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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microblogvember and the surprising joy of random words
Recently, I was listening to a podcast episode that was touching on deconstruction. It was chiefly concerned with the term as it’s used in religious contexts, but to do so, it was going back to its intellectual roots, with Jacques Derrida and Ferdinand de Saussure. As the host, Jared Byas, summarized the ideas of deconstruction: we can’t ever escape language and the meaning of language depends on other parts of that language.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Disney+ Releases Complete Version of The Muppet Christmas Carol'
Yessssss! I grew up watching the version with this song and was really confused when I watched it with my kid and the song was missing. link to ‘Disney+ Releases Complete Version of The Muppet Christmas Carol’
kebab and baklava in Colmar
A few months ago, my father-in-law and two of my brothers-in-law visited Turkey for a week and had a great time. They brought us home an enormous box of Turkish baklava as an edible souvenir, and I spent a lot of September nibbling away at that. It was delicious, and I was really grateful for the gift. At some point near the end of the box, all of that baklava brought back a memory that I hadn’t thought about for quite some time.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Lego to discontinue Mindstorms robot line after a 24-year run | Ars Technica'
Noooo! I was just blogging about wanting to get into this once my kid’s a bit older! link to ‘Lego to discontinue Mindstorms robot line after a 24-year run | Ars Technica’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Public Transportation – Design Goodiness'
Enilda is great, and I appreciate her thoughts here. link to ‘Public Transportation – Design Goodiness’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Watch how Peter Howell helped remix the 80s Doctor Who theme'
I love this theme tune, so this video was a delight to watch. link to ‘Watch how Peter Howell helped remix the 80s Doctor Who theme’
actual play podcasts worth relistening to
Over the past few days, I’ve been relistening to the One Shot podcast’s October 2018 Kids on Bikes episodes (which starts here). There’s so much to love about this six-episode series. I remembered enjoying the characters and the players, but it wasn’t until this morning that I remembered the perfect moment where one player describes the biblical Jacob as “history’s best angel fighter” and summons him to help a science teacher fight off a terrifying seraphim (which I promise makes sense in context).
« Coup de vieux » de Bigflo et Oli
Hier, j’ai regardé pour la première fois le clip de « Coup de vieux » de Bigflo et Oli. C’est une chanson que je connais depuis queques semaines et un groupe que je connais depuis quelques mois, et j’ai beaucoup apprécié le clip : Je n’ai jamais été un grand amateur du rap, et ça fait donc un peu bizarre de trouver que j’aime tant ce groupe. Pourtant, j’ai beaucoup écouté leur album « La vraie vie » car j’aime bien les paroles de plusieurs chansons sur cet album.
non-appearance on 'The Unlistenable Podcast'
A few weeks ago, I sat down with Lexi Lishinski, a good friend from grad school, to appear on an episode of her podcast The Unlistenable Podcast. To quote the About page for the podcast: It’s not called that because it has dreadful audio quality, although that may be true. It’s called that because you can’t listen to it, because I’m not going to release the episodes. This solves literally every issue that ever stopped me from recording a podcast.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'A tradition ends: Paris says goodbye to iconic paper Metro tickets'
Love the paper tickets, and this makes me sad. link to ‘A tradition ends: Paris says goodbye to iconic paper Metro tickets’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Not All Bots Are Bad, and Twitter Knows It | WIRED'
This is a good response to Musk’s complaining about bots. link to ‘Not All Bots Are Bad, and Twitter Knows It | WIRED’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The Sad Clown Joke That Became a Beloved Meme | WIRED'
My optimism about internet culture has been waning for several years, but I still appreciate a deep-dive into how rich and complex a given meme can be. link to ‘The Sad Clown Joke That Became a Beloved Meme | WIRED’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The Advanced Spellchecker in Chrome and Edge Saves Everything You Type—Even Passwords'
I knew my distrust of spellcheck would be validated one day! Seriously, though, this is bad news. link to ‘The Advanced Spellchecker in Chrome and Edge Saves Everything You Type—Even Passwords’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon | WIRED'
This isn’t the first article I’ve read comparing Q to an ARG, but I may still send it to my students next semester. I’m also interested in the book this comes from… link to ‘Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon | WIRED’