31 déc. 2010

Got the kitty song from Big Bang Theory stuck in my head. Feel free to kill me at any convenient time.

 

If your iPad app's content is jumping from one pane of the UISplitViewController to the other, you're doing it wrong. #alienblue

 

30 déc.

The last three people I haven't unfollowed will please pick up the slack and fill my timeline with interesting stuff. Much obliged.

 

L'appli "12 jours" offre un roman de Marc Lévy, donc j'ai mis mon iPad à la poubelle. Les éboueurs passent vers 19h si ça vous intéresse.

 

Polar bears destroying cameras

Plush toy still wins against high-tech toy.

 

Nine years

…and they're still much younger than me. Fuck.

 

28 déc.

There's nothing more satisfying than dropping an enemy with one well-placed bullet and I don't get why they'd still deprive us of that.

 

Watching a video of Uncharted 3 gameplay, I just don't understand why they're sticking with the bullet sponges. Does anyone ever enjoy that?

 

I wish they found a way to do Top Gear without having to pretend it's not scripted. Can't help but feel a little insulted.

 

27 déc.

Call of Duty: Black Ops — As a single-player game, rather lame. Not just short (and half of it cutscenes), but often actively annoying.

 

Essentially, Aronofsky hijacked the script of a decent Lifetime movie and turned it into pretentious shit. But then I also hate Kubrick.

 

Copying and pasting three months' worth of gospels into a PHP form. My life has taken a wrong turn somewhere.

 

Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol — That was sweet but as a geek I can't stop obsessing about how I thought they broke the rules of time travel.
Rules that I may have imagined, as I can't find any confirmation online.

 

Black Swan — That was… pointless? Entirely over-directed for something so minor. Like a film student's first-year short.

 

25 déc.

Looks like everybody in the house is getting a stomach flu for Christmas. Hurrah!

 

Surpris du nombre de gens sur Twitter qui ouvrent leurs cadeaux le 25 à midi.

 

24 déc.

"Luc Besson is directing The Lady, an epic love story about the heroine of Burma’s democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi." SRSLY.

 

Right now I should be on the train going to my parents'. Instead of having been there for more than a year.

 

23 déc.

Note for future reference: the trailer for Off the Map looks bad enough that I don't intend to watch the pilot.

 

Misfits 2.07 — Way to ruin a great season with a bullshit idea, just because you want to switch your show bible around.

 

I'm seriously proud of having gotten the Human Stopwatch trophy (regularity across 3 laps) in #GT5 on my first day with the steering wheel.

 

22 déc.

Tiens, pour le prix de mon volant je pourrais me payer un stage de pilotage de Porsche sur circuit à une heure d'ici.

 

Gran Turismo 5 is a completely different game with a steering wheel, and by god I suck at it.

 

Well, since my steering wheel isn't here yet, I'm gonna download the Starcraft 2 demo. That'll learn them.

 

21 déc.

Damn good thing I don't have a PC, because I'd be emptying my bank account on the seasonal Steam sales.

 

20 déc.

Grah, la livraison des colis lagge à Noël.

 

BBC - Dimensions

"Dimensions takes important places, events and things, and overlays them onto a map of where you are."

 

19 déc.

If IMDb's gonna make me register, they could at least remember what films I've seen so I can see at a glance "Where do I know her from?"

 

18 déc.

I'm surprised by how much more usable Flipboard became in the latest update. The interface for reading articles is now rather pleasant.

 

17 déc.

Comment je n'ai pas plus d'argent que ça sur mon compte, moi ? C'te manie de tout dépenser…

 

TweetMag for iPad finally out

Nonplussed at the moment; maybe when it becomes less sluggish.

 

Word Lens for iPhone

It's probably not all that reliable but you absolutely must play with the free demo.

 

16 déc.

Ma résolution pour 2011 : faire du sport au moins une fois dans l'année.

 

15 déc.

Personne que je suive sur Twitter n'a encore reçu d'avertissement Hadopi, alors ?

 

Contrairement aux cas où je fais du déjà-su, je crois que je viens de réaliser vraiment pour la première fois le sens du nom "Destop."

