Friday, November 16, 2007

Why 24 Didn't Air in 1994

That's why:)

La France, pays gréviste ?

Un article publié dans Libération s'efforce de prouver le contraire. Intéressant, même provoquant et ça mérite une investigation plus poussée parce que je ne suis pas d'accord avec cette approche de la question des grèves. Par contre je vois peux de pays dans lesquel les étudiants des universités publiques sautent aussi rapidement au blocage - c'est d'ailleurs la deuxième année consécutive que cela arrive - et je ne suis pas sûr que leur apport est compté dans les "journées individuelles non travaillées pour fait de grève". Dans ce cas pensons au CPE et les chiffres augmenteraient immédiatement.

Morning Wise Thoughts

Spidart, a very promising (and Web 2.0) project enabling people to actually finance the production of their favorite band's album. With a little chance it might be the next big hit in the music business. Hopefully not only mainstream crap will emerge from it.

While sneezing, people close their eyes for their eyeballs not to pop out in the process.

The most musical and obsessive word of the week : Disembowelment.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Goalies. Should I Stay or Should I Go.

Interesting assertion about goalkeepers' behavior when confronted with penalty kick. Statistically, they should remain in the goal's center and (I assume) jump only after the kick is shot. It's always nice to discover that a personal conclusion is scientifically confirmed. Nevertheless I bet that once goalies would start jumping considerably less and stay more in the center, the statistical distribution of the kicks will alter accordingly in the sense that more penalty kicks will be shot on the sides, shots that are considerably more difficult to stop than a center kick. The real question here is whether the goalkeeper's efficiency would improve by changing his behavior of which I'm not really sure - except if they adapt their physical aptitudes to grow springs instead of feet, in which case strikers also will also specialize in shooting mostly in the upper corners and so on and so forth.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

For Delicate (Y)Ears

A few tunes for this evening to complete my list of high quality musical recommendations of the week:

One common feature stands out, we-got-a-damn-good-drummer, but it's up to you to tell the stylistic differences between the three blends. I leave you now with my favorite tune of the week, Phobophile from Cryptopsy.

On Strike. Again.

The French unions are on strike again starting from tomorrow and this time it looks like it may last a little bit longer than one month ago. The issue is the same, the pension reform of the public sector. The encouraging part is that this time too the French find it unjustified (Ifop poll for Metro).

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Minstrels in Town

Last Thursday's evening was simply memorable as we saw Corvus Corax live in Lyon. The concert took place in some small and obscure concert hall in suburbia - intuitively name Lyon's Hall - quite far from any sign of electricity enabled civilization - the electricity didn't lack completely as there actually was a fridge full of cold beer at the bar. Inside there was room for no more than 100 people and the number of spectators didn't exceed it, but this was rather pleasant, creating a familiar and intimate enough atmosphere for a high quality acoustic concert of medieval folk music. Such opportunities are far too rare these days not to be savored at their full extent and so we did:) I must admit I'm not a die hard fan - or at least I wasn't one before the beginning of concert - but I was into from the first sight of Corvus Corax on scene - it also helped that we were practically in the first row in the immediate proximity of the musicians, small concert hall, small scene. Everything about them was breathtaking: the amazing costumes, the intriguingly shaped instruments (authentic medieval ones hand crafted by one of the band members), their marvelous sound (4 bagpipes simultaneously unleashing their fury right in front of you can be a rather consuming experience), the overall feasting-in-joy atmosphere the musicians/entertainers were creating by constantly addressing to each other and the public in words and music. Needless to say, this wasn't exactly your everyday concert played by conventionally dressed college trained people obediently sitting on their chairs not to disturb the hands clapping immobile fly on the highest peak of the cello, this was pure energy delivered straight from the source in the shape of either joyful saltarelli or mournful ballads by the most famous minstrels in the world. Cheers!

Sur le mouvement étudiant

Un très amusant billet de versac sur le sujet: Ami étudiant. De mon côté j'ai aussi une pensée pour tous les étudiants qui s'opposent au blocage des universités. Je trouve que ce sont eux qui manifestent le plus de courage en ce moment.

La fin du billet est grandiose:

"[Et amie Valérie - on est amis sur facebook - quitte à provoquer une ire de cette ampleur, est-ce que ça ne valait pas le coup d'oser aller un peu plus loin dans la réforme ?]"
PS : J'ai entendu que demain ils veulent même bloquer les trains. Je suis déçu de leur annoncer qu'ils n'auront rien à bloquer entre Lyon et St. Etienne, il n'y aura pas de trains, que des cars. Encore.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Subprimes

Chez Jeffo un billet très pédagogique sur la crise des subprimes.