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The folks at Freshpet have a hilarious video showcasing a giant dog (and cat) feast, holiday style! Made in collaboration with the Utah Humane Society, the spot features all rescue dogs, and their antics at the dinner table.


And a great making-of video, showcasing how hard it is to control a table full of dogs with a dinner feast in front of them!

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anastasiya koshcheeva sibirjak lounge chair birchbark

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Birch is one of our favorite trees, famous for their pale and lovely bark. Designer Anastasiya Koshcheeva has created a gorgeous and modern  lounge chair and ottoman made from birchbark called ‘Sibirjak’. In it, she has proven that the material can be strong and flexible, tactile and beautiful, yet delicate all at the same time. Via DesignBoom:

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Birch bark is both water-repellant and antibacterial.

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Detail of ottoman. Love the bright contrasting lines of cord.

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Raw birchbark used in the process.

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The chair and ottoman are surprisingly durable.

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Made in Siberia by hand.

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John Stortz does a lot of outdoor adventuring. And his dog Wolfgang is not only his partner, but often the star of the show. Some really great photos, what a fearless and cool looking pooch. Via BoredPanda:

Awendaw, South Carolina

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

Death Valley, CA

Lincoln Heights. Los Angeles, CA

Anza-Borrego Morning, CA

Cerro Gordo Ghost Town, CA

Eldorado National Forest, CA

Potato Chip Rock, CA

Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Kolob Canyon, UT

Anza-Borrego Desert, CA

East Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Medicine Bow National Forest, WY

The Slot Canyons of Anza-Borrego, CA

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Mars is in the news more often these days. We have a rover named Curiosity on the planet in pursuit of evidence of water, and scientists are closer than ever to discovering evidence of complex organic compounds, which could point to the existence of life at some point. Here is an amazing painting of “early Mars”, showing shallow oceans across the northern lowlands and large weather systems drifting in a much denser atmosphere than today’s. Via NYTimes: It’s a fascinating and exciting view of what the planet probably looked like millions of years ago. Below that is a photo taken from Mars from our wheeled friend, Curiosity.
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Offices are increasingly realizing that sitting at a desk all day isn’t healthy. Indeed, it’s downright bad for you. Standing desks are one way to combat it. But they’re pretty traditional. To bust the field wide open, Dutch studio RAAAF has taken on a concept project called “The End of Sitting”. They’ve created a series of glacier and boulder-like surfaces, and no formal chairs or tables. Pretty off-the-wall, and pretty cool. Via Wired:
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“What if we had an environment without chairs and tables, and we don’t think in these archetypes, but in terms of activities?”

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If there’s a master of 8-bit art, Adam Lister would be the candidate. Taking famous works of art and recreating them in simplistic Nintendo-esque graphic form, his paintings are done in watercolor and have a strangely warm and human quality, despite them being chunky and blocky and sometimes hard to decipher. Via Colossal.

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

New ‘8 Bit Watercolor Paintings Inspired by Atari and Nintendo Graphics by Adam Lister watercolor pop culture painting

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