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Gratuitous selfie: “Make ‘em jump like Rod Strickland” 🏀

Today’s trip to the islands across from the coast: Sainte Marguerite

I forgot how much I hated traveling over the summer when families and young kids are like 80% of other travelers 😑

When the President @EmmanuelMacron is planning a Public Service Announcement speech related to Covid, this is how we dine:

🎸 Listening to mid-90s to late 200s alt-rock and pop-rock! Bring on Oasis, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins 😅

Your summer reminder to “Praise in Public” and “share Feedback in Private”!

A little effort goes a long way! #mondaywisdom

Can I please get a #SundayRead or #LongRead about how How Does It Feel? by D’Angelo might be one of the best and most sexually loaded love songs ever written and performed?

Recent movies watched at the cinema

Baseball Girl

Korean Film Festival in Paris. Beyond the baseball aspects (which I love) this movie was more about societal and political issues. Highly recommend!

Annette

La La Land meets Real Life meets Greek Tragedy

A Quiet Place

Did not see the story going in this direction, and a good time at the movie! AQP 1&2 are such an experience to be enjoyed in theaters!

Street food evening at Belleville tonight #LeFoodMarket #KimchiHotdog

Upgraded my work laptop from a 2018 MBP to one of the new Macbook Air on M1. It’s like going to your first IMAX cinema screening!

Discovered this Brazilian-Japanese bar & restaurant in the middle of the city! Fantastic find!

Also, fun fact: São Paulo has the biggest number of Japanese people outside of Japan, which I had no idea about

Y’all call this candy in the US 🇺🇸 I call this sugar-coated-in-flavoring-and-coloring

Got my Washington Bullets retro jersey from Brooklyn Fizz delivered today — so excited, my very first basketball one! 💪🏼 🏀

🦉👏🏼 One full year of learning Vietnamese on @Duolingo! 🏆 🇻🇳 #DuoStreakSociety

Absolutely loved reading @LaurenzCollins’ feature piece about @OmarSy (@Netflix’s #Lupin) in @NewYorker. It’s about the actor, the show, but also so much more about French society and modern history today!

À propos of nothing: I can confirm that tourists have started traveling back to Paris. In the second half of the summer last year, it was mostly Europeans (Italians and Spaniards, predominantly.) This time around, the number of overseas US visitors is skyrocketing by the day!

The immediate follow-up for me now is to think about Micro.blog vs DayOne vs Tumblr (also an Automattic acquisition)

For the use that I personally have, all of these have inter-connections…

A perfect Sunday morning: - walking to get a morning coffee at a café terrace - picking up some pastries and fresh produce - preparing a homemade brunch, along with fresh juice and coffee

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s my 3000 word essay about this Sunny Saturday

Ok — completely validating #MissionSaigon from @TasterKitchens

My first bike in my adult life! (MBK Super Sport from the late 80s)

A trip down to my parents’ place means that I’ve been able to recover a few records!

One last little walk in Montmartre before going on a weeklong holiday ✌🏼

Trying to think about what would be the simplest/cheapest and overall best way to set up an automated newsletter whenever I post something on Micro.blog 🤔

Maybe something based on the RSS feed of my “Life” category to keep up with friends & family…

My CotCot is back!

My local fried chicken place has finally reopened after months of shutting down during the winter and pandemic!

I’m super excited as they’re part of the way that I experience the neighborhood and I’m mildly addicted to fried chicken!

This makes for a lovely weekend outing and conclusion to the big reopening week here in France!

Literal first drink outdoors this year! #EnTerasse

Mood: > Fate fell short this time > Your smile fades in the summer > Place your hand in mine > I’ll leave when I wanna

I stopped caring what people thought about me at 18 years old, and I can’t stress enough how great it’s been for my own mental health, sense of success, and dealing with success or failure!

Monday Wisdom: Be kind to others but don’t forget to be even kinder to yourself!

A few weeks ago, my wife and I decided to treat ourselves and wanted to make sure we’d remember this difficult 2020-2021 in a positive light.

We had our photos taken by @FlaneriePhoto on an early morning in the City. Love how it turned out!

Fantastic breakdown of the awful and disastrous European Super League on @TheAthletic today!

European Super League explained: the contracts, plots and threats that shook football to its core

This resonates heavily!

“Stop looking for a place you fit in. The world I’ve created for myself, the friends that I have, that’s my world. There’s not another country or place to go to. I accept being different, and I enjoy it.”

@MrEddieHuang Has Come Down from the Mountain

People who have known me for over 5 years know of my love of indie publications! Stoked to have supported @CourierMedia for years and even more so since @DanielGiaco joined!

Cocktail Hour:
- 1 oz Agave
- 0.5 oz St Germain
- fill with litchi juice

Thank you @laurenzcollins — I’ve been so flabbergasted by this monstrosity!

If we could at least not call these ‘tacos’, everything would be better in the world 😅🌯

My first concert was on April 14th, 2004. (First concert away from going with my parents, etc.) Ever since then, something interesting has ALWAYS happened on April 14th. Let’s see if it all goes according to plan tomorrow :)

The other thing that drives me 🍌/🥜 is organizing social group gatherings (which are illegal for the time being BTW). Sometimes it’s really tiring living in a country where the default culture is to do as you please, regardless of official government guidelines… 🤬😤

Having a hard time empathising with French people going on holidays to Spain rn. Besides the legally-gray area (we’re currently in lockdown), the audacity of traveling abroad while the pandemic rages on feels incredibly selfish. We’re barely supposed to leave our 10km radius.

We’re on another snow alert until tomorrow afternoon but here I am squeezing in a quick run… 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🥶

Big throwback #OnThisDay: a hot afternoon walking around in Dubai :)

This #TibzWorldTour was definitely the trip of a lifetime!

Taking a few days off, and really started with waking up at 6am to do a morning photo shoot with my wife, in Paris 🤩

Been listening to my pop punk staples for the past week and it’s legitimately helped with my mental health!

Fall Out Boy, MCR, Simple Plan, Blink, Green Day, Sun 41, where my pop punk squad at?!

Pandemic, lockdown, and sunshine: Cocktail season is upon us!

About life outside of work...

Little known thing about me: I take my fun very seriously!

The past year, living through this global pandemic, has definitely had its ups and downs. In these difficult times, I’m incredibly grateful to have found my place as part of a few wonderful online communities.

I’m proud to have recreated this sense of “life outside of work”, making new friends along the way!

To illustrate this point, I now have a regular spot on a weekly podcast, discussing all things Manchester City Football Club.

Feel free to watch this latest episode and share any feedback — I’m always keen to engage with fellow sports fans: ⚽️🏉🏈🏀⚾️🏒🏎 — or to discover what everyone has focused on OUTSIDE of work since Covid (or prior to that!)

Monday Wisdom: “It’s a marathon, not a sprint” — apply it where needed (in life, at work, in creativity, or anywhere you see fit) and see you at the finish line!

My parents are giving me a serious case of wanderlust!

Having a hard time justifying/tolerating the selfishness of people around me traveling to Italy/Spain for a week-long holiday, enjoying bars and restaurants 😞 🤷🏻‍♂️

Work hard, but don’t take yourself too seriously!

Had to break out the #BelAir on this sunny weekend @MikeDSykes #TheKicksWeWear

No joke, I’ve been listening to this podcast since I was 13-15, about 15 years ago!

Still one of my favorite shows to listen to today!

Anyone else had their formative Internet years on Tumblr? 🙋🏻‍♂️

(Along with MySpace and early years FB/Twitter)

Ahead of #PSGASM, a great memory from last year’s epic 3-3 draw with the one and only @walexturner

Virtual Office Activity: @Spendesk Cooking Class with a famous chef! Can’t wait to taste this tiramisu!

Bourse du Commerce and its rotunda is finally fully renovated! Gorgeous area!

Was wonderful to take a day off today! Birthday week + Lunar New Year celebrations + a lovely winter walk in town!

New delivery from @1PetiteMousse — love to discover new different types of beers

Decadent leftover lunch: Southern-American style chicken & waffles

February is my favorite month and time of the year: birthdays & anniversaries season + @SixNationsRugby (always a good time for family time, together or apart!)

Nice to see some blue sky today after a few too many rainy days in a row

I’m definitely over the top tonight: not sure how she keeps up with me sometimes haha 😛 #TibzTheSportsGuy

Truly a historic day! Almost time to party and breathe a collective sigh of relief! 🎉 🇺🇸 🥲

Snow day in Paris, first time I see this in person since 2012

🐞 Taking care of our pet ladybug at lunchtime… this little one found itself in the kitchen a few days ago, and we’ve seen her pop back on occasion.

Since it’s cold outside it was time to create a little environment for her :)

The NHL is almost back so here’s a good opportunity to share one of my favorite things of all time: watching hockey games in Canadian French

It makes sense considering the history but I didn’t know it was possible until I discovered it last year!

I feel seen: have had to go through these hoops since 2009 so it felt nice to see an acknowledgment that immigrants have always had to deal with technology to keep up with family back home!

Perfect end of a two weeks-long holiday:
- ⚽️ #CHEMCI at 5:30pm.
- 🏈 #Ravens at Bengals at 7pm.
- 🍝 Lasagna dinner at 8pm.
- 🏉 #ASMR92 at 9pm.
- 😴 Sleep at 11pm.

I’m a simple and happy man!

The best NYE is the one you have in your own home #BonneAnnee #2021 #HappyNewYear #Byebye2020

If I hadn’t married this woman, I definitely would now, on the spot

Experimenting with #Spectre for long exposure + Post Processing in #VSCO

My German coworker came to Paris bearing GIFTS 🎁 🍻 🇩🇪

Memories from my trip around the world, on a warm summer day in Bali

Years after @danielgiaco recommended it to me in person, I’ve finally read ”All That Man Is” by David Szalay.

An introspective read for me, as I get closer to 30 years old and wrap up the year just before taking a break fir the holidays

Will be off work for two weeks starting this weekend.

Good opportunity to update and refresh my website/microblog & social profiles!

I’m participating in a (niche) podcast for the first time in ages later this evening!

Looking forward to it, but I feel a bit of impostor syndrome for the first time in a while.

Though the excitement means it’s something I care about 🤗 💙

SNKRS: “A process that delivers both heartache and joy at proportions probably only mirrored by the New York Knicks and their dedicated fanbase.”

Me, a @WashWizards fan: “Aww man, I feel sad that the Wiz traded John Wall, even for Russ”

My wife (a Maryland native and formerly living in DC) who turned me into a Wizards fan: “Well, they couldn’t win anything for 10 years, so maybe the change is good…”

Anyone who knows my wife knows how much she loves cheese— more than dessert! So I got her a CHEESE ADVENT CALENDAR this year 😆 🧀

Getting ready for Thanksgiving (since Thursday isn’t a holiday in France, we waited until the weekend)

Lol:

They moved to exotic locales to work through the pandemic in style. But now tax trouble, breakups and Covid guilt are setting in.

👛 🧺 🦷 Just went in a bargain shopping spree and bought a 2 year supply of laundry detergent, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Ask me anything.

Two highlights of the day #GoodVibesOnly: - family sent over food goodies and specialities from back home - and a very good friend working for Puma gifted me this season’s @ManCity home kit

❤️ 🤩 😭

5:45pm local time, US election day. Beer o’clock? Bourbon Time?

It’s Steelers week for this Ravens fan! 💪🏼🐦 🏈 #RavensFlock

My @AppleMusic recommendations have been incredibly on-point lately! 🤩

I finally figured out how to make “second screen” work on our TV, perfect for game days! #MUNCHE + #BVBSCH #RevierDerby

I’m the type of person who creates a custom @Loom video to respond to my customers, AND I WAVE AT THE END WHEN I SAY GOODBYE

Fuck 2020, we livin’! Invest in yourself, your home, your life 😊

Thinking of COVID and Parisians’ attitude of disregard of guidelines when it comes to sacrifices of their oh-so-important social life, I can only think of a quote from my wife, recently: > “Better be lonely than dead”

Nice day out today: running errands in style, shopping, and starting a locally-sourced liquor cabinet

Micro-photo-blogging series from the past few weeks in the south of France and being back in Paris

Wow, the latest episode of @TedLasso had everything! Excitement, drama, and a soul crushing finish!

Can’t wait for more: this show is real!

Definitely a bit of a mindfuck but TENET was fantastic! Such great casting, music, cinematography and a complex story!

The one time I’ll support PSG: in the final #UCL final against a foreign team I don’t support…

Had to go to the fancy part of town today to run an errand…

First beer and first pizza in 3 months, had to go to the award winning #Bijou

So excited for the return of the @ChampionsLeague #UCL tonight! #CmonCity #MCIRMA

Dim sums and the slow end of my keto diet/transitioning to low-carb

“Automobiles kill around 90,000 Americans every year — about 40,000 in car accidents, and an estimated 50,000 more from long-term exposure to air pollution emitted by cars.”

Ran 2.20 kilometers with Nike⁠ Run Club in Montmartre! Good morning!

🇻🇳 😃 Been learning Vietnamese via @Duolingo for 65 days and yesterday was the funniest yet: Kangaroo is literally “mouse with a bag/pocket” 🦘

=> ** chuột túi ** 🐁 💼

Life comes at you fast: @AS_Monaco is sacking coach for Robert Moreno and hopes to bring in Nico Kovac

Stoked to reconnect with @lostncheeseland (albeit briefly) and celebrating the release of her latest book #TheNewParisienne

“You look like a Candy Cane 🍭”, she said! #AupaAtleti 🔴⚪️

First time at the Cinema since early March! #Memento

Views from our walk tonight around Montmartre

A really interesting visit at the National Museum of Immigration in Paris today!

Saturday morning “Montmartre is a Parisian Village” run

‪Today, my wife and I received these incredible artwork from @britt_mgreene!‬

‪It’s even more beautiful in person! Thanks Brittany!‬

Day 48 of learning Vietnamese via @duolingo 💪🏼 🇻🇳

When she wants me to focus on the essential things… like 🧀

Fary x Colors

Ok.

