Favourites of 2009
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I’ve added my 2009 Favourite Photos to my collection of Favourites on Flickr. Not a bad year. 42 shots, just like last year, and I’m pretty pleased with the quality and diversity. No night shots, though. I’d like to rectify that this year. I have it down on my list of things to do on

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The Rock Church
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Amazing place. I have more shots up on my Flickr account. The Rock Church by rbanks.

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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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University visits
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One great side effect of moving from the product teams into Microsoft Research is that I can focus much more on design education. This was something I think I COULD have done before, to a certain extent, but Research puts more emphasis on communicating with academia, or outside of Microsoft generally. It’s actively encouraged, which

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Tonke Campers
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Great. Another cool camper to drool over (this time in Dutch, though). The nice thing about the Tonke is that the caravan part can be detached from what I think is just a standard flatbed van, and used as an office or spare bedroom. Tonke Campers

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Cool caravans
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Not sure why I want to cram my family into this, but it is rather cool looking, and could help alleviate my Airstream envy…

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Amazing houses from around the world
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An amazing collection of amazing houses from around the world, organized thematically. I’m particularly fond of number 2. Amazing Houses 1: Beach and Lake HousesAmazing Houses 2: Cliff and Mountain HousesAmazing Houses 3: Condos and TownhomesAmazing Houses 4: Cheap and Crowded HousesAmazing Houses 5: Greenhouses and Glass HousesAmazing Houses 6: Haunted Houses and HotelsAmazing Houses

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Pathfinder watch
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I heard this object mentioned the other day on Radio 4, and I know it’s got a lot of other press attention, but now that I see it “in person” I can’t help but blog it here. What a lovely idea, and a lovely object, pre-dating GPS by some 70 years (according to MSN). The

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Countdown to loss
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I saw this article on climate tourism the day after Shannon and I discussed going to the Giant’s Causeway before it disappears. Sad. It reminds me a little of our trip up the Yangtze River just a few months before the Three Gorges Dam was completed. Most of what we saw is now underwater.

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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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