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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🔗 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’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Belonging: The Potions Master (Book 1, Chapter 8) | Harry Potter and the Sacred Text on Acast'
I am very much here for Matt Potts criticizing Hogwarts for not embracing the humanities and the importance of the humanities. link to ‘Belonging: The Potions Master (Book 1, Chapter 8) | Harry Potter and the Sacred Text on Acast’
finding awe in MocMoc and other little things
Yesterday, two podcasts that I listened to while doing work around the house lined up in such a perfect way that I wanted to write down my memory of the moment. First, because I was recently reminded of the fantastic podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (which applies sacred reading techniques to the Harry Potter series, treating it as serious and meaningful without letting it—or its author—off the hook for being problematic), I’ve been trying to catch up with its second runthrough of the book series, in the perhaps-vain hope that I can start listening to episodes as they come out.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Why Race Is Still A Problem In Dungeons & Dragons'
Good article on an important subject. I may have to assign this to my students next semester! link to ‘Why Race Is Still A Problem In Dungeons & Dragons’
apprendre (enfin) les paroles des chansons franco-canadiennes
J’ai commencé à écouter la musique francophone il y a onze ans. Avant ça, j’avais quelques albums (Caféine de Christophe Willem et la bande originale de Le Roi Soleil), et je connaissais Serge Gainsbourg, mais selon mes souvenirs, j’ai du attendre janvier 2011 pour me foncer vraiment dans la musique en français. En ce temps, je commençais un poste comme « instructeur étudiant » du français à l’université où je faisais mes propres études.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'With 'What If? 2', Randall Munroe Is Back to Answer Your Impossible Questions | WIRED'
I loved the original book and hope to pick up the second. This was a good interview on how surprisingly many important things this kind of weird project overlaps with. link to ‘With ‘What If? 2’, Randall Munroe Is Back to Answer Your Impossible Questions | WIRED’
Wil Wheaton on general purpose computing
I am very near the end of Wil Wheaton’s updated/annotated memoir Still Just a Geek, which I bought over the summer on a short family trip. I have lots of thoughts—most of them positive—about the memoir and may write a bit more about it once I finally finish. For now, though, since I wrote last week complaining about companies like Apple and ClassDojo restricting hardware and software to support their bottom line at the expense of users, I was struck by a short passage Wheaton included making a case for general purpose computing:
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The adorable love story behind Wikipedia’s 'high five' photos'
This is a cute story—hat tip to Boing Boing for recommending it. [link to ‘The adorable love story behind Wikipedia’s ‘high five’ photos’](https://www.inputmag.com/culture/wikipedia-high-five-too-slow-photos-mystery-couple-solved?mc_cid=9a3b4e96f5
pourquoi le français ?
Hier soir, juste avant de me coucher, quelqu’un a posé une question sur r/French: Pourquoi les non-Francophones choisissent-ils d’apprendre le français ? J’ai vu la question peu après qu’elle a été posée, et j’ai dit la vérité : On m’avait offert le choix entre les cours de français et les cours d’espagnol. Il y avait plus de monde qui voulaient étudier l’espagnol, et j’avais envie de contrarier. J’ai donc choisi le français comme acte de rébellion.
Apple and artificial restrictions on file syncing
A week ago today, my MacBook Pro suddenly stopped being able to communicate with its SSD. I’m not entirely sure what happened, but I spent most of my Tuesday afternoon wiping everything from the drive and reinstalling macOS so that I could get back to work. While I haven’t kept a physical backup for a couple of years (I accidentally fried mine when moving back into my campus office in Fall 2020), I have all of my most important documents scattered between three cloud services, so this wasn’t too painful of a process.
musical references in TMBG discography
Thanks to a recommendation from Boing Boing, I’ve spent part of this afternoon watching this amazing video cataloging “Every Music Reference & Sample in They Might Be Giants Songs”: Flood was one of the first albums I ever owned (I think it was beat by the deluxe soundtrack for Star Wars: A New Hope, but not by much), and while I don’t listen to TMBG as often as I ought to, videos like these remind me how much I love the band.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'NASA delays launch of its massive SLS rocket amid engine issue - The Verge'
Sad news. I had the livestream up and was hoping to watch the launch before going into the office today. link to ‘NASA delays launch of its massive SLS rocket amid engine issue - The Verge’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Jefferson St: Villain themed bar, restaurant, game club open | Lexington Herald Leader'
Looks like a fun local gaming pub. link to ‘Jefferson St: Villain themed bar, restaurant, game club open | Lexington Herald Leader’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'M.T. Anderson’s 'Feed' Remains Frustratingly Prescient | WIRED'
I read Feed in high school and found it interesting, but when I read it again in 2019, it was amazing. This review gets at why the book is so good—and important. Maybe it’s time for me to visit it again. link to ‘M.T. Anderson’s ‘Feed’ Remains Frustratingly Prescient | WIRED’
mon grand amour pour les noms des villes en Alsace
J’aime beaucoup la radio numérique, surtout parce que j’ai la possibilité d’écouter des chaînes radio francophones. Parmi mes chaînes préférées se trouve DKL Dreyeckland, une chaîne alsatienne. J’aime bien la musique, mais ce que j’aime surtout, ce sont les pubs. Normalement, je supporte pas la publicité dans mes médias, mais je fais une exception pour les pubs en français, parce que ça me permet d’apprendre un langage que je n’ai jamais appris dans un cours lycéen ou universitaire.
distant villages turned metro stops
Twelve years ago, I spent a summer in Geneva completing an internship at the NGO Geneva Call ( « Appel de Genève » ). Being the bookworm that I am, I naturally grabbed a few books to bring with me. I know that I read through Eric Raymond’s The Cathedral and the Bazaar that summer—I had just started using Ubuntu and was wildly (over)optimistic about the ideals of open source.
schools' Acceptable Use Policies and R. Sikoryak's 'Terms and Conditions'
Kiddo starts at a new school on Wednesday, and I’ve been putting off signing the Acceptable Use Policy and Chromebook Policy because I want to read them carefully. I don’t know how much I can do about anything that I’m really concerned with, but I’m a tech researcher when I’m not being kiddo’s dad, so I feel an obligation to be informed and raise a fuss when something is fussworthy.
easy campaign prep for tabletop RPGs
This summer has been a good one for getting back into tabletop roleplaying. I played a lot of the Wizards of the Coast Star Wars RPG in middle and high school and have been spending most of my life since then wishing that I were still that involved with RPGs. I’ve compensated some by listening to actual play podcast: Total Party Kill rotates through several great D&D campaigns, the original Fantasy Flight Star Wars run of Campaign is so good that I’m listening to it a second time, and Penny Arcade’s Tales from the Loop campaign blew my mind when I listened to it a few months ago.
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Sylvester Stallone is a grizzled, disillusioned superhero in Samaritan trailer | Ars Technica'
I was worried this was going to be a gritty take on Astro City, but now I’m just mad they took the name of my favorite superhero for a different story. link to ‘Sylvester Stallone is a grizzled, disillusioned superhero in Samaritan trailer | Ars Technica’
🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'America Aspires to One Day in the Far Future Build Rail Service Worse Than It Was in the 1940s'
Wild article. We once knew how to do trains, so why can’t we figure it out better now? link to ‘America Aspires to One Day in the Far Future Build Rail Service Worse Than It Was in the 1940s’