Wordless instructions
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I stumbled across this design project by Lauren Bugeja to create recipe instructions using only icons. Thought they were quite cool. http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenbugeja/tags/wordless/     e.g. step 4.

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Instructabling
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A bunch of people here in the lab have been knocking out Instructables, step-by-step explanations for how to build various projects. They’re doing this primarily, I understand, so that they can take part in the DIY for CHI workshop happening in Boston in April. The submission criteria for taking part in the workshop is an

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Thank god for the Lords
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Why is it that the unelected half of our parliament, made up of a dubious group of retirees, is consistently able to make sensible, logical and ethical decisions on issues in a way that the elected half doesn’t seem capable of? Example 1, the House of Lord’s views on the UK’s DNA database. Since it’s

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Biscuit Tin
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Lovely Flickr photo shell.   rbanks on Biscuit Tin – Random is good.

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Voting jealousy
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I’m feeling some voting jealousy over here in the UK. After Epic Campaign, Voters Go to Polls – NYTimes.com

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The Lego Minifig Timeline
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Every Lego mini figure cataloged. I’m proud to say I was there at the beginning with these guys: Exclusive: The Lego Minifig Timeline

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Old technology staying alive
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I really enjoyed this LA Times article and video about a company that repairs typewriters. They claim their seeing a resurgence in use because computers are too distracting to write on. They have too much other stuff going on with them, like the Internet.   “But the typewriter part of Flores’ business never went away.

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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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Deleting memories
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For fans of “Eternal Sunshine“… Selectively Deleting Memories “Amping up a chemical in the mouse brain and then triggering the animal’s recall can cause erasure of those, and only those, specific memories, according to research in the most recent issue of the journal Neuron. While the study was done in mice that were genetically modified

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Damn fine birdhouses
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Ok, they may be meant as commentary on the egos of despots, but they’re still really beautiful bird dwellings.   CR Blog » Blog Archive » Despot Birdhouses

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University of Dundee presentation video is up. Microsoft Design Expo https://t.co/mIaaU9IjY1 via @MSFTResearch @SclDgtl @DJCAD
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