Running on Ice || ViralHog (YouTube)

Running on Ice || ViralHog(YouTube)

“Mika here knows what he is doing, and knew that he only had one day in which conditions were ripe for running across Ukkijärvi Lake in Kangasala, Finland. According to the YouTube description, the lake is relatively small and freezes thick enough to skate on in the winter, although it is often covered with snow. This winter, there has been very little snow so far. The lake froze to 10 centimeters thickness, perfect for skating. Then the weather warmed a little, causing the ice to melt just enough for a couple of millimeters of water to form on top. This left the deliciously clear ice looking like clear water. Mika put on his running spikes, dressed as if it were summer, and was able to film himself running on the lake on December 10. Let’s hope he got some warm cocoa afterward for his efforts. -via Digg” — Neatorama

Occurred on December 10, 2018 / Kangasala, Finland “The lake is called Ukkijärvi which means Grandpa lake and is located in the center of Kangasala city near Tampere, Finland. Ukkijärvi is a real small lake, 450 meters by 150 meters. It was possible to have this kind of conditions, which are rare even here in Finland, because of the small size of the lake. Every year we wish to have clear ice without snow to get good surface for ice skating. This year wasn’t typical at all. We had a long fall season without snow. The cold weather and heavy snowfall didn’t start immediately. That’s why this small lake got chillier and froze sooner than bigger ones after few very cold nights. The ice on the lake was over 10 cm thick when bigger lakes still had open water.We had been ice skating already for few days when temperature got warm again. Ice was still thick enough to carry a man, but after some rain there was also a couple of millimeters of water on it. From the balcony of our house we got just the right angle, and it looked exactly like open water. The conditions were perfect for that one day only. Shooting the video wouldn’t have been possible any other day. Mika has a background in track and field so he got his running spikes. With spikes, the surface was perfect to run on. Actually, it was more difficult to walk than run.”

Where My Heart Once Was


Last night I was packing,

I saw a picture of yours.

A good one.

A happy one.

Today I looked at it again.

I don’t miss you as much anymore.

But your face will always be

one of the few faces

seared in my mind forever.

I choose to remember

the good memories I have of you.

Tomorrow I may still bleed.

I may still cry.

I may still hope

to spend time with you again.

I may still remember the pain.

But I won’t lose myself again.

I’m reclaiming the void

where my heart once was.

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Gluttons and drunkards

Are much to be avoided

For they are teachers


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Proverbs 23 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 23

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee,

2 And put the knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to the appetite.

3 Be not desirous of his dainty meats: for it is a deceivable meat.

4 Travail not too much to be rich: but cease from thy wisdom.

5 Wilt thou cast thine eyes upon it, which is nothing? for riches taketh her to her wings, as an eagle, and flieth into the heaven.

6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire his dainty meats.

7 For as though he thought it in his heart, so will he say unto thee, Eat and drink: but his heart is not with thee.

8 Thou shalt vomit thy morsels that thou hast eaten, and thou shalt lose thy sweet words.

9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

10 Remove not the ancient bounds, and enter not into the fields of the fatherless.

11 For he that redeemeth them, is mighty: he will defend their cause against thee.

12 Apply thine heart to instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

13 Withhold not correction from the child: if thou smite him with the rod, he shall not die.

14 Thou shalt smite him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

15 My son, if thine heart be wise, mine heart shall rejoice, and I also.

16 And my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak righteous things.

17 Let not thine heart be envious against sinners: but let it be in the fear of the Lord continually.

18 For surely there is an end, and thy hope shall not be cut off.

19 O thou my son, hear, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

20 Keep not company with drunkards, nor with gluttons.

21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall be poor, and the sleeper shall be clothed with rags.

22 Obey thy father that hath begotten thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

23 Buy the truth, but sell it not: likewise wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice, and he that begetteth a wise child, shall have joy of him.

25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.

26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes delight in my ways.

27 For a whore is as a deep ditch, and a strange woman is as a narrow pit.

28 Also she lieth in wait as for a prey, and she increaseth the transgressors among men.

29 To whom is woe? to whom is sorrow? to whom is strife? to whom is murmuring? to whom are wounds without cause? and to whom is the redness of the eyes?

