31 mar. 2012

30 mar.

And it's only occurring to me now that I wouldn't need to always keep my iPad on mute if I just silenced the notifications themselves.

 

My iPad's battery hadn't gotten such a regular workout in a long time #drawsomething

 

Let's have a petition for Zynga to use its blood money to license the drawing engine from Paper by FiftyThree into Draw Something.

 

Not sure if I'm becoming properly insomniac or it's just too damn hot in here. And it's not even April yet.

 

29 mar.

I love the way you can try out new tools in Paper before buying them. And it's impossible not to buy the whole bundle, because they're amazing.

 

Il y a une Z4 en vente sur la route d'Avranches. Du coup, j'hésite sur mes priorités, entre ça et l'iPad 3.

 

"Et un Spray…pax. Non. Spregal. NON ! NON ! Derma-Spray, voilà, un Derma-Spray."

 

Been struggling for years to choose a memorable keyboard shortcut for locking my screen and only today thought of setting up Ctrl-Alt-Del.

 

Ah ouais, tiens, mes cronjobs quotidiens se déclenchent toutes les minutes de 01:00 à 02:00.

 

28 mar.

When you're tempted to pick a one-coin word because you've already drawn the other two successfully. #drawsomething

 

Choose a word, start drawing… NOPE. Home screen, kill application. #drawsomething

 

Not sure why I bothered drawing Hong Kong, it's impossible not to guess from the letters alone. #drawsomething

 

Le jour où Draw Something permet de tweeter ses dessins, vous avez intérêt à avoir un client Twitter qui permet d'ignorer certains tags.

 

27 mar.

At least once I'm done eating all the chocolate there won't be any temptation left. Coincidentally I need to go to the supermarket tomorrow.

 

I like Mondays: when you want to procrastinate, you can reopen your RSS reader every hour and there are always new articles. Oh. It's Tuesday.

 

My day hasn't started until I've had real breakfast. So if I only eat candy all day I never have to start working!

 

“Ex-OMGPOP Employee: I Believe That Zynga Is Evil”

It's funny because Draw Something is a nickel-and-diming ersatz of Charadium.

 

When the iPad can keep CPU+LTE running for more than 24 hours, you've got to wonder if the Retina screen is worth the cost on battery life.

 

The cat is simultaneously begging to be petted and afraid to be near me because I might try to lock her out of my room for the night.

 

26 mar.

Je réalise que je devrais répondre aux gens qui contactent le webmaster en disant juste "salut" mais je ne pourrais qu'être — au mieux — condescendant.

 

Ok, Draw Something est probablement le jeu le plus drôle du monde quand la personne en face bute sur l'orthographe d'un mot.

 

It's not even April and I'm already stewing.

 

I bought extra frying pans so I wouldn't have to do the dishes so often, but forgot I only have three bowls to mix the eggs in.

 

I feel like Draw Something is gonna reveal to the world (or at least my contacts) that I'm an idiot after all.

 

Pas cool de me mettre un changement d'heure dans la face alors que j'étais déjà en plein jet-lag.

 

25 mar.

Damn, this week's Fringe episode is the grossest they've been in quite a while. And the Nina scene was great, and the rest as well.

 

24 mar.

Les loyers parisiens ont l'air d'être presque redevenus normaux pour le printemps.

 

23 mar.

Comment on fait, quand on veut acheter sur internet quelque chose qu'Amazon ne vend pas ?

 

Who puts CDs in their stereos anymore? There's no excuse for a videogame soundtrack to be limited to 70 minutes nowadays.

 

Ah mais c'est pas mal, le "versus" de SensCritique, surtout l'idée de la section "Seuls contre tous."

 

Days are so unfathomably long when you start them at 8am.

 

22 mar.

La dictature de la commune impose les sacs poubelle transparents, maintenant. (Mais toujours pas de collecte des recyclables, mind you.)

 

“Keep Calm And Carry On”

What, there was a time when governments didn't try to encourage panic and fear?

 

Dentiste à neuf heures du matin de la nuit. S'il avait dégainé la roulette j'étais tout prêt à tomber dans les pommes.

