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Introducing the Fartbot

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This was a little challenge my kid and I set for ourselves: building a fartbot. Contrary to its name, it doesn’t fart (I can feel your disappointment) – it’ll end up being a mobile-controlled ghost-like robot that produces fog and awkward sounds. We just finished step one: making a bluetooth controlled moving platform – which ended up being pretty easy (thanks to the pile of tutorials out there, and awesome embedded platforms such as Arduino). We set up a build log on fartbot.co, so feel free to build yours too and let us…read more

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Chess and running – busy sunday !

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Busy sunday with a chess tournament and the 20km of Paris run. My first real chess competition ( 2h for 30 moves + 1h K.O.) … lost the game in the middle game when I thought that doubling a pawn was worth to let me keep the paca and increase pressure…. 17. d5? was a deadly mistake…. after that move it’s been a fall to hell. The opening did a great job confusing the opponent but he found the proper sequences and kept cool and was very precise in his defense, I…read more

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Scuba diving in Lanzarote

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Holidays ! That time of the year where I can finally stop fantasizing about scuba diving and can actually log a few dives. This time we chose a weird scuba destination: the volcanic island of Lanzarote, in the Canary islands. The island was featured in the movie “Broken embraces” by Pedro Almodovar and has been thoroughly staged by the local artist Cesar Manrique creating a one-of-a-kind experience in that otherwise dry piece of land. The diving there is amazing, although the heavy wind and tides may make it a bit tough for…read more

Ksso.net is back from the dead

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After 2 weeks down (the server got hacked and closed without any notice by online.net ) and after looking at low-cost yet feature-full hosting options, ksso.net is finally back online ! I took the opportunity to also clean up the image links in the database (some very old links were bogus) but for some reason the recovery of the database from the hacked server induced some encoding issues :/ – which I’m not sure how to solve (and may not be worth the time). This brings back to a big question: this…read more

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Paris half-marathon 2011

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This was my first half-marathon ever, and while I did train a lot and regularly, I never actually took the time to try this distance before. The max I ever did in my training sessions was 15km. I did thus start the race with some level of apprehension, quite unsure of what the best way to handle the event was. I started in the 1:50:00 objective group and set my runkeeper to a 5:12 min/km objective pace. The first 10 km where a dream, I was literally flying by all the other…read more

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Back from DisneyWorld & KSC

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Just spent a super cool week of vacation with wife and kids at Walt Disney World in Florida. Amazing weather (sun and heat, hard to imagine when it’s cloudy and around 7ºC here in Paris) and a lot of fun enjoying the 4 parcs (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios). We also hopped to the Kennedy Space Center glance at Discovery on her launching pad for her last space mission (launching in 11hrs). Apparently the US are abandoning their shuttle program to move back to rockets (!?) with the Constellation…read more

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Ocean Biographic Information System

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Just stumbled on this site and was quite in awe regardign the amount of data recorded there. OBIS is an amazing online database with an über-powerful search engin to learn more about marine species (i.e. where and when can I see hammerhead-sharks). With our evolving OBIS database repository, users can identify biodiversity hotspots and large-scale ecological patterns, analyze dispersions of species over time and space, and plot species’ locations with temperature, salinity, and depth.

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