So let’s say I’m changing my first name… Would it make you look past the fact that I’m not as fair-skinned as other names? Like, if I get a “whiter” French name… What’s the idea, that I’ll whiten over time ? Oh sure, you “don’t even see color”. You have “a friend of a friend that’s even blacker than an Arab”, sorry.

If I was Asian and I changed my name, would that be easier for you to pronounce than “rice-paddy” ? What if I move somewhere else, do I have to change again? Is there like a clever bland name that can bypass your anger? You know, I think even if I got a more French-sounding name, you’d assume something’s up, and at some point in the conversation, you’d be like “…but what’s your real name ?”

And if I change my name, do I have to change anything else for you ? I wanna know that. Are you gonna decide how I should dress, or not dress… or if I’m a woman, how I should undress at the beach ? By the way, it’s not a great look these days, to criticize a woman for “wearing too much”. Just sayin’.

Okay, if I change my name, would you also want to change other words, that aren’t French enough for you? Like, in everyday life ? It’d be tough in the corporate world. They’ll be lost without anglicisms. No more “I’m sending it ASAP ! “ “Let’s make a conf-call ! Why not ? Yes, let’s get lunch sometime ! “

Alright, if I change my name, what are you willing to change ? Say I’m down for the switch, what do you switch ? Are you gonna chill a little ? Maybe ease up a bit ? Because to me it looks like you’re just scared.

Scared to see your world change, at the hands of people like me, when you’re the one who wants me to change in the first place. I don’t even know what you want, actually. I can’t figure it out, because… You want me to change so I feel more integrated, but when I do, you think I’m “Great Replacing” you ?

If I change my name, will I finally not have to justify myself when someone who looks like me, commits a crime that doesn’t ? Or, since I’ll have changed my name, I’ll now have to apologize whenever Nicolas or Patrick screws up ? You know, as they do. Oh no you’re right, these names never need to apologize.

Alright, granted. Would it change anything for you, if the French soccer team won the World Cup twice, thanks to Frenchmen with not-so-French names ? See I’m being sarcastic, that’s as French as it gets. Ok.

Stop. Tell the truth. I was born here, but you’re still terrified

Stop. Tell the truth. You know I’m here, but you always act surprised

I’ll stop. And tell the truth I tell jokes, but that’s not really what they are.

I’ll stop. And tell the truth. I hate it, that you need to hear the truth

Stop. Tell the truth. Tell the truth. Tell the truth.

Watch this incredible piece on YouTube

I’m catching up on the #SnapPartnerSummit (@Snap) and I love the idea of Snapchat being the social layer for life, especially over the FB/IG monolith!

20 days into our Keto Diet and I stopped feeling drowsy in the afternoon + started feeling a lot more energized/focused/thinking more clearly lately!

Almost feels like a Productivity Superpower where I’m able to do 20-30% more within the same time constraints.

First run since starting keto diet, didn’t run in about 10 days 🥵😤

NYT: "Macron Beat Back the Coronavirus. France Is Not Impressed."

“France has fared better than many in the pandemic, especially when compared with the United States, Italy, Spain and especially Britain. Just don’t tell that to the French, who resent Mr. Macron for it more than ever.”

This is what I refer to when I say that my *French people tend to be unreasonable*… Nothing is ever good enough, regardless of results! 🤷🏻‍♂️

Took some time to re-visit one of the biggest flea markets in the world, in our backyard

WTF!

They did follow his advice: > “People have put bleach their food. Others have gargled or inhaled it. And some have washed their bodies with household cleaning and disinfectant products.”

A few thoughts and resources about Racial Injustice & Empathy

This week has been draining.

It’s no longer possible to stay on the sidelines and watch the situation silently. What’s happening now in the US is a fight that also happens here in France, and in many other places across Europe and around the World.

As a light continues to shine on societal inequalities in the US and the world, these are resources I have discovered that are helping to educate me on anti-racism and systemic racism. I’d like to share them below, in the hope that it helps others learn more about the situation impacting African-Americans and the Black community as a whole.

Step 1: Educate Yourself

Photo by Patrick Tomasso

Books

Buy some books from a local, independent, preferably black-owned bookstore. I read some of these and ordered a few more that I’m looking forward to go through this weekend:

And to my French community, most of them should be available translated in French too.

Podcasts

Movies & TV Shows

Movies

TV Shows

Living in/Visiting Paris?

  • Book a tour of Paris with “Paris Noir” to learn about how African, Caribbean and African-American culture connects the City of Lights. (Available in French & English)

Step 2: Act

Photo by Shelagh Murphy

Ask yourself what you can do

  • Learn about the biases that you may have, identify it, and try to think past that. Just like any exercise or habit, it gets better every single time you’ll practice.

Review diversity and inclusivity initiatives at the company you work with/for.

  • Talk about it with your local HR/Admin leaders & Management.
  • Keep in mind that diversity & inclusivity can be about different nationalities but also about differences in terms of social, educational, cultural or even economic background.

Shop at local businesses


For every single one of these points, a quick search online is all you need to be literally inundated with suggestions, so please don’t be lazy.

And I’d be more than happy to look into this some more if anyone wants to reach out privately too. And obviously, feel free to share this list around you and let me know if you were able to experience some of these resources!

I hope this helps, and I look forward to living in a better world with all of you!

Looks like tonight’s as good a time as any to start watching #ThePlotAgainstAmerica #TVCatchup

Great to see @Snap / @TheSnapCamera promote #APAHM with dedicated filters!

Treat people around you well, at all times, no matter what you’re going through, and 99% of the time, it’ll pay off in the best type of human compounding interest!

No surprisethere:

‘Even as the death toll neared 100,000 and unemployment ranks swelled to over 38 million, Trump couldn’t see the pandemic as anything other than something that had happened to him. “The problem is he has no empathy,” the adviser said.’

Source:

Binged @NextInFashion in 24h and now I’ve upgraded my entire wardrobe with 2 new pair of pants from Uniqlo 👖 👌🏼 Inspiration can be found anywhere!

Get your wife a wedding dress that she can wear more than one single day in her life 👌🏼

Best investment ahead of a partially locked down summer: a cold brew bottle x filter courtesy of Hario and our neighborhood coffee roaster 👌🏼 ☕️ 🧊

Been catching up on @LilTunechi’s #YoungMoneyRadio show on @Beats1 @AppleMusic and it’s impossible to dislike Wayne, I swear!

One of the most wholesome rappers out there!

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Ready for the return of the @bundesliga! Go @blackyellow #BVB #Dortmund #Revierderby

‪👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 @LostNCheeseland 🇫🇷: > ‪“While Americans blithely debated the importance of restarting the economy even if it comes at the expense of more human life, French leaders deliberated at length about the right moment and the safest approach to reopening for business”‬

New favorite afternoon drink, now that days are getting slightly warmer: pouring an espresso shot into a glass of milk!

LOL the remote #ParksAndRecs reunion is low key brilliant!

Weekend Plans: finding Aperol and/or Martini #CocktailGang

I miss sports. Watching and playing. ⚽️🏀🏈⚾️🏉🛹⛹🏻‍♂️💪🏼

Yesterday was a tough day, stressful and all. But today is already more than making up for it, both personally and professionally 👌🏼

One of us is a vegetarian, but the other one hasn’t told it to them

This is a Friday evening message to say: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING! :)

Hour-long meetings that could be summarized in 10mn w/access to slides ahead of time

I feel incredibly grateful to our leadership and HR/Admin team for ensuring that we all feel cared for.

The people-first approach taken by our leaders is refreshing and continues to comfort me in the decision I made a year ago to join @Spendesk!

Well that’s the weekend (or the rest of the confinement period) sorted then

We finally got the new @SlackHQ redesign and I’m happy to report that these smaller iterations are making life a lot more manageable!

It was three years ago that I left for my big year-long trip around the world! 🗺🤯

OK, whoever recommended @EndelSound — THANK YOU!

Feel like I got more done this afternoon alone than on Thursday+Friday last week!

We’ve onboarded as many employees during Q1 2020 (this past quarter) than there were employees a year ago during Q1 2019.

Insane.

When I was planning it, I thought this previous meeting was going to be a shitshow, but it turned out great, thankfully. 💪🏼🙌🏼

So I suppose impostor syndrome never really left, it was just sitting quietly in the corner, waiting for an opportunity to pop by and say hi! 🤷🏻‍♂️

My favorite @TheSnapCam x @Zoom_US is the glitter-one — making internal meetings a little more fun!

Thinking of which Sagas I could rewatch over the next few days/weeks. Of the top of my head: - The Lord of the Rings (possibly with The Hobbit) - Resident Evil - Fast & Furious - James Bond (only a select few)

Am I missing something? Any recommendations?

This is usually one of the busiest streets of #Montmartre #Paris

Giving #Brave another chance… Firefox is solid but can still be a bit clunky on Mac.

Quarantine Diary: did some yoga today! And boy-oh-boy am I NOT flexible!

”Humans – even entitled millenials – are experts in adaptation. But no one said that adaptation wasn’t painful.”

Really happy to see my friend @TonyHymes back to blogging during these times!

You know it’s the endtimes when #JayElectronica drops his album after a 12 year wait!

Now’s the time to go all in on empathy and kindness

Be good to one another: your loved ones and your coworkers, but also to strangers you might see come across in grocery stores or in your apartment building.

Very impressive of @ZenlyApp to offer an up-to-date “Coronavirus” map

New Productivity Tip: I went from setting Slack on Do-Not-Disturb to quitting the app for a few hours at a time.

Working great so far — just need to reopen it on occasions, but there’s rarely any real emergency.

And if there was, someone would get in touch.

Farewell BoJack Horseman! You were much deeper than I ever expected when I first started watching, and I thank you for that! :)

“How about a call, because I think you’ll be interested in my background so far, and maybe you could interview me for your podcast?”

People really out here needing a reality check on their ego! I’ve also not recorded an episode since… 2018! 🤦🏻‍♂️

screenshothumble - kendrick lamar

Listening through Kendrick’s and Cole’s discographies, in chronological order again.

They’ve reached the highest of highs and yet they’re still underrated!

The day after a company party everyone is tired/hungover, there’s always this really nice feeling of belonging, like it’s a tough day for everyone involved, and therefore we feel closer to one another. A very nice feeling :)

Happy very first wedding anniversary my sweetest love 💕 👰🏻 🎩 💍

You won’t find me complaining about the commute to the new office anytime soon

It feels like I’ve achieved more in a half-day working remotely, than I normally would on a full day at the office 🤷🏻‍♂️ 😆

Late last week, someone took our coffee machines. We assumed that it was a mover, taking it to the new office. Turns out they got the wrong office. So today, when the Coffee Company employee came with two machines, the entire office clapped and applauded him. Hilarious morning!

Portugal’s Drug Decriminalization: Then & Now

Fascinating and maybe, just maybe, we need to rethink some things…

Best #ProductivityTip for this #BlueMonday: snoozing Slack notifications until tomorrow and only checking manually and sporadically throughout the day!

Still in love with these jerseys @kappa released for @AS_Monaco this year! ⚽️😍

🆓 Productivity Tip: Spending the entire workday with Do Not Disturb enabled on my Mac 👌🏼

I seem to have found a way to completely switch-off my impostor syndrome, and it feels like a naive ‘exploring the jungle’ type of superpower!

I swear, anytime I use Versioning with iCloud documents, I feel like I have the ability to go back in time — and it feels like a superpower!

It’s 2020 and I don’t think most people have realized that the best skill needed in business is empathy: compounding interests of doing business with empathy is virtually endless and immeasurable!

This was awesome and we got away with a 3-3 draw! Also amazing to see both my home team and Neymar/Mbappe on the pitch!

Well, looks like I’m going out to a football game for the first time in about 12-15 years to see my first love @as_monaco playing against PSG tonight! :)

Excited despite the chance of a big loss..!

🏈 Really bummed that the Ravens game is on at 02:40am in my timezone tonight! :(

Wow, Mr Robot 405 is an entire episode without a single voice? Amazing execution!

Nothing like nasty trap beats and south korean rap to find my afternoon focus!

“The biggest consumer technology successes of this decade will be in the area of privacy.”

Here’s hoping!

First day back at work bound to be a long one: in addition to all the necessary catchup, I’ve been up since 3:30am. 😔 😴

Started watching #Watchmen, at last, after reading the book every couple of years… Really loved this frame!

Another item for the bucket list: Chinese food on Christmas Day in Chinatown! Highly recommend the Green Garden Village on Grand St

More bucket list stuff ticked off: Rockefeller at Christmas and walking down 5th Avenue

Similarly to our Fall trip to Venice (🇮🇹): French people are everywhere in NYC and impossible to escape 😆

American bar food, Filipino Dive Bar, Mexican Tacos, Tiki Bar, Vietnamese shack, Ramen Bar, Korean Coffeehouse, Cuban lunch spot…

NYC/Brooklyn = possibly one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. Unsurprisingly. But still!

”Foursquare say they don’t sell detailed location data like the kind reviewed for this story but rather use it to inform analysis, such as measuring whether you entered a store after seeing an ad on your mobile phone.”

I appreciate that @Foursquare was clear on this one

Finally got our rings, and finally made it to Brooklyn (first time!)

It’s the end of the year, so this holiday season, tell your coworkers how much you appreciate them. In private. Away from Social Media.

And as always: > ”Praise in Public, Feedback in Private.”

Less than two weeks left in 2019, but we’re still making the big moves!

Nothing like an end-of-the-year rush to build solid foundations for the future!

A big reason as to why I’m so happy to have started working at Spendesk this year is due to the amazingly welcoming team of humans I get to work with everyday.

To finish the busy year on a good note, the entire Customer Success team is playing a little game of Secret Guardian Angels: each of us is assigned a colleague, and, until the end of the year, the goal is to try to make their days a little happier with small attentions.