30 Even to them that tarry long at the wine, to them that go, and seek mixed wine.

31 Look not thou upon the wine, when it is red, and when it sheweth his color in the cup, or goeth down pleasantly.

32 In the end thereof it will bite like a serpent, and hurt like a cockatrice.

33 Thine eyes shall look upon strange women, and thine heart shall speak lewd things.

34 And thou shalt be as one that sleepeth in the midst of the sea, and as he that sleepeth in the top of the mast.

35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, but I was not sick: they have beaten me, but I knew not, when I awoke: therefore will I seek it yet still.




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David Bruce: War Anecdotes

• When American soldiers shot civilians at My Lai in South Vietnam, Hugh C. Thompson and two crewmembers, Glenn Andreotta and Larry Colburn, witnessed what was happening from a helicopter overhead. They landed the helicopter between some advancing American soldiers and a group of Vietnamese civilians consisting of children, women, and old men, and they stopped the American soldiers from killing the Vietnamese civilians. Later, Hugh C. Thompson and his crewmembers took off in the helicopter, and crewmember Mr. Andreotta saw movement in a body-filled ditch. They landed the helicopter and rescued a two-year-old child from among the corpses. Why did they intervene to stop as much of the slaughter and save as many lives as they could? Hugh C. Thompson explained that “what was going on wasn’t right.”

• During World War II, a sailor found a dog, drunk, lying in a gutter. The sailor smuggled the dog on board the Coast Guard cutter Campbell, and the dog, now named Sinbad, charmed everyone so much that the ship’s captain allowed him to stay on board. Sinbad was given his own bunk, his data was entered into personnel files, and his name was called during roll call—he yipped when he heard his name. Sinbad did like alcohol, and after being discovered drunk, he was given a trial, and his rank was lowered from Chief Dog to First Class Dog. During battles against German U-boats, he stayed on deck. He retired in 1948, and at a reunion in 1986, his human crewmates remembered that as long as Sinbad served on the ship, none of the sailors on the Campbellwas killed in battle.

• War is horrible. After the first Battle of Bull Run, doctors saved as many wounded soldiers as they could, performing amputations as needed. Working with the doctors were Sisters of Charity nuns, who served as nurses. The nurses worked hard, and late at night they went to bed, although Sister Blanche remarked that sleeping would be difficult because of “the odor of death about this place.” In the morning, the odor was worse, and it was coming from the room next to where the nuns had slept. Sister Blanche courageously entered the room and found three amputated legs lying on the floor. They were buried, but in a coffin with a dead soldier. One of the Sisters of Charity wrote in her journal, “Yesterday a man was buried with three legs.”

• War sells newspapers. Wilbur Storey bought the Chicago Times for $13,000 just three months before the Civil War began. He regarded the Civil War simply as a way to sell newspapers. He even told his war correspondents, “Telegraph fully all news and when there is no news send rumors.” William Randolph Hearst also used war to sell newspapers. Before the Spanish-American war, artist Frederic Remington was a Hearst newspaper employee stationed in Havana, where all was quiet. He telegraphed Mr. Hearst asking to return home. Mr. Hearst replied, “Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

• Pastor André Trocmé, the spiritual leader of Le Chambon, a village in southern France that resisted the Nazis and saved the lives of thousands of people, learned about the idea of conscientious objection from a German soldier in World War I. This German soldier worked as a telegrapher during the war, but he refused to carry weapons. Later, during World War II, Pastor André Trocmé did not carry weapons, but nevertheless he was effective in resisting the Nazis and in acting as a role model for others who wished to resist the Nazis.

• During the Vietnam War, a German shepherd named Bruiser became a hero. A soldier named John Flannelly was shot in the chest during a patrol, and although he commanded Bruiser to leave, Bruiser would not leave. Instead, he bit down on Mr. Fannelly’s shirt and started pulling. Mr. Flannelly grabbed Bruiser’s harness and Bruiser pulled him out of the danger zone, and Mr. Flannelly was able to get the medical care he needed.

• C.S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia Chronicles, fought in World War I and was wounded by shrapnel. Earlier, he had a chance to be moved to a safer artillery regiment, but he turned it down, saying, “I must confess that I have become very attached to this regiment. I have several friends whom I should be sorry to leave and I am just beginning to know my men and understand my work.” Not long afterward, his wound put him out of the war.

