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

1 May 2011

Damn, Airwolf is just about unwatchable. The chopper is still cool, mind you, but the machismo is sickening.

2 May

Vous en avez pas marre, vous, de manger du riz cantonais au petit déjeuner tous les jours ?

3 May

“Apple’s White iPhone is not thicker than black version”

So… did someone make up a difference to generate page views (well, someone lying on the internet, it could happen one day), or does the iPhone manufacturing process actually allow for a difference between individual devices big enough to be noticed?

Yeah, I’ll probably go on and assume it’s the former. (Not that I care; I’m just obligated to post this because I blogged about the original news.)

I need docks for my iPod and iPhone, because I keep putting them down on my Wacom tablet, and they both interfere with the cursor.

4 May

Spent two hours looking at my app like it was haunted, because I’d forgotten a break in a case. Always check your breaks.

“Thinking on rails: why Portal 2 isn’t as good as the original”

I can’t play [the original] Portal at night. The game has this pervasive, soul-destroying feeling of solitude. The Aperture Science Enrichment Center is incomprehensibly enormous, and yet moving through it we meet not a single living thing.

Many good points in this article. Portal 2 still gets a 9 out of 10 from me, but it did lose some of the qualities of the original. (Oh, hey, I just remembered that I used to write game reviews. Ah well.) Thing is, it had to — nobody would finish the game if all eight hours of it were as angst-inducing as the original Portal’s couple of hours. And one of the primary metrics of good game design, especially at a company that relies as much on playtesting as Valve, is how many people actually finish the game. Hence the less solitary experience, and the lack of reflex-based puzzles.

But I’m confident that the free DLC announced for this summer will ramp up the difficulty. We’re done with the game, we’ve seen the entirety of the story; it’s time to set those level designers free.

5 May

RT @mrgan: Conversely, think before asking strangers to test software. It’s hard for them to say no; if they do, most won’t helpful provide feedback.

I don’t understand how people can deal with reading serialized comics on a monthly allowance of 20-odd pages.

8 May

Wikipedia: Stress (linguistics)

French words are sometimes said to be stressed on the final syllable. In fact, however, it may be said that French has no word stress at all; instead, stress is placed on the final syllable (or, if the final is a schwa, the next-to-final syllable) of a string of words. This string may be equivalent to a clause or a phrase. When a word is said alone, its last syllable is also the end of the phrase, so the stress is placed there.

In other words: yup, we’ve got the least melodic language in the world.

Damnit, Amazon, when I’m trying to zoom in on a book’s cover, the “See Inside!” of a completely different edition is of no help to me.

9 May

For the introduction of Kigu parties in France.

10 May

I can’t believe Skype’s founders are turning a billion-dollar profit on the company’s sale AGAIN.

Grah, le serveur de NoPic est chargé à 200% alors que le CPU est à 80% idle. Rendez moi mes SSD !

11 May

As far as cancelled series go, Stargate Universe’s finale is pretty damn depressing.

12 May

I kinda have to force myself to work on my iOS apps because PHP feels more comfortable. That’s the beginning of old age, isn’t it?

13 May

Don’t know how anyone manages to find their way in the AdWords back-office. (Got a voucher, trying to use it to sell some apps.)

Bon, OVH, quand tu veux tu livres le serveur payé il y a 4 jours. M’en foutais, moi, que ça soit la nouvelle collec’, veux juste un serveur.

I think it’s the second time I discover I like Chunky Monkey a lot better than I expected to.

14 May

C’est Twitpic qui déconne ou Echofon qui ne vérifie pas que l’upload n’a pas renvoyé d’erreur ?

That is what Doctor Who should do two-parters about (especially with such great casting), not end-of-the-world stuff.

15 May

Wow, I almost just updated my PS3 firmware without thinking. Hell no, I’ll let others find the bugs and brick their consoles first.

Oh, that’s fun, you can use “self” in an Objective-C static method. Of course, chances are it was a mistake and your app’s gonna crash.

Three days later, my AdWords ads still haven’t gotten a single impression. Why? I have no fucking clue.

Dear Apple: now that users have multitasking, an iOS app really needs to be able to self-terminate when something went irreparably wrong.

I might have to make a “quit” method that intentionally accesses an invalid pointer.

Et vas-y que j’ai passé trois heures à convaincre mon bandeau de pub d’afficher un fond qui se répète autour de l’image.

Woohoo ! J’ai fini tout ce que je voulais avoir dans la version 1.0, je n’attends plus que la livraison du serveur et des illustrations.

16 May

I keep turning my PS3 off and back on again even though I don’t care if PSN comes back, but it’s either that or doing my tax return.

Pourquoi il y a plus de pédés dans mon coin sur Badoo que sur n’importe quel autre site ? Depuis quand c’est connu, ce truc ?

17 May

Oh, ça y est, trop youpi, j’ai mon adresse e-mail Facebook, enfin j’existe.

