Some random thoughtful/funny bits I collected over the years, and some pure entertainment


My humoristic blog posts

My life sucks (but the Simpsons make it even more right).

Geek joke about the way English speakers are censored


My favorite episodes of xkcd, a webcomic of sarcasm, geekness and language:

Introduction to Abject-Oriented Programming, a non-recent but all too timeless masterpiece about coding... and coders

Apple unveils single-use Macbook with zero ports (warning: includes clickbait)

Plug and Play

Plug and Play is not dead. If you're nostalgic about Y2K-era PC stickers, here's my own sticker about its evolution, which lives on in every PC running Windows:

In French, the colloquial verb 'to bug' means software is misbehaving due to a software bug.
In French, the colloquial verb 'to bug' means software is misbehaving due to a software bug.


Twilight of the Idols (1888), Maxims and Arrows, 7 (Wie? ist der Mensch nur ein Fehlgriff Gottes? Oder Gott nur ein Fehlgriff des Menschen?)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote:
If, in spite of all this, the project remains unrealized, that is not because it is Utopian; it is because men are crazy, and because to be sane in a world of madmen is in itself a kind of madness.

A Lasting Peace through the Federation of Europe and The State of War, mid 1750s

Someone I don't know but agree with wrote:
Adulthood is saying “But after this week things will slow down a bit” over and over until you die.


Walt West wrote:
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

Tough Question

Computers Are Hard: building software with David Heinemeier Hansson

Wojtek Borowicz: You have also spoken in less than favorable terms about other trends that have emerged in software development, like microservices and serverless or Test-Driven Development. Are there any trends in software engineering that you actually find appealing?

David Heinemeier Hansson: That’s a tough question. It’s much easier to pick out all the shit that I don’t like.

Science and technology

Frank Herbert wrote:
Technology is both a tool for helping humans and for destroying them. This is the paradox of our times which we're compelled to face.


Someone Frank Herbert knew wrote:
Ecology is the science of understanding consequences.
Frank Herbert wrote:
Ecology is a dirty seven-letter word to many people. They are like heavy sleepers refusing to be aroused. "Leave me alone! It's not time to get up yet!"

Geek (software)

Otavio Salvador wrote:
Microsoft gives you Windows ... Linux gives you the whole house.

Popular wisdom (via Tollef Fog Heen) wrote:
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are.


My favorite games


  • Catan, turn-based strategy game. A little complex for a board game, but fairly short play times


  • The "4X" Civilization game series (by Sid Meier). These turn-based management games featuring a steep learning curve leave little room to chance and are true tests for one's strategic and tactical skills. Having played all versions from the first to the sixth, I have seen the series evolve enormously, becoming multiplayer, more realistic and less and less focused on military conflicts, but in return more and more complex. I particularly enjoyed Civilization II and its spiritual sequel Alpha Centauri, high-quality, and more reasonably complex. These highly addictive games require great focus and feature extremely long play times, in particular when playing with friends. Thankfully, games are highly configurable and numerous difficulty levels are offered. Except for regular players, only the easiest levels are reasonable.
  • Neverball. A very simple game which develops little more than dexterity, but an application which is free, multilingual and multi-platform, of high quality, not addictive at all and which requires no learning, without any violence. I eventually completed it back in the time where Mehdi's levels were the last, but I wouldn't dare trying to repeat the exploit with all the new levels added since!


Earth itself can already be astonishing, but I am amazed by the limitless beauty and complexity of wildlife. I am constantly fascinated by documentaries like Planet Earth.

To choose just a couple of many videos which I am grateful to have seen:


If you've ever felt urged to squeeze (and/or "eat") your pet, you're far from alone. Cute aggression was even the topic of the 5-minute TED-Ed video lesson Why do you want to squeeze cute things?.


The Solitary Chimney (political satire)

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