Yearly Archives: 2012

Books vs Internet: Why I choose a book instead of a blog

So I now have the habit of looking for the things I need on the web. Whether I need a recipe or a tutorial, the Internet is my friend and helps me well to find what I need. However, recently I wanted to get some more information about the painter René Magritte whose paintings really attracted my attention but strangely the Internet didn’t help as I hoped.

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Le fils de l’homme, Magritte

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My parents, the tech junkies

That’s it. It has happened. The world has turned the other way. My parents have become tech junkies.

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My list of sci-fi movies

I love science-fiction.

Organic sci-fi

After always being attracted by the same kind of movie, I discovered that my favorite genre was actually a certain type of sci-fi where there is a sci-fi element but it’s embedded in the story, the viewer just has to accept the situation and we see how people deal with it. It makes original stories that change your perspective. I didn’t know how exactly to describe this type of movies so I decided to call it “organic sci-fi”. Here is an unordered list of my favorite movies of this kind with my rating :

Crazy sci-fi

But I also like crazy-type sci-fi full of interesting ideas kind of mixed in a blender.

These lists will be updated as I watch more movies like these, please share your suggestions if you like the kind too 🙂

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me : So, are you happy all your private msgs are now public on FB?
my brother : Yeah that was cool
me : awesome. Now is the time to check everyone’s wall before they delete everything =p
my brother : As if anyone ever had anything interesting to say on FB
me : phew i’m glad i never told my secrets on FB
my brother : I put my secrets on google +
at least there is nobody to read them

enabled by gtalk. powered by irony.

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What kind of machines should not freeze

Today I went to the gym for a change because I have to use my 5 coupons before next week. But I don’t like staying there too long, usually I stay for maximum 30mn. Beyond 30mn I go existential and I think oh man I’m walking towards nowhere, on a machine that doesn’t move, what am I doing ???. So as usual I wanted to make it quick. Usual program : fast walk, and very high slope.

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Happy birthday geek !

These days I’m really exhausted and I badly need holidays. All of this because of the olympics. Hmm no, I’m not one of the athletes, I just worked on some olympics website… coding can really be tiring too you know ! But even though I’m crushed like an old cookie and I’m not inspired to write, I couldn’t let that one pass : hey Planet, today is my birthday.

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The ad precedence

Where the pressure comes from

We’re working under pressure at work to release a sport website covering the olympics for Wednesday, since the olympics start next Friday. And there is still a lot of work to do. I finally understood where the pressure comes from.

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How to play a video when there is no play button

Is ui tested on rats and monkeys first, or just on geeks?

I come back from a lipdub session where we wanted to make a fun video in front of the Eiffel Tower for my friend, the bride to be. I was filming the movie so I got to interact with the camera, it was my friend’s camera. First take : the actors played their part. It seemed great. Then we wanted to view the video to confirm, that’s when our real mission started : play the video. Impossible.

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Nursing machines : engineers really have it easy

Saturday I made an interesting encounter, I met a nurse. We met at a bachelor party I organized for a very good friend. It was an adventurous race through Paris where I had designed some cool and fun actions to complete for my friend (nothing to do with dirty bachelor parties, it was in the afternoon !!!). So that’s in between actions that I got to talk with the nurse.

But where are the engineers ?!!

While we were racing in the street, she told me she was glad because for once she didn’t have to work on Saturday. “Really ?!!”, I naively said. Then she went on and introduced her job. She explained it and described all the stress she had to go through. I was kind of shocked by what she shared with me. She said that the patients were plugged to a pumping machine that was used to pump their blood, and often this machine would break down and SHE had to fix it as quickly as possible. Her words were “when that happens I need to fix it and nobody knows how to fix it, I mean I’m not an engineer, but I do have to fix the machine, so sometimes I just fix it by intuition thanks to previous experiences, sometimes I just know what I should do, sometimes I don’t and the engineers are not there”. My immediate reaction was “but where are the engineers???!”, “No idea”, she said. Incredible.

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My first coding dojo

This morning our coding best practice guru made us do our first coding dojo. I had no idea what that was, for me “dojo” vaguely referred to a javascript library. But actually, “dojo” is the Japanese word for the place where students practice their martial art. So by extent a coding dojo is a coding exercise where devs practice their code. Aha!

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