Ah ouais, donc sur un 3 To, ils me mettent 1.9 To sur /home et 1.1 To à la racine. Et c’est après avoir tout installé que je m’en aperçois.

By now I’m fairly sure that I would have hated L.A. Noire if I hadn’t cancelled the pre-order.

18 May

For some reason it looks like I’m getting ready to spend the next three hours staring into the void while waiting for the new DNS to take.

Game of Thrones pulled out all the stops this week to make up for gender equality, didn’t they. Took a while to get started, but worth it.

Allez, j’ai pas été sage, alors j’ai bien mérité des Nike à 80 euros. Qui ne me vont pas.

How about Apple use its billion-dollar reserves to lobby for a less brain-dead reworking of patent law?

Allez hop, on continue la fuite en avant / l’argent par les fenêtres, nouveau serveur commandé pour No Pic.

19 May

Fait chauffer par accident des Frit’up “Sour cream & oignons” au lieu de nature. Nuke the place from orbit, l’odeur ne partira jamais.

May have said it before, but I hate hate hate how commenting on Reddit is getting me so used to Markdown that I miss it on my own blog.

“Ubergizmo Thinks Putting Gay Sex in Mass Effect 3 Will Harm Children”

If you’re like me and don’t want to unsubscribe from a blog just based on hearsay (unsubscribing from a blog is a serious matter!), here’s the placeholder post on Ubergizmo.

Kudos to them, I guess, for leaving a (non-)apology on the site instead of sweeping the post under the rug like many other blogs would, but since the rest is true I have no reason to doubt this part of the 2 Gays 1 Joystick writeup:

The version that’s up today simply states that Edwin’s rant was not in line with the editorial goals of the site. However, when the post first went up, there was a note from the editor that stated, “We realize that this post can be controversial, and while we let our writers express their opinion, they remain their personal view on the subject.”, which indicates that Ubergizmo editors were fine with what Edwin originally wrote.

That’s too bad, Ubergizmo was a semi-good news source.

Tiens, GayRomeo aussi a des escrocs du Bénin. Je me sens moins seul.

I’d just like to have a CSS property that says “don’t fuck up my layout no matter how many exclamation points a stupid user has typed.”

Oh, that one’s my fault, I’d forgotten I had put a <table> there. In the meantime, found out about “word-wrap: break-word,” so yay.

Remind me — I’m supposed to blame Adobe when a couple of animated gifs make my Safari lock up, right?

At least if Twitter goes on pushing third-party apps away, maybe it’ll motivate them to finally implement list management in their own app?

Right, so today is one of those days when I empty my iPad’s battery downloading the new version of a game I never play #infinityblade

The hell? The “Message” button in Facebook opens a chat window now? What the fuck was the point of a new messaging system, then?

I love that time, before a server goes into production, when top is at the top of top.

Fighting a strong urge to buy L.A. Noire even though I know I’d hate it, because I’m tired of work and I want to play.

20 May

Still reluctant to move my personal data from the MacBook (whose drive is regularly cloned) to the Drobo (has no backup if software crash).

Dreamt that I was receiving loads of fancy Easter chocolates. Even more disappointed to wake up to the sad reality than from a love dream.

Dirt 3 pre-ordered. It’s about time I get an actually good game to go with my steering wheel.

Holy shit that was James Spader in The Office!?

I bought some Purell-like stuff out of curiosity, and now I’m completely addicted. It’s fun and it smells great.

Fuck that inconsistent bullshit, I’m disabling Facebook chat in Adium. Back to MSN if you somehow were to want to talk to me.

Sega Rally Online Arcade must be one of the shortest demos on Live Arcade in a while. Almost tempted, but thankfully Dirt 3 is coming.

21 May

I’m kinda curious about Tweed for iPad but not quite to the point of buying it.

As unbelievable as most of that stuff was, Raising Hope just had one of the sweetest season finales ever.

Ah, ouais, ça fait une demi-heure que je demande à mon client SQL pourquoi il ne veut pas se connecter à mon serveur SQL qui est éteint.

Bien sûr ça aiderait juste un poil si le message d’erreur ne disait pas que ça vient de la connexion SSH.

Maintenant que je ne suis plus trop pauvre pour me payer des noms de domaines qui servent à rien, j’ai envie de relancer les Regarde*.

Client now wants to add emoji to the app’s text. But the appropriate emoji to depict my reaction doesn’t exist.

22 May

I just can’t believe that this Doctor Who storyline gets a two-parter instead of The Doctor’s Wife.

Je peux être content d’avoir poussé mon client à transférer le domaine sur Gandi pour que la commande de certificats SSL soit en rade…

23 May

No idea why No Pic choked until I increased Apache’s MaxClients even though it worked just fine on the old server with the same setting.

What I know is, I can’t wait until I’m finally able to purchase my own slave sysadmin.

