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

I finished in Heaven’s Vault in one ten-hour sitting, even though I hate most aspects of the game, because I’m a sucker for a good science-fantasy mystery. (It seemed good at the time, now I’m not so sure.)

Of course it would screw me over with a surprise point-of-no-return.

It’s just icing on the cake that the finale took place in a room with buggy transparent walls letting the whole outside world show through 👍


On lit beaucoup de chose sur les virements interbancaires avec la mise en place du virement instantané jugé par beaucoup bien trop cher. Petit thread sur pourquoi un virement normal n’est pas immédiat et pourquoi les banques font payer ce service (pour le moment) ⬇️

Started NG+ in Heaven’s Vault because I wanted to know more about the emperors and the robots. Got discouraged after two hours and decided to search for a wiki because it’s really too annoying to play. Ah, the one wiki is almost empty. Oh well.

Now of course I want to make a dead-language translation game, but I could never come up with something as visually compelling as Heaven’s Vault (without outright copying them). I guess I’ll have to look into Egyptian hieroglyphs.

I don’t mind that the dialogue isn’t actually interactive if it’s gonna be so fun. That is how you write an interactive story where the player character has a strong personality: by not asking the player what to say. (I’m amazed by how much work must have gone into Elsinore.)

Heaven’s Vault (PC) — 4/10

Elsinore (Mac) — 8/10

2 August

“What if we made Outer Wilds, but it only begins to be enjoyable if you have enough time and patience to replay a 20-hour game three times?”

Meanwhile I’m loving Elsinore, and Outer Wilds remains game of the year.


Ninja does thing

“Very smart sensible business decision cant find anything wrong in encouraging competition”

Developer does same thing

“Fuck this anticonsumer shit why do developers hate their audience”


Retweeting or replying to hate speech even if it is with a hilariously witty retort is still spreading hate speech especially given Twitter’s algorithm.

Spread the messages you’d like to see & don’t engage with content you dislike. It avoids spreading pain and instead spreads ❤️ [twitter.com]

J’espérais qu’en avoir un près de chez moi me ferait passer le réflexe systématique d’acheter tout le magasin M&S à chaque fois que je garde des chats, mais… non.


The unique designs of European city streets are being turned into wearable art

3 August


Three cats in Japan have a closet full of custom-made hats felted from their shedded fur


Killjoys 5x03 — 7/10

I just don’t understand what went through their minds when they cast the Lady.

4 August

The Lego Movie 2 — 7/10

5 August

On est début août et Pinterest me fout déjà tous les jours des araignées de décoration d’halloween 😡


Cynisme absolu :

Frontex utilise des drones pour surveiller les migrants en méditerranée ce qui permet à l’Union européenne de ne pas utiliser de bateau de surveillance et donc ne pas être soumis au droit maritime et à avoir à les sauver [theguardian.com]



À #HongKong les gens s’étonnent de la violence de la police et du nombre de lacrymogènes utilisées en 2 mois de manifestation : 1000.

Pendant ce temps en France c’est plus de 10.000 grenades utilisées le 1 décembre 2018. En un jour donc. [twitter.com]

I do not, in fact, enjoy being attacked by endless waves of giant lightsaber-wielding robots in VR.

Budget Cuts stresses me out but at least the game is interesting and well designed. Vader Immortal: Episode 1 has the same enemies dropping in the exact same two spots, replaying the exact same routine, for what feels like ten minutes, until I quit.

Oh—the Tilt Brush flashback was really nice, though. (Just like I loved the animated sequence in that Harry Potter movie.)

6 August


The typeface Ugly Gerry is made out of gerrymandered US congressional districts. [uglygerry.com]


Journey the older sister of Sky is out on iOS today! Thanks to ⁦⁦@A_i⁩ and ⁦@SonySantaMonica⁩, three thatgamecompany games are within my pocket ready to play at all time! [apps.apple.com]

Grosse envie d’aller courir dehors sous la pluie (mais pas envie de passer toute la semaine avec une bronchite)


Turning a MacBook into a Touchscreen with $1 of Hardware (2018) [anishathalye.com]

7 August

The Terror S1 — 7/10

Tout ce boulot pour reconstruire le réalisme d’une expédition perdue au pôle nord… pour terminer sur un final pareil, quel gâchis. Et sans parler de l’Evil Gay comme on n’en fait plus depuis vingt ans.


Periodic reminder that doublets like “cease and desist”, “true and correct” and “null and void” are just artifacts of a time when people used both Anglo-Saxon and Norman terms to be sure they were understood by everyone. You can axe them in translation.


8 August

What does it mean about Apple’s design that the major players stopped copying the notch after a year?


