Rain watcher
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 Strangely enough, I’ve been spending a lot of time on this page over the last few days.

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Starbucks closes coffeehouse in Beijing’s Forbidden City
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Shannon and I spent our honeymoon in China, stopping off first in Beijing. One of the first tourist sites we visited was the Forbidden City, and amazing, ancient complex of buildings that used to be the home of the Chinese Emperor. It WAS a bit of a surprise to walk around the corner of one

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A break in the weather
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You may have heard in the news that we’re suffering from some bad weather and flooding here in the UK. Pretty much the worst on record. Much of England has been hit, but we’ve been really fortunate that, although we live within spitting distance of the Thames, it still hasn’t broken the banks where we

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The beauty of felt
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“In their raw form, a felt rock is technically a lump of felt formed when small bits of wool fluff gather while making polishing wheels for optical lenses, spun around in a drum with them. With steam and pressure, each stray piece of wool begins to entangle itself with others roughly creating a completely unique

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London Bikeathon 2007
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As Shannon mentioned, we did the 26 mile London Bikeathon at the weekend. I went a bit stupid with mapping our route. Not sure that it tells you much because the outbound and return routes overlap so closely, but the ride is a really great way of seeing the city, particularly on a Sunday morning

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Hoe ziet de computer er over tien jaar uit?
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Apparently the work that the team showed at the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the Cambridge lab made the cover of the NRC, a top Dutch newspaper. The title of the article, available online, translates as something like “Is this what the computer of the future looks like?”. Thanks for the pointer, Annet.

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Network efficiencies
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A few weeks ago I spoke at the International Energy Agency in Paris at a workshop on energy efficiencies in digital networks. It was an odd event to participate in, since the topic sounds so technical and that’s just not me. Much. Plus I’d been asked to do a 30 minute ‘vision’ talk on the

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BBC article/radio broadcast
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Last week was the 10th Anniversary of the research lab here in Cambridge. We had a few people from the media through to show them our wares. One result of that is this article and radio broadcast from the BBC’s Digital Planet show, broadcast on the World Service. It’s a nice little description of our

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New Designers Exhibition 2007
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New Designers is a huge exhibition held at the Business Design Center in London every year. It brings together about 4000 new post-graduates from 400 design courses around the United Kingdom, from a large number of design disciplines, including product design, graphic design, design for interaction, illustration, architecture and so on. To be honest, it’s

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Penguin Books presentation
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I attended the recent PSFK conference in London which had an interesting mix of speakers from the worlds of marketing and (usually digital) design. Some of the talks went a little over my head since they came from a world in which I don’t exist. Those, for example, about the tension between marketing departments and

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