Then vs. than
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I never realize how bad I am at this little piece of grammar. I see this little squiggle in Microsoft Word all the time, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better:

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Nice re-use of crappy solar panels
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All I can say is…wow. “Sanyo has built an ark for the solar century – an impressive 630 kW solar-collecting building that boasts over 5,000 solar panels and kicks off over 500,000 kWh of energy per year. Even more outstanding is the fact that most of the monocrystalline modules used on the Solar Ark were

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Visual police
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Having got back from the Midwest after our Christmas break I can sort of empathise with this great New York Times article on the bland, cookie-cutter aesthetic of much of the US’s towns. And I like the idea of an organization that you can go to if you’re a planner, and you don’t like the

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Braun vs. Apple – a little respect
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I have no problem with this article drawing some close comparisons between the work of Dieter Rams and the work of Jonathan Ive at Apple. It’s not blatant plagiarism, and the calculator in the iPhone already demonstrated that the respect was there. “When you look at the Braun products by Dieter Rams—many of them at

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Visualization overview
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Feeling like a cross between a Tufte lecture and a flick through any recent book on Processing or Flash masters, this article presents a good overview of the job and direction of ancient and modern data visualization. “In his introductory text , Jose Luis de Vicente, the curator of the workshop, described data visualization as

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links for 2008-01-18
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Family Reads Lots of reviews of books for kids starting with picture books and working up. (tags: Madeline ToRead Blogs) Scoraig Wind Electric Lots of information on wind power for domestic use from Hugh Piggott. (tags: Entertainment Home HowTo) Study takes sensory approach to improve office of the future Design Week (tags: Design Environment Work

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Airliner crash lands at Heathrow
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Bit unnerving to find this in amongst my RSS feeds. Here’s a map of where the incident happened. I’ve circled in red where my Dad used to work, and where we’d park our car before heading into London at the weekends. This is still not far from where we live. Planes taking off from Heathrow

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links for 2008-01-17
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Archigram 1950s & 60s group producing radical visions of architecture. (tags: Architecture Art Design UK Inspiration)

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Out with plastic bags
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I guess one of the advantages of an autocratic government is being able to make sweeping changes like this. Not that I’m advocating that form of government. At all. “In an un-expected move, China’s cabinet has completely banned super thin plastic bags and is imposing a compulsory charge on plastic carrier bags as of June

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links for 2008-01-15
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5 unbelievably cool research facilities deputydog Really cool photos of some stunning research facilities. (tags: Architecture Inspiration Photography Technology)

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