Apps ask users to place their finger on the Home button to take a heart-beat reading. App dims the display to minimum to hide the content — which is actually dialogue requesting authorization for in-app purchase.

Similar technique found in December 2018: [welivesecurity.com]


Lighting a freeway for Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.


This is the most unhinged Ask Polly letter I’ve ever received, hands down.



a lot of emotional states cause physical feelings (e.g. anger→heat), and conversely your brain will often interpret the feeling as the state


so when your body is hot because it’s hot outside, you’ll feel angrier about things bc your brain is unconsciously following the correlation

I’m really surprised Apple let third parties change iPhone batteries for so long

It’s the one component for which they can argue it’s in the consumer’s interest 🧨

Steam: An item from your wishlist is on sale!

Me: Uh why the fuck did I ever wishlist that game, though?

9 August

For the past few days I’ve been trying to figure out why obtaining The Book in Elsinore completely took the wind out of my sails. Maybe it lifted the immersion curtain by emphasizing “collect all endings” instead of a personal narrative? I haven’t felt like playing again since 😕

To be clear I thoroughly enjoyed all twelve hours I’ve spent in Elsinore, and will recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone with an interest in interactive fiction. I’m not even sure they did anything wrong — I’m just puzzled by my own reaction.

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo 😭


C’est marrant, j’ai pas souvenir qu’on ait fait ce genre de fiche technique élogieuse du black bloc en France.. [twitter.com]


Comment Paramount a repompé tout le concept de Babylon 5 pour créer Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

tl;dr ils ont repris tout le boulot du staff de B5 qui avait présenté la série à Paramount en espérant qu’ils la produisent [twitter.com]

Pourquoi est-ce que j’ai été raisonnable et n’ai pas profité de l’offre limitée de financement à 0% pour prendre un iPad Pro 😡︎


Learn yourself some history with this thread. Woof.


10 August

Les rues vides de parisiens 💜

Les métros remplis de touristes 👎

Black Mirror 5x01 — 5/10

The Miley Cyrus penguin bot was a really good design, though.

Black Mirror 5x02 — 7/10

Black Mirror 5x03 — 🤔


My favourite thing ever. You have seriously made my birthday [twitter.com]


this new Telegram groups feature is so interesting

Je culpabilise de donner des vues à Another Life / Prémices sur Netflix alors que c’est franchement pas bon, mais il y a genre une scène sympa par épisode et j’ai cette tendance automatique à regarder de la merde quand je suis chez des chats.

11 August

Another Life S1 — 4/10


Miss Marple didn’t start solving crimes until her sixties. Arwen was 2,770 when she married Aragorn. Legolas joined the Fellowship when he was 2,931. there’s time for you.

The Wandering Earth (2019) — DNF

Typewriter – The Ghost of Sultanpore S1 — 4/10

At least it doesn’t last ten hours.

Star Trek: Discovery 2x01–06 — 7/10

12 August


Fun fact: most Shakespearean insults are gender-neutral! So next time, before you say “ladies and gentlemen”, consider the possibilities: [nosweatshakespeare.com]


Un ours et une louve chassant, voyageant et jouant ensemble ont été découverts par le photographe finlandais Lassi Rautiainen, qui les a photographiés pendant plus de 10 jours. Ces scènes se sont déroulées il y a quelques années, dont une montrant les animaux partageant un repas.

Star Trek: Discovery 2x07–14 — 6/10

The second half of the season started out really good en ended up really meh.

I haven’t bought Eliza yet but I love this:

13 August

Killjoys 5x04 — 6/10

I need some assurance that if I close The Book in Heaven’s Vault the game will not start me over from the beginning. I wish I could trust implicitly that it won’t, but that isn’t the kind of relationship we have.

14 August

One of my favorite bits in Heaven’s Vault is (minor spoiler) when Aliya and Six end up in an ancient theater but neither of them has any concept of what that is.

Of course they had to screw it up on another moon 😒

I’ve just finished my second playthrough of Heaven’s Vault with new reasons to love the world-building, and new reasons to hate the game. I’m almost tempted to have a third go so I can dive deeper into the language, so I’ll hurry and uninstall it instead.

My biggest disappointment will remain in how many of the Ancient texts (especially in NG+) are eye-gougingly flagrant word-for-word translations from English. They look like they were written by people who have never seen a foreign language in their life.



literally nobody:

me: i made you a demo to see what is the most input typing delay you can tolerate; mine is 30ms.

😈 [input-delay.glitch.me]

J’ai rebooté mon iPhone et perdu les réglages de mon app à bruit de pluie, je n’arriverai plus jamais à dormir de ma vie 😞︎


“Apple will target users for marketing emails and push notifications based on their transaction history”

Apple’s push to become a services company is toxic to its incentives.

