If I like to find new concepts and insights on a big range of subjects, I appreciate even more when it concerns subjects rarely addressed. That’s why I wanted to share with you those 3 great TED talks, about relationships, sex and love.
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here’s one …
Exploring the classic English metaphor to talk about sex, baseball, Al Vernacchio explores what it reveals about deep pre-conceptions and how those are wrong. He then proposes a new metaphor, aiming towards acceptance and respect : pizza.
Every time I start to rant against how slow my “browsing” is, I take time to remember how much I loaded my browser. To make internet just what I’d like it to be, it takes a few addons : while I can’t manage to understand why so few people use some of those (like Adblock), some others are just for comfort, or privacy. And as I’m always preaching for my addons every time I have the occasion, I thought I should do a small list, here it is.
The king of all. With Adblock Plus, you will get rid of all ads, everywhere. Ads on internet just don’t exist anymore for me : no more on Youtube to cut your party playlist, no more stupid “targeted” ads on Facebook. And it feels great. Get it here. (It also works to hide any recurrent internet content).
Update 7/03: in the book there is the story of a guy who drops his whole life (wife, work…) because a falling gargoyle fall one foot away from him. It happens to a guy passing under balconies just next to where I live, except it was a vase. I’m wondering if he dropped his life yet.
As Paul Auster often does, the story of a book inside the story of a book. This goes well, as the story flows easily : after Paulo Coehlo spiritual writing, the profoundly human speech of Paul Auster was a bliss.
Moreover, I got some descriptions from this book as well, and I may plunge into Boris Vian again to find his : I noticed I’m completely unable to describe someone, with any word. I hope focusing on authors’ descriptions will help me find a way.
She is dressed in the simplest clothes, has almost no makeup on, wears her hair in a short, unfashionable cut, and yet her face is so lovely, Nick finds, so achingly young and unguarded, so much (he suddenly thinks) an emblem of hope and uncoiled human energy, that he momentarily stops breathing.
Because I spent dozens of minutes trying to get back the disappeared “Favorite links” folder of Vista, I’m sharing it the only solution which works.
Instead of simple right-click menu or complicated registry operations like said here, a simple search will create the folder you need (weird). I copy here the solution I found :
To restore back the Links folder which will be recognized and detected as shell folder for Favorite Links in navigation pane, and thus allowing users to manage the shortcuts or URLs in the “Favorite Links” pane again, type shell:links in Start Search box in Start Menu, or in the Run command. “shell:links” will re-create the valid folder again in appropriate user location again.
I found this solution of MyDigitalLife.info, I hope it’ll quicken the search for the next persons.
Be careful though : the folder you just created is not as good as the one you lost. Indeed, if you drag a folder in this new one, it won’t create a shortcut automatically but will try to transfer the whole folder : you must create a shortcut yourself.
This morning, I made a terrible mistake and managed to delete my Autohotkey script. I’ve been using it since more than a year now, and nuilt it little by little, everytime I noticed something I was tired to do repeatedly.
But deleting it, and having to rebuild it is a good occasion to dive again in the beauty of Autohotkey, and I’ll share with you the process.
What’s Autohotkey ?
Autohotkey is a quick, light and open-source automation program, that can do a LOT of things. Things I’ll teach you here will include :
- Text completion : press a short combination of letter, and get any long sentence you repeat often (e.g. : tfr > “Thanks for your response.”)
- Easy access to special characters, like Ç, É or œ. More for French people I guess.
- Music player shortcuts : make any key being the “next”, “prev” of your music player.
- And lot more : put anything fullscreen, superfast Google request, and more…
- Get rid of desktop shortcut : access to all your favorite programs in a keystroke.
Autohotkey works with two things : the software itself, which use rarely more than 2mb of CPU, and a special script, a *.ahk file. To get the installer, you can click here or go on Autohotkey website. Install it, and let the program open a blank script for you.
You can get started !
The story of a fine old chap. The first book I read from the Art of Manliness list of books, and it has for subject a man who is struggling with guilt and remorse, trying to make his way out of it. As you’ll read below, the writing style is old, and good : it made it quite hard to read at the beginning, and as with several other English books, I didn’t get the plot on the spot, but often later. Really good.
‘Surely in no other craft as in that of the sea do the hearts of those already launched to sink or swim go out so much to the youth on the brink, looking with shinning eyes upon that glitter of the vast surface which is only a reflection of his own glances full of fire. There is such magnificent vagueness in the expectations that had driven each of us to the sea, such a glorious indefiniteness, such a beautiful greed of adventures that are their own and only reward ! What we get – well, we won’t talk of that ; but can on of us restrain a smile ?’
Quora is a website created in 2010, that I would describe as “the smartest question-and-answer on the Internet”. You’ve got tons of interesting questions and highly qualified persons who answer: I’ve been impressed by this guy who’ve been to Harvard with Natalie Portman, or this very detailed answer to the apparently trivial question “How much did it cost YouTube to stream “Gangnam Style”? “ (more impressive answers here).
In 2012 Quora released “Best of Quora 2010 – 2012″, 131 questions answered brilliantly by qualified people, like Peter Marquez telling us what it’s like to fly on Air Force One. You can get a .pdf of the book here, but here are my best pick of the best off:
Je suis rentré à Lyon et entre mes journées de taf, j’ai réussi à trouver quelques soirées pour me balader dans Lyon, que je suis ravi de retrouver. Une ou deux balades en fin de soirée à Croix-Rousse m’ont permis de trouver quelques endroits insolites:
Bon vol Louis, par Bulbe
- Dans une rue perpendiculaire à la montée des Carmélites – Un autre de Bulbe (que j’aime beaucoup!) ici
I heard about it a lot, especially because of the film and from Anna, a friend. The atmosphere in the book and this feeling of harsh discovery from the hero are well written, but as my aunt said, not so much happens.
I enjoyed “The Catcher in the Rye” a lot, even without a lot of actions, because we feel that the hero is evolving, or at least going through feelings he never confronted to before. I think I missed this part in Gatsby, as I felt that the hero is just passing through. And I don’t like that.
Also I didn’t get all the English, and resented it.
However, I didn’t love it but found some really good quotes!
I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life. p 24