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Happy Desk

The life of a web developer can be seen in two very different lights: If your glass is always half full like mine is, you spend your days breathing new life into static designs—making them usable, flexible, and accessible to the widest possible audience, and being as creative as possible within a project’s constraints. If you work at a great company like Manoverboard, the static designs you’re tasked with awakening are already great design, which means your end results are great too. Awesome in, awesome out.

If however your glass is always half empty, your days are spent stuck inside all day hunched over a keyboard with your eyes glued to monitors, coding pages and pages of nonsense, constantly troubleshooting and fixing things as you go. If you’re a half empty kind of person, don’t despair! Putting a little bit of effort into making your environment as pleasant as possible can go a long way. Read more…

For the past 6.5+ years I have been an integral part of the Manoverboard team. As Manoverboard’s longest running employee, I’m in a unique position to share some insights about this great company—how it evolved, and how it eventually grew to become the first B Corporation in Manitoba.

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The whiskey almond pair tart is Dan’s favorite ‘special occasion’ dessert. The kind that you don’t make often, but when you do, it turns heads. Dan offers some tips from his experience.

“Find yourself a 14″ x 4″ rectangular tart pan for a real show-stopper. I picked mine up just down the street from the nice folks at the Happy Cooker. Make sure you roll the dough out the shape of your pan (ball for a tart, or log for the rectangle), and follow the note about rolling it out between sheets of plastic wrap. It makes it way easier to get it into the tart pan without breaking it. But if you do, don’t worry. Just smush all your crumbled bits back into the pan and it’ll turn out fine!”

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A Week in Peru


The first time that I heard the name Machu Picchu, I was 15 years old and it was the name of a racetrack in a video game. High atop a misty mountain, there were ancient ruins and terraces supposedly left behind by some ancient civilization. You were tasked with piloting a jet-powered flying motorcycle through impossible terrain under a thick blanket of fog. At the time I didn’t realize it was a real place—I mean, how could such a place really exist outside of a video game?

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Apple Wireless Keyboard
It’s hard to see what’s right in front of you—literally.

I encountered this feeling a while back when doing research on Apple’s new font for the Apple Watch—appropriately named San Francisco. In reading a little more about the implementation of the font, I was surprised to uncover the little known fact that Apple keyboards have been using a font much loved by designers for nearly two decades. That font is VAG Rounded.

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