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Without you!

Monday, September 12th, 2022

Even through impenetrable darkness Ukraine and the civilized world see these acts of terrorism clearly.
Deliberate, cynical missile strikes on civilian critical infrastructure. No military targets. The Kharkiv and Donetsk regions are without power. In Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Sumy there are issues with food supply.

Do you still believe that we are one people?
Do you still think that you can frighten, crush, and bend us into submission?
You really understand nothing?
You don’t realize who we are? What we are for? What we are about?

Read my lips:
No gas or no you? No you.
No lights or no you? No you.
No water or no you? No you.
No food or no you? No you.
Cold, hunger, darkness, and thirst – for us these are less frightening and less deadly than your friendship and brotherhood.

But history will arrange everything.

And we will have gas, electricity, water, and food – and we won’t have you.


Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky

Sans vous !

Monday, September 12th, 2022

Même dans l’obscurité totale, l’Ukraine et le monde civilisé voient clairement ces actes terroristes.
Des attaques de missiles délibérées et cyniques sur des infrastructures civiles critiques. Pas de cibles militaires. Les régions de Kharkiv et de Donetsk privées d’électricité. Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Sumy, toutes partiellement privées de courant.

Pensez-vous toujours que nous ne sommes « qu’un seul peuple » ?
Pensez-vous encore que vous pouvez nous effrayer, nous briser, nous persuader de faire des concessions ?
Vous ne comprenez donc vraiment rien ?
Vous ne comprenez donc pas qui nous sommes ? Ce que nous défendons ? De quoi il s’agit pour nous ?

Lisez sur mes lèvres :
Sans gaz ou sans vous ? Sans vous.
Sans électricité ou sans vous ? Sans vous.
Sans eau ou sans vous ? Sans vous.
Sans nourriture ou sans vous ? Sans vous.
Parce que pour nous le froid, la faim, l’obscurité et la soif ne sont pas aussi terribles et mortels pour nous que votre « amitié et fraternité ».

Mais l’histoire remettra tout à sa place.

Nous aurons du gaz, de la lumière, de l’eau et de la nourriture… et tout cela, nous l’aurons SANS vous !


Volodymyr Zelensky, Président de l’Ukraine

Pole Dancing

Monday, June 20th, 2022

Yes, Pole Dancing:

Prenez garde aux choses que vous dites

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022

Jeunes gens, prenez garde aux choses que vous dites.
Tout peut sortir d’un mot qu’en passant vous perdîtes.
Tout, la haine et le deuil ! – Et ne m’objectez pas
Que vos amis sont sûrs et que vous parlez bas… -
Écoutez bien ceci :

Tête-à-tête, en pantoufle,
Portes closes, chez vous, sans un témoin qui souffle,
Vous dites à l’oreille au plus mystérieux
De vos amis de cœur, ou, si vous l’aimez mieux,
Vous murmurez tout seul, croyant presque vous taire,
Dans le fond d’une cave à trente pieds sous terre,
Un mot désagréable à quelque individu ;
Ce mot que vous croyez que l’on n’a pas entendu,
Que vous disiez si bas dans un lieu sourd et sombre,
Court à peine lâché, part, bondit, sort de l’ombre !
Tenez, il est dehors ! Il connaît son chemin.
Il marche, il a deux pieds, un bâton à la main,
De bons souliers ferrés, un passeport en règle ;
- Au besoin, il prendrait des ailes, comme l’aigle ! -
Il vous échappe, il fuit, rien ne l’arrêtera.
Il suit le quai, franchit la place, et cætera,
Passe l’eau sans bateau dans la saison des crues,
Et va, tout à travers un dédale de rues,
Droit chez l’individu dont vous avez parlé.
Il sait le numéro, l’étage ; il a la clé,
Il monte l’escalier, ouvre la porte, passe,
Entre, arrive, et, railleur, regardant l’homme en face,
Dit : – Me voilà ! je sors de la bouche d’un tel. -

Et c’est fait. Vous avez un ennemi mortel.

Victor Hugo, Toute la lyre

Un secret fondamental du monde

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Le Magazine du monde du 16 avril 2022 contient un bel article d’Emmanuel Grynszpan (@EmGryn) nommé Odessa, histoire d’un mythe. On y trouve ce superbe paragraphe tiré du livre Les Cinq de Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky  :


Des dizaines de tribus peuplaient Odessa, toutes plus extravagantes, pittoresques et curieuses les unes que les autres. Au début, on riait les uns des autres. Puis on a appris à rire de soi. Puis de tout, même de ce qui blesse et de ce que l’on aime. Peu à peu, les habitants ont désappris à prendre au sérieux leurs propres autels. Ainsi, ils ont progressivement découvert un secret fondamental du monde : ce qui est sacré pour toi n’est que baliverne pour ton voisin, qui n’est pour autant ni un voleur ni un clochard. Qu’il ait raison ou tort, il ne faut pas le tuer.

