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Tuesday, August 13 2013

Happy 10, Dotclear!


What is Dotclear?

Dotclear, the little blog engine that could, is an open source content management software. I've started playing with it a few years after I started blogging, fed up that I was with the lack of flexibility of the online platforms I'd been using until then, and I never went back—how could I? From its start, a little over four years ago, AmRhaps in English has been powered by Dotclear as well.

More than a tool, though, Dotclear is also a community of amazing people. I met them on the forums when trying to figure out how to make this thing here have that behavior there, on their blogs, on twitter, and then, for some of them, in real life. Year after year, Dotclear has been a growing part of my blogging experience... so when, last month, Kozlika sent a cry for help and called for contributions, I didn't hesitate before signing up. I'm now proud to be part of the team, however so modestly, as an occasional tester and, more reliably, one of the English voices of Dotclear, both on twitter and on the blog (where I even comment in my broken but cheerful German if needed).

Happy birthday, Dotclear, and here's to another ten years!

Tuesday, July 21 2009

I Think I'm Paranoid (Manipulate It)

Hmm, well. It was pointed out to me that blogging about work, especially when said work can be identified provided you read American Rhapsody with enough care, wasn't necessarily the smartest thing to do.

But nobody reads me, I thought. I get a few dozens of hits a day, mostly on the French pages, and none of them from anywhere near here. And I haven't been that harshly critical. And I'm only here until September anyway.

Still. I have written things I would have kept to myself had I been writing under my own name, and I'm clearly not that far from doing that anyway, so I taken a few posts (or parts of posts) down.

Nevertheless, I'll have you know that I have no idea where the reams of paper are kept. The printers seem to always be magically refilled whenever necessary without requiring any external intervention.

And if I have the courage, I'll write about re-reading Jane Austen sometime soon. Don't expect anything deep, though: it's been done too many times by more gifted than me.

Wednesday, May 20 2009

I Told You So!

Yup. I did it at last! After months and months of toying with the idea and talking about it, I upgraded AmRhaps to dotclear2 (which had, in the meanwhile, moved from 2.0 to 2.1.5), adapted my theme to the vastly irritating new format, and created an English section.

And obviously, I made it happen when I am tremendously busy, having to finish an insane amount of projects before (1) my officemate and collaborator graduates (2) a conference deadline (Advisor and I are submitting two papers and I am loosely participating in a third one) and 3) I leave for Israel, where I am going to spend the whole summer interning in a very nice industry research lab, while two projects will keep moving on with only my remote assistance (three weeks from now... and I still don't have my plane tickets, which is driving me insane).

But the good news is, although I am getting more than my share of stress, wondering if I will ever get my PhD (the other student in the lab who started the same year as me graduated Friday morning -- to be exactly accurate, I should mention a third guy started in the Fall of 2005, but he quit the program, so I guess I'm not in that bad of a shape), and more generally speaking completely losing it, going to Israel means I get to spend some time in France both in June and September. And that, readers dearest, is beyond cool.

Especially when topped with the sweetness of the discovery of Tel-Aviv and Haifa (and I hope, many more places), the mental break of being away from the lab, and having the same mornings and evenings as France (moving from nine hours behind to one hour ahead is going to be quite surprising, I'm sure).

I read

Mostly detective stories. Occassionally, weird fantasy, theater, or Chinese literature in Italian (I have fantastic friends), real well-written books.

I listen to

Mof Montreal, Caravan Palace, the Ditty Bops, Dango Reinhardt, the National, Minor Majority, Léo Ferré, Beethoven, Sonny Rollins, Laura Marling, Erlend Øye, Hjaltalin, Sufjan Stevens, Yuri Bashmet. And others.

I am

late, I'm late, I'm late for a very important date, delighted by Oscar Wilde (One should always be a little improbable), a little improbable, still very much of a bloody leftist, heathen atheist, and a woman scientist.

Deep Thought

'To leave is to die a little. But to die is to leave a lot' (translated from French)
[Alphonse Allais]

(Almost) Legal Mentions

(Dammit this one joke only works in French. You're missing out.)
Not recommended for children under 36 months.
Please handle carefully.
Beware of the kitty.
Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.*
* Strike out if inapplicable