 

“Design case study: iPad to Windows 8 Metro style app”

None of these UI concepts is intuitive or even discoverable.

 

21 mar.

Draw Something is such a perfect fit for Zynga: it's not a game. The best way for both players to win is to cheat together.

 

I just set my alarm to 7:50am. My iPhone assumed it must have been stolen and started blaring a horn.

 

Comme si je n'avais pas assez de mal à dormir avec ma dent, voilà les oiseaux qui draguent sous mes fenêtres. Censées être du double vitrage.

 

Hugo [Cabret] — All the artifice of Amélie with very little of the charm. And yellow lips. But it's incredible that the automaton is real.

 

20 mar.

Quelqu'un peut m'expliquer Draw Something ? Parce que le concept du Pictionary à un contre un, ça me paraît suprêmement absurde.

 

Et ensuite tu te dis que le seul dentiste de Granville à avoir une place dans la semaine est forcément un arracheur de dents.

 

Quand tu laisses traîner un mal de dents jusqu'au point de rupture et tu découvres que les dentistes du 50 sont tous bookés jusqu'à juillet.

 

19 mar.

Not liking the new layout of Pinterest profile pages. More confusing than convenient.

 

It's slowly sinking in tonight that I'll never ever chat with Garrus or Liara again. Sniff. Could use a hug.

 

18 mar.

The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3, the making-of on iPad, confirms they had no clue how to end their story until the last minute. Amateurish.

 

Mass Effect 3 ending videos

So you can fuck up and have a really bad ending. But they're all way too similar indeed.

 

The problem with the ending may well be that it's a sci-fi geek's ending, while Bioware did all they could to make the franchise mainstream.

 

And I'm glad we're back to Faunts for the end credits.

 

But overall it was somewhat fitting and, dare I say, a satisfying end to the trilogy. No, really.

 

I'm not quite sure what I chose in the Mass Effect 3 ending — made a poor job of conveying the meaning, I felt.

 

17 mar.

Looks like I should have mentioned the limited Retina update in the new Uniconsole's release notes, to get approved faster. (Unless they just look at whether there's a @2x launch screen, which I haven't made.)

 

16 mar.

I can't believe Mass Effect 3 has Tron-looking puzzle levels. Was there a particularly popular keynote about them at GDC two years ago?

 

So far, really enjoying Mass Effect 3. Only disappointed by how much my Shepard speaks without giving me a chance to alter his tone.

 

15 mar.

I didn't care about $AAPL when it was low, I don't congratulate myself when it's up. Filed under evidence that I'm not a fanboy.

 

Woke my Mac up and Sparrow, which I'd left as a sidebar-less single column, was suddenly full-width, preview pane and all. Nope.

 

As for the iPhone version, you just can't use an app that isn't the one which opens when you select a notification. I tried with Twitter.

 

Maybe it's silly that what's making me reconsider Sparrow is the ability to hide the Tweetie-like sidebar, but that's how it is.

 

The making of Sparrow

Sparrow (for Mac) makes a lot more sense to me when explained by its developer. Might give it another try.

 

14 mar.

Agonizing over the Liara flirt lines, every time. But I just can't bring myself to select them. We've grown apart, haven't we.

 

I'm sure there's a reason for Apple not to buy or build its own assembly lines and component factories, but I can't figure out what it is.

 

Stephen Wolfram's personal analytics

Now that's a geek's geek. Wish I had the same data but can't be bothered.

 

Sony smartphone detects hover

The world would be different (not necessarily better) if that tech'd been available to Apple in 2007.

 

The switch from Gears of War encounters to Team Fortress in single-player Mass Effect is a bit jarring, but not really in a negative way.

 

I only want to romance Freddie Prinze Jr., or maybe the Asari dancing behind the bar at Purgatory. Doesn't look like either is an option.

 

13 mar.

Je ne sais pas ce qui m'arrive depuis une semaine, je n'arrête pas de mal orthographié des participes passer.

 

Je dois réécrire les descriptions de toutes mes apps pour rentrer dans le nouveau layout du site de Dendrocom. #environdemourir

 

Zut, non seulement leurs conneries de vidéos sur le site de l'iPad me font ramer, mais il n'y a plus non plus de PNG pré-détouré à piquer, du coup.

