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

1 August 2012

Et si je me faisais tatouer des cheveux, comme Sagat ? (Mais en supplément, pas en remplacement.)

Je m’excuse d’avoir été réticent à implémenter une ségrégation dial/plans, je ne savais pas ce que c’était devenu, Grindr & co., à Paris.

Turns out I have largely different criteria for what TV shows are watchable in the countryside vs. worth my time when I’m in Paris. (Cases in point: Alphas; The L.A. Complex.)

Why doesn’t the menu bar auto-hide yet, if only for the sake of consistency with full-screen mode? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

2 August

C’est incroyable de squatter un appartement sans AirPlay, on se croirait revenu au dix-huitième siècle.

I’m tempted to get an outlook-dot-com address but afraid they’ll botch it somehow and screw up my account. Is that unreasonable?

4 August

I could have thought sooner of adding my desktop to the Dock so I can drag files to it from full-screen apps, but I shouldn’t have to.

Another annoyance that Mountain Lion hasn’t fixed is that you can’t hide full-screen apps. Enjoy your long list of tiny icons in Exposé.

Now with multiple columns, Tweetbot definitely replaces Twitter on my machine, but I still like Echofon better for my main usage.

Descendre le pot de gelée de coing à la petite cuillière : yay or nay ?

On est d’accord qu’une fille qui s’inscrit sur nopic va se barrer immédiatement et je peux marquer “FOR GUYS ONLY” dans l’App Store ?

Ca me simplifierait tellement la vie aussi de pouvoir marquer utiliser le pronom “il” sans me poser de question dans tous les textes.

Tweetbot for Mac doesn’t automatically refresh lists? What how why now?

5 August

7 August

Je cherche un dentiste plutôt en août quand ils sont tous partis ou en septembre quand leurs agendas de rentrée sont pleins ?

“How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking”

I never answer security questions because they’re by definition the exact opposite of secure but, hey, turns out that doesn’t matter one bit.

Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification.

Apple tech support confirmed to me twice over the weekend that all you need to access someone’s AppleID is the associated e-mail address, the billing address, and the last four digits of a credit card on file. I was very clear about this. During my second tech support call to AppleCare, the representative confirmed this to me. “That’s really all you have to have to verify something with us,” he said.

First you call Amazon and tell them you are the account holder, and want to add a credit card number to the account. All you need is the name on the account, an associated e-mail address, and the billing address. Next you call back, and tell Amazon that you’ve lost access to your account. Upon providing a name, billing address, and the new credit card number you gave the company on the prior call, Amazon will allow you to add a new e-mail address to the account.

Let’s launch an online service like everybody did, and we’ll figure out the kinks later. What’s the worst that can happen, people’s entire digital lives obliterated? Bah.

Dans un appartement pareil et avec même un mini-lave-vaisselle, avoir un lave-linge non séchant, c’est du vice.

Foursquare : quelqu’un m’ajoute, je crois que je le connais, aucun moyen de lui envoyer un message.

Brave — Not the most memorable Pixar, but a bunch of awesome visual comedy scenes. Quite glad I had no idea coming in of what it was about.

My first 3D movie: exhausting. Could feel my lazy eye wanting to shut off and not being able to. Definitely gonna want to practice more.

I think it’s because of the alternating images — the lazy eye isn’t allowed to be lazy for the split second during which the other is blind.

Le double interrupteur avec un monté à l’envers et l’autre branché en va-et-vient : je finis l’été dans une cellule capitonnée.

Je n’aime pas la cuisine libanaise et elle me le rend à 100%.

Je n’avais jamais entendu parler de “mange-debout” avant aujourd’hui. J’ai cru que le serveur nous proposait de manger debout, au coin.

8 August

At this point I just need an option to have my iPhone always show the search keyboard when I go to the home screen.

Je suppose qu’ils ont lu que les lave-linge à chargement par le dessus étaient plus stables, alors ils lui ont enlevé un pied, pour voir.

My client doesn’t ask the most stupid questions, he just asks them again every single time we update the app — almost each month.

Bon ben fuck le backup en ligne de mes photos, impossible d’uploader de façon fiable sur S3. Si j’en perds, j’en perds.

A good first suggestion to start fixing Apple’s awful account security

And ideally, before resetting a password by phone, they’d send a forced “Find My”-style push alert to all registered devices on the account saying something like, “Apple Customer Service has received a request to reset your iCloud password. Please call 1-800-WHATEVER within 24 hours if this is unauthorized.”

Then make the person call back the next day. If you forget your password and the answers to your security questions, it’s not unreasonable to expect a bit of inconvenience.

I’d even go as far as sending the password reset via snail mail. Your iCloud account is fucking important and, as Arment says, you’ve got no right to expect access to your account within the hour after you’ve lost your password.

Il fut tout étonné de se découvrir un embryon de mal de gorge après avoir dormi toute une semaine en caleçon avec la clim.

I’m having déjà vu more and more often, and I don’t know if it’s the Matrix glitching or my brain.

9 August

“Mass Effect 3 DLC suggests further changes to ending”

Oh, it gets better and better, doesn’t it. Here’s what the few lines of dialogue quoted here (and, seriously, hasn’t Bioware learnt by now to better hide the stuff in their DLC packages?) seem to say:


Millions of years ago, an organic race asked an artificial intelligence to devise a solution that would put an end to the eternal war between organics and synthetics. Because who else would you ask than an AI? And then the AI said “I’m gonna turn you all into goo and put you inside a synthetic vessel that will harvest organic lifeforms every 50,000 years” and the organic race said, sure, that makes sense. (Well, that or they had given enough power to the AI that it could enact its plan without permission, but that’s not much smarter.)