 

14 déc.

The Princess Bride — Whatever the reason why I'd forgotten all about this movie, I'm glad I got to rediscover it.

 

Je viens de casser une tasse que j'avais achetée un jour. C'est le genre de signe qui vous fait changer votre vie.

 

Argh, it's 10.6.5

"It renders Photoshop more or less useless, as all tools behave as if a modifier key was held down"

(See link for workarounds.)

 

Amazon Windowshop is now available in France and by god how can anyone care to use such a laggy interface?

 

13 déc.

Dexter 5.12 — Uh. All the scenes without Jordan Chase (who was impressive) felt like they were from another show than this whole season.

 

Worse photo of me ever, courtesy of the goddamn freezing cold.

 

Hrm, est-ce que je me rase pour faire le Photomaton de ma carte Vitale…

 

Every time I see "Married to Jane Doe" on a John Doe's Facebook page, my first reaction is—he's married to his sister? #gaytto

 

12 déc.

I'm out of space on the 750GB drive I use to store all my incoming downloads. (I'm a pack rat.) It's so time for a Drobo.

 

11 déc.

Je m'étais juré de ne jamais retoucher à CDiscount, mais ils ont le Driving Force GT à 90€ et il a en fait bien des (pseudo) paddles, donc… hop.

 

Last time I checked the date it was the 8th. I'm in a hurry to get to Exmas but not if my work isn't progressing in the meantime, damnit.

 

Dunno why, but I have nice hair this month. Must be the reason I've felt tired; all my energy's been going into the follicles.

 

10 déc.

Fringe is having a great end run. You would never have thought, watching the first season, that it could ever become that good.

 

Twitter was right, Community's Christmas episode must have been the most awesome thing on TV in 2010.

 

Oh, nice, I've screwed up a page on NoPic a week ago, thinking I was modifying a script on my client's site.

 

On second thought, I should buy some cardboard boxes, metallic wrapping paper + bows, and nail big fake presents to the wall above my desk.

 

I had to download the iTunes Connect documentation PDF to find out where they'd hidden the option to generate promo codes. Nice UI.

 

Can we do Christmas now? I'm bored and I don't feel like waiting. (No, I'm not getting anything special. Just feel like seeing presents.)

 

9 déc.

"Needs more cowbell and PowerPoint gradients."

 

Demotivation is an email from your client.

 

8 déc.

"Year in Review 2010." For a split second I thought it was a gag video pretending to be from the future.

 

The Nexus Two's minisite right out of apple.com, the Chrome OS netbook looking like a black MacBook… Google's not even pretending anymore.

 

7 déc.

Google Books Whale Fail

Cute and clever, but do you really want your gimmick to be a reference to a semi-competitor?

 

Ngmoco's new We Pirate (a.k.a. Adventure Bay) looks very pretty. Too bad I've decided to boycott them. Must. Resist. Just forget it exists.

 

RT @rands: “Engineers aren't bitter -- they're informed.”

 

6 déc.

Tiens, j'ai oublié de noter sur Sens Critique les derniers films que j'ai vus. Plouf, le réseau social.

 

Doesn't Diaspora end up being more of a threat — uh, scratch that, I mean an also-ran competitor — to Twitter than to Facebook?

 

Wouldn't mid-December be a really weird time to launch the Mac App Store? Yes, Apple is running out of unoccupied months, but come on.

 

Why are clients systematically unable to remember passwords? It's like a disease.

 

I like Skitch's new official $0 price point, and the more subdued interface (though it's still trying too much to be special). Re-installed.

 

My iPad just made the weirdest noise, like plastic parts loudly snapping into place. I'm preparing for a battery explosion.

 

I like how Facebook made the new profile rollout kind of a viral game.

 

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole — Damn annoying. Way too grim for kids, and boring for adults. But pretty, I guess.

 

5 déc.

Misfits 2.03 — I'm glad they figured out a way to give him different stuff to do. And to get him naked. A lot.

 

Did they cheat on this week's Vampire Diaries previouslies? Finally justified the curse thing; had those lines been cut or did I miss them?

