30 août

10/10, would dream that dream again.

29 août

I have poor eyesight so I wouldn’t know, but is anyone really bothered by the pixels on an iPhone’s anti-aliased graphics?

RT @jamesthomson: Interesting… UIImage on iOS 8b5 will load a @3x image in preference to an @2x one, even on a @2x device. Not so on iOS 7. Bug, but also hmm…

I’m listening to a podcast of people playing a D&D campaign and I totally wanna do it, too.

28 août

RT @reneritchie: Reminder: This is when Apple’s graphic design department breaks open the adult beverages and laughs silly over invite tea-leaf reading.

27 août

Ahh, apparently Twitter Analytics doesn’t count impressions in third-party clients. Fine for brands, not so much for geeky users. (Also not great for end users: Analytics doesn’t give a fuck about the stuff you retweet.)

RT @foresmac: Wow—all those sweet photos in the IKEA catalog are just rendered 3D scenes. [cgsociety.org]

26 août

I can’t quite decide whether I had already watched the assembly cut of Alien 3. Either way, I still love that movie, dodgy CG and all.

25 août

Sidenote: I was annoyed last week by the way The Leftovers turned *** into a cackling villain, but this episode actually managed to justify it pretty well.

Does HBO donate to suicide hotlines in order to offset The Leftovers’ depression footprint?

I’m not saying it will be missed when it’s inevitably cancelled, but Extant is not nearly as bad as you’d assume from the clichéd premise.

24 août

Pour une fois que j’avais une idée de jeu iOS dont je pouvais faire les règles, les graphismes, et l’app… je ne sais pas faire le serveur.

D’un côté, le nouveau “jardin” des Halles est complètement déprimant. De l’autre, on peut le traverser à une heure du matin. Choices.

Je rentre chez moi avec mon écharpe et ma bronchite, devinez où j’ai passé mes vacances d’août. Hint : je n’ai pas fait de ski.

23 août

I wasn’t thrilled with this season of Korra, but that was a great finale. (I’ve tweeted the same thing every year, haven’t I?)
A discussion on Twitter clarified why: I enjoyed spending time with The Last Airbender’s major characters, even when there was no action, whereas the entirety of Korra’s cast is annoying, so the show is only fun when big story moments happen. Jinora is pretty much the only exception, but she is more of a plot device than a developed character.

RT @Izual_: Sinon, Dishonored à 3,74€ sur Steam et gratos ce week-end, si vous ne l’essayez pas je vous tabasse. Bien cordialement.

I feel like at this time last year I had grown much more accepting of iOS 7’s design than I have today of Yosemite’s. Am I misremembering?

22 août

Didn’t think the Walking Dead comic could still pull of an “oh shit” moment at this stage. Wonder where it is going from here.

21 août

RT @Jaimes: Finally, see through solar panels. Now windows can be energy sources. [sciencedaily.com][pic.twitter.com]

I’m not sure anymore whether The Leftovers is about cults or werewolves. But, hey, it’s fun. (Well, not “fun” fun, clearly.)

You’re Jon Snow in TV’s Game of Thrones. Hollywood is yours for the taking. You choose… a fucking gladiator movie by Paul W.S. Anderson.

20 août

J’ai dû manger presque équilibré ces temps-ci, les m&m’s crispy sont complètement écoeurants. Alors je me force à finir pour me réhabituer.

RT @monkbent: All of my wife’s friends switched from iPhone to Android for the bigger screens. Every single one intends on buying the iPhone 6.

Google Photo Sphere is really impressive. I’m not gonna post a picture of my bedroom on Google Maps, so why don’t you try it for yourself instead.

Brazilian judge tells Apple and Google to pull Secret from people’s devices Oops, I don’t think anyone envisioned that when they both announced that their App Stores had remote kill-switches.

I have a vague recollection that my main gripe with Mailbox was its lack of a desktop counterpart, making it useless since I do almost none of my email handling on iOS.

It’s ironic that the Mac version is coming out now that I’ve switched my main e-mail away from Gmail. Damnit.

Matthew Weiner is on this week’s Nerdist. He’s really smart and really funny and I shouldn’t be surprised at all, but I always assume the worst about people.

Paul Rudd… is a superhero now?! I know there will eventually exist more Marvel franchises than recognizable actors, but still.

18 août

RT @anildash: Lifehack: Turn a 5-minute task into a months-long ordeal by stressing out over it & avoiding thinking about it except right before bedtime.

RT @FliDiFlouFliFla: Quand quelqu’un me plaît en boîte, à 3h du mat’ après 5 vodkas j’y vais, j’y vais pas, surtout: rester naturel! [pic.twitter.com]

“Twitter’s Latest Experiment Puts Favorites in the Timeline”

Can a social service ever resist its fear of stagnation? It’s like the entire industry learned the wrong lesson from the death of MySpace.

Un plan cul ? Oh, tu es mignon, mais je ne peux pas, là, je ne peux pas lâcher le démineur sur mon iPad.

It just occurred to me that the parts of Guardians of the Galaxy I didn’t like remind me of The Fifth Element. It makes sense then that most of the audience would enjoy the movie better than I did.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

That was a tough movie to evaluate, because for once I had completely fallen for the online buzz. There were some perfectly credible people out there comparing this movie to the original Star Warses and… well, if it’s not exactly false, that’s more of a frustrating commentary of how modern cinema has lost its sense of fun and wonder than it is an accurate description of Guardians.

So the movie’s clever and pretty and overall more than enjoyable, but when trying to decide on a rating I ended up with the realization: it’s not memorable at all, is it. The characters certainly are, but memorable characters make for a good TV show, not a blockbuster movie. The action is utterly forgettable — especially the final set piece, which could be done in any other Marvel movie has been done in every other Marvel movie. Locations are varied and mostly well designed, but poorly exploited. (Inspired by the Star Wars comparisons, I kept wishing the action were shown in wider shots.) And, most of all, I felt that the movie suffered from how cartoonish all its antagonists were. It looked like the script had always dreamed of being a space fantasy epic when it grew up, but the movie reluctantly ended up stuck with its comic-book roots. Bottom line, Lee Pace and Benicio del Toro did not belong in the same movie as the protagonists. Even though two of them were a raccoon and a tree.

Speaking of Lee Pace, that was a body double for his first scene, riiiight?

17 août

RT @edyong209: If you buy the Gilmore Girls box set, you get a book that’s a glossary of all their references. It’s amazing.

16 août

Realized after the fact that Godus had turned me into an unwitting genocidal monster. I would have loved if an actual game had done that.

Instantanément je regrette d’avoir descendu les escaliers vers Paris Plage.

I just realized while reading an article about dog training that dogs are actually the first programmable robots we created.

15 août

How cool would it be if the 12-inch MacBook Air was also an iPad Pro? Not dual-booting: both OSes running at all times, sharing the battery.

A new gameplay video for Far Cry 4 shows you “fighting alongside a mythical white tiger in the spiritual world of Shangri-La” so… I think the meme would say “your argument is invalid.”

It’s still not going to be a preorder for me, though, because I’m terribly worried about the writing, what with the narrative director shitting on the previous game’s story only to introduce an effete-but-totally-heterosexual sociopathic villain ripped right out of 1970s cinema. But I’ll have my Amazon order ready as soon as the reviews come out.

By the way, Far Cry 3’s writer, Jeffrey Yohalem, is interviewed in this month’s Gay Times (to promote Child of Light). There isn’t much of note in the article; I’m just always happy to verify that my gaydar is properly calibrated. Also, I found out he’s responsible for the… uh, affective tension? between Ezio and Da Vinci, which makes me like him even more.


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