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

1 June 2012

The AV Club was right that season two of The Killing is much more watchable, but they seem to be stuck with the stupid twists plotted out from the start.

What is it with everyone on The Killing using cheap clamshell phones? Is it a Seattle thing?

I have a hard drive clicking in pain somewhere in my room. Poor thing.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance: Worst trailer of the year, or worst trailer ever? Wronnng!

Not to be a conservative old fart, but the Tomb Raider: The Hunger Games, trailer makes me completely lose interest in that reboot.

2 June

Okay, it wasn’t just an impression, there are indeed links I added to Pocket that never made it to my reading list. Damnit.

My workflow being to quickly skim through Reader, adding to a read-later service anything of remote interest, I must’ve missed a lot lately.


Love the idea of being able to tap out a rhythm on your phone to receive a fake call to escape boring meetings #ota12 #hackday

I haven’t used Google Latitude in months and I’m still getting “X accepted your friend request” emails about already existing contacts.

Looks like the only way to stop Latitude is to remove all the contacts I have in it. (Won’t be too hard, I have five.)

Hiragana Pixel Party for iOS

This is exactly the kind of kana-teaching app / game I’ve always been looking for. Seems well thought-out all around, and it’s free(mium). It’s just a pity that I’m not very good at rhythm games.

4 June

“If you can’t view this Flash gallery, look at our Flickr portfolio.” Links to… the Flash slideshow on Flickr.

Installing Diablo 3: of course it saturates my connection, but it also taunts me with a grayed-out “Downloader Preferences” menu option. Fu.

Diablo 3 installer keeps failing on my crappy connection and isn’t even capable of resuming. Fuck Blizzard; sorry I used up a guest pass.

I think I have caught up with everything I missed during the Microsoft conference, and Halo 4 is the only game I’m vaguely interested in.

Though the Wii U-killer is interesting. It’ll be fun if it actually gets people to buy iPads for their Microsoft console.

The Zombi U trailer is really well done; pity it demonstrates a complete lack of awareness of Dead Island’s actual reception.

5 June

Surprisingly — after the horribly protracted introduction — I’m quite impressed with the dialogue in Watch Dogs. And, well, the rest, too.


Be sure to sign up for Uplay to get exclusive bonus content for the game about corporations having too much knowledge of your habits/data.

Parmi les choses que je n’arrive jamais à retenir et qui me surprennent à chaque fois : “dépecer” ne signifie pas “to skin.”

I was gonna snark that Assassin’s Creed never needed a galleon simulator but, you know what, it looks well done enough to be worth adding.


The Last of Us gets the thing right that nearly every game gets wrong: hand-to-hand combat looks like it fucking HURTS.

Watch Dogs surprised me with good writing, but The Last of Us convinces me on the more important gameplay and atmosphere aspects. Winner of the day — and that’s coming from someone who hates playing the Uncharted games.

SmartGlass is a great product name that would deserve a better, more important use than just “control your Xbox from your iPad.”

Didn’t expect to write this today, but Zombi U seems to use the gimmickpad in interesting ways that might even be fun. Looks well designed.

6 June

I like that Mad Men has been setting up that nasty practical joke, with the button, in every episode since the introduction of Jaguar.

Well… Game of Thrones knows how to end a season. I just wish they had enough money for every episode to have scenes like those.

Hey, Airtime: the reason Chatroulette faded into oblivion isn’t the penises, it’s that it was a novelty with an intrinsic expiration date.

Not to mention that 50% of the point of Chatroulette — of the reason it got any buzz at all — was that you played Russian penis roulette. It’s even in the name! (Retroactively.)

Brandon Routh is almost more wooden in Chuck than he was in Superman. It’s kind of hilarious.

7 June

I’m marathoning Chuck and that show’s annoying — not good enough to warrant my full attention, not bad enough I could work at the same time.

9 June

Finally got the opportunity to try Gears 3’s Beast mode, and it’s as fun as I expected (on small maps).