Today, I was delighted to arrive at the office with a little note and some sugar puffs pastries 🥐 🥰

It is a testament to the writers of #TheHandmaidsTale and the actress playing Aunt Lydia that every time the character is onscreen I get really angry and exasperated! 👌🏼

The Away story reminds me about one of my first managers. The similar personality traits and lack of empathy are quite striking… :/

Do your coworkers a favor and restrain yourself when using @Here and @Channel in @Slack please! 🙌🏼

CTRL+Return is my favorite shortcut on Google Spreadsheet (on the Mac)

🦃 🎉 Had to wait until the weekend but our first Thanksgiving between Franco-Americans was a success! 😋

If it sounds like ”Imagine Dragons” and it quacks like “Imagine Dragons” …then it must be Awolnation 🎵

A day after the regular Thanksgiving, but a day before we celebrate with our international friends, I’m incredibly thankful to my wife for always being there to offer wise advise and support me no matter what!

🥰 💍 x 🦃 🥧

The world’s a much better place with her in it!

Fun weird moment in #Paris: lights went off in THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD for about 10mn

So happy that @TheAthletic finally updated the UI and UX of their Podcasts section: a much better experience!

Honestly feeling sad for Lloris and Sonny with the incoming Mourinho ‘leadership’

Started The Handmaid’s Tale over the past week, with my wife (watched Season 1 in 4 days) and while it is really well made, I am so involved that it makes such a frustrating watch… Anyone else watching this show? Or having read the book?

#TFBS221 was exactly what I needed between a stressful afternoon and a winter night, at 4 degrees Celsius walking home in the streets of Paris. Thank you @Complexion!

For people like @MrWhatman and myself, Bank Holiday Monday in Europe means… more time to watch the NFL on a Sunday Evening 🏈🤩📺

I get really excited when I can use @UseLoom to record a quick screen-recording to share with my co-workers, and even better, with my customers!

Call me a dork, but the productive gains over long emails/annotated screenshots are life-altering!

The @OneFootballEN podcast: come for the football, stay for the cultural commentary between Europeans, Brazilians, and Brits talking about noix de muscade (nutmegs)

Sports is amazing, man! Never thought I’d get to see a team I support play a defender in goal!

Really excited about Gameday 4 of the #UCL #ChampionsLeague tonight!

This past honeymoon weekend in Venice has been the perfect break!

  • How do we beat our competition?
  • By not even worrying about them.

Hot damn, hot water, hot shower Hotlanta, smoking green, cauliflower

So happy for Pulisic, man! This Chelsea youth team is exciting!

On Kindle

"My Kindle could’ve been a hub for all of my reading, from newsletters to newspapers to subscription sites to books. Instead, it’s a thin electronic paperback book, and that’s all. That’s not nothing—but it could’ve been so much more."

[=]

Benefits of working in FinTech and having a brother in law in Banking: SYNERGY and easy access to good information!

My headphones are bust and I might have to wait for 3 weeks to get a new pair in the US (cheaper). So wish me luck until then! 💪🏼

This week’s #TFBS came out at the perfect time! Timing is everything @Complexion

I love the smell of a potential upsell in the morning!

According to my @Todoist I’ve completed 561 tasks and I’m a productivity Expert! 🤔💪🏼

I hope your Friday is going better than this scooter’s owner!

Ok totally approve of this new pizza place that just opened 2mn from our place! 🍕

🏀😞 Was really excited to get my ass kicked playing basketball, but the court was closed when I got there today

Was really excited to get my ass kicked playing basketball, but the court was closed when I got there :(

“He’s like those Chuck Norris memes, except everything you hear about him is actually true.”

🎥🍿

Gorgeous spring day in the most beautiful city in the world!

Can you tell I’m going out for brunch today? #HappySocks

Basketball is very good, #103927:

”Portland finished it off, meaning DOUBLE GAME 7 RAINBOW ON SUNDAY. (If the Rockets win Friday, it will be a TRIPLE GAME 7 SPECTACULAR on Sunday, which is always Mother's Day.)”

🏀

🤯 🚀 🛰 🌒 Bezos is literally trying to build The Expanse!

Damn, so excited for City’s final game of the PL Season this weekend!

Word of Wisdom for the day:

“You know more than you think you do!”

Afternoon workspace away from the open space for a change

Been using the Tempo beta for the past 48 hours, and there’s a high potential I stick with it: no email notifications, and much higher peace of mind/lower stress level!

Office watching-party for #GoT! 🤘🏼 @spendesk 📺

“iOS 13 will include a system-wide dark mode”

That’s all I needed to hear!

It was really awesome to witness BTS make some sort of history on the latest SNL this weekend.

Been listening to their last few albums all day in the office!

Had one last meeting today that’s making feel very inspired rn

2019 is the darkest timeline: 2:15pm here and I still haven’t seen a single #AprilFools

Fun sunny Sunday afternoon inParis! Even bumped into @Gonzague! 😊 ☀️ 🕶

“I guess at face value, this street is pretty ghetto!”

— Me, 2019

Football is back this weekend and I could hardly be more excited! 💪🏼 ⚽️

Although even in Paris, it is super strange to order in french at the Irish pub…

Related to my last post: you can always count on an Irish pub to show rugby games! #AllezLesBleus #IRLvFRA 🏉 🇮🇪 🇫🇷 💪🏼

I’m a 28-yo Frenchman and I’ve come to realize that I find a lot more comfort and solace in British or Irish pubs than traditional French bars or cafés. 🍺

You know the Vietnamese place is legit when they serve you homemade coconut water like this:

For some odd reason, as I’m getting ready to go to the office this morning, I’m thinking back to when we were in the courtyard cafe at the National Portrait Gallery in DC.

This past week was amazing, once again @shana_weisberg!

“Every single time Facebook puts a number on something, the truth turns out to be worse.”

•=•

So yeah today was a great first day at @Spendesk! Incredibly helpful, friendly, and welcoming team and some nice company perks to get his party started! 💪🏼

Hello Paris! Today is my first day in my new job — first office job after 4 years of freelancing remotely. Wish me luck y’all!

Deactivated my FB account, and only using IG to check what my wife posts. Instead, I’m keeping an eye on Snap and Twitter especially, and have increased my use of @DayOneApp to a daily habit!

⚽️ “How can @MLS become one of the top leagues” — spoiler alert: it’s been getting a lot better but there’s still lots of room to grow! 🚨 🏆

Headed back to the motherland and starting my new job this coming Monday! A busy couple of days before I can finally be reunited with my wife and we can finally settle down after months running across the world!

🙅🏻‍♂️🙅🏻‍♀️ The reporter dialed up her privacy settings before faking a pregnancy by downloading a dedicated app, and it took Facebook 11 hours to start showing targeted ads! WTF!

‪Properly introduced my brother in law to rugby via @FFRugby‬’s win over Scotland in today’s @SixNationsRugby game! 💪🏼 🏉 🇫🇷

My wife:

“I was just looking for lemon juice!”

Clearly @MarieKondo has had her effect on my wife. She’s cleaning her brother’s entire pantry!

Quick visit to see the latest additions to the National Portraits Gallery

Really like the #artdeco style of the @WashingtonPost building in DC!

JUST MARRIED! 👰🏻 🎩 💒 We did that! 💍 @shana_weisberg

Two years ago on this day, I met the love of my life, in #London of all places!

Two years later, and we’re able to bring both families together ahead of arguably the most important day of our lives!

Happy Valentine’s Day @Shana_Weisberg! Be mine forever? @dayoneapp

My Day One journal entryAnniversary

Hey @Shana_Weisberg, happy birthday — before the end of the week, I’m gonna marry you!

Turning 28

Today I’m turning 28.

The past year has been a whirlwind of change, between moving to Dublin, continuing to work remotely as an independent freelancer, establishing our life in Europe, and recently getting engaged and preparing to marry the love of my life and move to Paris.

I’m getting ready to join an exciting company on a full-time job for the first time in 4 years, and moving back to Paris for the first time since 2012.

Everything has had some sort of purpose and yes: only after looking back can I finally connect the dots and experiences that life has taken me through.

Today I’m turning 28. And the future’s never looked brighter!

I don’t know whether there is a good alternative, but I really feel iffy about companies asking you about salary expectations — for a majority of people, it feels like betting against yourself

I swear, out of all the different European leagues, the colors, branding, and design elements are much better for @laliga than any other!

My fiancé and my mom set me a trap and now I am MarieKondo-ing my way through my last few possessions today…

“If hot takes actually generated heat, Schultz would already have been vaporized under the onrush of magma.” =

Starting to play #TheLastOfUs (remastered) for the first time 🤤 😍

Replaying through #FFVII on iOS and the “Max Stats” is such a nifty way to focus on the story the way I want to! Thanks @SquareEnix… now please release remastered #FFVIII on digital platforms (iOS/PS4)

“It’s the most pro-Philly thing to ever happen, outside of everything ever produced by The @Ringer.”

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Happy Mew Music Day: a surprise album from James Blake and the release of Future’s new album #TheWizrd

Pro-tip: if you’re a man chatting with a woman, maybe don’t call another woman a bitch.

Actually: maybe don’t call any woman a bitch. Nothing warrants it, ever. And we’ll all probably be better for it!

🏆🏆🏆 2019 already dwarfing 2018, which already dwarfed 2017, which…

✅ Post Winter Break Keri Diet: activated! 🙇🏻‍♂️🥘🧀🥚🍳🥑🥬🥓🥩🍖🍗

She Said Yes!

For the first blogpost of 2019, allow me to start off by wishing you a Happy New Year 2019!

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last email, and the end of the year for Shana and me has been simply focused on our Winter break and on planning to move out of Dublin.

Over the first week, we left Dublin and traveled back down to the South of France to stay with my family. We spent a few days close to the seafront, meeting up with old friends in Antibes. Then we followed it with a few days in the mountains, to ski/snowboard, and celebrate Christmas all together.

Shana had only been skiing a handful of times before but she did really well and we had lots of fun taking this time to relax and appreciate our family.

She said Yes!

After the French trip, it was time to fly over to the US and spend some time with Shana’s family. This year, we hadn’t been able to make it to Thanksgiving, so it was important for us to be able to see Shana’s parents, her brother, and her sister-in-law this winter.

We had a packed week, and it’s going to take me a while to get me back to normal after all the excitement, the food, and the jet lag.


An interlude:

Shana and her brother Jason have been ice skating from a very young age, for over 20-25 years. Growing up on the ice, she competed at the highest level and even trained different teams and younger skaters. However, I had never been able to see her on the ice.


This was only my second trip over to Maryland to spend some time with Shana’s family. This time was going to be an incredibly important one: with the help of Shana’s family, I had planned to have a surprise private session at the ice rink — it was made easier by the fact that Shana’s mom is actually the director of the local ice rink.

So on Saturday December 29th 2018, after dinner, Shana, myself, her brother, Jason, and his wife, Keri, were able to skate all together. It was nothing short of amazing to see both brother and sister navigating so smoothly on the ice. Later on, I’d joke that Jason and Shana skated even better than they walked. It was a lot of fun to be introduced to something that had been such a formative part of Shana and Jason’s lives. I had seen videos of them on the ice before, but I had never witnessed it in person.

I had another surprise for Shana that evening. We had been talking about the future of our relationship, and about our aspirations in life. We were already planning to leave Dublin and we should be able to move to France together this year, going after new job opportunities and a much improved quality of life for both of us. The driving force behind these many conversations we’ve had over the past few months was our motivation to make a great life for ourselves, and build something strong together.

I had arranged to have a playlist ready to play on the speakers at the rink, and at around 10:30pm that day, I knelt down on the ice, and proposed to her. She said Yes!

Over the next couple of days, Shana and I would spend our time hanging out with her parents, her brother and sister-in-law, and her loving grandmother. We also went back to Baltimore and Philadelphia, and even spent a whole day and a half in Washington DC, staying at a hotel. As a present, Jason even invited us to see Justin Timberlake live at the Capitol One Arena, the local venue where the local NBA (🏀) team plays. Shana and I had gone there last year to see the Washington Wizards play against LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.

Needless to say it’s been one of the most important, most meaningful, and most fun weeks of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful to be well on the way to entering another family, counting a new brother and sister (Jason & Keri), as well as having Shana’s parents into my in-laws.

What’s Next

So there it is: Shana and I are now engaged. For the rest, we’re planning to move to France around February/March and this should coincide with both of us finding new job opportunities as well. Once again, lots of changes, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Felt almost naked for ~5 days without my Fitbit. However these issues with the bands are getting a bit ridiculous: first one (original) lasted 2 years. Now second one broke after 1 year. (Before you ask I’m pretty careful with all my ‘gadgets’ and devices.

Dear #CityJet please retire your fleet or #AvroRJ85 —herse planes were made for a different era when everyone was a lot smaller! #AvGeek

🤭📺 One great collateral bonus about currently watching @NarcosNetflix and @LaCasaDePapel is that it freshened up my Spanish and I was able to talk with a friendly Spaniard on the way to the airport! Thanks @Netflix! 🗣🇪🇨🇲🇽🇪🇸

I never could understand people who take loud FaceTime calls in Public. Totally judging the people sitting next to me at the airport right now.

Shoutout to loving partners that quiet the little voices in our heads and replace it with overwhelming support!

The winter break brought: some well-deserved time off, an engagement with the woman of my dreams, tons of work to catch-up on, and lots of jetlag to fight against.

In other words: today, it’s @Complexion and chill! soundcloud.com/complexio…

Flight landed 20mn early. Dublin Airport couldn’t be bother to turn on the human-less automatic passport machines. Aer Lingus is 30mn late in delivering the bags.

Welcome back to Ireland.

Gorgeous day to fly but heartbreaking to say goodbye to my fiancé as we’ll have to wait another week apart.

The in laws are turning me into a passive Baltimore @Ravens fan and I like it!

Washington DC is a beautiful and awesome city. Don’t @ me.

