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Quickie accessibility checks because David is a nerd

While browsing the web this morning, with a million tabs (as usual), I stumbled upon a local council website that would easily fail most accessibility checks. I started wondering how many of these sites I had open would realistically pass accessibility tests, so I did some quickie contrast tests. Surprising absolutely nobody, only one passed […]

Digital Barn’s Queensland Museum Crawl

Once a month, Adam and I get together and visit the cultural precinct in Adelaide to see all of the new exhibits. Well this month, Drew, Adam, and I were in Queensland for a very special gallery crawl. Stop 1:Queensland Police Museum With our work with the South Australian Police Historical Society restarting, I knew […]

Under the Floorboards

Under the Floorboards is a great RPG that drops players into the world of floor folk, tiny humanoids that live in your house without you knowing. If you’re having trouble picturing it, think The Borrowers (1997). I backed Under the Floorboards on Kickstarter as part of ZineQuest 2020, and finally ran it with Adam and […]

A rehash of #hashtags

Hashtags have been around for so long that they are now a uniquitous aspect of the Internet, but they weren’t always so. This week is the anniversary of the first ever hashtag use on Twitter. Way back on August 23rd, 2007, Chris Messina proposed using the pound sign as a way of grouping conversations. It […]

Beak, Feather, & Bone: A Map-Labeling RPG

Beak, Feather & Bone is a nifty creative map labelling exercise designed by Tyler Crumrine. Starting with an unlabelled map, players take turns in drawing a standard playing card, picking a building, and then coming up with the story of that building. After a few rounds, you start to see connections between buildings, and the […]

South Aussie stories: Public School Swimming Champ 1920

πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈ Today we’re sharing the story of N.Webber, public schools swimming champ in 1920. We found this great photo in the State Library of South Australia digital collection, and after some sleuthing found a few articles on Trove about the same event. πŸ† Webber (sometimes listed as Weber) was entered in the Junior Championship of […]

My Favourite Maps from the David Rumsey Map Collection

The David Rumsey Map Collection contains more than 150,000 maps from around the world, more than 95,000 of which are freely accessible through the online collection. The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. David Rumsey […]