I like how Chuck has perfected the art of stunt casting, but I’m not a fan of how over-the-top Alias-y the second half becomes.

11 June

Linen has taken over the visual formerly known as the Apple Store Post-It. I’m going to throw up.


I don’t want to see a bunch of inspirational app stories. Give me Cribs WWDC edition, show me some devs living large.

“Tap to tweet” and “Tap to wall-post” in the notification center, really? There were more urgent things to put there.

It only took six iOS versions before we got photo uploads to web forms.

I’d bet that Twitter integration in iOS, Twitter pushing “open” patents, and Apple finally implementing pull-to-refresh are all related.

Using geofencing to display your Starbucks QR code on your lock screen is a cool idea, but does it really warrant a whole new app?

Turn-by-turn navigation integrated with Siri, or every single GPS manufacturer swallowing cyanide tonight.

That’s when you realize one of the iPhone’s most lasting disadvantages, subpar Maps integration, was all Google dragging its heels in order to favor its own platform.

Can’t imagine there’s a technical reason for supporting the 3GS but not the original iPad. #grr

Working with Retina and non-Retina apps side by side on a MacBook Pro must be torture.

12 June

Giving OmniFocus another try since the prices have become reasonable, but I just can’t see myself living in that interface. Doesn’t work for me.

Was this week’s Girls terrible, or what? I want to think they felt the need to have a big set-piece fight, but their heart wasn’t in it.

Or they were just going meta on the whole awkward humor shtick.

Les gens qui ne signalent un mec mineur au webmaster qu’après avoir passé 24 heures à essayer sans succès de le draguer.

iOS 6’s amazing technicolor status bar http://t.co/oJ2kzJAu Having long sworn off the old gray status bar, I don’t hate the idea.

I so want a new toy that I was tempted for a second to use the 50 € rebate Sony sent me for a Vita purchase. (All the things I really want are too expensive.)

13 June

Le redesign de NoPic est influencé par Metro, et je galère autant que Microsoft pour faire quelque chose de joli avec des aplats carrés.

La FdJ a oublié de m’envoyer le mail automatique pour me dire que j’ai gagné 15 M€. Ca doit être un bug.

Après un an d’iOS 5, je réalise que si je mettais le calendrier dans mon dock au lieu d’un dossier, j’aurais la date du jour à l’écran.

It’s like “-webkit-filter: grayscale(1);” was invented for my websites.

14 June

Tu me casses les couilles, Chrome, à ne recharger les CSS qu’une fois sur deux.

15 June

Now that Mountain Lion can sync and upgrade your Mac while it’s sleeping, how about also making your iTunes library available?

There’s still no Siri on iPod touch, is there? Interesting choice, it’s been a while now.

The new Dallas is really, really boring. But then, I remember the original Dallas as being boring as hell, too.

Josh Henderson is distractingly pretty, though.

Ca fait deux fois en deux jours que je dois refaire un truc sous Photoshop parce que je l’ai écrasé / oublié d’enregistrer.

16 June


I’m going to invent new HTTP status codes: 508 NOT MY FAULT and 208 WORKS FOR ME

Copie conforme — I have no idea what that was all about but, whatever it was, it was excruciatingly false. (Appropriately enough.)

Après Copie conforme et Mommie Dearest, une recommandation pour finir ma journée “sociopathes en jupons” ?

RT si toi aussi tu as attendu de crever la dalle pour te faire à manger et du coup tu te retrouves avec une omelette pour quatre.


This camera upload stuff from Dropbox has a whiff of panic about it.

17 June

Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec — Environ de mourir.

18 June

Apple may be annoyingly US-centric still, but at least their keynotes don’t happen in the middle of the night for Europe. Right, Microsoft?

Wrath of the Titans — Not perfect, but so full of awesome and so pretty. God of War: the movie, and in a great way.


Interesting data point, already seeing more 6.0 users than 4.x.