American kids are actually obnoxious. Observation made by my American Fiancée 😍

It feels like early March, not December. Nevertheless, gorgeous day in the LandOfMary™️

.@lufthansa just upgraded us to Business for this 10-hour long flight! Thank the Air Gods! #avgeek

After a week in the motherland, catching up with close friends and family, we’re now on our way to the US to close out the year with Shana’s family! Exciting times await!

friendsAt the local xmas marketFrench Riviera

Good day for my Vice-Captain #Aubameyang so far: (cc @OfficialFPL)

Finally got back to my parents place to find out I had received Leonard Nilsson’s fantastic book “World Football Club Crests”

Thanks so much @WorldClubCrests! Perfect for football fans with an eye for design and curious about history!

Happy Holidays:

“Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.”

Been forcing myself to get back to @DayOneApp every single day of the week.

It does feel great to document life’s little ups and downs on the daily.

I have a very simple template that triggers as a daily reminder:

An @AndersonPaak type of Friday at the crib, working from home side by side with my girl :) @ShanaWeisberg

Vlog 050: A Safari in the Desert

After exploring Malaysia together, we traveled back towards the west, stopping for a week in Dubai!

Over the course of a few days, we rediscovered the old town together, as well as the Burj Khalifa — the tallest building in the world — and finished it off with an amazing safari in the Emirati desert!

Late last week I’ve decided to use the last weeks of the year before Christmas to follow a Keto Diet (high proteins and fat, no carbs or sugar) and this led to my best game of ⚽️ tonight! Also: more energy, less fatigue post-game!

It is super weird but the sky is completely white with clouds tonight in #Dublin — impossible to see beyond that!

Vlog 049: Reunited in Malaysia

Over a year after the events, I've finally finished editing the video of our World Tour.
 
In this video, you'll get to see our adventures in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We had a ton of delicious food, went up the crazy skybox at the KL Tower, discovered the Batu Caves surrounded with monkeys, and went around the Museum of Islamic Arts and the Bird Park in the Botanical Gardens!

Also and FINALLY: really enjoying the #Gutenberg editor in @Wordpress 5.0 :)

Another update: spent some time editing and publishing my latest Vlogs on Youtube (Malaysia + Dubai part 2)

I still have a few videos to edit from 2017’s World Tour. Up next: Athens, Rome, NYC, Washington DC.

🍖 Going through a short-but-intense Keto Diet for the last few weeks before the Christmas break.

Lean Mean Tibz Machine mode: Engaged! 💪🏼

It’s almost 2019 and no utility comes close to #ImageOptim to compress screenshots and images to post online!

The latest episode of @Netflix’s excellent @PatriotAct with @HasanMinhaj will help you understand Brexit, Trump, and the clusterfuck that is the Yellow Vest movement in France: misinformation and social have huge responsibility in these events. Online-to-Offline is real!

I think the wave of virus/flu/cold that’s been ravaging Dublin for the past month and a half is finally hitting me 😞🦠

“On more than one occasion I questioned moving back to the U.S., but why I never did can only be explained by a combination of changing ideals — mine and the country’s — that to this day have not been reconciled.”

I’ve picked up @AltosAdventure’s sequel #AltosOdyssey on the @AppStore and OMG the music is incredible (not to even mention the artwork by @HarryNesbitt obviously)

‪Finally finished reading @jasonfried and @dhh’s latest book #ItDoesntHaveToBeCrazyAtWork + started reading @HowardSchultz’s #Onward + discovered @stoop_inbox and subsequently cleaned my email inbox: been a productive couple of days!‬

My grandfather is 92 today so we’re un #Normandy to celebrate for the weekend!

Freelance Life 101:

“Hey so that work that you’ve spent all day ...working on? Fuggetaboutit — I just realized we actually don’t need that”

🤦🏻‍♂️ 😆

“Over and over, my undergraduates tell me they try hard not to fall in love during college, imagining that would mess up their plans.”

This article on @TheAtlantic is as sad as it is fascinating: “Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?”

“With all due respect to Eden Hazard, who has been amazing so far this season, we're now at a point where Raheem Sterling has arguably outperformed him not only over the last few weeks but throughout the term so far.”

| Bleacher Report

Favorite line of the day, courtesy of the man @Dumbfoundead:

“Still don’t have a Lambo’ But I’m eating well at Nando’s”

“Taking your Conscience to Work”

“I believe it’s wrong to separate work and morality. [...] It means you should check whether the ethics and values of your employer align with your own. Especially in technology, where the impact of your work is felt by thousands or millions or even billions of people, it’s worth asking yourself more often: is the world I spend eight hours every day creating truly the world I want to live in myself?”

— @KaiBrach for @DenseDiscovery

Nothing set in stone but 2019 prep is going well so far! Just need to keep this momentum going until the end of the year now! 🇫🇷 💪🏼

Recently, we found out that our local Asian supermarket was selling Teh Tarik! Memories taking us back to Malaysia last summer 🥰🍵

“I am not a media critic and I don't pretend to have all the answers. But fawning over a credibly accused, remorseless rapist for doing a cool sports thing is gross. That much should be obvious.” 🏀

🏀😭

“Being awful in a shallow conference isn't acceptable for a team with this much talent. At least, it shouldn't be acceptable. Something's rotten, and it's the braintrust's job to figure out what.”

Taking off #Hazard is ONE SURE WAY to force #Morata to be in a better position to score! ⚽️ #BURCHE

This month, I’ve been watching… ALL the “Halloween” movies (including the Rob Zombie sequel, but excluding 2018) — in other news I can finally catch up on Grey’s Anatomy!

Green tea in hand, Headphones on my head Can’t get enough of this track on @soundcloud

Thanks for the discovery @complexion!

My friend traveling to #Vietnam has found the secret to life itself!

It just dawned on me yesterday that some of the good deeds I’ve done and seeds I’ve planted 5-6-7 years ago are still reaping benefits today.

#Karma is real!

Night is always darkest before dawn, as they say. And let’s just say that it’s been stressful lately.

Thankful for the music and radio shows from @Soulection and @Complexion to keep me afloat!

Internet Friends, I’ll be sending a well-overdue life update via email tomorrow evening.

If you’d like to keep in touch with these infrequent emails, please sign up on this page (or in French at tinyletter.com/tibz)

“Not voting doubles someone else’s vote”

I was reading up on the US Midterms when I realized to ask my American girlfriend if she was registered to vote. Before the deadlines hit she checked her status and registered!

Do your freaking civic duty, America!

Already shaping up to be a stunning game!

“Liverpool dominate games with the staccato pressure of a thunderstorm—lightning bolt after lightning bolt. But City don’t just affect the weather, they almost control it at a molecular level.”

“Killing Eve” and Sandra Oh really are very special, aren’t they?!

It’s #October so I’m planning to watch a completely unhealthy dose of horror movies starting with #JohnCarpenter’s “They Live” 👻 🎥

Fat team for tonight, better get that W! #UCL #TSGvCity #ComeOnCity

Updated to #macOS #Mojave over lunch —and DARK MODE ALL THE THINGS! 💪🏼🙌🏼🌌

Note to self: stop perpetuating the stereotype that french people are always consistently 5-10 minutes late

It just might be the single best TV show in production right now, with great laughs but also rich, thoughtful character depth. =•=

So if I understand correctly it’s a very good thing that I went to see #CrazyRichAsians instead of catching up the Manchester City v Lyon champions league game right? 😢 ⚽️

⚽️ 🇲🇨 🇫🇷 💰

I’ve been a supporter of @AS_Monaco since I was 7 years old, for the past 20 years. But what Paris has been able to accomplish from a Branding and Marketing perspective is nothing but impressive!

If you’re interested in Football/Soccer Culture and want to learn more about what France’s #ParisStGermain has been able to accomplish, this is for you!

Not gonna lie, it’s been a difficult few months for THIS Freelancer! :(

🤣 ⚽️ An Italian magazine elected this as the worst 20 seconds of football ever played (QPR vs. Man City, 1993)

Headed over to my weekly football game and listening to @Eminem’s #Kamikaze to get myself pumped! ⚽️

Sitting in a park in #Bordeaux sipping Champaign — making great decisions! #MondayMotivation

This is a feature request for #Hipstamatic: please allow me to do Front-Facing Camera! #latenightgrams #jamesonorgtfo

Headed out to watch @frenchteam with friends tonight! #UEFA #NationsLeague #FieredetreBleus

“Om’s Long Goodbye to Facebook”

Long-time and highly respected writer-turned-VC Om Malik is leaving Facebook.

“I don’t need [Facebook] and don’t miss it. (...) I left because it was making me someone I am not — someone who lives life through the eyes of others. There is a hard edge in Facebook life. People are always fronting — putting their best life forward. Just like startup life these days.”

I’ve been thinking about this for years, but while I wish I could go through with it, being an expat and living in an international relationship where both my partner’s family & friends, as well as my own, are thousands of miles away, it is near impossible to keep in touch with the Big Blue.

It’s not from lack of trying, using emails, or setting up a /now page. But the truth is that the family members and the ‘normals’ of this world (as opposed to tech-savvy or tech workers) are simply too unlikely to move away and too dependent on the platform and its services.

From the newsfeed, to Instagram, to WhatsApp and Messenger’s dominance, it’s very hard to change someone’s daily habit(s) when they’ve never given too much thought or consideration about the services and platforms that power their day-to-day.

om.co

This #LevVal game is wildly entertaining so far! As an Atletico supporter I would prefer Valencia to lose this one. We got trashed yesterday!

Juan is one of a growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States but who are now being denied passports — their citizenship suddenly thrown into question.

I’m so flabbergasted by this. Like how is any of this …legal?

Finally started playing @TelltaleGames’ #Batman #TheEnemyWithin and I’m loving the disturbed direction it’s taking so far! Troubled 3 dimensional Alfred and impossible choices!

Today’s episode of @nytimes The Daily is eye opening! I still feel repulsed by organized religion though.

The series leaves you with the sense that this is just the beginning. It’s a young roster, and the high-profile losses to United and Liverpool last season somehow made a record-breaking season feel like a scratch on the surface of their potential.

⚽️

Finally time to finish #TalesFromTheBorderlands! Gotta love that intro on #JamesBlake!

“The Five Things You Need to Know About European Soccer”

“It’s way too early to say anything definitive about the European soccer season (…) but that doesn’t mean interesting things haven’t happened!”

Really excited by the content coming from @Ringer & #RingerFC!

=⚽=

Thighs are burning 😆 🔥 Soreness to follow tomorrow!

To each his/her own, but you won’t find me using an Android device anytime soon:

“An idle Android phone running the Chrome browser sends back to Google nearly fifty times as many data requests per hour as an idle iOS phone running Safari.”

=📱=

“Research shows that Republican states are disproportionately dependent on federal aid. Yet many Republican voters appear blissfully unaware of this contradiction.”

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“The feud between a South African comedian and a French diplomat reveals just how difficult it is to step outside one’s own cultural framework and understand the ways that other cultures and nations conceive of, and reinforce, identity.”

⚽️🇫🇷

After rewatching #RogueOne on the plane back from our holidays, we’re now going through #StarWars #ANewHope

The fact that people apply “branding” and marketing to wine is kind of beyond me…

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“What Noah, Beydoun, and others may not realize is that the soccer players themselves don’t want to be seen as anything other than French.”

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“Breaking Bad became a classic drama for many reasons: some to do with craft, some to do with creativity. But above all else it stood out because, however surreal the surroundings, in its conflicted, complicated characters it was true to reality.”

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Weekdays-breakfast-when-Shana-is-taking-a-day-off is OFF THE CHAIN!

OH FFS (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)

“Google is saying, with a straight face, that it’s perfectly clear that disabling the feature named ‘Location History’ does not prevent Google from tracking your location history.”

= via Daring Fireball =

Catching up on the second season of #Humans — such a unique and fascinating show!

“Maybe all of us would have understood that “Asian” is a shared ethnic background and not a personality type.”

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The Verge comes in support of their colleagues and we need a lot more of this!

From cries about “ethics in journalism” to “fake news,” journalists have been increasingly targeted by people acting in bad faith who do not care about the work they do, the challenges they face, or the actual context of their statements. Online trolls and harassers want us, the Times, and other newsrooms to waste our time by debating their malicious agenda. They take tweets and other statements out of context because they want to disrupt us and harm individual reporters. The strategy is to divide and conquer by forcing newsrooms to disavow their colleagues one at a time. This is not a good-faith conversation; it’s intimidation

A note from the editorial leadership of The @Verge

“To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them.”

Wow 😮qz.com

Happy New Music Day: #MacMiller and #TravisScott dropped!

I would love, Love, LOVE for @Amazon to release a Dark Mode for the #Kindle paperwhite but I suspect it’d be too intense on the screens/battery

Sad Tibz: still so long until the 🏀 NBA season starts.
Happy Tibz: football continues with the “International Champions’ Cup” and the french “Trophée Des Champions”, and the season starts in less than two weeks! ⚽️🏆

There’s a World Music Festival outside the apartment, and they’re playing a lot of Asian music so I really wanted to rewatch Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon!

I remember seeing it in the Theater with my mom and my brother.

This summer, I’m reading through the #Soccernomics book, and I’ve just learnt about DETROIT FC celebration called the Tetris!

Got more pictures from last month’s Toronto Wedding!

Awesome red sky tonight after lots of rain earlier today

Just came back from a 10th-Anniversary screening of #TheDarkKnight! The third or fourth time I see it in theaters and easily the 20th time rewatching the movie as a whole. Still fascinating, still unparalleled, still found new things I never caught before! #Masterpiece

An experiment in restraint:

Attempting to no longer use Facebook to receive updates from my favorite media websites and subscribing to their daily newsletter instead.

One curated email per day surely would save endless scrolling…

“Hey Shana we haven’t had lunch, let’s have a snack!”

This latest #Batgirl volume deals with a Silicon Valley-infused storyline and a Mark Zuckerberg-like villain! Too on the nose, I love it!

As the summer in Dublin is ending, I’m cheering myself up with this memory of #Toronto: maple crème cookies!

Still riding the high from yesterday’s French Victory at the World Cup but now that it’s all over, I’m very excited for the new Ant-Man, and even more so for Mission Impossible Fallout!

