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.

Bots are Everywhere

October 03, 2022

Fake online users make up 40 percent of all web traffic, according to some estimates, yet it does not seem that people in the digital advertising space are interested in unmasking fake clicks.

It is estimated that ad fraud is costing US advertisers $120 billion every year. Many advertisement platforms look the other way when it comes to bots. Why aren’t they addressing the issue? Advertisers like seeing high amounts of traffic, the more traffic the advertiser sees the more they will spend on the advertising platform.

The larger issue at hand is that many of these online bots are created by cyber criminals, and the ad dollars that companies spend are flowing in their pockets to help fund other illegal activities.

Learn more about bots influence on online advertising.

Figma Purchased by Adobe

September 15, 2022

The acquisition of Figma by Adobe was shocking news for all of us at Bluehouse Group. We have always loved Figma and we all appreciate the goals that they set out to achieve within the design space.

Initially the team was a little nervous for what the future holds for Adobe and Figma, to our relief the Figma CEO Dylan Field assured that the plan is for Figma to continue operating autonomously.

“The last thing that anyone wants is to disrupt either one of our roadmaps. That means no plans to bring Figma inside of Creative Cloud and no changes to Figma’s pricing.” —Dylan Field

It will be interesting to check back in on Figma a year from now and see if all of this is still true.