Maddie looking at fish
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Maddie looking at fish by rbanks.

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Honoring or "pimping" the Billy Bookshelf
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I think I bought my first Billy bookcase from Ikea when I was at Brunel University, which would make it about 1990. It wasn’t until I joined Microsoft in ’95 that I really filled my apartment with them. Then I read Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs that same year. It’s a fictional account of the lives of

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Tapping a tune
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I’m not much of a musician. I’m able to strum a few chords on the guitar and hit a few keys on the piano. I like tapping out rhythms on my knees, though, which is what makes this a tempting purchase. See it in action here. Yes, everything sounds like a Zelda theme tune, but

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Microsoft Research SenseCam
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I work in the Socio-Digital Systems group, which is part of Computer Mediated Living (CML). One of our peer groups in CML is the Sensors and Devices (SenDev) group, which is the home for SenseCam, a project that has had a lot of attention since its inception quite a few years ago. SenseCam is a

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Maddie singing Ba Ba Black Sheep
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Maddie’s started singing on her own, and gave us a little recital of Ba Ba Black Sheep last week. There’s a bit of annoying mechanical noise from the video camera. Not sure why. Hopefully it doesn’t ruin the experience too much 🙂

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WoW ads
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I found the Mr. T version of this World or Warcraft ad a little funnier then the Shatner one. I can believe Mr. T knows computers. Mr. T and William Shatner ham it up for World of Warcraft commercials – Joystiq

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Flickr Places
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We’re planning a trip to Egypt next year. Flickr’s new Places feature has a page on Egypt that helps wet my appetite… Photos taken in Egipto on Flickr!

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10 Commandments
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Here’s a list and explanation of Dieter Rams’ 10 Commandments for good design.   Vitsœ | About / Good design…

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Ray Lamontagne
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Shannon and I went to the Albert Hall on Monday evening to see out first bit of live music in a while. It was one of those rushed trips. I arrived home after my hour and a half commute from Cambridge, Mum took over, we sped out to the train station and just over an

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Hacking hardware and software
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I’ve been buying a lot of “hack friendly” books recently, that give a dangerously semi-technical person like me a lot of tools and ideas for hacking together software visualizations, as well as hardware and software interfaces. Although I’ve started working a little in WPF/Silverlight there’s not a lot of resources out there specifically for that

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We're looking for a great UX designer to work at our Microsoft Research lab in Bangalore, India! https://t.co/H8TYj31K1R
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It Is As If You Were Doing Work is a browser game celebrating Windows 3-era cubicle drudgery https://t.co/Q0JKVGz2ET
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A Master Of Design Explores The Murky, Mutable Science Of Color https://t.co/ugmq9DAIcx
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