“His name is N’Golo Kante, he plays for France, and he deserves the Golden Ball.”

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“Gadsby’s story ultimately reveals that her experience of living as a queer comedian has been a nightmare rather than a laugh. In telling it, she’s made it impossible for comedians who come after her [...] to forget the horror that dwells on the other side of every joke.”

1998 FIFA World Cup

My dad found these photos from 20 years ago on the day, when France won the World Cup back in 1998! #WorldCup #FRA #AllezLesBleus #FiersDetreBleus

Needless to say that this game against Belgium contributed to a high beat rate for me: 90bpm during the game when my usual is 59-60bpm

Great video from @VoxDotCm about immigration, France, and why so many players in the World Cup are born-Parisians

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There is a certain joy about seeing blockchain-related advertising proposals caught by our Zendesk’s spam filter and deleting them straight away!

“WWII was the last time in history that objective good came together to triumph over objective evil.” @liamboogar

One final evening in #Toronto, ahead of #CanadaDay: attending a gorgeous Indian wedding hosted at the Arts Gallery of Ontario! Unreal!

“No one else in the World Cup has both the pace and technical ability to score a goal like this on a regular basis. This is the France we’ve been waiting for.”

❤️⚽️🇫🇷

Canadian wineries at Niagara Falls and 3 generations of wonderful Weisberg women

Hours-long flight delay, car rental woes, and wrong GPS coordinates… nevertheless we made it to The Six! Toronto lets have some fun now!

Vlog 048: Relaxing in Bali

This Vlog has been overdue for about 10 months — SORRY!
However, this is a good review of my trip to Bali last August. Bali is a place I had always heard of but never visited. I've had some crazy experiences that I never thought would happen, like going to see a local football game of the Bali United Football Club or being hosted by my driver's family. All in all a very unique and utterly beautiful place!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oohDBIRyLvc&feature=youtu.be

Only 10 months late on this one, but I should have my #Vlog from last August in #Bali available soon:

Food trucks are illegal in Dublin apparently, however we found this really cool one stationed at the back of a pub! Vegetarian Vietnamese fusion food!

#AllezLesBleus: Finishing the workday cheering for my team! #Fra #WorldCup #FraPer #FiersDetreBleus

Blockchain “promoters”/“youtubers” looking for the quick buck are the absolute worst

No one does notifications better than @BleacherReport!

Today’s epic EPIC fail, comes courtesy of the national irish tv channel RTÉ which, to be able to watch it online, requires… FLASH!

Welcome back to 2010!

Another good read regarding the Slow Web and our social media use!

@adders:

“I'd rather enjoy myself creating stuff for a smaller, more forgiving and more engaged audience, than exhaust myself competing for an ever-bigger audience. That, after all, was the idea behind working part time, and staying self-employed, rather than continuing to crawl my way up the corporate ladder”

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@vasta:

“What this tells me is that 29% of the people who live near me, 29% of my neighbors and community members, actively hate me and people like me.”

😢

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“Before the internet, kooks were forced to exist on the fringe. There’ve always been flat-earther-types denying science and John Birch Society political fringers, but they had no means to amplify their message or bond into large movements.”

≠ Daring Fireball ≠

I’m not saying we’re going to cure mental health over night with hugs and hand-holding. I’m saying that sometimes a little Advil to dull the headache is good enough for a Monday morning.

@LiamBoogar, on Mental Health

Day out to visiting the Dark Hedges, the Giant’s Causeway, and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, all of this before finding ourselves on the roof of Belfast!

It’s a Jorja Smith x Kali Uchis x Alina Baraz kinda day until #KidsSeeGhosts drop

I don’t care how many people are trying to “get it” and make ends meet: we still have a lot of work to make business relationships more personal and always chasing the next thing…

Nothing is as motivating/stimulating as doing seal jumping jacks whitout a shirt on and seeing my body fat jump/move around in the mirror 💪🏼

One of those days catching up on a bunch of low-level work tasks while trying to run forecasts on my upcoming invoices and client work… 💰🤔🗂📆 #FreelanceLyfe

“Tiny Luxuries”

We’re trained from an early age to associate the word “luxury” with the spending of money; with gilded extravagance and overconsumption. But the world, life, is full of tiny luxuries: indulgences of the sort that are easy to overlook if you’re not seeking them out and paying close attention.

Colin Wright | My Exile Lifestyle

Christmas In June in the Weisberg-Lemaître household

Final day in London and we’re now on the way home after another great weekend getaway!

🥘🥂💐 ☀️🌁🏬Starting with a lovely brunch in great company, we’ve had a stupidly good time today!

😍❤️🔥😱 Found some really amazing Korean clothes that look amazing on her!

A great first day in Shoreditch/Tower Hamlets

“We’re definitely not going to solve this problem by men saying they’re afraid to meet with women.”

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I, for one, welcome the current Rap Beef —in which I obviously support Pusha-T over Drake!

“The Story of Adidon” is atypical. “The Story of Adidon” is exceptional.

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Wow, this plane look like it was straight up falling from the sky!

Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 30th), I’m hosting a day-long Ask-Me-Anything session on the @BeNomadCo Slack Community to talk about Freelancing, Marketing, Consulting and Digital Nomad-ing…

Anyone interested in reading some of my answers? What questions do you have for me?

#MondayMotivation: sharing my todo list today!

You’re only ever as good as your community. As such, it’s exhilarating to see that a few of the communities I’m a part of (for work and play) are growing healthily, taking shape, and becoming more active!

Went to see #Solo with our Swedish friends in a restored 1920’s style movie theater last night, in what turned out to be my favorite cinema experience yet!

About John Wick 3

> “We are less than 365 days away from John Wick 3, the third installment of the Why the Fuck Did You Kill His Dog? franchise that’s revitalized the career of Keanu Reeves and introduced mainstream American audiences to the hyperkinetic brilliance of Hong Kong–style martial arts, plus dudes in bespoke suits wielding two pistols at once.”

[“Put the ‘John Wick’ Franchise on Every Screen”]

Date night, new dress, new haircut: Who Diss?

Gonna give Outlook for iOS another try. Staying with Spark on the Mac though — that’s as good as it gets and I haven’t found an alternative yet.

📸🦌🌳🏢🍻 City shots, including more deer!

Part Two of the Family Weekend: After our Saturday hike around Howth, we spent some time around the city, including a quick visit to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery!

The end of a really nice weekend with my parents, who came to visit, and Shana —as always!

“Welcome home, Dave. I built you a scale.”

Why I don’t trust Google, a video

[“The Selfish Ledger is Google’s creepy concept for total data collection” - The Verge]

Mission Accomplished: Wearing a white t-shirt, cooking a chilli, putting it in a food container and keeping it all stain-less.

The new Ali Wong special on Netflix is all kinds of hilarious! Go watch it without hesitation!

[🎧🤖] ICYMI

ICYMI, the latest episode of The Verge’s Vergecast Podcast is incredibly thoughtful.

Over the hour-long episode, it sums up a lot of my own interrogations, fears and doubt about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the ethics behind these emerging technologies that haven’t matured and for which no one has a blueprint yet.

These are things that have been on my mind for the past few years, and especially this past week with the Google Duplex news (aka a Robot Assistant pretends to be human and schedules stuff for you.)

[#305: Google I/O and Microsoft Build - The Vergecast]

Updated my Micro.blog feed and cross-posting bot.

If I’ve done this right, I should be able to use Facebook a whole lot less

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Only 4 hours left in the Springsteen memoir “Born To Run” before I can finally start the second volume of The Expanse’s second volume… While it’s a fascinating story and life, it’s also very long! :D

“Nobody wants to get rich slow”

”Today many crypto investors are drunk with greed. They believe the Big Lie that this is a democracy where they can now get rich like all the venture capitalists, because they hear it wherever they go to read about investing in crypto.”

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The end of a fun day with friends old and new and the local Phoenix Park 🦌!

👏🏼 for @adders:

“The need to own and maintain your own domain is critical to long-term publishing on the internet — and it's something all too often forgotten in the platform publishing age.”

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Italy, the most indebted member of the euro region to avoid a bailout during the European debt crisis, has succumbed to the forces of nationalism and protectionism that emerged over the past two years as the biggest threat to the political order.

Italy Finally Falls to Populism

Really excited to have found this special copy of Margaret Atwood’s classic “The Handmaid’s Tale” to gift to Shana!

Not all ads are created equal. In this case, Vox Media is doing it right by doing something that is more creative, innovative, and clearly targeted at the right people while being respectful of privacy!

[Book Review] “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid

(This book was recommended by a heavy-reading couple of friends — thanks a ton Daniel & Kim!)


Looking back in the past few years, the Syrian Crisis and related forced migrations might have been one of the biggest and most important stories of the decade.

This is the background for Mohsin Hamid’s book “Exit West”. Despite the several surrealistic elements, it is a book that looks at the present and tries to paint a difficult if optimistic snapshot of what the world is, and what it may turn out to be.

Through the perspective of two young lovers (and countless other migrants around the world), we are transported throughout the globe, left to reflect upon man-made crisis and how to deal with influx of migrants in the most humane way possible.

This book does a lot in terms of empathy towards people facing difficult conflicts, and although the plot tends to accelerate or jump ahead of time quite a bit towards the end, it does so as a way to push you deeper into its character’s’ story.

I really enjoyed this book and it’s been a while since something hit me in the feels the way “Exit West” did.

Road House Theater

With Shana being away this week, I’m treating myself by going to the movie. As it happens, our local indie cinema is showing Road-themed movies in their mobile cinema truck this week.

Tonight, it’s all about Drive

Bank Holiday Monday

One of the downsides of being an international remote freelancer is that Bank Holidays rarely exists. Today being one here in Ireland, but with my french customers being off until Wednesday, I decided to finish working early at 4pm and go out shopping/walking

Vibing to @Complexion’s #TFBS while reading this amazing book “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamish. Listen along!

Sunny Sunday

We started the day with a lovely brunch before heading out to Phoenix Park. Then we walked around town all afternoon, to end the day having clocked 20km on foot!

Nice day out to the suburban city of Dun Laoghaire, overlooking the eastern sea!

#Instagram meets GDPR:

”Unfortunately, falling for the PR spin of the Facebook Regime is typical for technology journalists, and why it has been able to get away with its surveillance commerce for so long.”

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#TheTruthAboutFrance Tomorrow is labour day in France, a bank holiday. Therefore some of my working partners are off until… Thursday! 🤣

9:40am and I’ve already taken care of the most urgent and important pieces of business for today: following up on important emails and interview requests…

Random Shots around Dublin

Post brunch, we ended up walking along the river, down south to the Dublin Flea Market…

Portobello

Fun Saturday exploring the ‘Portobello’ part of Dublin!

And very excited for the 50th anniversary screening of the original Planet Of The Apes tonight at our little indie cinema!

With apps like Things, @BearNotesApp, @UlyssesApp, and more, I feel like I’m gonna need to dedicate a full day to look into iOS automation via ‘Workflow’

Looks like my Micro.blog initial subscription has run out — a good wake up call for me to look into a more serious integration between my actual blog and my micro-thoughts…

Testing @BearNotesApp to get me away from Evernote: So far, I’m really enjoying the speed, markdown and simplicity over sluggish feature bloat that Evernote has become over the years…

I extremely liked watching #Avengers, especially with the immersive 4DX technology!

Really excited for the future of the #MarvelCinematicUniverse and the end of this Storyline in 2019! Brings to mind how we had to wait for The Return of the King or Matrix Revolution after #2

I extremely liked watching Avengers, especially with the immersive 4DX technology!

Really excited for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the end of this Storyline in 2019! Brings to mind how we had to wait for The Return of the King or Matrix Revolution after the sequel to the original installment.

If you happen to want a good BBQ spot in #Dublin, @PITTBROSBBQ is great — added bonus : amazing selection of hip-hop beats!

The local theater had an outage 40mn into #Avengers (3D IMAX) - they’ve given us refunds and I’m now going to the next 4DX screening in 40mn… 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🎥 😍

If you happen to want a good BBQ spot in #Dublin, @PITTBROSBBQ is great — added bonus : amazing selection of hip-hop beats!

The local theater had an outage 40mn into #Avengers (3D IMAX) - they’ve given us refunds and I’m now going to the next 4DX screening in 40mn… 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🎥 😍

Facts: every time I finish reading a new issue of @EmpireMagazine, I just want to watch an endless list of movies!

This new issue of @empiremagazine is great, thank you very much!

Facts: every time I finish reading a new issue of @EmpireMagazine, I just want to watch an endless list of movies!

This new issue of @empiremagazine is great, thank you very much!

The more I use it, the more I prefer Discord over Slack/Telegram, when it comes to chatrooms/communities

The more I use it, the more I prefer Discord over Slack/Telegram, when it comes to chatrooms/communities

As a fan of the TV Show, going through The Expanse #1 was a great discovery! I read on Kindle in combination w/ Audible, and it was a great way to make some progress faster! Going to switch it up by reading something different before moving on to the second book in this series!

As a fan of the TV Show, going through The Expanse #1 was a great discovery! I read on Kindle in combination w/ Audible, and it was a great way to make some progress faster! Going to switch it up by reading something different before moving on to the second book in this series!

Still unsure how I feel about the Venom movie.

On the one hand: Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, and I like the direction they seem to take. Almost like a Spawn/Punisher type of story.

On the other, the SFX look odd. And getting a trailer this late is never a good sign…

Still unsure how I feel about the Venom movie.

On the one hand: Tom Hardy, Riz Ahmed, and I like the direction they seem to take. Almost like a Spawn/Punisher type of story.

On the other, the SFX look odd. And getting a trailer this late is never a good sign…

Project Varanida on Forbes

Last week, I was in London for a client project — we were exhibiting at Blockchain Expo.

During the expo, we had the chance to explain our product to Forbes contributor Jason Bloomberg. He just published an article about a crop of startups disrupting industries using blockchain technology —including Varanida, my recent client.

