Hi! Do you remember blogs? Well, this used to be one. Now it just serves as an archive for my multiple Twitter accounts.

1 December 2009

Pulling features out two days after they’ve launched is the new fail whale. A little less problematic, but still ridiculous. #twitterlists

Trust your instincts, Luke. Trust your instincts. I told you to fucking trust your instincts.

Ben Foster, Jon Foster, damn, wonder what the next sibling is gonna be like.


If it’s truly awesome, someone will ruin it. If you’re nodding right now, you’re them.

Accidentally on Purpose — I don’t often enjoy sitcoms, but this has enough good bits of writing and acting and damn perfect smooth body.

I always thought Gears was a temporary measure and I’m pretty sure that Google did too, so stop acting surprised cause of a slow news month.

2 December

Have there been studies to determine if there could be a correlation between serialkillerism and being disgusted by babies?

The fun part of clientsfromhell.tumblr.com is that half the entries are whiny designers who lack the empathy to understand their clients.

3 December

Photoshop for iPhone is now available outside the US; it’s sluggish, cumbersome, and a little buggy. Deleted.

4 December

“Google DNS”

Half a second delay caused a 20% drop in traffic [on Google]. Half a second delay killed user satisfaction. […]

This conclusion may be surprising — people notice a half second delay? — but we had a similar experience at Amazon.com. In A/B tests, we tried delaying the page in increments of 100 milliseconds and found that even very small delays would result in substantial and costly drops in revenue.

Switching to Google DNS just because the server IPs are so pretty.

So you pretty much can’t get phone support for anything Google provides, except… their free public DNS service. How is that not fishy?

Working with InDesign was both infuriating and exhilarating; there’s still nothing like the physicality of print. Anyone need a brochure?

In my mind I’m the editor-in-chief of my Google Reader, rewriting or rejecting each story — and that job is awful for my blood pressure.

Just a few hours away from joining the “If you Google Wave me, you’ll have to notify me by mail” crowd.

5 December


Trading in my expectations for aspirations. Seems like less work.

6 December

J’essaie d’imaginer un sujet qui pourrait me motiver à écrire un vrai post entier sur mon blog, et je ne vois pas.

Unsubscribed from all the awfully-hosted podcasts that were hurting my brain (1up, all TWiTs), but now I don’t know what do with my time.

I’ve got Popeye’s theme song in my mind. WHYYYYY?

7 December

Dexter 4.11 — How often is the fourth season of a serial its best ever?

The CrunchPad story is entirely obvious; it’s just hard to believe Arrington was a corporate lawyer once.

“Publishing pictures of an unfinished product on a blog… is not a recipe for success,” he said — in a videoconference blogged by every site.

It’s weird how much my muscle memory spontaneously goes for a missing “Like” button when I’m out and about on the web.

“I’m sorry to interrupt your great sacrifice speech, Mr. Schuester, and I’ma let you finish, but can’t you just buy the damn mattress?”

8 December

There hasn’t been a new GTD application to play with in a while. You wouldn’t have believed that could ever happen.

“…du début du siècle.

Pardon, siècle dernier. Ughhh.”

Confused… Did Pirate Bay only announce that it would stop hosting .torrent files, counting on its prosecutors not to check that it did?

Alice — Passable script, nice sets, okay cast, big crush on the Hatter, but it would have taken a better director to make it work.

Do you have a Manc/Leeds accent and a rat’s muzzle? I’m interested.

Oups. L’imprimante juste au-dessus de la poubelle, c’est moyen.

9 December

I am so annoyed by how few blog posts about Chrome for Mac care to mention that it’s Intel-only. I feel old and abandoned.

Tiens, j’ai rêvé que je mangeais des dattes.

My widdle brudder finds Requiem for a Dream hilarious.

J’ai des reflux acides à chaque fois que je tombe sur ces pages de Wikipédia France écrites dans le ton d’un exposé de collégien.

Je viens de lire une page mal écrite sur Wikipédia et je me suis senti obligé de me lever et sortir de la pièce. I’m in trouble. Also, old.

When you’re designing the menus for a four-episode DVD, maybe placing episode titles in a 2x2 matrix isn’t quite ideal?

Wow, the Buffy pilot isn’t much better than the movie.

No wonder I never remembered Darla from season one with that hair, and that voice.

10 December

Wikipedia: Apostrophe

Many respected sources have required that practically all singular nouns, including those ending with a sibilant sound, have possessive forms with an extra s after the apostrophe. […] Such sources would demand possessive singulars like these: Senator Jones’s umbrella; Mephistopheles’s cat. On the other hand, some modern writers omit the extra s in all cases, and Chicago Manual of Style allows this as an “alternative practice”.

Huh. I thought writers who dropped the ‘s’ on singular proper nouns were illiterate.


Classical, biblical, and similar names ending in a sibilant, especially if they are polysyllabic, [often] do not take an added s in the possessive […] As a particular case, Jesus’  is very commonly written instead of Jesus’s – even by people who would otherwise add ’s in, for example, James’s or Chris’s. Jesus’  is referred to as “an accepted liturgical archaism” in Hart’s Rules.

