Patent Plaque
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When you get a patent accepted by the US Patent Office Microsoft sends you a wooden plaque, faced in a sheet of brass, which has the first page of the patent application etched in it. Today I received my 30th, #8,555,192. 2014.01.20 Patent Plaque by rbanks.

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2014.01.16. Gas Meter
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I’m relieved to have electricity and gas back on at home. Electricity + gas = heat. 2014.01.16. Gas Meter by rbanks.

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Encroaching Water
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We’ve spent the last few days dealing with the slow approach of a swelling Thames river. Now we’re in a hotel, having evacuated ourselves this morning. I suspect by now that water will have reached our hallway, our kitchen, our living room and the rest of our ground floor. I’m glad we’re safe, warm and

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2014.01.06. Date stamp
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This is how I start a new work day (and in this case, a new work year) in my sketchbook. 2014.01.06. Date stamp by rbanks.

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2013 Maplecrest Christmas
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2013 Maplecrest Christmas, a set on Flickr. Just got back from another festive Christmas in Neosho, MO. Here are some shots.

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Favorite Photos of 2012
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Favorites of 2012, a set on Flickr. Here’s my ninth (gulp) annual set of favourite photos that I’ve taken this year with my Lumix GF1. I still love the camera, and picked up a new lens which zooms (a little) and goes pretty wide. I’ve primarily taken these shots with the fixed 20mm lens, which

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Support my half marathon!!
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I’ll be running Nike’s “Run to the Beat” half marathon in London on the 28th of October, and am madly training with my wife, Shannon, who is also running. We’re raising money as part of the run in support of Lupus UK. Lupus is an auto-immune disease with a whole bunch of nasty side effects

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RCA Degree Show 2012 & Microsoft Design Expo
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Microsoft holds an annual design competition for students from around the world who are usually studying either interaction or product design. It’s called the Design Expo. Students work in groups at their school, usually over the spring semester, to a brief that we set and they then select their best team, who travel to Redmond,

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Slow Technology Workshop | Part 1
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I was in Newcastle for the Designing Interactive Systems conference from the 12th to the 15th of June. This conference takes place every couple of years, and looks at the social science of technology, with a particular emphasis on design. This year it was hosted by the University of Newcastle, and organized primarily by the

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Gawrsh.
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Although I find Goofy MOST irritating, I still love the way he says this word. Thanks to this poster that I found in The Magic Kingdom I now know the correct spelling. Gawrsh. My favourite Disney catchphrase. Now I know how it’s spelt. by rbanks.

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Simon Peyton Jones elected Fellow of the Royal Society https://t.co/5YpZl3y2dW
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RT @hardy_alison: what does government rhetoric say about the value of D&T? - my topic for the @ACRE_Edge_Hill conference #acre2016
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Photo compares portable Mac from 25 years ago to one today https://t.co/BeRUtNefzd
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LG : OLED TV CHANGES EVERYTHING https://t.co/m7wyp3jGcn https://t.co/SPHjYcRo4h
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RT @LGUK: Not Just a New TV. A Whole New Category of Television. https://t.co/A7Qs3GoUBq
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