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

1 September 2015

I often wish I could ask Xcode to search for “NSLog” only in uncommented code.


Apple exec #1: “What’s an iOS feature we can make that Android won’t copy?”

Apple exec #2: “Ad blocking?”

Apple exec #1: “😈😈😈”


My only other problem with the new Google logo. Forgive me as I show my inner type-nerd. [pic.twitter.com]

2 September


[avoidhumans.com] - using FourSquare and Instagram data to tell you which places near you have the fewest amount of people.

Ayant vu Insurgent, je suis contraint de vous présenter mes excuses et regrets sincères pour avoir dit publiquement du bien de Divergent.

Took the loaner Watch out of its box (because watchOS 2 is coming). My dilemma is, I find its product design so profoundly unsexy, yet its industrial design so gratifying.

I’d much rather look at a round Samsung Gear S2 on my wrist but (before even thinking of software) it will never feel as precisely engineered — like jewelry.

Qui sont tous ces gens qui encombrent les rues ? 😠

3 September


If video games have taught me anything, it’s that if you encounter enemies then you’re going the right way.

In a time when Jeeps can be hacked over GSM I can’t complain about Apple taking security seriously, but it seems a bit overkill for lights.

4 September

ICQ just showed up in the App Store’s updates. Did I only install it to get a nostalgic flashback every time that happens?

A Mad Max game with a huge desert, two settlements, half a dozen groups of roving bandits, and you have to find your way by the stars.

I’m starting Defiance’s season 3 because comments about it were surprisingly anonymous and—holy shit the show took a (welcome) dark turn.


Je découvre l’instagram de Barbie Hipster, une nouvelle raison de vénérer le Grand Internet! [instagram.com] [pic.twitter.com]


It’s just what I’ve always wanted. A supercut of President Bartlet’s outlandish jacket flip [youtu.be]


do you ever secretly suspect that your tweets have at last gotten so awful that everyone has muted you and you’re snarking to no one at all


La pub TV de Forza 6 est beaucoup trop cool. <3


L’app est gratuite parce que le monde est rempli de radins, alors n’hésitez pas à la charger et à lui mettre cinq étoiles, voire plus.

All I had to do to get the IAP working was submit a 1.0.1 update with “‘Remove Ads’ button” in the release notes so they wouldn’t forget to approve it this time.

Je me rappelle un peu trop tard que si je mets des hoodies quand il fait frais c’est pour ne pas suer comme un boeuf dans le métro.

5 September

Vous imaginez, des mecs qui sortent faire la fête par centaines et ne considerent pas la soirée gâchée s’ils rentrent seuls ? #promisedland


My lesson from Slack: take obscure nerd tech from college, package it well, & sell it to enterprise execs who were in frats at the time.

Les photos devraient être beaucoup plus grandes sur la liste “Going” des événements Facebook de soirées.

6 September

“Tap vs. press” is already not ideal, but at least you can teach it to most users. For many people, “deeper press” will just mean the device is reacting randomly to presses.

Que Self/less soit horriblement médiocre, d’accord, mais comment un film de Tarsem Singh peut être aussi inintéressant visuellement ?

A en juger d’après les premières critiques, je risque d’aller voir Steve Jobs en salle, finalement.


No one stopped at this point and said, “Gee, maybe we should just use real fucking buttons.” [pic.twitter.com]

7 September

Ils font des marqueurs craies de toutes les couleurs \o/ Mon prochain appartement sera peint en noir du sol au plafond.

Je cherche des articles expliquant pourquoi Defiance est soudain devenue regardable en saison 3, mais comme on l’a tous abandonnée il y a deux ans…

8 September


The bigger story: Apple has access to your iMessages if you backup to iCloud. [nytimes.com] [pic.twitter.com]

9 September

Remember when they integrated the Apple Store into the main site and we thought at least it wouldn’t go offline anymore on keynote day?

