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Monday 9 July 2012

the Music can too bend waters...

Moses: The First Waterbender

Everyone knows Moses, the Hebrew leader who divided the waters, to save his people.

As illustrated by this fabulous drawing above, from 'das chupa', Moses is somehow the first waterbender! ;-)

But, can Music too bend the waters?
Well, no. But it can freeze water, move it forward or backward! You don't trust me, look at this:

Check the 'More info' button to get details. Basically, this is just an optical illusion.
So, no, music can't bend, or even really move water :-(

What is sure however, is that Music makes our lives better. Probably not all the Humanity, but at least a very big part.

Personally, Music is deeply part of my life. I always have a song or a beat in mind.Every moment of the day, every mood, has it's own type of Music:

  • techno: at the very heart of my life.
    I'm a great fan, from the early house days, back in the mid 80 (when I was a young boy) and Detroit techno / Acid a few years later, through Drum&Bass, hardcore (more 'breakbeat' than 'happy'), trance, a tiny bit of Dance and most of the Techno variations...
    Techno is what keeps me moving, and doing all the many things I'm doing (trust me, I can teach you what 'busy' means ;-))
    I'm especially fond of electro - happy - house: David Guetta (One More Love especially, at the top of my playlist with lots of tracks), Eric Prydz, Basto Yves V (Cloudbreaker), ...
  • Reggae, ragga, ska : back to my rastafarian roots... Steel Pulse, Yellow man, Sly & Robbie... and Bob !!
    Waow, this guy, the great Bob Marley, was more than a singer. He actually created one of the biggest movement for peace and ended a war! Remember this, whenever you sing "Jammin": this song has saved lifes!
    I love the early Ska days: Bob singing 'One cup of coffee' is very punchy and joyful (despite the lyrics!).

Rap, R&B, Soul, Classic, Ethnic&World, Rock, ... waow, I realize that I have a lot more to say. too much for a single post.
It's decided, I'll really post on Music! So much to say, so much to share. Music is pleasure, you can too share it ;-)

cheers,
Arno (written while listening One More Love, D. Guetta)
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thanks to the daily geek show for pointing its article

Sunday 1 July 2012

Opening session

There we are: this blog is finally open (again)!

It's still a work in progress (by definition!), and I don't have much time to spare in it though. So please, bear with me.

I will be talking here about power management, mainly through my various Opensource effort such as the project I'm proudly leading (NUT - Network UPS Tools).

More generally, about Green IT and Freen IT (Green IT using Free Software), with some thoughts on Opensource.

I will also also post on the green citizenship, life in general and my beloved mountain. And a bit on music and the many other topics I like or love...

About /me:

Currently working full time for Eaton, as the Engineering expert and technical leader on Linux, Unix and SW developments.

Network UPS Tools project leader since 2005, Debian developer since 2001, Free Software hacker since 1997.

For more information on my professional career, see my linkedIn profile, my contributions to Opensource or simple Google me.

I'm also a Local Councilor, in Saint Bernard du Touvet (a cute village of 700 peoples, in the mountain Chartreuse, French Alps), since 2008. And I have been Staff Representative at Eaton, between 2008 and 2012.

I'm finally a green citizen, engaged and passionate in everything I do, married with a beautiful Mauritius woman (Soobalutchmee, which means "morning light" in Indi), that gave me two lovely kids (Ethan and Benjamin).

Saturday 24 September 2011

These wonderful flying fools...

I am now living for 4 years on the Plateau des Petites Roches, a geological singularity that takes the form of a plateau of 10 km long, attached to the mountain at 1000 m high. I will post later on it, since it’s worth, but not the topic today.

This place is known worldwide for free flying. And every year, around the end of September, occurs the great annual international free flying event:

la Coupe Icare

During 4 days, all kinds of free flying are represented and honored:

  • Aerobatic shows by hang glider and paraglider pilots
  • Acrobatic sailplane
  • Parachuting and wingsuit
  • ULM and gyro demos
  • Pulma and paramotors
  • Kites and sports kiting
  • Boomerang
  • Air Force acrobatic team demo
  • Paraglider manufacturers demos
  • Demos by the French military parachuting team

It’s soO0Oo good to feel like a child again every year, by simply looking at the sky.
Thanks to you Icarus, men are now flying ^_^

Monday 27 September 2010

Penguin strikes back...

Seen during the last strike in France:

Penguin strikes back...

The (not so visible) slogan means "we are not penguins".

Well, we are not windows either! And why do you think that penguins are small defenseless things? For those leaving under a rock, Linux mascot is a penguin. In other word, the emblem of the biggest IT revolution (I actually mean the Free and Opensource software in general).

Jokes aside, the reasons of this strike are serious, and the way the government deals with this is probably sub optimal:

having more workers on the market, without having more work is simply a non sense! You will only be increasing unemployment, so public taxes in the end.

Looking for a solution to social and economic crisis?

(thanks to Luc for the picture, Seb for his support and my brother Guillaume for the video link)