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November 9, 2013

Norway's spectacular wild reindeer observation pavilion

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Below, excerpts from a core77 story.

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I'm totally awed by the design of the Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion observation platform. The 90-square-meter structure was designed by Oslo-based landscape, interior and architectural design firm Snøhetta, which also has a branch in New York City.

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The pavilion is located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park. The 90-square-meter building is open to the public and serves as an observation pavilion for Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programs. A 1.5 kilometer-long nature path brings visitors to the spectacular site 1,220 meters above sea level.

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The building design is based on a rigid outer shell and an organic inner core. The south-facing exterior wall and the interior create a protected and warm gathering place while preserving visitors’ views of the spectacular panorama.

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Considerable emphasis was put on the quality and durability of materials to withstand the harsh climate. The rectangular frame was made from raw steel resembling the iron found in local bedrock. The simple form and use of natural materials reference local building traditions. However, advanced technologies were been utilized both in the design and the fabrication process. Using digital 3D-models to control milling machines, Norwegian shipbuilders in Hardangerfjord created the organic shape from 10-inch-square pine timber beams. The wood was then assembled in a traditional way using only wood pegs as fasteners. The exterior was treated with pine tar and interior wood was oiled. The pavilion is a robust yet nuanced building that gives visitors an opportunity to reflect and contemplate this vast and rich landscape within which it rests.

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Limited-Edition Pecan Pie Pringles

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Say what?

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Titanic to scale in front of a modern cruise ship

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NHL Edition Goal Light

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Are you a hockey fan or do you have one in your life?

Then this has got to be the best thing ever.

From websites:

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Light the lamp and celebrate the big goal or anything else with the NHL Edition Goal Light.

You get the excitement of flashing lights and an NHL-style horn sound with a simple click of the puck-shaped remote control.

The unit is programmed to replicate the official goal horn sound from each of the NHL arenas so it's easy to customize your celebration to match the live action.

Since the light has a 3.5mm audio-out plug, you can hook it up to external speakers or a home surround-sound system and really rock the place.

This officially licensed NHL product includes labels for all 30 NHL teams, letting you add your favorite team's logo.

It's a great addition to any man cave.

Uses 4 AA batteries for the light and 2 AAA batteries for the remote (batteries included).

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$59.39.

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Grey Toad on Grey — through Google Glass

YouTube caption: "A small (about 1.5" long) grey toad appeared just outside my patio window so I went outside and got up close and personal with Google Glass just to see what would happen."

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Would you buy a $20,000 wooden bicycle? Don't answer just yet...

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First read Jeff Oloizia's October 23, 2013 New York Times T Magazine appreciation (below).

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Sueshiro Sano, a ninth-generation shipwright, makes lightweight, bespoke wooden bicycles in his Tokyo workshop. His bikes, which take three months to assemble and can cost up to $20,000, use Honduras mahogany and are custom built for a 100% tailored fit. They're also impossibly light — a result of Sano's well-honed boat-building methods — and have become objects of worship, and in some cases, derision, for hipsters and bike experts everywhere. Case in point: at a handmade-bike convention in Denver earlier this year, several incredulous participants accused Sano of using carbon fiber in his designs. (He doesn't.) But Sano, who built his first boat at 13 and subscribes to the Japanese principle of monozukuri ("making things"), shrugs off such accusations. "For me, it's about pride," he says. 

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Now you can answer.

Want one?

Dial 011-81-3-5569-6567.

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