ran back home, at least I have good company, and they will be my bestest friends!."

chapter two
Two baby cows and one little boy

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inside this dream, we dream
in the land of giants

My spider, this gigantic king of wildest little critters, depicted here as he stepped outside, caught in the intermixing of the awaken world and the fluffy clouds of a dream kissed good morning, he is of course not that ancient. 

But, from afar and days long gone, an ancestor to our modern birds have emerged in China. And I am sure that our fluffy spider king does not mind at all if we for a second or two talk about these feathered beings and their discovery. 
It is a brand new bird species that lived in quite a different time on Earth then what we currently inhabit, roughly 130 million years ago and as of now, it is the oldest known ancestor of our modern day living birds. 

It´s cutesy name is Archaeornithura meemannae. 

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The scientists responsible for uncovering this ancient bird believes that it lived in semi-aquatic environments. 
If you are curious you can read more about the chinese project and discovery in Nature Communications. 

New sets of eyes for the origin and early evolution of modern day birds 

"The new fossil bird Archaeornithura is an important find," 
Matthew Lamanna, an assistant curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History said. 

Most importantly perhaps, the newly discovered bird species, Archaeornithura have now pushed back the fossil record of birds’ most recent ancestors by an additional 5 million to 6 million years. 

As for the name itself, it is derived from the two Greek words, ‘Archae’ and ‘ornithura’, which, when put together means ‘ancient ornithuromorph’. The name was choosen in honour of Dr Meemann Chang for her continuous support of the study of the Jehol Biota. . 

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Your month of health & Fitness - May, Week One
A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe

4 weeks and 4 fit, active and healthy articles from yours truly. That is what you can look forward to during the month of May. 

First one out of the gate is today's little write-up.

A first look at what those of you that undertake this journey through May will be doing on a daily basis, outside of your 'real' gym/workout schedule. The things we talk about today, are the small but vital daily life things you do for your on going and future health.. You simply put, do these small things to keep physically active during your day at work or @ home. Small but very beneficial and essential "timeouts" of physical activity that helps all of us fight of the negative health impacts of modern day´s sedentary lifestyle. 

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Too late by Black Sabbath

You see, while it is all wonderful going to the gym for a spinning class, or to do yoga at home twice a week, or to bench press new records month in month out. Our health truly needs small daily things to keep itself top notch throughout our entire lifespan. 

No, this is not old wive´s tales, this is purely scientific truths. 

From your lower back, to cancer, your longevity, your mood, sex drive and creativity, the amount of body fat you accumulate through life, the health of your heart, your joints and bones, the pace with which you loose bone mass - even your lean muscle mass gains and losses. 

Breaking up whatever you do a few times per day, ever other hour or so, and doing something physically active even for just a few minutes brings with it tremendous health benefits, and as such, these small things are essential even for someone like me that hit the gym hard 5 days per week.

First out, the morning call. Served with a cup or two of hot, black coffee.

Every day for all of May (for all of life really). 

You´ll start your day with black coffee and some water, and then choose to do, either a morning walk for 20 minutes, or a combination of yoga and hiit MMA morning workout for anything between 10 to 20 minutes. Feel free to pick what feels the most fun for you. Fun is important since this is not just 4 weeks of to do stuff. Life is not a worthless reality show that tells you to first drop 10lbs of body weight and then lets you run off into a hailstorm of Chicken McNuggets, Pepsi and beer so you add back 30 lbs of pure body fat in 2 months time. 


Life long health is not about your past achievements or failures, it´s about what you do from this day and all the way until that big old clock sings it´s tune and hopefully allows us to restart instead of just fading to black :).

So. you pick your wake up call, your way and then you enjoy doing it. And you keep doing it, because the ones that do, they are the ones that keep on reaping the benefits of a greatly improved health and body composition for the rest of their life. But having said that. When you rest, when you cheat, when you fail. You do so and dont guilt trip yourself to death, we are just human, and as such, we all fail at times. What is important is getting back up and moving ahead.


