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Charming Portraits of Pets and Their Owners

The law of attraction states “like attracts like.” This also applies to people and their pets. Often, humans and their animal companions share an uncanny resemblance. Sometimes it’s a deliberate choice, as the Paris Hilton’s of the world have proven, but usually it’s a subconscious decision. Even if man/woman and beast look nothing alike, shared personality traits are usually present. Hamburg-based photographer Tobias Lang (aka Mats Pitkå) has been studying people and their pets for some time. He snapped these delightful side-by-side portraits that reveal the subtleties of likeness in their relationships. Sometimes it’s a smile, posture, or even a hairstyle, but it’s clear why these humans and animals belong together. … Read More

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Photos Capturing the Life of New York City Dogs

New York City dogs are a unique breed. The metropolis offers plenty of stimuli for canines — places to sniff and socialize, including dog parks for the average pup and criminally overpriced doggy day care centers for the pampered pooch. Dogs in the big city contend with tiny apartments and little grass, but their personalities cannot be contained. Life is bustling, and hydrants await. … Read More

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Charming Portraits of People with Their Favorite Things

Photographer Michael Warren, who Design You Trust introduced us to, photographed his subjects with their favorite things. Somebodies depicts the strange and lovely things we cling to, because of their personal meaning. For some, that meant an old doll and a tube of cherry chapstick. Other people were photographed with their pets and a bag of used Kleenex that belonged to their late spouse. See more of Warren’s charming photos in our gallery, and visit the artist’s website to read the stories behind them. … Read More

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An Art Therapist Analyzes George W. Bush’s New Paintings

Gawker recently published another six paintings by George W. Bush. Among the politician-turned-painter’s images are new subjects; after a slew of dogs, we were delighted to find cats(!), shells, a crucifix, and, erm, more dogs. Reactions to the new artwork have been fairly mixed. Some felt that Bush’s paintings were “sort of sweet.” “Guys. Stop making me feel sorry for George W. Bush,” urged another commenter. A less sympathetic viewer denounced the “dull drab emptiness” of the paintings, while others pondered the resemblance of one of the cats and its painter. Someone else considered the suggestive connotations of Bush’s shells. Overwhelmed by all the symbolism, we took the 43rd President to art therapy – well, not really, but we did speak to the art therapist Rachel Brandoff in an effort to clarify his paintings. Here’s what she had to say. … Read More

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Hilarious Photos of a Sophisticated Dog Dressed in Menswear

Our latest favorite single-serving Tumblr was discovered on website Honestly WTF: Menswear Dog. A dapper Shiba Inu dressed in Ralph Lauren, linen blazers, overpriced driving caps, and oxford shirts mugs for the camera — and that’s all we need. The three-year-old, New York City-based pup has true panache. “His interests include never washing his selvage denim, lurking around Soho for someone to notice his steez, and sniffing fine a$$ bitches,” the Tumblr tells us. Show Menswear Dog some love in our gallery. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we looked at photos from the set of Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. We talked about a few things everyone will be happy to leave behind in 2012. We reviewed the history of book digitization. We looked back on the year in architecture. We remembered a few Saturday Night Live sketches that should have been movies. We collected more recommends for our Doomsday entertainment checklist. … Read More

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Sweet Portraits of Dogs Least Likely to Be Adopted

An animal’s breed and size are just a few of the characteristics that factor into how quickly the critter will be adopted. The dogs in photographer Lanola Stone’s images — which we first saw in her Behance portfolio — were some of the longest in residence at her local shelter, struggling to find a forever home due to their frequently misunderstood breed, age, and shabby appearance. Stone requested to assist in their adoption process, asking to photograph the “least likely to be adopted” group of pooches. Many of them had been living at the shelter for over six months. She wanted to capture each dog’s unique, loving personality and other quirks in their character to help them get noticed. The dogs pictured in our gallery after the break were eventually adopted thanks to her efforts. Stone’s photo work focuses on subtlety, simplicity, and small details — all of which are highlighted in her sweet dog portraits, below. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we remembered some awesome chase scenes in films that didn’t involve cars. We laughed like fools at ADHD’s collaboration with Sick Animation, The Politician’s Little Boo Boos. We enjoyed Prospect’s GIF-savvy take on the 2012 election. We loved this five-year-old girl’s TED talk. We were curious about… Read More

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Poignant, Endearing Portraits of Shelter Dogs

An animal’s face is no different than a human’s. You can clearly see happiness, pain, confusion, and sadness in their expressions. Photographer Traer Scott’s portraits of shelter dogs, which we spotted on InspireFirst, tell silent stories through each animal’s furrowed brow, gray muzzle, and knowing gaze. Some of the dogs photographed were eventually adopted, but others never found a “forever home” (as rescue workers describe it). The photos are poignant and endearing, capturing each animal’s personality and spirit. Take Terrier, for example (who seems to be named after her breed). She’s a weary, old soul wrapped in her own fur coat (that haircut!), but a beautiful pup nonetheless. See more moving portraits of shelter dogs past the break. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we solved 29 movie mysteries. We mapped American stereotypes. We used a moving calculator to figure out how to pay our friends for their help. We watched Aimee Mann’s video for “Charmer” featuring look-alike Laura Linney. We spotted an artist who is… Read More

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