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

1 November 2014

This week was Serial’s last chance to give me any doubt about Adnan’s innocence, and it failed. That was not a good choice of a first story.

Force-restart my Mac after a crash; the screen remains black for several interminable seconds. THE GRAY BOOT SCREEN WAS A FEATURE, FUCKERS.

2 November

Shame that last week’s teaser spoiled what army the Doctor is facing in the finale — that was a clever story and a cool reveal. For once.

Thanks to Driveclub’s update, I’m only kicked off the lobby after each race. Still spend more time connecting than racing, but — progress!

Driveclub’s online is so annoying, even when it works, that I regret all the time I played Forza without a proper internet connection.

3 November

Don’t know how long they can — or intend to — keep it up, but Jane the Virgin is amazingly ridiculous and ridiculously amazing.

Je cherche un stagiaire pour ouvrir mes volets à 13h — les ouvrir quand je me lève pour les fermer une heure après, c’est la déprime.

J’ai à moitié envie d’acheter le nouveau Call of Duty. HALP.

4 November

What do you know, it’s true that Agents of Shield is a lot better this year. Guess they just had trouble filling time until Winter Soldier.

Re-enabled Yosemite’s translucency for a spin, and now enjoying having to find the CSS hack that allows my header to show through, without which it looks like shit the moment you scroll past the position: fixed cutoff point.

5 November

GTA V in first-person

Fuck, that trailer’s tempting — I had to remind myself I didn’t enjoy the driving model in V.

6 November


If you were wondering how pathetic the iPad app market is…Phraseology sold 8 units yesterday and jumped into the Productivity top 100.

Spotify generates more revenue for artists than iTunes in Europe.” Maybe there was no need to hypothesize elaborate explanations for the Beats acquisition — we were just missing the important figures.

In case you missed it: 80 Days is mostly a text adventure for iOS, and you should absolutely try it. Great writing, enticing universe.


Franchise is an animated typeface by 1 type designer and 110 animators complete with AE files. [bit.ly]

Hmf. The Crew’s floaty driving model is making me miss Driveclub. Damnit, I really need to get a Forza Horizon console.

“Introducing Amazon Echo”

How is it supposed to be worth $200 to anyone — and how didn’t Apple release this first?

What I find most interesting about Amazon’s Echo is that it’s their first device that doesn’t look like it’s designed primarily to push online purchases. It plays music, that’s it — and that’s almost certainly not the reason for which anyone will buy it. Everything else is pure service. If you had any doubt after the Fire Phone’s unexpected pricing, this seems to confirm that Amazon must be serious about going after Apple.

7 November

Je voudrais pas faire le difficile, mais je suis pas sûr que ce qui manquait à American Horror Story soit des mecs en slip kangourou.

Doubly surprised by this month’s free PSN games: I’m finding Escape Plan obnoxious, and SteamWorld Dig spectacularly addictive.

Spent the whole night driving from Detroit to Miami to LA and back. I would love The Crew so much if its handling was just a little better.

“Serial: Sarah Koening On the Addictive New Podcast from This American Life”

But before starting to work on next year’s story, which she has not chosen yet, Koenig hopes to find some answers about this one. She wants to find out whether justice was served — and whether Lee’s killer is behind bars or still out there. “I am hopeful that I will figure it out one way or the other,” says Koenig. “I may have to give that up along the way, but today, I’m hopeful.”

Isn’t that at odds with what they said at the launch of the podcast? I had the definite impression that they — or that Ira Glass, when he promoted it in American Life — implied they knew where they were going. Is she lying to build suspense, or did they actually launch into a twelve-week serial report without knowing where it would end up? That seems like it would be a terrible idea.

8 November

Edge of Tomorrow was entertaining, but far too much of a generic future-war movie to be memorable at all.

There are cliffs in Hong Kong? It looks so beautiful in Transformers, I’d love to have visited when it was in Europe.

Transformers: Age of Extinction puts its worst club-foot forward, but the last third is such good spectacle it’s kinda worth seeing.

D’un côté, ici, il y a la dépression saisonnière. De l’autre côté, plus on va vers le sud, plus il y a de bêtes. Choices.

9 November

Ooh, je ne sais pas si c’est parce qu’il a été mis à jour ou parce que j’ai un meilleur ordi, mais TweetDeck pourrait bien être devenu utilisable. (Je n’en peux plus de l’interface obsolète de Tweetbot.)


This shelter dog is an official kitten ambassador, and it’s the cutest thing ever. [twistedsifter.com]

Comment on est censés faire pour trier les ordures, maintenant que les supermarchés ne donnent plus de sacs en plastique ?

I knew it was just a fluke that last week’s Doctor Who had been good but, still, that was painful.

Modélisme virtuel sur iPad

Gratuit et bien fichu, mais je ne peux pas imaginer que leur freemium fonctionne.

10 November

Le problème quand on ouvre Twitter dans son lit au réveil, c’est qu’on est sans défense face aux mentions de Too Many Cooks.

