Extinction works both ways
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784 gone since 1500, but one’s come back. ‘Extinct’ woodpecker found alive

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Umbrella re-design
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I thought this back to basics umbrella re-design was really interesting.

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Urban Gardens 2005
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We were suprised to see our friends contemporary garden design company, Wynniatt-Husey Clarke, featured in the main shot for this poster for the Urban Gardens 2005 show in London. Random. They are very talented, though.

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Virtual stapler
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It does feel…sort of good. VirtualStapler.com

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The Dyson
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While I admire the emphasis that James Dyson has put on the difficult process of industrial design as part of the marketing of his vacuum cleaners I can’t help but be disappointed with the one that we bought a year ago, just after we moved into our house. I’ve never had a cleaner that is

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Spoof political ads
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Spoof ads for what each of the political parties in the UK would really like to say. Awesome.

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Shaun of the Dead
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Go rent (or buy) Shaun of the Dead. Set in the suburbs of London, it’s a very amusing take on zombie movies. Subtle and stupid English humor coupled with the unsubtle use of a cricket bat helps keep the undead at bay. 8.5/10

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Amazon free MP3s
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I’m not sure if there’s a catch, but Amazon’s Free Music Downloads page seems pretty cool. Tracks from Moby, Bloc Party, Yo La Tengo etc…

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Sucks
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There’s quite a revolution taking place in the UK school dinners system, since Jamie Oliver (the Naked Chef) revealed that most kids main meal of the day consisted primarily of deep fried, reconstituted chicken, shaped like zoo animals (with chips). Looks like this has hit a legal hiccup. “The Guardian has learned that new schools

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The Playpump
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I love the dual nature of this idea. It’s a kids playground roundabout, installed in a bunch of locations in South Africa, that pumps water from deep underground into storage tanks as the kids play. Genius.

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University of Dundee presentation video is up. Microsoft Design Expo https://t.co/mIaaU9IjY1 via @MSFTResearch @SclDgtl @DJCAD
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Well done Team Otto for doing such a great job @Microsoft Design Expo. Proud of you. @DJCAD @SclDgtl @martin_skelly https://t.co/MOwjWXP4Km
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RT @thingameapp: 3 hours since we sent our first app invitations and we've got our 1st Showcase collection! https://t.co/nybW1vEDpN https:/…
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RT @StonetipApps: How J.R.R. #Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front https://t.co/dAZDJlMgTO
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