New Subway Map-Themed Game in Development: Mini Metro!

This looks extremely promising, especially since development on Third Rail seems to have stalled (no updates on progress since mid-last year). It’s being developed by small New Zealand-based studio, Dinosaur Polo Club (great name and logo!). Here’s the preamble from their website:

Mini Metro is a minimalist subway simulation game about designing efficient subway networks. The player must constantly redesign their line layout to meet the needs of a rapidly-growing city.

The game, currently available as a rough and ready alpha version (that’s pre-beta, folks!), currently has four maps — London, New York, Paris and one other that I haven’t identified as yet. Each map in the game looks like that of its real life equivalent, right down to the colours used to represent routes: a neat touch! That’s London seen in the mesmerising GIF above.

In short, I want to play this right now. Hurry up and take my money.

Developer’s Project Site | Devblog

Helvetica Review

  • Dwayne: let's make godlesssondheimite watch Helvetica!
  • Me: how long is it?
  • Quinn: Too long for a movie about a font
  • Me: Thirty seconds is too long for a movie about a font
  • Quinn:'s about an hour and thirty minutes? Do you want me to summarize it for you?
  • Me: "Helvetica is great?"
  • Quinn: Nope.
  • Me: "Helvetica is terrible?"
  • Quinn: No. "Helvetica is eh." That's the movie.


Before moving to Portland, OR, where we bought a house built in 2006, my wife and I lived in Providence, RI, in a condo built in the 1930s. Both construction eras have their plusses and minuses, but I have to admit that I really don’t miss fixing all the things that used to break in the 1930s condo. The contrast between the structures got me thinking about the distribution of residential construction, so I’ve mapped/graphed it in this post.

The map shows what time period the plurality (mode) of houses was built in for each county. As you can see, much of the Midwest and Northeast are dominated by older homes (1930s and before). The southern states and states west of the Rockies tend to have more 1970s through 1990s houses. There are only two counties in the entire country where 1940s houses are the mode: Anderson County, TN, and Cottle County, TX. There are three counties where 2005-2013 homes are the mode: Cameron Parish, LA, Plaquemines Parish, LA, and Hancock County, Mississippi. Here is the full distribution of the number of counties by which time period is responsible for the plurality of its residential construction:

1930s or before (1161 counties); 1940s (2); 1950s (87); 1960s (43); 1970s (881); 1980s (266); 1990s (754); 2000 to 2004 (24); 2005 to 2013 (3).

The violin plot reflects this distribution, with a post-1940 building peak in the 1970s to 1990s. The white dots in the violins represent medians for each time period. So the typical county in the US (if such a county existed) would have a plurality of its houses built in the 1970s, followed by an approximately even distribution of pre-1940, 1980s, and 1990s houses, then an approximately even distribution of 1950s, 1960s, and post-2000 houses, and the smallest number of houses from the 1940s. The violins also shows that a select few counties (20, to be exact) have a true majority (>50%) of their houses built before 1940. Eight of the 20 are in Nebraska; no other state has more than three!

Data source: (Table DP04)







Tips for dealing with Designers:

1: Don’t belittle the skill it takes to make designs.

2: Don’t assume you can do what we spent years trainings to do just because you took one class in high school or college way back when. (unless you’re a protege) 

3: Don’t expect good results from vauge, unrealistic requests.

4: Don’t try to worm your way out of paying when its clear you can. (charities excluded) 

Now I realize some people not might realize what they are saying is rude and I am willing to forgive your ignorance, but if you talk like this to a designer you are a jerk. 

For the folks over at whose horror stories have inspired this comic.

This is too true.


Bolding what I have experienced in art and design work.

Yeeeeeep! Get this all the time with work, and I just say ‘nope, sorry.’

If designers had scalpels, there would be a lot more stab wounds in the world.



Ah, San Francisco and New York. The City by the Bay and the Big Apple. Frisco and Gotham. Karl the Fog’s stomping grounds and that place Woody Allen keeps going on about.

People hold strong allegiances on either side, and the list of potential points of comparison is long: the Golden…

Knew my accountant had it all wrong.

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As I guessed correctly, this is the Public Library.

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This made me smile. :)

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