 

And here is Shepard, witnessing entire worlds being annihilated while whining "But Earth! Earth is the most important!"

Disgusting.

 

Sure, it helps that they're depicting the final conflict, but still, they've made great strides in the fucking-whoa department.

 

So far, I'd say the Turian homeworld's environment is several orders of magnitude better than anything from the previous two Mass Effects.

 

Wow. At least they've finally made the locations feel really epic this time. #masseffect3

 

Dendrocom

Conception graphique, réalisation en HTML et PHP.

 

12 mar.

I'm redesigning the Dendrocom site and saying "Screw you IE6, enjoy the white borders around all my PNGs, I don't give a shit anymore."

 

11 mar.

Watching ME2:Arrival on YouTube in preparation for ME3. I'm so glad I didn't buy it, and sorrier yet I ever played any Mass Effect at all.

 

Cancelling back from the filters screen all the way to the Instagram home screen, go through three cancel buttons in three different places.

 

Tsk, tsk. Pinterest refuses to send an RSS feed to my PHP script unless I fake the user agent.

 

I've just generated an SQL file with 15,000 lines of "DELETE FROM CHAT WHERE PROFILE_ID1=…". I don't quite dare load it into Sequel Pro.

 

I'm taking my Ctrl-P shortcut away from Google+ and giving it to Pinterest. #2012

 

Interesting choice: Pinterest doesn't suggest people to follow when you sign up, it just adds them for you and offers to unfollow them.

 

What's that disease called, where you can't help but add double or triple negations to everything you say?

 

10 mar.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes — The apes are amazing, but that movie is dumb as hell and Franco's a terribly bad choice.

 

This week's Archer episode must be the funniest thing I've watched this year. Fantastic season they're having.

 

I have to reboot my printer between each document. Go figure. #samsung

 

Found a cool concept for my first iPhone game / interactive story; just need to have actual game ideas to flesh it out now.

 

9 mar.

C'est quoi cette dictature fasciste où les éboueurs refusent de prendre mes poubelles parce qu'il y a des bouteilles en plastique dedans ?

 

Comment ça, ça sert à rien de rafraîchir la page de suivi Colissimo toutes les dix minutes à quatre heures du matin ?

 

I'd love for Readability to stop trying to be too clever with the article titles; I never know what half the articles in my list are about.

 

8 mar.

I Am Alive has a bunch of interesting ideas, but it's damn annoying to play. Stamina was handled much better in Shadow of the Colossus.

 

I was this close to buying Warp, then I got to the part where you must run away and the enemy's way too fast. Screw that.

 

The Binary Domain demo plays a lot better than I expected. Filing this under "when it's in the bargain bin" (which should be soon enough).

 

Wow, 400MB? It's time to delete iMovie from my iPhone.

 

In Saints Row 3, I never feel like I'm in a real city. Not sure if it's the city's fault or just because you get everything from the start.

 

7 mar.

“Parks And Recreation shot two different season finales”

I don't really watch that show for suspense. Do you?

 

The iOS update server is also unavailable now. I should probably take the hint, play it safe and wait a couple days before updating.

 

Well, the rumor mills have done it again. Apple introduced a Retina iPad, yet I'm disappointed because it doesn't have haptic feedback.

 

I figured that calling it "the new iPad" precluded keeping the iPad 2 as an entry point, but no, they're not afraid of making no sense.

 

I don't care how much prettier the new iPad makes Infinity Blade, it still doesn't have sticks and buttons.

 

The iPhone 4s's camera shooting 1080p with the overall heft of an iPad and an integrated 10-inch preview screen, now that's filmmaking material.

 

Every time I open the Readability app I want to throw out all the work I've done on my RSS reader's interface.

 

Dear tech blog: if you're rushing to post articles with only a title and "Developing…", you're an asshole and I will burn your place down.

 

"Live coverage begins in your local timezone at: Wednesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm" — gdgt showing once more how it's done.

 

ME3 War Assets

Not canceling my order because I "need" to see the end, but it's probably the last Bioware game I ever buy. Too much user-hostile crap.

