Friday, December 08, 2006
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Eyes are the mirror of the soul, someone has said.
So we look closely at the eyes to see the nature of the soul.
Somewimes when we see the eyes--those horrible times when we see the eyes, eyes that... that have no soul--then we know a darkness, then we wonder: where is the beauty?
There is none if the eyes are soulless.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
At least for now... as there's a 60% chance of cancellation due to weather. The 12-days STS-116 mission consists in rewiring a few cables on the International Space Station and connect it to the new solar panels truss structure.
Watch the liftoff live tonight on NasaTV.
We knew there was still iced water on Mars. But liquid water??? A recent comparative study of photographies taken 6 years appart revealed new sediments deposited in two gullies by what appears to be liquid water. And who says water says...
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
1) & 2) Battlestar Galactica (SciFi, Fridays at 9pm) and Heroes (NBC, Mondays at 9pm): in a close tie, my two favorite shows these days, Battlestar Galactica (BSG in short) is a post-9/11 re-imagining of the late-70s scifi series following the last survivors of the human race on their quest to planet... Earth. More than a scifi show, BSG is an extremely well crafted, well acted (Mary McDowell and James Edward Olmos as President Laura Roslin and Admiral William Adama are fantastic!!) drama that happens to take place in space. Heroes, the new (only?) hit show on NBC, is basically a superhero comic-book on tv filled with high-octane tightly written plots and attaching human characters, regular people all over the world discover their new talents (a time/space binding Japanese office worker, an indestructible cheerleader, a telepathic cop, a dual-personality hooker, a flying corrupt congressman, ...) and their place in the universe. Save the cheerleader, save the world!
3) Dexter (Showtime, Sundays at 10pm) Dexter is a brand new show starring Michael C. Hall (David from Six Feet Under, one of my favorite character from my favorite show but then again was there any character I didn't love on this show?) as forensic expert (just like in CSI) Dexter who happens to be... a serial killer. But a good one. You see, Dexter has urges, urges to kill and his late adoptive father, a cop, taught him how to canalize these urges to do some good and get rid of people (criminals, other serial killers) that the justice system or police won't deal with. The show takes place in the sweaty, dirty side of Miami and Michael C. Hall is brilliant as usual.
4) Lost (ABC, Wednesdays at 9pm): still good, still too many questions unanswered (but there of course lays the genius of the show), a few answered ones (why the plane crashed, who are the Others) and while a bit slow in the first seven episode of this mini-season 3, the show ended on a cliffhanger and resumes in February with 15 episodes in a row
5) How I Met Your Mother (CBS, Mondays at 8pm): a good ol' fashioned sitcom a la Friends about love and life in New York City. Not really original but funny. Plus the characters live in a building a block away from mine (on w75th St.) which adds to the list of sitcoms taking place on the Upper West Side: Seinfeld and Mad About You (both at 129 w81st St), Sex and the City (Charlotte lives at 275 Central Park West) or Will & Grace (both living at 155 Riverside Drive).
What about you? What are your favorite shows these days?
Monday, November 20, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Now Bill Clinton is one of my favorite person on the planet (a bit of a "clintonista" as my friend Jayson would put it) so it was a real treat to see him live for the first time (even more so after watching a conference press with W. this morning on CNN the differences between the two are even more striking, for one, one of them knows actually how to speak). And I couldn't help myself during the full hour wishing the 22nd Amendment (which limits every presidents to a maximum of two mandates) to be abolished. Bill seemed to somewhat share my views on that point ("Fortunately for you, there's the 22nd Amendment or else I think I could still be there if office!").
A video of the conference is now online on Columbia's website (RealPlayer video) and a podcast of the event will be available this week-end on iTunes.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
- DictionnarySearch: looks up selected word in an online dictionary
- ForecastFox: get international weather forecast and displays it in status bar or any toolbar
- Foxmarks: synchronizes your bookmarks across machines
- GooglePreview: inserts web site previews in google and yahoo search results
- IE View: open pages in Internet Explorer via Firefox menu
- Image Zoom: adds zoom functionality for images
- Map+: view a map of selected address
- Tab Catalog: shows thumbnail-style catalog of tabs
- Tabbrowser Preferences: enhances control over some aspects of tabbed browsing
- DownThemAll: download manager/accerlerator
- Sage: lightweight RSS/Atom newsfeed reader/aggregator
Monday, November 13, 2006
"Halloween is a $5 billion industry in the USA, second only to Christmas in consumer sales? And the Eve of All Hallows has now spread to many other countries. But France is rethinking the trick-or-treat situation. According to the magazine "Le Monde," the French have begun to reject Halloween because of the rise of anti-American feeling in that nation. And that's fine with me. I'm still boycotting France. Besides how would you like to say Bon-bons ou batons all night long? That's "trick-or-treat" in Francais. Bon-bons ou batons, bon-bons ou batons.
