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
J’ai beaucoup aimé et l’ai lu très vite. La passivité des gens en général est très bien décrite, et le caractère de Montag qui en quelque sorte s’éveille au fur et à mesure (et craque aussi un peu) mène bien le roman.
J’ai lu L’herbe rouge l’année dernière, Vian pour la première fois, et après m’y être replonger cet été je pense que c’est un de mes écrivains favoris. J’ai été remotivé après avoir vu Gainsbourg, vie héroïque avec Katerine qui jouait Vian.
Qui suit, mes passages préférés de L’Arrache Cœur, Je voudrais pas crever et En avant la zizique. Je devrais poster d’autres trucs que des bouquins, aussi, mais là je travaille. Plus tard.
Un psychiatre qui arrive dans un village pour faire un accouchement et qui y reste toute sa vie. Avec des enfants qui volent.
“Vous devriez chercher un dérivatif, dit Jacquemort. Faites du bateau.
- Je n’ai pas de bateau…, répondit Angel.
- Faites un bateau.
- C’est une idée”, grogna l’autre. p 92
24h before I wasn’t quite sure. 24h after I was still there.
The NASA International Space Apps Challenge. 4 words very attractive, and one intimidating: I have no idea how to make an app, I felt totally stranger to events like “hackathon” or “codethon”. On the other hand, the idea of the word “NASA” anywhere on my CV sounded great. So once month before I accepted the invitation on Facebook. I didn’t really think about it until 1 week before, when Derek, a friend from Erasmus Society, tried to recruit some competitors at an Erasmus dinner, I saw he was sharing my worries and still seemed very motivated. So it started !
Look at these gorgeous meeting rooms on the water!
New format for this new mixtape:
I attended to a very quick DJing class with the Uni radio, URY, so for this selection I used my new skills with Virtual DJ. Tell me what you think about it!
Now that I started, it’s quite hard to stop following anything that sounds new and exciting. For some artists I still haven’t decide what is better, Soundcloud or Bandcamp, though.
You can see below the many new music feeds and artists I found recently:
Exit Strategy is a Quebecian electronic producer from Montréal. His new album, Dreamcatcher, is very soothing and ambient. You can download it for free on his bandcamp. (RSS via Cloud Flipper)
I heard a lot about this book before, and it was on my list since a very long time. It’s one of these books where nothing really happens: a 16 years old boy leaves his school and spends 3 days in New York before coming he can go back home. And he also talks about Jane, a girl.
But it’s a very good book.
“I call people a ‘prince’ quite often when I’m horsing around. It keeps me from getting bored or something.”
I didn’t get all the jokes, but I like the way they all have a meaning to describe what the author thinks (sometimes). It’s a very light way to talk about war, from a guy who actually didn’t fight (not in this book, at least). It made me think about “Souvenirs de la guerre récente”, from Carlos Liscano (I couldn’t find the English title), where the main character also stays in a military camp (for other reasons), trying to pass the time.