Garoo elsewhere, on iOS 6’s lost Maps functionality:

iOS 6 makes it pretty obvious, I think, that Apple has wanted to have turn-by-turn directions on the iPhone for a while, but couldn’t as long as they were using Google. And I would be surprised if Google hadn’t been asking for more and more money — or more and more ad impressions — with each iOS release. (Remember that Reddit post about Maps giving sponsored directions to another fast-food place than what the user asked for, even though it was twice as far? That’s definitely not Apple’s idea.)

I don’t think iOS 6 is Apple getting rid of Google out of pettiness; I’m certain they switched to a new data source in order to offer more functionality, and at the cost of removing less important functionality that TomTom can’t provide. (Turn-by-turn is much more important to the iPhone than transit maps — transit info will be available in free or cheap third-party apps, but turn-by-turn was an expensive App Store purchase and as a third-party app it couldn’t be integrated with Siri. Voice-operated turn-by-turn, included with the phone, is going to be a huge factor for many people hesitating between iPhone and Android.)

Indie Game: The Movie — Thoroughly uninteresting, beyond the curiosity of meeting the guys, which lasts all of five minutes.

Pff, fait trop chaud ici, j’veux être ailleurs.

19 June

I must say I like the Microsoft tablet’s combination of integrated kickstand and cover keyboard. (Even if it’s not a true keyboard.)

Damnit, Microsoft, why you gotta put a Wacom stylus in your nicely designed tablet that I didn’t want to be interested in?

Really I just want the Surface tablet to sell well enough that Apple feels the need to copy both the touch keyboard and stylus.

Listening to David Tennant on the Nerdist, I can’t focus on a word he says because of that weird accent he’s doing.

Ah, so only the Intel version of Microsoft Surface will have pen input. That’s a disappointment, even more so for what it means re: iPad.

I’m not gonna say you should have watched the whole two seasons, because come on, but The Killing had a nice, strong finish.

You could make a really sweet three- or four-hour miniseries if you edited out all the red herrings (and particularly most of season one).

Immortals — As dumb and as fake-looking as 300 (if not more), minus any hint of self-awareness. Well… Cavill’s pretty.

20 June

Si je tenais le con qui a inventé les toits en ardoise…

Windows Phone 8’s home screen suddenly looks a lot more interesting with the very simple switch to resizable tiles. Customization, yay.


Windows Phone 8’s new Start screen feels like the most dynamic, personal home screen of any phone platform. It’s time for iOS to step it up.

21 June

My WP8 home screen envy isn’t subsiding as I go through the blog posts of the day. Now I want a Lumia.

“Hacking Paid Upgrades in the App Store”

I’ve heard from many people who think that this isn’t possible. That once you pull an app from the store you must essentially abandon it. That is simply not true.

So long as you don’t actually delete the old version of the app within iTunes Connect you can continue submitting updates to apps even while they are in the Developer Removed from Sale state. Whether this is intentional functionality is unclear but I have verified that it does in fact work and the resulting approved updates are available for customers.

Interesting. I assume that “available for customers” means the update won’t be pushed to their devices and they have to use the purchases list to download it “again,” but that’s still better than nothing.

Would someone make a Launch Center Pro clone with Windows Phone 8-style layout, please? (Well, I guess _I_ could if nobody else did.)

22 June

Ready-made Twitter avatars

Several of these designs are so amazing I’m actually tempted to switch.

Les gens qui splittent les films en “CD1” et “CD2” en 2012.

Urgh, faut que j’aie fini de manger et pris ma douche avant 16h, sinon ça va être le cauchemar à Leclerc.

The ME3 extended ending will require to load a save pre-Banshee Central. So not worth it they might as well release straight to YouTube.

Wait. It’s not pre-Banshee Central, it’s pre-Cerberus Base. Are they insane?

23 June

24 June

After how many times saying “I hate you” out loud to the PopSci iPad app should I finally cancel my subscription?