I will write a more detailed article for a Hiit-mma workout during May. But for now, if you have no idea what you do. Then keep it simple and simply punch 10 straight punches with each arm while you do your 10 body weight squats. And kick 10 straight kicks to the mid section with each leg, and 10 kicks in a circle going from left to right - right to left - with each leg. It is not about how you kick, it´s about activating your core, your ass, your tummy, your back, your legs, your heart and lungs. 
Middle of the day stuff.

But, if you where thinking that a good start is all it´s about, then no, lifelong health is not that easy to maintain and improve upon. 
So, between your breakfast habits and your evening/night gym/workout sessions you will have to stay active on a daily basis. Breaking up your sedentary going ons every second hour or so of sitting still. 
No matter if you are at work or at home binge watching Netflix. And if you think about it, it´s not hard at all to stand up for 5 minutes while watching Game of Thrones. Do a few body weight squats, or shadow box in the living room. Do some push ups against the tv sofa. 

My suggestion is this. 
Ever hour or so, break up your laziness and get up, walk for a few minutes inside of your home or office. And on top of that, do 10 body weight squats, ass to the ground style. Once done, follow up with 10 push ups, against the floor or a sofa. 

And finish it up by leaning over something, a sofa, chair or against a table or similar, use your arms to keep your balance, and then kick backwards 10 times per leg and go as high as you can. Dont do it explosive, this isnt at all about kicking something martial arts style, this is about getting your lower back, your ass and your tummy and hips working. 

Repeat twice and you are all done with your intermediate mid day 'sedentary timeouts'. 

And no, please do understand, this does not replace your regular, real training, this is the basic, small stuff you do for your health, because breaking up being lazy like this, several times per day, for every day of life. That has huge, positive health benefits and will also help you shave off some pounds of pure body fat. In fact, as for numbers, if that is the kind of girl you are. Recent science studies have shown how daily small stuff like this together with healthy food will lower the chance of getting several cancer types with as much as 40%, sometimes even higher. 

So, for May, if you don't already do stuff like this outside of your gym, yoga, sports, start laying the foundation for a much healthier life and much-improved body composition. You might not thank me in 12 weeks, but you will thank me after ten years of keeping this up, and you will do so in a big way. 

Enjoy and have fun.

Next week, i will detail how to kill it in the gym, legs, ass and tummy. And for the third week we´ll take a look at how to do a real hiit-mma workout, either for your cardio/strength workout, or as a part of your daily timeout workouts. And OH, dont forget the importance eating healthy food have not just on your health, but also on your body. If you eat junk, and train hard you will for sure get faster, stronger, bigger, et cetera. But you will only reap half of the health benefits you could. And you will loose hell of a lot less body fat than you would if you also took care of eating healthy food (and not to much food).

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

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 :P.

The birth .. of death and life, photosynthesis

Let that word - photosynthesis - linger on you´r tongue for a few.
The life giver of today was once the bringer of death and destruction.

From tiny molecules of water, long before the age of man and dinosaurs, a vile army of bacteria once set loose global mass destruction upon the face of earth as the bastard child's schemed to end the cycle of life.

But upon unleashing photosynthesis on the world, they did not just end one early cycle of life, they also, by freeing the oxygen trapped inside water made sure that life as we know it today would form.

Or as, Kevin Redding at Arizona State University in Tempe say. 
"The extinction caused by oxygen was probably the largest ever seen, but at the same time animal life wouldn't be possible without oxygen."
Kevin Redding

So, today's photo of mine get´s a loving little dedication to that sweet thing called photosynthesis and those evil bacteria's we all owe our life :). 

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the homeless Invisible
inside out, the blind leads the blind

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 noticed 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.

Sadly I had nothing to give her since 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.
Well, this article of mine isnt about me giving her money. But while it felt good to be able to help her even in that abysmal and far too lacking way in that given moment. I could not help but to observe all the countless, never ending rows of people walking in and out of that store.

People walking in and out of that store with overstuffed bags, people all being overstuffed themselves.
People with money and too much food and all of them entirely blind to that young girl.

Unseeing hearts and closed off minds turned on, and while I stood there no one else gave her anything. In its own obscure way that little slice of time served as a pretty good view of our global modern world with too many having to much and to many having far to little.
And no I dont care why she was begging for money. Disability, mental health issues, unemployed, a gypsy, living on welfare that isnt nearly enough for anyone, was she a homeless and entirely without an income. Or any of the other reasons in life that could have pushed her to sit there.