• Even during a war, it is possible to respect the environment. The Israeli tank commander Major General Abraham Yaffee did not want to harm the rare wild flowers in a field; therefore, he ordered an encampment to move away from the field so that the flowers would not be trampled. In addition, he once stopped his tank and halted its fire so that a cream-colored courser, a rare bird, would have time to move out of the way.

• Colin Powell, a four-star general, is of course a highly successful African-American. At a White House dinner, an African-American waiter said to him, “I just want to thank you and say it’s been good to see you here. I was in World War II, and I fought all the way from North Africa to Italy.” General Powell replied, “I should thank you.”

• During World War II, oceanographer Jacques Cousteau worked as a spy for the French Resistance. Once, he impersonated an Italian officer and spent four hours photographing top-secret papers. Because of Mr. Cousteau, the French Resistance was able to learn such things as the Italian naval signals code.

• World War I came close to aviator Amelia Earhart. While visiting her sister in Toronto, Canada, during Christmas of 1917, she saw four Canadian men on crutches who had been wounded overseas. Affected by their injures, Ms. Earhart became a nurses’ aid in Toronto at the Spadina Military Hospital.

• During the Korean War, listeners to the popular Aldrich Family radio program had to get used to Henry Aldrich’s voice frequently changing from week to week — the actors who played Henry Aldrich kept getting drafted!

• “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” — Voltaire


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davidbrucehaiku: insulters




Arguments and fights

— if you banish insulters — 

will come to an end.


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Proverbs 22 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 22

1 A good name is to be chosen above great riches, and loving favor is above silver and above gold.

2 The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man seeth the plague, and hideth himself: but the foolish go on still, and are punished.

4 The reward of humility, and the fear of God is riches, and glory, and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: but he that regardeth his soul, will depart far from them.

6 Teach a child in the trade of his way, and when he is old, he shall not depart from it.

7 The rich ruleth the poor, and the borrower is servant to the man that lendeth.

8 He that soweth iniquity, shall reap affliction, and the rod of his anger shall fail.

9 He that hath a good eye, he shall be blessed: for he giveth of his bread unto the poor.

10 Cast out the scorner, and strife shall go out: so contention and reproach shall cease.

11 He that loveth pureness of heart for the grace of his lips, the King shall be his friend.

12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge: but he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.

13 The slothful man saith, A lion is without, I shall be slain in the street.

14 The mouth of strange women is as a deep pit: he with whom the Lord is angry, shall fall therein.

15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child: but the rod of correction shall drive it away from him.

16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase himself, and giveth unto the rich, shall surely come to poverty.

17 Incline thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

18 For it shall be pleasant, if thou keep them in thy belly, and if they be directed together in thy lips.

19 That thy confidence may be in the Lord, I have shewed thee this day: thou therefore take heed.

20 Have not I written unto thee three times in counsels and knowledge,

21 That I might shew thee the assurance of the words of truth to answer the words of truth to them that send to thee?

22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor, neither oppress the afflicted in judgment.

23 For the Lord will defend their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoil them.

24 Make no friendship with an angry man, neither go with the furious man,

25 Lest thou learn his ways, and receive destruction to thy soul.

26 Be not thou of them that touch the hand, nor among them that are surety for debts.

27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why causest thou that he should take thy bed from under thee?