Ridiculous? You make the call."
We've made the call, Bill, we have. Besides a Bill O'reilly boycott should always been taken as a compliment.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Cat Power (stage name for singer Charlyn "Chan" Marshall) is a strange little lady. I saw her recently live in NYC and she seems really shy and to have her own world (which is a good thing) but she's a real artist with a warm, original and evocative voice. She just released a new album (The Greatest).
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Hearing people talking on the subway or at a coffee shop, most of them seemed rather suprised and happy about the Dems victory, but then again we're in NY...
A good news never coming alone, Bush just announced Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resignation.
It's raining today outside. But it's a nice day.
UPDATE: it's now 50-49 for the Democrats as they just won Montana. Only one race left in Virginia where Jim Webb leads by 3,000 votes over the prett much racist republican Sen. George Allen. In case Webb is declared winner of this race, Democrates will have control over both houses.
UPDATE 2: and done. Now the Congress is in the hand of the Dems. Hopefully they'll know what to do with it. A nice day indeed. ;-)
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I play my part on my stage.
I tell what I can to form the perfect answer.
But that answer cannot come before all are ready to hear.
So I tell what I can to form the perfect answer.
Sometimes my anger at the fire is evident.
Sometimes it is not anger, really.
It may appear as such, but could it be a clue?
The fire I speak of is not a kind fire.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Wired hired writers for short stories.
The rule is: only six words.
Hemingway was first, SciFi writers now.
OK, I stop. (no seriously now)
A few of my favorites here:
Vacuum collision. Orbits diverge. Farewell, love.
- David Brin
Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so.
- Joss Whedon
Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
- Margaret Atwood
From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
- Gregory Maguire
With bloody hands, I say good-bye.
- Frank Miller
It’s behind you! Hurry before it
- Rockne S. O’Bannon
The baby’s blood type? Human, mostly.
- Orson Scott Card
Tick tock tick tock tick tick.
- Neal Stephenson
Not that difficult? Try it yourself!
Thursday, October 05, 2006
"...Father do you hear me?
Do you know me?
Do you even care?..."
Although I prefer Jeff's voice, you should definitely try some of his father's works. There is a great anthology available released a few years ago. UPDATE: here's a link to a Tim Buckley's video. Try also here and here.
This clip was filmed during the Glastonbury Festival in 1995 (rest of the lyrics in the comments).
these creatures who introduce themselves but we swear we have met them before.
Yes, look in the mirror. What do you see?
Is it a dream or a nightmare?
Are we introduced against our will? Are they mirrors?
I can see the smoke. I can smell the fire.
The battle is drawing nigh.
Monday, October 02, 2006
If you haven't seen it, I would really recommend that you watch George Clooney's second movie as a director (which proves that you can actually be good looking AND smart) Good night, and good luck. This movie (shot in black and white and set in the 50s) depicts CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow as he opposes Senator Joseph McCarthy and the House of Un-American Activities Committee. With a desire to report the facts and enlighten the public, Murrow, and his dedicated staff--headed by his producer Fred Friendly (played by Clooney himself) and Joe Wershba (Robert Downey Jr) in the CBS newsroom--defy corporate and sponsorship pressures to examine the lies and scaremongering tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his communist witch-hunts...
After this segment, I think Murrow would have been proud of Olbermann.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
There is a sadness in this world, for we are ignorant of many things.
Yes we are ignorant of many beautiful things--things like the truth.
So sadness, in our ignorance, is very real.
The tears are real. What is this thing we call a tear?
There are even tiny ducts--tear ducts--to produce these tears should the sadness occur.
Then the day when the sadness comes--then we ask:
'Will this sadness that makes me cry--will this sadness that makes my heart cry out--will it ever end?'
The answer, of course, is yes. One day the sadness will end.
Sunday, September 10, 2006
Snakes on a plane
With: Samuel L. Jackson, Julianna Margulies, ...
Directed by: David Richard Ellis
Release date (France): august 30th
Little Miss Sunshine
Directed by: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Farris
Release date (France): september 6th.
The devil wears Prada
With: Meryl Streep, Ann Hathaway,...
Directed by: David Frankel
Release date (France): september 27th
With: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Mendoza, ...
