Starbucks closes coffeehouse in Beijing’s Forbidden City
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Shannon and I spent our honeymoon in China, stopping off first in Beijing. One of the first tourist sites we visited was the Forbidden City, and amazing, ancient complex of buildings that used to be the home of the Chinese Emperor. It WAS a bit of a surprise to walk around the corner of one

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5 Powerful Reasons to Drive Slower, and How to Do It | zen habits
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Zen Habits has a great entry on why and how to force yourself to drive slower during your commute. This is something I struggle with a little during my hour and a half drive to Cambridge. Peer pressure definitely tugs me into the fast lane, but I’ve also noticed what this entry points out –

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San Jose Museum of Art
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Listening Post by Malavagma. Just visited the San Jose Museum of Art. It’s a small gallery but had a couple of pieces of work that really impressed me. The first was the Listening Post by Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin. A curved wall of over 200 LCD displays display words and sentences taken at random

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Business breakfast
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Business breakfast by rbanks. I’m having breakfast at Peggy Sue’s in downtown San Jose after following their trail of signs and balloons which started outside my hotel. Now I’m surrounded by Marilyn, Elvis, JFK and others, eating my breakfast, which is half the price of the hotel’s version and twice as tasty. Sitting in a

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Beautiful, beautiful Copenhagen.
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Beautiful, beautiful Copenhagen. by rbanks. We’ve just done the canal boat tour. Some of the new buildings are stunning. This is the Opera House. Most of the old buildings are also stunning.

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Pies & Pints
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Just spent a few hours with my friends Heidi and John in a bar called the Pies & Pints in Seattle on 65th. Can highly recommend it. The chicken pie is really tasty. Not sure what they’re doing with the crust but it’s good…

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Capsule hotels at London’s airports
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Boing Boing: Capsule hotels in London’s airports. ‘Yotel has opened capsule hotels in London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports; they’re modelled on the famous coffin hotels of Tokyo, but bigger and more luxurious, aimed at business-travellers in for a meeting who don’t want to haul ass all the way into London for their hotel. The cabins

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Maps in blogs
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Just trying out Wikimapia’s ability to embed maps in your blog. A map of the Windsor Farm Shop near us should appear below, although it probably won’t if you’re reading this through an RSS feed since it uses an iframe tag which most e-mail clients won’t support… See this how to.

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Downtown haunts
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I’m having a sort of “fantasy morning” in downtown Seattle. It’s quite rare, when Shannon and I visit, that we actually have time at the weekend. Often we’re here Sunday night to Friday night, and making the time to battle our way through traffic on a weekday to spend time in the city is usually

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Finally posted picture of Le Mans
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Catching up with posting some shots to the site from the last year. Again, some of these are up on Flickr, but I’ve felt a bit insecure not having a back up, or at least being able to present them as a nice album.

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