Category Archives: reference

Healthy Weight?

I’m seriously trying to eat healthier this year, after a long series of occasional half-assed attempts & fleeting fascinations with nutrition info in the past. I recently discovered the  Dr. Oz show too, which is now one of my favorite parts of day time TV.

We’ll see how this goes… heh, no but for real, so far.. not so bad. So who knows, this might actually be real progress, or so I hope. But yeah, either way it’s worth putting in the effort, cuz’ I’ve been spending a little too much money on vending machines & eating out in recent times, & there are a couple pieces of clothing I’m not ready to let go of simply cuz’ they don’t fit so nice anymore.

Now, being the neurotic numbers nerd that I am, I’ve found this BMI Calculator at the National Heart Lung & Blood Institute’s website handy, & possibly a little more trustworthy than others. However, we still know what they say, for a more acurate depiction consult a physician, did I mention I need to save money though?

Anyway, I’ve seen friends try the South Beach Diet, Weight Watchers, or just simply go vegan, & I’ve observed mild success as well as unenviable failure. As for me, I’ve pretty much concluded that there are only two food rules that work for me, especially if this is going to be a lifestyle change, & those are: that it’s not what I eat, it’s how much I eat (cuz’ there are certain guilty pleasures I doubt I’ll ever have the discipline to quit) & that variety’s the spice of life, I love the adventure of trying some new foods, & that’s probably my best chance at rounding out the load of vitamins & minerals we’re all supposed to be getting as well, right? & Please, if there’s something delicious you know of that you’re not sure I’ve tried, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments.


snow fall

Norsk Word Of The Day: “Snørås”, Meaning: (Snow) Avalanche

We know the rules, momentum is equal to mass multiplied by speed (p=mv), heh.  Apparently it’s a myth that shouting can trigger a “snørås” but I wouldn’t tempt fate. Freaky events avalanches are, Canada has a whole site dedicated to them, which you can find here, &  they’ve been spotted on Mars too now, by NASA.

“You’re my big distraction, my favorite attraction, I’m falling fast, like an avalanche…” – No Doubt

English Speaking Places

  • Angola (along with Portuguese)
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon (along with French)
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cook Islands (along with Maori)
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guam & Northern Marianas
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong (along with Cantonese)
  • India (along with 15 other languages)
  • Ireland (along with Irish)
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya (along with Kiswahili)
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho (along with Sesotho)
  • Liberia
  • Malawi (along with Chichewa)
  • Malta (along with Maltese)
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauritius (along with French)
  • Federated States Of Micronesia
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand (along with Maori)
  • Nigeria
  • Palau (along with Palauan)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines (along with Filipino)
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico (along with Spanish)
  • Rwanda (along with Kinyarwanda & French)
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
  • Samoa (along with Samoan)
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles (along with French & Creole)
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore (along with Chinese, Malay, & Tamil)
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa (along with 10 other languages)
  • Tanzania (along with Swahili)
  • Tonga (along with Tongan)
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Uganda
  • U.S.A.
  • Vanuatu (along with Bislama & French)
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wales (along with Welsh)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

iapetus photo

a beautiful photo of the my blog’s namesake has been released here


The “Old Dominion State” entered the union 220 years ago today, as the 10th state of the U.S.A.

Home of Thomas Jefferson, Booker T. Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Tom Wolfe, & Ella Fitzgerald, its capital is Richmond & its motto is “Sic Semper Tyrannis”, the same phrase said to have been exclaimed by John Wilkes Booth right after he shot President Lincoln.

“Norway-Heritage: Hands Across The Sea”

a website featuring a wealth of information about passenger lists and emigrant ships of Norwegians, a good place to research Norwegian ancestors, and find records of immigration, there is a really useful forum there, which I’ve been a member of for over a year, for discussion of your family tree, among other things, the other members can sometimes provide helpful leads in your research, and occasionally you might even run into a distant relative looking for similar information, the site also features an image gallery

Urban Dictionary

an online dictionary of slanguage, mostly in American English, that practically anbody can add too, so while some of its entries are legitimate, there appear to be a fair few that are iffy

but still a reference source, & an extensive reference source, for this sorta stuff

F.A.C.T. Net

Fight Against Coercive Tactics 

“Since 1993, Discussion, Resources, and Support for Survivor Recovery from the Abusive Practices of Religions and Cults”

Hebrew Calendar

while the world spins on through the time line of “April” & “2007”, while it’s calculated that approximately 1/3 of this year is already in the past by those standards, the year has actually, newly, started, by the Hebrew Calendar 

on that time line, our world is spinning through “Ziv” or “Iyyar” & “5767”

although there are usually twelve months by this calendar too, they don’t completely take the same place; there are less days in a year & the year starts during spring, so it goes something like this:

  • Abib or Nisan ≈ April-ish (ca. april)
  • Ziv or Iyyar ≈ May-ish (ca. mai)
  • Sivan ≈ June-ish (ca. juni)
  • Tammuz ≈ July-ish (ca. juli)
  • Ab ≈ August-ish (ca. august)
  • Elul ≈ September-ish (ca. september)
  • Ethanium or Tishri ≈ October-ish (ca. oktober)
  • Bul or Marchewan ≈ November-ish (ca. november)
  • Chislev ≈ December-ish (ca. desember)
  • Tebeth ≈ January-ish (ca. januar)
  • Shebat ≈ February-ish (ca. februar)
  • Adar ≈ March-ish (ca. mars)

here’s a site for specific days: “Hebrew Date Converter”