Monday, December 22, 2003


'DVD Jon' has been acquitted.
And, roughly on the same theme: The RIAA Succeeds Where the Cypherpunks Failed (I've not read this one yet, but the link source meets my quality requirements).
This is for the tech news, else I'm on holidays (finally), I'll move in tomorrow (and during the next two weeks).
I've got the [photo] (opens in popup)(hopefully) of the building entrance (thanks to pagesjaunes and visiocity).


Well, I've played with this popup thingy, got a headache now.
cya world.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003


Two things:

First: I've decided to shift my position on the internet, refresh some old websites, delete the very old ones, and merge my identities back in the first one.
Which is Kyrlian, my friends call me kyr.
ryk obviously comes from there.
I'm writing different type of things, novels, blog, whatever, so at first I wanted to keep the styles separated, and used different - even if similar - names.
Now I'm quite settled, I now I'll continue to blog, even if not at the same rythm, I'll continue to write, so it's time to get that together.
To be honest, it won't change nothing for you, except this post will be signed kyr. (and all the previous posts as well, as blogger will republish everything with the new nick)

Second: Tonight I was Santa Clauss. At work, I'm the only guy with no children (except for the boss, who wouldn't do Santa Clauss anyway), thus I was the one with the red costume and the backpack full of gifts, coming in the meeting room where the children where eating christmas cake, and shouting HOHOHO, Merry Christmas (which goes 'Joyeux Noel' in the original version). Well, that was a first time.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003


I opened my blog to tell you about my recent discovery: It's Much More Easy To Write On Paper Than On Keyboard.

But then I remembered that I wanted to find a fire screen saver, so I asked google, and browsed trough the first results. I was quite surprised to see that some companies actually try to sell screen savers, for 10 dollars or so (no link here, I believe in free content, not in the "let's ask for money and see if people buy it" attitude). Then I tried a demo (demo meaning "view a version with our name blinking in the corner, and pay later", not demo as "Let's do something impressive wich will be 10kos and run on my grandmother's amiga at 60fps", but that's not really the point), a burning fire. Well that's what I was looking for, but I guess the code is somewhere on sourceforge(?), and I would need about 4 hours to javac out a windowed fire - add free. I'll let you know. (And if you know someone has already done that, tell me)

Now, this was just a remark, and before I go and browse sourceforge to see if a fire hell project already exists, I'll finish with the first point: "It's Much More Easy To Write On Paper Than On Keyboard."
Let me explain. I write stuff like small novels, poems, which are published somewhere on the internet - in French - and not signed ryk, but if you search, you'll find. Whatever, the thing is I usually write on paper, mainly when not at home, and then type back on my notepad.
Some time ago I wanted to write a novel, I hadn't any paper ready, so I tried to start and thing about the story line, find the main character, the plot, the landscape, to draw a global picture. I couldn't. I tried with this method for two weeks, but as soon as I tried to think about the novel, my mind wandered to whatever other subject of immediate concern, and so long for the storyboard. So after a while, I took my notepad (the paper kind), a pen, and waited for five seconds, trying to remember what name I had choosen. Ten minutes later I had my first chapter. (I do small chapters).
I still don't know what the end will be, but I guess my pen will decide along the lines.

And that's all for tonight, I got to find my fire now.
Cya world.

Saturday, December 13, 2003


Short day.
Gone home with the first metro, slept from 7 to 3pm, wandered around till night (which started 2 hours later).

I've seen Love actually, Love, actually, is all around. Well, it's good, in the fashion of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, Two Weeks Notice (well, this last one was less fun).

Wired reports that Microsoft will issue a patch to remove two swastika symbols from the 'Bookshelf Symbol 7' font. Well. Shall we also remove all the letters used to spell genocide ?.
(Reminders: what is the swastika. [1], [2] )

Thursday, December 11, 2003

I feel like blogging tonight.
But I don't have any particular subject in mind, so it'll be a bit confused until I grasp a line.
Well, I have my first christmas gift ready. The thing is It's mine. I really must go shopping this weekend. I always go the 'but last' weekend for my christmas shopping, never could get myself to do it earlier.
So, my gift to myselft is a toaster. The English kind, wallace & gromit kind, the kind you don't find in France. Thanks to TBoB, who lives oversea, I'll have one when taking my first breakfeast in my new home.

I didn't give any news about my finally successfull search for an apartment, I found a nice studio near Alesia metro station, south of Paris, I shall move in during christmas holidays, which will start december 20th. You'll be welcome home.

This being done, I got to find new objectives for next year. Or maybe I'll just let me live for a while, just to try the taste of time passing by.

Well, I've been monitoring the news these last days, but nothing extraordinary is happening in december, malls are packed with givers and gifts, ads are dressed in red and white and singing 'HoHoHo', the cold is as cold as usual, the global warming seems to have stopped during winter.

What an abrupt end.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Rain and Snow

12 minutes to finish Quake1 (torrent). Impressive.
Yeah, you'll need bittorent to dl that.
Watched the news tonight. My god, this little French screen, national news, flood, rain, cold. For a second I felt trapped in the past, a glimpse in a small world.
TV again, a masterpiece. Not so bad after all.