28 Thou shalt not remove the ancient bounds which thy fathers have made.

29 Thou seest that a diligent man in his business standeth before Kings, and standeth not before the base sort.




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• During the evening of November 14, 1940, the Germans bombed the city of Coventry as part of its blitz against England. Alan Hartlet was only 16 when the bombs fell. The attack was concentrated, and it was devastating. In fact, the German Luftwaft was so pleased with the destruction that it invented a new word: to coventrate, which meant to reduce a city practically to rubble. By day Alan worked in an aerospace factory, and by night he was an Air Raid Precautions (ARP) messenger. He did such things as reporting the locations of fires, helping put the fires out, and helping wounded citizens. At 6:30 p.m. he heard the air-raid sirens and reported to work at the ARP post. He remembers hearing the bombs explode: “They were coming straight for us; it’s the most terrifying experience to stand there, hearing these bombs from a distance and them getting louder and louder and louder, wondering how many have they got left and are you going to be the next one?” He also remembers, “The Germans bombed Coventry very systematically. They bombed in straight lines from east to west, and then they started from south to north. It was like darning a sock. They picked out the whole centre of Coventry; it was the most accurate bombing seen in the war [to that point].” Many people died: 554, to be exact. An incendiary bomb exploded in the face of a warden at the ARP post and severely burned him. To get medical help for the warden, Alan rode his bicycle 2½ miles to the city centre. He remembers, “Shrapnel was falling—big, red-hot shards of shrapnel hitting the road; the searchlights were swinging; and I could see the glow in the sky as Coventry burned. Marks & Spencer was burning on one side, Woolworths on the other, the cathedral was in flames, and the air was full of brick dust, smoke and sparks.” He managed to reach the city centre, although he had to carry his bicycle across a huge bomb crater. He went to city hall and got medical help for the warden, who survived. Of course, the Germans hoped to sap the will of the English by bombing them. Of course, the blitz did not succeed in doing that. When the all-clear sounded after the bombing raid, the destruction was terrible, with shops burning, cars burning, lamp-posts leaning over, windows broken. But Alan remembers a surprising detail that shows the resilience of the English during the blitz: “To my great surprise, at six in the morning, a tea wagon arrived within minutes of the all-clear sounding, and the rescue squads were queueing up and having tea.”

• War sometimes has unexpected results. For example, Michael Foreman, the author of illustrator of many books for children, was a child in England during World War II, and he lived in a town that housed POWs. The POWs worked on the farms near the village, and they would participate in games of soccer. Some of the POWs married English women. For example, a German POW married Michael’s cousin Gwen. When the Germans bombed the town, many gardens were destroyed along with many buildings, resulting in the scattering of seeds. Growing among heaps of rubble could be found flowers such as marigolds and irises. Also growing among the heaps of rubble was something very valuable during wartime: potatoes. During the blackouts to prevent bombs from being dropped on buildings, a danger arose from accidents because people were driving vehicles without using the lights. Therefore, men were encouraged to leave their shirttails out while walking at night because the light color of the shirt would show up better at night than the men’s usually dark jackets. A farmer even painted white stripes on his cows just in case they wandered onto a road. In addition, the cards that came inside packs of cigarettes became a source of valuable information as the cards explained such things as how to wear a gas mask properly and how to dispose of incendiary bombs. By the way, a sailor once let a very young Michael take a puff on a cigarette, and Michael has never smoked since.

• The United States certainly gets into a lot of wars. Journalist and cartoonist Ted Rall once spoke with a British reporter who came up with an amusing idea for keeping the U.S. out of wars. The British reporter said, “If the average American cannot identify three cities in a country, the U.S. should not invade it.” According to Mr. Rall, “Given that the average American doesn’t know their state capital, much less three cities in, say, Canada, this would transform us into a pacifist society overnight.” Of course, ignorance abounds, and not just among common American citizens. D-Day took place at Normandy, and the Allied forces brought tons of food for civilians because the Allied forces thought that food would be scarce in Normandy. Actually, Normandy had plenty of food, although other places in France had food shortages—Allied bombs had destroyed train lines that normally would have transported food out of Normandy to the rest of France. Military officials telegraphed Eisenhower: PLENTY OF FOOD. SEND SHOES.”

• A student in the old Orient was learning about tricks that are used in war. For example, the student learned of an army that was in a weak position. To keep from being attacked at night, the general ordered many more fires to be built than were actually needed. This made his army appear to be stronger than it really was. Another example: A general had a strong army, but he wished to keep the number of soldiers secret from the enemy. Therefore, he ordered many fewer fires to be built than usual. This made his army appear to be weaker than it really was. The student disliked this trickery and told his teacher, “I am an honorable man, and when I am a general, I won’t use tricks.” The teacher told the student that a special place existed for generals like him: the graveyard.

• “When you’re seen one nuclear war, you’ve seen all you’ll ever see.”—David Bruce

• “I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’”—Eve Merriam


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