“Duracell-Powermat has placed tabletop charging stations throughout Madison Square Garden.” You know where to steal your next smartphone.

Renaming your Twitter account is a goddamn mess of half your clients keeping half your old info in their caches.

Et si j’achetais un SSD pour qu’il fasse moins chaud dans ma chambre ? Raisonnable, non ?

From a storytelling point of view I’m a little disappointed by Korra’s last five seconds, but I guess the emotional ride was worth it.

25 June

C’est marrant comme je me réveille tout reposé quand il ne fait pas une chaleur étouffante dans ma chambre.

Mes T-shirt H&M ont rétréci de deux tailles depuis mon dernier séjour à Paris #nousnevoyonspasdautreexplication


“I’m typing this on a phone” is not an excuse to be mediocre. It’s as rude as “I’m too lazy to google it, but:”


Holy cow, I may have just realized why I like Twitter so much better than other “social” sites: no guilt-trip notification count on login.

26 June

The Newsroom feels a bit like Sorkin caricaturing himself, but it still works. Must be the last good show he has in him, though.

Even if the result is a little too much, he deserves props for using his voice to try and change the world, and being so frontal about it.

“Facebook forces all users over to @facebook.com e-mail addresses”

As of Friday, the company seems to have quietly given or replaced the display e-mail addresses of all of its users [on their profiles] with an @facebook.com address.

I thought, who cares? until I read this comment on Reddit:

Where I see this hurting most users is from automatic phone syncs of contacts. Running through my phone, I see all these @facebook email addresses now.

Remember what’s coming this summer? iOS 6, and automatic Facebook contact sync for everyone (I’m under the impression that it’s an option — haven’t installed the beta myself, but I read something to that effect on Twitter — but you can be sure that most people will enable it, because why wouldn’t they? it beats manually entering the info). It’s not like people use e-mail much these days, but it’s still definitely going to make a noticeable difference in usage, and it is a hijacking of people’s email accounts.

So, yeah, I’m moving this from “benign” to “evil.”


And, as a bonus:

Isn’t it funny how this privacy control doesn’t exist anywhere else in the profile settings, and its title (“Shown on Timeline” / “Hidden from Timeline”) doesn’t make any sense for what it actually does, and it can end up completely contradicting the regular privacy control that’s on its left (oddly enough, at Facebook’s benefit)? Even for Facebook, that’s oddly inefficient and obtuse UI, isn’t it?

TaskPaper for Mac is $2 instead of $32

It’s like they’re cutting you a $30 check! (via @louije)

In Mountain Lion, do you still have to manually quit apps before the App Store can update them? Because, a reminder: that’s ridiculous.

If the original Star Wars trilogy had ended like Mass Effect did

Sorry to beat a dead horse, but the release of the Extended Cut revived online discussions a bit, so I only just thought of this analogy and I want to write it down somewhere. (Vague spoilers if you haven’t seen Return of the Jedi and played Mass Effect 3.)

The scene takes place on Endor. The scooby gang has just been captured by Ewoks, C3P0 is their god and is playing the role of his life: translator, and also god.




They say they’ve been waiting for us. They’ve been watching us all along and waiting for us to get here. They say they control the midichlorians.



The… what?



They say the Force is the power of midichlorians. They are inside you. The more you use the Force, the more the midichlorians control you. And the Ewoks control the midichlorians because they’re the spirits of their ancestors.



Uh… okay.



And they say they’ve been waiting for the last jedi to come here so they could ask him what he wants to do with that power. They can keep doing what they were doing, or they can relinquish control to you and you’ll have to stay here forever, or they can send all the midichlorians in the universe to Ewok Heaven, and all jedi will die. It’s up to you.


You need to choose NOW.



I… I don’t know… I guess… I don’t want to have control over them, I don’t want to have control over the Emperor and the empire and my father and… really, nobody should have this control. Yeah, nobody should have such a power, so release the miniclaws or whatever.


