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September 9, 2014

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A few years ago, award-winning animal photographer Seth Casteel became an overnight sensation when his photos of dogs underwater went viral. What followed was a book deal that resulted in the New York Times best-seller Underwater Dogs.

Casteel’s new book, out Sept. 16, is possibly the only thing cuter thanUnderwater Dogs: Underwater Puppies.

Casteel on the logistics of photographing puppies underwater

I’m wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I’m one of the pack. … Just kidding. … I usually just wear a wet suit just in case. You know, if you spend 12 hours in a pool with a bunch of dogs, inevitably you’re going to get scratched up a little bit. So I do wear a wet suit. But I just hold my breath — that’s about it. I’m underwater sometimes just a few seconds, sometimes 30 seconds, 60 seconds. But I have my wet suit on. I bring the toys. I bring the fun. And we just have a blast.

Ridiculously Cute Underwater Puppies (You’re Welcome)

Photo credit: Seth Casteel/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co.

 
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August 25, 2014
haldean:

Grilled salmon and asparagus with wild rice!

A thing I got to eat yesterday. Prepared by a total babe.

haldean:

Grilled salmon and asparagus with wild rice!

A thing I got to eat yesterday. Prepared by a total babe.

 
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August 20, 2014
vizual-statistix:

I have previously defended Portland’s weather. The point I made was that, while it absolutely rains more often (more days per year) in Portland than most other large cities, we get less rain overall (in terms of depth of water). These maps visualize the latter point using average precipitation from 30-yr normals (1981-2010). Note that almost half of Portland’s precipitation occurs in November-January, but the combined precipitation in July and August is less than 4% of the annual total. To emphasize this seasonality, I’ve also mapped normals for July and December, when Portland is drier and wetter, respectively, than most of the country.

Data source: http://www.prism.oregonstate.edu/normals/

Made by my friend vizual-statistix!

vizual-statistix:

I have previously defended Portland’s weather. The point I made was that, while it absolutely rains more often (more days per year) in Portland than most other large cities, we get less rain overall (in terms of depth of water). These maps visualize the latter point using average precipitation from 30-yr normals (1981-2010). Note that almost half of Portland’s precipitation occurs in November-January, but the combined precipitation in July and August is less than 4% of the annual total. To emphasize this seasonality, I’ve also mapped normals for July and December, when Portland is drier and wetter, respectively, than most of the country.

Data source: http://www.prism.oregonstate.edu/normals/

Made by my friend vizual-statistix!  
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July 21, 2014

A bad idea for a sitcom

Surprise coming out party for a friend you suspect is gay. Lock him in a closet, invite his parents over and play this song when you throw open the door. Bonus points for rigging the closet door to a penis-shaped glitter cannon.

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July 15, 2014
A beautiful plum clafoutis imitates a greasy pepperoni pizza in photos.

Those plums are the result of a desperate last effort in the war on fruit flies in Dan’s garden

A beautiful plum clafoutis imitates a greasy pepperoni pizza in photos.

Those plums are the result of a desperate last effort in the war on fruit flies in Dan’s garden

 
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July 9, 2014
Words to live by

Words to live by

 
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June 27, 2014
XL disposable hospital shorts: sexy way to upcycle reusable grocery bags

XL disposable hospital shorts: sexy way to upcycle reusable grocery bags

 
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June 19, 2014
mollyyoung:

GoodReads review of Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

I’d like to point out that Of Human Bondage has inspired the anxiety and fear of failure that seems to propel my life, making it the most influential book I’ve read to date.

mollyyoung:

GoodReads review of Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham

I’d like to point out that Of Human Bondage has inspired the anxiety and fear of failure that seems to propel my life, making it the most influential book I’ve read to date.

 
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June 18, 2014

This happiness consisted of
nothing else but the harmony
of the few things around me
with my own existence, a feeling
of contentment and well-being
that needed no changes
and no intensification.

~ Hermann Hesse

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Practice
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Today I seek to find just the right balance between contentment and the urge to create, between acceptance and restlessness, between harmony and friction.

— Karen Jandorf, Peace on the Inside (via yunik)  
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