Avec la rentrée le nombre de signalements et complaintes d’utilisateurs de nopic remonte, et ma motivation pour bosser sur la 2.0 redescend.

Envoyer des mails pour promouvoir l’app de tarot à tous les sites qui passent, ou me planter des clous rouillés dans les doigts ?

Does Apple care enough about its stock price that it would reduce the number of keynotes because they always result in a dip?

I kind of want to wait until next year, when the iPad Air form factor becomes compatible with Apple Stylus.


iPad Pro starting at 32 GB, no 64 option, is the same as iPhone starting at 16, no 32. Take out the one people actually want to upsell them.


iTunes for Mac could take a few pages from the UI of Music on TV


The Apple Event is the world’s largest meeting that could’ve been an email.

I’d love to have shortcuts on the Springboard, but “tap-hold to rearrange icons, tap-deep to access shortcuts” seems awful. Swipe-deep to switch between apps is even worse.


Apple built a custom chip to power the screen flash on the new iPhones. Let that sink in.

The way iPhone uses 3D Touch is the same problem as on the Watch: they had the technology and looked for (idiotic) ways to put it to use.

Live Photos are a cool feature and fuck you for tying them to the new iPhone.


“There is no persistent local storage for apps on Apple TV.” [pic.twitter.com]

Really interesting that they’re taking advantage of the brand-new platform to prevent apps from taking hours to install before first launch #LastRT

Paper by FiftyThree is the one third-party app mentioned on the Pencil’s page. I half-expected them to refuse to update for it, and close up shop (since it’s been pretty much established they’re not profiting from software).


I’m kind of depressed after the event, not as a Mac developer but as a user. They telegraphed a long-term future without the Mac, IMHO.

My initial doubts about the Pencil’s technology choices are waning. So I’m mostly sold on iPad Pro, totally sold on Apple TV, and hate the implementation of 3D Touch but wish I could have the new camera.

La vie est injuste, il va falloir que je travaille tout le reste de la semaine pour me payer ces nouveaux jouets.

10 September

Self/less (2015) — 4/10

Qui veut mon stylet pour iPad Bluetooth de Fiftythree ? Peu servi, je le cède pour 700 €.

“Wacom vs N-Trig - A Modern Comparison”

Relevant to the Apple Pencil, which seems quite comparable to N-Trig, if not licensed outright.

“Reading the Mind in the Eyes”

Parce qu’il a été mentionné récemment dans plusieurs podcasts que j’écoute.


I dropped the iOS Calendar app into the tvOS Sim - amusing to see what it does to all the UIKit elements [pic.twitter.com]

Didn’t expect Paper by Fiftythree to suddenly become the best note-taking app for iPhone (and iPad) — for free. An excellent surprise.

Got a notification from Tweetbot on iPad that my tweet was faved by a stranger. Simplest way to identify them was to look their handle up… in Safari.

Profiter au bord du lac Daumesnil des derniers jours d’été et de retraités en maillot de bain.

I don’t think the iPhone 6S automatically switches to live photos when it detects a face, but it should — with an on/off/auto setting like for the flash. I know I’d immediately turn it off, because I mostly take photos of landscapes; then I’d never think to turn it on when it would be useful.

11 September


If the score is like this short preview… the next Assassin’s Creed might have the best music of all: [youtu.be]


Corning has now passed $4 billion in revenue for Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets, and over 1 billion square feet of glass.

GTA Online’s werewolf mode sounds so clever I’m beginning to consider rebuying GTAV on PS4. But without friends it’ll be much less fun.

I skipped all the articles which came out after the trailer, and totally missed that Pokemon Go was made by the same developers as Ingress. I’m suddenly very curious and/or interested.


Flight Control’s removal from the App Store stings more than most as if you were building a museum exhibit on iOS gaming it’d be a big part.

It’s amazing how Tumblr has remained faithful to its original concept in all the right ways, and hasn’t tried to become Twitbook.

