I like French, comics, books, podcasts, (board and roleplaying) games, biking, and trains. I try to stay organized and in good (physical and mental) shape.
Moi, j'aime le français, les BD, les livres, les podcasts, les jeux (de plateau et de rôle), le cyclisme, et les trains. Je fais de mon mieux de rester organisé et en forme (physiquement et mentalement).
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📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 for Terms and Conditions, by R. Sikoryak
Reading an actual Apple terms of service document can only be so interesting, but at least creating a graphic novel version helps. The sheer audacity of the project is most of why I liked this comic, but it’s also quite fun to see Sikoryak’s homages to different comics, always with a Jobsian twist. It’s weird, and I don’t see myself rereading it, but I think it’s great.
🍿 movieblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
Look, I’m not a cinema connoisseur, and I’m sure this doesn’t hold up in ways that I don’t know. Conversely, I appreciate Weird Al, but I’m not the kind of megafan that would pick up on every joke. All I know is that this movie is delightful for the way it just leans into the absurdity and doesn’t apologize for it. I loved it, and even the dumbest parts made it better.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Amid widespread backlash, D&D maker scales back “open” license changes | Ars Technica'
Seems like good news, but while I’ll be happy to join others’ D&D games, I think my preferences are locked into Paizo games and indie titles. link to ‘Amid widespread backlash, D&D maker scales back “open” license changes | Ars Technica’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Paizo Announces Own OGL Due to Dungeons & Dragons Controversy'
Lots of respect for Paizo for doing this. I think my TTRPG future is more in rules-light, story-first indie titles, but if I want something more classic, I wouldn’t mind privileging Pathfinder. link to ‘Paizo Announces Own OGL Due to Dungeons & Dragons Controversy’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Dungeons and Dragons Is Jeopardizing It’s Greatest Strength: Its Ubiquity'
Once again, the more I read about this, the more worried I get. I also appreciate the thesis of this particular article: D&D could lose its status as the ur-TTRPG over this. link to ‘Dungeons and Dragons Is Jeopardizing It’s Greatest Strength: Its Ubiquity’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'RPG fans irate as D&D tries to shut its “open” game license | Ars Technica'
Glad to see more coverage of this so I can be more upset by what’s going on. link to ‘RPG fans irate as D&D tries to shut its “open” game license | Ars Technica’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Un art neuf | Collège de France'
Il y a quelques années, j’ai découvert Thimas Römer grâce à un entretien sur le podcast « Le rayon bd ». C’était peu après que j’ai découvert ses leçons sur les milieux bibliques données au Collège de France. J’aime bien écouter ces leçons comme podcast même si elles n’ont rien à voir avec la BD. Ça semble tout réunir d’entendre Römer présenter Benoît Peeters pour des leçons sur la BD au Collège de France, et j’en suis bien content.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Beware the Gifts of Dragons: How D&D’s Open Gaming License May Have Become a Trap for Creators | Electronic Frontier Foundation'
So this is the OGL kerfuffle I’ve heard a bit about recently. This would be a bad move by WotC, but I’m also intrigued by what the EFF has to say here. link to ‘Beware the Gifts of Dragons: How D&D’s Open Gaming License May Have Become a Trap for Creators | Electronic Frontier Foundation’
📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️🖤🖤 for Superman: Earth One (Volume One), by J. Michael Straczynski
I’ve read this a couple times before, so I knew it wouldn’t be great, but it was on sale for a dollar at a used book store, and I have a soft spot for it (including its sequels), so I picked it up and gave it another go. I think this retelling makes big mistakes about Superman (believing that destructive fights and interstellar intrigue are what makes the character interesting) and about origin story retellings (gesturing to the reader and including shocking plot twists), but it also asks the important questions about power and responsibility that make Superman stories good.
📺 tvblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 for Slow Horses Season 2
I’ve been looking forward to this since the first season ended. Midway through watching the first season, I’d already begun reading the series, and I may have already finished the second book by the time I saw the trailer for the second series. This season did a great job at making use of the source material while changing and improving things as needed. It’s a fun book series, but I think it’s shaping up to be a better show.
📚 bookblog: ❤️❤️❤️❤️🖤 for Belonging, by Nora Krug
What a beautiful book! Krug’s story of exploring both what it means to be German and her family’s connection to Nazism is moving, and her multimodal approach—combining text, photos, and drawings—really helps the story come alive. It was sometimes hard to follow all the names and threads, but that’s largely my own fault. I’d been meaning to read this for a while and was pleased to randomly find it on a library shelf.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Bring back personal blogging - The Verge'
Yes, yes, and yes. I don’t know what the future of the social web will look like, but blogs are what it should look like. link to ‘Bring back personal blogging - The Verge’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Twitter rival Mastodon rejects funding to preserve nonprofit status | Ars Technica'
Mastodon isn’t perfect, but this strikes me as a good sign. link to ‘Twitter rival Mastodon rejects funding to preserve nonprofit status | Ars Technica’
quitting scrolling, not just Twitter
Although it’s been a real delight to see so many people joining Mastodon over the past few weeks, I’ve found that there’s also a disadvantage that I hadn’t expected: I’m spending a lot more time scrolling through Mastodon these days than I ever have since setting up my Mastodon accounts. When I began setting up Mastodon accounts and shifting away from Twitter back in April, I felt like I had made a big leap forward in terms of my online consumption.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Mastodon users embrace columnist's funny error about a fictitious John Mastodon | Boing Boing'
This has been one of the most delightful moments I’ve experienced in my relatively short time on Mastodon. This week has been a good one for Mastodon: Musk’s continued missteps have brought more people, and a meme like this one helps give the fediverse more of a shared culture. link to ‘Mastodon users embrace columnist’s funny error about a fictitious “John Mastodon” | Boing Boing’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Is Mick Herron the Best Spy Novelist of His Generation? | The New Yorker'
I enjoy Herron’s books, so I enjoyed this article! link to ‘Is Mick Herron the Best Spy Novelist of His Generation? | The New Yorker’
de petits souvenirs ferroviaires de Suisse
C’est drôle comme de touts petits souvenirs peuvent peser lourds dans sa mémoire. J’ai déjà écrit plusieurs posts à ce sujet, mais cet après-midi, j’ai envie d’en écrire davantage. Je suis en train de faire des corrections pour mon travail comme prof de techologies de l’information et de la communication. J’aime bien ce travail, mais je n’aime pas du tout faire des corrections, et j’ai donc l’habitude de mettre une vidéo « en cabine » pendant que je fais le travail.