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

1 January 2014

Saving the Lost Art of Conversation

Conversations, as they tend to play out in person, are messy—full of pauses and interruptions and topic changes and assorted awkwardness. But the messiness is what allows for true exchange. It gives participants the time—and, just as important, the permission—to think and react and glean insights. […]

Occasional dullness, in other words, is to be not only expected, but celebrated. Some of the best parts of conversation are, as Turkle puts it, “the boring bits.” In software terms, they’re features rather than bugs.

The logic of conversation as it plays out across the Internet, however—the into-the-ether observations and the never-ending feeds and the many, many selfies—is fundamentally different, favoring showmanship over exchange, flows over ebbs. The Internet is always on. And it’s always judging you, watching you, goading you. “That’s not conversation,” Turkle says.

2 January

C’est juste à la sixième fois que je fais cette correspondance que je capte qu’on peut logiquement passer du T3a au T3b avec le même ticket.

Le MK2 colonise progressivement les sous-sols de la BNF. On serait tenté d’y lire un signe des temps.

J’ai envie de faire une app Livre de Sorts avec poupées vaudou virtuelles intégrées, il y a des spécialistes dans la salle ?

3 January

The webOS that never was

Those sliding panels look ugly but could have been a great multitasking implementation.

5 January

Il serait pas un peu possible qu’Emmanuelle Riva ait dit son texte façon AB Productions toute sa vie et qu’on n’ose pas le faire remarquer ?

Wikipedia: Eruption of Vesuvius

A multidisciplinary volcanological and bio-anthropological study of the eruption products and victims, merged with numerical simulations and experiments, indicate that at Vesuvius and surrounding towns heat was the main cause of death of people, previously believed to have died by ash suffocation. The results of the study, published in 2010, show that exposure to at least 250 °C (482 °F) hot surges at a distance of 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the vent was sufficient to cause instant death, even if people were sheltered within buildings.

In case you watched the Pompeii trailer and managed to look away from Kit Harington’s abs long enough to wonder about historical accuracy.

6 January

I miss youth and innocence and summer and sex and hope.

7 January

Ce moment plein de potentiel où tu finis le pot de Nutella et tu te dis, “je pourrais ne pas en racheter.”

Backblaze’s OS X client is a million times better than CrashPlan’s, but the initial backup seems a lot slower.

New York, New York has been one of my go-to shower songs for twenty years and it never occurred to me to take the hint.

8 January

Okay, Almost Human, this is strike one. And I don’t think you’re good enough to be allowed a second bad episode, so watch out.

On dirait presque que la box se met automatiquement en panne quand on uploade trop. Ca tombe mal, je teste un nouveau backup en ligne.

Comme je suis juste un peu maso, je me tape la journée d’ouverture des soldes… en ayant dormi deux heures la nuit précédente.

mourir mourir TUER mourir mourir TUER mourir mourir TUER

Je n’arrive pas à me résoudre à claquer cent euros pour des trucs qui vont me servir à écraser des merdes de chien.

Je suis entrepreneur dans les internets, je devrais être au stade où je pourrais acheter des baskets à 150€ en claquant des doigts swag.

Est-ce qu’on peut lancer la mode du broyeur d’évier en France, oui ou merde ?

Après la nuit à deux heures de sommeil je suis en mode FREE HUGS, j’ai intérêt à rester barricadé dans ma chambre.

How a Mechanical Watch Works

For historical purposes. This was all invented without computers. Four centuries ago.

9 January

Cate Blanchett is absolutely amazing but I don’t think I like Blue Jasmine very much as a movie. Too clinical, maybe?

Unlock my iPad, spend a minute swiping away previous notifications so I can reach the goddamn titlebar button I want to tap.

10 January

12 January

13 January

Est-ce qu’à force d’être exposé à de la musique 24/7 on a naturellement tendance à parler sur des notes justes ?

I don’t often answer like a smartass on Grindr but when I do I, too, am tempted to tweet screenshots.

14 January

The third Sherlock was still a stupid mess disrespecting a classic character, but at least that one was a bit fun. (Except for the coda. “No.”)

I had pretty low expectations for Helix. It’s still worse.

Devoir apprendre les paroles d’une chanson de Miley Cyrus pour ne pas en être réduit au yaourt chaque fois qu’on se la coince dans la tête.

16 January

First time I launch Grindr on my iOS 7-running iPad. Can’t quite decide if there’s a layout bug or they intended it to look that way.

