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Despair and misery.

Back to the windows platform

First day of a new contract today. After spending 6 months completely away from the Windows platform (95% Linux, 5% Mac OS), today I returned : full Windows stack. Yikes! I almost puked on my keyboard.

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How people ruined my movie not technology

Have you heard about this movie l’écume des jours? I went to see it yesterday. You know it’s the very imaginative styled movie like Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine) loves doing. It reminded me of Brazil, but Brazil is still the best. Well, it’s the kind of movie that I love and that I looked forward to seeing ever since I knew it was coming out. So yesterday when we finally decided to see it, it was kind of a special night out. Unfortunately, 66 years ago, that small thing called “transistor” was invented and people thought they could stop doing their jobs.

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My first time in America-ah !

I should have written this post ages ago, but life and stuff happened. So here it is now.
Back in November I visited America for the first time ever, it was aw-some. Most people I hear going to the US always go to NY, but NY never really fascinated me. Instead I always thought that if I would visit the US, my first destination would definitely be California to meet the hippies, the Silicon valley and the sun. However, my first destination was quite unexpected but just as interesting. Since my brother had exported himself to the US I thought that was the perfect time to pay him a visit and discover America. That’s how I landed in the “Tough City” as I will always remember it, aka Chicago ♥.

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The toilets mishap

The lost dream of the automatic city

I spent Christmas eve at Notre Dame de Paris, the big cathedral of Paris that you might know of. There were so many people, I’d say around 50,000 people coming and going, queuing and praying inside. It was like “the big show”.

I came with my parents but since they had arrived earlier they could actually attend mass from inside while I had to view everything through a big screen outside sitting in the cold on arranged benches. It was nice to observe all those people – mostly tourists – sitting there and queuing in the cold. I was sitting with my brother, another professional geek, and we couldn’t help noticing how people around us would share their activity online. We spotted 3 sharing patterns : facebook, twitter and foursquare. (Un)strangely, I suspect all the people that we spotted sharing to be Americans (I heard them speak). I visualize well their post “Celebrating Xmas @NotreDame in Paris, OMG so beautiful!” :) I never post my activity online on the fly, ne-ver, I never know what to write. I prefer the elaborated blog article that I can re-read later. Each to their own sharing habit :) I will not say that it was “OMG so beautiful” though, but listening to the choirs was indeed quite pleasant in spite of the cold.

Notre Dame

The saint songs, the Christmas lights, the festive atmosphere, what on earth does it all have to do with toilets ?!

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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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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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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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“Of course ! I’m a professional monkey”

What a lousy week

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Last week I took a day off on Friday. So when I came back to work on Monday morning I was all bright and shiny ready to work happily. Then, a product manager came to me with a ten feet face. She said “we are so late, the journalists are not happy, I received a very angry email from them saying that the website we launched last week is crap.” Then she pulled out a pile of post-its and as she was sticking them on the wall she said “We need to do all this. It’s for last week.” That set the tone of my lousy week.

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