Unusual grave site
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Maddie and I went for a bike ride recently while Shannon was away in Seattle on business. We headed up the towpath towards Thorpe Park, and cut down a side road following a sign that we always see during our weekday commuting routine, dropping at her nursery. The sign points to a “10th century church”

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ECSCW 2007
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I’ve just spent the week in Limerick, in Ireland, at the European conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. It’s quite an intimate event, with just a few hundred attendees and one track (so everyone listens to every piece of work that is presented rather then having to select from parallel tracks and miss anything). As

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Natural motion
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Amazing how natural the motions of this “Spider” appear. Stunning Spiderbot

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julie west
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I like the artwork of Julie West. Her site has a ton of images and objects on it going back nearly a decade. Great, too, to see her posting a lot of her sketch work. You can really see her moving from a general to a personal visual style through the last few years.  

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Typography as Art
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I like these pieces of typographic art by Justin Quinn. I love type in art. I’m a big fan of Tom Philips, who often paints directly onto the pages of books, calling out phrases to tell a story. Tom Philips, Come & Go Postcard   Justin Quinn, Chapter 55 or 9200 time E.

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A media experience
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Amusing, if slightly wince-inducing, clip from the Family Guy highlighting some of the “issues” with modern media recording…

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Giant web woven by a variety of spider families
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My sister’s worst nightmare. And mine to some extent. Spiders…collaboration. Puts new meaning in the phrase “social web“. Giant web woven by a variety of spider families “Scientists report that the massive 200-yard spider web recently discovered in Texas’s Lake Tawakoni State Park was woven by spiders from many different species working collaboratively. Thousands of

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Monmouth Coffee Company – Home
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I’ve been looking for a replacement for the coffee beans I used to buy from Vivace’s in Seattle. Their ‘stuff’ is just great, but our main ‘courier’ recently moved away from the area, and I’ve been left without a good ‘source’. (Subtle use of drug language to emphasize my level of addiction, no?) Vivace sells

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Microsoft’s Happiness Czar
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Business Week’s recent positive coverage of Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s head of Human Resources, has somehow transformed itself into a multimedia extravaganza of pictures and sound. I worked with Lisa for a while, during a brief stint over in MSN, and for some reason I feel the need to say that this article isn’t (all) spin.

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Fallingwater, The Movie
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Thanks Cees for this pointer to a beautifully animated computer graphics sequence showing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water. The “construction” section at the beginning is particularly cool.   Fallingwater, The Movie

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