23 août

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

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.

14 août

Le tiroir à poubelles de la cuisine est motorisé, alors je groupe mes déchets pour ne pas trop le déranger #animisme #pareidolie

13 août

Cat be all, hey, you got two hands, why you petting me with just one?

It looks so quaint to us when we see, in an American show or movie, the chief of police working for, and answering to, the town’s mayor. It’s like a sheriff in the Wild West! Except Ferguson is the other side of that coin, and then it’s not so quaint anymore.

Even when “clarifying” whether Rise of the Tomb Raider is a timed exclusivity, Phil Spencer still muddies the waters — note how he liberally mixes usages of “the game” vs. “the franchise” so that you can’t quite tell if a version of Rise is gonna come out on PlayStation, or just ulterior games in the franchise.

I guess he wouldn’t need to be purposefully obscure if Microsoft did have perpetual exclusivity on Rise of the Tomb Raider itself, but… damn, fuck PR speak, and fuck Microsoft for making me parse announcements like a lawyer.

Ca fait un mois que je ne suis pas sorti danser et les Instagram du Circuit Festival me donnent des poussées d’agoraphobie. My life is over.

Ca fait une éternité que je n’ai pas vu un film d’épouvante. Je crois que je suis tombé petit dans la marmite et je ne vois plus l’intérêt.

I don’t play scary games, but that “P. T.” thing is really well done, and has lovely visuals (as simple as the setting may be). You shouldn’t expect me to buy the game it’s teasing, though.

Also, I feel like I got stuck on a bug after I died, blocking any further progression, but… it would be hard to tell, wouldn’t it. No matter — the idea that a bug forced me to quit suits me just fine, thanks.

12 août

There may be benefits after all to storing the food, and eating, in a separate room from where you spend your day.

“Paul McCartney Scores ‘Destiny’ Video Game”

What do you do when Activision’s money is burning a hole in your pocket?

I don’t get it. For Tomb Raider to be excusive to the Xbox One, Microsoft must have paid roughly as much as the game would have earned on PS4 and PC, right? (In part directly to Square Enix’s bank account, in part as a marketing commitment.) I can’t imagine the game will ever be enough of a system seller to justify the investment — especially when half the fan base will profoundly resent everyone involved.

This reeks of a panic move. “We need exclusives! Our IPs are waning and we don’t have any new ones coming! SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!”

“Youpi, mon iPhone a chargé un nouveau podcast pour me changer les idées avant de dormir—oh, il est enregistré avec les pieds, inécoutable.”

I am rather horrified by how quickly my brain relearned all the Minesweeper patterns — even though I hadn’t played in a decade.

11 août

Ah, donc dans Paris intra-muros les Monoprix ferment à 21h mais tous les autres supermarchés sont restés sur 22h. That makes sense.

10 août

An actual Populous successor made with that tech would have been awesome, and a commercial success, and… it would surely have earned much less money than Godus will end up making.

9 août

I don’t know why I’m still playing Godus on iPad but I do know this: Sir Peter Molyneux has 100% turned to the dark side of the Force.

8 août

Though a bit fiddly, Godus makes such obvious sense on iPad that it’s clear releasing it on the PC at all was basically a Kickstarter con.

Touch Racing 2 for iPad is hardly the game of the year, but has the cleverest control scheme for controlling RC vehicles. And good physics.

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