Je maudis l’humanité entière à chaque fois. (Et elles sont toujours pleines, ils ne passent qu’une fois par semaine.)

12 September

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — 7/10

Went back to AC:Unity thinking, now that the story’s over, maybe I’ll appreciate it better. But I’d forgotten what a pain this game was to play.

Which is frustrating because, with Yohalem writing the story and Wintory the music, I’m not gonna not buy AC:Syndicate.

Grow Home’s grabbing mechanics are fantastic but I don’t think I can deal with the half-inverted controls for growing sprouts. WTF? (On PS4)


Turns out that dragons are real and they come from South Africa. Latin name: Smaug Gigantaeus [pic.twitter.com]

C’est dommage qu’Age of Ultron soit un film des Avengers, Ultron est très réussi.

13 September

Terminator: Genisys (2015) — 7/10

Si Terminator: Genisys était un moyen-métrage de 40 minutes, il serait excellent. Mais le reste… n’est pas si mauvais, en fait ?

Went to give Ground Zeroes another try, and after hearing so much discussion of MGS5 I’m finally getting the hang of its systems — somewhat.

Oh, come on. I can’t filter my PS4’s library by whether the game is installed — and even demos I only played once are listed there.

Un peu perturbé par le fait que Lee Pace dans Halt and Catch Fire est à la fois clairement inspiré de Steve Jobs et un psychopathe crédible.

A part ça, Halt and Catch Fire n’est pas du tout ce à quoi je m’attendais, et je n’accroche pas tellement. Quel est censé être l’intérêt ?

14 September

Pourquoi ils font un clone d’IBM PC avec son propre système d’exploitation et compilateur, d’abord ?


Seil is great. Set Caps Lock to F13, Alfred. Set Right Option Key to F14, Notification Center toggle.



C’est pas humain de repartir de Leroy-Merlin avec Miley Cyrus dans la tête pour le reste de l’après-midi.

Order for an Apple TV dev kit just went through. Now what kind of game can I whip out in a month — while I’m also swamped with client work?


These 3D sketches drawn by artists in VR are all incredible: [facebook.com] via @chetfaliszek [pic.twitter.com]

15 September

Painstakingly set up my Xcode project’s tabs. Done for the day, Cmd-W to close the project. Why isn’t the window clo… OH, FUCK.

Every. Single. Time.


OMG must be horrible to type on this “keyboard” but NEEEEEED :) [vine.co]

Je devrais réduire mon tarif horaire mais facturer le temps que je passe occupé à me dire qu’il faut que je me mette au boulot.


1960: We need to invest heavily in math edu or the Russians will win

2015: We need to heavily regulate math tech or the terrorists will win

16 September

I didn’t get The Witcher 3 because if I like the story I won’t be able to put it down until I’m done (and I’ve got things to do, places to be), but I think I’m quite safe with MGSV. So I finally gave in to the buzz and ordered it.

For the first time in weeks I’ve opened Snapchat because I was curio—OH MY GOD I HATE THIS INTERFACE SO MUCH.

Twitter’s about to be sued for shortening URLs in DMs. And they’ll probably lose or settle because, as idiotic as it is, it makes perfect sense from a legal standpoint.

If I could find a small desktop app I like for posting to Tumblr, I’d be running all my posts through it. So tired of editing down to 140.

So it turns out Apple TV games will have access to fewer buttons on the remote than I thought (+/- are apparently reserved for volume control), and I love how the remote’s Menu button will pause the game while the Play/Pause button will end up displaying the game’s menu in most cases. (If you missed the news, while that wasn’t the case a week ago, current docs state that Apple TV games are required to be playable without a third-party gamepad. Even though Guitar Hero was announced at the keynote, so that’s a laugh.)

The way Apple always pays lip service to gaming then utterly fails to follow through is still infuriating.

Still, I’m speccing a great Apple TV game idea in my head right now, and I might just have the time to implement it before launch.