 

6 mar.

Même avec le port, ça me coûte 5 € de moins de commander Mass Effect sur amazon.co.uk que la VF en France. Cherchez l'erreur.

 

So… Mass Effect 3 comes out today in the U.S., I guess it's time to unplug the internet until I get it.

 

Chaleurs finies, le chat réclame toujours des caresses, juste maintenant elle mord et griffe quand elles les obtient.

 

American Horror Story's returning actors

Hard to complain about any of them, even if they're playing it too safe.

 

5 mar.

I've tried putting some linen in my new app where it made sense, for consistency's sake, but no matter what I do it's just too ugly.

 

Does the Dropbox app for iPad really not let you view an image full-screen? How am I supposed to check my interface mockups?

 

My name idea for the next app is so good that the domain name is available, even though it's just two simple words. Wait. Maybe I meant bad.

 

4 mar.

Damn you, UTF-32. Damn all your bytes to hell.

 

Wish I knew what put me in such a productive, optimistic mood today. All I did differently yesterday was eat sautéed mussels & lose the lottery.

 

Last night I used my home-made Google Reader client for iPad for the first time in months, and I realized I like it again.

 

Damnit, I'd really like someone to tell me where I misplaced my old Beware The Frog scripts. Don't wanna relearn ImageMagick from scratch.

 

Today for the first time in my life I've defined an object class in PHP.

 

Sérieusement, il y a deux apps de signalement de radars dans le top 10 français des apps iPhone ?

 

3 mar.

Taking out my Twitter page's background. Really can't stand having it show up for ten seconds every time I go to someone else's page.

 

An otter is like a chibi cat.

 

From an article about NoSQL:

First, we should note that SQL and relational model in general were designed long time ago to interact with the end user. This user-oriented nature had vast implications: […] No one can expect human users to explicitly control concurrency, integrity, consistency, or data types validity. That’s why SQL pays a lot of attention to transactional guaranties, schemas, and referential integrity.

I had always wondered about that, and it never occurred to me that SQL could have been designed primarily for end users. So it does make sense that, when accessing my database from PHP, I feel no need to use stuff like foreign keys constraints in the schema itself, for instance.

(Can’t vouch for the rest of the article, still haven’t read it. It’s long, and I have to be in a more open and productive state of mind to appreciate what it’s offering.)

 

Le piège des mini Kit-Kat : puisque tu ne vas de toute façon pas en manger qu'un, pourquoi ne pas en manger douze d'un coup ?

 

Hey, Facebook: if you want people to use Pages as their main PR hub, how about you stop compressing images so horribly?

 

2 mar.

Si l'iPad 3 est haptique à coups de décharges électriques, je vais avoir besoin d'une chambre à Paris dans dix jours, parce que je veux toucher ça.

 

Must say, if the game actually had you climbing trees, it could well be awesome.

 

Assassin's Creed III Screenshots

I thought I was kidding when I said I looked forward to killing bears and cougars.

 

De passage à Smallville. Que de commerces ! On ne réalise ce qu'on avait que quand on l'a perdu.

 

The App Store front page seems to consistently crash my iPad. The 25-billion countdown, presumably. Nicely done, Apple QA.

 

1 mar.

I love having a Readability bookmarklet that sends articles to my Kindle, but I wish they were automatically archived in my Reading List.

 

I'd really like to know what Instagram does that it can have the upload progress bar slowly reach completion, then tell me "Failed."

 

I intended to have completed a lot more work before Mass Effect 3 came out.

 

Ah, tap the article to show the toolbar. So, two taps as well. Still worse than Instapaper, though, because the animation adds a delay.

 

Well, scratch that. The UX to archive a document after reading it is even more cumbersome in Readability than Instapaper's stupid popup. FFS, there are TWO things you do most often in a read-later app: 1) read; 2) archive.

 

Anyway I'm glad someone's finally doing the read-later thing mostly right, so people will stop overlooking how flawed the Instapaper app is.

 

How does the Readability app access my Twitter account without OAuth? (It's not using the iOS 5 account either, there would be a system prompt.)

 

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