Matthew Gruman

  • I really like dogs and I really like robots, yet I don’t care for robotic dogs.
  • As of October 22, 2007, I have taken steps towards becoming a cyborg.
  • I look about 5-7 years younger than I actually am. This has nothing to do with cyborg genetics.
  • I used to collect valid student IDs from as many post-secondary schools as possible (five).
  • I intend to get an honourary PHD someday.
  • I have a cute Category. I don’t know anyone involved in anything I post, but they’re all REALLY cute.
  • I play about a dozen instruments.
  • Over the years, I have been a co-editor at a college newspaper (The Vanier College something-or-other), a feature writer for DiSCORDER Magazine (Vancouver-based music magazine), and the sole Canadian contributor to The Alt (Perth-based and one of the first, but now defunct, mp3 blogs).
  • I have been a member of Greenpeace since 2001.
  • I work as a Marketing Assistant for Canadian Literature. I do their graphic design, project management, market research, promotions, and public relations. Nothing I post on this site is representative of Canadian Literature or anyone who works there.
  • I own a graphic design/web development company named Distinct Variation(s). While I am not looking new clients right now, I am always interested in interesting projects for people/organizations I care about. Most of what I post on this site is representative of Distinct Variation(s) and everyone who works with me.
  • I also use Tumblr for blogging. Most of what I post on that site tends to be whiny and/or self-indulgent.
  • I’ve been a Type 1 Diabetic since 1992.
  • I’ve been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since 1995.
  • I used to be a body builder, but I stopped when I turned four because I was getting too pumped.

Picture of me as a toddler


  • The site runs on WordPress, an excellent open-source blogging platform.
  • The site design is based on Oinam’s Kiss theme, but has been customized to the point where little of the original code still exists.
  • The main body font is Century Gothic. Most people don’t have that font, so they see Lucida or Verdana.
  • I use the :first-letter CSS pseudo-class.