We are seeing it with almost every product launch now.



If You’ve Met Aliens While on DMT, These Scientists Would Like to Hear From You - [vice.com]


Absolument personne :

Moi : Du coup j’ai développé une extension Chrome qui met la musique “Buy Mode” des Sims quand tu vas sur Amazon.


15 August


All these years, I’ve known what makes light switches so “clacky”, but I never knew why. I thought it was just for tactile feedback — nope.

@TechConnectify tells us why:



We’ve been working on something super fun these past 18 months, here’s a glimpse of SPACE PIRATE ARENA! #vr #gamedev #madewithunity

HQ version on youtube: [youtube.com]

16 August

Exploring a planet in No Man’s Sky VR feels amazing. On the other hand my framerate tanks as soon as I get into my starship, and the flying controls are awful. Give me automatic fast travel on- and off-planet and I could spend hours upon hours just walking around.

J’ai l’impression d’avoir pris dix kilos et dix ans en quinze jours de canicule. L’année prochaine, tant pis pour l’environnement, je fous un climatiseur dans la cheminée.

17 August


So tonight in Sea of Thieves, I decided to end my night by picking up a special chest. It’s special because it’s rare, extremely valuable, and when you pick it up everyone can see it on the map and can hunt you down for it.

You know a nice, calm way to finish.


The first ‘talking car’, the 1982 Datsun 810 Maxima, stored its voice messages on a 3-inch, shock-resistant, plastic phonograph record [ow.ly] [source of the video: [ow.ly]]

Je ne trouve pas Chat #1, et Chat #2 me regarde comme un meurtrier observe les policiers qui fouillent son appartement en quête de preuves 🤔

I miss caring about what my home page looked like.

18 August

L’odeur du goudron humide et l’absence de musiciens de rue 💜

Killjoys 5x05 — 6/10

Magic: The Gathering Arena’s onboarding and tutorial are excellent. I don’t know that I have the courage to learn the intricacies of an entire 25-yo CCG but, hey, at least now I understand the basic rules of Magic.

So many clicks on the “Next stage” button, though 😣

19 August

Un touriste à la terrasse du bar en face est en pleine conversation texto avec les alertes sonores activées (et le volume visiblement à fond)


Aujourd’hui j’ai appris l’existence de la plus mignonne des théories du complot: certains conspis pensent que les grands plateaux mesa du désert sont en fait des souches d’arbres géants qui ont été coupés.

(Ça ne dit pas par qui/comment/pourquoi, mais j’adore le concept)

20 August

Also, what kind of assholes are in charge of demoing the game?

Le plombier qui force presque ma porte parce que tout ce qu’il a retenu de son client est qu’il a un nom italien.

La journée se place sous le signe de la misanthropie.


Excellent - as ever - cartoon from @barrydeutsch.

Since last night I keep thinking about the Death Stranding: Mama video, and the likelihood of Kojima asking an animator to make Margaret Qualley grab her breasts after the fact.

I mean, it’s putting me off the game regardless of whether he made her do it live or added it in post, but one case is definitely worse than the other. (Though I’m not certain which.)

Erica (PS4) — 6/10

I bought Erica because the lead actress’s performance was clearly excellent in the trailer, but she is sadly not at all representative of the rest of the cast. The script doesn’t help (think direct-to-DVD teen paranormal thriller), nor does the 60fps video (wtf seriously?).

I was screaming bloody murder at the touch controls for the first 20 minutes, but they were used more sparingly afterwards. Still, the game would be just as enjoyable as a simple interactive movie — and those early scenes will dissuade me from replaying to uncover more story.

I knew what the risks were when Keighley was prodding the developer like “It’s not just Bandersnatch, right, it’s more interactive?” but, dammit, there should be nothing wrong with making an interactive movie. You can’t sell it more than $10 anyway, so spare yourself the trouble.

21 August


people who just strike up friendly convos with strangers for no reason: i am in awe of you. you make me believe in the beauty and goodness of humanity. without you, the world would be a far worse place. also, leave me the hell alone


In case nobody else made the edit yet, I was bored:


Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose

22 August

Le duo de cordes qui joue The Nightmare Before Christmas sous le porche de la Cour carrée 💜 sauf qu’ils se sont mis un ampli et avec la réverb de la voûte ça fait de la bouillie 😡

Deux preppy bros en vadrouille rue des Petits carreaux, l’un qui beugle à l’autre un “Sick, dude!” sans ironie 🙄

I know this isn’t a very original observation but it sure would be nice if you could hold your laptop on your lap without burning your thighs.