J’aurais pas cru qu’un simple titre dans un flux RSS aurait pu me mettre “This is the rhythm of the night” dans la tête. #imold

The Killing (US) is way too full of coincidences. Now I’m curious to see if the original version was the same.

Add SSDs to your LAMP server, go from 140% load to 4% on rush hour.

Time to experiment and remove the free version of Uniconsole from the App Store listings, to see if people give up or just pay.

24 May

Results are in, Game of Thrones is the best thing on TV this season. And not in a “everything else sucks” way.

RT @mrgan: Just looked at Snow Leopard for the first time in weeks. Honestly couldn’t believe the aqua scrollbars - we lived with this for ten years?

Damn, I missed walking with Nike Airs. I don’t know how you can stand those thin-soled shoes you people wear.

I used to think that the day I’d enjoy eating black licorice would be the day I’d be old and dead. Well, I already knew I was old, but…

Damn you, UISearchBar, for not being able to tell me when the user taps the Clear button.

25 May

Unable to post my first Dirt 3 replays to YouTube (because the PSN Store is down), and you have no idea what a massacre you’re missing.

Dear Codemasters: when I hammer the cross button for a full minute, it means shut the fuck up and let me select something from the menu.

The racing line is sociopathic. Stays bright green even if I’m 40mph faster than what anyone could drive through that corner.

Enculé de pigeon, mes pompes toutes neuves ! Et après, on s’étonne que je veuille rester chez moi le matin.

26 May

“French “three strikes” anti-piracy software riddled with flaws”

TMG’s server was running a custom-written administration program coded in Delphi. It had the unusual security feature of not requiring any authentication at all, allowing anyone connecting to port 8500 to send commands to the server. […] The update command connects to an FTP server, retrieves a file, and then executes it—all without authentication—and rather than connecting to a specific FTP server, it allows the server to be specified when the update command is given.

Laugh out loud.

27 May

Where the hell did Apple hide the bitmaps for its iOS search field? I don’t want to have to redo them myself, it’s absurd.

Non mais c’est les parterres de fleurs qui puent depuis une semaine ? Qu’est-ce qu’ils ont trouvé le moyen de… Ohhh. Beurk.

Ca pue tant que j’écrirais bien à la mairie pour me plaindre, mais je ne serai plus là la prochaine fois qu’ils en mettront. #ominoustweet

Launch Xcode and Photoshop, divide productivity by ten. It’d be faster to quit each and launch the other every time I need to switch.

But yes, it makes perfect sense that you have to go to Illustrator’s Preferences to change the radius of your rounded rectangles.

28 May

The space combat mission in the Halo: Reach demo is gorgeous. Making me wish again that someone would make a proper BSG game.

Web-based WYSIWYG editors are a godsend until your users paste stuff from Word.

Die. Die. Die.

Oh, right, half the shows I watch had a season finale last week. So, what’s on this summer?

I’m juggling with more colspans and rowspans than I ever dared before. Yes, while making a native iOS app, so what?

Dirt 3 is losing one point for the unskippable gymkhana events. Possibly more if I get stuck on them later on.

29 May

I need to write a script to erase temporary pictures after two months, but I’m paralyzed by the fear of screwing up my “rm -rf”.

“Twitter unmasks anonymous British user in landmark legal battle”

The social network has passed the name, email address and telephone number of a south Tyneside councillor accused of libelling the local authority via a series of anonymous Twitter accounts. South Tyneside council took the legal fight to the superior court of California, which ordered Twitter, based in San Francisco, to hand over the user’s private details.

I didn’t expect that a European entity, “libelled” by a European citizen, could go to California and get a judge to subpoena the account’s information from Twitter. Eep.

Les connards utilisent “signaler au webmaster” pour clore les conversations, maintenant. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Ah, merde, c’est peut-être parce que les boutons “Bloquer” et “Signaler” sont voisins, et font tous deux un confirm() — que personne ne lit.

30 May

Transmission 2.31 killing the network

Glad that I’m not the only one. Disabling PEX & DHT seems to be helping.

“Axolot » 5 lacs avec une histoire hors du commun”

Cet évènement libéra les centaines de milliers de tonnes de gaz carbonique qui s’étaient accumulées dans les couches profondes, et qui émanaient du cratère volcanique où se trouve le lac. Une gigantesque explosion s’ensuivit, générant une colonne d’eau de plus de 80 m, et libérant environ 1,6 millions de tonnes de CO2. Un nuage mortel se répandit à toute vitesse dans la vallée, éliminant tout ce qui respirait jusqu’à une distance de 25 km. On retrouva 1746 personnes tuées dans les villages alentour, ainsi que plusieurs milliers d’animaux, le tout dans un paysage presque intact.

31 May

Pour les gens qui ont envie de tuer des chatons quand ils tombent sur un site d’immobilier qui mélange places de parking et appartements.

Did Apple actually pre-announce, one week before the keynote, that they’d be announcing “iCloud”? What the hell is going on over there?


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