 

Je me suis blessé avec une barre Kinder. C'est traître.

 

4 déc.

Friendly for iPad, which basically embeds Facebook's mobile webapp, wasn't worth buying, but at $0 with ads now I definitely recommend it.

 

RT @jack: “Email is manageable when you simplify it to two actions: "act on" or "remove from my view." I wish our email clients reflected that.”

 

Fringe 3.08 may just have been cool enough to make up for the fact that we're supposed to accept Peter didn't… you know.

 

"Nurburgring Nordschleife Gran Turismo 5 vs Real"

My hands are sweaty and cramping just watching this.

 

And Fanatec finally has a new Xbox+PS3 wheel

But it's 250€ and they have the worst reputation as for reliability.

 

3 déc.

First time I open Tarot Royale on my iPad, and even zoomed it looked pretty nice. Gotta get off my ass and make an actual HD version.

 

Maintenant que je sais qu'Amazon a un rayon rasoirs électriques… tête de rechange, ou nouveau rasoir juste pour changer ?

 

RT @sween: “When I'm dead, I'm going to haunt offices and say, "OooOoo... why are you using your mouse?... hit Control-C... you're taking forever..."”

 

2 déc.

“Nürburgring - Wikipedia”

While it is unusual for deaths to occur during sanctioned races, there are many accidents and several deaths each year during public sessions. It is common for the track to be closed several times a day for cleanup, repair, and medical intervention. While track management does not publish any official figures, several regular visitors to the track have used police reports to estimate the number of fatalities at somewhere between 3 and 12 in a full year.

Emphasis mine. Niiice. (No wonder, when you see the track.)

 

“The failure of Gran Turismo 5: the power of menus and UI”

Imagine a restaurant where you wait for your table in a dirty room. The hostess is rude to you, and the process of ordering food or even getting a reservation is confusing. You’re having a bad experience well before you’re eating, and now the chef is going to have to work much harder to satisfy a grumpy customer. Like all metaphors, this is imperfect, but the lesson remains: a great game is a great experience, and the interface is a large part of creating that experience.

I was very impressed by Forza 3’s menu system when it came out, by how streamlined it had become (when the previous game was a bit cumbersome). In fact, Forza 3 is a better game in a lot of ways, and its developers must be suicidal when they compare it to Gran Turismo 5 and realize that what is really holding them back is that there is no remotely decent wheel for the Xbox 360.

And now, instead of a good wheel, they have to support Kinect for their next version. Argh.

 

Ta-dah, all gold on beginner and amateur series in GT5, all assists off (but with overpowered cars on some of the races, obviously).

 

“Flipboard’s Big Update: This is an iPad Mag Done Right”

When readers tap content from [partnering] publishers shared by friends on Twitter or Facebook within the Flipboard app, they’re now taken to this new [custom-designed] magazine-like reading experience instead of a traditional Web page. And for publishers, the result of the tap is the same as a Web hit on their end.

That’s a really good idea (Flipboard’s other* big drawback is that you have to open each text-based article in a web view because the app itself will only display a pretty short excerpt) on one condition: that it’s easy for websites to partner with Flipboard so that anyone can supply its own stylesheets. If it stays reserved for select high-profile partners, it doesn’t really help the end user.

 

(* the other drawback being the lack of anything that could be called an "interestingness" algorithm, as I’ve already complained about several times.)

 

P.S. Okay, it’s now online and… just ridiculous. No simplification of the workflow, no improvements to the interface, just a full-screen browser that appears in replacement of the usual full-screen browser. Urgh.

 

Reeder for Mac is definitely a worthy alternative to the web interface, but it doesn't really add anything beyond the pretty.

 

Well, I finally found one person who appreciates the way my Google Reader client for iPad works. Philistines.

 

Goddamn piece-of-shit "realistic" game keeps re-enabling traction control. No wonder I find my Ferrari easy to drive.

 

1 déc.

So you can't just let GT5's B-Spec mode farm itself in the background, you gotta be there to press the "Chill out!" button every 10 seconds.

 

I'm suddenly in a mood to unsubscribe from The Event, so let's not waste it — done. Not worth the headaches.

 

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