Favorites of 2008 – a set on Flickr
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I’ve done my annual favourite photos Flickr set. Not sure if my standards have dropped, or if I’ve just taken more photos this year than last (a total of 5,454), but the set has 43 shots in it, compared with 28 in 2007. It’s possible now that Maddie is more mobile I’m just taking more

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My design book of the year
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I was going to recommend Haptic as my book of the year. A beautifully designed book that accompanies an exhibition of design work that toured the world recently, it features the work of Naoto Fukasawa, Shigeru Ban, Jasper Morrison and others who were each challenged to explore the design experiences of senses other than sight

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Understanding movie and video game ratings
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If you’re a parent in the UK and you want to understand EXACTLY why a movie/DVD/Video Game has been given the rating it has, so you can make rational decisions about what your kids watch, then the parents site for the British Board of Film Classification is an amazing resource (although it contains a pile

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Christmas Festivities
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Here’s a choice selection of shots from Christmas that should give you some idea of the ambience at our home this festive season. Happy Holidays.

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Great letterpress
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My friend Karina has set up shop doing really excellent letterpress work in Seattle. Her company is called Miss Cline Press. Highly recommended for that personal touch. I’m particularly fond of her CD case work.

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Mundane workshop
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A couple of weeks ago I took part in a one and a half day workshop on Social Interactions and Mundane Technologies (SIMTech 2008), held at our lab in Cambridge. There were some great papers presented, and some excellent keynotes by Bill Gaver, Abi Sellen and Jonathan Grudin. Dave Kirk and I submitted a position

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Royal Institution Christmas Lectures 2008
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This year’s Royal Institution Christmas Lecture will be given by Microsoft Research’s very own Chris Bishop. This is a massive honour, continuing a tradition started in 1825, and following in the footsteps of Faraday. The lecture’s goal is to make science accessible to the public, and are focused primarily on the young, but are very

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