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December is upon us. That means T-mas is right around the corner. It’s time to get started on the three great T-mas traditions: writing your Pity List, decorating the Fool, and sending cards to your loved ones.

Los Angeles-based artist Brandon Bird (previously featured here) designed an awesome new set of T-mas cards for the 2013 holiday season. This year he even even created T-mas wrapping paper.

Click here to order now. Remember, Mr. T says only a fool sends holiday cards out late.

[via Brandon Bird]

Today the Department of Awesomely Good Deeds transports us to the sun-kissed waters off the coast of São Paulo, Brazil. That’s where Marcos Carramao de Farias was out fishing when he spotted a baby dolphin entangled in a plastic bag and struggling to swim. After a minute or so of trying, Marcos and a fellow fisherman managed to catch the calf in a net and bring it aboard their boat where they gently freed it from the bag.

That little triumph might sound like the best part of this tale, but it isn’t. What’s even more wonderful than the good deed itself is how the wee dolphin appears to thank the gentlemen after they return it to the water. The calf disappears beneath the surface only to immediately reappear up on its tail to do a quick and distinctly joyful dance atop the water before swimming away. An awesomely good deed deserves an awesome thank you and that’s exactly what those kind fishermen received.

[via Neatorama]

Here’s an awesome moment to brighten your day. In this video you’ll watch two dozen adult ducks, who had never gone for a swim, getting their first taste of proper duck life in a pond. As you’ll see, the birds were understandably freaked out and apprehensive at first. They wanted nothing to do with that strange little body of water. But once one of them jumps in, stays in, and quickly realizes what a wonderful thing it is to frolic and swim, the rest follow suit shortly thereafter. Grab a hanky. These birds aren’t placidly swimming to and fro like you might see at the park. There is something positively celebratory about this first happy swim.

These two dozen ducks were rescued, along with well over 100 other birds, from a hoarder who had been keeping them for years in overcrowded pens as well as inside her own house without adequate access to water or proper nutrition:

 ”Almost a year after our initial efforts to rescue over 160 ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens that were living with a hoarder in appalling conditions, we were finally able to bring them to safety. They are now enjoying sunshine on their feathers, water to swim in, clean bedding, warmth, grass under their feet and room to roam for the very first time. In the end, it took efforts by both us and the Ulster County SPCA, and then a judge’s seizure warrant to obtain the birds.”

Read the whole story here.

Since late 2004, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY has been rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for farmed animal refugees. They take in cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, and goats who have been rescued from cases of abuse, neglect and abandonment and work to educate the public about the abuses associated with factory farming.

[via Neatorama]

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Dreams of Flying is an awesome ongoing project begun in 2002 by German photographer Jan Von Holleben. Each imaginative photo depicts a different nostalgic childhood dream and practically radiates youthful delight.

"Jan brings the influences of his parents – a cinematographer and child therapist – to his work. His focus on the visual representation of childhood, ‘Child-History’ and concepts of ‘Playing’, come from his teacher training coursework: he combines these theories with his personal experience and childhood memories. Inspired by classic childhood books as well as modern superheroes, he has produced ‘Dreams of Flying’ since 2002 with children from his local neighbourhood in Southwest Germany – ongoing!"

Looking at these photos, it’s clear that Jan is having as much fun working on this project as the children in his photographs. 

Visit Jan Von Holleben’s website to view many more wonderful photos from the Dreams of Flying project.

[via Le Journal De La Photographie]

According to bayanjargal.com, “Bayanjargal" is Mongolian for "abundant in happiness" which seems to describe this photo perfectly. We aren’t sure what happened to cause this delightful scene, but it’s pretty fun to try and guess and we can’t stop smiling every time we look at it.
Unfortunately we haven’t been able to figure out who is responsible for taking this awesome photo. If you know, please contact us so we can provide proper credit.

According to bayanjargal.com, “Bayanjargal" is Mongolian for "abundant in happiness" which seems to describe this photo perfectly. We aren’t sure what happened to cause this delightful scene, but it’s pretty fun to try and guess and we can’t stop smiling every time we look at it.

Unfortunately we haven’t been able to figure out who is responsible for taking this awesome photo. If you know, please contact us so we can provide proper credit.

Wil Wheaton shows us the face of the happy gamer. He says, ”It captures everything I love about playing D&D with my friends.”
In fact, Wil loves them so much he has a whole show about them. You can watch TableTop on Geek and Sundry. You’re sure to discover amazing new games and catch a little of Wil’s awesome enthusiasm for them. 
If you aren’t familiar with the fun of tabletop role-playing games, Wil’s contagious smile provides a taste and might even tempt you to try gaming yourself.
Photo by taken by Wil’s friend Heath in Seattle at PAX 2010.

Wil Wheaton shows us the face of the happy gamer. He says, ”It captures everything I love about playing D&D with my friends.”

In fact, Wil loves them so much he has a whole show about them. You can watch TableTop on Geek and Sundry. You’re sure to discover amazing new games and catch a little of Wil’s awesome enthusiasm for them. 

If you aren’t familiar with the fun of tabletop role-playing games, Wil’s contagious smile provides a taste and might even tempt you to try gaming yourself.

Photo by taken by Wil’s friend Heath in Seattle at PAX 2010.

This short dreamy video, a beautifully woven collection of moments in the life of one little boy living in the Finnish city of Porvoo, contains no English, but is so full of life-affirming happiness that words are completely unnecessary. 

Created by Sherpa, aside from simply making viewers smile, the video appears to be an invitation to travel to Finland to explore Porvoo. It’s a very tempting invitation at that.

[via Design You Trust]

As you know, we love spotting our Horse Head Mask being worn and enjoyed in all sorts of unexpected situations.

This video, posted by  back in 2008, demonstrates the “Formal dancing method of GET DOWN” with the sort of peculiarity and zeal that is so awesomely and uniquely Japanese. In the video a person wears our Creepy Horse Mask and an impressively tight pair of red shorts while dancing their heart out to music by Kohmi Hirose.

If this isn’t a celebration of life, we don’t know what it is. In short, we love it. Even if we don’t completely understand it, we love it.