My reflection is, does it even matter?

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Tax unhealthy food through the roof and subsidize healthy food and farming

Is not reality that no one with a joyful and fulfilling, healthy life would ever willingly spend hours in the rain begging for money outside a warm comfy store.

And if that is basic reality (which it is). I have to reflect on the slightly and sadly decently sized pool of people in the world, not the ones that didnt see her. That´s sad enough, but even more so is the amount of people that raise their voices and actions to make unemployed people, starving and homeless, sick and beggars something even worse to be.

The ones that claim to be good people, caring people, well behaved, loving, nursing, religious and destined for heaven and well paid jobs, people that claim to be the better. The very same people that enjoy kicking downstairs, lowering wellfare for the ones that needs help the most, the ones thinking it´s okay to beat up beggars and homeless. The ones that think they are not suffering enough in their thinly veiled shelters beneath stairs and grottos.

The ones that think they should be chased off or thrown in jail for being poor. The far too many that somehow thinks that unemployed and sick should be punished even more, the ones that feel that underpaid workers should suffer more.

Those soul less people, the heartless, the bullies, the over paid, mentally and emotionally ill people that think others should suffer for no reason at all.

No, I am not talking about you. Because I am sure that no matter how you do life you would never kick downstairs. You are one of the many that would like to see a healthy and fulfilling, equal world for every human being.

I am however talking about the selfish bullies.

The ones that have somehow replaced the evil of yesterday, the ones that are todays KKK, todays nazis and slave owners.
They would most likely never associate with such horrible labels of evil. And they would most likely never even dream of agreeing with yesterdays inhuman views. But that does not change that they are todays confederate soldiers, for obscure reasons marching to preserve inequality and injustice, they are todays over privilieged and selfish, people that knows better, yet for some reason they feel that they deserve more than others.

They are the ones we should outlaw. The ones that should be taxed more. They are the blemish on our civilized world. They are the anchor that slows progress towards a better and healthier world.

They are todays wrong, just like slave owners and nazis where yesterdays wrong. Another reflection I had was that it certainly is time for all developed nations to tax sugar and unhealthy food through the roof. Allow people that enjoy eating shit to do so. But tax it through the roof and use the proceedings of that unhealthy food to subsidize healthy food and healthy, sustainable farming, benefitting all of humanity in the end, while still allowing unhealthy people to choose unhealthy food. And all the savings in health care, all the savings in life´s and bodies for people and society, use that to increase well fare, to provide better free health care to people with far to little income. Provide housing and free sustainable energy for every person lacking enough money to pay for it.

But of course, that pool of people that for unknown reasons never allowed themselves to see her, they would never want that. For them making a better and healthier society is not at all a good thing for some crazy disturbed reason.

A well, as I said, they are todays wrong. The ones lacking empathy, and as such, the ones not being truly whole, thriving, healthy, wonderful human beings. They are the ones needing help too for they are blind and damaged and ill.

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No need to keep deleting your comments :). Sorry to hear that you are one of the unfortunate ones in life. But if you read My post a bit more careful you Will notice that I am supportive of all people ( including you ) getting a better and more fulfilling and healthy life. No matter if It's a Domestic violence victim, an emotionally abused person, a homeless, unemployed, well educated and super smart person or a poor, crazy creative, musician, doctor, Sick and ill, super healthy, rich or poor, fit or obese person.

Everybody, Male and Female deserve a world and society that caters to their own Needs.

A society that actually promotes and support better health, clean air and healthy affordable Food and Income for everyone. A life that promote people to enjoy their own joy and Desires. We all deserve a world like that. And neither of us deserves a world where retarded politicians are walking Around beating up homeless people. No one should ever have to be homeless no matter what.

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The gardeners slow strawberries
and the chimpanzee chef

And while we wait for my strawberries to transform from one state to another. To grow, to change, transform, to go from green to ripe and tasty delicious. And to do it all again the coming years, from soil, rain and sunshine and then to pour that sweet nectar of life down my tummy :).