11 November


“Pudding” is a resident Fox at the National Fox Welfare Society, as he’s too friendly to be released back to the wild [pic.twitter.com]

12 November


So Apple gave PCalc a hard time over its iOS 8 widget, but apparently a GAME is OK. [itunes.apple.com]

Flashlight further turns Spotlight into Alfred

I’m not interested enough to risk the potential instabilities, though.

Aujourd’hui j’ai affronté la CPAM d’Ivry et j’ai traité une bonne quinzaine de mails professionnels, je me sens surpuissant.


Rosetta and Flickr launched a month apart from each other. Imagine waiting a decade to see if your project was a success.

I’m more than a little disappointed that I won’t get to climb all over Paris in AC:Unity, but democracy is important #votewithyourwallet

Am I the only one who lost interest in the new Monument Valley levels because they take place between two of the game’s existing chapters?

I wish I gave the tiniest fuck about space, the stars, and all that stuff that’s too distant and blurry to be part of my worldview.


Brilliant visual of how much public space we cede to cars [pic.twitter.com] ht @mikefarrell


People prefer simple explanations, and explanations with good guys and bad guys. To compensate, be more skeptical of those.


Seems quite a few people have gone back and 1 star reviewed Monument Valley upon update because the expansion was paid. This makes us sad.

13 November

Go to the App Store and give Monument Valley 5 stars again. Let that be your good deed for the day.

On dirait que mon Mac a complètement ignoré le VPN depuis que je suis passé sur Yosemite, et je n’ai aucune idée de pourquoi. Youpi.

“Gaming on Samsung Gear VR? Expect Overheating Problems”

$200 headset + $700 phone and it works for 20 minutes. And a few weeks ago Oculus (Samsung’s partner) was begging its competitors not to poison the VR well by releasing shitty products.

An App Store teachable moment: Better release a sequel as a separate app rather than an in-app purchase so the cheapskates can’t ruin your ratings.

I totally wish I had a team I could use Slack with. Ah, the good old days of IRC.

Ars’ Android 5.0 Review

This is really what iOS 7+ should have looked like. Still mostly flat, but much friendlier.

The problem with Freak Show is that it belongs much more in Nip/Tuck than American Horror Story.

14 November

Not sure if it’s episode 8 in itself or hearing the parody, but I can’t stand Serial filling time with obvious bullshit anymore. I’m out.

15 November

JIBO the family robot

I don’t care whether it works in real life, that design is just fantastic.


NoteTonEntreprise condamné pour défaut de mentions légales [nextinpact.com]

16 November

I don’t necessarily hate on Safari’s “vibrancy” title bar in general — it’s not nearly as weird as Yosemite’s translucent sidebars. But when you scroll down and content disappears behind a website position: fixed header only to reappear blurred above it, it does become really distracting.

So, if your website sports a fixed header and you care about your Mac-based users, I’d urge you to extend your header 100 pixels up beyond the page’s bounds. It’s not gonna hurt anyone, and it’ll look better in Safari. (Quick tip: you need to add -webkit-transform: translateZ(0); to the fixed header for it to show through the title bar.)

Mute on Tweebot Mac: “Do you want to remove the tweets?”

Tweetbot iPhone: Tweets disappear (#correctbehavior)

Tweetbot iPad: Tweets remain

Somehow ended up reading articles about Berghain after a whole weekend of not going clubbing. My motivation for working tonight is shot.

17 November

C’est drôle d’écouter Hans Zimmer faire du Clint Mansell version balourde, mais comprimer 3 heures de film en 72 minutes de B.O. ? Come on!

I’m watching a stream of GTA5 being played first-person and, damn, I wish I hadn’t already bought and finished it on PS3.


MinigameJam: A game jam to make hacking and lockpicking and all these bullshit AAA minigame tropes actually fun and interesting

Snapcash is a really smart move when you think that Africa has standardized money-by-SMS. (Though of course I wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole.)

18 November


Hard to think of other companies where love of the product is so inverse to love of the company as it is with Uber.

First time using Yosemite’s batch rename: it fails. (Probably choking on the slashes in the filenames.)


How many times can Uber get caught red-handed carry out or contemplating some despicable scheme before it matters? #UninstallUber

“Non-Microsoft Nokia launches Android N1 tablet with Foxconn”

The industrial design for the N1 came from Nokia, but the company is no longer in the manufacturing business and has licensed that design — along with its Z Launcher and various intellectual property — to Chinese manufacturer Foxconn, which rather interestingly will handle distribution and sales and customer care, and will even be responsible for liabilities and warranty costs.

Does it sound to anyone else like Foxconn is essentially paying Nokia to take the heat on the iPad mini-cloniness of its new tablet? The tech press might buy the idea, and the public certain will, but somehow I doubt Apple could look at this and go, “Oh well, blame Nokia.” I’m sure that Tim Cook must love the narrative that he saved the company by masterfully offloading all of the supply chain to third-parties, but how much longer can Apple afford not to manufacture its own products when that means subsidizing its entire competition?

Back when Samsung and Nexus phones were much cheaper than iPhones, Android was crappy enough that quality-conscious customers had every reason to stick to Apple devices. But Foxconn is entering the market right at the same time as Lollipop, and that story may play out differently.