Today’s digital advertising world centers on complex bidding processes... (...) The current system, however, faces several challenges. Ad fraud in its various forms plagues the industry. Ad blockers challenge ads’ value proposition. And intermediaries take a large cut for their troubles.   Varanida hopes to disrupt this status quo with its blockchain-based decentralized advertising marketplace.

There’s quite a lot of information on the original post, so have a read and get in touch with Varanida if you’d like to get involved with the company, the product, or the community.

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🏀 When the problem experienced in the industry at large start affecting @SBNationNBA and #BasketballTwitter, you know you’ve got a problem

Low-key still expecting/wanting notifications on @AppleMusic for when new @Beats1 radio shows are LIVE or available on demand — for specific shows you follow (@Soulection, Blonded, @OVOSound, @ChillyGonzales, Pizza Boys, etc.)

🏀 When the problem experienced in the industry at large start affecting @SBNationNBA and #BasketballTwitter, you know you’ve got a problem

Low-key still expecting/wanting notifications on @AppleMusic for when new @Beats1 radio shows are LIVE or available on demand — for specific shows you follow (@Soulection, Blonded, @OVOSound, @ChillyGonzales, Pizza Boys, etc.)

Shoreditch Streetart

And now for something a little different: some of the impressive and amazing streetart I found walking around Shoreditch this weekend…

 

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It’s very hard to judge “young hip travelers”™️ wearing sports leggings, thick white sports socks on top of them, with crocs…

Early morning and not a lot of people (or sleep) but it only took me an hour to go from north east london over to south west where the airport is! 👌🏼

It’s very hard to judge “young hip travelers”™️ wearing sports leggings, thick white sports socks on top of them, with crocs…

Early morning and not a lot of people (or sleep) but it only took me an hour to go from north east london over to south west where the airport is! 👌🏼

A Week in London

It started like any other week, in our Dublin apartment. I coordinated with my clients, checked on the advancement of our different projects, and worked my way through a couple of things on Monday.

On Tuesday, early in the morning, Shana left to go on a business trip to the US. And just a couple of hours later, it was my turn to pack my bags and leave for the airport: after 14 months, I was going back to London for a little bit.

 

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I’ve spent the past week in London, attending a conference where one of the teams I work with was exhibiting on the show floor. We’ve spent 72 long, exciting and tiring hours in networking events, meetups, and at the conference.

 

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And on Friday, while my colleagues were heading back to France, I was checking out of my hotel and crossing London to go from the rich Kensington area over to trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood.

It took a long tube ride on the Circle line to get me to the other side. I checked in to my room, and quickly left to pick up some lunch outside. After a quick look on Foursquare, I found a salad bar nearby, and ended up taking my lunch to go. I sat in the sun, surrounded by local tech workers discussing their projects, their days, listening to different accents and stories.

 

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It was a beautiful sunny day, with temperatures getting over 27 degrees. The British man next to me commented on how his neck was going to burn, which made me chuckle. A plane flew by, above, in the clear blue sky. And in the background, one could see the high shining skyscrapers reflecting the sunlight on our little plaza.

After lunch, I went back to the hotel room where I’d stay until the evening: lots of work to catch up on.

Unfortunately I had planned to meetup with an acquaintance in town, but things fell through. I was on my own and when dinner-time came, I decided to walk over to Boxpark, the container park I already went to last year. I found myself eating a lovely vegan Indian curry, surrounded by hip Londoners getting ready for an exciting warm Friday night.

On my way out, I walked back and tried to take in the scenery, the evening lights, and the sheer joy of people enjoying drinks outside of pubs, giving the whole atmosphere a very summery atmosphere.

 

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On Saturday, my friends Daniel and Kim invited me over for brunch with some of their friends, further north in the Shoreditch area. I met Daniel last year when he was kind enough to give me a tour of the Monocle office and studios.

I left the hotel early and, knowing that I had about 30mn to walk, I took my time to enjoy the great sunny day ahead of me. I discovered new areas, walking from Brick Lane over to the northern side, where I found a beautiful canal that I didn’t know existed.

 

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I walked around different markets, places that I can’t wait to show to Shana. I also found plenty of cute and quirky shops, restaurants, bars and a surprising amount of Vietnamese Phó spots — I suspect that it’s trending in London, considering there a few of them in a row.

The hour-long walk was a great opportunity to catch up on my never ending list of podcasts.

I arrived at my friends apartment and discovered a lovely and well decorated place, in a friendly residential neighborhood, overlooking a nice park. Looking down, we could see that a lot of families and groups of friends were outside, making the most of the heatwave.

 

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For brunch, Kim and Dani started us with some salmon & avocado toasts with wasabi mayonnaise - a truly delicious treat. We then enjoyed an egg served alongside potatoes, mushrooms and potatoes with some fresh herbs and spices. We had some prosecco alongside our meal, and better yet, a really fun vibe filled with interesting conversations. Over several hours that felt like minutes, we talked about Europe, Asia, the US, culture, traveling, our family stories about immigration, modern multicultural relationships, and shared recommendations of books/movies/tv shows for the others to discover.

 

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I ended up coming back around 7pm back at the hotel, getting ready to hop on the plane tomorrow morning. I’m not going to like this 6am wake up call to go to the airport, but it’s been a great couple of days in the city and I already can’t wait to go back — hopefully later this year, with Shana.

Another amazing day in London, walking around Shoreditch/Hackney, and enjoying a delicious brunch with @DanielGiaco

Another amazing day in London, walking around Shoreditch/Hackney, and enjoying a delicious brunch with @DanielGiaco

Another benefit from GDPR: con artists and growth hackers freaking the hell out! That’s what you get for unethical behaviors and harvesting people’s data without consent!

Another benefit from GDPR: con artists and growth hackers freaking the hell out! That’s what you get for unethical behaviors and harvesting people’s data without consent!

Alone in Shoreditch his evening so — going to pick up some food at Boxpark

Alone in Shoreditch his evening so — going to pick up some food at Boxpark

This is a Public Service Announcement: #London is absolutely gorgeous today!

This is a Public Service Announcement: #London is absolutely gorgeous today!

That’s going to be an interesting state of the inbox when you come back in January…

Back from two days at Blockchain Expo — but still in London for the weekend.

Busy day catching up on work to finish that week before taking it eaaaaasy! :)

That’s going to be an interesting state of the inbox when you come back in January…

Back from two days at Blockchain Expo — but still in London for the weekend.

Busy day catching up on work to finish that week before taking it eaaaaasy! :)

I took the train from Heathrow to Paddington and then the tube to High St Kensington. Walking to my hotel, on the main street, I realized that I was at the same exact spot where Shana, whom I’m gonna marry someday, messaged me on @OKcupid! Strong Amazing Memories from last year!

I took the train from Heathrow to Paddington and then the tube to High St Kensington. Walking to my hotel, on the main street, I realized that I was at the same exact spot where Shana, whom I’m gonna marry someday, messaged me on @OKcupid! Strong Amazing Memories from last year!

🇻🇳🤖🇨🇳👨🏻‍💻 Meanwhile over in Asia #Democracy

🇻🇳🤖🇨🇳👨🏻‍💻 Meanwhile over in Asia #Democracy

It hasn’t been a sunny day, but it’s been a pretty evening!

It hasn’t been a sunny day, but it’s been a pretty evening!

One of the busiest work-week I’ve had in months if not years. But I’m very excited for the short trip to London next week!

One of the busiest work-week I’ve had in months if not years. But I’m very excited for the short trip to London next week!

Finally reading this classic #XMen storyline #DarkPhoenix

Finally reading this classic #XMen storyline #DarkPhoenix

Tonight’s @HQTrivia with #DwayneJohnson was ridiculously fun!

Tonight’s @HQTrivia with #DwayneJohnson was ridiculously fun!

I think the reason ASMR doesn’t work with me is because I low-key expect to go full-on Mr Robot. And then nothing actually happens.

I think the reason ASMR doesn’t work with me is because I low-key expect to go full-on Mr Robot. And then nothing actually happens.

Have you heard about GAFAs?

In France, business-related publishers refer to Google-Apple-Facebook-Amazon as a single group. And because the french love acronyms, they called it 'GAFA's.

Beyond the sheer horror of the acronym, I don't think it's fair to associate these companies together.

  • Apple makes money off products
  • Facebook makes money off ads (i.e. off the user)
  • Amazon harvests a lot of data but offers products/services (B2C/B2B)
  • Google (similarly to both FB and Amazon) has B2B/B2C components in addition to the ads.

Out of all of these, Apple is the only one I can think of with Privacy at heart. This was recently reiterated last week when Tim Cook was interviewed by Kara Swisher on MSNBC/Recode:

The truth is we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer. If our customer was our product, we could make a ton of money. We’ve elected not to do that. Because we don’t ... our products are iPhones and iPads and Macs and HomePods and the Watch, etc., and if we can convince you to buy one, we’ll make a little bit of money, right? But you are not our product.

I really don’t like this acronym. These companies couldn’t be more different.

I haven’t made a lot of progress on my personal creative projects lately (mainly uploading the last few travel vlogs + making new music mixes).

However, in the meantime, I’ve retroactively uploaded previous travel Vlogs on Youtube:

CHECK IT OUT

I haven’t made a lot of progress on my personal creative projects lately (mainly uploading the last few travel vlogs + making new music mixes).

However, in the meantime, I’ve retroactively uploaded previous travel Vlogs on Youtube:

CHECK IT OUT

You can probably make a lot of assumptions by the way the opening page of my work notebook looks like

You can probably make a lot of assumptions by the way the opening page of my work notebook looks like

How is it already April?!

It’s April. Looking back on the beginning of the year, I’ve been going non stop, moving from the French Riviera over to Dublin, finding ourselves a flat, working on two new fast-paced projects, and planning the rest of the year.

Tonight’s therapy comes from well… the Therapy EP by the always soothing Vancouver Sleep Clinic!

How is it already April?!

It’s April. Looking back on the beginning of the year, I’ve been going non stop, moving from the French Riviera over to Dublin, finding ourselves a flat, working on two new fast-paced projects, and planning the rest of the year.

Tonight’s therapy comes from well… the Therapy EP by the always soothing Vancouver Sleep Clinic!

Pasted a Youtube link in my @DayOneApp and it formated correctly once I published the entry in my journal. Mind Blown! :)

Pasted a Youtube link in my @DayOneApp and it formated correctly once I published the entry in my journal. Mind Blown! :)

Last week I mentioned how excited I am to be working a bit more with startups. To my surprise, there’s been some good response to this, and I’m left wondering whether I should talk more about #FreelanceLife.

Is that something you’d like to hear about?

Over the weekend, we took a nice little walk in Phoenix Park in Dublin.

In the middle of the park we found a colony of about 30 or 40 dear, just walking around.

It was beautiful! #MicroMonday #WeekendShots

Liam launched a Newsletter!

My friend @LiamBoogar recently launched a newsletter where he tackles Branding, France, Technology, and a lot more — all through his personal and opinionated point of view.

The latest issue is really solid, and talks about Labor Laws in France and the labour market in the US. Here’s a solid gem that struck me:

”Even in the Silicon Valley, where great benefits, remote work & “unlimited vacation” are advertised on every /careers page, the reality is that “unlimited vacation” doesn’t work in a culture where taking any time off is seen as lazy.”

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Last week I mentioned how excited I am to be working a bit more with startups. To my surprise, there’s been some good response to this, and I’m left wondering whether I should talk more about #FreelanceLife.

Is that something you’d like to hear about?

Over the weekend, we took a nice little walk in Phoenix Park in Dublin.

In the middle of the park we found a colony of about 30 or 40 dear, just walking around.

It was beautiful! #MicroMonday #WeekendShots

Really enjoying (”_Levianthan Wakes_“), the first volume of “The Expanse” — so much so that I ended up buying both the @kindle and the @Audible versions, to switch between audio when I’m walking outside, and e-ink at home!

Really enjoying (”_Levianthan Wakes_“), the first volume of “The Expanse” — so much so that I ended up buying both the @kindle and the @Audible versions, to switch between audio when I’m walking outside, and e-ink at home!

This article from @verge makes a lot of good points. Chief of them being:

”One of the big reasons I still miss Windows Phone is because it pushed both Apple and Google to do better.”

I miss Windows Phone - The Verge

This article from @verge makes a lot of good points. Chief of them being:

> ”One of the big reasons I still miss Windows Phone is because it pushed both Apple and Google to do better.”

I miss Windows Phone - The Verge

I am really feeling this H&M blaser (and I’ve been talking about getting myself a blaser for years!) cc @elodietweets

I am really feeling this H&M blaser (and I’ve been talking about getting myself a blaser for years!) cc @elodietweets

I have to say, it’s been really amazing to get back to working with smaller startups for the past two months or so.

I had missed the much faster speed of execution and being able to work across different things!

I have to say, it’s been really amazing to get back to working with smaller startups for the past two months or so.

I had missed the much faster speed of execution and being able to work across different things!

Another sunny lunch before the clouds came back in #Dublin

Another sunny lunch before the clouds came back in #Dublin

I’m starting to get pissed off at how thirsty Facebook is…

I’m starting to get pissed off at how thirsty Facebook is…

Back to work today, catching up on 4 client projects!

Back to work today, catching up on 4 client projects!

This take by @MGSiegler is sad because it rings true.

Going to the cinema has been one of my all time favorite experiences. I always feel like a kid when I enter the room and sit up in the big red seats, awaiting the new trailers. I, however, seem to be part of a shrinking majority.

There are a handful of theaters, most of them indie, which offer great — in some cases, truly great — movie-going experiences. The rest are by and large, total shit.

Spoiler: Movie Theaters Are Dying Because They Mostly Suck

500ish.com/spoiler-movie-theaters-are-dying-because-they-mostly-suck-a1662eace411

Damn John Wall looks blazing fast and light! Loving these one-handed passes he’s thrown!

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Damn John Wall looks blazing fast and light! Loving these one-handed passes he’s thrown!

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After a delicious Phó, made it to Murphy’s for the perfect dose of Irish ice cream!

After a delicious Phó, made it to Murphy’s for the perfect dose of Irish ice cream!