17 January

18 January

RT @sdw: Safari Reading List is smart: it re-downloaded everything while on airplane wifi, which replaced all my offline articles with login screens.

Les plans que tu soupçonnes foirés d’un commun accord mais que tu te rejoues pour être sûr que tu n’as pas complètement perdu aux points.

Trying to remember the last time I woke up next to someone who wasn’t a dead hooker. Must have been nice.

19 January

I must have watched 24 Hour Party People wrong because it’s leaving me depressed.

Everything good is bad for you and it’s bullshit. Evidently the mainstream religions have it right: God exists and he’s a fucking dick.

20 January

I wish My Kid Could Paint That showed the parents more; it would make for a fascinating psychological study. (The nice mommy has no idea!)

21 January

Come on, Twitter. I didn’t even start the DM conversation and you’re preventing me from sending an URL, ten messages in?

Man on Wire was a lot more interesting than I thought. Fascinating character obv., but also an unexpected amount of actual period footage.

RT @Crame_: Je n’ai toujours pas compris pourquoi l’infinitif avait remplacé le sujet-verbe conjugué dans le récit des anecdotes sur les réseaux sociaux

Looking doesn’t seem like it’s gonna be a major work of art, but it’s fun, well made, authentic, and I wanna go out right now.

After Glee and Taking Woodstock, I must admit I’m surprised Jonathan Groff pulls off “nice guy” so credibly. Actors! Who knew!

RT @mrgan: Pandora is, ironically, the only Top Grossing iPhone app that has not unleashed evil upon the world.

Yummy FTP is faster, less buggy, less over-designed than Transmit, and does what I need (upload website files where they belong). Switched!

22 January

I realize that Archer may have needed a change of pace, but this story is not working for me at all. I’d rather have a hundred Barrys.

RT @mattcomi: Whenever any sound in any context becomes suddenly quiet, I think I’m about to receive a phone call.

It’s a shame that Sleepy Hollow has felt so schlocky from the start, because that twist would have been really neat in a more serious show.

But then, Sleepy Hollow’s first few episodes wouldn’t have worked without the overt cheesiness, so I don’t know — it just looks too cheap.

La connexion semble ne plus sauter depuis que j’ai limité l’upload Backblaze à 128 kbps. C’est bien la peine d’avoir la fibre.

Never actually played Cards Against Humanity but I have a feeling the problem with Evil Apples (besides being a carbon copy) is the writing.

Feels like I didn’t expect to survive that last contract and now I don’t know what to do with myself.

23 January

Arrivé au rendez-vous devant le Burger King : fou-rire nerveux.

Could the American Horror Story writers really not be bothered to look up “transmutation” in a dictionary or am I missing something?

24 January

It doesn’t redeem the season, but this week’s American Horror Story was proper fun. And Jessica Lange, appropriately masterful.

Hypersensibilité (psychologie) - Wikipédia

“Un cinquième de la population,” et moi qui me sentais unique.

Les caisses automatiques Monoprix comme un jeu vidéo : je vise l’achievement “passer un panier entier sans que la caisse appelle l’hôtesse.”

Tu reconnais les habitués du jeu à ce qu’ils ne se font pas avoir par la question-piège “avez-vous un sac personnel” au début.

I would have listed Alias as a guilty pleasure but, rewatching early episodes (I’d never seen them without dubbing), that show was legitimately good in its prime.

Only realizing now that Numbers’ Layout View is gone, and doesn’t that nullify the entire point of the app? (For anyone who ever prints.)

25 January

And we’re done: Dracula was just, quite simply, bad. Now I’m off to download everything starring Victoria Smurfit, ever.

J’ai du mal à m’y retrouver sur le plan mais il y a forcément une branche du RER C qui traverse le Mordor.

26 January

Marathoning season 2 of Alias was a terrible idea. It’s so well done that I’m excited again to find out how cool the endgame is gonna be.

28 January

Okay, I think I get it, maybe Looking is a meta exploration of how little plot you can write while still calling it a show?

The only reason I’m not ordering a Pebble is I’m waiting for Apple’s watch. They’re losing sales to unannounced vaporware. All kinds of sad.

On danse où ce soir ?

Comment ça, on n’est pas le bon jour où c’est autorisé ?

29 January

Another account-hijack story

We live in an internet-based economy; we can’t keep going on like this.

But then, identity theft is a national sport in the US, so how could we ever hope to avoid it on the internet?

31 January

I hope American Horror Story has the decency to end when Jessica Lange retires.

I mean, I wish it had been going to have.

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