Safari View Controller will confuse users and, if you’re a dev, I still recommend just sending links to Safari. It’s asinine that going back from a web view to the original app will sometimes require you to tap the Done button in the upper-left corner, and sometimes hunt for the tiny “Back” link in the title bar, when both views look almost 100% identical.


Reminder that with Xcode 7, now public, you can build any Xcode project and install it on your iOS 9 device with just an AppleID, free.


Reminder: When you install iOS 9, a lot will update, migrate, and index. Battery and performance will take a temporary hit. Give it a day.

The lowercase keyboard’s letters are like two pixels higher than uppercase and I know why they did it but I feel it was the wrong choice.


Snapchat is now @BuzzFeed’s third-largest traffic source: [businessinsider.com]

17 September

I figured updating my app for iOS 9 would be easy and I could wait until public release to recompile and resubmit hahaha stupid fool.


Lego astronaut floating in actual space, photo by actual astronaut. [pic.twitter.com]

You can’t open a push notification in Slide Over, can you? That would have been the ideal use case.

18 September

If you could make an identical clone of yourself with a 100% success rate — would you trust your clone with your life?

Les impôts ont visiblement décidé de me créer d’office une entreprise parce que je déclarais des bénéfices sur la 2042C \o/

I got my first cannon! Look how cute it is!

I can’t find the Apple TV dev kit’s NDA, so I don’t know if I’m allowed to comment on the remote (since it’s not software).

19 September

Wonder if a Bittorrent client + video player would be allowed on Apple TV. I’m sure someone other than me will soon test those waters.

Such an oddly missed opportunity that Snapchat doesn’t let you pay $1 to keep a daily selfie filter you really like.

20 September

The fundamental problem with Force Touch and 3D Touch is that it relies on the assumption that uninformed people who accidentally happen upon the feature (by pressing too hard on a link or icon, because they’re in a bad mood or have imprecise motor control or whatever reason) will wonder what happened, ask around, figure it out and either be delighted or turn it off.

But that’s not how regular users work — especially when you’re at the point where each iPhone iteration sells hundreds of millions. Many of them will see their device behave erratically, both blame it and blame themselves, then carry on with their day, muttering “goddammit those fancy smartphones are stupid.” Maybe they’ll find out about 3D Touch months later, when it happens again in view of someone better informed — but by then the damage will have been done, they’ll have lost trust for their device.

It used to be that a Mac user’s first line of technical support was That Geek Friend / Family Member Who Had Made Them Buy A Mac In The First Place. But the iPhone is far too ubiquitous for that model still to work; many users don’t have a designated geek anymore.

It also used to be that Apple mostly avoided that kind of mistake.

21 September

I’m watching the last WWDC’s GameplayKit sessions and the segments about AI are putting me to sleep. So that’s encouraging.

Isn’t it inefficient that you have to manually update the position of each GameplayKit agent from Sprite/SceneKit for each cycle?

On-Demand Resources are great for keeping 16GB iPhones in stores, but will be awful for anyone ever needing to play offline.


Amazing touch in the environment design here (The Witness trailer). Only noticed on 4th watch. @Jonathan_Blow [pic.twitter.com]

Pourquoi je continue d’acheter des desserts à mon Franprix alors qu’une fois sur trois il y en a un de cassé ?


Good news! Looks like, in iOS 9, third-party keyboards can access their app’s info without “Enable Full Access.” You can turn that off now.

22 September

I was glad to be done with the headaches of iOS 9-ing my apps — and now the builds are stuck “Processing” in iTunes Connect.

So. Tired.


Le dentiste chasseur de lion, la journaliste anti-réfugié, maintenant le patron de boîte pharma. La nouvelle mode est aux visages du mal.

Closed Xcode, launched Xcode-beta, it reopened my projects and started… doing to stuff to them. Nothing will ever compile again.

I assumed iOS 9’s keyboard-trackpad would move the cursor letter by letter, not turn into a full-on mouse pointer. This is so not iOS-like.