23 August


Remember when RSS was really good and let you easily aggregate your news instead of letting large corporations like Facebook, Apple, Google and News Corp, curate it for you?

You can still use RSS if you don’t what a corporation telling you what to read.


“Less than Half of Google Searches Now Result in a Click.”

Everyone creating websites, thanks for decades of making your content easy to process for us. We’ll take it from there, and keep the traffic and revenue.

IE “SEO” just made it easy for google to scrape. [twitter.com]


Errors in cellphone location evidence force Denmark to review 10,000 verdicts [theverge.com]


Working from archaeological remains, sculptor and archaeologist Oscar Nilsson reconstructs the faces of people who lived hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of years ago [kottke.org]


This thread is amazing. From “fed chair speech calms markets” to “Trump tweet causes huge market downturn” in a matter of hours. [twitter.com]

24 August


An extraordinary look at ordinary things. The World According To Jeff Goldblum. Original Series. Streaming November 12 only on Disney+.


I bought a copy of Hasbro’s mean-spirited and woefully ill-informed “MONOPOLY: SOCIALISM” board game so you don’t have to - a thread 1/

25 August

Killjoys 5x07–08 — 5/10

To Be Taught, If Fortunate (Becky Chambers) — 6/10

A good story, but the narrator’s voice never felt real to me.


Damn this is cool. And how wild that the rear projection effects of the 1930s–50s are coming back with a vengeance [youtube.com]


Damn this is cool. And how wild that the rear projection effects of the 1930s–50s are coming back with a vengeance [youtube.com]

26 August


In the village of Nashtifan, Iran, some of the oldest windmills in the world, with what may be the earliest windmill design in the world, still spin. Made of natural clay, straw, and wood, they have been milling grain for flour for an estimated 1,000 years [buff.ly]

Finally decided to play Death of the Outsider. I don’t remember the previous Dishonoreds giving me that much of a motion-sickness headache — but then I didn’t play those on a big-screen TV 😕

27 August


Years ago @lululululu69 introduced me to this idea: anything you do ironically will, in about a year, become part of your sincerely-held identity.

That idea has helped me so much in understanding the world since then, in clarifying how both humour and radicalization work.

28 August


The Briggs–Rauscher oscillating reaction is one of a small number of known oscillating chemical reactions [buff.ly] [source of the gif: [buff.ly]]

Toute première bouffée de ventoline cet après-midi, et en ressenti c’est comme si la température était tombée instantanément de cinq degrés 😲 Dire que j’aurais pu en avoir tout cet été si je n’avais pas annulé mon rendez-vous début juillet par flemme.

Maintenant j’écoute de la musique et pour la première fois depuis deux mois j’ai envie de danser 😭


Domestic abuse: Killers ‘follow eight-stage pattern’, study says

“We’ve been relying on the ‘crime of passion, spontaneous red-mist’ explanation [of killing] forever - and it’s just not true.”

Important development.


Et 70 minutes de sport alors que je n’avais pas eu l’énergie de bouger mon cul de tout l’été 🙌🙌🙌 Si ça se trouve, il est même possible que l’univers du jogging sur les quais s’ouvre à moi.


“Irrationalism also depends on the cult of action for action’s sake. Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation.”

-Umberto Eco, “Ur-Fascism” [twitter.com]


YouTube says stuff like this — shit they know to be false — to obscure what is plainly obvious: the company makes a ton of money off of hate speech. [twitter.com]

29 August


“What might have gone wrong with Georgia’s election? Look no further than voting machine #3.

On machine #3, GOP won every race. On the other 6 machines in that precinct, Dems won every race. The odds: less than 1 in 1 million.” @ajc

@staceyabrams @GovKemp


Pokémon Detective Pikachu — 7/10

I did not expect how much two human leads could be the weak link.

30 August

Well, good, now I’ve played Celeste for ten minutes and I’ll never start it again.

Damn you, Dropbox, why did you force me to switch to iCloud Drive.


Will this is a TIL that is totally awesome.

font-variant-numeric: tabular-nums;

~90% browser support 🤘


31 August


Vous avez déjà vu des anneaux d’air dans l’eau (comme on ait des anneaux de fumée) ?

C’est très cool.

Enfin, pour nous, à regarder.

Parce que si vous étiez une méduse, vous auriez sans doute un avis TRÈS différent !



This article conflates Apple’s stance on privacy with security vulnerability. Basically arguing you can’t trust them on privacy because of security bugs.

Instead of informing readers tech media increasingly looks for ways to cast big tech as villains. Sad [techcrunch.com]


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