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Shared Phone Use

21 Dec 2006
In: Design Inspiration, Kampala
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What happens when people share an object that is inherently designed for personal use? A Nokia Research team set out explore this topic during a July …
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Pleasures of the Flesh, 4am in Chengdu

16 Dec 2006
In: Chengdu, Future Perfect
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A stopover in Chengdu to round off this Chinese leg of my journey starts out innocently enough propping up, and playing go with the regulars …
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The Sound of Phlegm Hitting a Dirt Floor

14 Dec 2006
In: Lhasa, Today's Office
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If you close your eyes and listen carefully to the sounds in next room you can hear a large pot of chai coming to the …
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Homes Away From Homes

11 Dec 2006
In: Tibet, Today's Office
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The train journey from Chengdu to Lhasa takes 48 hours and 3 minutes. Before boarding passengers have to sign a waiver form saying that they …
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Bedding Norms

01 Dec 2006
In: Cultural Norms, Izu
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Tatami, mattress, thick blanket – only the bottom of which is covered by a sheet.
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Postures Signifying Tasks

01 Dec 2006
In: Design Inspiration, Izu
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Out of Office

30 Nov 2006
In: Izu, Today's Office
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A positive aspect of working for a Finnish company is the respect for personal and vacation time – in July and August many of my …
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Separation of Clean and Dirty Spaces

27 Nov 2006
In: Akedake, Cultural Norms
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Shoes specifically for use in the male toilet room (the rest of the building, a mountain lodge is a shoe free environment) the result of …
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Data Transmission Mechanisms

16 Nov 2006
In: Future Perfect, Helsinki
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An intriguing keynote presentation by Oxford University’s Dominic O’Brien of at the World Wireless Research Forum on using solid state lighting to transfer data. Background …
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Snow Falling on Asphalt

13 Nov 2006
In: Helsinki, Today's Office
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In the Helsinki mothership today followed by the World Wireless Research Forum in Heidelberg for the rest of the week.
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