Expériences montréalaises I : zéro déchet

Quand j’essaie de me remettre dans l’ambiance de mon premier séjour à Montréal, je me vois de l’eau jusqu’à la taille: le froid, mon travail de recherche, les cours et les rencontres demandaient chacun un investissement conséquent pour des faibles résultats. L’acclimatation, faire ses racines. Se retrancher sur le street-art, le sport, les amis en France, les BDs et les bouquins. J’aurais quelques trucs à raconter, mais plus de désillusions et réalisations que de véritables découvertes.

En comparaison, mon second séjour me parait correspondre à de l’eau au genou,  avec le vent dans le dos: en abandonnant les envies d’efficacité et de communauté que je nourrissais à Lyon, je me suis concentré sur le long terme, la construction lente. J’ai dépensé une quantité inédite d’énergie et de temps à explorer une idée renforcée pendant l’été: ne plus être l’engrenage d’une machine qui me blesse. Inspiré peut-être des frictions entre le grévisme pro-législation du revenant Là-Bas si j’y suis et les “pourquoi ?” tenaces de la pensée anarchiste d’une nouvelle amie, ce raisonnement devint une priorité dans mes réflexions “politiques”: enlever la poutre de son propre œil avant d’aider son voisin à se débarrasser de sa paille. Trois exemples, donc. Continue reading

Addon-ophilia

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It’s hard to find a picture tonight (found here)

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.

Adblock plus
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).

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Get rid of repetitive actions with Autohotkey (Windows)

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Picture found here.

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 !

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Complete guide for : RSS feeds with Newsfox

“Neanderthals”, 2012, Klaus Pichler
Picture found by following Behold, the photo blog of Slate

Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud, with these three sites you can keep your finger on the creative content of the Internet, and you can easily subscribe to any pages/channels/accounts that you want. However, it gets a little harder when you want to follow a special playlist, spend less time on Facebook or simply not have to check your favourite blog everyday.
You might want a fluid, central place to check updates on multiple platforms, and RSS feeds are exactly designed to solve this problem: an RSS feed is a .xml file frequently updated, that you can read and subscribe to with a RSS reader. I personally use NewsFox, and I will explain you how I deal daily with 100 different feeds to actively follow music, local news and creative blogs (you can directly go at the end of the article to find a complete guide of how to get a feed for Soundcloud, Tumblr, Facebook…).

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The GiddyUp network and procrastination: this won’t help (continuous streaming of Friends, Simpsons, Scrubs…)

I just discovered it so I share: The GiddyUp Network is a website which broadcasts 70 tv shows continuously. If the bad scaling of Breaking Bad or TBBT disappointed me (a kind of 4/3 instead of 16/9), I am sure you will find something to please you, in case of you are to lazy to find a way to procrastinate.

You will find: The Simpsons, Friends, House M.D., Fresh Prince, Futurama, South Park, American Dad, Family Guy, Scrubs

Update: I just discovered (via r/internetisbeautiful) a continuous stream of 90’s and early 2000’s nickelodeon shows. Right now are coming “Are you afraid of the dark?” and Rugrats.

Archive your social media life with IFTTT, Dropbox and Evernote

If you are an average Facebook user, you may post around 10 items a week: a Youtube video, your latest rant about your History teacher…
And with the tedious system of the timeline of Facebook, you will need an hour to find this awesome music you posted last year, and pretty much the same for your pictures if you’re one of these people with 40 albums. And I’m not considering the time you need to find a old tweet or an obscure gif you posted on your tumblr.
What can you do to make your content easier to browse  ?

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How I work

J’aime tout particulièrement la rubrique “How I Work” de Lifehacker, parce qu’elle permet en même temps de découvrir des gens qui ont réussi et la façon dont ils travaillent.
Je me prête donc à l’essai ici.

Je suis étudiant en 4ème année de mathématiques, officiellement à l’Université de Sciences de Lyon, et mes techniques de travail ne m’ont pas mené très loin pour l’instant: j’essaie d’entamer un chemin vers plus d’efficacité, et l’un de mes buts actuels est d’être bien placé dans mon Master.

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Lifehacks de la semaine en vrac

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  • Secouer vos vêtements avant de les mettre dans le sèche-linge: cela défait les nœuds, qui ralentissent le séchage. (Lifehacker)
  • Supprimer la corvée de sortir le linge du sèche linge en enveloppant astucieusement tout dans une serviette de toilette. (Reddit)
  • Le nouvel Itunes permet d’afficher et d’éditer la liste des chansons suivantes; ainsi que d’accéder à l’historique d’écoute récent. (Lifehacker)
  • Au lieu de mettre au congel une bouteille pleine verticalement, coucher la sur le coté: en la remplissant, vous obtiendrez rapidement de l’eau fraiche.  (Reddit)
  • Mettez en place une alerte Google à votre nom pour surveiller votre présence sur Internet. (Art of Manliness)