New Zealand’s Emerald Lakes

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“The Tongariro National Park was New Zealand’s first national park as well as one of the earliest in the world. If you have time to spare, the Tongariro Northern Circuit is one of New Zealand’s ”5 Great Walks” and is a stunning 5 day hike around and through the volcanic massif. A shorter alternative would be the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which is an equally breathtaking 1 day hike between Tongariro and Ngauruhoe up to the famous green emerald lakes (the name is well deserved). Just be aware that although this is a relatively easy hike, it is still some 20 km long and quite steep in places.” w/ photos

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Monkey Loves Puppy

“Watch this and you will die from an overdose of puppy and monkey love.” — ZVEADLTandJOSH

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How To Make Chocolate Bread Pudding

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“All I can say about this is yum. I just love bread pudding and especially when it’s covered in chocolate. I was somewhat inspired to make this by a recent trip to Grand Central Bakery here in Portland. I ordered a chocolate snack cake and the bread pudding as well, on our plates these two treats made their way together on my spoon and it was so good, I knew I had to try my hand at Chocolate Bread Pudding. A little inspiration can go a long way.” w/ photos

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Pharrell Williams – Happy (No Music Music Video)

“This is not only funny, but extremely impressive audio editing, sound design, foley work. Everything sounds 98.7% as if it had been the original on-location sound, including ambiance and reflections/reverb. EVEN ON THE BEACH it sounds like a person at that distance would sound… I am in awe. Solid work, house of halo! Your audio person is a demigod!” — Niko Obermayr

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Arnold Servonator

“Weight lifting robot designed by senior mechanical engineering students Dalton Herron and Michael Everson.” — 1iamthemoonstar

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Robot Head Portable Charger

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It’s hardly surprising that the Robot Head Portable Charger is the number 1 selling portable charger in Japan (when it comes to tech, those guys really know their stuff). For it’s perky pocket-size it packs in an unrivaled 6000mAh battery that will charge your smartphone 2.5 times from flat… The robot itself is juiced up via the included Micro-USB cable, just give his mouth a press and his beady little eyes light up to indicate how much power you’ve got left.” w/ photos

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Top 10 Fastest-Growing Cities In The Country

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“And if popularity isn’t reason enough, at least consider theses ares for their booming businesses and industries, appealing housing prices and unprecedentedly low unemployment rates… According to a report from CNN Money, which compiled the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau to determine the largest percentage population growth in metro areas with a population of one million or more (see below for more details), these places are leading the way. So if you really want to be where the people are (or at least where they’re heading), these 10 metros might be the place to start home hunting.” w/ photos

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