Discussing the values of open discussions with Shana this morning.

There’s a 65% chance she’ll join Micro.Blog soon to interact with the community and share her thoughts on innovation and many other exciting things!

Hypebeasts for the weekend: cool kids with cool shoes!

Discussing the values of open discussions with Shana this morning.

There’s a 65% chance she’ll join Micro.Blog soon to interact with the community and share her thoughts on innovation and many other exciting things!

Hypebeasts for the weekend: cool kids with cool shoes!

A Day out around the Killiney Bay

After our trip to Belfast during St Patrick’s day, we were eager to get out of Dublin again and explore the surrounding areas a bit more. After an evening spent on Pinterest searching for some inspiration, we decided to take a train down to Killiney, apparently a location with a beautiful viewpoint on the sea.


kiliney hill

We started off enjoying a lovely breakfast at home — we have the same type of food throughout the work week, so weekends allow us to either go to a lovely café in the neighborhood, or fix ourselves with a little homemade goodness as the suns comes out.

After getting ready, we left the apartment around lunchtime, and realised that we’d need to get some lunch before hopping on the train. I took Shana to Honest to Goodness, an absolutely delicious sandwich place in Temple Bar. It’s a place we’ve been to once before together, and I originally found it on my own back in January. The food is very fresh and prepared as you order it, and for the price, you just can’t go wrong with that!

Having this late lunch in the city allowed us to walk through a beautifully sunny and crowded Temple Bar, before heading to the train station.

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We arrived at Tara Street and waited 10 minutes for the suburban DART train to arrive. Luckily, there weren’t too many people and it was easy to find seats. We knew that the trip would take around 30 minutes so Shana took out her headphones to listen to a podcast while I pulled out my Kindle to make some progress on The Expanse.

It was a very enjoyable ride as we left the city, went through different suburban towns, and ended up riding the train along the coastline, seeing the sea and a few harbours and boats along the way.

And then, we got to the Killiney Beach station.

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As we arrived, there were a mixture of locals and visitors getting off the train. As for us, we were essentially trying to take it all in: the station was right by the beach!

Once you leave the station, there is a little bit of a walk up the hill, without any indication, but there is also only one main road to follow, heading up. You end up walking in the shadow, on a small village road surrounded with beautiful houses overlooking the sea.

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After about 15 minutes walking up, you reach a little area in the woods. We saw more people headed towards there and just followed them. And after another few minutes, we finally reached the top of the hill. Totally worth it!

I mean look at the view:

12-Kiliney Hill:views of the bay

Once you reach the top, you are standing next to a big obelisk, and benefit from a view at 360 degrees, with the eastern side by the sea on one end, and the rest of the country behind you, including a lovely view towards the city of Dublin.

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After spending some time up the hill, we went back down. But instead of heading straight back home, we decided to hang out on the beach for a little bit. And had a lot of fun watching a few dogs being scared away from the waves.

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We’ll be back Killiney!

I’m continuously trying to write more while spending less time browsing social media feed.

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Next one out TODAY!

I’m continuously trying to write more while spending less time browsing social media feed.

Subscribe to my newsletter here where you can expect a blend of personal news, projects I’m working and tech-related thoughts!

Next one out TODAY!

Had a really nice time walking around town this afternoon, to pick up Shana at the office!

_ “With Les Bleus, the sentiment is the same as it has been throughout qualifying: They’re arguably the most talented nation in the world, but Didier Deschamps still hasn’t found the magic formula yet”_

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Had a really nice time walking around town this afternoon, to pick up Shana at the office!

> _ “With Les Bleus, the sentiment is the same as it has been throughout qualifying: They’re arguably the most talented nation in the world, but Didier Deschamps still hasn’t found the magic formula yet”_

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🏠 🏋🏻‍♀️ 🛀🏼 Another day, another sets of house chores and errands!

🏠 🏋🏻‍♀️ 🛀🏼 Another day, another sets of house chores and errands!

So incredibly grateful that Netflix added their “skip intro” button to the iOS app!

So incredibly grateful that Netflix added their “skip intro” button to the iOS app!

This is your reminder that @StationHQ is such a simple yet amazing (web) app!

The first and last thing on my laptop when it comes to working during the week!

Give it a try, it’s free!

Gotta love those @buffer emails… Also: can’t believe it’s been six years already!

This is your reminder that @StationHQ is such a simple yet amazing (web) app!

The first and last thing on my laptop when it comes to working during the week!

Give it a try, it’s free!

A Day Trip Belfast (March 2018)

Bank Holiday Monday, over St Patrick’s Day Weekend.

We left the apartment at an early 6.45am to walk towards Dublin’s Connolly station. There, we met with Shana’s coworker M and her boyfriend M.

We hopped on the train and discovered that our names were appearing on a little display above our seats. Those little details can make us nerds so happy!

Dublin Train to Belfast

Over the next two hours, the duration of our trip, we spent our time talking and learning more about M&M — they are both from Sweden and arrived in Dublin about two and a half months before us. We’re still all adjusting to Ireland and life in Dublin, and it’s nice to find another foreign couple who can sympathize with us, and who we can sympathize with.

We arrived in Belfast just before 10am, ready to grab a quick bite and discover the city.

Walking from the station, we headed in direction to what seemed to us like the center of the city and ended up in front of the city council.

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It actually makes a lot of sense: as we learnt throughout the day, Belfast was one of the biggest ports from which European migrants would leave for the US. As they arrived on the East Coast of the United States, they were inspired by the architecture from “back home” when designing institutions in their new lands.

Walking all around town, Shana couldn’t help but be reminded of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston — a comfortable little slice of home.

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After a quick walk around the center of the city, and a pit stop to snack on some delicious crepes in a parisian café, we headed towards the harbour to visit the infamous Titanic Museum.

The museum itself is inside of a beautiful modern structure, with big aluminium panels, while there is a rusting sign outside, welcoming you as you enter the area.

Over the following two and a half hours, we learnt a lot about Belfast at the turn of the 20th century, and how it was one of the major ports from which immigrants were leaving. They were hoping to get reach the United States to start a more prosperous life for their children and themselves.

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After establishing the context for the early 20th century in Belfast, we got to learn about its local industries and how big it was in terms of a ship-building area. This naturally led to the actual Titanic, the one the infamous 1997 movie is based on.

It was really impressive to see what it took to build such an immense ship. And it made it that much sadder and intense when we listened and read the actual final transmissions of the HMS Titanic, which sank on April 15, 1912.

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Thankfully, after two and half hours in the museum, the sun was still out and we walked back towards the city, discussing what we had learnt with our new swedish friends.

We were all starting to be pretty hungry as the clocks reached 2PM and found a lovely gastropub called The Cloth Ear. We were expecting your regular burger and chips, but the menu looked really original. And when our plates arrived, we were just extatic.

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After lunch, we spent the last remaining hours walking in the sunny and windy streets of the old town, telling ourselves that we’ll need to be back around the summer to enjoy what seems to be a potentially vibrant summer nightlife.

Belfast was full of hidden bars nested in smaller alleys off from the high street, just the type of place we like to hang out at when the days are warmer.

This was a very quick trip, but one that left us wanting to experience more. We’ll be back, Belfast!

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Gotta love those @buffer emails… Also: can’t believe it’s been six years already!

EFF: "The CLOUD Act, a far-reaching, privacy-upending piece of legislation"

Sound the alarms:

“This final, tacked-on piece of legislation will erode privacy protections around the globe.”

This notice, courtesy of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

This bill is the CLOUD Act. It was never reviewed or marked up by any committee in either the House or the Senate. It never received a hearing. It was robbed of a stand-alone floor vote because Congressional leadership decided, behind closed doors, to attach this un-vetted, unrelated bill to the $1.3 trillion government spending bill.

The CLOUD Act is a far-reaching, privacy-upending piece of legislation that will:

  • Enable foreign police to collect and wiretap people’s communications from U.S. companies, without obtaining a U.S. warrant.
  • Allow foreign nations to demand personal data stored in the United States, without prior review by a judge.
  • Allow the U.S. president to enter “executive agreements” that empower police in foreign nations that have weaker privacy laws than the United States to seize data in the United States while ignoring U.S. privacy laws.
  • Allow foreign police to collect someone’s data without notifying them about it.
  • Empower U.S. police to grab any data, regardless if it’s a U.S. person’s or not, no matter where it is stored.

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Great day out to the Southern side of Dublin, checking out Killiney Bay!

Great day out to the Southern side of Dublin, checking out Killiney Bay!

Alien Covenant in 4K on an iPad Pro is quite the entertaining watch!

Alien Covenant in 4K on an iPad Pro is quite the entertaining watch!

Currently listening to a recorded interview at 55% of its original speed so I can transcribe it.

Picture me like this

Currently listening to a recorded interview at 55% of its original speed so I can transcribe it.

Picture me like this

This week has been quite intense, but I’ve finally hit peak productivity on client work! This, in part, due to catching up on @Complexion’s #TFBS

This week has been quite intense, but I’ve finally hit peak productivity on client work! This, in part, due to catching up on @Complexion’s #TFBS

Been thinking about @Path a lot over the past few years. I’m ridiculously excited about the prospect of @DaveMorin and the OG team to possibly rebuild something similar and intimate, with an emphasis on a subscription-model to keep it afloat!

twitter.com/davemorin…

Been thinking about @Path a lot over the past few years. I’m ridiculously excited about the prospect of @DaveMorin and the OG team to possibly rebuild something similar and intimate, with an emphasis on a subscription-model to keep it afloat!

twitter.com/davemorin…

Current Status:

📺 #TheWire > “_McNulty, you are a piece of work_”

Current Status:

📺 #TheWire > “_McNulty, you are a piece of work_”

Anything more Irish then spending St Patrick’s Day bundled up in a pub in the middle of Temple Bar, Dublin — and surrounded with Irish, Americans, Polish and Australian people?!

Anything more Irish then spending St Patrick’s Day bundled up in a pub in the middle of Temple Bar, Dublin — and surrounded with Irish, Americans, Polish and Australian people?!

We went from dark grey sky (Monday) to incredibly clear and sunny (Tuesday), to cold and non-stop rainy (Wednesday). Oh Ireland! 🇮🇪😅

We went from dark grey sky (Monday) to incredibly clear and sunny (Tuesday), to cold and non-stop rainy (Wednesday). Oh Ireland! 🇮🇪😅

Wait, @Wale dropped a new EP?! I guess I know what I’m doing this morning…

Wait, @Wale dropped a new EP?! I guess I know what I’m doing this morning…

On-again, Off-again, and yet we’re still here, my friend…

On-again, Off-again, and yet we’re still here, my friend…

Date night at @LighthouseD7 for The Shape of Water:

“_Wo(man) meets Water in the Oscar for Best Movie by Guillermo Del Toro. A very touching story between two outcasts, along with some amazing supporting roles and splendid music! I love Del Toro’s fables!_”

Date night at @LighthouseD7 for The Shape of Water:

> “_Wo(man) meets Water in the Oscar for Best Movie by Guillermo Del Toro. A very touching story between two outcasts, along with some amazing supporting roles and splendid music! I love Del Toro’s fables!_”

Really excited to watch Logan Noir!

I really liked the movie when it came out but I didn’t get a chance to see his alternative version…

Rewatching Doctor Strange but really I’m just on my phone… it didn’t hold up that well, VFX aside

Really excited to watch Logan Noir!

I really liked the movie when it came out but I didn’t get a chance to see his alternative version…

Rewatching Doctor Strange but really I’m just on my phone… it didn’t hold up that well, VFX aside

Everyone who’s on the “No way am I putting one of these listening devices in my house” side of the fence is nodding their head with a smug look on their face right now.

you can include me on this one, that’s why I’ve been holding off to see a decent Apple products take care of this…

Daring Fireball: Alexa Is Laughing at People, Unprompted

> Everyone who’s on the “No way am I putting one of these listening devices in my house” side of the fence is nodding their head with a smug look on their face right now.

you can include me on this one, that’s why I’ve been holding off to see a decent Apple products take care of this…

Daring Fireball: Alexa Is Laughing at People, Unprompted

[Movie Review] Phantom Thread

If we’re to rate this movie in itself, based on the technique, the depth of its characters, and the story, we’re talking about a 4.5/5.

Personally, I’d rate it a 4, just because the story is less compelling to me.

In any case, this is a really intense role for Daniel Day-Lewis who inhabits the character of Reynald Woodcock perfectly. The lead female character of Alma is also played incredibly well. The dynamic of power between these characters, and the complexity of their relationship is really well depicted and provides interesting contrasts. Between a creative man consumed by his work and who has to stay in control at all times, and his muse, who appears frail at first but develop a quiet strength overtime.

Watching this movie has me thinking deeply about the state of my own relationship and its dynamic. Introspection is one of the best things that art can bring out, when it has a purpose. Not all art needs to be purposeful, but this film by PTA definitely bring out something unique.


(Screening in 35mm, at Lighthouse Cinema, March 7th 2018)

Phantom Thread poster


Find this review, and many more, on my Letterboxd Profile

The new update to @Halide looks amazing and reminds me that I’m gonna need to upgrade my phone this fall…

The new update to @Halide looks amazing and reminds me that I’m gonna need to upgrade my phone this fall…

The more I read this book, the more I realise that my convictions are more aligned with Snap than with IG/FB.

It makes me want to see them win more, and makes me want to use the app more!

The more I read this book, the more I realise that my convictions are more aligned with Snap than with IG/FB.

It makes me want to see them win more, and makes me want to use the app more!

Excited to finally start watching this. Has anyone seen this documentary series yet?

Gotta love a nice afternoon sun at home as I get closer to the end of my work day

Excited to finally start watching this. Has anyone seen this documentary series yet?

Gotta love a nice afternoon sun at home as I get closer to the end of my work day

Even for a 2-track audio file, I forgot how manual my podcast editing workflow is.

Gotta remove each blank space and stutter!

Even for a 2-track audio file, I forgot how manual my podcast editing workflow is.

Gotta remove each blank space and stutter!

