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The most common birth dates – an infographic

Everyone loves a good infographic.  This one shows which birth dates are most popular … as you might expect, September seems to be the most common month for birthdays … all that winter time cuddling … predictably, Feb 29th and Jan 1st are the 2 least common dates. Anyway, a nice heat map illustration of […]

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Makey Makey – turn bananas into a keyboard!

Oh – this is great!  I’m off to my kids school to make sure we get some of these kits … What’s MaKey MaKey? MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing […]

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Grid apps, bookmarks and coffee tables

There are many things that consistently vex me.  Solutions for three of them presented themselves this rainy Tuesday morning – too good not to share. Bookmarks I don’t have a problem with bookmarks.  (We’re talking about the physical book mark here – something you use to keep your place in a real, physical, book).  My […]

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The right kind of water

I love needmoredesigns.com – they’re a web firm based in Portland, Oregon.  They do good work, which you can check out on their site.  But it’s their blog that is never less than informative and frequently fascinating. Today, for instance, I learnt that boiling water first and then letting it cool, reduces the oxygen in […]

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Everybody’s favourite Duluthian

Everybody’s favourite Duluthian now has an Etsy store.  You can spend days looking through the lovingly made bits and pieces on Etsy … but you’d be hard pushed to find anything more joyful than this work by Marian Lansky (from Kenspeckle Letterpress fame).

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Sidewalks that create electricity

File this under ‘brilliant ideas’.  PaveGen – a UK Company no less – has come up with what appears to be a product of absolute genius.  Each time a person steps on a little rubber mat, their kinetic energy – the energy expended with the foot fall – is converted into electricity.  A single step […]

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As Above, So Below

Sometimes I’m just about the luckiest person I know.  One of those times was yesterday when the most deliciously colourful, sumptuous and beautiful piece of artwork arrived on my doorstep.  It came courtesy of the Kenspeckle Letterpress.  It’s hard to do it justice on such a small web page.  In real life it measures 4ft […]

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