Favorite music of 2005
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Like a lot of people, I keep a list of Favorite songs on my iPod. At the moment it totals 97 songs. It’s not literally every favorite in my collection. I’ve mainly added to the list when I’ve heard something I really like, so it’s by no means definitive. And it is focused on more

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Cubees for Christmas
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Shannon bought me all six Cubees. I blogged about my desire for these earlier this year. She has a good memory. These are little block "animals" that play alone or sing in harmony. Sort of. If you can call a pig noise and a duck noise "harmony". They have been quite a conversation piece this

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More photos of Maddie
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OK, I do want to post about other things up here, and I will in a second, but couldn’t resist a few more shots of Maddie.

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Too much luck
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The National Lottery in the UK is quite amazing. Although it’s basically a form of gambling, since 1994 it’s raised 17 billion pounds (about 30 billion dollars), 28% of which is fed back to “good causes”. These include a huge number of local projects, maintenance of the UKs heritage as well as funding some major

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Podcast that works for me
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I’ve been messing around with listening to Podcasts now for about 6 months. They appeal to me because they are so fresh, but most of them don’t really meet the “bite size” criteria that I think you need for media on the go. Most of the time I use my iPod to fill a short

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Things about babies
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Things I’m learning from the first few days of caring for Madeline: Kids poo comes in a range of colors, textures and odors. The stump of the umbilical cord doesn’t just shrink away, it drops off (glad someone warned me that’s coming…). It doesn’t really matter the size, pretty much everything will “fit” a baby.

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A few shots of Madeline
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Please indulge a new father. I’m hoping my photography won’t be ENTIRELY swamped by my new daughter, but I think I’m already deluding myself. We’ll see. Here are some shots of her first few days. Mostly in the hospital.

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Shannon and Maddie
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Here's Shannon less then an hour after the birth of our daughter, looking amazing.

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Madeline Eleanor Banks
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The end of our 9 month wait came on Monday, a day after our "due" date. Madeline Eleanor Banks was born at 8:40pm, UK time, weighing 9 lbs and 15 oz (4.51 kg) at a length of 22 inches (55 cm). Shannon is doing great and we're both very, very happy.

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Jonathan Ive
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This article in the Telegraph is pretty shallow and only includes about 3 paragraphs of actual quotes from Ive, but he is a real inspiration. As designer for Apple he’s produced some amazingly focused, gorgeous products. He’s modest and passionate, and clearly cares deeply about every curve, bulge, glow, and motion.

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Realistic Pokemon by Artist Joshua Dunlop https://t.co/TlsBZ9AxSU
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"Jetmen join French Air Force aerobatic team for insane formation flight" https://t.co/7XPTvABuxB
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A Fun Animated History of Iconic Cameras https://t.co/o6D53Aj6lr
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"Citizen Naturewatch" Reseach Fellow positon available on the Design Products course at the @RCA . London. https://t.co/SX0xdYZZbW
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What Artificial Intelligence Can and Can’t Do Right Now. https://t.co/2vSB6274RU via @HarvardBiz
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Brutalist Sandcastles https://t.co/WeQqIx6HkM
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