Nebula #16

June 8, 2018Nebula

The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula in Cepheus.  Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Leshin.

Salut!

I am still quite unsure how to introduce these weekly collections of links. What do cyberpunk cat-like whiskers for humans, fablabs, a psychopathic A.I. with disturbing Rorschach tests results, infrared macro photography of cactuses, and most-potent-magic-mushrooms trip reports have in common? You tell me.

  1. 👩‍💻 Cyberpunk is not about dark future and noir aesthetic. It can be also be cute and fun!
  2. 👨‍💻 Fablabs are at the forefront on how to collect data for citizen action. A key tool for smart city projects. How Barcelona shushed noise-makers with sensors. While the finality of the project might be questionnable, it is still remarkable how data can be used by citizens for a change.
  3. 📸 I published a series on anger. They are all analog photographies, without any editing.
  4. 🔐 A worrying thread on reddit for anybody traveling to some parts of China near the Uyghur population: Chinese border police install software on a traveller’s Android device.
  5. 🔑👩‍💻 Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian, and Iyad Rahwan , all working at the MIT Media Lab, created an image-captioning AI and fed it with gore images from a subreddit. Once trained, they asked it to caption Rorschach inkblots and compared the results from a standard AI. Results are a bit disturbing!
  6. 🔑 An interesting idea and point of view by Paul Stamets: “Plants and mushrooms have intelligence, and they want us to take care of the environment, and so they communicate that to us in a way we can understand.” Why us? “We humans are the most populous bipedal organisms walking around, so some plants and fungi are especially interested in enlisting our support. Michael Pollan on what it’s like to trip on the most potent magic mushroom.
  7. 📸 Suprachromacy is a project by Marcus Wendt who used infrared macro photography of cacti to create images questioning our own sense of perception.
  8. ℹ️ The cool people at ThePudding ask this question: Are Hit Songs Becoming Less Musically Diverse? and answer with a hell lot of data. Last year, they were also ranking rappers by their vocabulary.

Happy reading,

Marc

Image Credit: The Elephant’s Trunk Nebula in Cepheus by Stephen Leshin.


Nebula #15

June 1, 2018Nebula

In the Heart of the Tarantula Nebula

Salut!

Do I want to write an intro? No. So here we go with a very futuristic link selection.

  1. 👩‍🎨👨‍💻🔑 This is the most fascinating article I ever read on Art, AI, and Blockchain: Does AI Art Belong in the Physical, Digital, or Crypto World?.
  2. 🎧 I love this psychedelic groove: Marhaba by Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, Floating Points & James Holden.
  3. 🔐 Oli Frost has put all his personal Facebook data on eBay. Yes, you can really bid!
  4. 🔐 Nathan Toups has wrote a good article on going completely “Unquantified“. He also wrote a censorship resistant deadman’s switch. Do we live in a cyberpunk world? Absolutely!
  5. 👩‍💻👩‍🎨 You have to watch the videos/gifs of Madeline Gannon training industrial robots to use body language to communicate.
  6. 🔑 If you’re wondering how I often feel about technology: This is how I feel.
  7. 🎧 For some reasons, I spent a few days only listening to FIP (the best musical radio, and it’s french!). I created a playlist with some tunes I like.

Happy reading,

Marc

Image Credit: In the Heart of the Tarantula Nebula by ESA, NASA, Hubble, ESO ; Processing: Danny LaCrue.


Nebula #14

May 25, 2018Nebula

The Gum Nebula Expanse. Image Credit & Copyright: John Gleason

Salut!

I don’t have much to share this week. I spent less time surfing the web and more time enjoying the real life.

  1. ?‍? Joanna Swirska is a tattoo artist from Poland who creates trippy tattoos with neon-like green and blue.
  2. ?‍? AMA – a short film by Julie Gautier. A beautiful underwater choregraphy by Julie Gautier, a free diving champion.
  3. ? L.B. Dub Corp (a.k.a. Luke Slater) released a techno album called Side Effects on his own imprint Mote Evolver. I love his former album Unknown Origin released in 2013 on Ostgut Ton.
  4. ? SeekSickSound premiered Flore’s Iskaba released on LowUp for their 10th anniversary.
  5. ??‍? Mark Burgess released some Promise Theory notes applied to Blockchain / Consensus.

Happy reading,

Marc

Image Credit & Copyright: The Gum Nebula Expanse by John Gleason.


Nebula #13

May 18, 2018Nebula

RedRectangle_HubbleSchmidt_1140

Hey hey hey !

You good?

I finally picked a name for this section on the blog. I was never satisfied with the “Links Worth Sharing” name. It was a bit too cold. I haven’t settled for a language as well. I’d like to write in French but I want as well to reach a global audience. I read mostly articles in English, so I’m not sure it makes sense to write French here.

I picked the name “Nebula”. The latin for “fog” or “cloud”. It’s also in reference of the Interstellar Cloud which can give birth to stars. As I’m more and more drawn into astronomy, I think it suits well. This section is an unorganized collection of links, which feeds my mind with inspiration.

  1. ??? La Quadrature du net engagera une action collective contre les GAFAM. Inscrivez-vous !
  2. ?‍? Walls and Skin, a tattoo shop in multiple cities in the Netherlands, offers you to preserve your tattoos after your death. One of the cofounder, Judith Van Bezu, even released a thesis.
  3. ? Childish Gambino released a new music video called “This is America”, directed by Hiro Murai. An analysis on Twitter. The Lyrics and their explanation. The New Yorker article about the video.
  4. ℹ️ Spotify removes artists from playlist as part of New Hate Content & Hateful Conduct Policy. L’article en Français.
  5. ?‍? The Sisyphus Kinetic Art Table is a handcrafted, smart, and meditative coffee table. A Raspberry-pi controlled marble continuously draws in Kinetic sand mandala-like drawings. Hypnotic!
  6. ?‍? eVolo‘s 2018 Skyscraper competition winner is a concept for a foldable skyscraper for disaster zones named Skyshelter.zip, by Damian Granosik, Jakub Kulisa, and Piotr Pańczyk.
  7. ? Daniel DeNicola, a Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, argues in a short but dense piece that You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to.