Scientists at Twitter have solved the “send a URL to another human being” problem, previously said to be impossible [theverge.com]


Haha, played Far Cry 4 single player in Offline Mode. Uplay is down when I quit. When I start it again, it’s lost all my progress. Fine work


Surprising: the two watch sizes have different display resolutions. So much for the return of pixel-perfect design. [pic.twitter.com]

WatchKit code runs entirely on the accompanying iPhone. That’s only temporary, for the first stage of the SDK release, right? Right?

Looks like WatchKit UI design is essentially fluid / responsive. Makes you wonder what the future holds for the device.

So, with all third-party code running on the tethered iPhone for now, jury’s still out on whether the Watch’s OS is based on Swift. (Though I’d argue that the Watch being Swift-only would be the best possible reason why third-party code isn’t allowed to run on it yet.)


One more thing…

“Starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps for Apple Watch.” via [apple.com]

19 November


The irony of Apple’s typeface being similar to Google is overwhelming. Arial : Helvetica :: San Francisco : Roboto


San Francisco system replacement font for OS X Yosemite: [github.com]


(cc @sdw)

Am I missing something from the Wikipedia description, or is the “red rover” game astoundingly stupid? #xkcd


Ensemble, réhabilitons les insultes désuètes : commençons par “butor”.

Interesting discovery from the Yosemite San Francisco hack: looks like the desktop dynamically computes the icon grid from the font metrics.


Reminder that in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, this is Prince Louis-Charles (7 years old in 1792) [youtube.com] [en.wikipedia.org]


That is not a bug. They didn’t have child character models, and thought it was good enough to ship.

“There’s no such thing as a Get lunch (or app)”

It’s so unprofessional I assumed it had to be a Europe-only change.


Apple uses 1/4 of world’s sapphire on iPhone camera lens and fingerprint sensor [online.wsj.com]

20 November


Antarctica from space. You don’t see it a lot because you have to be in a specific polar orbit to get this view. [pic.twitter.com]


look at this fucked-up bird. nature is so anmazing [pic.twitter.com]

All I have to do is tap a button in Chunky, and it lists the comics and PDFs available in my Mac’s Downloads folder (through FTP) #thefuture

Related: I’d love to be able to check easily that an iOS app is using the system keychain to store my passwords, not plain text storage.

Today is the day the Driveclub disc comes out of my PS4. I doubt it will ever go back in, even for next week’s free DLC.

Anybody else got the App Store bug where my iPhone 6 will only realize it recognized my fingerprint after I tap the “Enter Password” button?

21 November

Stuck at Far Cry 4’s first moral choice. Play online and risk losing progress to a disconnection, or offline with no possibility of coop?

I can’t remember the last time I played a AAA game and really, unreservedly enjoyed it. Probably the first Forza Horizon — and that’s two years old.


Google launches experimental ad-free browsing on partner sites… really, really want this to take off: [google.com]

22 November


Surveillance cameras observe a fox exploring the Tudor and Georgian rooms of the National Portrait Gallery at night [pic.twitter.com]

23 November

New achievement: je crois que j’ai mis un vent involontaire à un mec mignon qui dansait bien et était venu me draguer. Time to give up.

It’s a pity though that voice chat quality over the controller earbud is rather awful.

Mumu Chiffon. Fuck you, Far Cry 4.

24 November

I don’t understand why my Far Cry 4 screenshots always come out so dark when I post them to Twitter.

The end of the first Shangri-La level gave me chills. I can’t bear to return to sad old Kyrat.



In Far Cry 4 co-op, you can latch your climbing rope onto your buddy’s gyrocopter. [pic.twitter.com]

Ca m’épate, tous ces gens qui se baladent avec un gros casque sans fil dans la rue ou le métro sans avoir peur du vol à la tire.

25 November

Good — now that Unread for iPad is freemium, I’ve been able to try it out and confirm that I’m sticking to Mr. Reader.

26 November

“Attack of the 50-foot Save Sheet”

I had noticed the tallness, but not that it went beyond the screen.

Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner. Why is it a prerequisite of young-adult fiction that the premise and universe be completely absurd?

27 November

28 November


The opening is pure parody. Something you’d see on Saturday Night Live


Star Wars trailer would have been much better if it was just that Falcon shot then title.

Oh, it looks cool — but it means that Sith lord spent days building a couple of extra dark matter warp cores or whatevers just for the flourish.


When I was 7 I made my mum a card that said ‘HAVE AN X-WING OF A MOTHER’S DAY’. ‘X-wing’ was the best thing I could wish for another person.

29 November

The rule I eventually settled on for the dock isn’t so much immediate access as permanent badge counter visibility.

Except for Instagram, which is in the bottom right corner because that’s where the camera button is in the lock screen and control center.

Oh, les cons ! Je me demandais pourquoi l’écran s’allumait depuis iOS 7 quand je change le volume — mais c’est “uniquement” quand il est dans le rouge.

30 November


George Lucas’ Special Edition of the Episode VII trailer: [youtube.com]


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