The prologue is incredibly annoying but that’s a damn nice character creator #PS4share

I don’t remember Red Dead’s horse precisely, but it was better, right? D-Horse feels like driving a vehicle, not guiding a living companion. Oh, solved by enabling “Radio Control” in the settings.

Bored with desert and jungle — can’t the next sprawling open-world game take place on an alien world?

23 September


Elegy:Explore dead civilizations, write about what you find, and share your stories with the world [dejobaan.com]

I like how MGSV avoids the big-map-of-icons trope by displaying side-ops as a good old list. I hope someone at Ubisoft is playing it.

Like, maybe I should never do VR for the same reason I should probably never do heroin.

Bon, je n’arrive pas à configurer l’UI de l’app, mais au moins j’ai les icônes

24 September


VW was chosen randomly for the study that discovered the emission fraud ie. every other car company is doing it too [twitter.com]

I should have watched the WWDC session about Stack Views sooner #ohshit


Super-Fast Camera Takes a Trillion Shots Per Second. Now, You Can See Light Like Never Before. [magazine.good.is]


Oculus Medium is dope. My first time I made a Fury Road-inspired sculpture in like 10 minutes [youtube.com]

25 September

Fury Road (2015) — 6/10

Fury Road est visuellement superbe (à part les accélérés à la noix) mais, euh… ça s’arrête un peu là ?

Et c’est dingue, quand même, que Tom Hardy soit le maillon faible du film.

Ca fait plaisir de voir Jamie Lee Curtis — et Nick Jonas — mais Scream Queens a tous les mauvais côtés d’AHS:Coven sans aucun des bons.

Je viens de répondre ★ à “How would you rate Tinder” parce que ça fait deux fois qu’ils me demandent, je n’aurai plus jamais de matches.

26 September

GCHQ has the coolest codenames, though.

Je viens de me rappeler qu’il y a une saison entière où il fait si froid qu’on doit mettre des pulls à ses mains. Quel monde de merde.

Ma thermorégulation est tellement foireuse que je frissonne de voir quelqu’un en T-shirt dans la rue en septembre #old

“Marked as duplicate of #18376933”

Mine was #18330633 and completely ignored.

My feelings are hurt, Radar.

27 September

Non mais y’a un moment où Moffat doit finir par se faire virer, non ?

It’s terribly distracting to have Jack Bauer go “whoa, whoa” every time I slow down my horse.

28 September

Twenty minutes figuring out why my app didn’t detect the Apple TV’s remote. I’d started the app from Xcode so the remote wasn’t connected.

29 September

Yesterday MGSV’s realistic, immersive world was suddenly overtaken by shadow monsters, so last night I had a zombie-invasion nightmare, yay.


In nicer news, an open source clone of Slack has finally emerged [zulip.org]

On est bien d’accord que les calories des biscuits au chocolat bio ne comptent pas ?

I’m adjusting quite well to the original Pebble as a dumb wrist buzzer. I don’t have such an active life that I need a remote for my phone.

It’s still a damn shame though that you can’t filter notifications per app, so I’m keeping an eye out for affordable Android Wear models.


This is such a patently absurd idea that it’s either a red herring or Twitter is more lost than anyone suspected. [pic.twitter.com]

The Pixel C’s keyboard’s magnet action looks sweet

Heavier but a lot more elegant than the iPad Pro’s fabric origami.

30 September

Ever since I’d heard of Chrome’s pinned tabs I’d assumed that they reappeared in new windows. The word “pinned” implies permanence.

So long, Apple Music. All I asked of you was a way to bookmark tracks without fucking up my entire music library with iCloud.

Which do we want first, though — longer tweets or editable tweets? And does it even make any sense to have the former without the latter?

Oh, c’est une de ces journées où j’ai envie de filer des baffes à tout le monde dans la rue. Ca doit etre parce que j’ai du boulot.


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