If Bioware was wickedly clever, you could imagine that the Leviathan ending would actually reveal to the player that their previous choices had all been a scam — that the AI was evil, that the first-last race had been manipulated (or altogether indoctrinated) — and you’d get new choices reflecting that new information. But I expect that, if it were the case, they would have rushed the Leviathan DLC to resolve fan outrage instead of wasting months on that free Extended Cut that didn’t change anything significant.

Damnit. Karpyshyn wasn’t a good writer (his Mass Effect books were a chore to read), but at least he understood sci-fi.

Quelqu’un monte les escaliers en faisant une pause toutes les trois marches. Je suis soudain dans un film d’horreur.

10 August

It’s not a good sign when the overwhelming sentiment after a True Blood episode is “Yay! We’re mostly done with those dumb side-stories!”

12 August

There’s no way in hell Apple ever actually intended to license UI patents to Samsung. They were just placing their pawns.

13 August

Quand on est en train de mourir de la tuberculose, on ferme la fenêtre qui donne sur la cour intérieure, bordel. Ca résonne !

My server’s 1.5TB hard drive just went from 70% used to 22% after removing redundant backups. Uh, I must have deleted something important.

Cher journal : aujourd’hui je suis allé dehors alors qu’il faisait encore jour. (Un peu.)

La deuxième quinzaine d’août à Paris, quand seuls les SDF n’ont pas pu partir.

14 August

There’s no way I’m ever leaving that apartment, it’s too perfect. Need a brief on squatter’s rights.

L’humanité avait survécu un siècle sans cet immonde panier en plastique pour couvrir la bonde de l’évier. What changed?

15 August

Subtle Patterns

There’s even a Photoshop .pat file with all of them, but I can’t quite figure out how to download it.

16 August

Instagram 3.0: instead of the Cancel button moving around from screen to screen, you now get two simultaneous Cancel buttons. Baby steps.

Tiens, mon redesign de NoPic dont je n’arrive pas à me dépêtrer, et si je faisais le nouveau moins différent de l’ancien que prévu ?

17 August

Again I tried using the Podcasts app and again I considered never ever upgrading my iPhone again — keep the 4 model forever, keep iOS 5.

Oh, balls. La soirée Matinee de septembre à Paris est encore au Club Haussman.

Le supplément caramel que je paye à chaque fois mais qu’on me sert une fois sur deux, c’est la loterie Starbucks.

Il est dix-neuf heures et il fait trop soleil pour se promener confortablement à Paris-Plage.

So what’s the best iPhone app for people who were perfectly happy with the way the Music app handled podcasts? Podcaster?

Glad to find out that WebKit is now clever enough to cap the box-shadow at its max possible radius instead of ignoring it when too large.

18 August

Time to stop crying about Euromillions and focus on that other lottery, finding a boyfriend with a big enough apartment. (Similar odds.)

20 August

The Beaver — Great performances from Gibson and the beaver; dumb plot.

21 August

“Grid - A Simply Remarkable Spreadsheet”

Impressive design. Can’t wait to see how much of that isn’t vaporware.

I liked how this week’s The Newsroom had a whole scene about how it might look like Sorkin’s consumed by hubris but no he isn’t at all.

Oh. If The Newsroom’s next episode is the season finale, that means they’re actually going to make that death threat a serious thing. The final yuck in the coffin.

22 August

I’ve been making myself use full-screen apps for a month even though I hate the way it all works. What’s wrong with me?

‘Look – there are only two of us in here, aren’t there? So, if you give it some thought, there is no reason whatsoever why you should repeatedly tell me what my name is. I know why you’re doing it. Dominance.’

— The Long Earth by Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett


Which is it, then? Do I never use people’s names when addressing them because I don’t care about people, or because I completely abhor any kind of dominance and intentional manipulation? Or is it both?

23 August

It’s nice that Microsoft’s doubling down on notMetro with their new logo, but it’s gonna be funny when W8 breaks the Windows hate record.

I was waiting for this, and it’s a real shame they lost the first-entrant buzz to app.net.

Though Tent’s description worries me for sounding like it counts too much on all servers being well-behaved when handling private timelines.

The very first thing a distributed Twitter system should jettison is the impractical conundrum of private accounts.

24 August

Would you believe that the FileVault boot screen let me switch to azerty once when Mountain Lion first booted, then stuck to qwerty again?

I mean, would you believe it if someone told you an Apple OS behaved that way a full year after the introduction of FileVault 2?

25 August

Les petits mouchoirs — Moi aussi, j’aime beaucoup Ceux qui m’aiment prendront le train.

Comme toujours, Cotillard se débrouille pour être soit le pire aspect du film soit le meilleur. Dans Les petits mouchoirs, le meilleur.


When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone’s design is “obvious.”

26 August

The Town — Hard to believe Ben Affleck is hot again. As a director, though… average.

27 August

Oh, I know what to do about iOS 6’s awful Podcasts app — I’ll buy an iPod nano just for podcasts! Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

Damn. Just found out there’s a semi-popular app sporting almost the same name as my hypothetical upcoming Google Reader client.

29 August

Super-simplified GTD with Stky

Clever idea, mostly missing a desktop app with sync.

30 August

31 August

Putain de troupeau de pachydermes en sabots à l’étage au-dessus.

I’m eleven episodes into Ringer and I’m still completely pulled out of it every time they say ‘Siobhan’ out loud.


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