Micro Monday: @Adders whose blog is celebrating 15 years today! Happy Birthday (or is it Anniversary?)

Micro Monday: @Adders whose blog is celebrating 15 years today! Happy Birthday (or is it Anniversary?)

Thinking out loud: now that @CulturedCode’s things has a URL scheme, would it be possible to connect it with a team-based Trello, and get specific new Trello cards imported to my Things project(s)?

Thinking out loud: now that @CulturedCode’s things has a URL scheme, would it be possible to connect it with a team-based Trello, and get specific new Trello cards imported to my Things project(s)?

Date night is the best night! Also: hands down the best food we’ve had since moving to Dublin!

Date night is the best night! Also: hands down the best food we’ve had since moving to Dublin!

Weekend update: the snow stopped falling and we went out for breakfast this morning! Yum!

Weekend update: the snow stopped falling and we went out for breakfast this morning! Yum!

2018: “The Year of Twitter”

From @MGSiegler:

“I think Twitter is going to have a good year in 2018, while Facebook has a bad one.”

It’s not that crazy to think about. And to some extent, this is already happening.

But to capitalise on this, Twitter will first have to tackle its harassment, hate-speech, and nazi problems. From there, they should be able to focus on their strengths: becoming the “public forum” it was meant to be and honing in on being the bets platform for breaking news and sports/global events.

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Starting the Westworld and realizing that it’s 90mn long! 😍 🤖 📺

Between @Revolut and @N26, banking is finally getting to a place where its hassle-free.

Couldn’t recommend these two services enough!

Starting the Westworld and realizing that it’s 90mn long! 😍 🤖 📺

Between @Revolut and @N26, banking is finally getting to a place where its hassle-free.

Couldn’t recommend these two services enough!

Damn, Westworld:

“You broke into my office ?!”

“With all due respect, sir, you broke into my mind.”

Damn, Westworld:

> “You broke into my office ?!”

> “With all due respect, sir, you broke into my mind.”

Staying inside, away from the cold, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have a good time!

Staying inside, away from the cold, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have a good time!

The new alternative jerseys for the Miami Heat are SO FIRE and SO MIAMI!

The new alternative jerseys for the Miami Heat are SO FIRE and SO MIAMI!

Don’t judge me but a few months ago I got back to #Evernote and it’s been smooth sailing and higher productivity ever since…

Been spending some quality time decorating the apartment lately! Our home is homey, now! :)

Don’t judge me but a few months ago I got back to #Evernote and it’s been smooth sailing and higher productivity ever since…

Been spending some quality time decorating the apartment lately! Our home is homey, now! :)

Love the fact that Apple has shared an article within the “Today View” aka the App Store’s curated panel to talk about Markdown.

Here’s hoping markdown gets a little spotlight and becomes more mainstream!

"Begpacking"

Needless to say, this is absolutely despicable:

_”Working while traveling is a tactic many use to keep their wanderings going longer, hence the trend of digital nomads. But intentionally choosing to forgo money—rather than just running out of it while on the road—are two different things. And while some who crowdfund (or beg) their own travel may claim to have charitable leanings, the common thread among these free-loading wanderers is that they have a choice in the matter._”

Love the fact that Apple has shared an article within the “Today View” aka the App Store’s curated panel to talk about Markdown.

Here’s hoping markdown gets a little spotlight and becomes more mainstream!

"Begpacking"

Needless to say, this is absolutely despicable:

> _”Working while traveling is a tactic many use to keep their wanderings going longer, hence the trend of digital nomads. But intentionally choosing to forgo money—rather than just running out of it while on the road—are two different things. And while some who crowdfund (or beg) their own travel may claim to have charitable leanings, the common thread among these free-loading wanderers is that they have a choice in the matter._”

Really happy to have spent the first 80% of my work-day on this huge chunk. Now that it’s done, I can move on to the smaller moving pieces with much more ease.

Productivity 101.

Really happy to have spent the first 80% of my work-day on this huge chunk. Now that it’s done, I can move on to the smaller moving pieces with much more ease.

Productivity 101.

Catching up on the Wizards-Sixers game from last night! 🏀 😍

Catching up on the Wizards-Sixers game from last night! 🏀 😍

The Atlantic: “The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger”

Another thoughtful piece on Black Panther over at The Atlantic:

Black Panther is a love letter to people of African descent all over the world.

Analyzing the tragedy of Erik Killmonger, the film’s main antagonist:

The part of Killmonger that makes him a supervillain is not the part of him that is African.

Indeed the fact that this character has so much interesting backstory, and a complex logic that is the result of his environment makes Killmonger the most interesting villain I’ve seen in a blockbuster since The Joker in Nolan’s The Dark Knight back in 2008.

Killmonger’s ascension and death is the event that catalyzes Wakanda’s redemption from its greatest failure, and his death ensures that unlike Loki, Thanos, the Red Skull, or any other of Marvel’s endless stable of world-conquering despots, the pathos of his tragic end cannot be infinitely repeated as farce. His death not only matters, it is also why he matters more than all the rest of them.

While his logic made sense, once he got in power, Killmonger’s motivation and reasoning shifted to a more cruel and one. However, his legacy in this fictional world is real and will have an impact on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Like I mentioned previously, it’s no small feat to offer such a complex work from a mainstream blockbuster that will eventually make all the money. Thank you Mr Coogler!

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[The New Yorker] “Black Panther and the invention of Africa”

I’ve been catching up on a lot of Wakanda-related reading over the past week. This one from The New Yorker makes a series of great points:

“There is a fundamental dissonance in the term “African-American,” two feuding ancestries conjoined by a hyphen. That dissonance—a hyphen standing in for the brutal history that intervened between Africa and America—is the subject of “Black Panther,” Ryan Coogler’s brilliant first installment of the story of Marvel Comics’ landmark black character.””Coogler told Marvel upfront that his version of the story would remain true to those political elements. It is shot through with the sense of longing and romance common to the way that people of a diaspora envision their distant homeland.

This last part above is something I can identify with, and something that I have found with manychildren and grandchildren of immigrants too!# The article goes on…

”Wakanda is no more or less imaginary than the Africa conjured by Hume or Trevor-Roper, or the one canonized in such Hollywood offerings as “Tarzan.” It is a redemptive counter-mythology.”

”The film is not about world domination by an alien invasion or a mad cabal of villains but about the implications of a version of Western domination that has been with us so long that it has become as ambient as the air.

The really good point that the author makes is that while Wakanda is a fictional place, so is the western idea and portrayal of the African continent and its countries, cultures, and inhabitants.

”Marvel has made a great many entertaining movies in the past decade, but Ryan Coogler has made a profound one.”

Taking a step back, it is incredibly wild that a mainstream superhero blockbuster has so much conversation around it. It’s really a sign of the incredible talent displayed by Ryan Coogler, and his team of writers and actors to be able to give so much depth to the first Blockbuster of 2018!

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The Atlantic: “The Tragedy of Erik Killmonger”

Another thoughtful piece on Black Panther over at The Atlantic:

> Black Panther is a love letter to people of African descent all over the world.

Analyzing the tragedy of Erik Killmonger, the film’s main antagonist:

> The part of Killmonger that makes him a supervillain is not the part of him that is African.

Indeed the fact that this character has so much interesting backstory, and a complex logic that is the result of his environment makes Killmonger the most interesting villain I’ve seen in a blockbuster since The Joker in Nolan’s The Dark Knight back in 2008.

> Killmonger’s ascension and death is the event that catalyzes Wakanda’s redemption from its greatest failure, and his death ensures that unlike Loki, Thanos, the Red Skull, or any other of Marvel’s endless stable of world-conquering despots, the pathos of his tragic end cannot be infinitely repeated as farce. His death not only matters, it is also why he matters more than all the rest of them.

While his logic made sense, once he got in power, Killmonger’s motivation and reasoning shifted to a more cruel and one. However, his legacy in this fictional world is real and will have an impact on the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Like I mentioned previously, it’s no small feat to offer such a complex work from a mainstream blockbuster that will eventually make all the money. Thank you Mr Coogler!

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[The New Yorker] “Black Panther and the invention of Africa”

I’ve been catching up on a lot of Wakanda-related reading over the past week. This one from The New Yorker makes a series of great points:

> “There is a fundamental dissonance in the term “African-American,” two feuding ancestries conjoined by a hyphen. That dissonance—a hyphen standing in for the brutal history that intervened between Africa and America—is the subject of “Black Panther,” Ryan Coogler’s brilliant first installment of the story of Marvel Comics’ landmark black character.” ​ > ”Coogler told Marvel upfront that his version of the story would remain true to those political elements. It is shot through with the sense of longing and romance common to the way that people of a diaspora envision their distant homeland.

This last part above is something I can identify with, and something that I have found with manychildren and grandchildren of immigrants too!# The article goes on…

> ”Wakanda is no more or less imaginary than the Africa conjured by Hume or Trevor-Roper, or the one canonized in such Hollywood offerings as “Tarzan.” It is a redemptive counter-mythology.”

> ”The film is not about world domination by an alien invasion or a mad cabal of villains but about the implications of a version of Western domination that has been with us so long that it has become as ambient as the air.

The really good point that the author makes is that while Wakanda is a fictional place, so is the western idea and portrayal of the African continent and its countries, cultures, and inhabitants.

> ”Marvel has made a great many entertaining movies in the past decade, but Ryan Coogler has made a profound one.”

Taking a step back, it is incredibly wild that a mainstream superhero blockbuster has so much conversation around it. It’s really a sign of the incredible talent displayed by Ryan Coogler, and his team of writers and actors to be able to give so much depth to the first Blockbuster of 2018!

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🏉 #6Nations is on, down in Marseille for #FRAvITA !

Holy smokes the public is on fire tonight! #AllezLesBleus

🏉 #6Nations is on, down in Marseille for #FRAvITA !

Holy smokes the public is on fire tonight! #AllezLesBleus

There’s something exhilarating about watching my #WashingtonWizards forced to find alternative strategies while John Wall recovers… Also yeah totally catching up on last night’s win against the Cavs! 🏀

There’s something exhilarating about watching my #WashingtonWizards forced to find alternative strategies while John Wall recovers… Also yeah totally catching up on last night’s win against the Cavs! 🏀

Wow, the HQ Trivia App is finally available at a decent European time!

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Join the fun by using my code: ITIBZ and we both get an extra live!

Wow, the HQ Trivia App is finally available at a decent European time!

🇪🇺🚨🖲

Join the fun by using my code: ITIBZ and we both get an extra live!

#Journaling update: Things are going well, and it’s nice to start the day overseeing what needs to be done, and what has been happening lately!

#Journaling update: Things are going well, and it’s nice to start the day overseeing what needs to be done, and what has been happening lately!

Well, the electricity is out in our entire apartment block, so I guess we’re eating out tonight…

Well, the electricity is out in our entire apartment block, so I guess we’re eating out tonight…

Korean food for the first time since I left Korea in June! Missed it badly!

Korean food for the first time since I left Korea in June! Missed it badly!

Anyone else having issues with Apple’s iPad Pro Smart Keyboard? Too often it isn’t recognized when connected…

Anyone else having issues with Apple’s iPad Pro Smart Keyboard? Too often it isn’t recognized when connected…

If you work with contractors/freelancer, please do me a favor and ALWAYS be crystal clear about When/How/How Much you’re paying them!

Be proactive with your accounting department and external workers! It sucks having to figure out you won’t get paid for 45 days without notice!

If you work with contractors/freelancer, please do me a favor and ALWAYS be crystal clear about When/How/How Much you’re paying them!

Be proactive with your accounting department and external workers! It sucks having to figure out you won’t get paid for 45 days without notice!

Fiddling around with Wordpress, brainstorming strategy for a new project/client… It’s been busy today!

Fiddling around with Wordpress, brainstorming strategy for a new project/client… It’s been busy today!

Wow, @Moleskine has released a todo app to complement their beautiful #Timepage calendar: it looks fun 📆

[“Action” by Moleskine]

Wow, @Moleskine has released a todo app to complement their beautiful #Timepage calendar: it looks fun 📆

[“Action” by Moleskine]

Mark my words: if I don’t end my life by her side, I’ll have fucked up along the way! #happyvalentinesday #happyanniversary #datenightisthebestnight #winetimeisthebesttime

Mark my words: if I don’t end my life by her side, I’ll have fucked up along the way! #happyvalentinesday #happyanniversary #datenightisthebestnight #winetimeisthebesttime

I was dictating to Siri when I discovered that it can ask for specific pronunciation: that’s awesome!

#happyvalentinesday #happyanniversary #datenightisthebestnight #winetimeisthebesttime

I was dictating to Siri when I discovered that it can ask for specific pronunciation: that’s awesome!

In a more enlightened era of tech, we will move beyond a superficial understanding of ’_well designed_’, which today seems overly concerned with aesthetics. Instead, good design will focus on creating user experiences that are inclusive and empathetic, on writing code that is open and energy-efficient, and on running a business model that doesn’t rely on infinite growth to survive.

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Is Bandcamp going to save the Music Industry?

2017 was another stellar year for Bandcamp, with double digit growth in every aspect of the business. (…) Meanwhile, standalone music streaming companies continued to lose money in 2017, and industry-wide record sales continued to decline. (…) Allowing the distribution of an entire art form to be controlled by so few has troubling implications, and those continued to play out in 2017.

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> In a more enlightened era of tech, we will move beyond a superficial understanding of ’_well designed_’, which today seems overly concerned with aesthetics. > Instead, good design will focus on creating user experiences that are inclusive and empathetic, on writing code that is open and energy-efficient, and on running a business model that doesn’t rely on infinite growth to survive.

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Is Bandcamp going to save the Music Industry?

> 2017 was another stellar year for Bandcamp, with double digit growth in every aspect of the business. (…) > Meanwhile, standalone music streaming companies continued to lose money in 2017, and industry-wide record sales continued to decline. (…) > Allowing the distribution of an entire art form to be controlled by so few has troubling implications, and those continued to play out in 2017.

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