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A blog with varied interests, including: design, computer science, history, typography, books and ephemera. By Dave Kellam, a developer and designer living in Montreal, Canada.

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Clearing out the cobwebs

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 03:45:03 +0000

Wow, it’s been awhile. I didn’t really intend to stop posting for two years, but that’s always how it goes. Between posting “content” elsewhere and working regularly on other WordPress sites, this place sort of became neglected. So, I’m getting this initial post out of the way (I’ve been avoiding it for awhile) and can […]

Confusing Google’s self-driving cars

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:47:56 +0000

Apparently, cyclists riding fixed-gear bicycles confuse Google’s self-driving cars. The car got to the stop line a fraction of a second before I did, so it had the [right of way]. I did a track-stand and waited for it to continue on through. It apparently detected my presence … and stayed stationary for several seconds. […]

Only crashes on Wednesdays

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:22:15 +0000

A fun bug story about crashes that only happened on Wednesdays: After several weeks of frustration, where entire days devoted to experimentation had produced no results, I ended up basically adding printf statements to every single line between receiving the event from the serial port and writing it in the database… and in the process, […]

Getting drunk in colonial America

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:35:22 +0000

A Toast to Your Health Toasting, or ‘drinking healths,’ was a longstanding tradition in English culture. The act of honoring another and drinking to their health was a way for English drinkers to combine a display of respect with the consumption of alcohol – certainly a win-win situation for those who favored the practice. The […]

The last HybridConf

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 03:15:02 +0000

I went to the first HybridConf in Cardiff two years ago, and will definitely in Dublin for the third and final iteration this year (couldn’t make it last year due to family commitments). The first one was awesome; the speakers were great, the events were awesome, and I met a lot of incredible people. If you need […]

NYC subway map from 1964

Fri, 01 May 2015 03:45:17 +0000

A version of the NYC subway map, which had been lost to history, was recently found and recreated digitally by Reka Komoli. A local lawyer, R. Raleigh D’Adamo, was the winner of that 1964 contest. His design separated local from express routes and assigned separate colors to each of them. Submissions had to fit all the […]

The man in the van

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:33:21 +0000

Daniel Norris, a rookie pitcher with the Toronto Blue Jays, lives in a van during the off season. This is where Norris has chosen to live while he tries to win a job in the Blue Jays’ rotation: in a broken-down van parked under the blue fluorescent lights of a Wal-Mart in the Florida suburbs. […]

Space probe tracker

Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:45:51 +0000 provides news and information about the various probes that we’ve launched in our solar system. There’s a poster version of the probe artwork available as well.

Origins of the blink tag

Sun, 01 Feb 2015 02:59:17 +0000

Lou Montulli, a former engineer with Netscape, writes about the origins of the blink tag. It seems that it was a lament for the lack of features in text-based browsers. Back in 1994 I was a founding engineer at Netscape, prior to that I had written the Lynx browser, which predated all of the other […]

The Wire in HD

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 04:36:44 +0000

David Simon wrote a piece about The Wire’s conversion to high-definition and a 16:9 aspect ratio. I remember watching the series while it was airing and reading about the intentional preservation of the 4:3 ratio. I just figured we’d never see a widescreen release. At the last, I’m satisfied what while this new version of […]