Coffee zones ☕
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Thanks Starbucks for this very clear explanation of the world zones of coffee. I’m still not sure which geographical spot floats my boat though.

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Henchman’s Helper
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The perfect evil layer.   Henchman’s Helper (VSL via Boing Boing)

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Star Wars ABC cards
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A beautiful set of ABC cards for kids (really?) based on the Star Wars universe. There’s some serious obscurity in some of those names. X is for Xam(s), the medical team who deliver a set of important twins at the end of Revenge of the Sith.Y is for Yaddle, a little seen *female* Jedi of

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Royal Mail Games
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Really liked this project by Harriet Russell testing the capabilities and, to some extent, sense of humour of the Royal Mail. She sent 130 envelopes each of which represented an address in some cryptic way, from crosswords (see below) to anagrams. Only 10 didn’t get through. “Despite fears of a Royal Mail backlash, Russell found

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Close button
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Lovely example of real world user interface use, this time to vent against unsightly street advertising.  “Through their blog, the leaders of the movement (which started in France) give instructions on how to order the little red “X” boxes, designed to look just like the click-out boxes in the corner of pop-up windows. Participants are

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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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The world’s best creative tool (video)
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You can’t argue with the fact that it’s used by a lot of people, though. . .

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User Interfaces in movies
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A thorough-seeming overview of a lot of UIs featured in movies. Some dumb. Some inspirational. Some achievable. I didn’t see my own personal favorite – the drag and drop UI from Independence Day. Drag and Drop using a touch screen seemed an odd choice by an alien species with talons. Link to Human Computer Interaction

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Please identify the usability problems
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Sorry. Looks like the video which was here has been pulled. Thanks to Gavin. Stick with the subtitles. It really gets quite funny. Now, the questions is, what would you, as developer of technology products, do to help this guy out? Undo? Some kind of history list? Some way of auto-page-turning? A help book?

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