We might want to call this post and photo of mine, I am Ape, and I am you instead.
Because, one day, when we sit down at our table, outside on our open, white boarded porch. The chef will be one of our oldish cousins, whipping up the yummy cream, washing the cute little red berries and BBQ a slice of chicken and veggies with greatest joy.

And damn, this chimpanzee do know how to cook.

Once the chicken is done, we all sit down, eat and dine. And you can see that he enjoy his handy work, and greatly so. His English is a bit rough around the edges, but he is learning, and with the help of a waterproof 4k tablet that assists with real-time translations from our fluent English to his mix of English and native chimp tongue our conversation is amazingly smooth, and greatly rewarding for us all.

Of course, he is just visiting for the day. He sometimes do that, coming down from his forest home to BBQ, eat strawberries and to talk. He likes that, our friendly chimpanzee cousin.

Enjoy the summer people.

And if you are wondering what in gods name I am talking about, hit up our website for an article about the joy of cooking that chimpanzees (and other apes) have been found to enjoy - both making and eating. A joy and appreciation of cooking the food and eating the delightfully made food that rivals our own.

And yes, they are the chef´s, all on their own. In an evolutinary step like the one we once did when we mastered the fire, apes have been found to have started the same culinary evolution that before them, only us humans have done.

Fascinating, cute and amazing all at one. And I for one can not wait for the day when we get to sit down to a table made and enjoyed with an Iron chef chimpanzee :).

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The Euphoric flight of Creativity
Inside our Mind and external inspiration

The Cerebellum inside our individual selfs will dance it´s 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 it´s smaller size (The Cerebellum makes up about 10% of homo sapiens total brain volume) commandeering the majority of our brains neurons.

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Avalanche by Arch Enemy

Dancing like a Ninja and painting like Van Gogh

Not only is our little brain keeping you upright as you dance and spin like a ninja master, breaking arms and doing jumping spin kicks, twerking your ass off on the dance floor, but it is also the wheel that greatly powers our creativity.

Some of us needs a total and conscious effort to create anything and everything. And for those, the prefrontal cortex is the master chief at play. Others, on the other hand, only has the first stumbling steps taking place in the conscious cortex, but then truly spins into high gear once the cerebellum takes over.

Surprisingly, not so surprisingly, that scientific look at what happens inside our brain as we engage in creative activity lines up incredibly well in what we all know from real life experience.
Some acclaimed creatives claim you need to force it. Treating the delicacy of creative thought and art like the conscious effort it is to change the bike tire. All while most other high functioning creatives, claim without a thread of doubt that their best creative work, only happens by itself once they have set things in motion and then allowed their mind to do other things. Creating something of quality in the fountain of inspiration that is found when going on with daily life.

Both processes, of course, involves multiple parts of our minds to be engaged. But one favours the cortex while the other resides primarily in the subconscious "little brain".

So, at the end of the day, surrender yourself to the truth of how your mind actually works and achieve your best creative endeavors yet. Or, as one of the men responsible for the scientific study that led me to write this article said.

“The more you think about it, the more you mess it up,”
Dr. Manish Saggar

Creativity that is, not life itself :)

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Sweet Dreamscapes
Tonight we dream and travel

Liar liar 
on the wall 
A spider climbed 
its web of words 
towards the golden tassels 

So tell me now 
What do you see, what do you crave 
and elucidate 
when darkly dearest Sandman 
from sheltered moons 
and starry night 

takes us to forever dream 
and silent travel 
Caught, set free 

Is that frost upon your breath? 
A dragon gnarly hides inside your chest 

dreams are yours 
to walk 
sing and hymn 

the whispers 
In the dark 

i travel 
Like a flock of ravens 
and the shooting star 
towards, the realms uncharted 
I gladly hurl 
to slay the demons 
of unknown tides 
and whitest waters

From a short childrens book i am currently finishing up.

music of the day
Too late by Black Sabbath

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A tower of glass, our city
from life in the near future, Earth day style

The following is a glimps in to our near future. Life in the tomorrow world, courtesy of past generations wasteful and willful disrespect for health, Science and long term thinking when it comes to all our life on Earth, for the sake of short term profit.

