Writing

I am Charles Marttinen (cmmartti), a web developer from the Toronto region. Every once in a while, I'll pull out a notebook and pencil and write about something that interests me.

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Re-drawing the Barrie Transit Map

Updated [map] [case-study]

Every good city has a public transit system, and every good transit system has a map. But not all maps are drawn equal, and so over the past year or so I've spent some of my spare time re-drawing my city's mediocre bus map.

I've long admired some of the maps posted on Cameron Booth's Transit Maps blog, and thought that I could make my own map too. How hard could it be? Quite hard, as it turns out.

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Tales of a snow brush: Lighter is better

The $4 lightweight wooden snow brush with skimpy ice scraper is better than the fancy $30 aluminum and plastic one with the extendo-matic rotating brush and ultra-duty ice scraper. Why is that?

Even though the fancy one has more features, it fails at efficiently completing its core purpose: brushing snow.

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