LUKE, LEIA and HAN SOLO all look at each other with TEARS in their eyes, or the closest approximation in HAN SOLO’s case. R2D2 WHISTLES MOURNFULLY.



It is done.


C3PO’s eyes FADE OUT and he SLUMPS ON HIS THRONE because he had MIDICHLORIANS in his system ever since ANAKIN made him. LUKE, LEIA and HAN SOLO are OFF-SCREEN; we HEAR LEIA CRY OUT.











I’d forgotten quite how infurating the kid’s speech was. Listening to it again is torture.

I’d say the extended endings are (a tiny bit) worse, because of the way they messed up the music that held that shit together.

I don’t love the Podcasts app’s UI, even if the tape deck is cute. Uncomfortable mix of skeuomorphism and Android-like abstract widgets.


Looking forward to the iOS Podcast Recorder app that requires you to press play and record at the same time to start recording.

27 June

Network — Too preachy, especially the last third, but still good. It’s sad how much that story became reality.


Mass Effect 3’s “Synthesis” ending’s idea of a solution to racism is equivalent to a drive-by blackface. Science fiction had a good-ish run.

Amazon’s goal with the Fire was never to profit on the hardware; they must be thrilled someone else is taking the loss / lack of profit.


The Google Glass demo features a dirigible, a billionaire, and wingsuits. #bond23

“We still have no clue how to make the Google glasses remotely useful, so we need you developers to buy prototypes and invent something.”


Les séries TV ne devraient être réalisées que si la fin est déjà écrite. Et si elles sont annulées, que le script soit dévoilé au public.

Restored my iPad because it was sluggish, spent another full day downloading again my unread NatGeo issues — they’re not part of the backup.

28 June

Finally reading Wired 1.1.1 (free in the Wired iPad app). Makes me want to cry thinking how inspired, and inspiring, it used to be.

Google+ History: a manual Facebook Timeline

Interesting idea. Also, it can’t work — users are too lazy.

I’ve added one more hard drive to my Drobo; I’ve added one more source of scary metallic sounds to my bedroom #cringe

The compromised keyboard Chrome needs to add on iOS because of the combined search+URL field is jarring.

Chrome for iPad transposes perfectly the convenience of the desktop version’s Incognito mode. Again, the browser you keep for googling STDs.

Swiping from the side to switch tabs is great, but whoever decided which side went which way is dyslexic.

Is iTunes really stupid about buffering podcasts? Because I feel like my hard drive is heating up non-stop while I’m doing nothing but listening to them.

Oh! You can log into the Instagram site and interact with pictures there! How revolutionary!

Je me suis croisé dans un miroir en lumière naturelle, on dirait un fantôme zombie. Il faut que je me tape quelques rayons de soleil.

29 June

Remember when the air was fresh and the nights weren’t sleepless?

Pocket Planes is the worst kind of game — it’s terribly addictive, and it’s not even remotely a game.

Le seul hypermarché qui a la bonne marque de blinis est celui où je déteste aller. Ma vie est un enfer.

I was young. I was fit (briefly). I was rich. I was powerful. My memory isn’t what it used to be, either.

Le moment où tu réalises qu’enlever un disque du Drobo en pleine canicule va déclencher un rebuild de douze heures en pleine canicule.

30 June

Last Night (1998) — If you’ve been interested in Another Earth, well… this is much better.

It’s also funny because they have everything to lose by messing with the experience of the influential minority that uses third-party clients.

Enjoying Spec Ops: The Line so far, but it’s a shame how dull they made it look. Yeah, I know, sand everywhere. But it’s so dull.

Looks like Spec Ops puts all the dull and boring parts at the start and takes a while to reveal its awesome setpieces. Ambitious choice.

Spec Ops: The Line isn’t perfect and the story’s as coherent as a Lindelof script, but I enjoyed it more than any shooter in recent memory.


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