A dream of course, but also one very much based on current science and social and political trends, not to mention, the basic reality of what will happen, not just to Earth, but humanity as a species and individuals, unless we, the current generation(s) do guide most of the world towards this type of future. A future that is sustainable and far healthier and equal.

As Obama said (if I paraphrase abit :P): it´s time to stop talking and start doing, our globally mutual and wasteful behaviour has done enough damage as it is, and time is out for just talking about it. We now need to actually start creating a world that is far more healthy and sustainable then it currently is.

Vertical Cities and 'smart' Farming
Sustainable progress & technology
Life inside our tower of glass

High up, in our ivory-like tower of glass, each evening we look out at the setting sun and how it after a long day of travelling, in the end, as always slowly dips each and everyone of it´s rays of light into the watery ocean. 

The evening sky and rolling landscape change their hue under the traversing basking light, and in the water a rainbow of shades paints an illuminating backdrop to our good bye and good night to the day that was. 

While somewhere else in our sheltered home. 

A sound is heard, it is the shrieks of eagles high up above our heads, they are nesting inside our dome, and each day, as the sun sets, they return with sounds of their lasting song from the outside. Unlike us people that walks the streets of this shielded vertical city, traversing it on sky high elevators and trains, the eagles that too has made this place their home can easily pass in and out as they see fit. 

We on the other hand had to pass through the big city ports down at the ground floor, huge polished air port like entrances leading in and out of our city that for every moment of every day and year were monitored and guarded. 
I do not think that anyone for even a second believed that the ever present drones and artificial security was there to protect us from any outside threats. It was mainly for our own calm, to provide us with the emotional feeling that we were safe and protected. 

That, and perhaps to keep short tempered citizens calm.

Inside the Dome

I look up, but i can't see the Eagles, I just hear them. And then, twenty floors beneath us, the midnight train approaches and catches my attention, I love the way the setting sun reflects upon the smooth surface of the driver less train.

You take my hand and we start walking, yet again. Our feets guiding us to the artificial water falls that provides the city with an endless loop of fresh and clean water. Water from which our man made lakes are kept alive, the water that the cities vertical, smart farms feed from and we all shower in. They also helps us generate electricity through the kinetic energy we gather from it´s violent free fall through our walled off world before it goes underground for a brief encounter with the natural ecosystem of the outside world that our water system is now an essential part of. 

A watery world all in itself that also includes our free swimming, farmed fish. 

Once humanity moved into these sky high cities, like fossil fuel, the unsustainable global fishing industry had already been outlawed too. But not only is fish a healthy treat, we also knew that keeping them around as a natural part of our closed off eco system had other substantial benefits. 

Outside the glass walls, giant solar and wind panels hovers up in the air, tethered to the ground and the even bigger solar facilities that is scattered throughout the outside landscape. Our city of course complements it all by also collecting ground and air heating and energy from the outside world. You reach out and you pluck a few strawberries from the vertical pads where they all year round grows, we smile in secret since we are not really supposed to pluck strawberries up here. 

And while we slowly walk towards the cliffs and beaches, allocated like if we were standing outside in a hidden valley somewhere, with trees and rocky cliffs and sandy shores entwined together in a fairy tale like creation. In the background, behind us, the pads moves yet again. 

As we stand there, our toes dipped in the moving water and the still warming sand, the sun is gone and the system will now transports the never ending lines of strawberries back inside where they will get to enjoy a slow transport back down to ground inside a carefully temperated and perfectly humid night storage. 

And then, once the sun once again rise up above the ocean floor, the strawberries will start their daily journey from the groundfloor back to the sky high ceiling of our city, strawberries, greens and other fruit, and the sun, all travelling together for the entirety of the day. 

Haha, as always, I smile at the slight madness of it all.

5 million people.

That is the official number of people that is living inside this one gigantic building, an old big city block turned sky high city. 

It´s own little Closed off system 

Outside our walled world, you could see dozens of similar buildings, each one taking up the horizontal footprint of a traditional big city block, but all vertically housing 5 million people living in a perfectly sustainable environment. And in-between the sky high cities, untouched land where solar powered roads nestled their way in between the crops, trees, water and wildlife. Roads upon which only self-driving, electrical vehicles moved. To transport people, goods and crops between the cities. 

