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.
I’m relieved to have electricity and gas back on at home. Electricity + gas = heat. 2014.01.16. Gas Meter by rbanks.
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
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.
2013 Maplecrest Christmas, a set on Flickr. Just got back from another festive Christmas in Neosho, MO. Here are some shots.
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
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
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,
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