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2005 10 31

cyclop

cyclop

Portrait of madflo as a cyclop.

2005 10 30

cascading beads

cascading beads

“C’est fou !”

Pigeons queueing up for their daily dose of Perrier.

glasses in the subway

glasses in the subway

A spontaneous portrait.
Part of my first experiments with a 50mm f/1.8

appraise

appraise

A portrait of me by Astrée.

2005 10 28

polarise this

Five new pictures in the photolog this morning!
(Sidenote: it’s amazing the stuff you can do with a polariser — provided you always shoot at a near-90° angle from the sun.)

someone somewhere in autumn

someone somewhere in autumn

Statue in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.

one bird on one statue

one bird on one statue

Near the western entrance of the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.
One bird, many passers-by with cameras.

two birds on one statue and one lampost

two birds on one statue and one lampost

Near the western entrance of the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris.
Two birds, a child looking psyched.

blue ride

blue ride

On top of Hôtel Hermès is this rider. I have no idea who he might be.

three and a half

three and a half

Trees in front of the US embassy, just down the Champs Elysées, Paris.

2005 10 25

marchand d’allumettes

Il est donc strictement interdit de reproduire sur un blog tout ou partie d’un autre blog sans avoir préalablement reçu l’autorisation du blogueur en question.
Éric Barbry, Blogs : les recours en cas de reproduction illicite de contenu

Un article sur le droit de reproduction des contenus qui n’évoque pas une seule fois le droit de citation : foutaises.
Par contre, pour qui veut se la jouer John Wayne du barreau, Barbry fournit les munitions. Balles perdues comprises ?

2005 10 18

(the point to) server-side CSS

Rcss is an implementation of CSS SSC for Rails framework.
(It’s interesting to see that the description says “implements CSS-SSC in Ruby”, while the instructions specifically apply to Ruby on Rails. If confusion is growing between Ruby and Rails, does that make Rails the de facto framework for Ruby on the web?)

I’m not a big fan of server-side CSS as a tool for webdesigner, the point to them seems to lie mostly in customisation for end users. The reason is that it’s a tool to help with mass stylesheet modifications, a use case that is rather unusual in the real world for a single designer or team, and for which server-side CSS are a more like a punctual burden than a long term solution.
On the other hand, for people whose only will or technical ability is to change the fonts and colors used on their site, having a tool like Rcss modify some strings helps with customisability.

For example, a weblog platform could, in addition to a choice of templates, provide a way for end users to customise said their chosen template’s stylesheet; it would be cached as a static file. So aunt Maggie could use dear old Comic Sans for her headings and the host wouldn’t need to rebuild all her template files (like 20six currenly does, for instance).
Heck, themes for standalone apps could be distributed with a server-side CSS version, with defaults that could be overridden by the app (hello WP/MT/whatever themers). That would be the end of support threads like “I like [insert popular theme] but I want it to use blue Helvetica instead of that ugly font”. Less noise, more happiness : what are we waiting for?

black, white, and primary colors

So last week a brand new Canon replaced my aging Ricoh camera, and since then I’ve felt some guilt whenever I wasn’t outside shooting stuff — or maybe it’s my stomach crying for mercy, since I’m left with a fistful of euros to finish the month.

black, white

I took the 350d for a test ride this saturday (my first time with an SLR), shot more than 200 pics, out of which less than a dozen I deem viewable.
Those are in the brand new photolog, powered by flickr (and a very tailored version of the FAlbum plugin). (Yes, there is a 500 error on a picture, it’s caused by corrupted Exif data. A workaround is coming soon.)

primary colors

This domain’s root dir used to only be a link to the weblog; not anymore. It now prefigures the next redesign (and degrades awfully in IE6, but the links are functional, which is all that really matters.), and it’s red, very red. Comments, suggestions for improvements?

2005 10 17

this just in

I just updated the post about my data’s transatlantic move from San Diego to Paris, to detail troubles I’ve run into while migrating from Apache to lighttpd in the meanwhile.

2005 10 15

the queen’s shower

the queen's shower

(Blurry, but I liked the weird composition enough. Somebody donate a tripod to me. Please.)

à dada

à dada

Slightly off-focus, as I was trying to keep up with the merry-go-round’s pace.

une toutes les 4 secondes (7)

une toutes les 4 secondes (7)

The collective Action Contre la Faim (action against hunger) held this event where every four seconds, as the two speakers spelled a name, a human figure dropped dead, to symbolize a death by hunger.

In the end, every figure was down.

une toutes les 4 secondes (6)

une toutes les 4 secondes (6)

The collective Action Contre la Faim (action against hunger) held this event where every four seconds, as the two speakers spelled a name, a human figure dropped dead, to symbolize a death by hunger.

In the end, every figure was down.

une toutes les 4 secondes (5)

une toutes les 4 secondes (5)

The collective Action Contre la Faim (action against hunger) held this event where every four seconds, as the two speakers spelled a name, a human figure dropped dead, to symbolize a death by hunger.

In the end, every figure was down.