Happy reading,

Marc

Image: The Red Rectangle Nebula from Hubble. Credit: Hubble, NASA, ESA; Processing & License: Judy Schmidt.


Links Worth Sharing #12

April 12, 2018Nebula

Aloha,

Here are some links I think are worth sharing. I’m taking a few weeks off ?, so please wait a bit for the next edition!

  1. ? I finished binging Star Trek: Enterprise. Despite its many default, I loved this show! The final episode is utter shit though.
  2. ? Speaking of binging, The End of the F***ing World is pretty fun to binge!
  3. ? I started reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and it’s already blowing my mind. I love that kind of big unifying theory.
  4. ? A few months ago I read Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth by R. Buckminster Fuller. The theory of the Great Pirates is highly inspiring. He also describes the problem with our accounting. It seems boring but it’s actually one of the biggest problem we have as neo-liberalism is such a shitty system when speaking of externalities.
  5. ? A Curated List of Privacy Respecting Services and Software. Use it if you want to find alternative to human-farming services.
  6. ℹ?? En France, les villes lentes font leur chemin. Basé sur le modèle du Slow Food, les Slow Cities conjuguent ruralité et urbanité.
  7. ? Minimal warm groovy house music? Yes please! Farben Presents James DIN A4.
  8. ?‍? NEEEEED! LEGO Just Got Stylish: Modular Furniture to Bring Out Your Inner Child .

Thanks for reading!

Marc


Links Worth Sharing #11

April 6, 2018Nebula

Aloha,

Here are some links I think are worth sharing.

  1. ? The fastest, privacy respecting, DNS resolver is here. Switch to 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 as soon as you can.
  2. ?‍? Scott Listfield’s pop culture paintings of an astronaut exploring a future Earth.
  3. ℹ️ These Glorious Satellite Images Visualize Earth From The Side. And it looks like a video game.
  4. ℹ️ Parkland Students must wear clear backpacks.. This is stupid on so many levels.
  5. ℹ️ The fascinating world of Instagram’s virtual celebrities. 3D rendered models get so much followers on Instagram that they become influencers.
  6. ? “This is people dancing to the decontextualised, reified, corporatised, liberalised, neutralised, asexualised, re-genderised pop reflection of yesteryear’s dance floor’s reality!”. “The Only Constant is Struggle” — DJ Sprinkles Talks Homophobia, Liberal Bullshit, and Why Music is Aural Capitalism.
  7. ? My favorite kind of house music: Hardrock Striker – Motorik Life (DJ Sprinkles’ Moutain of Despair).
  8. ??‍?? Are.na: A distraction-free space where you can collect anything, organize your thoughts, and develop ideas over time. It’s also a community where curiosity and collaboration are more important than algorithms and likes.

Thanks for reading!

Marc


Links Worth Sharing #10

March 30, 2018Nebula

Salut,

Not much to read this week. I was too stressed with my talk at the Symfony Live. Anyway, here are some links I think are worth sharing.

  1. ? Kei Nishikori meets Nujabes: perfect hip-hop album for a rainy sunday.
  2. ℹ️ Elephants “smoke”.
  3. ℹ️ Resistance Is Futile. To Change Habits, Try Replacement Instead.
  4. ? I listen to a lot of punk and rock I can’t really put a label on. Amyl and the Sniffers – Cup Of Destiny, The Money Store – Death Grips, Eurgh! – Breakfast Muff, Massicot – Massicot.
  5. ?‍? ?? J’ai donné une talk au Symfony Live Paris sur l’Architecture Modulaire grâce à Symfony et l’écosystème Open-Source.
  6. ??? Allez au Bel Ordinaire à Paris, une belle place pour se restaurer !

Thanks for reading!

Marc

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Une soirée au Bel Ordinaire

March 30, 2018Gastronomie

J’ai découvert Le Bel Ordinaire, une épicerie / cave / table avec un modèle d’investissement participatif assez intéressant. Je me suis régalé ! Oeufs durs cuits à la perfection, déliceuse mayo au pesto. Radis servis avec un beurre au fenouil, citron et romarin. Saucisse de morteau, haricots coco, sauce vigneronne. Millefeuille en dessert. Tout est très bien fait et se prête au partage… Au niveau des quilles, des belles bouteilles, originales, et qui penchent du côté nature de la force.

La petite surprise de la soirée était le “SPLASH!”, un pétillant naturel avec un taux d’alcool à 9,5%, d’une fraicheur absolue !

 


Slides: Architecture Modulaire au Symfony Live 2018 Paris

March 29, 2018Blog

J’ai eu le plaisir de donner une conférence pour le Symfony Live 2018 à Paris. Voici les slides.

Architecture modulaire grâce à Symfony et l’écosystème open-source

Les avancées présentes dans les dernières versions de Symfony et la maturité de l’écosystème open-source permettent de réaliser des architectures modulaires de grande qualité, avec des paradigmes de développement différents. Nous verrons, avec le case study d’AudienceHero, comment tirer parti des meilleures briques logicielles (Autoconfiguration, Autowiring, ApiPlatform, React Admin, etc.) afin de créer des systèmes modulaires complets.

Le PDF est dispo ici.