Rufus the Dog’s Tech Adventure; Satan and 2020 Discuss Their Relationship: Friday’s First Things First

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Microsoft introduced a charming dog character named Rufus, who yearns to play with his dog friend from across the street while his humans are busy gaming, video conferencing and more. So while Rufus sleeps, he dreams that he’s setting out on a grand digital adventure with his friend, soaring through the skies, playing fetch in Halo, swimming in Minecraft and video conferencing with his other canine pals. The spot aims to showcase the ways Microsoft’s products keep people connected in quarantine.

Watch the ad, and revisit the company’s 2019 holiday ad in which a girl converses with reindeer.

Need more wholesome holiday goodness? This Toyota

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Auditing of adventure activities could be in for a shakeup – but some label it ‘butt-covering’

The adventure activity industry admits the audit system is not perfect, but it is worried a safety review could turn into a costly bureaucratic “butt covering” exercise.

There is a call for the Government to help cover the cost of safety audits as a way of improving standards and ensuring small operators can afford to remain in business.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment launched the review in response to the Whakaari White Island volcanic eruption that left 22 people dead and this week saw 13 parties, including tour operators and two government agencies, charged for breaching Health and Safety legislation.

Auditing will come under scrutiny and industry sources suggest some operators not previously on the adventure activity register may have to join and meet tougher safety standards.

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* Adventure tourism regs under review again, what about WorkSafe’s role?
* Whakatane battles double whammy of volcanic eruption

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Family fun on our dog-sledding adventure in the forests of New Hampshire

A couple of the dogs are shy or wary, but most are lovable, attention-seeking showboats. They jump atop their houses and excitedly parade about the roofs, or stretch their leashes to lean in closer to us — panhandling pooches begging for scritches. For the dog-averse, this scene could easily be a nightmare. But we happily zig-zag between the doghouses, stroking their scruffy fur, doling out sweet talk, and soaking up the puppy love. It helps that our 7-year-old, a budding naturalist, has a limitless capacity for petting furry creatures.

We’re warned about Moo, named for his Holstein-style black-and-white coat, who has earned a reputation as a charming but mischievous mitten thief. Sure enough, as my wife, Gina, bends to pet him, Moo furtively tugs off her glove — like a magician doing a sleight of hand — and nonchalantly starts to nibble it while still basking in her affections. One

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Auditing of adventure activities could be in for a shakeup

The adventure activity industry admits the audit system is not perfect, but it is worried a safety review could turn into a costly bureaucratic “butt covering” exercise.

There is a call for the Government to help cover the cost of safety audits as a way of improving standards and ensuring small operators can afford to remain in business.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment launched the review in response to the Whakaari White Island volcanic eruption that left 22 people dead and this week saw 13 parties, including tour operators and two government agencies, charged for breaching Health and Safety legislation.

Auditing will come under scrutiny and industry sources suggest some operators not previously on the adventure activity register may have to join and meet tougher safety standards.

READ MORE:
* Adventure tourism regs under review again, what about WorkSafe’s role?
* Whakatane battles double whammy of volcanic eruption

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The Pathless review: An epic adventure game to help you escape everything

pathless

The Pathless is an atmospheric puzzle game with a satisfying, immersive narrative. 


The Pathless

After over a year of waiting to play The Pathless — the epic mythic adventure game for the PS5 and Apple Arcade from Annapurna Interactive and Giant Squid — the game absolutely lived up to the hype. I’d been waiting for so long to play it that on launch day, I sank an easy three hours into it, and continued playing for a few minutes here and there when I had time. 

In The Pathless, you play as the last Hunter, a veiled young woman with archery skills tasked with traveling to a mysterious, cursed island inhabited by corrupt spirits. Alongside an eagle companion you must defeat the evil to bring back the light. This task is just as big as it sounds.

The game itself is relatively short if you rush from boss battle to

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The Pathless review: An epic adventure game to help you escape quarantine

pathless

The Pathless is an atmospheric puzzle game with a satisfying, immersive narrative. 