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Monday, August 28, 2006
They introduce themselves, these ideas, with words.
Are they words? These ideas speaks so strangely.
All that we see in this world is based on someone's ideas. Some ideas are destructive, some ideas are constructive.
Some ideas can arrive in the form of a dream.
I can say it again: Some ideas can arrive in the form of a dream.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
My favorite Jeff Buckley song. Effortlessly beautiful. Recorded live in Chicago (1995)
"...Sometimes a man gets carried away,
When he feels like he should be having his fun
Much too blind to see the damage he's done
Sometimes a man must awake to find that, really,
He has no-one..."
Sunday, August 20, 2006
It is not to me.
Behind all things are reasons. Reasons can even explain the absurd.
Do we have the time to learn the reasons behind the human being's varied behavior?
I think not. Some take the time. Are they called detectives?
Watch - and see what life teaches.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Friday evening, 1 train downtown, on the seats face to me:
Girl #1 (listening to Ipod #1 really loud): (loud) hey that's,like, a new Ipod you have there!
Girl #2 (listening to Ipod #2 really loud): (loud)What?
Girl #1: (louder) What?
Girl #2: (louder) what??
Girl #1 (removing one earpiece, almost screaming): I said that's, like, a new Ipod right? (put the earpice back in her ear)
Girl #2: what?
Girl #1: what?
It's like, whatever, you know?
Thursday, August 17, 2006
What was in my humble opionion the House of Representatives greatest achievement under the Bush administration has been turned into ashes... fried ashes that is.
Ohio Representative Bob Ney and North Carolina Representative Walter Jones (both republicans) devised back in 2003 (when tensions between the US and french governments were at their highest) the important legislation to change food products names in the House Cafeteria from french fries and french toast to Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.
Michigan Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (a republican too) took it upon himself to overturn the legislature and to make fries and toast officialy french again.
A few years ago back in LA, an... agitated republican guy asked me if I wasn't pissed off that french fries and toasts had now to be called something else. I just replied him that if the only synonymous word they could find to replace "french" was "freedom"... well that was fine by me.
(by the way french fries are actually from Belgium and the first time I had french toast was in the US... interestingly enough french kissing is really french).
Monday, August 14, 2006
or why I love Joss Whedon.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Favorite tracks: Analyse, The Clock, Black Swan, Harrodown Hill and Cymbal Rush
Favorite tracks: all!! (with a special mention for Map of the Problematique and Invincible)
Both albums need to be played a few times. After that, it gets really difficult to listen to something else... (hopefully not until my Summer '07 Soundtrack).
Thursday, August 10, 2006
This is a piece, for a soprano voice, from "Dido and Aeneas", an opera composed by Henry Purcell in 1681. Jeff performed it live at Meltdown festival, London, on july 1, 1995.
Thy hand, belinda, darkness shades me.
On thy bosom let me rest.
More I would, but death invades me.
Death is now a welcome guest.
When I am laid in earth, may my wrongs create
No trouble in thy breast.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Jeff had the voice of an angel. Hopefully, he's singing for them now.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I have to say I'm getting pretty addicted to this city.
Sure I miss Paris, my family and friends there, the (sometime rude) parisians and the smell of croissants being baked at 4 in the morning when I come back home.
Sure I miss LA and the friends that I left there. The beach life, being shirtless on the beach in january, Joshua Tree and the waves.
But overall I have to say that NY and I... we pretty much fell in love really fast (well except for the $1.5 billion you have to pay at the end of each month to live in your own private shoebox). This city is just... unique. You have to spend a lot of energy to keep the pace, but that's worth it.
My californian friends warned me that new-yorkers were rude and cold. Nothing further from the truth. I made a lot of great new friends here. And sure you can meet some assholes from time to time but so can you in Paris, LA or everywhere on planet Earth.
I started last week my new permanent position here in NY which is a good indication to me I'll spend the next 2-3 years in the neighbourhood. After that, who knows? ;-)
Thanks, NY, that was a great year.
Here's to many more :-)
If you're here it's either that:
a) I know you and I sent you the link
b) you were just browsing and found this by luck(?) (oh and btw you have too much time on your hands)
I started this blog because a lot of my friends back in France were asking me to describe what life's like in New York City. So I'll try my best to keep you up-to-date to the latest trends in the Big Apple lifestyle. I'll probably also use this space to review my favorite new albums, movies, restaurants or just for rants ;-p
Anyway, old (a) or new (b) friends, make yourself here at home, help yourself in the fridge, let me know what you think or just say hello and let's just enjoy the ride together!