Towing the Tank

Saturday, March 5th, 2022

Swinging the Disaster

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022

Stand With Ukraine

Sunday, February 27th, 2022

Good Morning From Ukraine

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

By @LoupBureau

London Sunset

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Picture by Adam Cannon (@adam_cannon).
More there.

50 Cognitive Bias

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

Looks like 20 is no longer enough. Does it count as declinism?

Timeline of viremia, antigenemia and immune response

Friday, January 7th, 2022

Picture from nejm.org

Hence (not that aligned, but nonetheless operative):

Storm.Arwen@Roker.Pier

Monday, November 29th, 2021

Storm Arwen at Roker Pier (Sunderland). Picture by Alec Jones

14 juillet et théâtre de nuages

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Photographie de @thierryjadot de la patrouille de France au dessus des Tuileries.

Sur le front de la COVID

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Où on découvre que la France a manifestement fait semblant de développer des vaccins.

Et que les variants ont tous d’importantes mutations de la protéine Spike, son outil de pénétration dans la cellule hôte et la cible des vaccins à ARNm.

Research Proposal Flowchart

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Circles, networks and the trust layer

Saturday, February 6th, 2021


A post by Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog)

The internet clearly has a trust problem. As with most things, it helps to start with the Grateful Dead.

After their incarnation as the Warlocks, they became more than a band. It was a family on the road. There were people who gave up their careers to follow them around, living on buses… they were seeing thirty or forty shows a year. You traded tickets, did favors, built relationships. People in the family knew that they’d be seeing each other again soon.

And then, in 1987, Touch of Grey went to #1 (their only top 40 hit) and it attracted a huge (and different) crowd to the shows. Reports were that the intimacy and trust disappeared.

Glen Weyl points out that the internet was started by three tribes, as different from each other as could be. The military was behind the original ARPA (and then DARPA) that built and funded it. Professors at universities around the world were among the early users. And in San Francisco, a group of ‘hippies’ were the builders of some of the first culture online.

Because each of these groups were high-trust communities, it was easy to conclude that the people they’d be engaging online would be too. And so, as the tools of the internet and then the web were built out, they forgot to build a trust layer. Plenty of ways to share files, search, browse, chat and talk, but no way to engage in the very complicated things that humans do around identity and trust.

Humans have been in tribal relationships since before recorded history began. The word “tribe” appears in the Bible more than 300 times. But the internet isn’t a community or a tribe. It’s simply a technology that amplifies some voices and some ideas. When we don’t know who these people are, or if they’re even people, trust erodes.

When a site decides to get big fast, they usually do it by creating a very easy way to join, and they create few barriers to a drive-by anonymous experience. And when they make a profit from this behavior, they do it more. In fact, they amplify it.

Which makes good business in the short run, but lousy public policy.

Twenty years ago, I wrote that if someone goes into a bank wearing a mask (current pandemic aside) we can assume that they’re not there to make a deposit.

And now we’re suffering from the very openness and ease of connection that the internet was built on. Because a collection of angry people talking past each other isn’t a community. Without persistence of presence, some sort of identity and a shared set of ideals, goals and consequences, humans aren’t particularly tempted to bring their best selves to the table.

The system is being architected against our best impulses. Humans understand that local leadership, sacrifice and generosity build community, and that fights and scandals simply create crowds. Countless people are showing up, leading and pushing back, but algorithms are powerful and resilient, and we need some of them to be rebuilt.

Until there’s a correlation between what’s popular or profitable and what’s useful, we’re all going to be paying the price.

Get Rid Of The Red Buttons

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis (@adamzyglis).

According to Wikipedia, the Diet Coke button was a red call button that Donald Trump had placed on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office of the White House during his administration. When pressed, a signal would summon a butler who would bring a Diet Coke on a silver platter. Donald Trump stated to one reporter that “everyone thinks it is [the nuclear button]“. Trump reportedly drank 12 Diet Cokes per day.

In the first few days of Joe Biden’s presidency, he had the button removed.

The red button in a wooden box next to the telephone on the Resolute desk in March 2017.

Cerebral Hemispheres

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Drawing the two cerebral hemispheres as a creative one and an analytic one looks like a trend. At least it gives birth to inspiring images!

Creativity is as important as literacy

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

"Creativity is as important as literacy" – Sir Ken Robinson

From a tweet by @briansolis


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