The Pathless

After over a year of waiting to play The Pathless — the epic mythic adventure game for the PS5 and Apple Arcade from Annapurna Interactive and Giant Squid — the game absolutely lived up to the hype. I’d been waiting for so long to play it that on launch day, I sank an easy three hours into it, and continued playing for a few minutes here and there when I had time. 

In The Pathless, you play as the last Hunter, a veiled young woman with archery skills tasked with traveling to a mysterious, cursed island inhabited by corrupt spirits. Alongside an eagle companion you must defeat the evil to bring back the light. This task is just as big as it sounds.

The game itself is relatively short if you rush from boss battle to

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Choose your own adventure: Art Museum interns design scavenger hunt

By Jennifer Micale

December 03, 2020

Like breadcrumbs, each clue — a rhyme, a snippet of a colorful image — led seekers further down a winding path.

The final destination: the Binghamton University Art Museum, a treasure trove of incredible art and the home of fun prizes, courtesy of its first-ever scavenger hunt.

The art adventure was organized this fall by a pair of museum interns: senior English major Samantha Marsh and sophomore psychology major Albert Zhang, who were drawn to the internship by a mutual love of museums.

With an art history minor, Marsh enjoyed the different events hosted by the Art Museum in previous semesters — last year’s reading and talk by poet Fred Moten particularly stood out — and jumped at the opportunity to help. Zhang, on the other hand, was originally a student in the School of Management when he toured the museum in one of

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a spry and stylish RPG adventure held together by love

Haven’s intro cinematic hits like a festival of coloured powder. Like the game itself, it’s snappy, vibrant and endlessly energetic. Shapely landscapes blur as our two characters, the romantically-entwined Kay and Yu, zip along leaving jet-trails in their wake.

A slick RPG adventure, Haven is developed by indie studio The Game Bakers, whose previous game Furi was similarly drenched in style. One of Haven’s greatest features is its soundtrack, produced by French electronic musician Danger, and whose sound here is vibrant, with a slight pop edge owing to the generally gentler and more mellow tone.

Haven begins with our romantic duo crash landing on the planet Source. From your damaged ship, you’ll venture out, travelling from one floating island to the next, looking for spare parts and slowly unravelling the mysteries of the planet. You’ll also learn more about Kay and Yu, who are both fugitives, having

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Kelly Sterns, East Dixfield: Snake plus books equals hands-on adventure

When I first started gifting new, free books door to door, I never expected I’d baby-sit a reader’s snake on the family’s front steps while the reader was busy ordering titles. But these are the kinds of surprising adventures that pop up in my day now.

Kelly Sterns keeps an eye on a pet snake while the snake’s boy looks over the Magic Treehouse books and other offerings at Walking Books Library. Photo courtesy of Kelly Sterns

Walking Books Library, which gives new books, offers a selection to elders to gift to their young relatives as well as lends them, got started very simply on my country walks to the post office and grocery store. Passing by rural kids in their yards, I thought maybe they’d like a book or two to read. Over time and with help from wonderful organizations like First Book, it now gives out $20,000 worth

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The best hiking, camping, and outdoor adventure gifts for 2020

Exploring the great outdoors has been a lifeline throughout quarantine—providing fresh air, wide-open spaces, and minimal human contact. Camping replaced B&Bs. Hiking stood in for hot yoga. And separate socially distanced picnic blankets became our weekend brunch.

Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned outdoors person, a new nature explorer, or just someone who’s tired of being cooped up in their house, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts to help your loved ones navigate the wilderness with ease. Happy trails!

[Photo: courtesy Rumpl]

Rumpl Blanket
Send them a soft landing with what is bound to be the cuddliest item on the campsite. Rumpl’s puffy, insulated blankets feature a weatherproof ripstop outer that will keep you cozy no matter the elements, and they’re filled with a lusciously soft down alternative. They’re so light, they can be condensed and transported in a water bottle-size tube, and they come in a range

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