And yes, dear reader. If you are curious, some do move, but surprisingly few ever choose to live outside our garden like cities, they ones that do end up making that choice, they all live by the same regulations as we do. Living a sustainable and healthy life, just outside our walled gardens. Some of them work inside the cities, while others never again return. But for most of us, these cities represents something of a healthy, and wonderful paradise compared to what Earth had been reduced to by human hands in the year of 2100.

Artificial burgers Say it ain't so!. 

Meat producers didn't take up any traditional resources anymore, they didnt even exist. 

Having gone the way of the bye bye Texas that all forms of unsustainable behaviour had, from fossil fuel to meat production and most of the traditional pulp and paper industry. Nor did we have a sugar, tobacco or alcohol industry. Neither did we over medicate healthy people with emotionally numbing medications anymore. A lot of things had changed for the better, and as a result, people were not just healthier and lived much longer, they did so being much happier too. 

Yes, we still printed some things, and we still had a pulp and paper industry, but a much different one, and entirely sustainable with vast forest productions possibly having given us more forest then Earth had ever had, at least since the Dinosaours roamed these parts. 

The little meat we produced was artificially grown inside the cities, and the cows that wasn't part of our outside worlds free walking dairy production had been rewilded since long. Not that we actually ate much meat anymore, it had caused to big of a strain on the elderly population, our general health and medical care with it´s negative impact on all sorts of health issues ranging from cancer to diabetes. 

But most of us did enjoy the occasional treat, once a month or so, and let me tell you. Artificial meat taste as good as any old day BBQ meal ever did. And the fact that it was super healthy in comparison and so much less of a resource hog made it even better. 

Show me the money

Other huge health benefits had been the clean air we where now all breathing, causing a massive uptick in general health and longevity throughout our biological lifespan. And while it had been to late to put an halt to the climate change our age of Anthropocene had caused. By now, i dont think anyone would ever want to go back, and nature and wildlife had settled for a striking comeback once we had moved inside and put an global end to unsustainable practices and energy productions.

The age of anthropocene was here and there where no reverting it. But instead of the dawn of man kind, it had been turned around in to a healthier world, a healthier man kind, and we where all winners in the end. Here on Earth and our spacebound colonies as well. But in the history books, the age of man kind would forever be remembered for how it had started, serving as a warning example of never again loosing touch with how we are but one ingredient in an important eco system that needs to be kept in balance.


The word comes from the two words anthropo, which means “man,” and cene, which translates to “new”.

The meaning of the combined word comes from the fact that human- kind had caused a mass extinctions of plant and animal species, as well as polluted the oceans and lands, and even altered the atmosphere, causing  a range of century lasting impacts. Perhaps like other ages before it, it would be with us for milleniums to come

real life inspiration

A world without fossil fuel, The guardian divestment campaign

The Shower of the future.
The Swedish shower that reduces water usage with 90% and energy related to warming your shower water with 80%.

Death by Sedentary choices

San Fransisco launghing free ev, solar charging.

The killer that is industrial air pollution, 600 million people die prematurely just in India as a result.

The lack of responsibility from the fossil fuel industry

Demand for energy will rise with 40% in the near future

Q1 2015 breaks new global warm temp records

Obama: No greater threat to our planet then climate change. the time to act is upon us.

Fossil fuel has lost the race with renewables.

France puts it in the law that new roofs has to be "green" or covered with solar panels. Yay!.

Climate change deniers (reality denying people really) is in retreat.

World is heading towards unseen drought levels by 2050, Unless we change coarse now.

Well, there are many more current realities and scientific sound facts, that all has served as inspirations for my near future fantasy.

But reality is, it´s our own choice between this future which I have painted here, or one where we are all fighting it out over the last puddle of fresh water. And I am sure it´s not just the people in California and India that would like to avoid even less water in their daily life :).

Truth be told, even the most stubborn greedy oil baron sees the writing on the wall, health and sustainability and equality is simply good business and ravaging Earth has run out of ground and time to keep on ticking. So rejoice - Like Mulder would have said, "the change is coming" =).

Enjoy your Earth Day, April 22.

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