Blue Tit at home
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Blue Tit at home by rbanks. After a good degree of jelousy over Shannon’s cousin Andrea’s nesting (American) robins I’m pleased to say that we have some ‘pet birds’ of our own. We’ve seen a grey shape flitting in and out of the sparrow box that I set up in the porch for a number

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Gas meter intsallation
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So, we’ve just received a letter from British Gas saying they need to change our gas meter. They need us to be home between 8am and 8pm on the scheduled day. Does a requirement of someone being home for 12 hours seem reasonable to you? Particularly when the later half of this cuts straight through

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Zelda’s Twilight
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Ok, I ran behind my prediction for completion. I said April and it’s now well and truly May. But various trips threw a spanner in the works and put me behind schedule. Tonight, though, after 53 hours of playtime, I finally completed Zelda. Beautiful game. Great story. And for me a great balance between action

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A second and 34 years
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I’ve been in the Microsoft Research division working as an interaction designer for just over a year, after 10 years working on software products like Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. One of the recurring issues I’ve hit, on both the product and research side of the business, is explaining how designers work to people with

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Business cards
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 Some really cool business card designs here.

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Keyboard shaped waffles
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Genius. Link to Boing Boing: Keyboard waffle-iron

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HEATMAP
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Really like this idea, caught by Nicolas Roope at Poke, and implemented by Haringey Council in London, for a heat map that allows you to tell at a glance whose house in your area is emmitting more or less heat. Red = hothouse. Blue = Koolhaus. Quickly pinpoints the spots using more/less insulation.  “Set up

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Sun tower
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Pretty amazing story in the BBC about a new tower in Spain that generates electricity through steam produced by the sun reflected off 600 large mirrors. The ambient lighting it creates is quite odd. “It is Europe’s first commercially operating power station using the Sun’s energy this way and at the moment its operator, Solucar,

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Office desk concept
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Cool concept video for an office desk of the future, produced by the team behind Microsoft’s Center for Information Work. 

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CHI2007 Student Design Competition
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I’m just about to head out to the San Jose airport for my flight home. I’ve been attending the CHI (Computer-Human Interaction) Conference here, which is an annual event for researchers focused on the design of technology and its use by real people. It’s now in its 25th year. My main contribution has been helping out

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Designing a Better-Organized Office https://t.co/eV8VjigOQ8
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