What’s up with Clutch.co?

November 30, 2022

A few weeks ago, a prospective client reached out to collaborate. This client mentioned that they found us through a website called Clutch.co.

Recently we have seen Clutch improving their search rankings on various search engines. In addition, Clutch created a Bluehouse Group profile for us on our behalf.

Since people are finding us on Clutch, we began the process of building out our Clutch profile. One thing our profile is missing is client reviews. If we have worked with you in the past, we would love it if you reviewed our business on Clutch using the link above.

Mitch’s November Movie Picks: Family Edition

November 29, 2022

Yi Yi (2000, dir Edward Yang) 

“My uncle says we live three times as long since man invented movies.”“How can that be?”“It means movies give us twice what we get from daily life.”

Yi Yi follows each member of a family in Tapei as they go through life’s quandaries and ask hard questions about the meaning of life. The film tackles childhood, love, friendship, family, mundanity, and life in the most simplistic way possible.

Minding the Gap (2018, dir Bing Liu)

“It [skateboarding] hurts you.” “Yeah, but so did my dad…and I loved him to death.”

Minding the Gap is a documentary about three lifelong friends that met while growing up skateboarding, the film focuses on their difficult home lives and the escape they all experience through skateboarding and spending time together.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021, dir Dean Fleischer-Camp)

"Guess what I do for adventure. I hang glide on a Dorito.”

Marcel is a one inch shell that gets separated from his sprawling community of shells. Now living alone with his grandmother Connie, a filmmaker finds Marcel and helps him reunite with his family through a short film.

Tokyo Story (1953, dir Yasujirō Ozu)

“You may be happy while you're still young. But as you become older, you'll find it lonely”.

A mother and father visit their adult children in Tokyo. Both of their children do not have a lot of free time to spend with their aging parents, and so Noriko the widow of their youngest son who was killed in the war keeps her in-laws company

Fry Tour of Burlington: Cafè Saint-Paul

November 28, 2022

Café Saint-Paul is a Montreal style Cafe located at 194 Saint Paul Street in Burlington, Vermont. They are newer to the local restaurant scene, opening around 2020, they have grown in popularity in Burlington. Their prices are fair compared to other options. Café Saint-Paul works with local dairy suppliers to source the freshest and highest quality offerings.

These fries were extremely delicious, they have a great crispy exterior and they are nice and soft on the inside. The price to fry ratio is also tough for other Burlington based restaurants to compete with. Everyone at Bluehouse Group devoured these fries so quickly.

We scored these fries a 7.6 / 10. Check in every Friday for our next local french fry review!

Fry Tour of Burlington: Kountry Kart Deli

November 21, 2022

In 1992 Mike Williams expanded his sandwich shop from a popular food cart on Church Street to a physical location at 155 Main Street in Burlington, Vermont. The sandwich shop is a staple in the Burlington community and they are known for their extensive menu and late hours. Kountry Kart Deli serves over 600 sandwiches a day, but are their french fries good?

This is a pretty solid french fry, especially if you’re into the classic “Hot Dog Stand” style fry that you might find at a baseball game. These fries stand out thanks to their hot, soft center, leaving just enough grease on your fingers to provide great flavor. A spicy cajun seasoning further augments the experience. But the style doesn’t offer much crispiness, and one could argue that the amount of grease leaves a heavier post-eating feel. Still, it’s a worthy contribution to our Fry Tour of Burlington.

We scored these fries a 5.6 / 10. Check in every Friday for our next local french fry review!

Would you Fly with GitHub Copilot?

November 14, 2022

With DALL·E 2, copy.ai, and the plethora of AI tools hitting the market, there is one tool in particular that is making us equally cautious and intrigued.

GitHub Copilot is a real-time code suggesting engine that enables code completions built directly into your editor. From short function calls to entire classes, it’s much more than just a spell-checker. The code it suggests is theoretically all available in the public domain, pulled from various open source projects that Copilot was trained on.

In theory this tool is revolutionary for our industry, but it has spurned lawsuits and copyright discussions, not to mention various ethical concerns.

Ethical issues notwithstanding, our team has mixed thoughts on this topic. On one hand, it could save vast amounts of time, on the other, it introduces a lot of code without the immediate need to understand how said code works, potentially making the it harder to maintain. Additionally, Copilot shifts the development process away from writing code, to reviewing code, and doesn’t necessarily guarantee a net gain in productivity.

Contact us and let us know your thoughts on GitHub Copilot!

There is No Silver Bullet for Accessibility

October 31, 2022

We were approached to partner with an accessibility company that has their own overlay, we said no. Coincidentally, we saw this tweet by @ScopicEngineer the same day we declined the partnership.

Accessibility overlays come with a host of problems, including overriding a user’s customization settings; they do not reliably work, and often create more harm. Instead, accessibility needs to be considered at every stage of a project and baked into the code from the get-go.

If the “easy fix” is too good to be true, it usually is.

Let’s listen to disabled voices, as they have spoken to the harm of permanent overlay plugins.

Mitch’s October Movie Picks: Vampire Edition

October 27, 2022

Let the Right One In (2008, dir Tomas Alfredson) 

“Are you old?” ‘I’m Twelve. But I’ve been twelve for a long time.”

Let the Right One In is set in a quaint town in Sweden in the dead of Winter. The film masterfully explores loneliness, bullying, and revenge.

Blood & Donuts (1995, dir Holly Dale) 

“Excuse me, any place around here… One can get… some liver?” “We sell donuts”

This quirky horror comedy has it all!  Love, mobsters, and a crazy ex girlfriend. The film follows a vampire named Boya and his and his budding romance with a donut shop employee named Molly.

Near Dark (1987, dir Kathryn Bigelow) 

“I’m afraid” “Don’t be. It’s just the sun”

This film follows Caleb, a mid-western farm boy who reluctantly becomes a member of the undead after falling for a vampire named Mae. Mae is involved with a rag tag group of vampires who wreak havoc while traveling through the south.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014, dir Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement)

“We’re Werewolves. Not Swear-Wolves”

The film follows vampire housemates trying to cope with the complexities of modern life as they show a newly turned hipster all of the perks of being undead.