A Particularly Special Kind of Asshole

mounted lion (Dead thing.)

In this modern world you have to be a special kind of asshole to lobby for the right to participate in something like this. This isn't about culling, or conservation management or any of the other bullshit reasons rich jerks travel to another country for the pleasure of shooting things.

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Mariano Pascual

Homepage animated gif. (Yes I am tired of WordPress. Thanks for asking. Click image to animate.)

Mariano Pascual's website is a tribute to avoiding convention.

The site’s success lies not in its fancy tricks and hidden Easter eggs – although these are top-notch – but in its immediate impact and speed of communication. “I came up with this operating system that I think is a great way to show my work because you can have an idea of my style as soon as you pop onto the website,” Mariano adds, “Actually you don’t need to see any of my projects to have an idea of my skills… the website turned out to be a piece of art itself.”

The quality of the markup alone is enough to get me to spend some time here, but even if you are not a designer or developer you'll have some fun.

Also have a look Pascual's design partner site achos! Scroll over the words in the intro text and don't forget to have a look at the source code.

!!WARNING!! the scrolling sound effect on achos! is NSFW!!

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Brown Bears of Katmai Alaska Meditation

Brown bear fishing (Brown bears fishing in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA.)

Take a deep breath and immerse yourself in Alaska's pristine wilderness--the perfect place to meditate. Here in Katmai National Park, you'll hear birds calling to one another while the waters of the Brooks River cascade over Brooks Falls, slowing to a soothing whisper downstream. Watch as the mist rises above the river in the early morning sunshine and bears wade into the water to fish. You'll get an underwater view of salmon swimming upstream, while owls and eagles observe from their perches above. Watch as tiny cubs amble after their mothers, moose disappear into the tall grasses, and the sun sets on another breathtaking day in Alaska, a fitting preview to the stunning nighttime display of the Northern Lights.

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Built to Burn

Panorama Brush Fire, 1980 (Panorama Brush Fire, 1980.)

This is a fantastic report on the conditions and science of fighting large brush fires. The write up is excellent if you don't have time to listen to the whole podcast.

Often it's not the fire but the flying embers that burn homes. Burned homes are often found surrounded by unburned trees and brush.

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What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
—the Principal, Billy Madison

17 Places Book Lovers Need to Visit

Strahov Monastery, Prague (Strahov Monastery, Prague.)

For many book lovers, the most perfect place in the world is a cozy reading nook where no one will talk to them for the next, oh, ten hours. But there are places outside of the home (and beyond the pages) that seem to have been made specifically for the literary minded, including charming bookstores in Paris, quirky hotels in Japan, and beautiful monasteries in Prague. Here are 17 places perfect for book lovers.

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