What the fuck kind of rule is that?


I’ll stick with the ‘s,’ because dropping it randomly hurts my geeky sensibilities.

UStream Broadcaster makes crappy video on the iPhone 3G, but that’s better than no video at all http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/2846134

Buffy’s season 1 is so bad I’m gonna have to ask myself if it isn’t a bit true that you have to make creative compromises to get started.

Oh, damn. I’m all out of Google Reader Explore. Didn’t think you could empty it out, it’s absurd.

11 December

Fringe 2.10 — That would have been a great character payoff if they’d actually fixed him. But of course they wouldn’t on that show.

Oh, DVD Player remembers where I was in the middle of a Buffy ep when the power went out last night.


Amazon has turned FedEx and UPS vehicles into ice cream trucks for grown-ups.

12 December

Dreamed that I woke up and half my hair had turned white overnight. (But at least I had a lot of hair.)

Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. Rewind.

It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

In the sense that “today and every other day” comes before “never.”

13 December

It may looked to the untrained eye like I’m clicking from related video to related video about kittens on YouTube.

If lead glass is a wee bit toxic and you shouldn’t store liquids in it, how is Cristal, named after its lead-crystal bottle, legal to sell?

Geez, there’s a “Veronika decides to die” movie (actually, two), and it stars Gellar. I hated hated hated the book, but I’m too curious.

Of course Dollhouse would be getting somewhat interesting just now that it’s been cancelled.

Misfits 1.01–1.03 — The characters are insufferable (Skins meets Heroes, indeed), but the writing is good and most of the acting too.

14 December

Kindle for iPhone available internationally = downloadable first chapters for lots of books. Too bad the mobile Kindle store sucks.

Oh, finally got an idea for a new blog (and podcast, TV show, award-winning series of documentaries): “Why Everyone Is Wrong About…”

First chapter of Twilight: It’s not terrible.

(I didn’t rush to download a Kindle sample from Twilight, okay? It just happens to be in the best-seller list.)

Dexter 4.12 — Damn. The episode didn’t really work for me (don’t know if it’s the show’s fault, or my mood), but still.

“…17-year-old Taylor Lautner…”

Ouch, that hurt.

Upon reflection it’s decided, they completely ruined the Dexter finale by having voiceover there.

The new App Store layout’s custom thin horizontal scrollbar for the screenshots is hostile to users of third-party mice with scroll wheels.

15 December

Damnit! Google Reader has been ignoring all of my feed’s digests for a while, because apparently it now discards hash anchors.

I’m hesitating between “touch favicon.ico” or “Redirect /favicon.ico http://www.microsoft.com/ [L]”

Fuck. I’ve been stupid, and now I’ve got no choice but to buy an SSL certificate. Possibily two. Or four.

16 December

Ah, tiens, slate.fr ressemble un peu à un site de news, maintenant ?

“Developers now can use private API for screen capture on iPhone, says Apple”

After carefully considering the issue, Apple is now allowing applications to use the function UIGetScreenImage() to programmatically capture the current screen contents. […]

A future release of iPhone OS may provide a public API equivalent of this functionality. At such time, all applications using UIGetScreenImage() will be required to adopt the public API.

This annoys me. A lot. Not because I don’t like the idea of issuing derogations for using this or that function from the private API (which I don’t), but because the reason why everyone wants to use UIGetScreenImage is that it’s currently the only way for an application to capture video and process it on the fly (or to capture video at all on anything but an iPhone 3GS). And I don’t really mind stopgap measures per se, but it scares me to see Apple forum moderators addressing the future issue of having to use the upcoming official screen-capture API, rather than the real problem of not being able to access live video capture from the camera sensor… when the UIGetScreenImage produces awful three-frame-per-second 160-pixel video, and apps for a jailbroken iPhone 3G can instead make somewhat fluid, usable video — because they don’t have to use that terribly inefficient workaround of displaying video, capturing the screen, and encoding it themselves, all on a pretty limited CPU.

Sure, just because Apple doesn’t mention an upcoming video streaming API doesn’t mean it isn’t coming, but I can easily see them being content with the access they just opened for capturing screenshots. And, if or when they finally do give developers a direct access to video capture, I can even more easily imagine that they’d still restrict it to the iPhone 3GS.

And it pisses me off because there’s no good reason for that, and because I’m not going to be able to upgrade until next summer at best. (Well, I might be able to, but even if I got a huge contract next week it would be stupid to upgrade my iPhone this late in the product cycle.) I have kitten videos to make!

17 December

Ah, ouais, en fait, j’ai tout cassé les scripts de mon blog et mélangé les permalinks.

Mon RSS qui bumpe vingt articles d’un coup, deux jours de suite, rien de tel pour que les gens se désabonnent.

Where the Wild Things Are — True that it’s long and slow and the prologue is the most relatable part, but it’s still cute, creepy, and cool.

Man, it’s like Justin Long was just born to play douchebag-boyfriend.

Drag Me to Hell — I can take gore, I can avert my eyes during torture, but I’m not enjoying the gross so much. Mostly okay, and forgettable.

18 December

“$1.3 Million Mercedes WaWe10: A Riot Cop’s Wet Dream”

I thought the Transformers movies made it clear that police and army vehicles were supposed to sport the Decepticon logo, not Autobot. Look at this guy’s face — or maybe he’s a super-deceptive Decepticon?

I was so busy with my own problems I hadn’t realized we were coming to the end of the naughts. Holy shit. So. Old.

I need to find a messageboard worthy of my time. (My time isn’t worth shit, but most forums are still beneath that.) Ideas?

Avatar est le genre de film que je devrais plutôt voir en salle, non ? En français sur un écran de deux mètres, donc.

Misfits 1.04–1.06 — Awesome finale, both for the monologue and the reveal. I’m as excited as disappointed that there’ll be a season 2.

I can’t wait to be able to write that Avatar is like that memorable scene in Jurassic Park where they revealed the plains full of dinos.

19 December

Oh my, Amazon finally removes items from my wishlist when I buy them for myself. Took them long enough.

Ah, actually, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Fun.

Je n’ai jamais eu autant envie de redémarrer Beware the Frog, juste pour les jeux gratuits.

20 December

It was all so perfect. Okay, not ever. But some of it seemed acceptable, sometimes. And now…

Had there been as many absurd young-actor deaths the previous years, or is the Grim Reaper really enjoying themself during this recession?

21 December

Merde, combien de donations j’ai perdu parce que Paypal cache le lien pour payer par carte bleue bien au fond d’un paragraphe de texte ?


Typing in all capital letters is perceived to be shouting, so only do it when addressing foreigners or the elderly.

22 December

“Top Gear series 14: where we’re at”

A weird blog post from the producer of Top Gear, who addresses the growing criticism (I was just googling around because this week’s episode very nearly jumped the shark) by saying that he understands why people feel that way, and he’s kinda sorry about it, but the team doesn’t really care because they’re gonna be doing what they think is fun to do, and people can just stop watching if they don’t like it — yet the same article includes this bit:

I miss the three mates who mooch along – there were flashes of it in the Lancia film, and it’s there in the South American Special, and yes, it’s nice to have it back. I know James definitely feels that way, and Jeremy and I were saying the other morning how the Lancia film was a bit of a wake up reminder that we can actually make good films just enthusing about cars.

An odd contradiction, but overall I wouldn’t say I’m optimistic about the show’s evolution. There’s only so many ways to talk about cars, and clearly they’d rather do something new and stupid and over-the-top than have to repeat themselves. That’s the risk with any long-running series, and maybe there’s just no good way to handle this; it’s always a choice between repetition or caricature.

But it’s so sad to see good television go bad.


P.S. If there’s a show that should end its final episode with a literal re-enactment of “jumping the shark,” it’s Top Gear. Write this down.


I don’t mind getting the stink-eye when I say, “Happy Whatever Holiday You’re Weirdly Touchy About,” because THAT is the spirit of Whatever.

800 pages de bonne SF en trois jours = putain de courbatures, je préfèrerais être analphabète.

Oh, right, the reason I always get a sore throat is that I’m a mouthbreather.

A game called Orba is temporarily free on the App Store, and I recommend you give it a download. Simple, but a nice time waster.

Resubscribed to the 1up podcast because I couldn’t find a decent gaming podcast, and now… I keep screaming at the host.

24 December

Dante’s Inferno has a very good demo up for download now.

Yeah, yeah, happy birthday of a guy on a stick, everyone.

25 December

J’aurais dû prévoir des fruits et ténias pour le lendemain de réveillon.


You know social media has gone too far when all your Christmas presents have twitter integration.

Sent from my ugly sweater.

How the Grinch stole Christmas: I can’t spend my gift money on Amazon because I reached my Visa card’s weekly limit paying off my debts.

26 December

Watching my brother play The Saboteur depresses me because it takes place in Paris, and because it doesn’t look that much like Paris.

27 December

Hmm, Anya isn’t quite as annoying without the French dubbing, and Riley isn’t quite as bland.

28 December

Oh, maybe “Familiarity breeds contempt” should be my motto.

29 December

Well, if that wasn’t the most depressingly angsty Top Gear episode.


It hunts down the fastest DNS servers available for your computer to use. namebench runs a fair and thorough benchmark using your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets in order to provide an individualized recommendation.

Interesting idea — if the program surfaced when Google launched its public DNS servers, I missed it. (And, of course, like all the latest software made in Google, it’s Intel-only, godsdamnit.)

On my Mini I get 68 ms on Google’s servers, and 82 ms on my ISP’s (that’s Free). I had wondered if it was quite reasonable to try and use Google’s Public DNS from all the way across the ocean; apparently, it is.

J’aurais dû prendre le Murakami en anglais ; cette traduction m’énerve.

30 December

Five minutes on the phone with a public servant = irrepressible homicidal urges for the entire day.

GTA IV, Assassin’s Creed, Saboteur… I can’t wait for the first open-world game that will let you roam a real-life city at 1:1 scale.


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